Thursday, July 31, 2014

Tomato Block

After spending the day making tomato sauce from beautiful tomatoes I plucked from the garden, I decided to make a tomato block. This block is raw edge applique~

Tomato Block ~ 1 square 10~1/2  inches for background 
(I chose a tomato print by Debbie Mumm)
                           ~Square 10 inch scrap of mottled reddish pink                                    fabric with paper back fusible applied
                            ~Small scrap green print with paper backed                                       fusible applied
                            ~decorative threads for machine applique

 Print out provided pattern and place pattern on paper side of fabric, draw tomatoes onto reddish fabric, and stems onto green.
Cut out and peel off paper.
Place in position using my block as a guide.
Iron in place.
Use coordinating decorative thread and machine applique in place.

Fresh lovely tomatoes I picked from the garden.

I use a chinois to extract all the goodness from the tomatoes. I use this as a base for my sauce.
                                                                                                                                                                I add crushed tomatoes,paste, garlic, fresh basil, parsley, and oregano.
Then I can the sauce in a hot water bath.
This way we can enjoy this sauce all winter long!

Tomato and Stem patterns
Print out full page

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Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Sunflower Block

Sunflowers are one of my favorite flowers! They are so big and bright...they just make me smile!

Just print out the following templates and cut out.
This block is done using raw edge applique.
I used three fabrics, I chose batiks. One background fabric and two for the sunflower.
Cut a 10-1/2 inch square for background.
Iron on paper back fusible to wrong side of the flower fabrics, draw on paper side and cut out.
Lay #1 right side up centered on background.
Lay #2 right side up on top of #1 turning to get the leaf placement you want.
Place center on top and press to secure all the layers.
Stitch edges down using your favorite stitch!

These are some Beautiful Sunflowers from my garden; after they are done blooming, I throw the seed heads out for the birds to snack on! 

Sunflower Pattern

Thank you for your time and if you have any questions or comments let me know!  Damsel

Friday, July 18, 2014

Flip Flop Ocean Quilt

My Brother asked me to make a queen size quilt for him and his wife for their Beach Condo in Maine. They wanted Flip Flops on it and and various sea-life and I spent quite a few months making it with all my projects going on but finally hand delivered it to him! They were thrilled with it! It looks really great with all the decorations they had custom made!

The Beautiful Painting above the bed is by Artist Jacqui Hawk

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Project Linus Charity Quilts

                                This quilt is called Duck Pond~Tutorial is not provided at this time

This is something I am truly passionate about, and I hope you will
Join Me and Bring Comfort to a Child in Need! There is nothing like a Quilt, Blanket, knitted, crocheted or sewn with Love!

Details found here:

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Yoga Mug Mat

The beginning of the new year is the time for a fresh start, eating better and doing a work out of some kind. I find Yoga is a great way to keep your body flexible and to relax and de-stress your mind.
Make this Mug Mat for someone that enjoys Yoga, or maybe wants to!

~2 pieces of cotton fabric cut 12-1/2" x 7" one for front and one for back of mug mat~I used the same fabric for front and back
~ 1 piece cotton batting cut 12-1/2" X 7"
~1 piece black cotton solid fabric cut 8-1/2" x 7-1/2"
~1 piece coordinating color cotton fabric to match your front fabric for letters cut 8"x 4"
~paper backed fusible~ 2 pieces~ cut 8-1/2" x 7-1/2" and 8" x 4"
~binding~store bought or make your own approximately 38 inches
~fine tip marker or pencil
~Invisible thread
~fine point scissors
~print out pattern at the end of post and cut out 

Fabric cut and ready to go
Front and Back of Mug Mat~I cut both from same cotton fabric
Black cotton for Yoga figures
Brown print for letters(You chose fabric for letters that go with your front of Mug Mat)

Iron paper back fusible onto black fabric and fabric you chose for letters, following manufacture instructions.

Place letters right side down on the paper side of the fabric you chose for the letters. This piece is 8" x 4"~fabric is right side down

Using a fine tip marker or pencil, trace each letter onto the paper side

Using sharp pointed scissors, cut out the letters and yoga figures on drawn lines

*Tip~use small pieces of painters tape, gently adhere tape to hold paper pattern in place

Yoga figures drawn on paper side of black fabric, 8-1/2" x 7-1/2"

Cut out along drawn lines

*Tip~use a pin to score paper

Peel off paper easily from scored line and repeat for all letters and figures.

Lay out front side of mat~ lay figures and letters however you like or follow this pattern.

Press figures and letters in place following manufacture instructions on fusible.

