Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Birthday Girl

HI Friends,                                                              

I hope you are all finding a cool place to hang out!! The heat is here!!  It makes life easier to sew!!!

I made little Kenna a dress for her birthday party!!  Her Mom themed her party with ladybugs.  She showed me a picture of a shirt with the saying and ladybugs decorating it.  So I used that for my inspiration and made this.  I took a onsie, embroidered the words and ladybug, cut off the bottom part of the onsie and attached the ladybug ruffles I made from ladybug print fabric.  I thought it turned out pretty cute.
When I gave the dress to Kenna, she immediately tried putting it on.  Here is a picture of party day with my husband.  She had a great day with family and friends even though it was pretty hot!!

I also made Kenna a blanket of flannel on one side and 'minky' fabric on the other side.  Her Mom sent me a video of her playing peek-a-boo with the blanket!!!  She is such a cutie!!!

I have been taking some classes learning to utilize the features on my sewing machine.  It has been great fun so stay in touch as I share more creations!!!

Have a great week!!!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Another Bag

Good Morning,
We are enjoying some cooler weather and I love it!!!  Yes, it will get warmer tomorrow.  I guess it is summer!!!
Today I'm sharing a bag I made last year.  My friend, Connie and I had a sewing afternoon and she helped me make this bag.  I used some patterned demin from my stash along with a red cotton, quilted together.  I made the bag and then did some wool applique.  I didn't want flowers so I thought paisleys would be a great design for a casual bag.
If you zoom in you can see a few beads added here and there.  A girl never has enough bling!!!

I have been taking some sewing classes to utilize the software and sewing machine I own.  I am so excited to learn some new tips and tricks.  Yesterday was a great day to spend at The Sewing Circle in Fort Collins.  It was a "computer" day, but I learned so much.  My brain was full last night!!!

Have a great weekend and I'll be in touch next week!!!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Summer Time Bag

Good Morning Friends,
I had a wonderful, fast weekend in Grand Junction spending time with good friends, Deb, Becky and Emily.  My son asked me to ride along with him.  He dropped me off at Becky's house late Friday night.  It was so good to see her after the medical issues she had in June.  Saturday morning Deb picked us up for a trip to Montrose to the Black Canyon Quilt Show!!!  What marvelouse quilts on display.  Certainly my inspiration!!!!  We did some retail therapy at the show with our favoirte vendor Laura and Rhonda.  Becky and I were surprised with birthday gift certificates from our friend Emily!!!  That made shopping even more FUN!!!
Thank you Emily!!!
Saturday evening we meet Emily back at Becky's home.  We then went to dinner and back to Becky's for birthday celebrations and stitching time.  The pitures today are of a bag I made Becky.  She loves the beach so it was easy to choose a design for the bag.  The hard part was to find a pattern for the applique.  With the help of my brother, Nathan, I came up with the design.  Becky loved the bag.  Once again I knit the bottom part and felted it.  I love doing wool applique and finished this project in record time.  I found some wonderful beach theme fabric for the bag lining.
I hope you enjoy your week!!!  

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

First Wool Bag

Hi friends,

I'm so excited to share this bag with you.  It was the first of this type I have ever completed.  My dear friend, Connie, from Starry Pines not only helped me with the bag pattern, but encouraged me.  She shared her knitting pattern for the base of the bag which is knit in wool yarn and felted.  I then added a wide band of wool on the top to which I added my wool appliqued leaves.  I lined the inside and added some big pockets to make this a 'useful' bag.  As I was making this bag, I thought of my sister-in-law, Amy, and how she would like these colors.  Since I was going to visit her and my brother in Omaha, I gave the bag to her.  I think she enjoys it.   

Soon you will see the first pieces I knit and felted.  I learned a lot from my trial piece and will share it with you next week.

For now, I wish you a Happy Fourth of July!!!  I thank all veterans and current military personal for protecting our freedom.  May we never take their dedication and service for granted.