I decided that I wanted to make a tunic that would allow me to be very comfortable. I have had this pattern for a long time and never did anything with it. I almost listed it in out shop to sell. Thankfully I did not. I wanted to make view A the mid-length tunic. Fortunately, I did not need to lengthen it.
This is a picture of the first one that I made. I really like this tunic. It is not restrictive in any way and so very comfortable. I thought to myself that I need another one.
This is the second one that I made. I used gauze fabric that I hand dyed. Yes, that is how I wanted the fabric to come out, so to speak. I did not want a consistent color but rather darker and lighter depth of color. I like this tunic a lot. This tunic is so very easy to sew. Everything is basically a straight line except for the neck and that is not difficult at all. A beginning sewer could very easily make this tunic.
If you are “wearing” this red accessory you will be the envy of all.
This is my favorite red accessory.
This ‘accessory’ wins in every car show.
This is one of my first attempts at making crocheted jewelry. I purchased a kit from Mary Maxim, 2 separate one actually, to start learning how to make these pretty earrings. I have not added beads to this pair because I am working so very hard at getting the crochet pattern down. I am rather proud of them and I have worn them already. I want to keep making this style and wearing them. Now for the other style that I have made.
I am very proud of these too. I even added the beads as the instructions indicated. I did change the pattern a bit because I am liking these better but I did follow the instructions most of the time. At least I thought so. Obviously I do need more practice to get the crochet ‘stitches’ just right. Do you see the other problem? Here have a closer look.
Do you see it? Both of the earrings face the same way. One is not opposite of the other. Therefore when I wear them, because I do, I always have one earring that is backwards. I followed the instructions on that part but I still came out backwards. That is about right for me – follow the instructions and come out backwards. I will definitely practice some more on this pattern. I did get complimented on these from a lovely woman when I wore them into town a few days ago. I didn’t show her how backwards on of them was I just made sure to keep the good one facing in her direction. At least I do hope that I did.
I want to share with you a creation that is my mother’s, Mary Gary. She had the idea to make lap quilts out of bandanas.
These are 5 of the numerous that she has made. I must admit that I have the most because I took them. They are most convenient to help to keep the chill of on a cold winter evening.
The gray and blue ones on the left in the picture are the oldest ones that I have in my collection. The are approximately 20 years old. Believe me they have been used. The remaining 3 in the pictures are the newest less than 10 years old. Mary wasn’t sure if the bandanas would last very long. She has the first original bandana lap quilt that she made and it is more than 20 years old. She uses the lap quilting method for quilting and joining the blocks together.
All of the quilting on these quilts in hand stitched that Mary did by hand. She always tries to get 4 to 8 stitches per 1 inch. She debates exactly what counts as a stitch. Here is her philosophy on hand stitching per inch. When doing machine quilting the ‘bottom stitch’ is not really a stitch but rather the bobbin thread wrapping and securing the top ‘stitch’. When doing the hand stitching the needle is drawn down and up through the quilt so that there is ‘stitching’ on both sides. Where ever a stitch is not seen on the top there is a real stitch on the bottom. Therefore she counts the stitch on the back of the quilt as one of the stitches per inch. It is too bad that the judges in the quilt shows don’t see it that way. I am not an unbiased observer in this situation but I do think that her hand quilting is marvelous.
In this photo you can see the hand quilting. Mary even made the biased binding.
This is a view of the back side of the red bandana quilt.
To make these bandana quilts, Mary has used the lap quilting method championed by Georgia Bonesteel.
This is the latest bandana quilt that Mary has made. It is a baby quilt and she did the quilting by machine. She says that it is so much easier to do machine stitching on a block rather than an entire quilt. This baby quilt is for sale in our shop. Mary has told me of the next bandana lap quilt that she is working on and it is going to be great!
I was looking on pinterest and I saw some crocheted rings that other people had made. I thought that they looked great. These are something that I have not seen before. I like items that are a bit different. I acquired some of my crochet hooks, some crochet thread and yarn and tried to see what I could come up with. Here they are.
I do wish that I could provide much better pictures but it is hard to photograph yourself. I like how these turned out. The green one is a bit bulky because I used a 4 weight cotton yarn, That is too much. The white one I used No.3 crochet thread. I like that weight. It is very comfortable on my hand.
Pleas don’t take note of my lack of manicure.
I didn’t do any official sizing for these rings. I simply made a ‘ring of chains’ that fit around my fingers. Then I used regular thread to secure all of the different pieces together. Buttons, of course, for the ‘jewels’.
This beautiful quilt belonged to my grandmother, Erba. I have adored this quilt since the first time that I saw it. To me it is not only uncomplicated but also elegant. My grandmother passed away about 15 years ago. When I was asked if I wanted anything of hers to remember her by I asked for this quilt. It reminds me of her too, an understated elegance.
Let me tell you the history of how Erba’s quilt came to be. This quilt was made by a lovely woman who designs and makes quilts. That woman does happen to be my mother but she has created some breathtaking quilts. My mum’s name is Mary and I will address her as such to prevent confusion. I asked Mary where she got the inspiration for this quilt. Mary told me that she wanted to make a quilt for Erba and asked her what colors that she liked and Erba told her that she liked pastel colors. Mary had seen a quilt in a magazine that was called “White on White” by Georgia Bonesteel. Mary thought that it fit Erba so she set out to design a quilt based on the quilt that inspired her. The monotone “White on White” really emphasized the hand quilting.
This is one of the pictures of the quilt that inspired Mary to create her own white on white quilt.
I asked Mary if she made the entire quilt top and then did the hand stitching/quilting. Mary said that she did “lap quilting” which is making the block, sandwiching the batting between the top and backing fabric that is a bit larger than the top and then doing the hand stitching. When all of the hand stitching on the blocks are completed then the tops are stitched together with the sewing machine. She told me that the batting is then trimmed and the backing fabric is sewn together by hand with a hem stitch. Mary then stated that this is the type of quilting inspired by Georgia Bonesteel.
I asked Mary how she first heard of Georgia Bonesteel. She told me that she was ironing one day and the television was on the PBS station and a program featuring G. Bonesteel and her lap quilting came on. Needless to say that the ironing did not get finished at that time and Mary found and new activity that lasts to this day.
I asked Mary how many quilts did she think that she has made and she stated that she knows that she has made at least 30, possibly 40 quilts. She went on to tell me that since everyone in the family is so tall most of the quilts that she has made for family members have been extra-long. That means a lot more quilt. When I asked Mary which one has been her favorite quilt she stated that all of them have been her favorite. Each one that she has made has had a special meaning.
Mary went on to state that those who are starting in the world of quilting show go to shows and review books about quilting. She advises to look at the quilt blocks/patterns, fabrics and color combinations. Mary states, “Don’t limit yourself to the exact pattern of a quilt block. Let it inspire you.”
I found this project in a crocheting magazine and thought that it would be so handy to have. I have made another one before I made this one and it is just not right. I made the strap way too long and the bag hangs down to my knees when the bag has items in it. That is my 6 feet 3 inch knees.
For this one I thought that it would be a good idea to follow the instructions. I did, at least most of the instructions. It turned out so much better. I look forward to using it now. I am going to make one for my mum because she uses tote bags/market bags all of the time too.