Friday, March 28, 2014

Tini Time

My friend has been in my life for not quite a year now. She's an awesome woman! She has been very generous to me in so many ways and I wanted to give her a little gift. I know she likes martinis, so I decided to make her some martini mug rugs:

I made a set of four. They are pretty basic. You just cut out the shape of a martini glass and appliqued it down.

I did a meander quilting pattern around the glass:

Using a satin stitch, I made the pick that goes through the olive:

The single olive is colored and heat set, using Prisma pencils:

I used some metallic thread to quilt around the glass as well as a little quilting inside the glass. Under the right light, it sparkles a little!
I hope she likes them!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

99¢ Sewing Machine Cover

I have a little Singer Featherweight sewing machine that I actually use. She isn't an ornament on a shelf; she has to earn her keep!

At a recent guild meeting I picked up a shopping bag off the free table. This was a cheap one from the local Dollar Store. I brought it home and noticed that it needed one seam restitched so I set it in the studio for a few weeks.
Yesterday I went to fix the bag and noticed that it had a wider bottom as compared to narrower bottomed ones I had seen elsewhere. I glanced over to the table where the FW is set up and thought, "Gee, I wonder if this bag would fit over the machine?"
It fits over the Featherweight!
 I folded up the bag to see how much I needed to shorten it and pinned it in place.
I pinched the sides of the top and pinned. I wanted to have a way to grab on to the cover when removing it from the machine. I thought that having a pinched seam there, would do the trick!

I thought about having pockets for accessories and decided against it. They would have gaped open and collected dust. I really wanted a simple dust cover to put over the machine when it wasn't being used.

I wanted to cover the Dollar Store's logo so I took a scrap of red felt and cut out a heart. With tear-away stabilizer behind, I used a blanket stitch to sew the heart down. I then used a satin stitch setting to make the letter S.

The S could be for Singer or for Sherri!
There you have it! This is a super easy, super inexpensive cover for your little FW.
It took less than an hour to make. You could argue that it cost less than  99¢ because I got the bag for free. Let's say that all the thread and the felt heart equals 99¢. Ask me if I care? hahahaha

Happy Sewing!

Friday, March 21, 2014

A BIG Mistake - No More

Jaye never ventured a guess as to what the huge error was in the U is for Unicorn Quilt.
It was right when I laid it out on the design wall.

It was wrong when I sewed it into the top.
Here is a closeup of the error. Can you see it now?
 Don't feel bad. I never noticed it either...not until two ladies from the guild pointed it out. It took a lot of the glory out of the reveal but I am over the disappointment now.
It is a strange letter J and looks more like an L. Both ladies that caught the mistake had names that began with the letter J.

I tried real hard to leave it alone and call it an on purpose mistake that all quilters make. I just could not leave it be though. I had to fix it! I carefully picked out all the stitching and rotated the block and then hand sewed it back in place. It will make for a funny story! At least I can laugh about it now. ha ha ha

Happy Sewing!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Finish Line

Today I went to both my quilt guilds. One is in the morning and one is at night. I am exhausted! It was so fun though, to share several finishes. The first one is Jingle Belle:

The second is U is for Unicorn:
Yes, this almost 12 year quilt in the making is finally done!!! Or IS it??? There is a huge glaring error in this quilt. Can I fix it? SHOULD I attempt to fix it?  Can you see what it is?

Last is the Building Blocks quilt. I won the pattern from Jackie of Sew Excited Quilts:
I am too tired to say much more about the day. It was good. It involved sewing. Any day with sewing is better than any day without sewing!!!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Pop in, pop out

Since it's been a month since I posted, I thought I would just pop in quick and ask the question, "Guess who is sewing binding around a quilt with a Unicorn on it?"