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, November 30, 2011

December Placemat

Well here it is next door to December and to CHRISTmas!  Time to celebrate Jesus leaving His home in Heaven and coming to Earth to be our Savior and to show us the Right Way to live.  What a wonderful time of year!!  This is one of my very favorite Holidays and a most beautiful scenes with the fresh fallen show and the sun glistening off it!

The placemat this month is a stocking and will feature points both in the background as well on the sock.  Kaye Wood always makes me laugh when she talks about "pointless people"!  What she is meaning is how to avoid making points come together by adding a strip of fabric where they should.  Kaye is a very neat and talented lady.  I have learned a lot from her.
But this month we will be point-full people!!
 What you will need for each placemat:

Background fabric--1/4 of a yard of 2 different fabrics
1/2 yard of "sock" fabric
1/4 yard for toe, heel and crown
scraps for circles
1/2 yard for backing fabric
1/2 yard for stabilizer

What you need to do is to print off the pattern sheet located on the right side of this page found under "Links to my patterns".  All the patterns are on one sheet and are color coded.  You will need to draw out each pattern piece and attach the sock pieces together.

Background:  Of the two background fabrics cut 3 squares of each measuring 6 1/2 inches.
Cut the squares twice on the diagonal
In the above picture; once I cut on the diagonal once, I place this triangle on my cutting board where it shows a triangle with, of course, the point up.  The point is right on the cutting line, the sides are matched up with the triangle on the board.  This is perfect for finding the second center of the triangle.  Line up your ruler and cut.

I am using white and cream colors so it may be hard to see in this next picture, but lay out your new square alternating the colors.

Now lay the bottom piece on top of the left piece; right sides together (RST) and the right piece on top of the top piece RST.  With the white on top (I will refer to my colors, so it will be what you have chosen in place of my white) sew down the right sides.  All the seams will be 1/4 inch.  I want to say at this point that a 1/4 inch foot really does come in handy for accuracy.  Press seams to the darker fabric.  Spraying with water and a hot iron will get a nice crisp seam.  This is important for matching points.
Now lay those two piece on top of each other RST.
When you lay these on top of each other each color should be opposite of each other.

When matching start in the center where the two seams are.  The lines, from stitching should line up perfect.  Pin there.  Sew across but do NOT sew on your pins.

Now press to one side.  Do this to all your squares.  You should have 6 squares, 3 for the bottom and 3 for the top. Spray with water to make sure the seam is crisp.
Press both bottom and top.

The back should look like the picture on the left and the top like the picture on the right.


Now lay out your squares they way you would like them.  I alternated the colors.  Shown here:
Sew three squares together for each row.
When laying the two rows together, RST, make sure that the sewing lines match up.  Just like in the picture above when making the squares.  Here it is again below.
 Sewn together, top of mat.  It looks like I added a metallic tape to the top of the seams, but I didn't.
 Bottom of mat
Now cut two 3 inch strip the length of the mat and sew one to the top and one to the bottom.  And trim mat so that it is about 18 1/2 inches long and 17 1/2 tall.



Now cut out your other pieces for the stocking.  And pin them in place.



 Turn the points on the crown and the edges toward the foot on the heel and toe under and pin and stitch down.   You can use a straight stitch or use a decorative stitch.   I used the blanket stitch on these.
Once that is done with matching thread use the satin stitch on to sew down the rest including the circles at the end of the points.

Trim up the mat.  It should measure about 18 1/2 inches long by 17 1/2 inches tall.  Cut stabilizer and backing to match and bind in your favorite method.  Mine is to put decorative threads in my serger and serge around the mat.
Here it is all done!  Enjoy!
I want to wish you and your family a very Merry and Blessed CHRISTmas!!

Snow Pictures

Last night we had our first real snow fall.  We got about 4 inches.  Here are some picutes



Isn't it pretty!!

What is in your heart?

