Thursday, December 24, 2009

Have a Very Merry Christmas and Ornament Tutorial

On my last post I shared the Christmas Star ornament I made as present for my hubby a few years ago, you can see it here. I made a snowmen ornament this year and I decided to share how I made it.

I embroidered a snow globe ornament on my embroidery machine. Then to make it double faced I picked a fabric for backing. You need a just small piece so it's great to use your scraps.

I put the two fabrics face together and stitched close to the embroidery. I used a ribbon for hanging my ornament, cut around 14" ribbon and stitched it between the two fabrics. Don't forget to leave a 1,5 " opening for turning and stuffing.

I trimmed the excess fabric leaving around 1/4'' and clipped all the curves. Then I turned inside out and finger pressed and stuffed the ornament. Finally I hand stitched the opening. Here is the back side of the ornament:

I wish you a very Peaceful and Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Virtual Christmas Quilt Show

I saw my friend Millie joined a Virtual Christmas Quilt Show. She inspired me to enter a quilt.

Here is a table runner I made for my friend Amanda. I got inspired by the red couch they have and it turn out to be a Christmas colors table runner. I used "Yuletide Floral Table Runner" pattern that my mother-in-law designed. She has a lovely blog you you can visit here.

I made this Christmas Star ornament few years ago as a present to my husband on my MIL Phaff machine. I used gold metallic thread as an accent. I remembered it was breaking a lot but I finished it! It was challenging to stuff the star also, but it was worthed!

Thanks to SewCalGal for for the great idea! To visit the Virtual Christmas Quilt Show click here.

I am still working on my Christmas gifts! How about you?

Have a happy holidays!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

I Spy Fabrics, Hawaii and Obvious Store

I received the fabric from the "I spy" swap I signed in. Karen from "Sew Many Ways" organized it and I am very very happy I participated. Thank you Karen for organizing it! If you haven't visited Karen's blog you are missing her Tool Time Tuesday posts where she looks at tools and stuff around the house outside of the box!

Each person had to get 3 fabrics and cut 40 - 5'' squares and mailed it to Karen with self addressed envelope. I was so exciting when I received my fabric and was going through it like reading a book! :)

Karen was so sweet and make for everyone a necklace pin cushion! Thank you Karen! I love mine! You can store a small scissor and pins and on the other end you can skew a bobbin with your thread for sewing and then the nut will hold it there. Here is the tutorial of it if you would like to make your own.

I organized the fabric in few categories: food, sports, novelty, animals and sewing and knitting. The top row fabrics are the ones I sent: with lady bugs, chickens and bats. I can make a few very cute quilts with all the fabrics and I decided to start adding more novelty fabrics to my collection.

I wanted to share the picture of the Hawaiian coffee and chocolates we received from my sister-in-law and family. They are so good, that's why I am just sharing the picture. :) It was great seeing them and now they are on their way back to Hawaii. Have a nice trip guys!

Talking about family I want to give a shout out to my brother-in-law's "State the Obvious Store". If you are looking for a last moment gift to someone who has everything and likes humor you should check it out!

I am working on a couple Christmas gifts so I can't share pictures, yet!

Happy sewing!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Daisy Pincushion and the rest of the quilts

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving holiday! I did!

Me and Heather finished the matching pincushions we worked on between projects. They are so adorable and pretty big, too. The pincushion is around 6"X 3". Heather picked the colors so the pincushion looks like a giant daisy!

The pattern for "Wild Flower Pincushion" can be found in "Bags, Pillows & Pincushions" Magazine:

I also did some Black Friday shopping. I got my first Honey buns from These are my first honey buns. I don't know what I am doing with them yet. They might be good for a mini quilt since they are 1,5 ''.

I also visited my local quilt shop "Happy Sewing Room" and got these fat quarters. The red one is their Christmas present.

Here are the rest of the Eastern PA Shop-hop tour. The quilt below is the sample made by "Endless Mountains Quiltworks". This was a very nice shop and I like their quilt, but it was the fardest for us to go to. We were lucky and had a driver that day. Thank you Scot for driving me and Heather to the shops!
Here is the quilt at "118fabrics" shop. I like the border of the quilt.
Here is the " J&B Craft Supplies & Fabric" Store in Nescopeck, PA.

And the last shop we visited was "Quilting in the Valley". Their quilt is pretty, too.
I hope I got all the shops and matching quilts right! :) Me and Heather had fun during the shop hop and got a lot of fabrics for couple of projects! ;)

I also received my 5'' squares from the I spy swap I was in, but I will have to show you next time!

Until then, Happy sewing!!!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Quilt Shops Hopping and Quilting!

Here is an update on out Eastern PA Shop-hopping.

This is the quilt at "Quilter's Pallet" in Fleetwood, made out of the basket blocks. The quilter used wool for the appliqué flowers. It's one of my favorite.

