Monday, July 21, 2014

Wedding Chucks

With the wedding only three months away, my daughter and I are putting the details together.
She has hired a wedding planner to worry about most of the preparation,
but
we are a crafty family and want to add our own personal touches.

You can plan on seeing wedding projects here for the next few months.

First up:  Wedding Chucks


Trista, my daughter (the bride) will be wearing high heels for the wedding ceremony
(She is jazzing them up, too, but that is another post to come)

but when the reception dance starts
she wants to have comfortable shoes to run around in and greet her guests.

Her shoe of choice:   Converse Chuck Taylor tennis shoes


 She came over this weekend and we played around with wedding stuff.  
She decided to model my old headpiece from my wedding.
It is definitely not her style...wink.

She worked on the heels and I reworked her chucks to make them more bridal.


This is what they looked like before...


Sneak peek of fair results
The lace overlay was glued to the outside of the shoe with fabric glue.
I sewed pre gathered lace around the opening of the shoe and rows of the lace to the tongue.


She wanted to leave the label exposed.
I was going to cover the red stripe with pearls, but she likes it the way it is, so it stays.
I poked organza ribbon through the eyes of the shoe for laces.


The bride will dance the night away in comfort and her style.

We are having such a wonderful time getting ready for the big event.
There are lots of memories being made.
As it should be.

Have a great week,










Saturday, July 19, 2014

Kick Up Your Heels

I've just finished this block 
and later today it is headed to the 



The theme for the quilt block contest this year is 
Kick Up Your Heels.

My regular readers will remember this quilt.


You Can Can Can.
Originally blogged HERE.


I used the template  for the can can dancers and put two dancers on a stage for a 12inch block.

The skirts are satin ribbon I gathered into ruffles.  The faces and hair are machined stitched with two threads in the needle.  I used a decorative stitch on my Janome sewing machine for the trim on the curtains.
Fusible was used for the legs with Moda Basic Grey Little Black Dress floral lace fabric. I used a blanket stitch around the legs.

We will see if the judges think this says kick up your heels.

Wish me luck.


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Rush Hour Blog Hop - Sign Up Now

If you are feeling rushed, like me, 
always trying to stay ahead
then you probably have some great ideas for the


This hop is sponsored by Studio E Rush Hour fabric,
BUT
you don't have to use the fabric to participate,
just make sure the project you create includes black, red, white, and gray.


Coffee anyone?  It helps when you're in a rush...

Sign ups are in progress.

The brilliant Carol at Just Let Me Quilt will be cheering for this blog hop.

For sign up information and details:
Sew We Quilt

Happy World Cup day,



Monday, July 7, 2014

Belated Happy Independence Day

Just home from a trip to the Tulsa, Oklahoma area to celebrate the 4th of July with friends and family.


After finding this little table at a garage sale, my sister and her family painted it to make it new again.
Isn't it cute?  
And the kids loved sitting on the deck eating watermelon on their own table.

We managed to fit a lot of things into a 48 hour getaway.


My hexi-box-to-go is all organized and I managed to start another hexagon project.
(that was hours on the road)
I am so slow when it comes to hand sewing...


We found a rustic furniture store close to my sister's house.  We were in furniture heaven and ordered a few pieces that will be delivered to our cabin in a few weeks.
Finally, after shopping for years, our living room will see some furniture.


Hubby helped with a little plumbing.  At least he earned our keep while we were there...hehe



But, best of all we were surrounded by love and great hospitality.
The food and company were perfect!


Our garden had a few offerings when we arrived home.

Now it's
Back to reality...

But I'm still giggling,


Friday, June 27, 2014

Zipper by the Yard and a Friday Finish

Inspiration comes from the darnedest places sometimes.

I was walking by a shop window the other day and saw a t-shirt decked out in red, white, and blue
with the saying:
,

Home of the Free
Because of the Brave

Wow, that really moved me.
That is soooo true.

I said to myself,
"Self, that ought to be a wall hanging for the 4th of July."



So I made myself a little wall hanging for the screened in porch.

I was a little lazy and had no desire to applique.
Sometimes I'm just not into it.
So, after a little practice, I free motioned the words with my domestic.


Because it is going to hang outside, I decided the binding could be machine stitched
and did that with a star decorative stitch.



I had a visitor this week and was able to send a cushion home
that he had asked me to make 6 months ago.  (I'm so speedy).


That's my dad sitting at my sewing machine and that is the cushion he wanted.
16" x 72"
and I put a zipper down the length of it!  Yeah me!
Did you know you can buy zipper by the yard?
Hobby Lobby had it and the little zip to go on it, too.
I also discovered that my machine isn't crazy about faux leather, but it was fun to sew something for my dad.

I just received this picture of the cushion in it's new home.

It fits!!!

Have a great weekend!