Layer backing fabric, right side face down, then batting on top of wrong side of backing, then mat top right side up on top of batting.

Pin the layers together.

Thread the machine with invisible thread, sew around the figures and letters. I like to use a free motion foot for this.

For the background, instead of quilting the background with free motion, I chose a decorative stitch and went along the diagonal of the stripes. I used a  coordinated decorative thread.

All the layers stitched together, and raw edges of appliques are secured.

Using a small empty spool, 1/4 inch from each corner, draw a curve.

                                                      Cut along the curved line

Repeat for all for corners if you wish, or just leave all corners  straight.

Sew on binding of your choice. I make mine using a one inch binding and use 1/4 inch seam aligning raw edges on front, flipping finished edge to back and hand sew all the way around edge.

Finished Yoga Mug Mat!
Done with the workout and ready for 
a nice cup of Ginger Tea!

Print out full page Patterns for Yoga Mug Mat

                                                                    Ginger Tea

My husband and I enjoy drinking ginger tea so much!
It is delicious and has many benefits; it improves circulation, eases muscle aches, and aids in digestion.

Ginger Tea
Fresh Ginger~Peel and slice enough for about 1/3 cup
Tip~Peel ginger easily with a teaspoon

~Steep in 4 cups boiling water for 5 minutes.
~Pour in cup and add slice of lemon and some raw honey if you like some sweetness.
Drink and enjoy!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Cinnamon Stick Dolls Make a Christmas Quilt!

     These adorable cinnamon sticks dolls decided to make their first little Christmas Quilt together! They decided on a Jacobs Ladder pattern and picked out some pretty Christmas prints. 
This tiny quilt measures 6-1/2 inches by 3-1/2 inches, just perfect for their tiny table!
Instructions also include how to make these dolls and a delicious cinnamon treat!

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                                   Mini Jacobs Ladder Quilt

Materials List
2-1"x12" strips red cotton fabric
2-1"x12" strips green cotton fabric
1-6"x6" scrap of red and white cotton fabric 
1-6"x6" scrap of green and white cotton fabric
1-6-1/2"x3-1/2 piece of thin batting
1-8"x5" piece of green cotton fabric for back
Hand sewing needles
coordinating thread
Print out triangle pattern at the end of post


Trace and cut out 8-red & white and 8-green and & white triangles from provided pattern.
Cut 2-1"x12" strips from red print
Cut 2-1"x12" strips from green print

This layout makes 2- 3"blocks~directions that follow show for 1 block.

Sew each red strip to each green strip with 1/4 inch seam.

Press to one side and sub-cut into 10-1"units.

Lay out the units in pairs as shown.

Stitch the pairs together to make a 4-patch block.

Press all five blocks.

You now have five completed blocks, set aside.

Now sew the triangles together.

Sew one white and red triangle to one white and green triangle to form four pieced squares.

Press open.

Trim to 1-1/2 inch square if necessary.

Lay out the 4-patch blocks and 1/2 square triangle blocks as shown.

Sew blocks together to form rows.

Sew rows together.

Press. This completes one block. Repeat for 2nd block.

Sew two completed blocks together.

Completed top

Quilt Assembly 

Lay 8" x 5" green print face down.
Center 6 1/2" x 3 1/2 " batting on top of wrong side of quilt back.
Place quilt top right side up on batting.

Fold long sides in, so they meet raw edge of quilt and press.

Fold over edge and pin. Repeat on other side.

Hand sew in place.

Repeat on short sides, fold over, press, and pin in place.

Hand sew in place.

Quilt as desired, if you wish!

How to make a Cinnamon Stick Doll

These Cinnamon Stick Dolls are so much fun to make!
They smell good too!

Here is what you will need to make these adorable little dolls!

~1-3/4"x4" piece of muslin (makes the head)
~3"x4" piece of small print cotton fabric(for body)
~1/2"x2-1/2" piece of muslin(base for hair)
~1 skein of pearl cotton embroidery floss(for hair)
~Black and red embroidery floss(eyes, mouth, & bow around neck)
~Two 6-inch cinnamon sticks(for legs)
~Two 2-1/2-inch cinnamon sticks(for arms)
~Heavy duty thread
~Button or Carpet thread
~10" piece of wire
~Embroidery needles
~9"x12" piece of small print calico or other cotton fabric(for dress)
~4-1/2" piece of pre-gathered eyelet or lace-3 inches wide(for apron)
~1/4"x12" piece of ribbon(for apron waistband and ties)
~Small to medium beads(for hands and shoes)
~1/8" ribbon for hair ties
~hot glue gun
~fiberfill for stuffing

    Take the 1-3/4"x4" piece of muslin, right sides together.

