Don't you just hate to run out of bobbin thread midway of piecing a big project? Here's my trick....before I begin a big project, I prewind several bobbins using the Simplicity Sidewinder portable bobbin winder. You can find these handy dandy must-have tools at your local fabric store. After I have several bobbins ready, I attach them to my pincushion/sewing caddy with a beaded hat pin. Voila! Bobbins at the ready.
A beaded hat pin is included with each of my handmade pincushions.
How do you bobbin?
Make a quick and easy patriotic wreath and display your love of the Red, White & Blue!
Supplies: *One straw wreath
*1/2yd each of red & white
*1/4yd blue felt
*white wooden stars
*awl, or sharp tool (a
1) Cut each of the three felt colors into square 3-1/2"x3-1/2" (amount you need will vary according to size of the wreath)
2) To assemble, find center of the squares, and using awl, poke and press felted piece into the straw wreath. The pieces will stay secure, however, if you want to dab a small amount of glue onto the felted square that will doubly secure them in place. I was in a hurry and did not add the glue. My wreath has hung for Memorial Days, Veterans Days and 4th of Julys for three years now, and was packed and moved across three different states, and remains secure.
3) Poke in as many in each color as is pleasing to you. The fuller the better.
4) Using hot glue gun, attach white wooden stars onto the blue felt pieces.
5) Wrap pieces of white wire around a pencil to create the corkscrew. Poke wire corkscrews randomly around the stars and in the blue area.
6) Using an over-the-door wreath hook, proudly hang your wreath for all to see.
God Bless America
I am working on centerpieces for the tables at my niece's graduation from high school. Each one will be a little different, but the same concept.
I took clay pots and painted them. Some have stencil designs, some have stickers on them. Each will have three Folded Star Pinwheels glued to dowel rods and stuck in floral foam.
I have to transport these lovelies across eight states, so I'll do the final touches there. I am going to fill around the inside base of the pot with Bob's red & white striped peppermints for the guests to grab as they visit together around the tables.
Following the party, the pots can be used by the grad to store pencils, rulers, and other supplies a college student uses to make for a successful college experience!
I have been making umbrellas for a few years now. I've always had in the back of my mind I would like to add my own "unique" touch to one. Mother's Day, and my Mom's love of the Sunbonnet Sue block and the color pink, was my inspiration for this special gift.
I used pink Kona Cotton by Robert Kaufman for my applique background. The piecing was completed with 50wt. Aurifil grey #2600 thread. For the raindrops and puddle embroidery I used 12wt Aurifil grey #2605.
I am so pleased with this project, and I know Mother will be overjoyed.
Happy Mother's Day to y'all.
Sometimes cloudy days can be the best for picture taking. We went out scouting around town today for just the right place to take pattern cover pictures of my new Pearl pattern.
I don't usually do a lot of piecing with pastels or such light colors. It makes a difference in the picturing taking. I am thrilled with the venue we took the pictures in, but the colors are not as outstanding as the quilt is in real life. But I do like this shot the best as the knock out rose bush adds a touch of color as well.
Which is your favorite?
Doc constructed a portable pegboard for me. The weather was so lovely, I gave it a couple coats of a sweet pink color.
It will be perfect for all of the quilt shows I have scheduled for this year. I am especially anxious about doing the AQS show in Des Moines, Iowa...close to home. By then, maybe he'll make my little pink pegboard a companion!
With some help from my mother, and the gorgeous long arm quilting by Charisma Horton, Pearl is another pattern to add to my inventory. I designed this quilt using EQ. It incorporates regular piecing, paper piecing and hand applique'.
Charisma quilted the top with feathering around the hearts, and cross-hatch inside the heart block.
I think this would look great using dark scrappy prints, even reproduction Civil War fabrics.
Except for a couple of tweaking of details, I have designed another pattern for an upcoming quilt show in Lake Charles, LA.
Celebrate You is a whimsical banner that will brighten any celebration....and the best part...it's Calorie Free!
Always be your creative self!