Thursday, January 8, 2015

next sample ready to quilt

..... I have been busy in my sewing space this week . I now have the small t shirt quilt ready to baste and quilt. I just wanted to be able to give a idea of at least one way to make a t shirt quilt and I do plan on making a larger one to work on in class a bit using some other ideas I found on line.
For this sample I used just the sleeves off the t shirts  and added some boy scout badges to liven it up a bit. I think these were my brothers from years ago and  I only guessed at what the number of the pack ... I had a 1 and a 6/9 so I picked 61 as that is the year I was born and thought good enough for me.The next t shirt quilt will have more t shirt fabric and a lot less cotton. The cotton may only be in a border. I did have fun playing with ideas and figuring out how to put my sections together. I did like using a fabric / woven fusible interfacing to back the t shirt fabric to give it more body and reduce the stretch. Here is what I came up with ......what do you think??

in stitches

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

post cards .....

I have a few post cards to share from a couple of swaps that I took part in Sheila hosted a Christmas swap and Brandy hosted a snowflake swap.

from Maria in Australia 

from  Alice NS Canada

from Missy AB Canada
from Sandra GA USA

and one unexpected surprise
from Eglia in Brasil

Finished the dress
you can see the back in the mirror another unexpected surprise
and started the sashing on the t shirt quilt last night. :0)
I even started looking at a few ideas to do up for the blog hop.
stay in stitches

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

A New Year and

a new hop to be a part of

Sew We Quilt is hosting We Support You blog hop starting later this month. I will be a part of the last day of the hop. I am looking forward to getting at my project for the hop and hope that you will check out the other sites when the hop begins. I will post links to the sites.
 I will be away  from my blog when the hop starts but I will check in.
I do have a few classes this winter that I will be teaching. The first 2 will both be quilts, one is a learn to quilt class with a number of different techniques and the second a t shirt quilt which will have the students getting even more creative with their supplies and ideas.
It is always a busy time making up the samples for the classes Here is one finished sample

and one that is only just begun
( this is only to give some ideas and in a smaller size)
now to pick out a sashing and borders> I hope it turns out okay for a mini sample and then off the the full size sample.
Now back to a dress that I am making .... almost done buttons and hem left.

I wish you all the best for 2015 and I hope it dose not fly by as fast as last year ;0)

stay in stitches

Thursday, December 4, 2014


large and small
I seam to be working on them all
Here is a Christmas stocking I made for a friend
and here is one in progress that I am knitting I really like working with these bamboo knitting needles
and the little stoppers have been sew handy I will have to pick up another set or two.
The post cards for the Snowflake swap are off in the mail to there new homes. I hope they like them .... I will share the ones I made now and when the others arrive I will share those
catching snowflakes

winters sparkles
a beaded snowflake
Sew that the latest of what I have been up to in the sewing room.
Thanks for stopping by 
in stitches

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

December has arrived

not sure how it got here sew fast but the calendar was turned to the start of a new month.
                            Welcome December the month that is filled with sew much.
To start of my post I will share the post card I received in the mail from Alice in Nova Scotia .
Alice's post card ..... in the mail today
 We are in the  Christmas post card swap that Sheila organize. I have also swapped with a gal in Australia.
the post card I sent to Alice
I have been working on a sample quilt for the learn to quilt class that I will teach in February here in town at the college .It covers all kinds of piecing  techniques.

I was using up some sock yarn and made up this little pair of socks

then I made up an apron for a friend

and now I will be off to build a stocking for another friend.
Today I will be linking up with  The Needle and Thread Network
Have a great week and enjoy December and all it's business
in stitches Annette

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

let it snow

 but just not too much ;0)
I am part of another post card swap, this one is with a Snowflake theme
here is a peek at what I came up with

 well that's all for now
I will post full pictures when the swap happens.
Have a great week
in stitches

Monday, November 24, 2014

and it has begun ...prep for Christmas

these little goodies take for ever to get baked up
but they love them
and that is why we do it

Christmas is a coming and it's time to get busy.
I have been getting a few goodies baked for the holidays and I have started on some of my sewing and knitting.
Mitts and a scarf/cowl
 a pair of socks
can't wait to wiggle my toes in
some new socks

I am trying out a baby pair of socks now.
A little sewing with a couple post cards for the swap that Sheila from Sheila's Quilt World has set up.They will be in the mail in the morning to start their journey to their new homes. Pics will have to wait until they arrive.
I have only the label to do for a baby quilt for our niece and nephew's new baby that sill be here by the end of December.
I am also working on a few other quilted gifts........ sew much to do and sew little time it seams. But one stitch at a time and I hope to get it all done.
just a peak from the back side
I have also been working on samples for the classes that I am going to teach in the new year.
Sew it is back to the machine ......
happy stitching to all
in stitches
a stocking for a special little gal