Thursday, April 29, 2010

Simple Beret

How about another simple beret? This is all done with one simple crochet stitch. I did this all in one sitting that's how easy it is. Like my lampshade? It's been very useful to put things on to take pictures of since I don't have a model to help me.


Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Eyeglass Chain

This is another eyeglass chain I made. These are super easy to whip up. I used glass beads and seed beeds. I also made the adjustable piece to hold the glasses since I couldn't find any already made to buy. It came out better to make them so I don't have to hunt high and low next time I need to make eyeglass chains.


Monday, April 26, 2010

Crochet Beret

I have been crocheting since my sewing machines have to be serviced. I bought this variegated brown yarn from my local yarn shop for this beret. I love this yarn because it's a chunky weight and I can crochet this beret in no time. I love the lacy pattern but I am not keeping it. It's going to my friend. She loves hats of every kind and wears one every day. That's all for today. Have a super day!


Saturday, April 24, 2010

Crochet Floral Hot Pad

How about a crochet hot pad to share today? I was looking at Creative Jewish Mom's website and saw a crochet hot pad she made. She directed viewers to the pattern for it. I found it at Free Craft Unlimited. I did pretty well until I got to the part where it says to fold the petals. See my first picture? I couldn't get it to fold right. Finally my husband tried it, still not quite right. I almost gave up folding, but then I just decided to flip the petals around instead of folding like the pattern says. It worked! If you go check it out and look at the picture in the pattern, the fold is not going in the same direction as mine. I am left handed and sometimes things turn out the opposite way.

This is how it's supposed to be folded, but I must be missing something, because it's not quite as full as the picture in the pattern. I'll have to try again later to see how it turns out.




Friday, April 23, 2010

Kaleidoscope Quilt

Since I can't sew, I have a quilt I made to share. I've never shared this before. This quilt is made using Bethany Reynolds pattern book called Stack-n-Whack. This pattern is easy to follow and only uses one fabric print to create all these beautiful kaleidoscope blocks. The pattern I used to make the blocks are the same floral print I used for the second border. This quilt has custom quilting on it but I couldn't get a good picture of the back side where you can see the beautiful quilting done on it. It's stippled around the blocks and the borders have different quilting designs on it. I have some more I'll share later.
I am thinking of auctioning this quilt as part of my daughter's fundraiser. She's close to meeting her goal and payment is due next month.
Have a great weekend!






Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Eyeglass Chain

I haven't made eyeglass chains in a while. This one is for another friend of mine. She asked me to make one but didnt' specify what types of beads so I went for what I had in my drawer. I used pink seed beads, golden looking teeny tiny beads and the larger beads are jade beads I bought at a really good price a loooooong time ago. Hope she likes it.







Life in the Pitts

CG&CGC Tag

Joan tagged the CG&G about the magazines they like to read. Here's the questions:
1. if you can relate to this, which magazines do you prefer? and
2. have you ever made any projects from those magazines? and
3. maybe you want to show us the project(s)?


I love to buy the Quilting for Christmas magazines because of all the wonderful holiday projects in there. I have moved my quilting stuff around so I can't seem to locate the year I bought the magazine to make the Nativity quilt.
This Nativity quilt was really easy to make. The pattern is all in one piece and all you have to do is lay the pattern onto the black fabric and cut out the shapes, then layer the cutout piece on top of the background, batting and backing and start quilting. Add binding and it's done.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Freshwater Pearl Necklace

This is a freshwater pearl necklace my friend asked me to fix for her. The string broke and I don't know how long she's had it but she gave the beads to me in a pill bottle. Wish I took a picture of it for you to see. I took some really good beading wire and used that instead of silk thread because it will be stronger than thread. This should last for a very long time.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Tote Bag Sewing Party Final Update

I was really WANTING to make the Bella bag so I stopped by Joann's after the Scout Fair and picked up some grommets. The line was just as bad as yesterday (Fri.) but I had time to wait. I bought these blue prints a loooong time ago to make a bag, but never got around to it. I went and dug it out of my stash to use for this bag. After all the cutting and ironing. I drew the quilting lines with a ruler and quilted the outside bag pieces. It went alot faster than normal for me. I did not like the pin tucks at the bottom like the pattern's picture because it just looked like it didn't belong according to me;) so I didn't do it. I used the blue paisley print for the inside lining and the yellow print for the inside pockets. The grommets were super easy to snap in place. It's a pretty cute bag. I am not a blue person, but I like this combination.
I've enjoyed visiting everyone's blog and seeing all the beautiful handbags. It was fun sewing along with everyone.







Saturday, April 17, 2010

Tote Bag Sewing Party Update 4

Ok, I added the flower. I am going to tweek it some more before I finalize this pattern. I am liking the addition of the flower.


