Be sure to check out the new items in my Etsy Store.
Great holiday gifts, birthday presents, baby shower items and items for bakers and quilters alike.
Here’s a sneak peek – or go to For Sale! for a more in-depth description.
This weekend at the West Virginia Quilt Festival Teacher’s Medley, one of the classes I taught was on wool applique pin cushions.
You start by drawing your pin cushion design on the paper side of freezer paper (not the wax side). The design is your own personal preference. Cut the design out of the freezer paper; iron the wax side of the freezer paper to the wool fabric (or any fabric) you’re using.
Now you have to determine what kind of back ground fabric to adhere the cut out design. Use a glue stick to adhere the design to the main fabric piece. Now stitch it down with wool thread or dmc floss – a primitive or blanket stitch (if you cut out a wool design); if you’re using cotton then use needle turn applique.
Then assemble the front and back right sides together stitch by machine around all four sides leaving a small opening on one side; turn the cushion right side out; fill with crushed walnuts or sand; whip stitch the opening closed.
Enjoy the examples below…
A few wool sun flowers to brighten any sewing room.
A few more beautiful wool creations.
Here are some of the themed versions done in cotton – Just in time for summer, no less.
A great little American Flag with embellished stars.
A summer bloom (notice the buttons?!).
A sweet treat with a yummy watermelon – decked out with beads.
These are wonderful little gifts and can even be converted to cool paper weights if filled rice!
My daughter loves to make cupcakes and cakes. She’s always trying new tools, recipes and she has 4 aprons! I’m sure she’d love more!
The return of the cupcake is in hand with the return of apron. We are going back to home entertaining, as the economy is challenging all of us. Plus, we all enjoy spending time with family and friends and what better a place then in the kitchen!
It’s not just baked goods like cupcakes but with great meals of ribs, a hamburger on the grill and a healthy piece of fish.
In honor of their return, I have had fun making reversible aprons for all occasions.
As you can see, I started with some great cupcake fabric but then got a bit more creative! These are not your grandma’s aprons.
Tea Cup Apron
Morning Rooster Apron
You can make one in about 2 hours and you only need 8 fat quarters. I have made them with theme fabric such as Halloween, Christmas, and Easter. I also use fun and fancy fabrics with images of cupcakes, cooking utensils, and gardening.
These are perfect gifts! If you need a quick hostess gift for a dinner invite, make an apron – bring it with some wine or cupcake liners and you are all set! Your hostess will love it!
I can’t believe how much we’ve done. Wow, the shop is really getting filled with products – beautiful, unique quilts.
Here’s a few highlights…
This beautiful and very popular (with my daughter’s friends!) “Poppy” Wallhanging is ideal for a teen’s room or a young 20-30 something single lady in the city!
Inspired by O’Keeffe. It was done using multiple shades of reds/oranges/pinks to give the poppy the depth of design.