Monday, January 26, 2015

a bit of chintz

a gift set I made with a covered moleskin book, stamped feather, trinket box and rose to place on your pillow.
Trinket box has my hand painted paper sides, an old silk portrait and chintz atop

three gifts of chintz

Saturday, January 24, 2015

For a grandaughter

She wanted throw pillows like these for her college room
So here are some I hope she likes. Idea from a picture she sent me
The love pillow might be good for a Valentine

 Bellissimo?    Oui? Mixed languages.


For the telephone, I downloaded clip art and enlarged it full page
Then I ironed on applique stuff and cut out the shapes and ironed on to black cotton and to cream fabric.
Narrow zigzag it all together,
the 'numbers' were stickers I glued on, they are from a sheet of letters, look really cool

To write the word I used tacking glue and wrote hello, and then twisted crochet cotton for a braid, sculpted it into the glue.
When dry I did  machine zigzag to couch in place.
Closure is a zip.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A French basket

I make these often in all sizes
So here is one for a Valentine gift filled with lavender hearts

see below project

version two

Valentine project

You need 2 pieces of fabric, outer is 9 x 9"
Striped lining is 9 plus 8 inches
Trim as shown
Iron some thin batting to the outer fabric for stability
Corners are 2 inch squares trimmed out of all sides


Sew the sides on all pieces, smaller one and larger stripe
Now fold cut outs to the seam which is in center and stitch in place to make a box shape
Sew around top leaving an opening to turn
Slip stitch this closed
Finish by folding down the excess fabric for a cuff.
Make sure the bottom is pushed in and is flat

complete valentine basket

Monday, January 19, 2015

Hawaiian sky

They do say heavenly blue......that's our pretty sky.
Took photo outside Starbucks coffee shop while I was sipping and sitting

Or is it sky blue?
Hawaiian sky

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Arthur searching for the Grail

a book just finished,  made with a lot of inspiration from one of my favorite legends
King Arthur  and the Holy Grail
Once I was in England with a daughter, we spent a week following all of the Kings'
historic sites. Driving all over the UK
From Tintagel castle to Glastonbury.
 I was enthralled, even if it is maybe legend and not history


Monday, January 12, 2015

Just some chintz

I made this big rose with some pretty chintz
Sits nicely on a French graphic cushion

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Beautiful Paris is a Rose

this is a handmade drape to place across a pillow in a guest room
all handmade and stitched with love
38 inches long and wrapped around a big spool
Here it is folded a bit.
Look for a small treat soon, right here