Bionic Needle Case and Dumpling Dish

I have been wanting to organize my sewing machine needles for quite some time.

When I saw RipStitcher’s pattern, I knew the time had come!

Bionic Needle Case and Dumpling Dish

I also received a bonus pattern for the cute little Dumpling Dish.

Bionic Needle Case and Dumpling Dish

The Bionic Needle Case is an easy project and I made one for a gift, as well as one for myself.  I did add a Velcro closure to mine.

Bionic Needle Case and Dumpling Dish

The Dumpling Dish was a bit of a challenge for me.  However, it is worth it!  I love how it opens up into a round shape. 

I have Clover Wonder Clips in mine, but it could hold any number of small items.

Bionic Needle Case and Dumpling Dish

These are cute and useful little items to any sewing studio, and make great gifts!

*I have no affiliation with RipStitcher.  I’m just a happy customer.

 

Aunt Sukey Spins Off – Machine Quilting

“As time goes by, I realize that I do trust the wind.  And I often write my songs for myself.” -David Friedman

“How did it get so late so soon?” -Dr. Seuss

“It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important.”-Antoine de Saint-Exupery, The Little Prince 

I have neglected my blog.  I like blogging, so what can I say for myself? 

A demanding job, apathy, depression, a time-out, a boring existence, self-pity, frustration at the lack of control of my life….

Sheesh!  You’d think somebody died or something!  Get a grip!  Change the negative brain recording!

I’m shaping up.  Mentally, that is.  Many of those emotions I’ve listed above apply to a big project.  That would be my Aunt Sukey Spins Off project. 

Yup.  I became bored and frustrated with it, and it became a monster sitting on my shoulders and whispering great doses of guilt into my ears.

I don’t understand myself.  Why…oh why…do I insist on complicating things.  I love the acronym, KISS…keep it simple, Stupid.  I love it, but have yet to apply it to myself.

Here I’ve made this classic traditional red and white quilt.  So far, so good.  But I can’t decide how to quilt it, and I go all out on the thing.  And then I become frustrated.  The quilting doesn’t fit the quilt.

There are times when I really should take a cue from my good friend Judy Butcher.  She knows how to quilt a traditional quilt.

Alas, I’m committed.

We’ll see how it turns out. 

In spite of myself.

Aunt Sukey Spins Off

Aunt Sukey Spins Off Part 1

Aunt Sukey Spins Off Part 2

Aunt Sukey Spins Off Part 3

Aunt Sukey Spins Off Part 4

Aunt Sukey Spins Off Part 5

 

Collector’s Pins

“Every passion borders on the chaotic, but the collector’s passion borders on the chaos of memories.” -Walter Benjamin

Not that I think my memories, that inspired my pin collection, are chaotic.  But the pin stash, all jumbled and tumbled, in a drawer, certainly was chaotic.

So I bought a few six inch artist canvases and created some display boards.

Now I have art! 

Collector's Pins

Two boards display pins from quilt shows that I participated in, or visited.

Collector's Pins

Two more boards display pins of places where I have worked, places that I have visited, or places that my daughter has visited and sent pins to me.

Two boards were not enough for these, but the other pins are pinned on hats.  Now they are all nicely displayed together, but I didn’t take a photo of them.  They are hanging on my bedroom wall.

Collector's Pins

If you look closely at the pins, you’ll see that I haven’t attended a quilt show since 2013 (Thank goodness for the internet!). 

Collector's Pins

I simply layered a piece of batting, and stretched a piece of fabric, over the canvas.  I considered using a print fabric, but thought it would be too distracting for the pins.  I used a staple gun to secure it to the back.  Easy peasy!

Add a colored accent with a little hot glue and ribbon.

Collector's Pins

The quilting and quilt show pins are displayed in my happy space…the sewing studio!

Now if I could just figure out a way to display the show ribbons, instead of having them crammed in a hat box!

Initial Pillow No. 6

I missed July’s pillow challenge over at QuiltShopGal’s blog.  Between working overtime, a vacation (a fabulous, and short, one week stay with my son and his family), and a horrendous fire season in my neck of the woods, I’m lucky that I managed to finish a pillow in August.

But finish I have!

The expert this month is the very talented teacher, and author, Angela Walters.  Definitely check out her blog, website and classes!

