Friday, November 24, 2017

Sewing Room

Today is Black Friday 2017, and I am home in my jammies and fuzzy slippers enjoying my coffee and shopping via my computer online.  Looking at coffee makers, quilting patterns, (I just ordered a few); and quilt ladders.  I have asked my sweet hubby for a quilt ladder to place in my sewing room as a Christmas gift this year.   We will see what he comes up with, old or new, painted or rough cut lumber, maybe vintage....he is pretty crafty in construction, he may even make me one!
I wanted to share with you a few photos of the sewing room design in progress.  And I will share more photos later.  I will be adding blinds on the windows, and a rack on the wall between the two windows.
 Happy Thanksgiving weekend! Enjoy time with family, and shopping too!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

New Shop Sample for TJ's Fabrics in Destin, Florida

( photo taken inside my new sewing and quilting design room)

The photos shown above are the new shop sample that I just created for
located in Destin, Florida.  My pattern to make the Sewing Machine Mat is  used with some of the newest fabrics in the shop.  I really like the ric-rack and the colored buttons for accents.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Mystery Class

I recently taught a Friday night "Mystery" quilt class at, located in Headland, Alabama.  A mystery quilt is so much fun because you have no clue what you are making until you get started.  The pre-class instructions told everyone to bring various strips of fabrics, in various widths and colors.  Just place them in a paper bag and come to class!
The strips of fabric were sewn onto background fabric, each block was nine inches finished.  When completed, the blocks make a wonderful star quilt.  The completed quilt with borders measures 46 x 46 inches, just the right size for a lap quilt or baby quilt.

This is Betty peeking out from behind!  She used Robyn Pandolph fabrics.

This is Becky peeking out from behind!  She used brightly colored fabrics, and machine embroidery to create a wonderful baby quilt.

I will be teaching at Quilted Creations again in August.  Hope to see you there!

Monday, May 22, 2017

It is Summer and the Living is Easy, and the Quilting is easy too!

     It is Summer and the Living is easy, and the Quilting is easy too!  This table runner is simple and easy to make.  You can "flip" it over, it is reversible, and enjoy the fabrics on both sides.   This table runner is perfect to be created from those beautiful fabrics or large scale print fabrics that you just do not want to cut into smaller pieces. 

Materials needed:
1/2 yard of two gorgeous, fun, Summer fabrics
1/4 yard binding fabric
Aurifil thread for stitching and machine quilting
15 1/2" x 45" (WOF) piece of batting
Spray baste product

Finished size of runner will be 15 x 42 inches.  (WOF = width of fabric)

•One half yard x WOF fabric pieces•  The two half yard pieces of fabric each need to be cut to size 15 1/2" x WOF.  (If the original half yard of fabric was cut correctly from your favorite quilt shop, this should leave you a 2 1/2" strip cut from the fabric.  This strip can now go into your stash, as it will not be used in this project).  Sandwich/layer together the bottom fabric right side down, batting in the middle, then top side fabric right side up.   Following the directions of the spray baste product, spray baste lightly all layers together.  Using a walking foot, machine quilt on the diagonal every 2 1/2",  making a cross-hatch design.  The quilting lines can be marked before quilting using a removable pen, or with quilters (painters) tape.
If using tape, just quilt right along beside the tape and then remove the tape.  Move the tape to the next row of quilting and repeat.  When the quilting is complete, trim the project to size, 
15" x 42".  Cut the binding fabric into four  2" strips.  Join the strips with diagonal seams to make a continuous binding strip.  With the wrong sides of the binding fabric strip inside, fold the strip in half lengthwise and press with your iron. Machine stitch binding to your "favorite" top side of the table runner fabric, then finish the binding by hand stitching to the back side of the runner.  This project can easily be completed by a "confident beginner"  during a Summer afternoon. 

