Monday, February 25, 2013

Hand Wrist PinCushions

I was given a GREAT Pin Cushion pattern to make that I could wear on my wrist. It was a surprise at the time and well, the story goes something like this:

A week ago my husband and I had to make a trip to PA.  Normally we do not mind.  We get to see family and friends.  Always eat too much and have a lot of fun.  This time the trip was unexpected, for our uncle John had passed away.  He will be greatly missed!

Now, I must to say that we did have a good time.  In fact, we seen relatives that we haven't seen for a long, long time.  Anyway, while there I was given a pattern for a wrist Pin Cushion.  Since it was all by hand, I stopped by a fabric store and gotten a wool fabric pack and a few buttons for the closure.  Besides that, all I needed was a needle, thread, and scissors.

(Unfortunately, I did not have my camera so am limited on pictures, I am very sorry)  I did get a few pictures though.  Here is one of the pattern:

The large circle was 3 inches round.  (You cut two of these)  The funky flowered one is aprox. 2 1/4 inches and the little circle is 1 1/2" round.  The strip that goes around your wrist is 7 1/2 inches by 1 1/4 inch.  (you will also need two of these)    

First I sewed the small circle onto the funky circle using the blanket stitch.  (see above)  Then sewed it fast (hiding my stitches) to one of the large circles.  Then I added a few cross stitches to the small circle to add a little extra to it.  (you do not have to do this if you do not want to) 

Next, I sewed the large circles together using the blanket stitch again.  I left one inch open to stuff with batting.  Then sew it shut.  I then put the two long wrist pieces together and sewed the blanket stitch all along the edge to fasten them.  Next, sew the cushion to the center of your long strip.  You are almost completed.

Last but not least, sew a matching button to one end of the strip.  To the other end, carefully cut a slant the length of your button.  Do the blanket stitch around the edge.

You now have a Wrist Pin Cushion.  Our ride of over 903 miles, so I had time to make quite a few of these:

 They look like stocking stuffers to me!

Anyone who would like this pattern........please let me know I will either e-mail or snail mail it to you.  I tried mine out yesterday and it really came in handy.

Now I also want to remind everyone of the next blog hop that is coming up:  "NANCY DREW IS A CLUE"

It is going to be a lot of fun and you will not want to miss a one.   Starts on March 6th thru March 15th.  My day is March 11th.  (and yes, I am going to have a giveaway you won't want to miss)  It is sponsored by Carol at and Madam Samm at Please come join us all.

Till then,


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Monday, February 11, 2013

A Wedding Wall Hanging

WOW, what a month so far!  I have been so busy (which is a good thing)  I didn't get to write for quite some time.

I do want to share a "Wedding Wall Hanging" with everyone.  I was sent a picture, not long ago, of a Wedding wall hanging and was asked it I could duplicate it.  It was very pretty with 2 doves and a ribbon joining them both the bride and groom.

Of Course! I started by going through my larger scrap box to see what fabrics I could use.


The boarder had different blocks all around.  Since she gave me the size, it made it a lot easier then guessing.  The center was a light blue for the sky and then green for grass, then it had different colored blocks all around for a boarder.

So my next step was to cut my center and make my blocks.  I made 40 -  2 1/2 inch blocks  (10 for each side)  I sewed them all onto the light blue fabric that I chose.   Then I drew all my applique to the proportions as they looked in the original quilt.

I cut them out and laid them onto the quilt where I wanted and pressed in place.   I carefully attached the ribbons to the doves before pressing them  The ribbons were twisted and then attached to each the bride and groom's hand.   That way the Steam-A-Seam that I used also kept the ribbon in place while I appliqued them down.

Next I worked on the Ribbon with the names and date.

Now that all the applique was where I wanted, pressed in place.  I machine sewed them on using an invisible thread and the blanket stitch.  That way it was not seen and did not take away from the applique.

I quilted around all the applique and in the ditch in the boarder.  When I fist started, I was not sure if it all looked right.  But after it was sewn on and quilted....I was very pleased.

Total size is 26" X 31 1/2"

The label on the back.....Why, it was short and sweet.  The customer asked for it to say one line.

"Wishing you all the Happiness and Love"

OK, On to my next project...........


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Friday, February 1, 2013

Recipe for Spray Starch and Winner Announced

I got a tip I thought you might like to hear.  Did you ever use Mary Ellen's Spray Starch?  It works great and oh, the fragrance is sooooo good!!

Well, I was given this recipe that is sooo similar to it, that it is unreal.  I want to share it with all my quilting friends.  It goes like this:

1  Cup Sta-Flo Liquid Starch
1  Cup Liquid Fabreeze  (any fragrance)

                      1 bottle of Sta Flo liquid

1  Cup Water

Mix it all together and put in a spray bottle.   WAH  LAH  You got it!

Now, it is time to announce my winner.  Missouri Star Quilt Shop was so kind to give me 6 great Fat Quarters to give to some lucky quilter, could it be you??

I had 111 comments (or entries)  So I went to and left it choose a winner for me.  Are you ready.........

It gave me.....

NO.  49...............Agnes B. Bullock

                      Corrine from Lost for Words!

You will be receiving an e-mail from me shortly confirming your winning.  Please respond within 4 days or I will have to pick another winner.  

I hope my tip has helped you.   Till next time.....


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