Monday, March 2, 2015

Wristlets, Wristlets and more Wristlets!

Hello!

How have you been?   Can't believe it is March already!!!   Time is flying this year.  Dear Hubby has a torn meniscus and is having surgery on Friday -- so things have been a little hectic around here with Dr appointments and such.

I have been sewing alot --I went on a retreat and we played Left Right Center and we used charms  - red - white - black or any combo.  I had printed this project from Moda Bake shop      
http://www.modabakeshop.com/2011/04/strippy-charm-pouch.html
It is so easy -- after the game I made this dalmatian wristlet -- Perfect for me.




Since I have been home I have been making them like crazy - I have made over a dozen - love this orange and green -- so much like spring - it just makes you feel happy!


Then I have a slight obsession with cupcakes and have some fabric - wih cupcakes on it -- here is one of the ones I made. 
And of course if Spring is around the corner -- baseball season is getting closer -- here is my Cubs Wristlet perfect for a day at Wrigley.



Went to Goodwill the other day -- I got a lot of stuff to repurpose - this is one perfect Watermelon basket I got for
 

$1.99!   What a bargain!     Can't wait to put it out this summer.

Well Summer is a little far away still -- here are some pictures of the girls last week.  Yes my friends summer is a long way off.  Snow is still on the ground and more is coming tonight.    


Patches and Poochie enjoying a little winter fun -- we were playing ball. 
Thanks for stopping by  - I Promise to blog a little more often!

Happy Stitches!
Dorothy

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Goodwill Shopping

Hello!

I have been doing a little shopping at Goodwell lately and found some great things!  Some of my pictures won't load onto my blog so I will have to try again -- I found a great kids rocker that I can repaint and a metal aqua colander.  And I did get this wood box that I am going to make into a planter -- I think I will repaint it a fun color and plant some petunia in it --  Always nice to think of Spring on a cold winter day.
  


I have been buying the girls their toys at the the pet store and then my friend suggested I get some stuffed animals at Goodwill for 50 cents each -- that sure beats $7  - $10 each!   I got Poochie a great green parrot she takes it everywhere and loves to hide it on Patches! 




Patches got a cute reindeer as you can see she is a bit rougher than Poochie and she has some of the stuffing out of it already -- not to worry I have a bag of stuffed toys in the closet  -- I spent a few bucks and got a big bag full.
I have done a little sewing I finished this snowman table topper -- it was a Quick Quilt Saturday project.  I want to
make several more for shows next year.  So I better get moving!

Thanks for stopping by!   What have you been up too?

Happy Stitches!
Dorothy

Monday, January 5, 2015

Happy New Year 2015!

Good Morning!

Happy New Year!  I can't believe it is already Jan 5th!    I was off work for the past 17 days -- it was wonderful!  Spent time in my sewing room, playing with my girls and even took a trip with Dear Hubby to Memphis, had wonderful barbeque and went to see Graceland.  

Now this morning I wake up at 4:30 and it is below zero  ARGGG   -- but I just wanted to say Happy New Year and show a few pictures.

Patches Christmas morning with her  new bone!  


Patches with her tug toy from Kendra over at Stone house Primitives.  


Poochie with her new toy on Christmas morning -- she is such a happy girl!
  


Now on to Quilting 2015 -- so many people are selecting their "word" for the year -- Mine is going to  be SIMPLIFY -- I have gotten out of some Yahoo Quilting groups -- I love them but there is just way too many emails to go thru and I could better spend my time sewing.    I was also going to do a BOM at the LQS but after I cleaned up my sewing room - I realized I have plenty to work on - so I am going to do Pat Sloans BOM free on line and here is Block 1.  I am going to us up some of my pink and brown fabrics.
  
I will also continue in the Scnibbles group and Small project group -- and I am in a Quick Quilt projects on Facebook -- but I have cut out a few things so I feel I am doing good!  
I am determined to finish at least 12 UFO's this year -- in face this weekend I quilted up 6 small UFO's not really able to count them all -- since some are just blocks I am converted to table squares -- but I am at least moving them into the finished pile.   I will work on binding them this week as I watch TV at night

Well I need to get ready for work -- have a great day!

Happy Stitches
Dorothy 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Small Quilt and Gingerbread Houses!

Hello!

Happy Holidays!!  So much has been going on here, craft shows, obedience school for Patches, some sewing for the craft shows, and work!

I did get the small quilt project done this month so I wanted to be in the parade -- so glad i have these things they force me to get my blog updated.  Only 4 more days of work and then I will be off for 2 weeks -- really need a break and need to catch up on my sewing projects.

Today Poochie and Patches went to camp and Poochie had a spa day -- she looks so great all washed and brushed.    


My small quilt project is going to hang on this shelf, so you guessed it it is  Gingerbread boy themed.   Love all my gingerbread stuff in my kitchen and dining room.  



We have our computer desk in the dining room and I put my gingerbread village out on the top shelf.  the 2 on the ends were made from unfinished wood bird houses that I got at Micheal's many years ago and we got all the "candy" we glued on them at Micheal's also  - my mom painted them and we worked on decorating them together -- they are very special to me.  She just loved Christmas so much -- i am sure she is smiling down to see I have really expanded my gingerbread village with lots of other houses.
 


