Monday, August 12, 2019

Sewing with clear vinyl

Do you at times try something new out of the the blue?? I sure do. I was cleaning out a closet and found a bunch of vinyl so decided to try making a bag out of it.

So simple and so versatile.

This first one I made for my receptionist as she loves loves loves ladybugs!!! I'm happy to say that she was pleasantly surprised!!!

Here are the beginnings of the project

And sewing all the pieces. I invested in a teflon foot for my machine which makes sewing the vinyl a little easier.

This was fun!!! I did another smaller one for pencils and will share a tutorial on how I did it!!!

Take care and Happy Quilting/Sewing!! Martha

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Next project

These little gems are small but there are many. I think I have a minimum of 14 to make. Once I get around 8-9 finished I will let you know what they are. But for now, they are a mystery :^)

 So currently I am working on the pink ones. My goal for these is to do the background in a pink metallic. I am miserable when trying to stitch with metallic thread. I plan on loosening the tension and using a top-stitch needle. I sure hope it works because the pink metallic would be perfect.



I am really excited about working on the gold fabric, this design will look so awesome!!! All this fabric is 100% silk, lovely to quilt on.

I got the idea for these almost two years ago. Made one, and have been struggling to make the rest. I have an idea why, but will save that for the finish also.

Take care my friends and Happy Quilting!!! Martha

Oh, and a few shots of my garden for your viewing pleasure!!!

I'm putting a new path in that will take you to the raised bed vegetable garden where I am growing these!!Very slow work here, I get pretty tired carrying all those pavers from the side yard to the back yard!!! But almost done!!!


Sunday, July 14, 2019

Denim bag/purse and not much quilting

 I got an idea to make a simple little lined purse with denim fabric with the addition of some great quilting fabric for my daughter in laws aunt who just turned 60. The bag ended up being a little skinnier and taller than I had planned,but all in all it turned out cute. The horses reminded me of her and her free spirit.

 It has an adjustable strap that can easily be taken off as each end has a lobster clip that attaches to the D rings I sewed in.

 I also made her a matching keychain with her name and nickname. She loves to be known as Skarry, but her legal name is Sherry. So both are on the keychain and she lived that!!!

 I do love making the keychains with the lobster clip, makes it convenient to attach it to a D-ring on your bag/purse, inside or out.

And of course she needed to have a charm on her keychain. The heart if from me, and the skull is my husband's addition as she loved to ride on the back of a motorcycle.

I think it is time to get back to my quilting, I am missing it greatly.

Take care my friends and happy quilting and sewing!!!


Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Special Key Rings

Special request from a dear relative to help give her strength as they go through some tough times. I'm letting her choose which one she wants along with what charm she would like.
Blessings from above!!!

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Key chains and a mini wallet

So this is what I have been doing lately, making key chains and mini wallets out of old jeans to give away and put in my Etsy store :)  They are fun to make and keep my mind occupied as things have been a little stressful lately.

I could retire so easy, honestly. I love my work, but I am tired!!!

I have around 2 years 5 months to go!!!

Anyway, hope you enjoy these little gems. I got the idea of putting charms on the key chains, so they will all have one.

Take care!!!


Saturday, May 18, 2019

Sewing Silly Strawberries

Yep, this is what I have been doing for the last week. These two sweet silly strawberries are going to be in a parade very soon!! I was asked to make them for our Strawberry Festival, for the princesses float.

The theme is Strawberry Adventures and these two cuties are going to be on a zip line on the float!!!

The white lines on their hands are velcro so they can hold on to the zip line.

Now back to quilting!!! hahahahahahahaha

Take care and Happy Quilting.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Still quilting!!!

I decided to add a second color of thread to the quilt. Partly because I am running out of the gray YLI 100wt silk I am using. The new color is like a seafoam. It is lovely and I think it will help define the quilting!!

And if it doesn't, it is too late to change.

I am freemotion quilting on my domestic machine, a Juki TL 98-Q which is an older model but a lovely straight stitch machine. It is a work horse!!!

I hope to have this quilt done by this Saturday. The church auction is on the 27th and I really want this completed so I can breathe again!!!

Take care and Happy Quilting!!!!