Wednesday, December 19, 2007
I found these insoles at the local Walgreens and at $2.79 a pair, they are gonna fit the shoe (so to speak). I plan on using batting and the insoles. A plus they are washable insoles, way to cool.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
I had no idea, it's coming way to fast!!!!
I have two more pairs of boxers done (will post pixs tomorrow) and now I am working on slippers. Also with DH away on business I can sew them and have son try them on for size and he won't know. I found an easy & cool way to make them comfy - more on that tomorrow too. Also I have been asked to make a purse for a gift and that's calling it realy close!! But I love staying busy.
I know a lot of you have Christmas all wrapped up (or at least some of you) I am no where close, but I work better under pressure.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
So as to not let blogger down, I am posting an update on Christmas sewing. I finished a robe for my husband (for the picture I have the robe on my body double, my shoulders are not as broad as DH)
Can you tell DH is a Washington fan? By the way - friends and family if your reading this don't tell him. It's Simplicity 3969 , very quick and easy!! I wrote a review at pattern review . I made it in fleece and used the serger (mostly) and for the trim on the front edges I zig-zaged over acrylic yarn.This is the special order I did the other day, beautiful rainbow in fat quarters.
All dressed up and ready to go to its new home. I guess I will go and look at the fabrics in the stash, that always cheers me up.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Here's one of my partners in crime. Tessa was resting while I was hand sewing today and I just had to share this picture.
Monday, December 10, 2007
Friday, December 7, 2007
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
I have had this pattern since 2000, when I made my DH some shorts (sleep/lounge shorts). Those have since worn out and now I have been told more are needed.
I found this COOL fabric at my favorite little quilt shop here in town. It's called "Madame Butterfly" in the Opulance series by Paula Nadelstern. This pair of shorts will be for DH.
And this flaming colorful fabric from the Headgear series by Fabri-Quilt will be for my son. Saying all this my DH and DS don't read my blog, so I should be ok.
And I found a cute rose & vine print in my stash for the lining. I did get the 32 ruffles cut out, yep 32. See there are 8 on each side = 16 ruffles total. I am using the self fabric as the facing so that makes 32 curved pieces. If I was using suede or leather I wouldn't need all this, just 16 ruffles. Any-who this looks like its going to be very funky!!
Saturday, December 1, 2007
The fabric in the dye is sittin' in the sun as I type and by tomorrow I will have a beautiful piece of fabric to start on my new fab bag!!
Hmmmmm, what should I line the bag with? I am off to find something fun for the inside.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
I grabbed my supplies:
- 12 inch by 2.5 inch strip of fabric
- 12 inch by 2.5 inch strip of 'Wonder Under' (fusible)
- a scrap of Peltex (or Timtex, what ever that really stiff-stuff is called) - my scrap is about 2 inch wide by 5.5 inch long triangle
- pretty threads and beads.
- a sewing machine is handy, but you could do this all by hand if you wanted to
Fuse the Wonder Under to the back of the fabric, then cut in half, making two strips 6 by 2.5 inches.
Take one fused piece of fabric peel the paper off the fusible and fuse on to the stiff-stuff, I use a scrap of the paper from the wonder under to protect my ironing surface. Please pay attention you don't want to ruin the ironing board or iron (of course you can clean your iron - ask me about this I know well!). Make sure to let it cool!! Then peel it off.
Trim the fabric up to the edge, very close but not cutting the stiff-stuff.
You end up with a fabric covered bookmark ready to embellish.
These are some extras that can be used to help with fraying and the fabric pens are great to cover any tiny spots you might have missed with thread.
Add beads and its done. You can make these in any shape you like.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
It's a basic bucket style bag/tote, big enough for a few extra items while out shopping this holiday. Inside are the simple pockets and a magnetic snap. I stitched angled strips of fabric onto a canvas foundation (sorta like easy crazy quilting), then various yarns and embroidery for the accents. The handles are made from fabric covered cotton clothesline, with a fuzzy black yarn added in between the two cords. This helped disguise the dip between two cords.
I got the strap idea from 'It's a Wrap' By Susan Breier , the clothesline is a good weight for straps and they hang nicely. I have this book and have to say it's full of fun ideas. Love the bowls, and it's a great way to use up fabric scraps.
Next I need to start on Christmas gifts. I know two guys who are getting slippers this year. I plan on taking a basic slipper pattern and adding something to the sole to make them very comfy, but more on this when I have figured that part out.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
What I give thanks for:
- Family - all of them!! Alive and passed on, you are who made me who I am today.
- Good Friends, near and far away you keep me young at heart.
- To have found true love!
- The chance to wake everyday and start a new adventure
- That I have so much to be thankful for
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
This is the other side of the room. A blank wall - which will be fixed soon (more on this later).
Remember the fabrics that were all over the floor, they are now neat and organized by type in the small closet. My sweet hubby made the closet so cool by installing movable shelving.
I am going to have some tea and figure the next game plan.......................
Monday, November 19, 2007
She's a beauty that 'Cami'
all dressed in her camouflage,
ready to take on the world.
Just like you she's a tuff one on the outside,
but really very feminine and girly.
She is a wash me in delicate type
and with her convertible strap
she will cross-over or hang on you shoulder.
kira bell ©2007
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Well, for starters I used the same quilting as in the pattern 'Tennessee Waltz' for all but the snowball blocks. Inside the snowball blocks I used a simple star, made into a continuous line. You can see here my crude cardboard template, I scanned it to show. (you can save this, re-size and print it out, if you would like to use it).
You can easily create quilt motifs out of any simple shape. And with time, patience and practice even some complicated designs.
Sunday, November 11, 2007
This is the baby quilt made for a special friend. I used the pattern called Tennessee Waltz. It turned out wonderful, although this is not the first time I have used this pattern, but in these bright colors it was wonderful!! Quick easy pattern designed for beginner to intermediate quilters. The use of the snowball blocks makes this a very interesting quilt.
I used all cotton fabrics, batting, and threads.
I had a heck of a time deciding what to quilt in the snowball blocks. I ended up just mimicking the stars using a primary variegated quilting thread, which turned out great.
The backing is a cute flannel with stars and dots. I can't wait to
see pictures of the baby crawing across the quilt.
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Do you think they can dance well together? (that's a hint)