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, August 27, 2011

My new purse!

Here is a purse I made just recently.  It was easy and fun especially the yoyos!  The pattern can be found on the Elna sewing site: 
http://www.elnausa.com/en-us/sewingideas.php?sewingidea=273&new=1
The handle I added a decorative stitch from my new Janome 6600.  
The flowers and the leaf are yoyos.  I put buttons in the center of the flowers.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Aren't we too young to sew?

Absolutely NOT!!!  
Here are a couple of the Grands diligently sewing on a surprise quilt they are making for their Mom and Dad for Christmas.  They are adding sashing to their blocks.  They are half way done and did a great job!!  This was so much fun!



This is what they have done so far.  The pictures were taken from coloring books.  I copied the pictures with a fabric marker onto the fabric and the boys colored them with crayons and with fabric markers.  The pictures were then set with a hot iron with a paper towel over the picture so the wax wouldn't get on the iron.  Then I put them in the dryer on hot setting just to make sure!

 I did have to put color masking tape down on the machine just in front of the foot so they would know to keep the fabric on the edge of the tape, to keep the fabric going straight.  I told them it is like driving a car, you have to "steer" the fabric to keep it where it needs to go.   I did pin the two fabrics together but kept them away from the foot so they didn't have to take them out as they sewed.  This was their first experience and I wanted it to be good for them.  It wasn't good...it was GREAT!

It is work in progress!  And they are doing great.  They were not sure they could do this.  They learned they could and they were so excited.  First boy said, "Sewing is fun!"  Second boy parroted, "Sewing is fun!"  First boy, "We can do this!"  Second boy parroted, "We can do this!"  Sewing gives kids great confidence.  They had a ball and can't wait til next time!!

Find simple projects for your child or grandchildren to do.  They will love it.  Keep it simple and easy and fun!


Wild Sky


We are now embarking on the heels of Autumn.  The Autumn Golden Glow is upon us.  With changes in seasons sometimes comes wild weather.  Look at this picture of the wild sky out our front window facing east.  You can see the sun hitting the tops of the trees.  Isn't it beautiful?!!  
The west side of us was all clear!! 
Wild and Beautiful!

Friday, August 19, 2011

It Is Almost Fall...

So here is a Spring Table Runner pattern for you!!

You will need:
1 yard of main fabric
15-1/2 x 44 inches of Timtex
(or something similar)
1 yard of fabric for flower yoyos
1/4 yard of green fabric
1/4 yard of yellow for center
Patterns for yoyos can be downloaded from "Links to my patterns" on the right of this page.

Width of the main fabric is the length of the table runner.  You will cut two
15-1/2 inch lengths of material.  So you will have two fabrics that measures
15-1/2" x 44".    Timtex will need to be this size too.

Layer the three fabric.  Put the right sides of the main fabric together and the Timtex on top of both.  Sew around, leaving and opening to turn.  I used my serger for this and rounded the corner.  You can leave them square if you like. 



Turn to the right side and work corners to either a point or round out, which ever you chose to do them.  Press with a hot iron folding the open area to the inside.  Press flat.  Stitch all around the edge of the table runner.


Cut 10 Circles of the flower material and two yellow for the centers.  You can use the patterns I have here for you or use your templates.  The circles measure 8-1/2" across.  I have put here, too, an 7-1/2 pattern as well for the center.  You can use either size if you want for all.


If by chance you shorted yourself fabric like I did with the yellow.  You can seam it.  Just make sure you add a 1/4" seam allowance.  When the yoyo is made the seam is hardly noticible.



Thread a needle and use double thread as you stitch for durability.  Fold edge over about 1/4".   You will need to take long stitches--about 1" and they will fold to 1/2".  Because the yoyos are so big, taking long stitches makes the hole minimal when you gather the fabric by pulling the threads.  This gives more a pleated look.

Like this:

Arrange the folds so they are going all the same direction and press.
Then arrange the "petals" like in the picture, over-lapping them a bit.  Put the yellow in the center.  Sew a tacking stitch on the outer edges and where they over of both the petals and center.

Cut 6 of the leaf pattern of the green fabric.   To make leaf yoyo you will fold over the edge and take smaller stitches all the way around.  You won't be pulling the thread nearly as tight and you will need to work with this shape a bit to get it to look like a leaf.




Place one leaf on one side of the flower and two on the other hole down. 







Sew in veins.   Sew tacking stitches on either side to hold down.




Done!!! 

 And here is how it looks on the table!!  This is a fun project.  I hope you enjoy it!!
God bless!!

 

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

From the Prewitt Kitchen

Roasted Potato Salad

Scrub and cube 12-15 small red potatoes.  Wrap with a tablespoon of butter in tin foil and place on the grill for about 15-20 minutes per side or until tender.  If you perfer or don't have a grill you can roast them in the oven under the broiler turning them every 5 minutes until tender.  

Hard boil 4 eggs

In the mean while slice up in a large bowl:
 2 small cucumbers
1 onion
1 large tomato
 


Sprinkle on a good amount of Delallo's dipping spice--the Sundried Tomato & Basil.






Add the:
eggs, sliced
potatoes
salt and pepper to taste
and drizzle olive oil over all and mix.

This salad is very refreshing and very healthy for you!!!  Enjoy!!!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

A Grand Old House

Look at this grand old house we came across on our west coast trip along Lake Michigan.   This would be a great place to fix up and have retreats:  Prayer and Bible retreats, sewing retreats, quilt retreats, etc!!  Who wants to go in with me on this one?!!!







Wouldn't it be fun!!!

After leaving the Castle:





Very, very old traffic light.




This is a lama with his head down.  Looks like a weird shaped bear or a woolly ant eater!
Lake Michigan




Below are some pictures of a butterfly and a humming bird moth

on a butterfly bush.



Humming Bird Moth

Humming Bird Moth


Humming Bird Moth

Humming Bird Moth





This is a town in Michigan that is buried under the sand off Lake Michigan.

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.