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!!!
Martha

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!!!

Martha

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.
Martha

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!!!!
Martha

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Free Motion Quilting a Whole-cloth Quilt


This is what I am working on at the moment. I have a lot of background quilting to do once the foreground is done.

I got sick 12 hours after having oral surgery and was sick for almost 2 weeks, it is just plain awful!!! I couldn't go to work, couldn't sew or quilt, so I am now very behind.

This quilt needs to be done before the 27th of April, so crunch time!!!

I feel bad that I was missing in action for so long!!!

This quilt has been a challenge, many of the designs are from stencils and I am really hoping the end result will be lovely and someone will want to big on it as it will be in the auction at work.

Once done, I shall post again.

Happy Quilting Friends!!! Martha

Saturday, February 23, 2019

QUILTED EASTER POSTCARD


Just finished this little quilted Easter postcard and listed it in my Etsy store HERE!!! One of my goals for 2019 is to sell enough items to pay for my BoTyArts Etsy store's PO Box!!.

I don't sell much mostly because I'm still working full time as an RN in a Treatment and Recovery or MAT(medication assisted treatment) clinic and I am SO tired by the end of the day and don't make enough items to sell as I would like to.

But this year is going to be different, I am going to try really hard to have the store pay for it's own expenditures!!!


These little postcards are enjoyable to make and you can actually mail them. They come with a clear envelope to protect the fabric. They do cost more than a postcard because of the clear envelope they're in, but I think it's better to keep them clean.



They also fit into a 4" X 6" frame perfectly. The perfect simple gift for a friend or family member!!



This little quilt is a great reminder of the LOVE that God showered upon us with the sacrifice his son gave to us. And then comes to mind all our brave military people who put their lives on the line for us.

Thank you and God Bless each and everyone of you.

Happy Quilting and Peace be with you, martha.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Designing with Stencils


I know it's hard to see the design, but I think it will be nice!!! The fabric is an off-white Dupioni silk and I will be using a YLI 100wt grey thread to quilt it. And that is pretty much it.


Most of the quilt stencils I'm using are from The Stencil Company. They also have pre-printed quilt tops in several sizes. A great idea for practicing your free-motion quilting!!!



 I am making this for my church for a fundraiser/auction in April. I am almost done with the marking. Then I can layer, pin and get going on my quilting. This will be my mornings until it's completed.


I haven't decided on the background but I would really like to do something extremely simple. I have a tendency to make things more difficult than they need to be.

Anyway, Happy Quilting Friends :^)

Martha