Friday, March 27, 2009

Receiving Blankets

Here are a couple of receiving blankets I finished up recently. I have tons of flannel on hand right now and have started making receiving blankets with matching burp cloths. As soon as I get a few done I will post them.

Baby Burp Cloths

I thought I'd try making some baby burp cloths. Two I covered the middle with this adorable flannel. The other one I sewed baseball ribbon down the seams. I think they are super cute. Will probably make more as these are going to be shipped off soon for baby presents.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Spring Boutique Tomorrow

Featuring yours truly and lots more very talented people. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Embroidered Handkerchiefs

Printed or cursive? Initials or first name?
My new sewing machine does embroidery. I think they would make fabulous Father's Day presents.

I'm going to package them up in Origami gift boxes. The handkerchiefs fit in them perfectly.

Scaves by Stacey

Scarves are my signature item that I've made the most of. I starting crocheting them around 5 years ago. During the busy months I've crocheted while hanging out with friends watching movies and playing games. I've even been known to crochet scarves while walking around Disneyland and in movie theaters as well. I played around with a couple different designs but finally settled on one. I love this project because it uses an entire skein and I'm not left with anything extra to figure out what to do with. Everyone loves how soft they are. I've had many friends take the scarf basket to work and sell 20 or more in a day. I've even sold them right off me before. Over the past few years I've taught crochet classes and even sold scarf making kits. At my last couple craft shows I've mostly sold scarves which is funny since it was 97 degrees out both times. I guess if I can sell scarves when it's that hot it goes to show how good they are.

Pine Trees and Stars

I have no idea why this picture insists on being loaded sideways but there it is and I can't get it to change. These squares are leftover from a quilt I made Josh for his b'day a couple years ago when we were dating. The goldish squares have snowflakes and the green squares have pine trees and yellow stars. I actually had to piece together the bottom left pine tree rectangle and the bottom right pine tree rectangle is on its side. The squares were cut 10". The finished size of the quilt is approximately 33" square.

Bears & Brown Plaid Rag Quilt

Here's another rag quilt I made recently from some leftover squares my mom gave me. Here are all the blocks layed out. Some of them were already sewn together in an "X" so I stayed with that. The squares are 8".
And here's the quilt sewed together and clipped. Finished size: approx. 44" square.

Shades of Brown Rag Quilt

I actually made this quilt a few years ago and was holding onto it to find the right person to give it to. On a trip home in January I was visiting a friend who just bought gorgeous brown couches. As soon as I saw them I knew this quilt belonged on those couches so I packed it up and sent it off. On my last trip home I once again visited my friend and there was the quilt on the couch - a perfect match!
The quilt is made from 10" squares of flannel that are the same on both sides. I stitched them together in a + sign with zigzag stitches. The overall finished size is approximately 50" wide by 66" long.

Baseball Hand Towels

One reason I've been sewing so much lately is that on my last trip home a couple weeks ago my mom gave me a sewing machine! It's a Janome Quilter's Companion 4800. She of course has many sewing machines since she sews daily and had upgraded a couple of years ago. This one was just collecting dust in my old bedroom that is now stuff full of fabric. It's been so much fun to play with. I'm sure it'll take me a while to discover all the amazing things it can do.

We were given 3 black handtowels for the wedding that we hadn't used yet and I couldn't figure out exactly what to do with. I'd thought of stitching some sort of ribbon across them since I'd never tried that before but thought it would be cute. I hadn't come across anything that caught my eye though. Well on my last trip home I was over at my brother's house and I knew exaclty what I needed to do. My nephew's bathroom is black and white and has a baseball picture hanging on the wall. I knew exactly where these handtowels needed to be. I searched JoAnns, Michaels and Hobby Lobby but didn't find the ribbon I was looking for. Finally I happened to look at Wal-Mart and found the exact ribbon I needed. It's 7/8" wide and came on a spool of 3 yards for $2.97. At a dollar a yard it wasn't the best deal but was exactly what I was searching for. I threaded up some black thread, attached the walking foot and stitched a length of ribbon along one side of each towel. They turned out so cute. I wrapped them up and will present them to my nephews next time I see them. I'm sure they'll be thrilled!

Baby Duck Rag Quilt

These are the blocks we had leftover from another baby rag quilt we made a while back. I thought it would be a weird shape to have it so skinny and long so...
I cut some of the squares in half to make a square quilt. That left me being short for the corners so I found a yellow and white striped leftover square from another quilt and cut it up for the corner blocks.

Here's the quilt all sewed together and snipped. I found these great Fiskars scissors on sale at Joanns a few weeks ago that worked great. They are even called Rag Quilt Scissors. Made all that clipping a breeze.

Here's a close up of one corner. Instead of the traditional stitched "X" with straight lines I like to do a + with zig zag stitches. I think it turns out really cute that way.

Valentine's Day Coasters

These are long overdue to be posted but I just had to include them. The heart fabric was leftover from my wedding quilt my mom made for us. The coordinating red fabric I found at Hobby Lobby. I made the card from a Valentines Box. Gave this to Josh's cousin for her birthday which was just a few days before Valentine's. We went out to dinner with her and her husband on Valentine's Day along with a couple of her coworkers and their spouses and had a great time.

Happy St. Patty's Day!

Honestly I've been crafting so much lately I don't know where to start but I'm going to try to post as many things as possible today. I've been making so many adorable things I can't wait to share them all with you! I'll start off with some St. Patty's themed projects:These are some coasters I made for my friend Erin whose birthday was at the beginning of the month. I mailed them to her a couple weeks ago.
This is a table runner my mom made. She has been having a lot of fun making a ton of these lately for every holiday possible. I really need to make a blog just for her to showcase all the amazing things she is constantly making and giving away.