Monday, September 22, 2014

Western pincushions! Yee haw!

Every year I go to a sewing camp held by the Quilters Market at the famous Tanque Verde Ranch here in Tucson, Az. I enjoy presenting our camp counselors with a new pincushion every year. This year I decided to use wool in my project. I wanted it to be a memento of camp this year and used some icons typical to the southwest and ranch living. I also added some decorative stitching and made a crazy quilt layout on the pincushions.


Since I was making two, I changed the second one up just a little bit by adding a flower instead of the horseshoe.

I filled them with crushed walnut shells that I bought from the local pet store. I love the added weight it gives them and the texture from the walnut shells help keep needles clean. I am currently working on another wool pincushion, I will post that as soon as I am done with it. But if you haven't figured me out yet, I like to work on multiple projects at once so in time it will be done. Have a great day!!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A resting spot

Hi all!!
I saw these neat phone / tablet holders on Pinterest. Ooooo I want one!! So I looked into purchasing one and after seeing the price I thought "I can make that!". So I scoured the internet for a pattern and after seeing how much that cost I thought hmmmm "do I really want to spend that much on a pattern". I'm sure we have all been there. After more searching I found a free pattern. Yay!! I got to work on it right away. I wanted to use it with my phone, but it came out much bigger than I thought it would. It works great with my mini iPad though.

I'm not crazy about the large pillow in front but you can still view the screen just fine. Back to the drawing board. This time I measured my phone and figured out how big I wanted my phone stand to be and came of with this version.

Much better huh?! I also filled it with crushed walnut shells and a bit of polyester stuffing to keep the shape of the point. I do like this version much better, in fact, I have had a few request for some, so I will whip up a few more. That's it for today. Have a happy day!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

It's Halloween!

Disney has declared it Halloween season with the start of their Mickey's scary Halloween parties. Sooo... I thought it would be fun to make some Halloween themed pillow cases! My Daughter is currently in the Disney College Program Internship and is working at the Magic Kingdom. She absolutely loves it! I made these for her and her friends. I'm sending them now so they can enjoy them before Halloween is over. Hmmmm Christmas pillow cases next?
Making these pillow cases were actually quite easy. Just google "pillow case pattern" and you will get many to choose from. There are also handy videos also if you are more of a visual person like me. Here are some pictures of the ones I made.

I love the orange and black fabric, here is a closer look of the detail...

See the skull and cross bones? It's neat how they put those in there. I have to honestly tell you I did not notice it when I bought it.  The next picture is of some cute ones that I think are so fun!

I have been working on a few other projects so I well post those when I get further along on them. In the meantime, have a great day!