Friday, December 31, 2010

HAPPY NEW YEAR, dear friends!

Wow, can you believe it is almost 2011. Here I am sitting on a cruise ship in Aruba writing to all my dear quilt, knitting, and stitchery friends. Mr. Whoozy and I left on the 28th for our anniversary cruise. It has become a yearly event, thank goodness. After surviving Christmas, I need a little rest. I am getting great new ideas for our Blog and for our newspaper articles. There are so many beautiful pieces of artwork aboard this ship. Take your AIRBORNE and stay well this year. Looking forward to a great new year with all of you. Love, B.

Saturday, December 25, 2010


Ho Ho Ho.............hope Santa was good to you this Christmas. It has been a beautiful day for the Quiltlady and Mr. Whoozy.....Air Force grandson spent Christmas with us and we've had a wonderful visit. So nice to have young ones around to brighten up a holiday.
Hope you have had a great day and Santa brought you beautiful sewing items that you might have wanted. A friend of mine sent me a beautiful Jim Shore Santa who was "decking the halls" so nicely. Mr. Shore makes the most beautiful "quilt related items" I just love them.
Hope you are getting ready for a busy New Year..........stay warm and well and get ready to trim your Seasonal Quilt for January! Happy Days........Quiltlady Bonnie

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Finished December Seasonal Quilt with attachments

HoHoHo, I got all the attachments finished. This quilt is so much fun to make. Directions for the quilt are on the blog: Simple Irish Chain Seasonal Quilt

Granddaughters' Hobo Bags

Finished at last! I also made a small purse for the inside of each bag. Their name is embroidered on the inside cell phone pocket that I put in each bag as well. Directions will be on the blog after the 8th of January. Going cruising! YEHHH Lots of hand quilting will be done on the cruise. That is my favorite time to quilt.

Monday, December 13, 2010

December Christmas tree finished

December Seasonal Quilt attachment/ Christmas tree

The Christmas tree is so simple to make.....Cut a 7 1/2" X 6 1/2" rectangle. Fold it in half lengthwise as shown in the picture. Start at the top and cut out V shapes to get the branches, ending with the trunk of the tree as shown in the second picture. Decorate with tinsel, ric-rac or anything you might have that is miniature and shiny. There are even tiny Christmas lights out there in the stores! I happen to have these cute little Christmas packages that were on a string that I could use for my tree. You can be as elaborate as you wish. I plan to embellish all of my attachments next year before I start putting them on the quilt again.
I have found that I can pin the little attachments on with tiny safety pins easier than using the velcro. Works for me!

December Seasonal Quilt attachments/Santa

Directions for making Santa are in the newspapers Dec. 15 and 16th 2010
Batting makes the Santa very lightweight, but pretty. Be sure to make him large enough to fill up the entire block on your Seasonal Simple Irish Chain Quilt started in October. Directions and pictures are on the blog for making this seasonal quilt. Every month there will be new attachments for the quilt. Don't fall too far behind. It is such a pretty little quilt and children love it!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Recipe for fantastic dessert! EASY

I, who have African violets in my oven to keep from cooking, am going to share a fantastic recipe with you! It is to die for! I love pumpkin pie, but hate to make one as I can't make good pie crusts.........mine look like the map of Africa when I try to "roll it out into a circle!" Anyway, a friend of mine in my Stitchery group brought this recipe for something called "Pumpkin Something or Other" and Mr. Whoozy says for me to make this from now on into eternity, as he likes it better than Pumpkin pie!!!!!!!!Now, that is really something!
It takes a 9 X 13 pan sprayed with that oily stuff. Put 2 sticks of butter in a measuring cup and into the microwave for 1 min on high to melt it.
Empty 15oz can of pumpkin into a bowl. Add 1 cup evaporated milk (not the whole can) 3/4 c.sugar. 1 tsp. vanilla. 1/2 tsp cinnamon. Stir until nice and smooth.
Pour into long pan. Sprinkle the entire box of a "Moist Yellow Cake Mix" over the mixture. Sprinkle top with 1 cup of chopped pecans. Drizzle melted butter over the top of all of this. Bake 1 hour and about 5 min. Serve warm with whipped cream or other creamy stuff.
I have to be careful to not mention products' names on this but you will get the gist of it, I'm sure. The cake mix has pictured a yellow cake with choc. icing. :)
ENJOY! Tell others about it and they can pull up my blog and print it off. Direcions for printing from the blog are given in my blog: Quilters University May 10, 2010

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Christmas Wreath Construction Supplies

This is such a pretty Christmas wreath made out of "prairie points" that you learned how to do with my Christmas ornaments or "spheres." Directions are on another one of my blog entries.

