Sunday, November 28, 2010

Ruby’s New Jacket

100_3719 It’s Ruby’s first winter with us and she’s not too thrilled with going out in the cold.  In fact, she seems to be dropping a few hints that we may be keeping the house not as warm as she may prefer as she spends a lot of time sitting on the heat vents when the furnace runs.

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So along with my helpful assistants, Ted and Lucy, out came a thrift store piece of polar fleece and we got started on a jacket for Ruby.

 

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We borrowed an old jacket of Jake’s and enlarged the pattern.

 

 

 

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Two layers of fleece right sides together with two layers of polyester batting in between.  Stitched all around – leaving an opening for turning.

 

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Sewed the neck and the leg openings ends together.  Then attached hook & loop tape where flaps will meet snugly under her Beagle belly.

 

And the result – priceless!100_3869And now it’s time for a walk,

Diane

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Snowmen Melt Your Heart

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  Here he is – all finished!  The paper pieced snowman kit I won from Lavender Ridge.  I made him into a mini quilt and embellished the borders with a few appliquéd snowflakes.

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Another completed project is this Merry Christmas red work banner. The stitchery pattern is a freebie from Gail Pan.

Merry Xmas 

Now that there are real flakes flying it’s time for one of my favourite winter quilts to come out.  I made this one in 2007 from Debbie Mumm’s Quick Country Quilting book it’s called Frosty & Friends.

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Well, it feels pretty good to have a couple more finishes with Christmas coming – now back to work!

Diane

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Gift Knitting & Stitching

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After many years of my needles sitting idle,  I dug into my old yarn stash and have enjoyed getting back into the relaxing rhythm of knitting by making these Bow Knot Scarves.  This pattern is from an old Paton’s booklet but here is a free on-line pattern.  

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My mother needed a tea cozy so this  little practice piece now covers her Brown Betty and keeps her tea nice and hot!

 

 

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It’s hard to tell but this ‘pile’ is made up of six Christmas placements that sat as UFO’s for far too long but are now all stitched up and ready to go.

 

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Recently I was a lucky blogger and won a giveaway over at Lavender Ridge.    My prize consisted of a cute paper pieced snowman kit and some fabulous ‘extra’ fabric that Linda threw in.   I’m almost finished my little snowman and will show him off soon.   Linda,  thank you so much for your generosity.

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Now, back to my snowman, I can’t resist him – he’s sooo cute!

Happy Sewing,

Diane

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