Sunday, March 29

Sew Easy: 8-at-a-Time Triangle Squares



I thought this might be useful one day...
I don't really like making half square triangles, but this makes it look so easy and perfect...for making pinwheels.
Enjoy!

Thursday, March 19

Pillow Shams....where there's a will there's a way!

It took most of yesterday....and with a lot of thought and a bit of messing about.... I did it..!.
 
That piece of left over background fabric was still not big enough for two pillow shams...  but I had these circles of background fabric that I had cut away from behind the Dresden's, before I quilted it. I do this so there's less bulk and thickness to hand-quilt.
I trimmed them back to 7 inch squares....
I felt a little sad cutting all this fabric away.....but then, that's all I had to play with...
Yes, more scraps.....but these are definitely going in the bin..!
  then ...pieced the squares with a muslin piece under where the Dresden will be.
Looking good so far....
I then added a one inch border sashing of dark green.......and used the left over fabric piece to add a strip of that to the top and bottom.....with more squares cut in half, added to the sides...
Worked out perfectly.....
How good do these look....now to finish them off.....quilt and make these lovelies into pillow shams
 
A big thanks to Monica who left me a comment yesterday with the idea to do a similar thing.....great minds think alike... 
 
Never give up...."Where there is a will there's a way"......
 
Have a great day....
 

Wednesday, March 18

Just playing...Dresdens, Doilies, New Project....

I hope everyone's having a great creative week...
Well, I have the two Dresdens ready for the Pillow shams.....but, I knew this would happen... I don't have enough of the same background fabric as on the quilt to finish them off.
So unless I can source some more of the above fabric, I'll have to use a plain cream. It's such a pretty small floral print. There's nothing on the selvedge, I know I bought it locally but it's unlikely I'll find more of  it now....
 
 I bought a Cindy Needham Craftsy Class  late last year, but have been to scared to make a start and have  a go, so today was the day to just go for it.... 
 
Cindy's work is amazing....mostly FMQ, that plus the beautiful vintage look that she creates  with old linens and doilies is so beautiful and is what drew me to the class....
Here's my first attempt....I chose a dark cream Brocade background fabric, then placed a light cream napkin, that I've had forever on that. Then a lovely darker cream old cut lace doily on that...
 
Sandwiched them all together with a light batting and backing fabric..
Secured the doilies down by stitching around the edges of both doilies....now I just FMQ over the empty spaces.....now that's the scary hard part...
I've got to get it right the first time....no unpicking on these.
 
Sorry the photos are not that great....but I'm sure you  get the idea.  Cindy explains the method better and has a great website and eye candy to enjoy...
 
Back to it..
Take care and have a great day......♥
 

Saturday, March 14

Withdrawl symptoms.....this and that...

Ok, I'm as ready for the two weddings as I'm ever going to be. All the frocks are ready......and feel the need to get back to my own sewing..
One bridal shower done, one to go this month and then it's just waiting for the two big wedding days in April..
 
While going through my quilts and stuff, looking for inspiration on what to work on, I came across this lovely. I LOVE this quilt, .Dresdens and Dollies..all hand pieced and quilted.
I laid it out on my bed and thought it needs two pillow shams to finish it off...make the bed pretty and complete.
 
 Cute pretty bows in the corners, as the dollies dance around the quilt holding hands.
 
I still have heaps of rose fabrics....yes you might remember some time back when I posted that this tub of rose fabrics is never ending. I have made so many quilts out of this tub of fabrics.
I also still have the papers for the Dresdens which I can use for the pillow shams...
So that's my next project to work on....♥
 
 
I found this on You Tube.....how cool is this needle, I do have one that's top self threading, but I think this one would also come in handy.
 

 
I saw a little demo on Pinterest where this needle was used to bury the quilting threads  into a finished quilt, made it look so easy and quick.....sorry I can't find it now to share.
There is so much on Pinterest I could easily spend all day on there and get nothing done.

It's so good to be back.
Have a wonderful weekend.....I'm off to sew....♥ 
 

Monday, March 9

Still here...just busy!

Yes, I'm still here, just so busy with wedding preparations...
Thank you so much to all who emailed asking if I was OK.....
I been busy doing some minor frock alterations for the girls,  shopping for outfits for me, and  bridal showers, gifts, etc....a very exciting time for the family.
 
April is going to be so full on, two weddings, a little trip over east with my DD to the quilt convention and group tour to fit in between the weddings.
 My DD and I are taking a mother daughter break away, something we have never really done before....it's going to be wonderful....oh and a visit to my Aunt / Godmother over there who I haven't seen in a long time, she is 96 now, so it will be a very special trip.
 
My outfits bought, sorry can't share just yet, but here's a sneak peak of my shoes and beaded bag.
 
Not much sewing going on right now, so I may be missing from my blog a little longer.
 
Take care, keep sewing...♥