Thursday, September 4, 2014

Fair Exhibits

Won a blue in the Quilting Department and Best of Show in the Embroidery Department

The group of ribbons on the left side are from the Flower Department. Blues on potted Basil, potted Lantana, flower stem on White Cosmo and  small Zinnia and a red for a large Zinnia.

Red work Christmas Stocking for my Nephew. It has a tatted rocking horse, ship, stocking, tree and edging.  Below is the inside Label.

Tatted Doily, pattern by Nancy Tracy

Tatted Edging, pattern by Mary Koiner

Friday, May 30, 2014

Tatting ...Rocking Horse, Angels and Crosses

Tatted rocking horse is a pattern by Pam Palmer. The book was discontinued in 2011. It is tatted in size 80 with Lizbeth root beer. It will be added to a Santa Christmas Stocking.
Tatted angels and crosses are for a local shop. These are quick and easy so one does not have to charge a lot and they sell very quickly.  The Angel pattern is in Patty Duff's book of Motifs and tatted with size 20 Lizbeth threads. The crosses are a pattern by Eliz Davis in 1998 and they are tatted with  different brands of size 10  threads.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving our country.


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Easter Eggs, Bunnies and a Chick

Front and back of  satin eggs. The tatting pattern is Snowflake 9 in the book, "Festive Snowflakes  & Ornaments", edited by Barbara Foster. The egg on the left is tatted with Lizbeth 10 Purple Med #632 and Rainbow Taffy #153. The egg on the right is tatted with Lizbeth 10 Xmas Green #638 and Fruit Fizz #139.

My Nephew Aedan's  first Easter! He was born April 2, 2014. The pattern is from the Raspberry Rabbits by Michelle May.  The chick is a pattern from Ulla's Quilt World.


Friday, April 4, 2014

Applique and 1930's Snowball Quilt

Finally putting together last year's Block of the Month from our local quilt shop. I took four of the blocks put them together without sashing. Made a border with flying geese and squares in the corners. The next border is white where I have added applique and butterflies. The butterflies have been appliqued down and will do a button hole stitch to make it pop. The leaves will all go in one direction so the eye can follow the blocks all the way around. Below are the different ways I applique. The butterflies I have back based and needle turn, Stems are sewed on the bias and used the bias bars to iron them flat with seam in center. To the side you will see the nifty Clover Bias Maker, however, I could not find my 1/4 inch. The leaves and circles I use Karen Kay Buckly's method using a plastic template and iron the edges over with spray starch and paint brush. The circles are the same using a plastic disc found at a Hardware store.  Sometimes I use a glue stick just to hold the applique but still like the tiny applique pins. Not a big fan of gluing my pieces as I find it to be too stiff to needle and messy.

This lady is looking for a person to hand quilt this beautiful snowball quilt. It was made in the thirties by her grandmother. I gave her some good advice and people who hand quilt in our area. I do not have the time to start another adventure!!! The first advise is to make sure there is a label sewn on and that she  writes everything she knows about this quilt. And yes that is a brass bed!!  She also had a complete set of dish ware from Penny's back in the 30's. I had never seen this pattern. It was beautifully display and in perfect condition. My girlfriend, Peggy, went with me and it was an enjoyable afternoon.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Blue Earrings

Pretty Blue Earrings. Sue Anna from Tollway Tatters sent me the threads and beads for Christmas. Below is a picture of the different beads and threads she sent plus other delicious goodies!!  The Threads are hand dyed by Marilee Rockley, it was hard to choose a color for these earrings. The pattern is by Nancy Tracy.

African Violets are blooming. They grow fast and need repotting. They are the easiest indoor plants to grow and rewarding with their blooms that last a long time. Very easy to start with only one leaf  and about 4 months you will see baby leaves coming up.

Thursday, March 13, 2014


Frilly Shamrock pattern by Susan Taliaferro
I cut out sparkly felt shamrock and sewed the tatted shamrock on it.

Finally came up with a frilly lace edging. Beginning at the base of shamrock Petal  I looped the chain thread through a needle and insert it through the felt to make a shuttle join (picture below). Chain stitch 4 and repeat joining to felt. * Chain 2 P (4 times) 2 and join to felt.* Repeat to last P ch 2 Join to Petal 1, ch 2.  Repeat to the last petal near the stem you will chain 4 and join to felt. 

These are a few edgings I tried but didn't like them. The first is tatted with sulky size 30 and the other two with size 80 Lily Thread.

Here is a 4 leaf clover tatted with size 20 Lizbeth Leaf Greens.
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