I've been trying to practice a little every day. It's not perfect but seeing the colors change when I'm tatting makes me feel progress. This is supposed to be a bracelet. I'm using a doll needle instead of a tatting needle because that's all I have in a small size.
Thursday, April 30, 2015
Yesterday was my first day at tatting and I was a passenger in the car on my way to work.
Today I switched threads to #3 cotton. It's a whole lot easier to work with since my hands are still clumsy.
I found a tutorial on YouTube : RustiKate. She made it really easy to hold my thread, using phrases like "hold your finger like rubber band pistol".
Anyhow, I'm getting better at making double stitches and today, I am making a picot!
Ready for lesson #2. Yaaay!! :-)
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
I'm learning how to Tat via YouTube and the internet.
My Grandma Nellie Flowers always wanted to learn. So this is for you and me, Grandma!
On my car trip to work, I brought up Instuctables to see the proper hand placement. I know it's way too tight. Right now it's practice, practice, practice!
Tuesday, January 6, 2015
It has been such a beautiful day! The weather was sunny and barely any wind. Temperature was a low 14° and snow was about 6".
I had to run errands today, so the pretty snow and mostly clear roads were a treat!
My husband and I just rented a little booth at the local emporium. He will sell his machine parts and tools. I will sell my crafts. A new adventure ahead for us!
Thursday, November 27, 2014
Sunday, October 27, 2013
SEWING WITH BONNIE
I posted this picture on Facebook, it ended up on Quiltville's Quips and Snips!
Thank you, Bonnie- you made my day!
The first day of fall was in the air when I posted the picture on Facebook, now it seems like winter is on fast forward.
Hey! We haven't even had Halloween! Our first snow was Tuesday, October 22nd, on the way home from work around 11pm. We woke up Wednesday, to a light dusting of snow deep enough to see your footprint! Thankfully it melted as soon as the sun hit it.
Sunday, June 9, 2013
Vintage nightgowns, Mother and Daughter, originally uploaded by Patsyquilts.
Now that summer is here, I have been wanting to to crochet with size 10 crochet cotton. There's something very feminine about crochet on cotton garments. The only problem is that the hook and thread are so tiny and hard to hold. I end up with tension being loose or too tight. It just takes time to get used to the feel of light weight thread. Maybe with practice I will be able to replicate these vintage beauties.
Sunday, January 6, 2013
I'm just crocheting a little on a future Granny Square afghan, it's a project that I've been working on for about a year! It's good to be able to relax with the yarn and know that I don't have to go outside! Maggie is chewing on her bone, we are both very happy indeed!
I went out to JoAnn's Fabrics yesterday, it was a bit cluttered in there due to an inventory. I made a small haul by using my gift cards from Christmas. There was a very pretty bolt of Victorian Scrap that I plan to use as a pillow for Valentine's Day. It will go nicely with some Red Work and other patchwork pieces in my living room and sun room.
Welp! Back to my coffee before it gets cold!
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
|A beautiful water bottle cover from Coco Rose Diaries.|
Not as pretty as hers but it's a start!
Monday, December 31, 2012
I kept up with all of my favorite blogs, lost myself on Facebook, Flickr and Pinterest and YouTube. Then I sewed like a Madman on the last two weeks before Christmas!!!!!
This upcoming year is once again full of determination to be a better planner of my blog and my spare time!
Looking forward to 2013,
Sunday, September 30, 2012
|Honeysuckle beside the front porch.|
Soon Jack Frost will whisper his icy breath across the meadow, turning everything a frosty golden hue. We will wake up to shimmering, frozen dew, pull on our sweaters, OR, we can stay in our flannel jammies and snuggle deeply under a comfy quilt!
Fall colors are so amazing! They change from day to day, becoming so brilliant - until the winds whirl them from our reach.
| A view form my porch.|
Sunday, September 23, 2012
I found the cutest baby booties at an antique shop. They have the tiniest crochet stitches.
I can imagine a sweet expectant mother taking the time to create such delicate stitches for her baby's layette.
Crochet, sewing and quilting are not the lost arts, they are the Fine Arts that we create with our hands and hearts!
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
More crocheted fun! This is a cozy for my coffee cup. I guess crocheting is more fun than a barrel of monkeys.
I found the pattern online by Paton yarn. This could make a cute holder for party favors.
