Saturday, September 14, 2013

Quilted Halloween Panel

The urge struck me to do some quilting with my short arm machine this week, so . . . .

I plundered through my stash and found this pre-printed panel.  Perfect because I just finished piecing together a Christmas quilt top (more on that soon), and I wasn't in the mood to do more piecing this week.

The quilted pebbles make the sidewalk look like it is actually made of pebbles.  Love that!

A little glitter fabric paint here -

and there, along with

some hot fix crystals add just the right amount of bling.

It's cool and rainy here today and feelin' like fall.  Have a terrific weekend, friends.


Monday, September 9, 2013

Jalie 1201

Since this Sewaholic Renfrew top was a best pattern of 2012 on Pattern Review, I figured it was about time I give it a shot.  I'm in need of very casual t-shirt type tops to wear around the house and yard, so I will make this one in a few more versions.

The banded bottom is great because it saves me from making a double-needle hem.  Plus, I've always liked banded bottom shirts.  The finishing technique was the same as on this Simplicity top.

The v-neckline is just a bit low cut, but not scandalously so.  I can still comfortably wear it without a cami underneath and that is a blessing in the 90+ degree heat that we are still experiencing.  The fabric is a one-way knit from Joanne Fabrics.  It was very inexpensive (under $10) so I deemed it a good buy to test out the Renfrew top.

The sleeves are also finished with a self-fabric band.  Yay, no hemming there either!!!


Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Simple Granny Square Table Runner

Rarely anymore, but now and then, there is something on television that catches my interest.
When that occasion arises, I like to crochet as I'm watching the show.

This project was pretty much a no-brainer for me.
I used leftover Martha Stewart Extra Soft Wool Blend yarn from my stash.
And I first learned to crochet granny squares waaaaay back in the fifth grade,
so I didn't have to purchase yarn and there were no instructions to follow.

The three yarn colors are igloo, bakery box white, and holly berry.
I used a size H/8 (5mm) hook.

The holly berry scalloped edging was achieved by crocheting 5 dc in one space,
skip 3 spaces, crochet 5 dc in the next space, etc.

The result is a lettuce-type edge. 
Happy hand-made week, my friends.   :)