Friday, March 24, 2017

Palindrome Xmas Quilt Label


How late is late? Finally created and attached the quilt label for our oldest granddaughter's Christmas quilt made for her *ahem, cough* 3-1/2 years ago.  Blogged about making the quilt here.

Fortunately, the lack of a label hasn't kept the quilt from being well-used and loved. I machine embroidered the information, then bordered it with the striped fabric used for the quilt binding. Please note my first (and possibly last) attempt at mitered corners. Mitered corners are a fussy business!


Here's the back. I pressed a 1/2" hem, then topstitched around at 1/4". Also ironed on lightweight fusible backing (SF-101) for stability and to protect the embroidery stitches from use and repeated laundering.



Whip stitched it to the quilt back along with my Lilla Lotta Handiworking label.

Palindrome Xmas Quilt Label ... Check!

So many projects, never enough time!

Monday, January 23, 2017

Quilt Finish :: Summer in the Park


Just wanted to share the quilt I made for my sweet sister-in-law for Christmas. The wonderful pattern is Summer in the Park by Missouri Star Quilt Co.

Unfortunately, it was an unusually dreary day in Phoenix when it was completed, washed and packed for shipping so the colors appear darker in the photos than they really are. The quilt border and backing fabric features turquoise peacock feathers with pink hearts.


One of my favorite elements on this quilt is the hand-embroidered label. My sister-in-law and husband lovingly call each other dumbass ~ every phone call, text, email, greeting card ~ it's Hello, Dumbass! Which makes me an honorary dumbass by marriage. Never in a million years would I have imagined that I would sit and painstakingly stitch the phrase dumbasses by marriage on anything ... but there it is.


Here's a better picture of the colors on the quilt front during the pin-basting stage ...


So many projects, never enough time.

Friday, April 1, 2016

The Best Apple Pie Ever :: Recipe by Audrey's Apron

I've always been more of a cake and cookie baker but am determined to conquer pies with homemade crust. This week it was apple pie -- recipe courtesy of Audreys's Apron blog. Truly a beautiful recipe with simple to follow instructions. 

I made a double batch of Audrey's pie crust recipe (link supplied in the apple pie directions) in my Breville Sous Chef food processor and it is great dough to work with. Rolled out beautifully and was pretty pleased with my first ever lattice crust. These pie crust rings from Taste of Home have been waiting patiently in the pantry for many years and they really did make the process faster and easier. Lots of butter in this recipe but if I'm going out eating apple pie, it better be the Best Apple Pie Ever ... right?!?!

My hubby strolled through the kitchen, sniffed the pork roast in the crockpot, tasted the cinnamon-y, nutmeg-y, syrupy pie filling that coats the Granny Smiths and the lattice crust and said, "I'm not going to fit into my clothes!" That makes two of us. Also, one of the great pleasures for me with baked goods is grating fresh nutmeg into the mix. If you haven't tried it, I highly recommend it for the pure, intense fragrance and flavor it adds.

Thanks, Audrey, for sharing this gorgeous recipe. It's a keeper!

Friday, February 26, 2016

Carry-All Pincushion :: Pattern by Noodlehead's Anna Graham

I was so happy to finally make one of the great projects from Anna Graham's "Handmade Style" book. I've wanted one of the Carry-All Pincushions since I got the book and finally took the time to sew one for myself.

It is so cute and so handy. Although I cut up some fat quarters this time, I really like that it lends itself to scrap busting.

The pattern recommends using crushed walnut shells in the stuffing, which help keep your pins sharp. It also lends some weight to the pincushion. I found a good-sized bag at Petco for around $8 and, since I do like making pincushions, I know it'll go far.

I opted to make a separate little bag to hold the crushed walnut shells. This last photo shows it before inserting the bag and stuffing with polyfill.

Love it, Anna ... great pattern, great book!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Holy Bat-mania Baby Quilt

There is nothing like a new baby in the family to spark your creativity. To celebrate my new Great-Nephew who arrived at the end of December, a Batman-themed quilt was the only way to go.

The darling, colorful superhero words fabric from Joann's was a great beginning, offering up many colors to include. And, of course, a bat symbol applique had to be center stage.

I like to embroider the baby's name and birth year on their quilts. The year had already been embroidered on this quilt top when he finally made an appearance a week beyond his due date on the 29th. (Tommy, come out of the bat cave!) By then I had decided if he waited until 2016, the 5 was going to be X'd out and a 6 embroidered next to it.

Welcome to the world, sweet baby boy, Thomas Maverick. Aunt Janie loves you!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Gadget Guard :: Pattern by Dog Under My Desk

We had given the granddaughter a MacBook Air for high school graduation and as she started college last week, I realized she needed a carrying case for it. I purchased Erin Gilbey's pattern for a Gadget Guard from her store at Dog Under My Desk. The true beauty of this pattern is that you measure your device -- any device -- for a custom fit. 

Used solid black drill cloth for the entire back, the top front above the zipper pocket and the handles. She had requested short handles on it and these I added myself using another case we had as a pattern.

There is a pleated, expandable zipper pocket on the front.

The case fits her laptop like a glove. It's an amazing pattern. My MacBook is larger and I think I need to make one of these for myself ... something else to add to the never-ending To Make list!

So many projects, never enough time ...

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Monogrammed Coffee Cuff

Needed a quick gift this morning and this little project is amazingly fast and easy. Plus it's a great gift for guys, which is always a bonus. This link will take you to my original post with step-by-step instructions.

Monogrammed his initials onto the shirt cuff with my embroidery machine ...

Here's what the lined inside looks like ...

Along with a handwritten tag tied on with ribbon, I'm going to include a Starbucks gift card. Fast, easy and personalized!

So many projects, never enough time