Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Firefighter Pink

The second commission for Sister #2 is finished. It's for a little lady whose father is a firefighter.
It's sweet and I hope they all like it. :)

Now on to something for me...for a change. *grin*

Monday, June 18, 2012

Towels and Pillow

Last week, I was on a mission to finish a bridal gift for the son of a close friend. The wedding is in August so I wanted to go ahead and get these things to them. I used my Me time wisely and enjoyed every minute of it.
Two personalized towel sets,
and a pillow.
I'm going to link up to Marcia's Minute for Me party and then I'm on to finish another baby gift set for my sister to give someone special.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Here Comes the Po-Po

My sister commissioned me to create a baby set for one of the officers she works with. It's his first baby and a boy, so obviously we had to go with something law enforcement related!
I used fleece on all three pieces because I had enough of it, and didn't have any blue flannel or batting loitering around. If I were to do it again, I think I'd go with the fleece blankie, but flannel on the burp pad and bib.
I do like how it turned out, and I hope she does as well. The "B" is the first initial of the last name.
I took my time, and didn't take any chances on the Po-Po catching me at speeding...

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Christmas in June

Santa Claus is coming to town.....This earworm is stuck in my head but that's ok. I LOVE Christmas. I'm really enjoying doing these little holiday projects every month. And I can see that it is going to really lighten my stress level when Christmas actually arrives!!

 Today, I've put together a Hoop Santa. What?  Yep, a Santa made from a 14" embroidery hoop. Let me show you.
Here's how I did it...
I took the hoop and some paper and drew a circle the size of the inside part of the hoop so I'd know exactly how large to make dear ole Santa. Then drew my design out inside the circle.
I chose my background fabric, and marked with a water color pencil where the outside edge was on that fabric, then took it back out of the hoop and created my Santa face using the following:

Fabric scraps
Wonder Under
Felt
Batting
Fleece
I just layered it all the way I wanted it, and quilted in the usual way. I then took a little water as you can see here, and got rid of that pesky pencil mark. I used a heavy zig zag stitch for the eyelashes and a water color pencil for the rosy cheek color.

I put St. Nick back in the hoop, trimmed the excess and hot glued the edges down in the back like so.
 At this point, you can decide whether to cover the back or not, but since I decided to hang it from the overlap, I didn't do that. Saves time, fabric and trying to secure a hanger on the back.
You can simply tie a bow to the top or....
Go all crazy with it hot gluing all kinds of cool embellishments.
Santa is ready for Christmas...and so am I!! The only question is where he's going to "hang around" until then... *wink*