Saturday, December 29, 2012

Snowflakes for Sandy Hook

People with an embroidery machine have been asked to make snowflakes for the school in Sandy Hook.  The teachers want to have the new school decorated with snowflakes when the kids come back to school in January.  There are several places to get free snowflakes.  If you would like to embroider a few, try Fons and Porter's Blog   or Creative Machine Embroidery blog.   The address to send them to is also listed on the blogs.  I have made six and they are drying right now.   I used the Jumbo hoop for my Bernina 830 and made all different sizes.  It took several hours to stitch out.  Here are some pictures: 


Our thoughts and prayers go with the families of all the school children as well as the town's people.  I pray for them to have strength to get through this tragedy.   

Friday, December 28, 2012

Japanese Fan by Judy Neimeyer

Back in the fall, I took a class on the Japanese Fan by Judy Niemeyer.   My teacher was Lucille Amos.   This is the first paper piecing that I have done and here are the results of my work. 




I am chomping at the bit to get more done on it.  We are going to Ponzer this weekend and it is one of the things that I am taking with me to work on.  I am using oriental fabrics with purples, blues, dark pinks, and golds and can hardly wait to get more done on it!! 

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Some of my Christmas presents this year.....

I bought some collapsible market baskets this year on sale and embroidered them with initials for part of my presents this year.  I learned how to set up a monogram on my Bernina 830.  I used the Chapter 10 Monogramming Tutorial in the Quick Start Guide for the Bernina Embroidery Software. 


Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Fastest Baby Quilt EVER!

My daughter was home last week and needed a baby quilt for a friend.  She had seen a pink one that I had made. She was planning to give it to her friend.  Problem was -- I had already donated it as a charity quilt.  SO....  we tried to figure out what to do.  We looked at the flannel that I had and decided to make a strip RAG quilt.  With the two of us working, we got this thing finished in about an hour.  I made 4 1/2" to 6 1/2" strips with 3 layers of flannel in each strip.  I cut the strips and my daughter quilted down the middle of each one.  She then sewed the strips together. We both snipped the edges and in about an hour, we were finished!  We washed it and dried it and it was sufficiently "raggy."  It is about 36" by 40".  Yes, the strips are varied sizes.  It's my try at "wonky" modern quilting! 



  

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Glass for Christmas -- Land of the Sky Glassworks in Asheville

My daughter is dating a glass blower from Asheville.  We got Christmas presents made of glass this year. 

Here are the drinking glasses and the ornament that we received. 


He also makes pendants and my daughter designed some necklaces using the pendants.  I put the clasps on for her. 





 He has an Etsy shop and an Ebay shop.    Pictures don't do the glass justice.  It is really GORGEOUS stuff.  If you need a gift or just want to spend Christmas money,  take a look and make a purchase! 

Caught up with Easy Street Mystery!

I am CAUGHT UP with my mystery quilt.  I totally skipped step 4 last week so I had to catch up step 4 AND step 5.  We celebrated our Christmas last Friday night.  My daughter had to work Christmas Eve and Christmas Day so we had our party early.  It meant that I had a DAY to catch up with my sewing! 

Here are my "parts."   The material is for the backing and maybe some borders.  I am waiting to see what the quilt will look like. 



If you would like to see the progress of others, please look on Bonnie Hunter's BLOG.  It feels GREAT to be caught UP! 

Monday, December 10, 2012

Slowly moving down Easy Street

I am continuing to work on Bonnie Hunter's Mystery Quilt called EASY STREET.  Click on this LINK to see everyone's progress this week.

Step one is finished.

Step Two is in process.  I used Jodi Barrow's Square in A Square Ruler to do the flying geese.  I am still cutting them apart.  I probably have about 40 left to do.  Should have them done by Friday. 

Step Three is finished BUT I used aqua instead of purple for the square.  My printer was out of magenta so the purple printed like aqua.  I did not READ the directions -- just looked at the pictures which did not print in the proper colors.  I may leave it or I may do more with the right colors depending on where the blocks actually land in the quilt.  I used the Square in a Square Ruler - Option 11 for this step also.  My blocks are a little large.  I took a scant 1/4 inch and probably should not have.  I will be able to cut them down to make them work. 











Since Inklingo directions have been posted, I might try more blocks using those directions and the purple square.  I can use the "wrong" ones on the back side. 

Here are the blocks for Step Two and Step Three.  I love the aqua color that I had.  I made all of the blocks out of the same fabric. The square is a solid batik and the triangles are a batik with green, yellow, and pink. 



I am really enjoying reading other people's blogs.  There are some talented people out there!  Travel on, Easy Street! 


Thursday, December 6, 2012

Easy Street is S L O W this week

Part two of Easy Street is very S L O W this week.  I have had to work late almost every night. if you want to follow along, go HERE!



 Here is what I have totally finished:



I am using Jodi Barrows Square in a Square ruler.  The squares are cut from the purple and the strips from the black on white.


Then you sew the squares to the strips.







Here are both strips sewn to the squares.












I iron next with the seams away from the squares. Then each square is cut apart.











The directions say to cut short strips and sew to the remaining 2 sides.  I just sew the squares to the long strips and cut it apart later.  You have to move the 1st two strips out of the way and sew the purple squares close together.



  




Here are the blocks cut apart.  They need to be pressed with the seams going away from the square.  Then you use the square-in-a-square ruler and make the flying geese.  No bias sewing.  Great way to make flying geese.  Travel EASY! 



 

Monday, December 3, 2012

Continuing on Easy Street

I worked on Easy Street today.  Got the 2" x 3 1/2" rectangles cut out.  I downloaded the Inklingo pdf for the triangles but decided that I did not want to try something new on this project.  I ended up using Jodi Barrows' method and her Square in a Square ruler.  I have all of the blocks and strips cut out and two of the 4 strips sewn on to the blocks.  Have to press tomorrow and then sew on the other two strips.  After that, I'll use the ruler and cut each block into 2 precise geese.  It is fast and very easy to do. 
Here is a copy of the book that I used to get the proper measurements along with a block with the 4 strips sewn on. 



This is the 2 test geese laying on top of the ruler. 

If you have never tried this method, I suggest that you give it a try.  I'll try to finish up tomorrow in time for the linky!  Travel EASY!