Thursday, April 15, 2010

CG&GQC

This is one of my projects for the CG&GQC goal I have been working on. I won this Decoy Schnibbles pattern from Michelle and it's taken me a while to get it done. I know it's small, but I had to modify it a bit because I wasn't paying attention to the seam allowance instruction. I used mostly scraps for this quilt. I haven't figured out where I am going to put it when it's done.
BTW...I will be joining the tote bag sewing party this Sat. I will be making the Bella bag from Anka's Treasures. I won the pattern from Kristina of Quilted Treasures. Can't wait to work on it. The bag looks really cute.




Ribbon Necklace Tutorial

I am done putting the tutorial for the ribbon necklace in it's original post. You can see it here.
Have fun making your own.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Ribbon Pearl Necklace

I saw a similar necklace minus the flower ribbon in a catalog from a company I don't think I should name for over $40, ouch! My sister gave me these gorgeous glass pearls about a year ago and it has been sitting in my jewelry drawer. This was the perfect opportunity to use them after all, I have a ton of ribbons sitting in my ribbon drawer. This necklace would make a perfect gift for Mother's Day since it's coming up pretty quickly. Now, here's my question to you:
Would you like a tutorial for this? If I have alot of requests for the tutorial, I will get it done for you since it takes a bit of time to photograph and write everything up. I just want to make sure there's enough interest before I do it.

Have a SUPER day!




You'll need:
Large beads/pearls
Ribbon (one for necklace, one for flower)
Embroidery Floss/Silk thread

1. Cut your ribbon about 50" or depending on how long you would like your necklace to hang. Allow for at least one inch per bead. Determine your starting point by dividing the number of beads in half and add 1" per bead. Start measuring from the center towards the end of one side of your ribbon to determine starting point. Sew a really good knot to start make sure it's secure and won't come out of the ribbon.



Thread one bead. See the picture below how I pinched the ribbon to wrap around the bead? This is to line up the ribbon to the bead's hole. Put your needle through the ribbon. You'll weave the beads around the ribbon back and forth until you've used up your beads. Secure the thread as you did in the beginning. Take your ribbon and make a knot. This will hide the threaded knot you've made. You can see this knot in the finished necklace I wore.



2. Cut a 36" piece of 5/8" organdy ribbon, you can cut yours longer if you would like a larger flower. Put needle through the beginning of the ribbon, leave a 5-6" tail. Sew long running stitches.


3. Hold on to the thread you've left a tail at the beginning, pull up the thread where your needle is. Check to make sure the threaded side of the ribbon is at the bottom. Pull both ends of the thread tightly together and tie off. Referring to the picture of me wearing the necklace. Sew the flower onto one side of the necklace.



Show and Tell Green

Friday, April 9, 2010

Alyssa Tote

This was a birthday gift set I made for my friend's little girl recently. I cut fabrics for the pockets and forgot to add it so I made the little pouch to go with the tote bag. I lined it pretty good so it will stand on its own. My son spent the night at my friend's home and he said she was carrying it around and wouldn't put it down. It's nice to know she loved it. That's all I have for today.
Click on the buttons below and go make some new friends. Have a great weekend!





Thursday, April 8, 2010

Jewelry Set

This set is for my friend. I made it using silver and glass beads. I chose clear so it would go with anything. I also created an extender chain so the length can be adjusted. I still have some more to make so will post as I finish.


CGQC April Goals

Ok, this will be quick. This month's CGQC goal for me is going to be:

1) Finish the Schnibble's Decoy quilt. I was working on it but then I modified a couple of things then got sidetracked. This month I will definitely get it done.

2) A handbag I was supposed to make and create a pattern for which I didn't get done so that needs to be done.

Sorry no pictures. I can't seem to make up my mind on fabrics.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Hair Clips

Still working on stuff. I have 5 jewelry items to get finished and a ton of shirts a friend asked me to put pockets on, but I have something to share with you today. I have a bunch of these flowers leftover from a project so I made more hair clips. I bought a box of duck clips to make hair clips so I can use up some of my craft supplies. My girls don't want to have anything to do with hair clips but it was fun to make. That's all I have for today. Hop on over to Sew Much Ado to check out some wonderful projects posted for today.





Monday, April 5, 2010

Knitted Scarf

I have not had much time to do anything in the way of sewing lately. I have a bunch of projects that needs to be done this week for my friends so it's keeping me busy. I will post as soon as I finish. In the mean time, I have things that I've made that I've never shared. This one is a scarf I made using Joann's Angel Hair yarn. The yarn is so soft and easy to work with, you can whip up this scarf in no time at all. I am sorry I can't recall what the pattern is but I kept thinking I got it from The Purl Bee. I really love this pattern, but I can't seem to remember where I put it. I need to find it so I can make some more. I'll post the pattern name when I get a chance to organize my knitting supplies. It's got to be in there somewhere.