I made this weighted blanket for an 8 year old to help him sleep at night. It was made with steel BB's and had to be 10% of his weight. It was a workout but was totally doable. I sewed the front and back right sides together on 3 sides turned it right side out and turned the 4th side under and basted it down. I proceeded to sew vertical lines every 4 inches. The math of how many bb's in each square depend on how much it needs to weigh and how many squares you end up with....I had 187 squares to fill with bb's and a little bit of batting or polyfil. My hubby cut me the perfect sized pvc pipe to stuff the stuffing in, then you sew horizontally after each row is filled, and so on. I really hope this little guy is completely Blessed with sweet dreams and rested days in his future endeavors.
Monday, October 27, 2014
Jenny of Elefantz that she hosted...Her tutorials were great and I enjoyed the pace of her 5 day stitch along. I couldn't quit after this one so I started and finished a pillow also, of a butterfly.
Sunday, October 12, 2014
tube pillowcase tutorial and then my favorite pattern from Quilt Taffy. Arent the monkey's cute?
My projects for the week were to get some things ready to send off in a box for my Granddaughter's Birthday. So I made her and her brother capes out of felt. The batman pattern came from here. The lady bug was just felt strips stacked just right and sewed together with binding. I satin stitched the dots on. Felt is so soft and easy to sew up.
Kiwi's crown was the funnest of all. She loved everything. Her crown is the first thing she puts on in the morning and the last thing she takes off. She calles herself Queen Kiwi Ladybug. So cute.
So without further ado: Presenting Queen Kiwi
Thursday, September 11, 2014
These are some cuties that I've been working on for quite some time now, I finished all of them and put them together with their sashings, ordered the border fabric and now I impatiently wait. This pattern from Jenny of elefantz is adorable and fun!
Here we have a Thank you card that I made for my sewing girls to sign and give to my local Quilt Shop for donating two beautiful, wonderful sewing machines to our sewing group.....Her generosity and hard work is so endearing to me, for to see the looks on these girls' faces when they hear the whir of a new machine, and find out that is was given to them is utterly priceless. You can just see the appreciation in their eyes.
Today we girls get together and I plan on talking over new goals and all of the things that they saw at the fair. We'll write them down and start a new year by ordering some fabric or kits online that they can do in class to fulfill their sewing dreams and goals for the next year.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
|This table is full of all of the girls' sewing projects. Almost every one of them is theirs.|
These are pocket pillow quilts made by students. They quilted them and enjoyed the satisfaction of making a quilt quick with this pattern.
This folks is an original quilt pieced and quilted by hand by my 12 year old student. She put a big red button in the middle and that just made the whole thing even more darling. I am so proud of her for designing her own pattern and making it all by hand.
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Well these girls are rockin' it! Getting their fair entries ready for the County Fair...They're finishing up their last minute stitches, refining their closures, making sure everything is clean and ready for judging. Our first picture here, is a Pocket Pillow Quilt on the machine getting quilted. Below is some thread painting getting done on a little Lamb that will be stuffed.
Aren't they just special?
This is such a wonderful time of year where the children get to show their crafty loves and be proud of themselves! Intent on furthering their craft by seeing the judges remarks and making things better next year. Because as I tell them, "It's not all about winning." It's to help learn and improve ourselves for better tomorrows.
I like to think that the judges' remarks are just their opinions, but as we choose our future projects, we ultimately decide what our craft is and how our art turns out, with the judges opinions just a wee part in the back of our head, of which I'm so thankful for.
We hope that Everyone is enjoying their local County Fairs as much as we are!
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
To Inspire is what I enjoy doing most of all. Teaching young girls to love the art of sewing and quilting and designing for themselves and just doing what makes them happy while creating.
Just by letting them 'jump in' and start sewing I can almost see their wheels turning in conjunction with the whir of the machine. I imagine their projects being designed in their head almost immediately.
I've been teaching up to 15 girls how to sew and quilt and this is a mug rug that one of my 8 year olds designed and made for her mother. I've pinned her sketch to the sewing room wall and it hangs there still to inspire me and all the other girls that come through.
I have these girls for about 3 hours in groups of 3 or 4 , 2 and 3 days a week. There is research for the snack to be had, and making the snack for them of course. Pinteresting for hours looking for just the right project for them, that they'll all love and shopping, that's always fun. Then the gathering of supplies and sorting them out. All in waiting for the day that they come and we all get to sew together.
This has really felt like such an adventure to keep the art of sewing alive!
My next class will be 4 girls ranging in age from 6-11 and we are finishing up some sun hats that we started last week. I'll be back to let you in on the snack I chose and finished projects at the end of the week. See you then.