Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

 

Dorothy made this cute camo quilt for her grandson.

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Dorothy wanted a simple design for the quilt so we

chose the “Swirl” panto by Norma Sharp.

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As you can see in the photo, she even stitched  a bull’s

eye in the middle of the target.

 

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Dorothy had wanted a simple design because she was using a quilt that

had already been quilted. It also had the batting in the middle so she

didn’t want to add another layer of batting to it.

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The quilt was quite thick in the areas where she joined the red backing.

I think that you can get  past this issue by butting the two pieces of

quilted backing up against each other and sewing a zigzag stitch

instead of sewing a 1/4″ seam as usual.

The backing looks pretty neat with the swirl and the quilted backing.

I am sure that her grandson will love his new camo quilt. What a

great grandmother!

Happy Valentine’s Day! Don’t forget to get something for your

sweetheart. Valentine’s Day is on Saturday this year.

 

What I have been up to….

Once again, it is very cold here and this is making it a great

opportunity to sew and quilt.

I have been working on some new things that I have picked up

lately. Mary, a friend from a local Guild, just introduced me to

paper embroidery.  She showed me several cards that she has

made and I think that they are gorgeous!

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Pinterest also has quite a selection too, as well as free

patterns you can download. I had to try my hand at making one

and this is the result.

I really didn’t like having to thread my needle constantly but when

you use a 40 wt thread, it does slip alot. Having to constantly

check the back and front to see where I had to stitch next was

a bit of a deterrent as well. Overall, though, I did like

how the card turned out and I think that I may have to make

some more. They seem to stitch up quickly so they would make

a great project when you are looking for something quick and

small to conquer.

Beside these small cards, I have been trying to continue on

with my fabric postcard collection. I am making 3 for Valentine’s

Day and this is the first one.

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This card uses some felt stickers from the Dollar Store.

I placed the smaller pink heart on top of the larger red heart.

Then I stitched around it slowly and yes, the needle did gum

up a bit from the glue on the back of the sticker. I did use a

monofilament thread too so that may have caused a bit of a

problem too. After I changed that thread out, it didn’t break

anymore. There still was some gum on the needle though.

Next, I used my alphabet on my sewing machine and stitched

in the words.

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The  pink backgrounds on each of these cards were painted using a

soft body acrylic paint. The fabric went a little stiff and rubbery

after I painted it but I may have used too much paint on the fabric.

Isn’t it amazing what you can use for these fabric postcards? The

white flower was taken from a birthday card. I couldn’t throw it

out with this lovely flower on it. I merely ripped it off the card and

stitched it onto the pink background. How is that for fast and easy?

These are not finished yet, I still have to stitch around the edges.

Stay warm and have a good week.