Showing posts from May, 2017

Jean Quilt with Homespuns

I am a blue jean girl. My fav outfit is a comfortable T-shirt and a pair of blue jeans. But eventually, those jeans wear out, but a lot of the fabric is still usable and durable. I've been saving ideas for things to make from them when I'm done wearing them on Pinterest. Jean quilt This quilt starts with circles of blue jean fabric (this quilt features all used jeans) and squares of fabric for the centers. Jean Quilt  There's also a square of batting, so this quilt has a bit of weight to it and warmth. Jean Quilt  This would make a great picnic blanket. Jean Quilt on the Deck  Or a blanket for the cabin or for on the deck on a cool Canadian evening. Black and Blue Jeans  Some of the blue jeans were black and the rest blue which gives a different look than if they were all one color. Jean Quilt In hindsight, I should have spaced the black pieces a little more randomly, but this quilt is

Early Creative Influences

Growing up I was surrounded by people who created. My mom sewed clothing and crocheted doilies, especially with fine thread. My sister and I both learned to sew, knit, crochet and embroider. My grandmother did tatting. My aunt had stacks of magazines that I loved looking through while visiting. None of my immediate family were quilters. hand piecing hexagons School trips were supervised by mothers who often brought along their own handwork while they waited for us to learn or do whatever it was that we were doing at the time. One mom in particular would bring her hand-stitched fabric hexagons that she turned into beautiful tea cozies for church bazaars or wedding shower gifts. Another mom made beautiful rag dolls. A neighbour I babysat for had a basket filled with quilting magazines that I would page through rather than watch TV. Antique butterflies - personal collection Stories about the wild west and life of the early settlers fired a desire in me for learning to quilt.

Embroidered Tea Cozies

Embroidered Tea Cozy These have been in the creative works for a while. How that works for me is first I'm inspired by something. For these tea cozies, it was a photo on Flickr from Patchwork Pottery  of a red and white tea cozy with an embroidered saying around the bottom edge. Inspiration from Patchwork Pottery This tea cozy has been in my favorites for a few years and in the meantime, I've been collecting tea related quotes and sayings that might possibly work as part of a tea cozy. Planning the embroidery  Next was to bring on my best hand writing - not an easy task as I rarely write by hand and if I do, it's a mixture of printing and handwriting that changes from day to day and mood to mood. Stitching  After tracing the handwriting onto a piece of plain cotton (this is just off-white), I start to embroider a simple back stitch. I have tons of embroidery floss left from my cross stitching days, so I won't run out any time soon! Putting fabrics