Fabrics I used are designed by BariJ. for Art Gallery Fabrics.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Sharing More T-Shirt Quilts

     Working full time at my day job certainly keeps me busy, but I love to create T-shirt quilts for friends when I have time. I was asked to create these two quilts as Christmas gifts this past year.  The first one is made entirely from the child's machine embroidery created shirts. He is now four years old.  The quilt was a gift from the grandmother to the mom.  This was the first time I attempted to create from shirts this small in size, but it turned out wonderful! It will be a wonderful family heirloom that the mom and grandmother will always treasure.

This quilt was created and given from the mom to her son as a Christmas gift.  Grunge fabrics by Basic Grey, Moda fabrics, were used in the sashing and backing for this quilt.  It was machine quilted with a great geometric pattern.  Just wonderful for a quilt for a guy. They both loved the design.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Merry Christmas

The gifts are all wrapped with shiny glitter bows, and the menu has been planned.  I have some baking to do, and a few last minute stitches to finish!  Christmas will be here in a few days, and I am looking forward to my son coming home, and spending some special times with my family. How wonderful to celebrate our savior Jesus birth!  
I want to wish all of you a safe, happy, and blessed MERRY CHRISTMAS!

I am sharing a favorite holiday recipe.  This recipe has been in my family for many years.

  Orange Pudding
6 fresh Florida oranges, peeled and cut into small bite size pieces, with any seeds removed
2 tablespoons flour
1/2 cup sugar
5 eggs, separated yolks & whites
1-1/2 pints milk
1/2 cup sugar
Sprinkle 1/2 cup sugar over the orange pieces.  Refrigerate while preparing pudding.
Mix flour, 1/2 cup sugar, egg yolks and milk.  Cook in a double boiler over medium low heat until thickened.  Pour over oranges and mix well.  Use the egg whites to make a meringue topping if you like, or top with home made whipping cream.  
Refrigerate overnight.  Serve chilled.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Pattern Number 2 is Ready!

I have been so blessed with all the response for my first pattern, The Sewing Machine Mat, Spring Mat!!  This pattern makes the sewing machine mat in a larger size to fit newer machines with larger sewing throat bed areas.  I want to thank everyone that has purchased a copy of the pattern and I truly hope that you are enjoying making and using your mat under your sewing machine in your sewing rooms. 
During a recent beach trip to the beautiful Gulf of Mexico at Panama City Beach, Florida, my friend Faye asked me to create a smaller mat for her featherweight sewing machine. She says, "I want smaller pockets, just the right size to tuck in a bobbin or pack of needles, or a small piece of chocolate!"  And so I decided to name this mat the "Summer Bikini" because it was created at the beach, and it will be tiny and just fit in the area where I keep my smaller sewing machine, and because that is about the only bikini I will have!  So after a bit of pattern designing and quilting, my designs were made and packaged together as Pattern #2.  The mat is created a lot smaller to be just perfect under your featherweights!!

Summer Bikini Sewing Machine Mat with Bikini Beach Mug Rug 

This is a close up photo of the machine quilting designs on the sewing machine mat and the companion mug rug.  This mug rug pattern combines easy paper piecing and machine applique, finishes at 5 x 7 inches.

Note:  The pattern sample was created using batik fabrics and was longarm quilted with the pattern, Surf’s Up, by Gammill Girls Quilting, located at Front Porch Quilt Shoppe, Ozark, Alabama.  If you choose to have your fabrics for the base and pocket of the mat professionally longarm quilted, please check with your favorite longarm quilter to note their requirements.  A larger size fabric may be required, as needed to feed onto the longarm machine.  After the longarm quilting, you will cut your base and pocket to the correct size and put together, then add the binding to make the sewing machine mat.  
Pattern instructions and fabric requirements are given for the mat to be quilted by the maker.   This mat, “Summer Bikini”,  was created to be used with your  smaller sewing machines, the pockets are three inches deep, and can be stitched to whatever size width you choose.  The pattern sample has four pockets that are five inches apart.  This mat is perfect for the classroom and retreats! The pockets are just the correct size for tucking in extra bobbins, sewing machine needles, and small spools of thread.  
The finished size of the mat is 17 x 20 inches.

This is the perfect companion mat for all of you that have the smaller classroom machines and the featherweight sewing machines.