Saturday, October 27, 2012

Cleopatra's Puzzle Completed

I have enjoyed sewing curves and I am glad to have completed theCleopatra's Puzzle block..  What I realized when making this block was Kona fabric is real nice (off white center half moon shape).  This block has a mix of Kona and another no name brand.  I really liked working with the Kona fabric.  I will remember this next time I make a quilt.  In fact I might just stock up on some.

 The wrinkles are distracting my efforts in using stripes, gosh darn it!  It looked so pretty before I sewed it.  These are some stubborn wrinkles I tell you!

Why was I thinking this was called the Greek Cross?  

On to paper piecing.  I am rather excited to try the flying geese pattern.

Have a great weekend!

Friday, October 26, 2012

This Moment

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Drunkard's Path

I think I know why they call this block Drunkard's Path.  I feel like I need a drink after completing it. (lol)

It is a neat block, but my skill level is such that it turned out to be one of my not so pretty blocks as far as technique goes.

My girls are urging me to get off the computer, although I just got on because they want to go slide.  Afterwards, it's down to the basement for the Greek Cross.

Have a great Wednesday.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Fun with Fleece

I thought I would try my hand at some Polar fleece hats.  I dug through my stash and used up scraps I had from making other projects.

I am a little hurried when taking pictures with my girls in it.  So as much as I would like to do over the pictures, I just go with what I got.

Polar fleece is fun and there are so many fleece tutorial projects on You Tube I couldn't help be inspired and gained confidence to experiment.  My flower was inspired by this You Tube tutorial here. It didn't surprise me when mine didn't turn out like the one in the video.  I don't have a die cutter and it doesn't matter, I still had fun. 

Front view,  my Jamie.

Fleece flower with button on top to make it more girly.

Side view.

I realized after I finished the hat that I had used the wrong side of the fabric, Arrrrrgggggggh.
Question... would you have noticed if I hadn't pointed it out?

I was happy to know if I use a ZigZag stitch around the rim with cotton thread (what I had on hand), the hat will stretch and the stitches will not snap apart.  I'm loving the zigzag stitch! 

Did you know you can make an outline of your kids hands and make some fun fleece mittens guaranteed to fit?  Go here.  I plan on trying the pattern soon. Also, check out Alisa Burke's blog, here.  Love it!! Totally inspiring...all of, drawing and of course sewing!!! Lucky me to have discovered her blog!

A picture drawn by Audrey.  Maybe she is dreaming of a tropical vacation.

Have a nice week!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Trick or Treat Bags

I was wanting to try out these cute bags from Suzanne's blog, Just Another Hang up, here. (I love Suzanne's blog. It is everything I aspire my blog to be. After I visit her blog I am left feeling so grateful for people like her, so talented and so generous with her free tutorials and inspirations!)

I had to wait for my sewing machine to come out of the repair shop. It needed a tune up.  I have to say these were so easy to whip up and am so happy she posted these when she did.

I thought I could take quick pictures but my pictures turned out terrible.

To be honest, I didn't stick with the measurements Suzanne had. Last year, the girls had to end their trick or treat fun because their little bucket filled too fast. I was going to cut out the 11 x 11 measurements but wound up making one 12 x 14 inches and the other 15.5 x 12.5 inches. The picture below shows how the larger measurements look on a child 4.5 years of age. I figure they will grow into them. I gave them the choice of fabric and an appliqued detail, if they wanted.  Audrey was happy with the just the fabric on her bag and Jamie chose a dinosaur and ghost.  I found a panel at Saveurs for a few dollars.  My favorite picture no one chose, which was a blue Haunted House.  I will post a picture of it later.

Note to self.  Trying to take pics during your lunch hour is not doing your blog a favor, but is what is real in your life, so get over it.  People who read this blog are forgiving.

Have a great weekend!