Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Halloween Handwork

Just finished in the nick of time, before I leave for New York, are these adorable Halloween ornaments. You can find  this pattern at Buttermilk Basin.

Absolutely love this cat!

 I used hand dyed and woven wools. I love to work with wool as the feel of the fabric is so wonderful. Just choosing fabrics was half the fun!

 Thought this little guy was so fun!


I folded a piece of  burlap with chevrons on it, (it made it look like a spider web), and added sparkly tulle over in. Then tied twine onto it and hung the ornaments. I tried to find a black Christmas tree, but if I had to purchase one for 2 families it would have been too expensive, so this had to do.
(bad picture...too much sun in the morning....sorry!)
All this for my 6, soon to be 8 this week, grandkids! Love, love, these wonderful kids. We will be adding a grandson (about time!) and a granddaughter to the mix.
So try some hand work....you will be addicted!  Dodi

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Scrappy Trip Around the World

Here's what I've been working on the last few weeks. Daughter Meg wanted a new bedspread for Lucie and this is what I came up with. And a wonderful way to use up all those SCRAPS! This quilt was made entirely out of leftovers from other projects. I love it when it works out that way!

This is a scrappy Trip around the World. You make it in tubes and then unpick as you go to put them together. See how to here.  Takes a bit of time but so worth it. When you stand back and look at it you can really see the design.
now back to cleaning and dusting...enough fun for one day...grrr

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

From Yard sale to Simply Fabulous

While I was driving down a popular street I spotted this ...from a distance I couldn't tell what it was. A desk, a vanity... I wasn't sure.  But I knew I had to go back and take a look.
Could it be?? A wonderful vanity that my little gran girls needed.
Called my daughter and said do you want it?
 Never mind that she lived 1,000 miles away. Of course she wanted it! 

And the best part....all of this for only a mere.....$25.00! They sure didn't know what they had.

With a little love and some painting skills, look what she did to it.....simply FABULOUS!
Definitely PINK...but what little girl doesn't love that?  Love these drawer pulls?
 You can find them here.

A new found treasure that will last for years to come. Great job MEG!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Snowball Block Tutorial

 What's a Snowball Block? It's any block that has the 4 corners cut off at a 45 degree angle. ...
that's the tricky part..They just LOOK like they are cut off at a 45 degree angle!
Let me walk you through it step by step. 

Take one block. This one is made up of 5 pieces, but is essentially an 8" square. In order to make the corners look like they are at 45 degrees you will need 4, 2" squares. 

 Press the 2" square in half diagonally. Or, you can draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the fabric. 
Lay your 2" square RST onto the 8" square, lining up at the corners.Line up your presser foot on the pressed or drawn line. Stitch. This is a great block to do chain piecing with. You'll have all your corners sewn on in no time!

 TA DA..you've completed all 4 corners...press the corners to the outer edge.

 Trim the corner seams to 1/4". The block is complete. 

 Now you can set them into your favorite design and make a quilt. Look at all those snowball blocks....whew....there were a lot of them! The pattern is our own Mulberry Lane...
you can find it in the SASH GALS shop.

 Relax, these little guys are fun and easy to make. They melt right into another fabric....
see, no tricks - just pretty cool construction.

Have a great week!  We're off to Portland for Spring Quilt Market .
 I will be posting pictures when I get back. Can't wait to show you what's new this Spring - Stay tuned.