Sunday, March 24, 2024

Toting around An Irish Chain.

 I did not have a plan for this week's Challenge at Persimon Dreams Blog. I thought about it for a while and decided to sew this Nine Patch Tote Charise Creates. I have had this tote pattern for quite a long time, but have not sewn it. Totes are so useful.  I do believe the front resembles an Irish Chain.

For the back I chose this cute animals in the forest print.

And, of course, I had to add a "Happiness is Homemade" label. 

Now I have a cute and fun tote bag for my excursions.  Thanks to Kim and Trish for all of these challenges this year. I am happy to say that I have completed all of the challenges this year. 

Sunday, March 10, 2024

Wicked Witch of the West Hat

 My "clothing" sewing is slim to none. I have sewn aprons for a Halloween costume and I do enjoy wearing them to pass out treats. I had purchased this witch hat pattern a while back so I decided that I would sew the hat for This week's wearables challenge.  

I used scraps from my previous Halloween aprons to piece the top. For the brim, I was able to use a fat quarter for the lining and I had just enough left-over scary cat fabric for the top. I did piece and quilt the top of hat. The brim is quilted, also. 

I am happy with how my witch hat came out. I will be looking forward to wearing it to pass out treats at Halloween. 

Posting my completed Witch Hat to Project Quilting #5 for 2024

Saturday, February 24, 2024

Buzzing Along

 The theme for the 4th Challenge of Project Quilting is Hourglass. It didn't have to be the typical hourglass block, but that is what I decided to sew. I chose to make a pin cushion this week. I do like to have extra pin cushions around my sewing machine. 

I used 4 1/2 blocks from this Trinket Quilt Pattern

I had a small amount of this bee fabric left and some woodgrain fabric so I decided to put them together.

I added this label to the bottom just because I liked how it fit.

I am linking my completed Hourglass pin cushion before the challenge expires. Many thanks to Kim and Trish for these fun challenges. And, in the end, I have a useful and fun pin cushion.

Thursday, February 15, 2024

What a Basket Case

 I have made quite a few of these Divided Baskets through the years. Usually, I give them as an extra gift if I have sewn a baby quilt. I like to put the diapers in them and, to me, it makes the gift more fun. Plus it matches the quilt and I can use more of the fabric. Following are a couple:

Nettie Sews and Lucky Quilts: Ring Around the Rosy quilt and Divided Basket

Nettie Sews and Lucky Quilts: Sending my Baby Shower gift through UPS

I just decided one day last week to sew this one. In reality, this fabric sat in my stash FOREVER and I just wanted to use it up. Every time I happened to see it, I would just cringe about when am I ever going to use these fat quarters? I just winged it and pieced the panels in any old fashion.

It took me probably 3 days. I like to let the fabric sit and dry overnight after adhering the interfacing. It is usually still a little damp, plus, I like to re-iron it again to get any creases or bubbles out. 

Basket Back

I have been using this basket, so far, for storing some of my dvds. I do still watch (and buy) dvds. They are convenient to me because I can just pause them or whatever. I added this label with my name to the inside because I am keeping this basket. If I was giving it away, I don't know that I want a label with my name on it on the basket.

Divided Inside

This little label was added to the front. I have accumulated a big variety of labels so I am enjoying adding them to smaller items like this. 

Melva at Melva Loves Scraps has recently visited my blog. So I am added this finish to Sew & Tell