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.

            

Friday, September 23, 2016

Sewing & Quilting Design Studio

     For a while now I have been trying to convince my sweet husband that we needed to close in our backporch and make it into my sewing room.  Today, I am happy to share with you that for the past two days, I have been listening to the sound of hammers and nail guns!  And windows being installed!  And paint colors to choose!  Oh my gosh, it is finally happening.  I will have my very own room that will be used for my sewing and quilting, and pattern designs.  Can you tell I am excited?  I will be using the new fabric collection "Sundrops" by Corey Yoder, Moda fabrics for my room decor.  I will make a new sewing machine mat and ironing board cover using these fabrics.  I will share photos when everything is complete.  

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Kits Available

Today I am sew excited to share with you that Quilted Creations Quilt Shop has made kits to use to make my pattern for the Sewing Machine Mat. These are the same fabrics that were used to make the shop sample.  Visit the shop located at 24 Main Street on the square in historic downtown Headland, Alabama; or by the web located at sherrysews.com



Thursday, August 11, 2016

Late Summer

     It is late Summer here in my countryside, and most of the garden plants have bloomed and withered away.  Just a few lazy zinnias left.  And the beauty of God's nature in these wild morning glories growing on the old fencepost.