Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas Stockings

Every year someone in the family needs a new stocking. This year my new niece baby Hallie and my Nana who is 92! Of course I left it to December to start making them - I have got to be better about getting things done in the summer! I didn't even get very good pictures of them because it was midnight when I finished them, wrapped them, and checked them off my list!

They are pieced, appliqued, quilted, stitched with soft fur - they are quite the process!

Nana was so thrilled at her stocking. She said it was her very first stocking. Imagine getting your first stocking at 92 years old. I love Nana!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Jedi Costumes

This was the most intense Halloween yet! The children are so into Star Wars and they were very demanding on how the costumes should be. I searched the Internet and read how everyone constructed Jedi robes. It came down to laying the person on the fabric and cutting around their body! No tutorial here - you just have to go for it!!!
Marbles also got his own Jedi Robe. I love sewing things like that minutes before we have to go trick or treating!

I also made them matching treat bags with their names. I cut the image and letters out of vinyl then used it as a stencil and painted the bag.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Taylor Swift Concert T-Shirts

We love Taylor Swift! And you can't show up to a concert with just any old shirt on! We needed matching shirts that said "Speak Now". And you can't just slap some puffy paint on them when you can applique with cute fabric! And so we did. I cut up some old T-shirts and made little flowers in the pink and orange for the shoulders.
The back of the shirt I cut a stencil on the Cricut out of vinyl. I found an image for Taylor's signature and the date of the concert! I painted it in craft paint.Why make 1 shirt when you can make 5! It was fun to be all matching.

We had such good seats and these were pictures I took on my camera - my niece even touched Taylor! It was the best concert ever! People kept asking us where we got our shirts! Good job Jedi Craft Girl!!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Halloween Sewing & Quilting

I sewed up a few new things for Halloween. I love this fabric with the fun orange mixed with turquoise and black - so yummy!

The pillows were so fun to make - just sew some random strips and add a ruffle or flower!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

A New Front Door

Not so much new door as new look! The Barn Red had to go - ah it was such the color 8 years ago!

We took the doors off and gave them a good sanding.
Then we went to town on the cheery apple green I choose. It's bright but I really like it.It looks like my husband is doing all the work. Not really, I'm just the one with the camera!!

Love the brass - don't you? Not to worry and no spending $250 on new handles. Just some spray primer & paint!

I used this self etching primer and followed the directions. Then I bought "oil rubbed bronze" spray paint finished them up.How does it look?

I painted the inside too - they used to be ugly wood color - now they are a fresh white!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

ipad case tutorial

I found this darling tutorial from Freckled Whimsy. I want an ipad just so I can make a case for it! I followed the instructions and sewed this one for my sister.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Turtle Softie

I found this turtle softie tutorial HERE. We decided to make one with 2 patches of white on the shell. Ella took it to school and her friends signed it on the last day of school. Super cute!
Then we needed to make another turtle so they could be friends!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Old Radio Re-Do

I bought this old fashioned radio/turntable thing at a garage sale. (can you just see my husband rolling his eyes at me when I told him to get the truck and come with me!) When I saw it I loved it. Well - not the finish - it was super shiny - this photo doesn't even show how much it shined.
I didn't really need the turntable aspect of it although it would have been cool to restore it. I do need storage. I knew this was a project for me. We took the insides out and made it into three sections for storage. Then we stripped it, sanded it, and stained it. I love it! I've already got it full. I keep table linens, candles and other items I use in the dining room - I love it.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Sunglasses Case

I made these sunglasses cases for gifts. I found the pattern HERE and then just added a ruffle and flower. I love how they turned out. They are lined with fleece or minkey. I gave them all away and now all my sunglasses are scratched. I must make more!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Strawberry Basket Quilt

Here is my "Strawberry Basket" quilt.  The best test of a quilt is if the kitty chooses to nap here.  Marbles loves it!!

The quilted strawberries turned out cute - I just kind of experimented with them.
I bound it in red and white gingham cut on the bias. The back is red and white gingham as well.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Easter Birds

I got this darling bird pattern HERE from the Sewn Spaces book. You can download the pattern for free. I sewed at least 10 of them for Easter.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The Rapunzel Quilt is Finished!

I love this sweet wall quilt and it was easy to sew! I just sewed strips of pink, purple, and white prints together in different widths. I traced an image of the tower from a book then enlarged it on the printer. I transferred it to the fabric and then machine appliqued it along with the movie quote. Oh how we love Rapunzel!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Wedding Gift Pillow

I made this pillow (18"x18") for a wedding gift. The couples' colors are black, white, and yellow. I appliqued their last name initial on it - it is quilted with a goose down pillow insert. I love it!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

More Aprons

I sewed 2 ruffled aprons for the cupcake shop. They turned out super cute!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Family Tree Quilt & Vinyl Saying

I finished the tree quilt. I love it. I used Moda Fandango charm packs for the leaves and the border. I had to draw the tree myself because I didn't have a pattern and I am not very good at drawing - so it turned out pretty good considering I don't have any art skills.I stippled the cream background, then did 1/2 inch straight line stitching on the border and then quilted the tree a little.

I wanted a tree quilt so I could put this vinyl saying next to it - that is where the whole idea came from. I just love it. It took me 2+ hours to cut the vinyl and hang it evenly - that is way stressful - but worth it.