I had the wonderful opportunity of reviewing Clare O’Donohue’s new book; “The Devil’s Puzzle” This is my first Clare O’Donohue book and it was very delightful. If you like a mystery with different twists and turns and a quilting flair you will love this book. It was enjoyable meeting each of the characters and their quirks and Clare paints a wonderful picture of the community.
I would love to belong to the Someday Quilters guild. The quilt tips in the book were very informative and fit nicely into the plot; quilters and non-quilters will love this storyline. I would highly recommend you pick up a copy of Clare’s newest book and add it to your library.
As part of this review I was given the opportunity to give away a copy of “The Devil’s Puzzle” by Clare O’Donohue. You will have three opportunities to win: First—follow us on our blog and leave a comment. Second—like us on Facebook at our AzureMoon Design page and leave a comment there and; third—share a link to our blog on your Facebook Wall and then come back and leave a comment.
The contest will end on November 1, 2011 at 6:00 am mountain standard time. Good luck and we look forward to getting to know you.
I just finished making trick-or-treat bags for grandbabies number 8, 9 and 10. They have been mailed to their respective owners. I'm sad that they don't live close enough to trick-or-treat at my home but I'm happy I can make these items for them and share in their trick-or-treating this way. The finished bags are approx. 14"x14". They are folded and pressed like a paper grocery sack. The handles are only 10 inches long so they don't have to worry about long handles when they are going door-to-door to open their bags.
If there is any interest I will make a pattern for these bags.
I have been wanting to make a cover for my scriptures ever since I saw the tutorial on Delia Creates. But I wanted to make it my own ... no handles & I love how my husbands scriptures have a flap to protect the pages. So I made my own pattern.
Now for the disclaimer ... I am not a seamstress - so for all of you who are please have patience with me. I have learned a lot with this project. I have used interfacing for the first time, made my first buttonhole (without a special attachment I might add), and applied a snap button. A lot of firsts for me. :)
You can click on a link at the end of the tutorial to get the patterns - but these patterns are for a book that measures 5 7/8"x 4"x 2 1/5" . If you want to make your own pattern you can - I traced my scriptures laying flat on a piece of paper - I then measured and squared everything up. I added 3/4" to the outside of my pattern but I sewed everything with a 1/2 inch seam allowance.
1. Pick out the colors - find two colors that compliment each other - I purchased 1/2 yard of each color and 1/2 yard of interfacing that can be ironed onto the fabric
2. Cut everything out:
Main pattern - 2 interfacing pieces, 1 main color, 1 secondary color
Cover sleeve - 1 interfacing & 1 main color
Cover sleeve w/flap - 1 main color
Pen area - 1 main color
Interfacing for cover sleeve w/ flap - 1 interfacing
Strip for secondary color - 1
Strip for interfacing that will be used with secondary color
3. Take the pen area and iron 1/4" seam on the top and stitch into place.
4. Now iron each of the sides over by 1/4" (I do not stitch them down). I then pin the pen area into place on the cover sleeve w/flap. I used the pattern as a guide.
5. I know the picture doesn't show it really great but the bottom of the pen area lines up with the bottom of the cover sleeve w/flap and I stitched down each side of the pen area.
6. I then ironed the interfacing onto all of the pieces except the secondary color strip - I'll explain that next.
7. Take the secondary color strip and iron 1/4" on the long sides.
8. I then ironed the interfacing - I did this because it gave the strip strength and more stability for me to sew. The first time I did two colors I didn't do this and as I sewed the strip onto the main color it created crinkles.
9. Sew the strip to the main color/main pattern and trim ends & set aside.
10. Iron and stitch a 1/4" seam on both cover sleeves
11. Pin the cover sleeves to the main secondary color & set aside.
12. Now take the 2 main sections and pin together with the wrong side facing out.
13. Now when it comes to sewing I started on one of the edges of a cover sleeve and went around the whole thing I then stopped at the edge of the other cover sleeve leaving small opening so I could turn it inside out. Now I backstitched the opening so they didn't come undone when I turned the fabric inside out. As you can see from the picture I also trimmed the corners so the corners would be crisp.
14. I turned the fabric inside out and removed the pins holding the sleeves on very carefully.
15. I then ironed the whole cover and topstitched around it to make the edges look nice and seal the hole.
16. I tested to make sure my scriptures fit and mark where I wanted the button.
17. I added a buttonhole to this scripture cover and I like the button but it does make it a little difficult to get into your scriptures. I centered the button and marked the ends with pins
18. As you can see I drew a line so I could remove the pins.
19. I did two large zig-zag stitches on the ends and small very close zig-zags along the line. Then I used my seam ripper to cut into the fabric and I had my buttonhole. :) I then sewed the button to the other cover sleeve and I was done.
To access the patterns click on the pattern link on the right side of the page. You will be directed to a website where you can download them. Print them out and cut out. Those that have to be taped together will have stars to show where they need to match up.
Here are the three scripture covers that I made:
By the end I changed what I was using to close the scripture cover. I tried a button snap - this damaged my scriptures, I tried velcro and this did okay as long as I had a big enough piece, I also tried the button/buttonhole combo and this did really well but it takes a lot of effort to close and open. I shared my frustration with my 8 year old son and he simply stated I should use magnets--so I added strong magnets in between the fabric and I love this. You can also buy cute magnetic purse closures at your local craft store.
I hope you enjoy this tutorial...let me know if it worked for you.
My grandson Ty and I found a monarch caterpillar when we were fishing. We brought it home and it became a chrysalis He was so excited but he had to move eight hours away so he let me keep it here so it wouldn't get broken. I promised to take pictures. Last night while I was sleeping the butterfly decided to emerge. Since I was a little girl I've always wanted to release a monarch butterfly....It was awesome!!!!
I've been AWOL in the designing and quilting world for the last few months. I've been enjoying the summer and the sunshine. I've managed to paint all the outside trim of my home and changed the front door from white to blue.
My Arizona Grandbabies came to visit for a few days which was awesome. The cousins loved playing together.
They were tired after a busy day of playing and hiking.
We spent the day exploring the Flaming Gorge Dam.
My husband and I also went fishing a couple times. We haven't really caught anything but we have really enjoyed the scenery.
I found this little fish on the bank. The river had dropped 4 feet and this little guy had been left on the bank. I was able to get him swimming again.
We had a great day fishing with my daughter-in-law and two of my grandbabies. We found a monarch caterpillar, a small brown bat that had died on the rocks and some cool rocks. My granddaughter spent the day building sand castles. My husband was the only one that caught a fish but it wasn't big enough to keep.
So needless to say I haven't done much in the designing and quilting department. One of my granddaughters is getting an American Girl Doll for her birthday. So I made the doll a sleeping bag out of minkee. I was able to design it in such a way that I only had one seam to hem. It was fun to get back into it. I don't have a doll so a stuffed moose made a good model.
This is a fun pin cushion kit created by Valerie Burton of Cookie's Creations. She uses a silicone cupcake holder, texture magic from Superior Threads and fun items to personalize the cupcake. The kits include everything you need but the glue. She also sales the pattern so you can create as many cupcakes as you would like.
Here is what is included in the kit: