Sunday, October 23, 2016

Ukelele Case

This year, both my daughters are in ukulele club and required a case for their ukuleles.   I found a very well written pattern on Etsy by SusieDDesigns. This pattern requires several notions - a zipper, fusible fleece, interfacing and four yards of seam binding.  The binding was the most time consuming part  - I ripped out my stitches several times as it was very difficult to sew on the machine.  Next time I will stitch the binding on to the main fabric before assembling the bag and then hand stitch in place. That being said, I am glad I persevered.  This was a very useful project.  The girls have been using these cases for a couple of weeks now and they work perfectly!

Fabric Above - Grroovy Guitars by Michael Miller
 I didn't have enough fusible fleece for the case pictured above, so I used some left over batting and quilted it between the front and lining.  This step added to the project time, but worked fine. 

Did you follow America's Got Talent over the summer? My girls love Grace. She has inspired so many to take up the ukulele.    This year, our school's ukulele club has over 80 students. I am looking forward to their first performance. 

Happy crafting! 

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Dottie Angel Frock

Over Mother's Day weekend, the girls and I visited my sister in San Francisco.  I packed my Dottie Angel Frock so that my sister could take a few photos. The pattern is Simplicity 1080A.  For the pockets, I used a linen table cloth my mother embroidered over 30 years ago. The pattern is Lotte Figgio. I also used linen and Sunshine & Shadow (Jack in a Pulpit) by Jane Sassaman for FreeSpirit/Westminister.
Lotte is a Norwegian china from my childhood and I have always loved blue and white.

I love visiting California. I take so many photos of plants. On this visit, the foxgloves were in abundance.

I finished the interior seams with bias tape and the side seams with a serger (the pattern calls for French seams).
Happy stitching!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

February's Quilt: Holly Hobbie Quilt

I have had bits of pieces of various Holly Hobbie fabric collections in my stash for well over a year.  When I located the perfect Holly Hobbie vintage sheet for a quilt back, I finally had the motivation to complete this project.

The piecing is simple patchwork (11 inch squares) and I incorporated a panel of Holly.  After I finished the piecing, I sent the quilt top and back to Michelle at Quilted Memories who did a fabulous job on her long arm.

The quilt measures 52 X 82 inches.  The backing is a vintage Holly and Robbie sheet from 1977 (American Greetings Company).  Holly made her debut in 1967 so this sheet is a fairly early depiction of her.
The binding is scrappy - an assortment of the patchwork prints used in the quilt.

There are imperfections in my piecing, and with the benefit of hindsight I would have done a few things differently, but I learned so much in the process. Underneath Holly are the words, "What's stitched with love will never tear..".
Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!