Dates Added

I just added dates to the patterns under "Links to my patterns" so you will know where to find the tutorials that go with them. Please find the tutorials under the year, month and day listed next to the pattern listed. Thanks and enjoy! If you have any questions please feel free to write me at the address in my profile.

Remember these are my own patterns that I drew the patterns for and wrote the tutorials for. I offer these patterns for free for you to make for yourself, as gifts, or even to sell BUT please do NOT claim my patterns as your own or put them on your website. You may put a link to my site on your website. Please be respectful. You would want the same respect for your patterns. Thank you. God bless.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Links to my patterns

I just realized the links were not working.  They should be now.  If you use my patterns please write me and let me know.  I will be adding more soon.  God bless!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Drawing a line design for quilting

I am endeavoring to do a small series on drawing quilting lines for hand or machine quilting. Designs can be drawn with any templates. This is the first in the series.
For the first in this series will be simple circle of feathers. I used heart template. Any heart shape will be good but the size depends on the size of the square. Here are two sets. One from Kay Wood and the other from June Tailor. I will be drawing on a 14" square and will be using a heart template from Kay Wood. These come 4 sizes in a package and I used the second largest. Ok here we go!


Gather your supplies which includes your sandwiched quilt, acrylic ruler, heart, chalk marker.






Lay out your quilt place your ruler on the square the drawing will be going on from point to point and mark a line approximately in the middle. The line does not have to go all the way across the square.





Now place your ruler on the opposite points and draw another line toward the center.







The mark will look like this. This marks the center of the square and X marks the spot.....







...to place the bottom point of the template on the X








The line on the template does not necessarily have to line up with the line drawn.







Draw around one half the heart shape from the top middle line to the bottom middle line.








After the first line is drawn, move the template over. Keep the bottom point at the X, move the top line on the template to the back of the line just drawn from the first half heart.





This is what it will look like. Make sure the lines now line up--bottom point in the center, the top line on template on the back of the half heart before. Now do this all the way around.





This is the last mark. The template is placed so the middle of the heart is on the back of the previous drawing and the round part of the template is in front of the first drawing. It is lined up.




This is the full design.

My quilt blocks are all set on point so on the outside (but inside of the border) I have half squares that I also wanted to put on this design. I didn't make a circle with the feather but a fan. Here is what I did...




Find center across the bottom of the triangle block then place ruler from point at the top to center at the bottom. Draw a small vertical line at the bottom.






Just above the horizontal seam line draw four half hearts one after the other as above.







This is how it looks.







Now your quilt is ready for you to hand or machine quilting. If you have any questions feel free to ask and let me know if this has been a help to you! I will be doing more tutorials very soon.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

The Practice of the presence of God

I have added a link to the right of my page to down load the book in its entirety, "The Practice of the Presence of God" by Brother Lawrence. The book was written over 300 years ago and is still very pertinent today. God bless!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Psalm 9

I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart;
I will tell of all the marvelous things you have done.
I will be filled with joy because of you.
I will sing praises to your name, O Most High.

My enemies retreated;
they staggered and died when you appeared.
For You have judged in my favor;
from Your throne you have judged with fairness.
You have rebuked the nations and destroyed the wicked;
You have erased their names forever.
The enemy is finished, in endless ruins;
the cities you uprooted are now forgotten.

But the Lord reigns forever,
executing judgment from His throne.
He will judge the world with justice
and rule the nations with fairness.
The Lord is a shelter for the oppressed,
a refuge in times of trouble.
Those who know Your Name trust in You,
for You, O Lord, do not abandon those who search for You.

Sing praise to the Lord who reigns in Jerusalem.
Tell the world about His unforgettable deeds.
For He who avenges murder cares for the helpless.
He does not ignore the cries of those who suffer.

Lord, have mercy on me.
See how my enemies torment me.
Snatch me back from the jaws of death.
Save me so I can praise You publicly at Jerusalem's gates,
so I can rejoice that You have rescued me.

The nations have fallen into the pit they dug for others.
Their won feet have been caught in the trap they set,
The Lord is known for His justice.
The wicked are trapped by their own deeds.

The wicked will go down to the grave.
This is the fate of all the nations who ignore God.
But the needy will not be ignored forever;
the hopes of the poor will not always be crushed.

Arise, O Lord!
Do not let mere mortals defy You!
Judge the nations!
Make them tremble in fear, O Lord.
Let the nations know they are merely human.
NLT

Friday, February 18, 2011

Blogging/Adding subscriptions

When ever I need help with blogging I call on my friend Brenda at Loom Lore and yell "HHHHEEEELLLPPP!!!!" She is always so kind to help.

I wanted to set my blog up so people can subscribe to it if they wish. So looking at Brenda's I saw she had Notifiylist.com which I tried to get hooked up with with no success. I wrote them and still haven't heard back. Amazingly right after this I got a note from Brenda about her list and she is hooking up with "Google Reader". HURRAY!! It is easy!

