Tuesday, March 18, 2014

COWGIRL BOOT SOCKS TUTORIAL

To honor National Craft Month, and my newly adopted Friesian mare, ZaZou, who has me wearing boots almost every day, this month's tutorial has little to do with quilting!

Saw these walking down the street, and came home and whipped some up.  (My daughter is into country line dancing at college, so this will be a fun Easter present when she comes home for Spring Break)

You need:

knee socks that pull up a little taller than your cowboy boots
scraps of ribbon, novelty yarn, lace, rayon seam binding, and other      fluttery things...
sparkly buttons, or bits of broken jewelry
a needle and matching thread (button hole twist works well)




Pick out two sets of items to sew at the back center of each of your socks.




Sew the lace, ribbon, etc together firmly.  Add the buttons, also sewn firmly on top.  Then attach to your sock with button hole thread if you have it, or doubled thread if you don't.





Scoot a boot!  You've got little streamers following you that will stop traffic...and hopefully a stampede.

Happy National Craft Month!!  MAKE SOMETHING!!!  xo



Friday, March 14, 2014

COUNTDOWN TO NATIONAL QUILT DAY!!!

A few more memory lane quilt favorites...




Butterscotch Busy Bee panel quilt, with dense and gorgeous bee design machine embroidery and all over stipple free motion quilting on a domestic construction machine.  


A special Bridal Garden Path neutral quilt with extensive machine embroidery in the central panel element.  Lap Quilt size.


A musical embroidery quilt for a music student's dorm room, bordered in novelty fabric and coins, and each corner with an additional machine embroidered element.


Landscape art quilt for my mom.  It now hangs in my dad's home after her passing.  Machine embroidered flora and fauna on loose edge appliqu├ęd batik elements.  Heavily free motion quilted to match design elements...clouds, bark, plants, grass.


Small banner quilt with Curlz machine embroidery and a three dimensional bow and trims...lighting the way to a special day.

I have a fast and fun tutorial planned for the upcoming days of National Craft Month, so please check back...

Happy Sewing!!!






Thursday, March 13, 2014

MARCH IS NATIONAL CRAFT MONTH!
MARCH 15TH IS NATIONAL QUILT DAY!!

In honor of each, I wanted to do a round up picture post of some of my favorite projects.




Baby Tatum's Circus Horse (quick and easy) with machine embroidery and name and birthdate embroidered, then bordered and free motion quilted for a fast but super fun project.




Jelly Roll Race Tablerunner Project on my YouTube Channel Vlog.  One Jelly Roll made a quilt that was then sliced into three table runners, bound and gifted for a fast weekend gift project.



Table Top square, stack and whack table runner, hot pads, table mats galore!  Projects from my book, Bewitching Fresh Stitching, available autographed at my Etsy store, or online as an eBook or soft cover copy.

Be back in a couple of days with a new National Craft Month quick tutorial!  You Cowgirls out there will love it!!!

:)  Beth