Last Sunday's sermon was excellent about the words of our mouth and I wanted to share it. (Pastor you can correct me if I got it wrong.)

Words of our mouth start with our thoughts. Be more careful about the thoughts and motives about what you say as well as the words themselves that we say.
5 Important Points
1) Take responsibility for your speech. You choose what you say. Stop making excuses! You are in control and you are to blame!
2) You don't just have to say it. Silences is good. "They didn't need to be told." It will be held against us.
3) You don't have to say what you feel. You CAN speak peace. Proverbs 25: 11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.
Speak peace and patience.
4) Practice saying productive things. Build up other people and train your mouth to do the same. We are creatures of habit so develop new material.
5) Get good material if all you know is bad things to say. Your tongues could change the world--it can change yours and those around you. What you say is how you look in your heart.

James 3:9 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.
10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.
6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.

James 3:16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and EVERY EVIL WORK.

James 3: 17-18 But wisdom that is from above is first PURE, then PEACEABLE, GENTLE and WILLING TO YEILD, FULL OF MERCY, and GOOD FRUITS, WITHOUT PARTIALITY, and WITHOUT HYPOCRISY, and the fruit of righteousness is sown in PEACE of THEM THAT MAKE PEACE.

Is peace in your heart?

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Loom-a-Long Sweater Project "Throw-on Sweater" V-2

I pray everyone had a very blessed Thanksgiving!!  Our son was up from Ft. Bragg and he and his family were here!  We had a lot of fun and a great visit.

I have had this in mind to do for a long time to do a LAL (loom-a-long) in the form of a sweater.  Years ago when looms were just in the beginning stages, the people that had looms only made hats and scarves.  I thought surely there is something else you can do with these.  And the Lord gave me the idea of a sweater.  As far as I know this was the first.  That was a long time ago.  Now there are not only sweaters, sweater vests, blankets, socks and so many other wonderful things that people are coming up with to make.

The use of looms certainly have come a long way!

Well let's get started!!
I call this sweater "Throw-on Sweater" because it is just what it says--to throw it on.  I didn't make it with button holes or button, just throw it on to keep you warm on chilly days.  The name also relates to the scripture verse:  "Casting all your cares upon Him (the Lord); for He cares for you." 1Peter 5:7 in the King James version.  I also like the New Living Translation that says, "Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you."  This sweater, hopefully will remind us to do this!  The Lord loves you so very much!!

This sweater is going to be very basic and easy.  It will have drop-off the shoulder seams.  It is a take off of my "Throw-on Sweater" pattern--the 'first sweater from the loom'.  (Sounds like some weird mystery story!!)  It will be a cardigan and will have ribbing around the bottom and the cuff.  This ribbing will keep the sweater from curling.  It will also have ribbing up the center fronts.  I hope you will enjoy making this sweater.

If you have any questions please write me at the address in the "About me".  Make sure you put in the subject line LAL or Sweater pattern or Loom a long or something along these lines so it catches my attention and doesn't get deleted for spam.

Because the yarn relaxes as it comes down off the loom as you are knitting we will be adding 4 inches to all the pieces to ensure proper fit. 


What you need:  Loom of your choice, I am using Lynn Markman's long small gage double-sided loom with 54 pegs on a side.  It really doesn't matter which loom you use.  We will be doing this by measurements.  If the loom you will be using isn't big enough for you you can make panels to make your sweater the size you need.  And we will be discussing that too.

Loom knitting tool

A print out of the "Pre-op for sweaters and shrugs" located on the right side of this page under "Links to my patterns".

Yarn of your choice 6-8 skeins.  This also depends on your size.  I am no small person but there are some 'skinny-minnys' who hardly need any yarn to make a sweater!!  And it also depends on the type of yarn you choose--thick or thin.  So choose something you can get more of or buy at least 8 skeins.

What to do first:
Copy off the Pre-Op and start measuring.  Record all the measurement on this sheet.

