Saturday, July 29, 2017

Pillows and Rug to go with Memory Quilt

 This was a surprise to the mother of Jordon, I hated to cut up these 2 shirts and the poncho
 So I decide to make pillows out of them and used lots of left over scraps for the rug.
 My Mom and sister has made many of these types of rugs out of 2 " squares, so I did the same  but sewed them up a little bit different.
 Poncho or rather a sweat shirt with hood made in to a bigger pillow
 When I saw this picture of her holding his favorite shirt it made me cry too.
This shirt was what he wore to he last wedding I printed the picture on cloth 
She seems to be looking at how it was made

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Sharpie Art

 Trying something New , Someone had told me about doing some art work with Sharpie markers and alcohol and couple years ago , so I remembered this and decided to give it a try .The one on top was the very first one and I just loved how it turned out , so I made more and now I cannot stop!
 This one was another just experiment , it is amazing how the ink wants to go its on way with the alcohol, first I was hesitent about using a lot of it but the wetter it got the better it turned out , but too wet will take away the effect.so I did it  a little at a time.
 I had joined the Vida art collection program for artist to show their work on  clothing , handbags or pillows , and get a small percentage plus discounts . I have this one as a scarf.The top one as a clutch, the stars and  bright color carpis.
This with the blue flowers here did not turn out too good as the markers I used did not do the same as the Sharpies , so Sharpies it is!!  I have more but have not uploaded them yet, I will post those another day.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Queen Size Memory Quilt -Jordon

 I was asked by my oldest daughter if I could make a Memory quilt for her ex sister-in-law who's son had passed away last fall, they sent me a huge box of his blue jeans ,T-shirts, jogging shorts, button up shirts ,one of his Grandpa's favorite orange overalls (he was a machainc) and etc. Plus backing of Detroit Lions fabric.
 She did not have enough to make it a queen size , she said what ever size I could make it  was fine . Later on after talking to my daughter she said she was really wanting it to be queen size, I told her I could add another color to the backing to make it bigger ,so I matched the grey in the football backing.
 
I spent hours and days just getting the blocks ready before sewing them all together ,each one has something off a shirt jeans or what ever I could use to make the blocks , I felt like each one was speaking to me like he was right there .


 There was 3 t-shirts and a drawstring bag that I did not cut smaller, I used those to help fill in for the size, The drawstring bag has a zippered pocket that I kept on it for her to put something in it if she wants . the drawstring it self was very thick , had about 6 different color braided ropes inside it so I took those out and used them in different places.

 Here shows one of the bigger t-shirt blocks, I forgot to move camera when I used my phone for pictures , note that there is a frayed jean with red patched fabric from a pair of shorts .
 I had appicaded his name on 4 blocks that is on the second row from the top
 You can see a few of the pictures I printed on here .
Below is two colors of the rope from the drawstring to make it look like Morel mushrooms that he liked to pick for meals .


When I got ready to lay them out to see where to put them I had to use 3 tables outside because it was so big and I could tell better where to put them.

 Below this is close up f the ties, I used scraps of anything that was left to sew them on each corner block, that took time and was kind of difficult to do ,but I manage just a little at a time . I cut small strips of different colors for the ties.

 Below is Her when she saw the quilt , she was so Happy , surprised and overwhelmed . She had no idea that it would be this big or that I printed pictures on some of them with out her knowing it ,With Tammy's help I made that happen too .However I will never iron them onto the fabric again just print and sew.
I had gotten really attached to this quilt it felt special to me in making something like this for a parent was hard , I made 2 smaller ones a couple years ago with my Mom's help ,This one I did myself but my Daughter-in -Law helped whenever it had to be moved ,folded and etc. I would ask her opinion and she helped a lot with that too.I could not have done it without her helping folding it and etc as it was big and heavy. I really enjoy making Memory quilts ,I did have another woman ask about one a few months ago.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Spring Craft Class at Church

   
                                  One of our church members who does repairs and upkeep of the building and grounds ,  we call him Mr. Bob made this wall board for us ! I came up with the idea to make a spring display on it , I found some paper strips that looked like grass in one of the cupboards so I used that for the bottom and added some green tissue paper to it ,then asked all the children to make as many flowers as they wanted to in 45 mins.
      My daughter-in -law helps me a lot so we had some strips and leaves cut ot and they made the flowers out of cupcake liners , round construction paper and long strips to make loops ,I let them use pompoms, buttons and sticky flowers for the center of the flower to make them with.


                                               Top 3 are close ups of their work
 The following Sunday evening I had all the smaller children  come in and make some too ,








Thursday, February 23, 2017

It's been Awhile , I am back !

Christmas Last year we made lots of gifts ,but afterwards we decided to make some quilts for Charity - A women's and Children Abuse Center
The top one is a quilt Mom made while waiting for us girls to get to her house in Jan. so we made a total of 36 but only 14 were finished while we was there, then Mom finished the handwork on the ones that were ready , then she sewed up about 5 or 6 that we had cut . 
These are just a few that we made  




                                         Another one of Mom's

                          The pink a red is hearts made by sister.

                     A farm one for a little boy that I made

                   The next 3 are more of Mom's


                                             
          A book for boys about Fire truck, police and etc

               A book about a train
                                                 
     Another book about the 3 Little Pigs

         We have already given a few to them, more to follow later
                            ,I will post more another time .

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

New Yard Bling


 When my sister and I went to visit with Mom for Mothers day we brought lots of flowers, plants and etc. I brought this red plate at Big Lots and glued it onto Mom's old bird bath stand that the dogs broke . I love how it turned out.
 I saw one of these on Pinterest so when I saw the watering can I wanted to make one for Mom like it so I brought the can and the crystal beads and tear drops ,strung the beads on some fishing line  to make it look like water pouring out ,I thought it looked too plain so I added some fake flowers to it.
 
I had been wanting to make one of these forever ! So I went to Lowes ,brought the sand and cement, I had plenty of Elephant ears in my back yard, so I made one for myself ,now Mom and both of my sisters want one too.
This is my bottle tree, I had saved the bottles for a couple of years , then when my step son came to stay with us he buit the tree out of steel rods . I love how the sun shines through them.