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Hello! Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I wanted to share an art quilt that I made for a dear friend of mine. It was her birthday and she loves hummingbirds. I took some muslin and used…

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Apron · handmade · Sewing

Apron for my Sis

I finished my sister’s birthday gift. I made an apron for her. She loves to cook and when I saw this fabric and apron pattern I thought she would like it.

It all went smooth with one exception…the bias tape. The pattern calls for 2 packs. Wrong!! I had to run out and get another pack to finish it. Whether it was a shortage in the pack or miscalculation in the pattern, I’m not sure.

Anyway…it’s done and lesson learned. Buy extra no matter what!

 

Also, my daughter-in-law loved her gifts. She sent a picture of her recipe book displayed on her kitchen counter. I’m so glad she liked it.

I sure hope this post inspired you to get creative whether you sew, knit, quilt or draw.

I enjoy reading your comments, so let me know what your working on today. 

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I made a recipe book.

I followed a youtube video by “MayMay made it”. It’s in 3 parts and shows how to make this cute recipe book using a composition notebook and a 12×12 pack of paper and stickers from Carta Bella called Homemade with Love.
Here’s the cover.

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The pages have pockets to tuck in recipe cards or notes.

 

This is the back cover.

I made this one for my daughter-in-law as a birthday gift. It isn’t perfect, but it’s truely made with love. I ordered various packs so I’ll get practice making more of these sweet little notebooks.

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crochet · Knitting

As the bobbin turns…

Or doesn’t in my case!!

I want to learn to spin yarn, however I don’t want to spend money on a new spinning wheel yet. I have an old one that my DH ‘s granddad made years ago. The youtube videos I watched helped me to understand the basics of the wheel. 

After feeling a bit confident, I jumped in and gave it a “whorl” lol. Anyway, my bobbin won’t spin unless the wheel is going counter-clockwise. Hmmm. Not sure what that’s all about, but I may need to take it apart and clean it. It’s been sitting in a dusty old workshop for at least 35 years. ​

As you can see in the pictures, it’s weathered and could use some refurbishing. I tied some commercial yarn to the lead but the bobbin wouldn’t spin. Are there any seasoned spinners out there?  I sure would appreciate any comments or suggestions you could give. Thanks!  ​

art quilts · craft room · crochet · Knitting · organization · quilting · Sewing

Fabric Stash Under Control

Hello again!

Well, I’ve finally got my fabric and yarn stash under control. Whew! I had accumulated so much over the years that I had several totes full. Yep. Not those pretty little clear totes either. Those big industrialized-looking gray totes! They were all stacked and lined up against my wall covered with a large tablecloth. (ugh!) I had to dig and hunt for my fabric or yarn whenever I wanted to do a project!

My yarn is now stored in smaller totes and neatly stacked in the area between my desk and the wall. (I’m holding a rolling tote filled with yarn to give to my sister on her next visit)

After I went through my fabric, I narrowed it down to keep three totes. I happily gave the rest to family and friends. I also gave a huge bag to donation. I sorted the remainder of my fabric and put it on mini-bolts, and finally into the book-case where I actually could see it. (yay!)

I rolled 1/2 yd or less fabrics into tight bundles and stored them in small clear plastic totes in my drawers. I also ended up with one medium tote size bag of scraps that I couldn’t part with.

Honestly, I thought it would be so hard to part with my fabrics, trims, and craft supplies. Instead, I felt a sense of relief in knowing my room is organized and that I’m able to work in an uncluttered space. I still have a few pieces of apparel fabric to organize as well as finding a spot for my  batting, wonder-under, trims, ribbons etc.

I’ll be back with more updates.

What ideas or tips do you have for storing your craft or sewing items?

I’d love to hear them!

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Fall is in the air. 

As I worked in the yard yesterday, I welcomed the strong breeze as it cooled the beads of sweat on my face. Yellow and green leaves swirled in the air and landed at my feet. As I stared at the leaves, I tried to figure out where summer went! Well, I suppose there’s no sense in fighting the season. Instead, I grabbed my glue gun, silk flowers and a grapevine wreath and put together this Fall wreath.

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Knitting for Baby

http://www.erikaknight.co.uk/natural-nursery-knits/

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Hat and Boots

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Booties and Bonnet

I loved knitting Erika Knight’s baby boy boots and hat pattern. The baby  girl Booties and Bonnet pattern is a bit more advanced. Not to fear, because if you look on youtube.com you’ll find Erika’s helpful videos to get you through it. 

 Her book Natural Nursery Knits has patterns that are adorable and easy to follow.