First determine the length you desire to have your sweater.  Measure from the nape of your neck down to where you want the bottom of your sweater to be.  

Back:
We will be starting with the back.  Measure the widest part of your back.  You may need someone to help you with this.  Every one is made different.  The widest part may be across the buttocks or from armpit to armpit.  You will be measuring from one side to the other.  Put on a pair of slacks and measure across the back from one side seam to the other.  Or from the side seams of a blouse if your widest part is at the top.  Add 4 inches to this measurement.

Front:
Measure the widest part from one side seam to the middle.  Either from the side seam across the belly to the belly button or across the chest from side seam over the breast to the middle between the breast.  Add on 4 inches to measurement.  We will  make two of these so you only need one measurement.

Sleeves:
Because this is an 'off-the-shoulder sweater wait until the front and back are made and then take measurement.  It will be better this way.  Trust me!!  From one who didn't and ended up with 'sleeves-to-the-knees'!!!!
 Here is a picture of it:
I think I threw it away--unfortunately.  Now that I look at it here it wasn't so bad--even with the sleeves rolled up.  A lot of work went into this one with the pattern I did on it.  Maybe it is just stuffed away some where.....

I will be posting once a week until done, so this will be it for now.  Get your materials gathered together and wait for the next post.  This is Saturday, November 26, 2011 I will make the next post by next Saturday December 3, 2011.  Until then...
God bless!

How to knit:  http://michiganloonyloomer.blogspot.com/2011/12/lal-two-ways-to-knit.html

I want one of these!!!!

We were on a trip to Tennessee.   Look at what we passed.  I think it would be fun to travel in one of these!!!



I wonder how I can get one!!!  No doubt it will cost a mint!!  
But it is fun to dream!!

Have a great day!  God bless!!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Thanksgiving

Psalms  30
1 I will extol thee, O LORD; for thou hast lifted me up, and hast not made my foes to rejoice over me.
2 O LORD my God, I cried unto thee, and thou hast healed me.
3 O LORD, thou hast brought up my soul from the grave: thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.
4 Sing unto the LORD, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.
5 For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.
6 And in my prosperity I said, I shall never be moved.
7 LORD, by thy favour thou hast made my mountain to stand strong: thou didst hide thy face, and I was troubled.
8 I cried to thee, O LORD; and unto the LORD I made supplication.
9 What profit is there in my blood, when I go down to the pit? Shall the dust praise thee? shall it declare thy truth?
10 Hear, O LORD, and have mercy upon me: LORD, be thou my helper.
11 Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness;
12 To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.

Psalms 79 : 13
So we thy people and sheep of thy pasture will give thee thanks for ever: we will shew forth thy praise to all generations.

Psalms 105
1 O give thanks unto the LORD; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people.
2 Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous works.
3 Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD.
4 Seek the LORD, and his strength: seek his face evermore.
5 Remember his marvellous works that he hath done; his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth;
6 O ye seed of Abraham his servant, ye children of Jacob his chosen.
7 He is the LORD our God: his judgments are in all the earth.
8 He hath remembered his covenant for ever, the word which he commanded to a thousand generations.

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!!  Have a very blessed day!!

Nehemiah 5: 1-19 Title of this chapter is Abolishing Interest Payments (at least in my Bible)

