Buzzings from a quilter who bumbles her way through life!

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Winner of my Giveaway!, Blog Hop Sneak Peak, Burlap Tutorial


Thank you for your comments on my last post! Congratulations to Charlotte of Charlotte's Creations.  for winning the giveaway! (via Random Number Generator!) I have sent her an email to let her know that she can choose a pattern of her choice from my Craftsy store. I appreciate so much all of your encouragement and support! 

Today is the first day of the Ho Ho Ho blog hop! You will want to check each day for inspiration! This is a great time to start making things for your Christmas decorating! 
Click on the button on my sidebar to see the line up and the daily top picks. Be sure to check back with me on August 8 to see what I've made. By the way, here is a little sneak peak tutorial for you. 

Have you noticed all the burlap you're seeing in home decor? Well, there is a trick to cutting and sewing it. 

1. Make a snip where you want to start your cut. 

2. Find a thread beside the cut and start pulling that thread. In burlap it will be thick enough that this is not too hard to do.
3. Continue pulling, moving your hold on the thread close to the fabric each time. If the thread breaks, simply find the end and continue.
4. After pulling the thread completely out, simply cut in the void that was left. 
 Now, that didn't really show you very much of my project, did it? Burlap is only a small part of it. So be sure you check on August 8 to see what I have done! I think it will put a smile on your face.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

An Old Quilt Revisited - AND A GIVEAWAY!

While visiting my west coast kids, I photographed a quilt I made for my granddaughter about 8 years ago. I made it in a hotel room during a two month stay in Denver, Colorado. It was snowing outside, I didn't have a car (my husband had it and was gone most of every day). I bought a tiny little Janome sewing machine on sale and I sat in the room and sewed. Quilters will find a way to do what they love!
The large prairie points around the center panel can be unbuttoned to reveal things Little Red Riding Hood might have seen in the forest. Be careful, you might find the wolf! (He looks a lot like a modified dog!)
A few years ago, I "revisited" the idea of Little Red Riding Hood. I used the same pattern I had drafted for the first figure of Little Red, but changed the colors and did not put large prairie points in. The finished quilt looks completely different! One thing I did not change is the "hidden" wolf in the background. Can you see him?

For those of you who have not left during my extremely busy summer, THANK YOU! I am almost back in my old routine now. Because you are important to me, I am having a giveaway of a pattern of your choice from my Craftsy store! (I will email the pdf to you.) This is for my faithful followers as well as any of you who are new here! Just let me know in a comment and your name will go in the drawing. The drawing will be on Tuesday night, 9:30 pm (Central). Again, thank you for being here! 

Monday, July 8, 2013

A Sweet New Seamstress!

Yes, I'm still around! I'm doing my part as a grandmother and loving every minute of it! (Even though my 5 year old grandson says, "Oh, no! You're going to do that sewing stuff again!" if I even walk past the sewing room.)
The picture here is of my 10 year old granddaughter and the dress she made! She has sewn several times before with me, but never a dress! The little sweater was purchased (and the shoes are mine!!!!!She's growing up too quickly!)

Pinning the pattern
I love seeing those young hands under the sewing machine light!
I watched her swell with pride every time someone commented on her dress. Another girl about her age stopped her in a restaurant and told her she loved her dress. That meant so much to her. Her efforts were validated! We all need that, don't we? 


Monday, July 1, 2013

My Recent Vacation

We have recently returned from spending a little over a week driving from the northern valley in California to our home in south Texas. We toured four national parks along with a few other tourist stops along the way. Along with us were my two grandchildren, aged 5 and 10. First stop was Zion National Park in Utah. We hiked a total of 4 miles (down to the canyon floor and back).
He's an explorer!
The shuttle bus was the best place my grandson found to nap! He was "tuckered out"!
The next day we drove to Bryce Canyon National Park, where we felt like we had entered another world! 
This is a very tired and sick Nana (I had a summer cold and felt pretty lousy. I normally look about 30 years younger and 50 lbs. slimmer! - that's my story and I'm sticking to it!)
We made a couple of stops before the next photos, but here we are at the Grand Canyon National Park. This first day here, the canyon was clouded by a haze from the California wildfires!
I'll be posting some sewing goodies soon. See my entry , along with my granddaughter's,in my last post for the Stamp On It blog hop going on now. The link to the blog headquarters is on my sidebar!
 My new computer has arrived and now I have to learn how to use it! It's a touch screen and does not work the way my old computer did. UGH! I know I'll enjoy it when I learn, but I still have the grandkids with me and finding time to just sit at the computer is not on the radar for a little while now. The 5 year old is really put out with me for spending time doing this instead of entertaining him this morning!
So until next time....
Bee Blessed!

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...