Playing with polymer clay
I've been on a polymer clay kick again lately, it's so much fun. I needed some animal cards, so I decided to try making my bear buttons again, but with some different designs than my usual ones. I'm just getting started, but here is round one! I almost forgot I have a tutorial for a variation of these...click here.
Also, be sure to check out the previous post for my black Friday weekend sale on wall hanging kits!
Black Friday (weekend) Sale!
I decided to get in on the Black Friday sale action, but mine will start now and go all weekend, until midnight Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, Alaska time. So, here's the deal: buy any one of my three new wall hanging quilt kits, and get not one, but TWO free card patterns, either download or print form, your choice. (Sorry, no card kits included...) If you purchase a wall hanging kit, I will e-mail you to find out what card patterns you want, and in what form. If you want printed, they will be included in your package, if you want downloads, I will e-mail you PDF files, hopefully within 24 hours. (You can also e-mail me right away when you order, at email@example.com to tell me which two card patterns you would like.) Click here or on the photo to go to the home page, then click on the photo of the kit you would like to order. The home page also contains all of the options for card patterns. Note: The Moose and Willows and Raven are only available in kit form, so they are not included in this sale...
Still free shipping, and probably not for long, it's getting expensive :-)
Happy Thanksgiving, and happy sewing!
Belt bag, (hip bag?)
Welcome to the new generation of fanny packs! I needed something like this for a recent trip, so I searched on Pinterest and found quite a few new and improved fanny packs. They were called belt bags, or hip bags, hip purses, maybe more things...I was able to use a UFO from a Kindle case I had started and was too small, so the decorative work was already done. It ended up being so handy! I have been wearing skirts more often, so I think I will even use this at home to put my phone in, maybe my reading glasses. There is room for my wallet for shopping, boy was that nice! I have a few modifications I want to make for the next one, then maybe I will try to do a pattern.
There are endless ways to customize them, with fabric, belt material, belt buckles, pockets, size and shape, decorations, they can be as casual or dressy as you like. The basic design is really quick and easy to make! You could make several and use the same belt for all of them, or make matching belts.
If I get a pattern done, I will try to remember to put a link in this post!
Journal/book cover tutorial
This is a reminder that if you make a book cover using my tutorial, I'd love to have you send a picture of it for me to put on the page for inspiration for other people! If you have a website or blog I can put a link to that also. (tutorial here, or the menu at the top of the page)
These are quick and easy and make great gifts. They work with any size book, any type of binding, and there are endless ways to customize them. You can make them very simple or as complicated as you like. It is an opportunity to use some of the decorative stitches if you have them, or fun fibers or embellishments, but those things are not necessary.
Send your photos to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your name if you want that posted, and a link to your site if you want that. Let me know if you have any questions, and happy sewing!
Two ingredient soup!
I was trying to think of a way to make slightly overcooked leftover broccoli more appetizing than it was otherwise going to be... I put it in the blender with homemade chicken stock, and, what do you know? It's really good! I imagine it could be done with other veggies as well, or other types of stock. I didn't even heat it up when I made it, because it was going to make more than I was going to eat, so I blendered it and only heated what I wanted. Two ingredients and about two minutes :-)
Quick Auction quilt
Last week I made a little quilt for an auction at my church. I got to try a couple of fun techniques on it. I painted the trees with silk screen ink that was diluted a bit with transparent ink so they wouldn't be so solid. Then I got to play with my yarn couching free motion foot, which adds yarn to your free motion quilting. Lots of fun!
I've been meaning for awhile now to check out getting some plexiglass cut for custom templates. I finally did it last night at Lowe's, and boy am I excited! These are mostly for my new kits, but I had a couple of card ones made too. Very hard to photograph something clear, unfortunately, but they are great! And the cutting was free, I just had to buy the plastic. They also had some scrap pieces around and just gave me those for free! I ended up with 9 custom templates, up to 22 inches long, for less than the cost of one or two good rulers from the store...wow. I started with the ones that didn't have to be "ruler perfect", but the guy was doing such a great job I had him do the more accurate ones too! I imagine it depends on who you get...
I'm done with three events that took months of work, the dead computer has been replaced...so now I have time for some things that have been neglected lately, like my blog.... I still have one more bazaar coming up, but that is not for a few weeks, so this week will be on other things! I have been surfing Pinterest for ideas for upcycling clothing, and I got to try a few this weekend! I'm not sure about the sweater, but the skirts are fun, and quick and easy! I forgot to take some of the 'before' pictures until after I started taking them apart, but you get the idea. The clothes in my closet look much more interesting now that I am looking for what potential they have!
Another new card
The bazaar is done, so I get to breathe a little! I have another small one in December, but that is a few weeks away. This week is a missionary fundraiser dinner at our church that I am helping with, and hopefully making a small quilt for! I have a few pictures of cards to put on here, but I didn't get a chance to make very many new ones in the mad rush this year... Here is a simplified version of the Summer Dragonfly quilt.
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I am a homeschooling mom of three fun kids, who are now old enough that I have a little time to pursue my passion for sewing! After several years of making quilted cards and art quilts, I'm now designing kits and patterns. Some of my designs have been in Keepsake Quilting and Art Quilting Studios magazine! I teach classes online, and am starting to do more traveling and teaching. I also have many tutorials, including some on YouTube. I am blessed to live in Alaska where I am surrounded by the inspiration provided by the beauty of God's creation!
Free card pattern and also an e-book, and a quilt planning checklist!
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