Thursday, July 8, 2010

Sew and Tell #16

Hi there fellow sewers. I am finding this year its not possible to make it to Sew and Tell every week. It seems to be every few weeks. For lots of other goodness pop over to Amy's.

First item today is a bookmark I made for a gift. I got the pattern from here. I've got to say its a wonderfully quick gift for readers (of real books). Next up was some coasters. I used some leftover denim and some left over squares for my son's eye spy quilt. It also used up a very small amount of left over batting. I used the tutoial from The Sometimes Crafter. Yet another great idea from blogland that makes a great gift.

This is Block 9 in the Jelly Roll Sampler Quilt Along. I made a small boo-boo with fabric placement. Lucky it doesn't matter (too much).

Below is Block 10. This block and I are not friends. Why is it when you take extreme care with the seam allowances it still doesn't end up exactly as it should be. Oh well once its all put together you won't be able to tell (hope so anyway).

I have been working on these pincushion treats for a few weeks now. Its my first time working with wool. I bought the kits from Hatched and Patched. They were so wonderful to put together. I don't really enjoy applique but working with the wool and no frayed edges was just plain fun & easy. They are filled with crushed walnut shells which help needle longevity. My son ( & Mum) love the show Shaun The Sheep so I have called the sheep one 'Shaun'. Its a great show which is just as entertaining for adults. I love how Annie from Hatched and Patched has created such wonderful faces that look so engaging.

Lastly I have wanted to start a crocheted rug that I saw on the attic24 blog. There are just such yummy crocheted goodies on this blog. I am a very basic crocheter so this one had great appeal, just rows and no joing of squares. Very appealing. I am using the colours in the below picture. I got them from Bendigo Woollen Mills. I decided to buy wool as I prefer handling that to acrylic. The colours aren't as clear as I would like them to be but what do you do when the day is cloudy and rainy. I am truely enjoying making this beauty. Its been a while since I last done any crocheting plus its perfectly aimed at my skill level.


No matter where you live in blog land I hope you all have a super weekend.

31 comments:

lush stuff said...

Love the pincushions,they are so sweet,great fun i am sure to make. Gosh you were so busy this week,I feel like a slacker...see you next week. I would love if you linked up to lush friday some time. Andrea

carol said...

Love the sheep.

Larri @ Seams Inspired said...

I especially love the bookmark! What a great gift. Thanks for sharing. Happy Sewing! :o)

P. said...

So many cute things this week! I love those coasters! Your pincushions are adorable. Great colors in those blocks!

nima said...

beautiful works...i love your coasters....great idea..thank you for sharing

Carla said...

There is nothing like a homemade book marker! You seem to be busy with your projects. Great idea with using denim for the coasters. All your projects are so cool!

Quiltstory said...

Wow! I am impressed! those would take me months. Super cute~!

Mrs Moen said...

I love all your little gifts and am looking forward to see how your crochet project is progressing. I haven't been crocheting for a while, maybe that would be a great summer project....

Tami B said...

Wow - you were busy! Everything turned out great. Good job!

Michelle said...

Wow! You've been a busy gal. All great stuff. Really like block #10 is the Quilt Along. Great pattern and you're using such pretty colors.

p.s.phyllis sews said...

Great work! I love doing smaller projects around bigger ones, too. I had to laugh over your block that you are not friends with. Too funny!
Have a wonderful weekend.

Leslie said...

you have been so busy...everything looks great

Delilah said...

how cute, i love the pin cushions! I need to make me some of those.

Miri said...

Darling pin cushions and I just love the book mark! Thanks so much-I've been looking for a good fabric bookmark pattern for use with redword.

jlk said...

Great finishes this time! I know what you mean about not making it every week. It's hard!

Vicki @ DottyJane said...

Great finishes! The pincushions are so cute:)

Catherine said...

YOu've completed some lovely things this week. I especially like those adorable pincushions! Great to see you've started a crochet project too, great colours as well. I'll be sharing my crochet soon!

Dayna said...

These are all great! The coasters are my favorite. I love seeing all of the fun ideas every week.

Tawny said...

I love those pincushions! What a terrific idea putting walnut shells in there. I never thought of that! The rooster is just darling!

Rita E said...

Seems like you've been project-busy! Love it, especially the pincushions! And the bookmark too ... would make great gifts for my bookclub. Thanks for sharing!

Robin (rsislandcrafts) said...

Love the coasters! So fun and a great way to use up the leftovers.

It seems like everyone is making the granny afghan :) Love your colors.

Lappedamen said...

I love your pincushions. Great coasters, nice way to use up scraps.

katyquilts said...

Hmmmm....your crochet looks lovely. I am thinking I may neec to make one of these too. I should NOT start another project, I should not! LOL Your yarn just looks so yummy!

antmee said...

Love your work! Those coasters look good and as a way to use up scraps of batting......awesome!
Really love your pincushions too!

amylouwho said...

Excellent! Cute bookmarks and you make me want to crochet something!

Sue SA said...

Great finishes Karen! It is so nice to see a range of techniques, and I love the wool pin cushions! I have been lusting after wool applique for awhile, but decided I didnt want to add another type of fabric into the house while focusing on UFO's. So it was great to see yours and know I have something to aspire to. Mind you I do have a pattern that uses walnut shells but I have not been able to find any to purchase - did they come from Hatched and patched as part of the kit?
I have loads of finishes I hope to share with you soon, just navigating our way through new camera download software. Take care and happy quilting, Sue.

Ivory Spring said...

Karen,

Thank you for visiting my sew and tell posts. You have been busy yourself! Love all your projects.

Penny said...

I totally love the pincushions..so cute! Thanks for visiting my blog and bringing me here :) Will be back!

I Love Baby Quilts! said...

Oh my gosh, those are the cutest pincushions EVER!

Rene' said...

Karen, can you tell I'm a little behind in my blog reading?! Wow, you've got quite a bit of eye candy in this post!!! Love all the gifts you made, especially the bookmark and those denim coasters. Isn't it funny how you have to think about whether the gift recipient reads real books or not? Most of my friends read their books on the Kindle. Your blocks look great too. Didn't notice any "boo boos". Take care,

Rene'

traceyjay said...

cute projects.

I love block 10, by the way -- I think it looks great. :)

That crochet is going to be beautiful!