Thursday, October 20, 2011

Hungry Hippo

Wow! I can't believe how fast time flies! Seems like I just posted on here yesterday and a month has gone by already!  SO I must be busy right? ha ha ha... 

I have been wanting to share with you a hippopotamus that I made using a pattern from Carols Zoo ( 

I was surprised how easy it was to sew together. Took me about 4 hours to make this cute fella. That includes all the breaks and distractions, it would be so much less if I sewed this straight though.  Don't you just love how the ears came out?? I did have to give it plushie surgery right away because I put the tail in the wrong place to begin with. Not very common to see a tail coming out on top of a hippos back! Don't you just hate it when you do something like that? Needless to say, my older daughter came and snatched her up right away. I still have a few of Carol's animal patterns to sew up. I'll post them hear as I complete them. So until next time, have a sew wonderful day!!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Oh my floral heart!

Here is my latest completed project! This heart would make a cute house warming gift or a sweet baby gift. Best of all, it  was quick and easy ! This is a kit I bought from one of my favorite quilt shops here in Tucson, .  The pattern is from Bird Brain Designs, check out their site for some really cute and fun stuff!  Also, be sure to sign up for their email updates. They include a free redwork pattern every now and then. Okay, getting a bit side tracked, back to the project..

Tip I have for you is to be a little bit patient in cutting out the flowers. Need to take it slow when going around the tight curves so you do not nip off any petals! French knots are used in the center of the flowers to hold them into place. I must admit, I was also always afraid of making french knots. But after this project,  I got pretty good at making them!  I would suggest maybe doing a few practice ones before actually trying them out on the project. I jumped right in there with my french knots and the first few I had to pull out and if one looks closely, you can see how some are smaller (first ones I tried) and some are bigger (got better as I did more and more). If you need help learning how to make french knots or other types of embroidery stitches "The Embroidery Stitch Bible" by Betty Barnden is great! The illustrations are very easy to understand and I love that it is spiral bound so it can lay flat for easy use.

I picked up this book and also these great scissors (by Clover) at the Quilt Basket (aka The Sewing Room) in Tucson. What I like about these scissors is that the blades are serrated. Which wakes cutting wool so much easier as it keeps the wool from slipping. I also like the they are only 5 1/2 inches long so it makes getting around those corners really easy.

Wow! This is my longest post yet! I better get back to my next project so I can share that with you! Hopefully it won't be so long before I post again. Of course, if I find any new gadgets I will share those with you too!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Carol Doak Postcard Swap

I joined Carol Doak's postcard swap this summer. I have not done much paper piecing before, so this was a good way to get me to try it. Each participant had 3 swap partners to swap postcards with. The patterns I used were from a Carol Doak paper piecing book that included a CD. The CD contained the designs on it with the ability to scale them to the size needed. Just print them out on paper piecing paper and your ready to go. It was a bit challenging until I figured out where to place my fabric and stitch. I am sure if I did more of them I would be able to get them done much faster now. This is also a good way to use your scraps up and pass on a bit of cheer!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Stamping Cards

I enjoy making lots of different things. Here are some cards that I made. The one with the buttons was made using my card software from Stampin Up. I printed out the buttons and used my hole punch and mounted them with a foam dot to give them a 3d effect. The other two on the right were made with a punch from Stampin Up and a coordinating stamp set. These flowers were really easy to make and very quick! If you would like to view the website to stampin up just click this link  Linda is a great demonstrator!

Monday, August 1, 2011

I made something!

I made this little fella from the book I posted earlier (see below). I used a combination of wool and cotton. I used garden sand that I purchased from the hardware store to stuff him with, which makes him quite heavy. He was fun to make and I hope to make a few more in different sizes. Makes a great pincushion if you can get past putting pins in his cute little head.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Does anybody blog here?

Obviously not! I don't even follow myself! Ha ha! Well, I am willing to give this another shot if someone wants to read it. Even if not, this has become more of a new personal challenge so let's get on with it!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Happy Ground Hog day!

Hi All!
What a great day to jump back on the Blog bandwagon. Punxsutawney Phil predicts an early spring this year! YAY!! I really don't like being cold.  In the next few days I'll post what I have been working. But for now, I just wanted to drop in and say hi.