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Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween Display

Here is my Halloween display on our front table (with a little Fall still thrown in).


Thursday, October 27, 2011

Halloween Fun Thanks to WonderStrange Arts

I saw this cute felt candy corn devil doll and decided I had to have one!!. I did not have the felt on hand as suggested, but I did have the correct colors of fabric. So....

I sewed some strips of fabric together to get the candy corn pattern. Using the pattern from the link above I cut the horns and tail out of stiff red felt and the eyes and mouth out of regular black felt. I sewed the eyes and mouth on and then using the pattern from the above link as a size guide I sewed my two candy corn fabrics together, putting the horns and tail in so they would stick out correctly. Although, I must admit I meant to have the tail go up, but it is kind of cute the way it is, so it is staying! Also included on the pattern are parts to make a candy corn angel.


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

TUSAL October 2011

Here is my ort jar for the October new moon and TUSAL.

After each photo I put the orts into a bigger jar. Here is the Ort load so far.

Happy Stitching Everyone!!

Our first snow!

As of about 7:00 am we had 6 inches of wet snow (see tip of 6" ruler here). Still snowing quite well now at 9:00 am.

Now I give you a view out my Studio window (which is now on an upper floor).
That is about all for now!!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Frank-N-Stein For Us this time!

I re-stitched the Frank-N-Stein that I did for my brother and his family for us and here it is. I had to guess on the fabric count (it was not listed in the instructions) and convert some colors since the kit was for one, but I did buy the stein button when I bought the kit so I was set there. I think it may be a tad larger than the one I sent my brother, so the fabric count is probably off, but we like it! I used the same fabric for backing and ribbon in the finishing of this one as the one for my brother.

In this picture you can see the spider web ribbon I used to keep the flat fold parts from separating. I really like this type of finish and I meant to do you a tutorial - but I got too excited about finish finishing!! Not to worry though because Vonna - The Twisted Stitcher has a great tutorial on her site. I will say I used another source for making these Frank-N-Stein Flat Folds, but I think Vonna's instructions are GREAT too and used a bit less fabric, so I may try her instructions next time.

Not sure why blogger will not post this correctly. The original is upright not sideways any ideas?

So, I am sorry you all must turn your head, but it really is not that much different than the one I sent my brother, so if you go to the link above you can see it upright! This picture just lets you see the spider web ribbon (and I remembered to initial and date this one, but not the one to my brother - oops).

Frank is leaning on one of the few things I have knit in my life - it is one of two fall colored placemats I made in 1982!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Meet my new sewing machine!

This past Saturday I broke down and traded in my Singer Genie (note the correct model name than previously posted about) circa 1973 that needed a $250 repair .....

....for this brand new Pfaff Ambition 1.0.....
I ran a test drive and like it a lot. I especially like the duel feed dogs that move the top and bottom fabrics together and the space between the needle and the right is larger than most (8"). It is quite a step up, but a machine I can grow into and I hope will last me a long, long time.

With my new Pfaff, I finish finished a project from the Sampler Guild or the Rockies Retreat - and turned the blackwork project into a tiny (approximately 2"square) pillow. I used my newly purchased 1/4" piecing pressure foot - boy was that handy to keep me in position! The pillow is pictured here on top of the fabric I used as backing.

I think that about covers it for this lunch break! Have a great day everyone.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Flat Fold Frank-N-Stein

I finish finished this ornament that I made for my brother. Our maternal grandmother was of German ancestry and I thought this was perfect for him (and I plan to make on for me too). I mailed it to him this week and once he told me he had received it I could now safely post about it.
It is pictured on the fabric I used for the backing and flat fold stuff and I had some cute spider web ribbon that I used for the bottom part that holds the two pieces together when opened which does not show in the photo.
Frank -n-Stein by
Raise the Roof
a limited edition kit - 2008
Stitched using fabric and floss in kit.

Friday, October 14, 2011

More Halloween Stitching

This month have been busy stitching this cute The Sweetheart Tree project. I is about 6.5”x 7.5” finished and kind of big for a hanging ornament, but I plan to put it in the side window of our front door (unless I find out too much sun is hitting the window). It is shown on the fabric I used as backing.
The Sweetheart Tree's
"Trick or Treat"
Designed by Sandra Cox Vanosdall (c) 2005
Stitched using provided fabric and DMC floss

Next I am posting two photos that I think show how outlining really brings out the details. At top is partially outlined and then at the bottom is fully outlined.
Below fully outlined - everything pops!


Thursday, October 13, 2011

RIP- Singer Ginger Sewing Machine

12/25-1973 to 10/01/2011 - Thanks mom.

The runner in pictured below in this display is what killed my machine. I was 3 inches from finishing it when it stopped working correctly. I had a little portable machine my sister-in-law gave me for Christmas one year and was able to finish the runner. A recent diagnosis from the repair shop says it would cost $250 to repair and I could get a new machine for that price that did as much and more. So….. the research/hunt is on. Something tells me it will cost MORE than $250, though.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

HELP!! My Sewing Machine Died!!!

I have had this machine since the 7th grade. It was a Christmas gift from my mom almost 38 years ago. I was a very good Singer model Ginger that did the basics and a little bit more. I would post a picture, but it is still at the shop where I took it and and found out a gear had broken. A very labor intensive job at $250 - believe it or not the part is still available. It has great sentimental value, but the repairman said for that price I could get a new machine that did the same and more. So, I guess I need to figure out what machine to buy!! YIKES.

I do not know where to begin and thought maybe some of my blog readers could help. I would like a good mid range machine for craft sewing, some quilting and maybe home decor.