Friday, October 28, 2011

Specially handmade

Just a little case/pouch I put together the other day to hold some little handmade presents for someone special. I used Japanese themed fabrics for the most part..

And a metal clasp closure, which are so easy to put in now that I've figured it out!!

And filled it with a few presents...felt bunny and bracelet from me, clay jizo from Julia and a little paper mushroom from Jordan!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

For a bitty baby!

Our new to the neighborhood international friend's wife just had their first baby, so I worked on a couple little baby girl presents...Jordan and I were able to stop by and greet the adorable little one in person!
A quick to sew bib!
One of my favorite basket patterns from The Pink Penguin!
And a diaper clutch from The Noodlehead!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Taking from nature!

I love shells...and driftwood...and shells! I have jars of them, about a decade's worth of careful collection. I used our last gathering of shells to make a simple candle holder...using an empty spaghetti sauce jar, shells and a tea-candle!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Quilty Placemats

Continuing with my theme of 'Presents for Grandchildren!' I stitched up these two placemats for a couple more grandkids celebrating birthdays! (When one has many siblings, kids, friends and grandkids, one is always busy making something or other)! I used buttons to create holes in the e's and a...I thought it was kind of cute!

Here's a closeup of the free-motion machine stitching I did...

I did actually start off wanting to take pictures of the process...Here is picture one with the letters machine appliqued to the top strip... I used fusible webbing to iron the letters on, then a small tight zig-zag to applique them.

Next step was to sew the main body of fabric to the name strip...

Then I layered it with batting and a backing, and binding [Love the purple binding with little Japanese rabbits on it, one of my favorite accent fabrics!]

Then I walked away from the project, and forgot I was taking pictures when I came to finish it off!