Monday, December 17, 2012

Felted Pouf

What is a felted pouf? I'm not sure.  I saw it on Pinterest and had to make one.
This was the original site that I saw.  LA Love.  However, you can google the words "crocheted pouf, and get lots of other versions too. 

Well, I did the two parts, and made them about 24 inches in diameter. 

Wove the chain-stitch colors through the crocheted mesh.

For some reason I had it in my head that the thing was felted, so I threw the circles into the washer with hot water. 
Things looked a little odd when I threw the circles into the dryer.
However, I will persevere.

While I was weaving the chains through the mesh, It occured to me that this might make a nice thick crocheted rug if it were bigger.  I think that I might try that next. 
I bet you're wondering what my pouf looks like! 

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Odds and Ends

That's a funny expression when you think about it -- odds and ends.  Odd things that don't belong in a set, and ends to finish off things started.
Well. over the past several months, I've been a pinterest user, and have noted many little projects that I wanted to try.  This week I determined to do some of those little odd projects.

1. Paper piecing hexagon project.  

 I did a table runner last month using the paper hexagons, and enjoyed doing that project.  I wanted to try another project using another less common arrangement of the hexagons.
In this block, I just made 12 hexagons, sewed them together in a diamond shape, and appliqued the whole piece over a little bit of toile,
 then I appliqued the unit to the orange dot fabric, and after trimming it to echo the diamond shape, appliqued that to the blue flowered background.  I'm not sure what to do with this block now.

2.  Another thing I wanted to try was a Union Jack block.  
 It was harder to make than I thought it would be.  Partly this is because I thought I would paper piece the corner rectangle parts, but then I was having a little problem remembering how to do paper piecing.  Rather than apply my mind to remembering, I just used templates and pieced the thing. 

Union Jack quilt block
 I was pretty happy with how it turned out.  I sewed on a border and quilted it, and sewed it into a cushion!

3.  I wanted to knit a boxy basket shape out of wool on really big needles and felt it.  So I did.  However, the top edge didn't shrink up as much as the bottom of the box, and it was really floppy.  So I just folded over the wall to make it half as tall, and it is sort of rounded.  Whatever, it seems to work okay to hold stuff on the coffee table 

4.  Little key chain rings.  Pretty easy.  Just some free motion stitching holding the layers together, and the little loop to go over the ring part. 
 wouldn't mind trying a few more of these with some hand stitching on them sometime. 

 5. Little knitted Christmas trees.  The idea is to sew buttons on to the trees to make them look decorated.
 I might make them into Christmas tree ornaments, or something.  I'll see if they show up against the tree when we get it.

6.  When I got back to my sewing room here in Savannah last week, I saw that I had left these Sampler blocks up on my design wall.  So I decided to sew setting blocks and put them together into a top. 
 My plan is to use 21 sampler blocks and 21 log cabin blocks, set together in a "Straight Furrows" setting,
so, I have started sewing the log cabins. they will be half white and half assorted colors.  I like to cut out all the pieces before I start sewing.  I was somewhat surprised that after cutting out all the pieces I had made hardly a dent on my stack of 1930 reproduction fabrics.
Well, that's today's round-up on what I've been doing.  Except for one other project, which I will make another post on later.

On another note, I'm glad that many people are finding the coupon for 40% off an item at the store.   If you haven't used it yet, you can print off a copy of the coupon   here  .  It is good up until December 24th.  Also, Miriam sent me a photo of the Kaffe Fassett shot cottons that arrived!!!
they are wonderful!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Block 8, Box and O's

This week's block is bound to be one of my new favorites.  It is part of our Saturday Surprise Sampler Block program that you can learn more about by clicking on the page tab above, or by pressing here

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Get Ready for Your Christmas

With all the snow we've had, it's starting to get me in the mood to prepare for Christmas!
And so I want to encourage you to remember to include yourself  in all the preparations you make for Christmas by offering another coupon for the store this month!

Just press HERE  to go to the coupon to print off, for 40% off one item from now through December 24th, 

(Patti, this was the arrangement you sent last year)

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Block 7, Star Wreath

This block is part of our Saturday Surprise Sampler program, which you can see our progress so far here

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Some new projects, including Buttons!

I am putting in a lot of time sewing these days.  It seems I am really "on a roll".
This morning I unrolled a new jelly roll of 2-1/2" strips.."Simply Color, by V and Co for moda.  (just got it in the shop last week-- and there are chevron fabrics in it!!!)

 I'm making a second version of a quilt that I'm writing a new pattern for.

 the first version I sewed the top from these happy fabrics-- "Good Morning" by Me and My Sister from moda, (yup we have those fabrics too).
 I'm using a little bit different layout on the second quilt top,
 Of course this means that I will have TWO small quilts to quilt....
but they are only 48" x 56", so perhaps I'll get them done,

On another note, I had some more fun with Buttons!
 sewing them onto a rectangle from a cutter quilt,
 sorry this is a bit blurry, but it is now hanging up in my hall way, which was a bit dim for photos,
getting into the Christmas spirit!  I also got baking ingredients this morning, so hopefully I'll make cookies!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Mini Bag with Ribbon Handles

I've started making these little bags to slip things in for gifts-- they are so easy to make, and only take about 10 minutes each.  I think that they are so fast because I'm using felted wool, and so I don't have to worry about finishing the edges or turning them under, plus the felt is thick enough to have enough body for a nice feel to the bag.
So here is the step by step description of how to!:
  gather supplies:
     a rectangle of felted wool, mine is 6" x 13"
     about 45 inches of ribbon for handles
     about 12-1/2" of ribbon for decoration
     optional applique or button to embellish the bag
  place your ribbon about an inch in from one long edge
 lay the ribbon down as a loop, making sure not to get any twists in it
 make sure the handles are equal in size, and then pin down the ribbon
top stitch the ribbon down to the base rectangle, it will look like this on the back
 fold the bag in half and stitch one of the side seams with a 1/4" seam allowance, press it open,
 top-stitch the other ribbon across the place where the raw edges of the handle ribbon meet
 sew the other side seam and press it open
"box" the bottom corners of the bag by stitching a short seam perpendicular to the side seam.  Don't stitch into the ribbon area,

 turn it inside out!
this one shows that I didn't use a second ribbon, but I just sewed a little applique over the raw ends of the handle ribbon.
Now that I've made about 8 of these, I want to try some other sizes, and maybe use a quilted rectangle.... isn't sewing fun?!!!

(update, another good size is: rectangle, 7-1/2" x 17", ribbon handle, 60")

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