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.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Fantastic Hand Lotion!!

Fantastic Hand Lotion!!

I love this stuff

All you need is:   2 large bottles of baby lotion
                            2 large bottles of Vitamin E lotion
                            1 jar of Vaseline
                            1 mixer   
                            1 very large glass container!!

Mix the Vaseline with a mixer until creamy and then add the bottles of lotions.  Make sure to cut open the bottles and scrap out all the lotion with a scraper so none goes to waste!!  Store in glass container.  This is great not just for hands but all over body lotion.  Nothing to harm--just good stuff!  Let me know if you make the lotion!  I would love to hear from you!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Two Great Original Recipes!!

 My husband grew up in the south and of course loves southern food.  So today we had collard greens, corn bread and black-eyed peas!  And OH was it good!!

I want to share a couple of recipes with you  that made our mouths water and brought a lot of compliments from my husband!  First is the cornbread that we both love and it is made without sugar and is so moist and very thick!

Cornbread 
Pre-heat oven at 450ยบ

Ingredients
2 Eggs
3/4 Cup milk
1-1/2 Cup sour cream
1/2 Cup water
1 teaspoon soda
2 Cups cornmeal
1/2 teaspoon salt

Mix all ingredients together making sure the eggs and sour cream is mixed smooth.  Pour into a generously buttered 9 X 9 pan and bake for 20 to 25 minutes.   Serve hot with butter melted in the center!  Mmmmmm good!!


 While the cornbread is in the oven now is the time to make the black-eyed peas recipe.

Black-eyed Peas/Rice/Kidney Beans

Directions:  Place in a medium sauce pan:

1/2 of a 16 oz. bag of frozen "PictSweet All Natural Black-eyed Peas
1 Cup of rice
enough water to cover
Bring to boil and boil for 2 minutes.  Turn heat down to simmer and cover pan.

While this is cooking in small fry pan saute 1 chopped onion in butter.  When peas and rice are fully cooked (about 15-20 minutes) put onions in the mixture.  Mix in 1 cup canned red kidney bean with 1/4 cup juice from the kidney beans.  Heat through and serve hot.  Oh so good!!!


Enjoy!!  Let me know what you think.



Wednesday, March 23, 2011

My Quilt is FINALLY done!! Praise the Lord!!!

I just got it done just a few minutes ago.  Here it is!  This is the quilt that I did for the tutorials.




                           

           
                 





P.S.  More tutorials will be coming!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

You Must be Born Again

Jesus answered...Verily, verily  I say unto you, Except a person be Born Again he cannot see the kingdom of God.  That whosoever believes in Him (Jesus) should not die, but have eternal life.  John 3:3, 3:15 KJV

Sunday, March 20, 2011

DIY fringe! Or fringe benefits!

I am working on a quilt called BOM Basket of Flowers by Marian Shenk. Some of the flowers have fabric fringe. I have never had success with making fringe out of fabric and I know there are embroidery designs with fringe, but I don't have an embroidery machine. I thought why not make my own. The embroidery machine and only zigzag so wide and my machine can do that!   Here is what I did:







First draw a circle where you what the fringe to be





 Set your machine to the widest zigzag and close together--satin stitch.   Then sew around the circle.  The needle should hit the circle on the inside of it.  Go around the circle at least twice to get the fullness.


Sorry for the blur. But it should look something like this.









Now sew the inside of the ZZ with a smaller ZZ stitch to hold it in place. You will remove the bobbin stitching later but the larger ZZ has to be secured first. Go around twice, at least with your small ZZ stitch.




Again, I am sorry for the blur.  But you can see the longer ZZ stitches and then the shorter ones on the inside.  Remember the shorter ZZ stitches on the inside are to secure to longer ones.







Sew on the center of the flower with top stitching.  Now the center of the flower (fringe) is secure. 






 Now carefully cut the bobbin thread of the longer ZZ with you seam ripper.  The LONGER ones ONLY.







Loosen the fringe with some blunt like tweezers.  Remove any loose bobbin threads.









Flowers with fringe! I hope this will be a help.







