Saturday, March 25, 2017

In My Father's House . . .

I follow several quilters on Instagram and Julia Davis of redrainbootshandmade made this adorable little banner.  It was so cute I just had to make one for myself.

There is no pattern, but you can read Julia's description of how she made hers by following this link

I made my own version just slightly different than Julia. 

Julia's banner uses Bonnie and Camille fabric, of which I had some scraps, so I used the same color scheme. 

The overall size of the finished houses are tiny, about 3"x 4 1.2" with a roof size of 3 x 1 1/2".  The size of the lattice pieces between the house are 1 1/2" x 4 1/2" (this measurement does not include the seam allowance).

To make the chimneys, I used the raw-edge applique method and sewed a small rectangular scrap, about 3/4" wide and sewed it to a 2" square, which I then sewed to the roof, using the stitch and flip technique.

The red pinnacles are scraps of fabric cut into triangles approximately 1" long.  I used a piece of thread to drape a line for the pinnacles and test how I wanted it to rise and dip, then lightly drew that line in pencil.  I placed the red pinnacles randomly on the line and used my machine to sew a black line across their tops.  I sewed across the line twice.

I liked the style of writing that was used, so mimicked the font as best as I could and embroidered the saying in black with 2 strands of black embroidery thread.


Before binding, I pinned a couple of easy folded loops onto the backing so I could hang my banner.

The completed banner measures approximately 10 1/2" x 19".

These would make adorable gifts for friends and family.  Mine, I think, will look adorable in the laundry room.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Spring has arrived

Punxsutawney Phil may have seen 6 more weeks of winter, but it doesn't look that way in California.  Spring has arrived!

Everything is in bloom and the weather is glorious!

No, that's not snow; it's the almond trees in bloom.  The Bird of Paradise in our garden is so colorful.

 Yellow and purple irises are a sight to see.

 And a swallowtail butterfly is getting a good taste of Spring.

It is wonderful to sit on our patio in the mornings and see the beautiful colors of nature.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Where's Levi?

Levi Joseph McCain is due any minute.  His room is all decked out with new furniture.  Friendly dinosaurs adorn the wall to watch over him.  Where is he?

In anticipation, I have made him a cute dinosaur quilt from Michael Miller's Dino Roars fabric.

I also crocheted him a soft blue afghan and made about a dozen flannel burp cloths in boy fabrics.

The little dinosaur bandana bibs I bought online.

To help out, Big Brother Wyatt and I have been cooking all day so there will be plenty to eat.  YUM! 

Where can that boy be?

It's 10 a.m., Sunday morning, January 29, 2017. 
There he is!  Hello, Beautiful!