Sew 1/4 inch seam along 4" side.

                                 Press seam toward dress.  

Press under 1/4" each 4" top and bottom.

Stitch close to each  top and bottom edge.

Fold in half, right sides together, pin matching seam. 

Stitch along raw edge 1/4" seam.

 Turn right side out.

Using a double strand heavy duty thread, hand-gather top of
 muslin head.

Knot to secure and cut excess thread.

Stuff firmly with fiberfill ~ I like to use the eraser of a pencil to really stuff it tight.

Hand sew bottom closed using heavy doubled thread, knot and secure, cut excess thread.

Doll body complete!

Use carpet thread and wrap around "neck" where muslin head and print body meet. Pull as tight as you can and knot and tie off. (extra hands holding the body helps a lot to pull it in nice and tight)

Using black embroidery floss going through back of head(this will be covered with hair) make 6-strand french knots for eyes and 
1-strand straight stitch eyebrows 
You can mark the face lightly with a pencil for placement of eyes, eyebrows, and mouth.

 Insert needle with single strand of floss, knotted. Go in through back of head, insert into left side of mouth, insert into right side of mouth and bring point of needle into middle mouth, put thread under point of needle, pull up and down into other side of thread. Push needle back through to back of head and knot and secure, cut excess thread.

Ready for her hair!

Untwist pearl cotton floss and spread over 1/2"x2-1/2" muslin strip, spread to 2 inches, center on strip.

Machine stitch right on top of pearl cotton using a small stitch down center of muslin, reinforce at both ends.

Turn over and on the back of muslin place dots of hot glue up and down the strip. Center on dolls head and press, cut off any excess muslin.

Using matching floss, tie pony tails close to head.

 Trim hair to any length you like or leave as is.

She's ready for her arms and legs!

Use pliers to make a small hook at the end of a 10 inch piece of wire.

Insert hook end of wire into 6 inch cinnamon stick and push through and out other side. Some sticks are pretty tight and hard to push through, I recommend having extra cinnamon sticks as back ups.

Take a 20-inch piece of carpet thread and loop around wire and pull through and out other end of stick.

Pulled thread to other side of stick, remove wire.

Tie and knot on bead that you want for "shoe" Trim tail of thread.

Pull thread up taught from other side,so the bead is flush to bottom of cinnamon stick. Thread embroidery needle with that end.

Attach leg to to body off to one side, pulling stick up as close to body as you can. Knot and secure. Repeat for other leg.

                                                                    She ready for her arms!

Repeat for arms as I did for legs except use 2-1/2" cinnamon sticks for arms, and I used a different colored bead for hands. Sew to upper sides of body directly under pony tails.

Time to get dressed!

For the dress; Take 9"x12" fabric and fold in half, right sides together and pin, you are sewing 1/4" seam along 9"  raw edge.

Pull up lower half of tube up towards top, until raw edges match to make a self-lined dress.

Line up raw edges and back seam line.

Thread a needle with coordinating thread, doubled and knotted, and stitch medium stitches 1/4" from edge, starting at back seam and ending at back seam.

Slip around waist of doll so back seam of doll body matches back seam of dress and pull up stitches to gather skirt snug to body, knot and secure.

She's ready for her apron!

Fold over raw edges of 4-1/2"x3" piece of eyelet 1/4" then 1/4" again, press. Repeat for other side.

Stitch on right sides of each edge, 1/8 inch from each edge.

Apply a 12" piece of ribbon on right side, top of apron, sewing down center of ribbon. This will be band of apron and ties.

Tie apron around waist covering raw edges of skirt.

She ready for Christmas Cheer!


Cinnamon Sour Cream Twists

Layers of cinnamon goodness with every bite! 
Perfect for the holidays!

1 package dry yeast
1/4 cup very warm water
4 cups all purpose flour
1 cup unsalted butter
1 cup sour cream
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup cinnamon

1. Stir yeast into water until dissolved.
2. Combine flour, butter, sour cream, eggs, salt, and vanilla in bowl of a mixer.
3. Mix in dissolved yeast; beat until smooth.
4. Cover with damp towel and refrigerate 2 hours. (You can keep refrigerated for up to two days)
5. Combine sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle all of it onto board. Roll the dough into a 15 x18 inch rectangle, flipping so both sides are well coated.
6. Fold in thirds lengthwise and crosswise. Roll into a 10 x12 inch rectangle, using all the sugar mixture. Cut into 1x4 inch strips; twist and place on greased baking sheets.
7. Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes or until lightly brown.