Saturday, December 25, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Friday, December 3, 2010
While I was doing some Christmas/birthday shopping the other day, I stopped by one of the quilt shops. They had started selling quilting machines. They had mentioned that they were planning to let their customers rent time on a machine to work on their own quilts. My dream come true!!
I hate to admit it, but I am not enjoying the quilting process on my sewing machine. I know that it can be done, maybe I just don't have to patience.
One of the associates at the quilt shop gave me a peek at the machine and a quick demonstration. I was in awe!! The machine moved so smoothly over the quilt, she was able to move it with just a few fingers. The stitches were perfectly even with its stitch regulator. And the hum of the machine was so relaxing.
I wanted to start right away, but the classes won't be starting until the first of the year. I hope it's enough incentive to finish those quilt tops, that are almost finished, so I can get it on one of those machines. Although I love to hand-quilt, it just takes me too long to finish a quilt.
January can't come soon enough!!
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Now, I just need to figure out how to place my photos in the banner! More work to be done!
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
"You see, I really was crocheting the same time you were!!"
I was making some Santa hats for my two boys. For our Christmas cards, each year I dress them up for a photo. I know that they might be a little too big for that now, but they are still my babies!I'm working on a mustache and beard to attach to the hat for the full Santa effect.
I can't believe that Thanksgiving is right on top of us again! Where did the year go? I am currently cooking up a storm to prepare for tomorrow's get-together. I will wish everybody a Happy Thanksgiving today since I'll be busy with the festivities tomorrow!
Friday, November 19, 2010
Here's a quick peek at where I am now.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Friday, November 5, 2010
He's such a boy!
And my younger son's pumpkin.
Prizes will be won, and we hope that we will one of the lucky ones. After all, the money that is raised is all for the school and the kids! It's all worth it!
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
The leaves, that were once on the trees, are now fallen to the ground. We now have half-naked trees.
If we would all follow their example.
I came across this saying recently and it stuck with me. As I am teaching my younger boy about GOD had making everybody on his earth in different colors - my older boy about differences in languages, culture, and religion in our world: we are all still the same.
It should all be as simple and easy as M&Ms.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
So I had to make my own pattern!
They were so fun to make, I made multiples.
This is usually what I do, especially with pincushions. I have to make more than one. Although Halloween has already passed, I couldn't help myself. They turned out so cute!
I hope you enjoy the photos! I hope they make you as happy as they made me! : )
Friday, October 29, 2010
view of my front window - I hope it isn't too dark
To have a night like that when you're grown-up! To go to other people's homes to receive, perhaps in may case: fabrics, matching threads, pins and sewing needles. Just one night isn't asking too much, is it?!
I hope you and your families have a fun and safe Halloween!
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Done at last! I know I could have finished a week ago, but one thing that I hate to do is buttonholes. There is five buttons running down the lab coat. Buttonholes are fast and fairly easy to do, but the slightest mistake can make them look really funky. So, before it got too late, I got down to it and finally got the buttons and buttonholes done.
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Once the quilt is quilted, I usually applique the label to the lower left hand corner.
Some other information that can be added to a quilt label is name or names of other people who helped construct the quilt, name of the quilter (if it isn't yourself), or the source of pattern of your quilt.
For example, in my Granny's Garden quilt, I had added the name of the quilter and the name of the quilt I had copied it from (I wouldn't necessarily use the word "copy." The pattern was in an issue of Quilter's Newsletter). I had embroidered that information half the size of the other letters.
I used fabrics that I had used in the quilt top to border the label. The ladybug was added because I had appliqued ladybugs to the quilt top. And the heart was added for Granny. I will miss her.
Brye Lynn, from her blog/pocast Sew Stitch Create (sewstitchcreate.com), she had mentioned adding your maiden name on the label. I had never thought of it and I think it would be a great idea. With my married name, history will not link it to my maiden name family, nor will it link it to my mother's family. So, perhaps, I might start adding my extended name on the label:
Jannie _______ Stamper (____)
That's gonna take up a lot of space on a label!
Halloween is just around the corner and I have to finish the lab coat my son will be wearing. I still have to think of a way for him to have the fuzzy eyebrows and mustache.
I'm gonna have to get back to sewing.
Friday, October 22, 2010
Please excuse the appearance of my hands. Once the photos were taken, I couldn't believe how my hands looked. I should have gave myself a manicure beforehand.
I may not use a hoop, but some people may feel more comfortable with a small hoop.
I can either work from the back using the marked letters as my guide.
From the front, I make sure they are no gaps between the stitches. I'll place the needle in where the last stitch ended.
The letter "n" with gaps (what not to do).
The letter "n" without gaps.
I should have the border placed in the next post.
The finished hand embroidery. I decided underline the name of the quilt to make it stand out more.