Gifts

I’m at my sister’s house helping out after her hip replacement surgery. Along with sending her the walker bag, last month, I brought some other gifts for her.

The Double Moss socks, a handmade satiny pillowcase, an amazing lotion stick, a towel for her hair, and some tinted lip balm (not pictured).

We haven’t seen each other in person for three years so we get sidetracked with talking instead of watching the clock and getting her moving around. She is doing very well but I need to dig deep and find the Nurse Ratchet** in me. As with any recovery there are challenges as well as celebrations. I’ll be helping her out until Thursday.

I brought some knitting with me but haven’t done much.

On another note…my hat’s off to all you fellow bloggers who post from your phones or tablets. I have posted on the road before but mostly post from home using my desktop computer. I hope this post is readable, the links work, and the photo is visible.

** One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest reference

Later…

I need to change this image. I got new glasses!

My Secret Sewing Project

I haven’t done anything with the Karate Kid’s sock, not even ripped it back into a ball. I will need to do that before I make the ball into a skein to redye the yarn.

I have finished my secret sewing project though!

What is it?

A walker caddy for my sister who has a hip replacement scheduled in a couple of weeks.

I purchased this pattern and made some modifications to accommodate a walker.

It has tons of pockets plus some zippered pockets for more secure storage.

Here it is in action…

I had to put on my thinking cap to change the pattern to my wants, such as lining the pockets with white fabric, adding binding where none was used, adjusting and adding the straps, eliminating zippers, and making slip pockets.

It was worth it when I received this text from my sister:

Now back to my yarn…

Patti

Quilted cover

Sewing is one of my more regular craft-type pursuits.  Quilting is a more recent one and I’m willing to experiment with my sewing machine.  Specifically the quilting, free-motion, or darning foot.

Without getting too technical when using this particular foot, the feed dogs are lowered and the pressure on the foot is set to light.  This allows the sew-er to gently maneuver the fabric in any direction while sewing, not just in a straight line.

I wanted to experiment with free-motion quilting and our heating pad needed a new cover.  No one would ever see this so what better way to learn than to practice!

I layered a piece of 100% cotton batting between two pieces of cotton fabric and pinned this all together before taking it to my sewing machine.  The total size was 12 inches by 27 inches. I began stitching in the center and made my way out toward the edges.

My stitches aren’t even as I moved the fabric around.  Going slowly gave me better control of stitch length.  You can see some longer stitches and very short stitches as I tried to make this star.

I drew a leaf with pink chalk and tried to go over the lines here.

More leaves and a heart.

Can you see the hidden messages below?

 

All quilted.

I added binding around the entire piece (don’t look at the horrible corners!) then folded it in half to make a padded envelope for our heating pad. I also made a new flannel cover to conceal it all and make it removable for washing.

I do need lots more practice using this foot on my sewing machine before I tackle a regular-sized quilt. It was fun and I learned a few things.

Do you sew and have you tried using all of the feet that came with your machine?Patti

Inspired by a Mouse

I’ve been sewing again and making a couple of small bags that remind me of Mickey Mouse in a red, white, black, and yellow theme.

I asked a friend of mine to make a wreath for me. All she wants in payment is a bottle (or two) of wine.  I decided to add to her request by making these…

She is a fan(atic) of Disney World and is headed there sometime early next year.  She usually travels with her sister-in-law so two bags would allow her to share one if she wants.

The red and white polka dot fabric was from iPad Aunt’s stash and made me think of Minnie Mouse.  It was the perfect fabric for the outside.  I also added some black blocks to one side just to make them a bit different.

The bright yellow zipper and lining really brighten up the inside.  The zippers are from stash and were an inch too short.  The yellow fabric ends on the zippers helped stretch them out and made them work.  Did you notice my sewn-in tag inside next to the pocket?

As soon as the clip/hooks arrive by mail, I’ll make some wrist straps that can be attached to the little D-ring on the outside tab. We probably won’t see each other till after Christmas so there’s still time. I hope she likes them! 

So do those fabrics remind you of a particular mouse?