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Archive for the month “March, 2019”

Sun Kissed Carrots

Happy Thursday!

Tomorrow is my day for “sew and tell” with my sewing group. Our local senior center offers a large room with tables, folding chairs, power strips and ironing boards twice a week for quilters that are snowbirds a place to sew for a very low fee. I live here now but I still use the room to fellowship and baste quilts !

During “sew and tell” an item the assigned maker has made is displayed while she talks about her process, things learned, as well as mistakes made. I love learning new techniques from others!

In February we were shown how to create a double friendship star block with a square in square center block easily using two Creative Grids rulers – flying geese ruler and square on square trim tool. I thought it was brilliant and had to go home and try it immediately ♥♥ It really was an efficient way to make the block come together easily without waste. I made a Christmas table runner – using batiks I had in my stash. I’m super happy with the results.

Christmas, table runner, quilted, star
Twisted Star Table Runner

I love raw edge applique and keeping with the Spring/Easter theme I designed a carrot table runner for my sew and tell project . I have a bundle of hand dyed batiks in bright colors and used the orange ones to create the triangle shaped carrots. I used one of the green fat quarters to make orange peel shapes for the leaves. Both (carrot and leaves) were appliqued to a background fabric alternating the carrots leaving approximately a half inch between the carrots to give the illusion of sashing. The carrots on the end were cut in half. The runner measures 16 x 36 inches.

I’m hoping the ladies will find this a fast and fun project as much as I did.

Easter,quilted table runner, carrot applique
sun-kissed carrots table runner

Happy Quilting!

Hello Spring

Happy Monday!

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted, sometimes life gets in the way of spending time in my sewing room.

We had a great visit with my son’s family .

Evelyn Disney family

Here’s Evelyn in one of the outfits I made.

Evelyn Disney update

I also started a low impact boot camp course — I am so out of shape. I am definitely enjoying the work out. It’s been two weeks and I feel the improvement in my energy level.

My Viking Designer SE sewing machine of 19 years is slowly dying and I’ve decided not to repair it. I’ve been shopping for a new machine, this is the first time in many years that I don’t have to consider embroidery features in my decision. I want a machine that I can travel with, locally I found Babylock and Janome machines. We decided to do more shopping so we took a road trip to a few shops in Central Florida. I’ve decided to go with the Juki HZL DX7. The staff in the shop Sew Mini Things in Mt. Dora, Florida were wonderful! I was able to spend quite a bit of time using many of the machines they had on hand. The Juki stitches are beautiful, it is a fast machine, and quiet but the selling point for me was the ease of switching to a straight plate and the multi function foot pedal. The Juki DX7 machine doesn’t have as many decorative stitches as my Babylocks but it does offer the popular ones. The DX7 has an automatic thread cutter, separate motor for winding bobbins, lock and separate reverse stitch, sensor buttonhole and automatic tension settings –same as my Babylocks. The only feature I’m not crazy about is the stitch selector, and it’s not a big deal — I’m spoiled my other machines are touch screens. The price was reasonable but I’m not one to buy on the spot, I came home and did some online research and talked to a couple of people who own Juki machines. I will order the machine online today since the shop offered free shipping!

Sorry for my rambling….

I made a couple of St. Patty Day pillows to use as door prizes for a local event.

A new mug rug for myself.

st patty mug rug
st patty mug rug

I started on Easter table toppers/placemats for my daughter, DIL, and myself!

These were fun….I didn’t have a pattern. I had my sweet hubby draw out a 12 x 18 egg shape, which I used as foundation for piecing. I used my Creative Grids Scrap Crazy templates for the patchwork topper. The place-mats were made with Kaffe Fassett shott cottons cut into 2.5 inch strips. I used the scraps to make the mug rugs and coasters!

Happy Sewing!

Disney Snow Break

Happy Friday!

My son and DIL needed/wanted a break from the snow in Indiana and decided to come visit hubby and I in Sunny Florida, and bringing my little darling with them.

Evelyn


My daughter from Houston is also coming for a short visit. The plan is to spend time at Busch Gardens in Tampa and visit both Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom in Orlando.

We have family Disney shirts but I wanted to make a little something extra for Evelyn. I created the Minnie mouse applique design, I didn’t have a pattern for the skirt and pants — using the measurements her mom sent I drafted a pattern on copy paper. I’m hoping they will fit 🙂

I’m so looking forward to their visit ♥♥

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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