Monday, July 15, 2013

The Swarming Bees are done!!!!

I just now completed the tutorial/pattern for "The Swarm Bee Pouch".  Aren't you proud of me.  Writing directions just isn't a favorite part of sharing my designs.  LOL  Just click on the above picture and it will take you to the free PDF.  Note it all.  I'm giving you the size I made but I feel that it should be a touch bigger.  The other part of the kit just fit, but there is no room for thread or any extras.  I think I would have made it at least a inch bigger if not more.

I've been keeping busy with things like the house flag quilt of which I will share more later.  I've taken a small job of programs for my small quilt Chapter and the flag will be one of the things I hope to teach them next year.  Programs just involves having a quilt project to teach every month.  I don't have to do them all but a few.  The house flag is something I've wanted to do for years.  Actually there used to be a pattern like 30 years ago.  It's not like mine but it's the one that gave me the idea.

I've also set up a second machine and station for learning how to machine quilt.  I've been quilting since the 70's but don't machine quilt.  I've cut 28 sandwiches and am told that if I practice 10-15 minutes a day that I should be fairly good before 30 days.  I've been told this by two old friends that both know my skills and are both very good at machine quilting.  We'll see!  As most things that I want too much, it scares me.  I've yet to sit down and quilt.  I have promised myself that I will do it starting tomorrow.  I set up the extra station today so no more excuses.

I've also started making the templates for the Christmas Applique Quilt that I've promised to share with every one.  It is is the same vein as my Spooky Halloween quilt with a white cat instead of a black cat.  Here is a tease:
Things may change if the color layout doesn't work.  Facts of life, not all designs work out colorwise. As I said I've just started cutting the templates.  I have three done so far and will do more tonight.  I do them at night because that's the best time to use a light box.  I also gives me something to do while watching my favorite tv shows.  I hope to start sharing the patterns by the end of this month and have the quilt done in time for Christmas!!!  That would be 2 blocks a month.  I think I can handle that!!!!

Christmas is coming!!

Saturday, July 6, 2013

FriDay Night With FrienDS for July

This month I joined with a world wide group of friends, FriDay Night With FrienDS,  to sew together alone.  We all spent Friday sewing and then share our results.  We go blog hopping to each others blogs to see what everyone else has done.

I started early on Thursday cutting out my fabrics so that I could really sew on Friday.  Here is how I started:

Sewing together the first two sections on the cream colorway.  After they were sewn and pressed.  I lined up all the cream sections to be sewn.  Can you tell yet what I am making?  Not telling yet.

Here are the next sections ready to be sewn.  Now you maybe tell what I'm doing for blocks.

Above are all the cream blocks finished.  Now you can tell it's houses, tiny little houses.  But two more color ways to be sewn.  Bet you can't tell what the finished layout will be or can you?

Red and Blue colorways ready to be sewn.  Below all the blocks completed and
laid out in final rows waiting for sewing.  Now you tell it's a flag!!!!  Happy 4th of July all you United States Americans.  I've always wanted to do a house flag.
I have some great fabric for some borders so stay tuned to see the finished top.
I want to thank Cheryll at Gone Stitchin' for hosting this great monthly party, FriDay Night With FrienDS .

Keep sewing with friends,

Monday, July 1, 2013

Muddle of Mice Has Been Received!!!!

The Muddle has been received!!!!  My Sis loves them!!! She thinks I went overboard, you have to remember that I've never given her a birthday gift before. I told her it just kept growing. That I had a light bulb idea and had to make them.  That I hadn't needed to buy anything except zippers.  Shh, that's a lie, I had to buy interfacing as I ran out.  You see our mom taught us that if you already own It then anything you make with It is free!!  No matter what "It" is.  So I paid maybe $3.00 for all this.

I will be sharing the patterns in the near future.  I still have to write them and the one for the Bee zipper pouch.  I'll try to get that out this week.  Maybe I''ll write it tonight while I watch my shows.  

I ended up being a few days late for Sis's birthday as I just couldn't send off the Muddle without a tote to match.  I told you it just kept growing.  Here is the tote, it's the same pattern as my ZigZag tote, offered here as a free PDF.  I won't be sharing these patterns because they are either just everyday patterns or a private pattern I found on the internet.  I did modify the mouse but not by much and I can't remember where I found it.  I just did another search and it's gone now.  So we may never know it's author.  The slash blocks where supposed to be a zigzag but I didn't make the block right.  It's not square to I should have done equal numbers for both length wise and height.  I made them all the same so they couldn't be turned.  Oh well,  accidents are sometimes a great design element.  Everyone does zigzag and not to many do slashes.  LOL  Basically you just need to make a mini quilt the right size for the tote and make a tote.

Keep Muddling on!!!

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