I got the little house from the local bakery for $2  -- it is so cute  I also have a kit to make a real gingerbread house might get that done this weekend.

And here is my small project -- I hope you like it,  I think it turned out cute -- need to quilt and bind it this weekend.  One of the best parts of this is -- it is all stuff I had on hand -- I just love when projects use up some stash!
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Here is my gingerbread tree in the dining room -- it is one of those alpine trees, I cover it at the end of the season and store it in the basement -- so easy to put up each year. 



Of course I have to put a picture of Patches in this post too....looks like she is settled in doesn't it.  She just loves life with us.  She has been in obedience school and we have advanced to the Advance class in about 6weeks,  we start in Advanced tomorrow, we are so excited to see what we will be learning, she is a quick learner and loves to please.   I am so happy she is part of our lives.
  
Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Stitches
Dorothy

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Patches and Parade!

Good Morning!

Where does the time go??

It was just the end of August .....a month ago!  Oh My!

Part of where did the time go...is right here....our new addition to the family...Introducing.

PATCHES
She is just turned 1 last week, she is a rescue from Houston Texas, yes we live in Northern Illinois -- an amazing group of people help transport her over Labor day weekend.  If you have  never been part of a transport, Oh my it is so over whelming the out pour of goodness in people -- it was a wonderful experience and I will definetly help an animal in need of a transport in the future.

She is fitting in nicely and is just a sweetie. This is here on her first day or so here, she was glued to that bed, it came from her original mom. 
 

These 2 pictures were taken just the other day.. it was a little adjustment period for Poochie - Patches thought she was the boss and we all know that Princess Poochie is the boss!   But all is well and they get along well.  In the photo about I think Patches was barking at me.  In the photo below - look at Poochie -- her face just looks like she is so happy with her new sister.
  

Now on to Schibbles business -- I was very lucky  in September I won the gift from Carrie, oh my talk about being over whelmed -- I recieved 2 sets of patterns and 3 layer cakes.   It is an awesome gift!  Thank you so much Carrie!


OK on to my part of the parade....since it was a very busy month I only made a Halloween table topper - that still needs to be quilted and bound -- but I just love the way it turned out I hope you like it too! 
Well off to feed my girls and get ready for work -- Happy Ocotober!!
Happy Stitches
Dorothy

Monday, September 1, 2014

Scnibbles from the Past

Good Morning

It is time to start the Schnibbles parade -- can't wait!   But for now I will show you some of the past Schnibbles I have made. -- The names have escaped me

This one is for Christmas we did this a year or so ago



This one was done last year -- love the bright colors


The Spool one was done the year before last.
It is one of my favorites


This House Schnibble we did a couple years ago it hangs in our guest room



This one can't remember when we did it, but I love the color combos

 

This isa neat pink and green 30's one
 
 Have a great labor day -- we had an exciting  weekend we adopted an 11 month old Dalmatian from Houston this weekend!  I will tell you about this tomorrow\
Happy Stitches
Dorothy
 

Friday, June 27, 2014

Kleenex Box Cover tutorial

Hello!

This Tutorial is for the Quick Quilt Saturday Group on Facebook -- I will update my blog about my other projects tomorrow!

Here is the tutorial:

You need

1 piece of fabric cut 14 x 18 inches
1/4 " Ribbon 30" inches


Here is my fabric 14 x 18 inches



Fold fabric in 1/2 it should measure  9 x 14 inches  -- You will sew on the short seam -- in this picture it is the bottom  where the fabric meets



Then press seam open and lay it with the seam in the back -- now measure down 2 1/2 inches - make sure it is even and sew a 1/4 inch from the bottom and them a little larger than a 1/2 inch above the first sewing line -- this makes your casing for your ribbon
 


Here it is sewn up and a picture from where your back seam is  -- You now need to sew across the bottom of the tissue cover.
 


After the bottom is sewn you will make a box bottom  - spread the bottom open and I press only 1/2 of the seam  allowance now and the other half when I am measuring the other side.  One you have it spread out like this measure  2 inches from the tip of the triangle.  Mark it with a pencil then lay your ruler down and draw a line -- this will be your stitching line --do the same to the other side -- this will make your bottom square
 
 Here is a picture of it open with the pins -- ready to sew at this point


Here it is sewn -- sew the blue thread -- BEFORE you cut off the points make sure it is a nice bottom, try putting your tissue box inside -- after of course you turn it right side out!  - It will be a bit snug and that is ok. 


Now once it  fits -- cut off your corners - your box will sit nice and steady on your table or desk



Now it is time to make a little snip in the casing -- you will do this in the front (opposite side from the seam)  Try to center it and when making your snip be careful to only go thru the top layer -- if you go thru both layers it is not the end of the world -- The next step is to thread the ribbon thru -- I use a large eye needle but you could use a safety pin it you prefer 




Then put in your box of tissues and tie a bow! I am ready for the 4th of July!




This one matches my sewing room   I hope you enjoy making these, they make great inexpensive gifts.