Let me know if this has been a help to you and if you use this technique.  If you do send me a picture and I will post it!!  God bless!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Second in a Series: Drawing Lines for Quilting

I have been enjoying doing this little series for DIY quilting lines.  Today is drawing lines for the border.  I do have plans for future lines for both blocks and
borders and for each of these tutorials you can use these for both hand and machine quilting.  So gather your quilt and supplies and here we go for number 2 in the series!

For this border you will need your marking chalk or a water-soluble marker and a heart template.  I used for this border a heart from June Tailor, the size of it is JT 412C.  You will not need your acrylic ruler this time.

What I did:

 My quilt, which is about 115 x 115 is sort of octagonal shape.  It does have 8 sides although 4 are shorter and replace the traditional corners of the quilt.   I started with one of my shorter "sides".  I drew a curvy line through the center as shown on the right.  I made sure the "dips" were centered to the blocks and half blocks.


And the "hills" were at the seams where the blocks come together.





Now I place the template on the line.  I am using the right side of the heart for the right side of the line.  I place the inside point at the top and the outside point at the bottom on the line and draw around it.


Now move the heart down in the next position.  The inside point just above the con-caved curved and the outside point on the line.  This makes the "feathers" move along the curved line.  Do this all along the right side.


 Now I will be using the left side of the heart on the left side of the line.  I wanted to off-set the design.  So I placed the inside point about 1 inch above the inside point of the right side.




 Follow the line all the way on both sides.  Make sure the inside point is just above the con-caved curve of the heart and the outside point is on the line that you have drawn.


 You can work on one side first and then the other or alternate all the down and around the quilt.  Also if you wish to not make your line curved you can follow a straight line.




I want you to notice the in this picture at the right, I am about to go around a point in the quilt.  I tried to make sure that I put the round of the right side of the heart on this seam.  I think it looks better as it makes the turn.


Here is one of the sides all drawn out.  Now it is ready for hand or machine quilting.  I am nearly done with this quilt.  I will post a picture of it when done.



In the meantime I want to continue the series of quilt lines for both blocks and borders.  My intent is to show how to make your own lines no matter what the size of your blocks or borders.  Sometimes it is hard to follow other peoples designs.  This way by drawing out your own you can make just what you want.

Let me know if you use this technique!  Thanks for looking.  God bless!

 

Friday, March 18, 2011

Isaiah 53

Isaiah 53

1 Who has believed our message?
To whom has the Lord revealed his powerful arm?
2 My servant grew up in the Lord’s presence like a tender green shoot,
like a root in dry ground.
There was nothing beautiful or majestic about his appearance,
nothing to attract us to him.
3 He was despised and rejected—
a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief.
We turned our backs on him and looked the other way.
He was despised, and we did not care.
4 Yet it was our weaknesses he carried;
it was our sorrows[a] that weighed him down.
And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God,
a punishment for his own sins!
5 But he was pierced for our rebellion,
crushed for our sins.
He was beaten so we could be whole.
He was whipped so we could be healed.
6 All of us, like sheep, have strayed away.
We have left God’s paths to follow our own.
Yet the Lord laid on him
the sins of us all.
7 He was oppressed and treated harshly,
yet he never said a word.
He was led like a lamb to the slaughter.
And as a sheep is silent before the shearers,
he did not open his mouth.
8 Unjustly condemned,
he was led away.[b]
No one cared that he died without descendants,
that his life was cut short in midstream.[c]
But he was struck down
for the rebellion of my people.
9 He had done no wrong
and had never deceived anyone.
But he was buried like a criminal;
he was put in a rich man’s grave.
10 But it was the Lord’s good plan to crush him
and cause him grief.
Yet when his life is made an offering for sin,
he will have many descendants.
He will enjoy a long life,
and the Lord’s good plan will prosper in his hands.
11 When he sees all that is accomplished by his anguish,
he will be satisfied.
And because of his experience,
my righteous servant will make it possible
for many to be counted righteous,
for he will bear all their sins.
12 I will give him the honors of a victorious soldier,
because he exposed himself to death.
He was counted among the rebels.
He bore the sins of many and interceded for rebels.
New Living Translation

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.