I had fun making these for our grandson! These are some of his favorite things: trains, pirates & construction vehicles.
I bought this pattern when we visited Hawaii. I don’t usually love batik fabrics but these cheerful colors caught my eye. It is a work in progress.
This is my most recent quilted project. I bought the hand sewn pieces in Tahiti in January 2013. I put them together with bright tropical fabrics to show the spirit of the islands.
Last year I visited a local garden center and as I walked by a gardenia I caught its scent and it pulled me back. It was exotic and lovely and reminded me of the Gardenia taitensis that my husband & I had enjoyed in Tahiti. A single blossom given to us filled our cruise ship stateroom with its magic scent. Naturally, I purchased the gardenia in the garden center and took it home. It bloomed for me several times. This year I found another at the same garden center and now I have two on my back porch.
My gardne smells wonderful when my lilacs bloom.
I have become a great fan of David Austin Roses. They are beautiful, old fashioned and smell wonderful. When I saw this one recently at a local nursery I quickly scooped it up and put in in my wagon.
This is a work in progress. I have had this pattern for many years. The date on the pattern in 1995. It is time to make is come alive. I am making changes in the directions. The pattern calls for cottons but I am using wool for the cabin, trees, moose, etc. I especially like the look of the snow done with wool.
I am keeping the background fabric and borders cotton. I found snowy fabrics in my stash that go well with the winter theme. After I finish the wool applique I will add more borders.
This is a long narrow wall hanging that I designed myself. I used a simple circle for the ornaments and centered fabric designs. I used tiny squares at the top of each. I had a striped fabric to put around for the borders. I made several and gave them a gifts.
These are 4 inch square pockets that I will hang on the Christmas tree with gift cards inside. The pattern suggests using them as small wall hangings but I altered those directions. The pattern came with small metal decorations for the branches but I used tiny buttons. I also embroidered names on each pocket. I like putting mo own personal touches on my sewing projects.
I took these projects with me as I traveled. I cut the pieces in advance and had the trees pinned in place. I enjoyed making each one a little different.