Here is what she said: YouTube has a number of videos on using Google Reader, but this one is of the best ones that is the easiest to understand while providing enough information: "Getting Started with Google Reader"
After viewing the video, you can subscribe to my blog by clicking on the "feed icon" that is orange with 3 quarter circles in the upper right hand side or just under the words "Subscribe to Michigan Loony Looner", or by typing in "Michigan Loony Loomer" in the +subscription box on the Google Reader page. You really don't have to add anything to your blog unless you just want to, because all blogs have this icon in the address line at the top of the page. All you have to do is click on the Icon to subscribe and if they have Google Reader they can click on "Add to Google Reader" in the next window.

Here is their site: http://www.google.com/reader
And it is all free. Just bookmark it to your saved website for easy access.

Thank you Brenda, SO VERY MUCH for you help! and to Google for making blogging free and easy.

Psalm 92

It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
to sing praises to the Most High.
It is good to proclaim you unfailing love in the morning,
your faithfulness in the evening,
accompanied by the ten -stringed harp
and the melody of the lyre.

You thrill me, Lord with all you have done for me!
I sing for joy because of what you have done.
O Lord, what great works you do!
And how deep are your thoughts. Only a simpleton would not know,
and only a fool would not understand this:
Though the wicked sprout like weeds
and evildoers flourish,
they will be destroyed forever.

But you, O Lord, will be exalted forever.
Your enemies, Lord, Will surely perish;
all evildoers will be scattered.
But you have made me as strong as a wild ox.
You have anointed me with the finest oil.
My eyes have seen the downfall of my enemies;
my ears have heard the defeat of my wicked opponents.
But the godly will flourish like palm trees
and grow strong like the cedars of Lebanon.
For they are transplanted to the Lord's own house.
They flourish in the courts of our God.
Even in old age they will still produce fruit;
they will remain vital and green.
They will declare, "The Lord is just!
He is my Rock!
There is no evil in Him!"
NLT (New Living Translation)

Monday, February 14, 2011

Towel Topper Tutorial

I like to use full sized towels for hand towels. The smaller ones are....just too small. But I needed a topper that would allow me to hang them on the hook that we have and not tear the button hole out. So here is what I did: First of all to do this project you will need fabric, fat quarter size will do, scissors, stiffy or Timtex. The pattern is on the right to down load.
Find the center of your towel. As you can see my button hole has become quite sad!







After finding the center I laid it on a paper to draw the shape I wanted:







And then I drew around it for the shape and length. I included the seam allowance of 1/4":









Then I took the shape and folded it in half to make sure both side would be the same and cut around on the line.

















Now cut the pattern out of fabric--cut two. Turn the bottom edge over twice to make a narrow hem.
















Now to cut the Stiffy or Timtex. Stiffy is similar to Timtex and can be bought here: http://www.longcreekmills.com/product/stabilizer3.html (scroll down, on the left hand side.) much cheaper than Timtex. For this towel, because the hole I had put in had become so raveled and larger I used four pieces of Stiffy. two smaller ones to go directly over the holes and then two larger ones for reinforcement. Hopefully you can see here in the first picture below the two smaller pieces are on either side of the towel with the two larger pieces over them. Pin them in place and sew an X over them.

















DON'T SEW OVER YOUR PINS!!


















Now take your two pieces of fabric with right sides together and place both on one side of the towel and pin.









Now sew all three sides. Sew up the left side, across the top (make it flat not round) and down the right side. Do a secure stitch at the beginning and end.

















Trim across the top. Turn the top of the two fabrics over. Poke out the top. At this point I would suggest that you sew across the bottom of the fabric (at the hem, with both sides pinned to the towel) at least 1/2 inch on both sides of the towel.

















Put in a button hole at the top and hang on your hook!!

















Here are some other pictures. I did a round one and it would have been ok except I put Stiffy on the whole circle instead of just leaving it at the button hole spot. If you make a different shape remember that the towel is interfacing enough. It is just the button hole area that you need to make extra stable because of the pulling on the towel through use.









I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If make this topper send me a picture and I will put it up! I would love to see what you have done.

Dates Added

I just added dates to the patterns under "Links to my patterns" so you will know where to find the tutorials that go with them. Please find the tutorials under the year, month and day listed next to the pattern listed. Thanks and enjoy! If you have any questions please feel free to write me at the address in my profile.

Remember these are my own patterns that I drew the patterns for and wrote the tutorials for. I offer these patterns for free for you to make for yourself, as gifts, or even to sell BUT please do NOT claim my patterns as your own or put them on your website. You may put a link to my site on your website. Please be respectful. You would want the same respect for your patterns. Thank you. God bless.

Pre-Op for Sweaters and Shrugs

This "Pre-Op for Sweaters and Shrugs" is to help you with sizing. There is a place for arm length, body length, wrist size---every thing you need to keep track of to make my sweaters and shrugs. The download button is on the right. You can copy off as many as you need sweaters and shrugs for. If you have any questions about this please let me know and I will try to help.