Thursday, January 19, 2017

A Fresh Snow Hop!

Today is the first day of the "A Fresh Snow Hop" and it is my day to show what I made!

I want to give a big thank you to Marian Pena, at Seams to be Sew .  She came up with a great hop here and did a lot of work organizng and getting it all together.  THANK YOU!

That being said....who don't like snow?

(Gee, maybe I should re-think that, lol)

We do not get a lot of snow down here in Tennessee.  Surly, not what we are use to.  And most of the time when it does snow, it is all melted by noon.

This year we have been having a very warm winter so far.  Why we were 74° on Christmas day.  The last 2 weeks we were averaging in the 60's!
Oh, I am not complaining, it is nice not to be so cold, just hope it don't mean a hot summer.
(I must confess though, I miss the snow.  I got a lot of memories with snow.)

OK now,  I have been working on this for quite a while.  Since I really like snowmen and blue is my favorite color. This was perfect! See, a friend of me be gave me this adorable pattern

from "Bird Brain" designs, the beginning of November.  I worked on this whenever I could.  I wanted to get it finished and hang it up to enjoy it.   With the holidays and everything else, well, that just didn't happen.  It took longer to embroider than I thought.  

My Snowmen:

(I don't know why the picture shows up yellow, believe me they are white!)

Now, the pattern shows it as a Table Topper.  But anyone who knows me, knows that I don't follow directions.  I have to do it my way.  Not only that, all the work put in the snowmen, I wasn't going to take any chances of getting anything spilled on them.

So I decided to put a boarder around them to look like a frame. 
Kinda like a ribbon perhaps?
I drew some paper piece patterns.

Now, I could have just sewed my pieces together, but I decided to do paper piecing for 2 reasons.  
1.  They will get perfect.
2.  I need the practice.   

So I cut out my triangles in an approximate size needed.

Then I started sewing them together. 
The most horrible thing happened!
Yes!   My Pfaff quit sewing!!
I don't have to tell you how upset I was!
My poor husband tried and tried to fix it.  He knows how I love that machine.  But unfortunately, it needs a new part. 
Lucky, I have a great Featherweight I could use.  So the next day I finished my boarder.

Here is where my design wall came in handy.  I put the snowmen up, then the blue ribbon around and then the snowflake printed fabric.


Decisions, Decisions!  I wanted to show off the snowmen, not the boarder.

Here it is:

After all that, I just didn't like the blue ribbon boarder.  It looked too over bearing to me.  I wanted something simple.

Total size is:   38 1/2" X 10 1/2”

Oh, I also made these snowmen for my mini stands:

You ask what I am doing today? Hmmm, not sure yet, but for now, I am going to see all the other beautiful "Snow" projects that are shown today.  I hope you join me.

Marian is offering this Great Giveaway.  
In fact, she is giving away a kit each day of the hop.  So be sure to visit each day.

Today is this adorable kit....
"The Quilted Cow"!
It is an adorable wool wall hanging.
Just leave a comment below and
enter here at:

for your chance to win.

Marian is giving away a new block patters each day!


Thursday, January 12, 2017

Making a Quilted Clock

What time is it?
That's easy......


It all started when I needed a clock in my room and couldn't find exactly what I wanted.   Sooo decided to make my own.  I purchased the inners and hands at our local Walmart. 

From there I drew different sewing items to be my numbers.

I made a tape measurer, needle and thread, 2 spools of thread,

Pin cushion, scissors, buttons, rotor cutter, and an iron.
(I did use the numbers 3, 6, 9, and 12.)

For the center, I made a Singer sewing machine.
After all the appliques were on, I did some embroidery work.  I made the thread in the needle, thread on the machine and the word Singer.

I then embrodered
"Time to Quilt"
I sewed 4 triangles (one to each corner) then added the sides.
Next I cut batting and backing and quilted in a grid pattern.
When it was completed, my husband added a backing to make it sturdy.  Then put the clock box on the back and the hands.

Wah Lah,  I got a clock!

Now that I have your attention, let me tell you about the next hop.
"A Fresh Snow"

(Here in West TN it has been in the 60's all week.  Would you believe we actually reached 74° on Christmas day?  I kinda miss the snow.)

Anyway, it is going to be a fun hop.  Lots of prizes, ideas AND snow!
Starts January 20th

Go see Marion,  
for the full schedule.
Hope to see you all there.
Till then...