Tuesday, December 27, 2011

12 Days of Christmas Tea Towels

A while back I bought a Pattern from Crabapple Hill.  I really like many of their embroidery patterns.  It's taken several years, but I finally got all of my tea towels ready and took them all with me to Utah this summer.  While my Dad was getting his infusions at the Huntsman Cancer Institute, I sat next to him and stitched.  When we watched Midsomer Murders, I stitched.  I got them all finished (yes - all 12).  When I arrived back in Washington, I made the scalloped borders (lets just say I'm not good at scallops).  I decided to send them to my friend Anne for Christmas.  She has an antique wash stand - I thought they would be a great thing to hang on the stand. I hope she liked them.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Simply Silly Quilt

Last summer I saw this quilt on Moda Bake Shop:

Towards the end of the summer I found a kit for this quilt at Keepsake Cottage Fabrics in Bothel, Washington.  I finally put it together this summer while at my parents' house.  It is now hanging on the wall behind my desk at work:

It used Sweetwater's Make Life & I quilted it with my sewing maching.

Scripture Cover

I don't have any kind of scripture cover or storage system.  I don't remember which blog I read but it led me to BabyBlvd's Etsy site.  I purchased her LDS quad scripture cover pattern at the beginning of the year, purchased fabric the first week I was in Utah, and finally made it when I returned to Washington at the end of August.  I made it two floors below where my scriptures are & was too lazy to go get them, so the fit isn't exactly perfect, but I like it.  The pictures aren't the best:

Sunday, July 17, 2011

T-Shirts for Crew & Daniel

My nephews Crew & Daniel have birthdays almost two months apart.  Crew's nickname at home is Crew Bug.  Earlier this year he would only answer to Crewbug - not Crew bug Smith, Crew, or bug - only Crewbug - one name only  So I decided I'd make him a t-shirt to reflect his one name status:

Danny's obsession is trains - mostly Thomas the Tank Engine, but any train works, so of course I needed to make him a shirt with a train on it.  Here he is modeling it:


 A couple of months ago I bought a couple of  patterns from Babyblvd on Etsy.  One of them was for reversible headbands.  I decided to make a few for Lisa Fuller for her birthday and then some for Dallis for her high school graduation.  This is how Lisa's turned out:

Monday, June 20, 2011

Man bibs

Since Dad's surgery he's had a hard time making sure all the food gets into his mouth and not all over him.  I decided to make some Man Bibs - manly bibs he could wear.  I picked out some manly fabrics - like spiders and used the top of an apron pattern to shape Man bibs.  It was fun to figure out a way to help dad, but have him feel manly.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Julie's Quilt

When I worked in Northern California I loved to hang out with and help the office ladies!  Very few mornings went by when I wouldn't stop in and say Hi to Julie Bingham the attendance clerk.  When I left for Southern California Julie & I kept in touch.  It was also around that time that her husband was diagnosed again with cancer.  For about three years they battled the cancer together.  Around the first week of April in 2008 Julie's husband lost his battle with cancer.  I knew that the time was coming and had already begun working on a quilt to send her regardless of what happened.  This is what I sent her:
 The pattern is from the same book as my Jingle all the Way quilt - 11 Laps from Fats. 
 One of the things I did was go back through Julie's posts on their CaringBridge site and pulled out some of the scriptures that gave her strength thoughout her husband's battle with cancer.  Then I embroidered them around the outside of the quilt.

 She loved it and I loved making it!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

table runner

I thought I had blogged about a quilt I made for my friend Julie after her husband died, but I guess I haven't yet.  I'll do that soon.  Anyways - I mention that quilt because I made this table runner from the leftovers of her quilt.  I had a lot of tiny triangles that I sewed into tiny squares.  Then I made pinwheels and took what I had and made up a table runner.  I used the left over binding from the big quilt I made to bind this one.  It's very springy!