Friday, February 24, 2012

I spent Wednesday and Thursday doing the regular life-living and dish-doing thing...
But also, I cut some scraps of my favorite fabrics out of what I have on hand, in different widths and tried out a tutorial on Diary of a Quilter - by Amy Smart -
that I'd been eyeing for some time now.
It is for a self-quilting table runner and the link is below if you want to go try it for yourself.
Here is how mine turned out and I have listed it in my Etsy store.
(update: sold on eBay:)

I used an all-over roses print for the back so it is reversible -
When I was working on it, I decided to try something I'd seen in another tutorial
or video online which uses hair clips instead of pins
to secure the binding for machine sewing onto the runner.
I like these a whole lot better than getting jabbed every two seconds.  Granted, there are times when
only pins will do but for securing the binding?
These come in a pack of 12 for $1.00 at the Dollar Tree :)

Here is the link to the tutorial:  Table Runner

Sunday, February 19, 2012

I admit it, I've gone AWOL from my blog for a very long time.
The blog, as it seems was at the time, my "momentary fancy" - go figure.
        I'm back with apologies ;) ...Stories & pictures...
In the time I have been absent from sharing, I've been trying my hand at all sorts of odd projects and techniques n' so forth.
        I've spent evenings browsing other talented people's pages and tutorials and also hitting up creative minds from within my friends and family albeit a small group of people as I'm nearly a hermit in my sewing room...
A few things I have been working on throughout the past 18 months or so-
I found some great Tutorials on Cluck Cluck Sew for a Sprocket Pillow and also a Fall Scrap Buster pillow...

Here are how mine turned out, the round colorful one is my sprocket pillow I love the loud sherbert colors.  The tree pillow cover was also fun to do and opens in the back. 

I used scraps of shabby pinks n' greens for the leaves.
If you have not tried either of these styles yet, I know you'll have fun.
Hint, with her sprocket pillow, pay attention to her instructions for piecing the triangle portions together.
I got carried away and tried to keep adding in a circle rather than two halves.
Doh'!  Did I mention that I have 3 seam rippers scattered in various regions of my sewing areas?

while I was there, checking out these tutorials and her pages,
I saw a pin cushion with a link to the tutorial for it!
BUT-  Before I share more,
have a look at the very first pin cushion I ever made
and have been using for about 12 years or so:

Poor beaten n worn little satin heart.Of course when I saw the picture and tutorial link on her site, 
I jumped at the chance to update my own.
Here is how mine came out
and below it is the link she shared to the tutorial for the original.

Just like to say that Allison from Cluck Cluck Sew is a wonderful gal for 
sharing her knowledge and she is also very sweet for replying to my show and tell
email that I sent her along with my thanks.