Its the end of what has been a beautiful month. And it is time to think of people we care about and make little gifts for them. We love these designs from Embroitique. Kathy chose the Happy Birthday for a sweet daughter in law in Texas; I chose the Live Happy design for kind neighbors at the lake.
Monday, May 28, 2012
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
A Proper Tea is much nicer than a Very Nearly Tea, which is one you forget about afterwards.
~ A. A. Milne
I love the thought of sitting down with Issa and having a cup of tea . In New Zealand, at school in the morning, they don't have a snack, they have Morning Tea. When we face time late at night, she has just come home from school to a cup of chamomile tea with honey for her Afternoon Tea. Sometimes I make a cup for myself and we have tea together.
I was so happy to find this Michael Miller fabric on Fabric.com. I knew that it would make the perfect pillowcase for Sweet Issa.
So I measured the body of my fabric 27 inches long, the cuff nine inches and the little accent strip 1 and 1/2 inches. I then laid them out on my cutting mat, one on top of the other and evened the widths all perfectly the same with a rotary cutter. I sewed up the side seams to make 3 fabric circles, and then sewed up the end of the body of the pillowcase.
In this photo, I have all 3 pieces of fabric layered together, the body, the accent strip which is in between the body and the cuff, and the polka dot cuff, which is on top. I finished the seams with a zig zag. (I did not use my serger because it had dark thread in it!)
I miss my all of my girlies when they aren't here with me, but honestly my Proper Tea with Issa at midnight is the perfect ending to my day.
Monday, May 21, 2012
I love this fun little pillow. We did it duriing a Bernina training session at the store, and it was quick and easy to do.We used Hoffman's Bali Pops, and sewed yards and yards and yards of them together. The next step was to fold the strip in half lengthwise and press, then we ran them through the ruffler, which was sooo easy. We set the ruffler to stitch every 6th stitch and with the screw in front of the attachment, we backed off the depth of the little pleat. Then we attached it to the front of our pillow top (cut to an 18 by 18 inch square) beginning at the outside edge, slowly going around our pre drawn circle, spiriling in toward the center. We tried to barely cover the stitching line of the previous row, not pulling it too tight. As we approached the center, we especially made our circles a little looser so that it wouldn't pull up in the center.
You can't see from the photograph, but we stippled the four corners of the pillow top; we had made a sandwich with the two 18 by 18 inch squares and Warm and Natural batting. The back of the pillow is two 17 by 24 inch pieces that we folded back to overlap; we added 3 buttons and buttonholes for the closure.
I am anxious to try this pillow with muslin, maybe even not not folding the ruffle lengthwise, but letting it fray with a raw edge. I will just have to play around with it a little to see what I like