Saturday, 16 September 2017

Cushion for Teacher.....


I told my 9 year old grandson that I would make him something to take to his teacher, Mrs Fitzpatrick  for a Christmas Present. Once again this was something that I had always wanted to make..  Her favorite colour is that pretty aqua blue so I am sure she will love the cushion.   The cushion fabric has some of the aqua  colour on it as well.  The front part of the cushion is a pocket where you can put a book or anything else you might need.  There are lots of different sayings to put on cushions and they are all gorgeous. I bought the design from Memories in Thread and it stitched out without any problems.....
                                                                               

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Birthday Shirt...


A shirt to match the towel for the Birthday Boy. I wished I had used vinyl now so the car would be lovely and shiny but thought it would be too heavy but I think it would have been ok as I would have only used a small piece..  Both the towel and shirt are on their way to Bowen and should arrive in time for the birthday next week.  I keep thinking I will run out of ideas for boys but something always seems to pop up when I need it.  I bought this design here and it stitched out beautifully.  I would also like to thank Katrina for adding the number 9 to the design for me. I think it looks great.
                                                                                 

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Hooded Towel...

My first time at making a Hooded Towel.  This is for my youngest grandson Cooper who loves McQueen from the movie Cars. I also wanted to use something shiny for the car so I got some vinyl.
Not sure of how this would work as I had never used vinyl before and it was so easy to use .The design came from My Silly Geese and there are heaps of designs there to choose from.  I can't wait to give this to Cooper.
                                                                             

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Patchwork Quilt !!!!!


Finally finished after about 2 years.  The design is from Sweet Pea and all of her designs stitch out great.  There are 192 x  5 inch squares and 120 of the triangle border blocks.   I had to bring my sewing machine out to the kitchen table to put the quilt together.   Once I started I decided to get it finished.  There was a lot of push and shove getting the quilt through the machine.  It was to have a scallop around the bottom of the quilt but decided against as it would have been too hard to get a nice even scallop, so I decided to bind it.  The quilt is for my grandsons 21st Birthday, I hope he likes it.
                                                                           

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Baby Towels !!!!

 I loved this machine embroidery design as soon as I saw it.  I have been waiting patiently to hear if my first great grandchild will be a boy or a girl.  Finally found out that the baby is going to be a little boy so I now I can start making baby things.  The Ellie Elephant design  is from Stitch Delight and stitched out beautifully.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Tea Towel Embroidery

Just some Machine Embroidery on my new DreamMaker  Brother Machine. It is stitching beautifully and it even cuts the jump stitches. It certainly makes a difference not having to cut all those jump stitches.  Lots of designs, the camping one is from My Darling Designs, the other were from Urban Threads and Gina Grace Designs..
                                                                     











Sunday, 6 August 2017

Roses, Roses Everywhere......

Now I have the bigger hoop I have been practicing and decided to do the leg of a pair of my jeans.... I had to unpick the inside seam of the leg so that the fabric could be hooped.   The Rose  design is from Urban Threads.   I used the 7x12 hoop and the design took about 7 hours to stitch out.  It was done in three hoopings.  There is another Rose at the top that is not visible...  I can't wait to wear them out somewhere.

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Drink Coasters.......

I loved making these coasters, once I started I couldn't stop.  A very quick and easy design to make.  The design is from Kreative Kiwi and is made In the Hoop on my Embroidery Machine...   I am loving my new Brother  DreamMaker Machine.
                                                                           

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Wrist Pin Cushions.....

Once again when I see a design I want to, make it, I want to make everything.  Another easy project and just loved making them. Not sure how someone could put a pin in those beautiful ladies.  If I didn't have to do other things I would never leave my sewing room.   These gorgeous wrist pin cushions will probably be gifts for my sewing friends.....
                                                                                 

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Pot Holders.....


When I saw these pot holders I just had to get the pattern.    So cute the cat looking out the window.  Now I have the bigger hoops I can make all these sorts of things.  I really enjoyed making the pot holders,  It was another quick and easy project.  All done in the hoop with about 2 inches of hand stitching where the pot holder is turned to the right side.
                                                                                     

Friday, 16 June 2017

U.F.O.


I have had the pieces for these balls cut out for a very long time, I am going through and trying to catch up on all my U.F.O.S.     I think they turned out really well and as they are made all by hand ( I am not really into hand work), but it is something that I can do  while watching TV at night.

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Cute Little Bag

This is the first project that I made on my new Embroidery Machine.  I bought a brother Dreammaker VE2200.   Just to try out the machine I downloaded the design as it was a free design from the Janome site.  It was an 8x8 design but as my hoop could only take a 7 inch design, I had to make the design smaller which I did in the editing of the Embroidery Machine. I was quite happy with how the little bag turned out, as it has been said not to change the size of In the Hoop designs. I have since upgraded to the 8x12 hoop for this machine.  Now I can  do some of those large designs and having lots of fun.