Here is the quilt at "Lady Fingers Sewing Studio"

This is "Happy Sewing Room" quilt. I am a little bias when I say, this is one of my favorite quilt since I quilted it and my mother in law designed and piece the quilt. It was the second quilt I quilted on my New Joy Gold Standard frame.

Here is a close up of the quilt on the frame:

I think the leave design went perfect with the baskets!

This is "Allentown Sewing" quilt:
This hand quilted quilt was a door prize, but either of us, me or Heather didn't win it.

The quilt was displayed at ''Wooden Bridge" and bellow is their sample that was hand quilted also.
I have few more quilt shops to show you! Till then...........Happy sewing!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Eastern Pennsylvania Shop Hop '09- First Day

Yesterday was a fun day of shop hopping! Me and my friend Heather went to four shops. During shop hop you can purchase a passport and then visit all the participating shops to get stamped and qualify for big prizes. Each shop sells a block and each shop puts it together differently. You are able to purchase a block at each shop. We decided not to buy the blocks and instead shoped other fabrics.
First we went to Easton to the "At Piece Quiltery". I forgot to take picture of their shop hop quilt. I bought a special fabric for a Christmas gift, I hope when is done the recipient will like it!

After that we were on the way to Stroudsburg, they are two shops there. Below is the "American Ribbon" shop hop sample.

Below is "Pocono Sew & Vac" quilt.

Then we were on the way to Effort to visit "Country Quiltery".

We thought we would have a hard time finding that store since the GPS couldn't find the address, but we found it easily! They served local apple cider outside the shop. I took a picture of Heather as she was taking a cup.

We had fun at all shops, we bought a lot of pretty fabrics! Here is a part of my loot! :)

Now, I am going to get busy sewing! Happy sewing to you, too!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Quilt Retreat in Milwaukee, WI

I have been sewing up a storm. I want to share with ya about a trip to Milwaukee, WI.

These are pictures were taken at the rest stop in Western PA. The tree leaves were changing their colors, very pretty!

I just thought the bear was so cute!

This was our hotel room in Milwaukee. I loved the warm colors, perfect for Fall!

You are probably thinking where is the quilt retreat? It was in the hotel room. I was sewing while hubby went to meetings. I got so much done! I borrowed Mom mom's little Janome Gold. The machine worked great on the little coffee table. I had a cutting station set up on the desk.

I pieced a charity quilt I sign up for and two table runners. One of the runners is a surprise for my sister so I can't show you yet. The charity quilt is for Quilts for kids they send me the kit very fast. The kit include everything but the bathing. I had so much fun piecing it! Now I have to quilt it!

I was lucky we stopped at few quilt shops. Inspired by nature I picked up these fall prints.

The first shop was "Quilts and Kreations", OH.

On the way back to the high way my husband saw a sign for underground quilt shop. The shop was called "Olla Mae's Drygoods " and it was located in basement, we had to take an elevator to the underground level, under a bank. I found these treasures:

My favorite quilt shop on the trip was "Sew Little Time",OH. It was a little shop with very friendly stuff.

Maybe it was my favorite because found these fabrics, aren't they pretty?

I got my frame working so I will be posting about it! Stay tunned...

Friday, October 16, 2009

Fall Quilt Festival

I have been traveling with my husband this week, but I want to join the fun of showing one of my quilts at the Fall Quilt Festival that Amy is hosting again. Today is the last day so I am very excited I am able to join!
It was hard to pick a quilt, as we quilters love all of our quilts, but I settle on my Welcome Quilt!

It's hanging in our living room to Welcome all of our guests to our home.

I hope they feel very Welcome. I am working on a couple new projects, but I wanted to show a quilted one. This was my second project I did a free motion quilting. I am really pleased with this quilt.
Thank you for stopping by and feel free to leave me a comment as I would love to visit your blog as well! There are more then 500 participants at the Festival, so go have a look! Thank you Amy for hosting it!

Happy sewing!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Life is Good ....Fall Easy Stripe Table Runners

I have a good news to share! I got my driving licence! Very excited for me, I went on my first driving trip to the grocery store by myself. I also got good news at the doctor's office. I had to have a mammogram done and after all the worries the doctor think it's just a swollen lymph node. It's such a relief!

I found "Easy striped table runner"pattern designed by Karen Montgomery on a trip to Pittsburgh. We stopped at the "Quilt company" shop and the owner designs fabrics for Timeless Treasures, she design the pattern, too. I picked up these fabrics she designed.

I wanted to show you my fall table runners:

If you look carefully you will see that this table runner is different from the first picture one and the picture below. It's the same fabric. Just by changing the way you cut the fabric it looks very different.

The pretty candle holder was a gift from my lovely hubby!

I love the pattern and I am addicted to it! I made couple of table runners already.

This is the back of the Fall table runner. I just love all the colors!

My friend Heather is learning to quilt, this is her first project and she did great job! We decided to exchange runners from our fabrics. You can always use more runners!

Happy sewing!