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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Cross Stitch Finishing Idea - What's Old is New Again

1980's craft trends are making a comeback since 2010; ideas for finishing cross stitch projects are seeing a revival.  In the 1980's, every surface imaginable was glued with a finished cross stitch design.  And I followed the trend.  Some of my tackier pieces are long gone, but a couple nicer ones remain including my "bread board" project.
The bread basket design is a Dale Burdett cross stitch design & I don't remember the book name.
I finished off the raw edges of the fabric by gluing rick-rack all around the edges.
Although I do not have any finished samples saved, another idea was to glue mini cross stitch projects to wooden spoons & finish the raw edges with rick-rack.  The prevailing theme was: if it was wood, glue cross stitch on it.
Another project was to taken baskets & use them as if they were cross stitch fabric & stitch the cross stitch design right into the basket weave.  Some year I'll post a picture of mine.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

How to Sew the NoneSuch, NonSuch or Album Quilt Block

How to Sew the NoneSuch, NonSuch or Album Quilt Block

Again using Mary Ellen Hopkins technique, creating a variety of quilts with one basic quilt block.

Go to page index which you will find in the upper left sidebar for the link to this tutorial.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

How to Sew the Half Square Triangle with Squares

The most innovator quilt designer of all times - Mary Ellen Hopkins - designed the connector square back in the early 1980's and went on to design multiple variations.  Over the decades, many quilt designers have "invented" this technique, but we must go way back in time and thank Mary Ellen.  I was introduced to her technique in 1985 and never looked back.
Thank you Mary Ellen.
If you buy one quilt book, find and buy this one:
It was the first book she published on her technique - subsequent publications by her were numbered, so look for the original whose cover looks like the above picture.
There fore a simplistic (very simplistic - I'm sure there are more sophisticated tutorials on Youtube or the internet available) on this technique and its application to the Half Square Triangle (aka HST).
Mine is dedicated to Mary Ellen - go to page index for the tutorial.

Monday, September 24, 2012

How to Make a Quilt Without A Sewing Machine

Yes you can make a quilt without a sewing machine!!!  You can use a "cheater" quilt top piece of fabric, you can use a plain piece of fabric cut to your desired size - you can even buy that antique quilt top you've had your eye on - the method is the same for all.
The below picture is a "Fat Quarter" quilt made using the "No Sewing Machine" quilt method.  It is a term I came up with back in 2000 when I first started out as a quilt designer (and had my first designs accepted by quilting publications).  My pictures are primitive - the pictures are from 2001 approx., but they illustrate the concept of what to do.
The pictures also illustrate how big a "fat quarter quilt" is on a HUGE 24" BIG Lee Middleton toddler doll.  I like to use "fat quarter quilts" for newborns and then "1 yard quilts" as they get a little older.
Pay attention to the finished size of any so called "baby quilt pattern" you buy - the finished size might be more appropriate for an older child than a baby.
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What a "Fat Quarter" Quilt Looks Like on a Realistic Sized Almost One Year Old Doll:

Monday, September 19, 2011


In memory of Clarence:
with us from Christmas 2005 until Sep. 19, 2011

Whenever you want a toy (and you are a Saint Bernard), you just help yourself to a tree branch (preferably one of "dad's" most precious flowering or fruit trees.