Sunday, July 10, 2016

See AMERICA...eyeglass case

This is another version of the Sweeheart Eyeglass Case made with upcycled denim jeans, plaid shorts, remnant leather and of course the metal frame with the kiss snap closure. The case was attached to the metal frame with the use of Beacon's Quick Grip glue and then sewn in with clear thread.
The back, like the front was created with denim pieced from different places of the jeans. A heart was cut from remnant leather and glued on to the pocket.
A thin bead of this glue placed in the metal frame channel allows you to hold the fabric till you sew the case into the frame. Don't want to sew? Use more glue.
I got the embroidered "AMERICA" from inside the waistband of a pair of jeans "American Eagle". I cut it out and pieced it with denim.
I cut two stars from a pair of plaid shorts. I placed them one on top of the other and stitched close to the edge and frayed the edges.
The small pocket was taken from the inside of one of the front pockets.
This is how the case looks before it is placed into the frame.

 The lining was layered with batting and a message was quilted into the lining.
Hand cut leather strips were wire wrapped to create a fringe tassel.
This is the 10 inch metal frame with kiss closure.

Make it now!
Coming Soon....kits!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Margaret's Quilts from South Carolina

The story of the quilts, who made them and when, will be added here after Margaret's next trip to South Carolina.

Below you'll see the before and afters. We were both pleasantly say the least. Click on the photos to enlarge.

This is the batting we selected

This is the binding Margaret selected in two minutes

This is quilt # 1 in it's "before" state
This is "after" it was quilted

Fabric detail

Another detail
The next one is Quilt # 2
This is "before"
This is a before "detail"
This is the amazing "after"

This is an after "detail"
Stay tuned for more....


Friday, March 11, 2016

Vintage Lilly Pulitzer Pink Shell Tie

                                         Lilly Pulitzer made a collection of menswear with a label "Men's Stuff", Palm Beach. The fabrics are gorgeous and have held up over time.

I just love this hot pink shell pattern. This tie might be from the 60's and 70's. Living in Florida makes it easier to occasionally find these Lilly vintage items. I have a Lilly board on Pinterest.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Spend some time relaxing and sewing some running stitches with a lovely, chunky thread.

The only thing I don't like about Pinterest is that sometimes it's difficult to find the Artist's name to give them cred for the awesome handwork. Wish I had time to just sit and sew some running stitches. I used to travel and have hours and hours to do something like this but I always fell asleep waiting for the plane and sleeping on the plane.  Now it's great to just live vicariously through someone else's talent and enjoy the photos.

Debra Dorgan....Designer at Etsy

Just in case you aren't spending ten hours a day at Pinterest yet...I thought I'd start posting some incredible designs from these artists....


This designer's name is Debra Dorgan and click on her name to see her Etsy store. Very talented.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Hobby Lobby Coupon

This is one of my favorite coupons. When you use the link to their site be sure to "refresh" the page since they have a new coupon for each week. They still let you use it on magazines and far. I used it to get my Octopus embellishment for "Turtle Walk", a new bag.

Here's the Turtles:

Here are some other embellishment I purchased:

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Celebrating the New Year with Red

I had these fabrics in my stash for years. Felt the need to Celebrate the New Year by sewing my favorite fabrics and hanging them where I can see them every day.

Home Improvement Projects are not for sissies!

I'm taking a deep breath.....before I write more because what goes on the internet...stays on the internet. Ya hear me Contractor?

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Celebrate America!

This is a small wall hanging I made for my friend, Mrs. Drew. She is an awesome artist in many mediums. She used to teach art as well as create art. She is retired now and teaches her grandson the art of Japanese calligraphy as he learns all the Kanji symbols. We became friends when I worked in Juno Beach. She is Japanese American and her husband was an officer in the Coast Guard. She loves America so I made these traditional quilt star blocks with red, white, and blue fabric. The square in the center has images of Kokeshi Dolls, a traditional folk art in Japan. Mrs. Drew hangs this on her condo is an honor. Close up of the block below: