Thursday, December 30, 2010

Zipper Critter

Before Christmas, I saw a picture of a pillow decorated with a zipper. I used the idea to make a dog pillow for Jenny.

I left the middle section of the ears without interfacing, so they would droop and look like a terrier's ears.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Pins and Needles

I used some paper piecing scraps to decorate Altoid-like tins for Christmas presents.

I used a layer Mod Podge to glue the fabric to the tins and then applied a few more layers of Mod Podge, similar to decoupage. I sprayed the tops with sealer after they dried.

On the inside, I put a pin cushion on the top and a magnet on the bottom, to hold straight pins from falling out. Since the tins were too small to hold spools of thread, I included two bobbins with thread. I thought the tins would be useful when we do hand sewing at quilt club.

I labeled the tin bottoms with my friends' names and a graphic.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Merry Christmas Angela & Austin

My daughter and her husband have moved to Spain and won't be home for Christmas. I wanted them to have something homemade for Christmas. I made them a small wall hanging. Other parents have grandchildren or grandpuppies, I have a grandfrog. Killer, Ang and Austin's frog, is in foster care while they live in Spain. Since they like frogs I made a frog wall hanging.

One of the frogs is wearing a Santa hat and the other a necklace of holly trimmed with red buttons. Since Ang and Austin are newlyweds, I have the frogs holding hands.

I mailed a package to them last week but have no idea if they will get it in time for Christmas so I'm going ahead and posting pictures...Hoppy Holidays, Ang and Austin!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

December Millington Quilt Club Show and Tell

We had a short Show and Tell at our quilt club meeting on Wednesday. This is Faith showing us some of the 10 Minute Table Runners she made for Christmas gifts.

Viola shared numerous items she made for gifts. This is a pillowcase for her daughter to use when she has chemo treatments.

This is a pair of wall hangings Viola made for Christmas.

This is one of many table runners Viola made for gifts.

Nancy shared her snowman quilt which is still a work in progress.

Jan shared two quilts she had made and quilted.

This Dresden Plate quilt is the second one Jan shared.

Jan showed us numerous bags she made for the Underground Railroad (a group which helps battered and abused women).

Jeanann made this beautiful quilt for her grandson, Elliot. Mary Lou did the quilting.

Sydney entertained us as she showed off the snowman sweatshirt she made

This is Jan with place mats she made to match her mauve dining room.

Jan used a twin needles to quilt her snowman purse.

Julie share a tote bag she made.

Thanks to Linda for taking notes, while I snapped pictures.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Christmas Block Exchange Part 2

We exchanged our Christmas blocks at our Quilt Club meeting. I received blocks from two of my good friends.

Amy made this 9 patch block.

Dena made this block. She included the pattern but it didn't have the block name listed. The construction looks a little tricky around the center square.

The center square has a good saying to live by.

In a few more years when I've collected more squares, it will be very special to have blocks from my good friends in a Christmas quilt.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Christmas Exchange Block

Tomorrow at our quilt club meeting, we will be exchanging Christmas quilt blocks. We each bring two 12.5 in. X 12.5 in. blocks and will receive two block in exchange. We put our names and the year on the blocks. I decided to make a Christmas Sunbonnet Sue. (I didn't trim my blocks to size, I figure it's better if they are too large rather than too small)

I made the bonnet using vintage green velour, the kind of fabric robes were to made of. I added a purchased flower on the back of the hat band.

I made a poinsettia using red ultra suede with beads for the center.

The background fabric is Fairy Frost. The bottom of the skirt is trimmed with a ruffled lace.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Please Excuse My Venting

Our church had a booth at the city's Craft Show last week. I donated some hot pads.

I also made a table runner for the sale.

We were asked to price our items. I had priced my hot pads at $3 each, that's the same price Meijers (local grocery/department store) charges for plain hot pads. I priced the table runner at $10. The table runner and 4 hot pads sold. It was sad to see all the hand crafted items that didn't sell. There were beautiful hand knit stocking hats for $3 and knit scarves for $3 to $5 which didn't sell. My friend made a pretty baby quilt and had it professionally quilted. She priced it at $25 and it didn't sell. She paid more than that to have it quilted. I believe people have gotten used to Dollar Store pricing and items made in China so they don't appreciate hand made items. I don't know how crafters can make any profit when their supplies cost more than what stores charge for the imported items.