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Something Special ....


I am having a little bit of fun, my sister's son and his wife have had a beautiful little girl called Sophie. After four boys she is a little ray of sunshine. So now I can make some pretty little pink things.  I bought the knitted bonnet and made the fsl flower  and the couple of other headbands. I am going to have lots of fun.....

Monday, 29 May 2017

Patchwork Project.......

 Every couple of months we do a project at the Banana Patchwork Club that I attend.  This doily was what we made last week.  It looks really complicated but if you follow the directions it is quite easy. Everyone was amazed at how unique the doilies looked, made from all the  different fabrics. I think this one will be for Christmas....

Friday, 19 May 2017

Chalk Painting.......

                         From This .......   To This
 A couple of weeks ago we were lucky enough to have a Workshop in Chalk Painting.  As we don't get this sort of thing visiting our small town very often,  I jumped at the chance to be included in The Chalk Painting Workshop.    The workshop was about 5 hrs and what I liked about it was there was no preparation, such as sanding or anything like that.  As you can see my piece was vanished and all that had to be done was to give it a good wipe over with a damp cloth.  I only used one colour and then sanded back bits where there would be natural  wear and tear.  After all this is done you rub a wax in and give it a good polish and what a difference the wax makes. I am sooo happy with my plant stand.   With the chalk paint you can use two or more colours and then you sand back to reveal the different colours underneath.  It was really a great day and was enjoyed by all who attended.  Opps the painted plant stand looks crooked but it was just the angle which the photo was taken.

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Sew-a-Long Bag..............



Last month I did a Sew-a-Long with Sweet Pea Designs.  There were 6 blocks embroidered on the Embroidery  Machine, and the rest of the bag was put together using a sewing machine. It was a quick and easy project and I really loved it, so I am keeping it for myself to take my sewing supplies to craft classes.  I usually give the things away that I make but now this one. Sweet Pea  Designs have  some wonderful embroidery designs with very clear instructions. It is also an Australian Company based in Brisbane.
                                                                               

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Easter T Shirts........

 Once again time to make Easter T Shirts for my Grandsons.  This year I am only making one as my other four grandsons are getting a bit old to wear a T Shirt that Grandma made.  I made Cooper two shirts and I  liked  the " dare to stand out " one from Julia Designs ( it is not really an Easter Design) but it did have a chicken in the design.   The other design I got from here.  Both stitched out beautifully.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

For a Special Little Puppy.........


I was asked to make a name tag for a puppy called Marley.  It was to go on the breast plate of the harness that the lead is attached to.  This was my first time embroidering on vinyl.     I hope that Karla and Marley like it.
                                                                           













































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Saturday, 25 March 2017

Special Flower .............

 After many, many years I finally got a flower on my Bird of Paradise plant.  I never thought that they would flower. I have three plants in my garden. It really brightened my day when I saw it.  Now I know that it will flower I am waiting eagerly for more flowers.   I just love this flower and hope for many more.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Tea Towels.................


                                                                                 
Just doing a bit of embroidery and and using some of the designs that I have bought over the years,..  I am making up for lost time since I have retired and loving it.   I have got my Singer XL400 stitching really well  and this is the machine that I used for  embroidering these tea towels.  I could get in my sewing room and not come out but I have other things that need a bit of attention too. I also love to garden and it has been so hot here with very little rain so it  takes time to keep the garden watered.  There is still not enough hours in the day for all the things that I want to do.
                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                               

Monday, 6 March 2017

Pen Holders.....


I had a sewing mate going into hospital for a serious operation.I wanted to make a gift for her. I saw these pen holders and had thought that it was a great idea.  I bought a journal and made the pen holder and gave them to her.  Everyone thought it was a great idea as it keeps the pen with the book and you can't lose it. I will be making some for myself as I can never find a pen when I need one.   They are made out of vinyl  which makes them easy to keep clean with just a wipe with a damp cloth. The Machine Embroidery Design came from Buggalena.


















                                                                           

Friday, 24 February 2017

Log Cabin Blanket..........


Finally finished this Log Cabin Blanket.  It had been sitting there with just the last row to do.   It was a reverse single crochet and as I had never done this before I kept putting it off.    Also it has been really hot here in Central Queensland. I found a very helpful video on You Tube.  Once I started the reserve single crochet I found it very easy and it didn't take long to go around the blanket.   As this was the final row it made a nice twist on the edge and really finished off the blanket.   Another one for the grandkids......