Last year I joined a Block of the Month offered by one of my local quit shops. It took me 3 trips back to the booth to make the leap to join. My first thought was "it's made of wool, i have never worked with it except for a small wall hanging i got for Christmas" but the kicker was the Thistle that is in the center of the wall hanging. Now that it is finished I can tell you that I am hooked. I love working with wool and using Valdani Threads. Now I have to hand quilt and bind it.
My very talented sister asked me if I could make her something to hold her crochet hooks in. I did a little digging on the web and found this great blog by littlebirdiesecrets which had a great tutorial for what I wanted. With a little modifications I added velcro, a yo-yo with a button and a little metal lable from Joann Fabrics.
By the way: she loved it.
Bad news: I have to make her more because she has a ton of hooks.
So I am still on my mission to use up my ever growing mound of scraps and I came up with a few ideas.
I came across a pattern for pin cushions and make a few for Christmas gifts and they went over very well for my sewing buddies. So I decided to pull out some of my scraps and make a few more. I added some buttons, ribbon and some rick rack.
I used bedding for lizards that you find at the pet shops (ground English walnut shells) which keeps your needles sharp.
Made the top by either sewing the top and layering it with muslin and a very thin batting. The bottom is felt to keep the shells in and also to keep it from slipping off your table.
Give it a try, they are easy, quick and now you have something to store your pins in.
Hint: I divided the big bag of shells into small sandwich bags so if the bag gets a hole in it I dont' lose the whole bag, just a little one.
Here is a great story and photos (which was covered by The News-Herald).
I cannot explain to you the feeling I had standing at the memorial with about 100 supporters of this Marine's family listening to the bagpipes playing Amazing Grace.
When we presented the quilts both parents hugged me and it really brought 3 years of closure to me. I hope that these quilts will help the family heal the hole that has been left in their soul with the loss of their son.
So many connections were made that day. Janet found a way to contact one of her missing soldiers and the next day we found another. My thanks to everyone who made this possible esp the quilter Nancy in Erie Pa who quilted both quilts and also to my dad, from heaven, who I am almost certain helped me on my way to help the families heal.
My day started out bad with spilling coffee on my phone but ended on a high note on my lunch break. I walked out of my local Marc's store and standing there was Joshua McKinley - Project Runway Season 9. I love Project Runway and watch it every time it's on. So imagine my surprise to actually meet him in person. Just sucks that my phone was in my car dead as a door nail so I didn't get a photo.