Monday, September 10, 2012
Friday, September 7, 2012
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Sunday, January 1, 2012
Friday, December 30, 2011
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
|Sweet Kitty Embroidery Ensemble|
|Miss Kitty Pillow under all those Bluebirds! (lots of temptation)|
I've been working on my Irish Chain Quilt. Instead of signatures- I added embroidered bluebirds! This is a lot of fun until I get into the middle of the quilt = a bunch of finger pricking going on :(
Perhaps 30 years from now, someone will look at my quilt and wonder who snuggled under it with all those bluebirds flying around!
Friday, July 8, 2011
UFO no more!!!
I finally completed my first hand pieced full size quilt,. The Jacob's Ladder Quilt was started back in Hawaii when I was a military wife.
I remember cutting out my pieces with scissors after I traced the pattern onto the fabric with a pencil and cardboard template. Kids were in bed and husband away in Iwakuni, Japan, I stayed up many a night stitching away.
Twenty-five years later...
Back in Indiana with a brand new husband and grown up kids, I dug that quilt out of storage and finally finished it up!
This quilt will go beautifully with my cottage style home.
Friday, May 27, 2011
Saturday, April 9, 2011
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Just working on using up my scraps. Most of these pieces were cut ff the edge of my fabric before I cut out my patches for my "BATTING BUDDY" free motion quilt - a practice in free motion quilting.
In progress, for the bedroom. To go along with quilt that I will practice free motion quilting.
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Saturday, March 12, 2011
- put in a zipper
- learn to use my walking foot
- practice all of the decorative stitches
- making ruffles by using ruffler attachment
|If I had listened to her- my sewing machine would be OK!|
|A bunch of strips from my Simplicity Rotor Cutting Machine|
|Ruffles made on the SINGER 201-2|
Part of my mission was accomplished, until I wrecked my Janome by putting a low shank ruffler/pleater attachment. Apparently, only a Janome brand ruffler will work because of the Janome design. There isn't enough room for the needle to move freely while the ruffler is engaged. So I had a bunch of error messages on the machine's screen. Off to the shop- back in 12 days. :(
Why is it that you want to sew the most when your machine is in the shop? LOL !!! I guess it's one of Murphey's Laws.
|My SINGER 201-2|
I love her dearly, but then again, I NEVER MET A SEWING MACHINE I DIDN'T LOVE!
Be Happy and Quilt!
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
|A present for my sister, Sandy|
|A set of Crossword puzzle books in a Patchwork cover,|
also a pack of tissue in their own jacket
|Front view of book cover and tissue holder|
My step mother's birthday was on the last day of February/ first day of March. She was" a leap year baby". I remember celebrating her 9th birthday with her, next year, she will be 21. Finally an adult! It took forever for her to grow up! She's quite a lady, so I knew that she would get a kick out of Maxine!
|Back view of craft bag|
|Maxine Craft Bag|
Then I decide to make some Maxine gifts for ME!
I will be taking some classes at the AQS Quilt Show in Paducah, KY again this year. I needed something new!
More Maxine to come, I have a nice panel that has lots of cute cartoons on it. Until next time...
Be Happy and Quilt!
Sunday, February 20, 2011
|Miss Kitty pillow|
Thursday, February 10, 2011
|Little Rooster, a gift|
Tuesday night is my Husband's night out to shoot clay targets at the Conservation Club. It is also my night to go downstairs into my sewing room and create some fun. I made up four place mats to put on the breakfast room table to cheer it up. I'm using some of my scrap fabric left over from the quilt blocks that I've been working on since I've been on sick leave.
|This color is my favorite!|
Sunday, February 6, 2011
|MY KIND OF SUPER BOWL SUNDAY!!|
Start the day with a cup of Strawberry yogurt and tons of fresh fruit.
|A box full of goodies!|
The Beginning of the Fabric Basket.
|Remove items from box, turn over, trace - allow 1/4 " seam allowance.|
Cut fabric and batting. Sew sides together.
|Glue bottom fabric liner onto box and tuck in edges.|
Tacky glue or duct tape to secure.
Sew top liner the same way.
|Place basket liner inside box and bring over the edge. If too loose, remove liner and increase seam allowance.|
On left, made in June 1984. Right made in February 2011.
A handle was created for older basket out of fabric sewn into a tube and stuffed with polyester fiberfill.