Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Lots of Placemats - Christmas Projects – 2013

Documentation 152, 153 and 154

There was a lot of sewing going on for Christmas gifts this year.

I designed and made 4 sets of 8 placemats, that's 32 in all.

 #152 - Placemats - Blue Accent Stripe

Blue Accent

Blue Accent - Set of 8
  #153 - Placemats - Green Accent Stripe

Green Accent

Green Accent - Set of 8
I was in such a hurry to get one set on its way that I didn't get a picture. These were in brown and rusty orange in colour.

I dyed some brown muslin for the backs all of these, and the quilting was simply stitch-in-the-ditch and a free motion feather on the accent and adjoining strips.

Back - quilting - pillowcase method
#154 - Skinny Strips Placemats

This technique is from Kathleen Loomis at Art with a Needle.  She has a tutorial on sewing skinny strips.  I think she may call them Fine Lines.   Thanks Kathy.

I found this fun fabric for the skinny strips and the backs of these. I was intending on adding more strips but  really liked this look, so I stopped there.  

These were broken up in 2 sets of four for my two grandsons who now have their own places.

Skinny Strips Placemats

I love this fabric!
Back of Skinny Strips Placemats
Skinny Strips - Two sets of 4

I had a great time sewing with fleece, so easy! I made some neck warmers and a few kiddie scarves as well as over 20 Beanie hats, some with flower embellishments for the girls.

I also ventured into the infinity scarf world making half a dozen of those, unfortunately did not take any photos of any of the sewing projects.

Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas
Have a very Happy New Year!

Thanks for dropping by

Happy Quilting,


Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Take a Stitch Tuesday

  Stitches 59 to 62

Four more samples for TAST with Sharon b. at Pin Tangle

TAST Stitches 59 to 62

Stitch 59 - Breton Stitch

I found this stitch looked a bit awkward but did like the effect when overlapped.

Breton Stitch

Stitch 60– Diamond Stitch

Had to add some french knots at the intersection in the centre area as the knots did not show very well using the fine wool.

Diamond Stitch

Stitch 61 – Up and Down Feathered Buttonhole

So far, I've liked all the variations of the Feather Stitch, including this one.

Up and Down Feathered Stitch

Stitch 62 – Raised Cross Stitch Flower

My border is the first part of this stitch. These were fun to do.

Raised Cross Stitch Flower

I'm now two-thirds of the way through the TAST Stitches, I just may get caught up some day!

I will link up to TAST at Pin Tangle

Check out the comments to see all the beautiful work going on there.

Happy Stitching,


Sunday, December 15, 2013

Tango is Back!

After a year of travelling.

Tango - 28" x 40"

Tango was a semi-finalist in the Quilt category of the Creativ Festival's 25th SILVER anniversary 2012 Designer Style Challenge, Toronto.  I did not have a problem with this, I just did not know.

It came home last week.

I blogged about making it here

I obviously did not read the fine print very well, as I was totally unaware that the semi-finalist entries would remain with Janome for a year when I entered this challenge.

Note to self (and to anyone competing): READ THE FINE PRINT.

Part of the letter from Janome with my returned quilt said:

We have had the pleasure of showing your quilt around Canada at various consumer shows for the past year. In between shows it's been hanging in our office. I must tell you it has inspired many people! Well done!


I'm glad it's back.

Linking up to The Needle and Thread Network and Nina-Marie's Off the Wall Friday.

Happy Quilting,