1 And there was a great cry of the people and of their wives against their brethren the Jews.
2 For there were that said, We, our sons, and our daughters, are many: therefore we take up corn for them, that we may eat, and live.
3 Some also there were that said, We have mortgaged our lands, vineyards, and houses, that we might buy corn, because of the dearth.
4 There were also that said, We have borrowed money for the king's tribute, and that upon our lands and vineyards.
5 Yet now our flesh is as the flesh of our brethren, our children as their children: and, lo, we bring into bondage our sons and our daughters to be servants, and some of our daughters are brought unto bondage already: neither is it in our power to redeem them; for other men have our lands and vineyards.
6 ¶And I was very angry when I heard their cry and these words.
7 Then I consulted with myself, and I rebuked the nobles, and the rulers, and said unto them, Ye exact usury, every one of his brother. And I set a great assembly against them.
8 And I said unto them, We after our ability have redeemed our brethren the Jews, which were sold unto the heathen; and will ye even sell your brethren? or shall they be sold unto us? Then held they their peace, and found nothing to answer.
9 Also I said, It is not good that ye do: ought ye not to walk in the fear of our God because of the reproach of the heathen our enemies?
10 I likewise, and my brethren, and my servants, might exact of them money and corn: I pray you, let us leave off this usury.
11 Restore, I pray you, to them, even this day, their lands, their vineyards, their oliveyards, and their houses, also the hundredth part of the money, and of the corn, the wine, and the oil, that ye exact of them.
12 Then said they, We will restore them, and will require nothing of them; so will we do as thou sayest. Then I called the priests, and took an oath of them, that they should do according to this promise.
13 Also I shook my lap, and said, So God shake out every man from his house, and from his labour, that performeth not this promise, even thus be he shaken out, and emptied. And all the congregation said, Amen, and praised the LORD. And the people did according to this promise.
14 ¶Moreover from the time that I was appointed to be their governor in the land of Judah, from the twentieth year even unto the two and thirtieth year of Artaxerxes the king, that is, twelve years, I and my brethren have not eaten the bread of the governor.
15 But the former governors that had been before me were chargeable unto the people, and had taken of them bread and wine, beside forty shekels of silver; yea, even their servants bare rule over the people: but so did not I, because of the fear of God.
16 Yea, also I continued in the work of this wall, neither bought we any land: and all my servants were gathered thither unto the work.
17 Moreover there were at my table an hundred and fifty of the Jews and rulers, beside those that came unto us from among the heathen that are about us.
18 Now that which was prepared for me daily was one ox and six choice sheep; also fowls were prepared for me, and once in ten days store of all sorts of wine: yet for all this required not I the bread of the governor, because the bondage was heavy upon this people.
19 Think upon me, my God, for good, according to all that I have done for this people.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Shower curtain...

is done and hanging!!!  Hurray!!  I think it looks great!  I am very proud of this.  We have a lot of people over and it is hung where it will be seen a lot!  Here are some pictures.  (Thanks Peg!!)

Right after it was done I laid it out on the floor just to look at!
This part of the bathroom is gold.  The first part (pictured below) is a lighter gold.  The curtain has both and looks great here.  It really brighten it up.  As you can see I now need to make new curtains.  These are old anyway and is time for a change to match the curtain.  Be watching for a tutorial on this particular bathroom window curtain.
View from the other way.  Bathroom is small so it is hard to get a straight on picture.

When I was done with this my husband was so pleased and excited he asked me to make curtains for our living-room with scenes on them.  He said, "Can you do that?"  Yup I can.

The living-room is another place in real need of up-dating the window works and I know just want I am going to do!  I have been wanting to do a quilt block of the month (BOM) and I am going to offering my next project to you to do.  So be watching, it will be coming soon!   It will be making these (my BOM) into living-room curtains.

 Thank you for looking!  God bless.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Shower Curtain

I have been working on a new shower curtain and I am almost done!!  HURRAY!!  The pattern came from a very generous lady from a quilt forum.  She offered the lovely pattern as a BOM (that is block of the month).

I just have to trim threads, put on a 5 inch border all the way around with applique on it, backing, tie off, and bind it then be all done.  I hope to be completely done this week!  Hurray!!!  Thanks Peg!!
I will add another picture when I have it up!  Thanks for looking!  God bless.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

November Placemat

I am sorry this is late.  WOW  things can sure get in the way.  I think for the Christmas PAM I will put that up at the end of November instead of waiting.