I designed this pillow using EQ7 software.  It will be a Christmas gift for a young grandson.

Initial B Pillow

Initial B Pillow

I’m using one of my favorite threads, Aurifil 50 weight, for my quilting.

I started my free motion quilting right off by sewing through my Supreme Slider.  Ha, ha!

Initial B Pillow

At least I caught the mistake early.  I know…I should have taped the slider down.  Never skip this step! 

I finished quilting without the thing.

Here’s a couple of close-ups (I need to work on getting even stitches):

Initial B Pillow

Initial B Pillow

And a lousy photo of the back (the tension is good, but the photographer really needs to bone up):

Initial B Pillow

A look at the back of the pillow with a covered zipper insert:

Initial B Pillow

One more look at the front (by the way, I have too small of a pillow form in there…it’ll look better with the right size):

Initial B Pillow

I have chosen to do Option 1 from the August challenge.  I participated in the 2012 Free Motion Quilting Challenge and you can see my blog post using Angela Walter’s tile quilting here.

I am linking up to this year’s challenge here.

Previous pillows/challenges:

Joy Pillow

Initial Pillow No. 1

Initial Pillow No. 2

Initial Pillow No. 3

Initial Pillow No. 4

Initial Pillow No. 5

Western Flycatchers Grow Up

“The reason birds can fly and we can’t is simply because they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings.”
J.M. Barrie, The Little White Bird

 

Western Flycatchers

06-30-2015

 

Western Flycatchers

07-01-2015

 

Western Flycatchers

07-01-2015

 

Western Flycatchers

07-07-2015

 

Western Flycatchers

07-07-2015

 

Western Flycatchers

07-07-2015

 

Western Flycatchers Empty Nest

07-12-2015

 

Previous posts:

Bird’s Nest for Camera Day

Bird Nest Update

Western Flycatcher Update

Western Flycatcher Progress

Western Flycatchers Fly

Western Flycatchers are Back

The Flycatcher Babies are Hatched

Initial Pillow No. 5

For this month’s pillow, I have taken my inspiration from Diane Gaudynski’s Guide to Machine Quilting.  I have owned this excellent, comprehensive book for many a year.

Diane is a very talented award winning quilter and I admire her work very much! 

You can find lots of eye candy and free motion quilting tips on Diane’s blog!

Diane is an elegant, traditional quilter and uses lots of feathers and echo quilting.  I saw this feather on page 69:

Diane Gaudynski

And on page 31 of Diane’s book:

Diane Gaudynski

I drew a version of it with a blue marker on a white tone-on-tone cotton fabric (I would have used silk, or sateen, if I had any, but couldn’t find any in my stash of fabrics.) 

Initial J Pillow

The ‘J’ is the initial of the name of a good friend to whom I will be giving this pillow.

A layer of batting is stitched with water soluble thread, and then carefully trimmed.

Initial J Pillow

I wish I were better at taking photos, especially of white on white!

Initial J Pillow

Since my friend likes pink, I am using a 40 weight pink variegated Aurifil thread for the feathers and the letter.  The rest of the wholecloth quilting is done with 50 weight white Aurifil thread.

Initial J Pillow

You can begin to see the texture forming!

Initial J Pillow

Finished and washed:

Initial J Pillow

Detail:

Initial J Pillow

Initial J Pillow

Like the other pillows that I have been making, this one is simple with a covered zipper.

Initial J Pillow

Initial J Pillow

Last look:

Initial J Pillow

I participated in QuiltShopGal’s 2012 Free Motion Quilting Challenge, so it would’ve been fun for me to repeat Diane’s lesson and compare the ‘then and now’.  I may do that yet.  However, I am doing Option 2 from this year’s Free Motion Quilting Challenge, and I will be linking up over there.

Previous pillows/challenges:

Joy Pillow

Initial Pillow No. 1

Initial Pillow No. 2

Initial Pillow No. 3

Initial Pillow No. 4

The Flycatcher Babies are Hatched!

The Flycatcher Babies are Hatched!

Western Flycatchers

Previous posts:

Bird’s Nest for Camera Day

Bird Nest Update

Western Flycatcher Update

Western Flycatcher Progress

Western Flycatchers Fly

Western Flycatchers are Back