Friday, November 27, 2009

Serving Apron

One of those quite useless items, but I liked making it. This serving apron is made of linen and it has a cotton lace in the edge, as well as faggoting stitches around the hem.


Feels almost like I have had a pillowcase factory going this fall... I have made several pillowcases as gifts and then this one I made just for fun. It has appliqued hearts and pretty ruffle.

Travel Bags for Shoes

I made couple travel bags for shoes, this one is the ladies version made out of cotton batiste using heirloom techniques. The little hearts are shoe sachets to be placed inside the toes of the shoes to keep them not being crushed.

And this is the men's version of the shoe travel bag and shoe sachets.

An Heirloom Quilt

My version of a heirloom quilt. This one is made using normal quilting cotton fabrics and cotton laces. I will be teaching this class at Accent Sewing in January and February.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Martha Pullen Sewing Celebration in Columbia, SC

My friend and I spent lovely 4 days at a Martha Pullen Sewing Celebration in early September in Columbia, SC!! Great teachers, lovely projects, brand new BabyLock sewing machines and sergers for us to use, good (and plenty of) food, and lots of new friendships made!!!

We made (some of which were completed at home) total of 7 projects:

* Sweetheart Envelope Pillow (sewing machine)

* Heirloom Nightgown (sewing machine)

* Garment Bag (serger)
* Zippered What Not Bag (serger)

* Notions Caddy by Serger and pincushion (serger)

* Knit Baby Daygown (serger)
* Knit Pillowcase or Drawstring Bag (serger)

Serger Quilt

I saw the directions for this serger quilt in the BabyLock website and decided to make one for myself. So quick!! Pieced and quilted at the same time! The ruffles have wave rolled hem and the entire quilt has a wave edge.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The blocks of Jenny's Heritage Quilt, part 2

The blocks of Jenny's Heritage Quilt

Jenny's Heritage Quilt

I saw in April a book by Jenny Haskins called "Jenny's Heritage" and I knew that I just had to make one for me. So I bought some gorgeous fabric from Accent Sewing in South Carolina for the borders (I think it was called Creme de la Creme); for the rest I used cream and white silks and cottons from my own stash.
Here is the entire quilt - 16 blocks, all different. I had completed it in June 09, and I proudly looked at the work after putting the binding on, and I noticed that the block 4 and 16 were swapped!! Oh well, as the Amish say, each quilt must have an error - just wonder if it is meant to be so obvious... But I do still think it is gorgeus!

"Under the North Star" Quilt

I made this quilt for a Scandinavian Quilt Show. It was on display with another 36 logcabin quilts from Finland. I designed this using the Bernina artista Quilter software and all blocks except the house are done with a logcabin block. I almost missed the whole deadline, so had to put this entire quilt together in a hurry; I noticed in early April that it had to be sent by end of April, and we were still in the USA, so had to leave up to 10 days for posting, but I made it! Just got the quilt back couple weeks ago - it seems to want to travel, since after being in display in Gothenburg, Sweden, it travelled to Finland, went accidentally to Helsinki, went back to the sender, and then finally found back home. But now I need to find a place to hang it...

Baby clothes

I made these little outfits for my niece's twins for their 1st birthday. The set includes a hat, dress and panties. The dress on the left is pictured from front and the one on the right is from back.

Tea Towels

Tea towels are so fun and quick to make - somehow I never end up using these, but they do look pretty even on the sewing room wall. This is a selection of three teatowels made of linen and embellished with embroidery, lace, and madeira applique.

More serger projects

Oh, yes, this is a real silly thing... but I saw the instructions in the web and had to make a basket using a serger. But have to remember that I used to work at The Longaberger Company, so I do love baskets... in any form...

Serger projects

I just love sergers!! Here couple quick pillows I "whipped together" using a serger.

Black & White & Red too!

Another older wallhanging, this one got the grand wall of our bathroom... running out of walls now, may need a bigger house...
This quilt was done sometime in 2007 (I think), and the pattern is from a quilt magazine. A real quick one to make, just big appliques on gray background. But at least no-one can accuse me doing only black and white quilts.... :)

Attic Windows Quilt

This is one of the older quilts I made in 2007, just did not have a picture of it before. This is an attic window quilt, where I first cut a black and white toile fabric into pieces and added the 'window'. This hangs in the guest bedroom, where the bedcover and lampshades have similar toile fabric.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Martha Pullen "Blue Linen Quilt" in Black

Instructions to this quilt came from Martha Pullen's book Heirloom Quilts, it is called "Blue Linen Quilt", but I made mine in black linen an white lace. This hangs in our bedroom wall.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Baby Boy's Christening Gown

Just needed to sew some heirloom things this spring, and I had this wonderful book from Martha Pullen that had instructions for several christening gowns. This one is for a boy, where the skirt is removable of the bubble. Both the top and skirt has shaped bias and embroidered crosses. Fabric is cotton batiste.

Christening Pillow

This christening pillow is made of swiss Nelona cotton batiste and cotton lace. In the center is a lace shaped heart and embroided cross from Martha Pullen's IEC designs. This pillow was featured in Martha Pullen's newsletter in spring '08. Later on the spring I sold it...

Baby Jackets x3

I had an assembly line going... made three little baby jackets of cotton and flanel.

Baby bottle warmers

I made these baby bottle warmers for the twin girls before they had names, and were still called 'A and B'.

Twin baby bonnets

My niece had twin babies, and I made them these bonnets of white cotton batiste, pink flanel and white cotton lace. The instructions and embroidery designs are from Martha Pullen. The card in the background is also embroidered....

Bobbin Lace Rose

I took a bobbin lace class during the winter '07-'08. This rose was one of the projects I made during the class.

Serger Bonnet

This baby bonnet is made entirely by a serger using instructions from the BabyLock website. The main part is bridal tulle, which is stitched using a chain stitch. The ruffle and lace are cotton batiste and attached to the main part with entredeux in the middle.
The table cloth below the bonnett is a linen fabric with heirloom stitches done by sewing machine.

Various pillows

I seem to make pillows all the time... I quess they are just nice small projects to try new techniques. This picture has couple crazy patch pillows and the one on top is made of silk dupioni, free-motion machine quilted and a lot of beads added by hand.

Easter Tablerunner

I made this tablerunner in spring 2008. The appliqued tulips are from Martha Pullen Heirloom Quilts book. All materials are linen.

Martha Pullen Heirloom Projects 10

"Classic Heirloom Quilt"
Each block of this cotton batiste quilt has a different heirloom sewing technique by machine:
- puffing
- cathedral windows
- shadow gimpwork
- pintucks
- lace shaping
- shark teeth
- madeira applique window
- crazy patch
- normandy lace
+ machine embroidery in each block

Martha Pullen Heirloom Projects 9

"Lovely Lingerie Bag by Serger"
This heirloom project is done all but one seam by serger! Cotton batiste with cotton lace and beading.