Friday, May 31, 2013

My Swarm of Bees

 The swarm of bees are here!!!  I can't wait to show them all to you.  I'm still writing most of the tutorials so today I will be sharing the pincushion and the needle keeper.  Both are easy to make and a great lot of fun also.  At least I had a lot of fun making them.  I just had to stop and oogle them every time I competed one.

There is a pouch to hold them all, along with a pincushion, a needle keeper, a scissors keeper, and last but not least a thimble keeper.  For those of you that don't hand sew I'll bet that you will come up with a way to transform the swarm into handy items for machine sewing. Here is a picture of the swarm put into the pouch.
I've also completed the mice but will share them with you on another post.  I'm trying to keep them somewhat a secret from my sister.  She has a birthday next month and loves meeses.  I'm hoping to do a bag with paper pieced mice to go along with the muddle of mice.  The thing is I've never given her a birthday present so this like a one time lifetime present.  

I also want to do a bag with bees for myself to go with the swarm.  I've also designed the gang for ladybugs.  What are a bunch of ladybugs called?  Need to come up with something.  Oh well as long as I keep having fun who cares!!!!  

Let's start the tutorials with the pincushion:

 He is about 3 1/2" long finished.  Click on the top view picture to get to the free PDF file.

Now for the needle keeper:
Right below is the needle keeper closed.  Click on it to get to the free PDF file.  To the right of that is the inside with great wool felt I found at my lqs.  It beats the yucky stuff from the craft stores. Below that is a picture showing the pockets on the inside.

I'll be back in a few to give you more PDF's for the rest of the Swarm.

Swarming is fun!!!

Friday, May 10, 2013

Twisted House Potholder Tutorial

Here is one of the projects that I've finally gotten off my stack pile.  Actually I've had them made and photographed for about 5 months but never wrote the tutorial.  Well now it is done!!!!   Just click on the picture above and it will take you to the free PDF file.

I'm still working hard every day to finish some of these projects.  But I've also added some more to the pile.  Will we ever learn to stop!!!!   I don't think so.  I've recently joined a quilt chapter of our state guild called "Busy Bees"  so I thought it would be fun to make something using the theme of bees.  So tomorrow I'm starting to make a bee pouch, scissors keeper, thimble keeper, needle keeper and pin cushion.  They are so cute on paper.  I hope they will be in fabric too.  I  can't wait to show them to you.  Shh!  I've also designed them as mice and will be doing them up for my Big Sis.  She never reads my blog so I should be save here.  She is having a birthday the end of June so I have several weeks to get them done.  I think they are going to be fairly simple, at least I tried to keep them simple.  I'm going to start with the bees because that way I won't be on a learning curve when I make hers.

I've moved my office to a room at the back of the house and it isn't as nice but is closer to my studio/sewing room.  It's also quieter and I have a great view of my back patio with all my plants and fountains. It is also my extra storage for all my crafts so not as formal. So far the only thing I dislike is being the whole house away from the kitchen.  Thinking about putting in a small frig  to help out in that area.  That's what I've been up to, what about you?

Keep on keeping on!!!

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