Here is the placemat for this month.  I hope you will enjoy it.
What you will need for each placemat:
1 fat quarter for the front
1 fat quarter for the back
           or 1/2 yard if you want them the same
1 fat quarter or scrap pieces for the pumpkins
Scrap green for stems
15 x 21 stabilizer
Stuffing
Print out pattern for pumpkins and stems which are located on the right side of my website under "Links to my Patterns".

Cut front, backing and stabilizer to measure 15 x 21.  To make sure they are all the same size is to layer and cut all at once.

Now cut out the circles for the pumpkins and the stems.  Arrange the circles where you would like them on the lower left-hand corner of the mat but not too close to the edge.

Put decorative thread in your machine and statin stitch around leaving an opening at the top. 



Stuff with stuffing but not too firmly.

Sew the top closed.



Now place your next pumpkin to the left of this one and pin in place
Again sew around the circle leaving the  top portion open for stuffing.
Stuff and sew close.  Now repeat for the last and smaller pumpkin either in front or on the right side.  I did mine in the front.

Sew lines on each of your pumpkins for the grooves.  Now cut the stems out of the stem fabric.  Place on the pumpkins at different angles sew around and leave the tops open for stuffing.
Stuff


I want you to see here that I had marked the stem for dimention.  I will sew on that line after each stem is stuffed.




Then close top and sew on line.
Now bind off in your favor method of binding, either with fabic strip cut to 2-1/2 inches or statin stich around edges or serge with decorative thread.  Enjoy your placemat for Thanksgiving!!  God bless!!


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

TOMORROW....

I will post this month's PAM!!!

Table Runner for Thanksgiving!

I have two lovely patterns for you this month.  First is  a pumpkin table runner that I hope you will enjoy for Thanksgiving.

Here is what you will need to make this runner:

1/3 yard of fabric for the top plus a fat quarter for leaves
12" x  45" of stablizer, thick interfacing or Timtex or something similar. 
1/3 yard fabric for the back
Fat quarter for pumpkins
Stuffing
Print pattern from the right side under "Links to my Patterns"

Layer:
Place the backing face down, stablizer, and the top face up.

Now is the time to round out the corners if you want to.  You can use a small plate to do this or a template if you have one.

Now set your serger or sewing machine up with decorative thread.  I love to use my serger for this because it finishes the edges so nicely.  If you are using a sewing machine trim all around so all the layers' edges match.   Also set you sewing machine on a wide zig-zag stitch with the stitches close together--satin-stitch.  Sew or serge around the edges.




Now cut out the circles, two of each size for the pumpkins and 6 small circles for the stem.  Thread a hand needle and do a running stitch all around the circles.


Fold under about 1/4" on the stems

Before you knot the thread pull to gather.  Before pull too tightly stuff with the stuffing until it is quite full and yet still squishy.  Pull the thread fairly snug and tie off.

Place the stem on top of the hole on the pumpkin and stitch down.  OOOPPSS!!  You might want to use matching thread on the stem!!!



Arrange and sew pumpkins in place, 3 on opposite corners.

Now on to the leaves.

Cut leaf pattern as directed on the pattern out of leaf fabric.  An easy way to do this is to fold the fabric in half, wrong sides together with the stabilizer in between.  Lay the pattern on top and cut four times.

Put decorative thread in sewing machine and with a narrower satin-stitch sew around.  Because of the sharp turns of the leaf it is easier to do this on the sewing machine rather than the serger.

Now put machine on straight-stitch and sew in veins.

Place one on either side of groupings of pumpkins, follow the center vein and  stitch in place.

Now if you want put metallic thread in your needle on the sewing machine, drop the feed-dogs (or cover them if you can't drop them) and make some free-motion tendrils.  I use chalk to mark where I wanted the tendrils to go.  You can see the chalk marks very well in this picture!

There you have it!  A beautiful table runner for your Thanksgiving table.  I hope you enjoy making this project!!

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.