Christmas Wreath Construction Step 2

Christmas Wreath Construction

Voila, here it is finished! So cute!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Black Friday and Saturday MERCY!

Had a friend who woke up Friday morning at up at 4:00 and went shopping the, that is really getting a head start on Christmas shopping. I have never been out shopping at 4 A.M. EVER, and hopefully I shall never be!
We had a lovely Thanksgiving, even though I thought I'd expire before the day was over. Lifting a 15lb. turkey out of the oven nearly did me in. First of all, I had to move the African violets out of my oven, dust the cobwebs out, and think, "How in the world do you turn this oven on?" It was at that point that I thought to myself, "Why in the world did I say I would do dinner for 10 people on Thanksgiving, when I should have been sitting on the sofa sipping my diet Coke, and watching the Cowboys get beat, again.
I guess I shall never learn my limitations. I would do it all over again, though. It was fun sitting down at the table with family and neighborhood friends. Thank goodness I remembered how to make my momma's "dressing and turkey gravy." She was a gourmet cook, and wrote down her directions for me the first year I was married. Of course, her directions started off with, "First, you pluck the turkey." She had a great sense of humor!
Hope you have taken all of the November attachments off your Seasonal Quilt. I am bagging up the attachments and labeling the plastic bags as to the month so that next year I'll have all of them ready.
December's attachments are pretty, so get busy making the poinsettias, and the next attachment is really fun to make.
Happy Days.............:)B

Monday, November 22, 2010

Christmas poinsettias Step 4

Christmas poinsettias Step 1

Christmas poinsettias Step 2

Christmas poinsettias construction Step 3

Christmas Ponsettias Construction

Red felt squares 6" green felt 3" X 5" Yellow square 1"
Make 3 poinsettias for the Seasonal Irish Chain Quilt. Remove all Nov. attachments. Place poinsettias where you wish. More attachments will be forthcoming.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Simple Irish Chain Turkey construction

I can't get used to the fact that the blog doesn't put things in numerical order. I must try to remember to show the finished product after the steps of construction. Forgive me. This turkey is sooooooooooo cute. He is "full of himself" as most turkeys are...........tee hee.....I don't think I said that...........ha
Since I don't know any turkeys personally, I have no idea how that comes about. Mr. Whoozy is perfect in every way, and so I don't have to worry about his being that a word? ha
I am soooooo looking forward to Thanksgiving. I have 11 people coming to my table for dinner. I haven't cooked for that many people in several years, so it should be a real red letter day for me. Thank goodness most of the people are bringing things to supplement THE TURKEY and that is a blessing.
Some of you readers don't know that I had "African violets in my oven" when I met Mr. Whoozy nearly 20 years ago. He couldn't believe that I had them in there, but I didn't want to get my new oven dirty. The violets loved the light, and therefore, they thrived in there. I'll never forget the first time he came to my house.............he walked through the kitchen to put a bottle of vino in the fridge, and that was when he noticed the violets...........He said, "My, why do you have flowers in your oven?" I said, right up front, "I DON"T COOK!" Now, you see, I didn't fool him into thinking I was a cook deluxe!
He laughingly tells people that his future bride had "violets in her oven and the only thing in her fridge was tulip bulbs and suppositories." Now, that is the gospel truth!
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and keep checking my blog........I'm really getting the hang of this thing..................ha
Love all of you, dearly, Quiltlady

Simple Irish Chain Turkey Step 3

Simple Irish Chain Turkey construction Step 2

Simple Irish Chain Attachment: Turkey

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Simple Irish Chain attachment: finished Cornucopia

Notice the stitching on the finished cornucopia

November attachments: Cornucopia

Oh, wow, November is flying by. I haven't bought my turkey yet for Thanksgiving, but I know I shall go shopping about this time next week. I like to wait until closer to "the day" so I shall get a fresher turkey. I'm sure they must sell last year's turkey's first, and I want one who was walking around this time last year........poor dear..........If I get to thinking about that I'd become a vegetarian! But, I do love roasted turkey!
The cornucopia is pretty and easy to make. I have to tell you that I have found a great fabric glue, called "Fabri-Tac" and I used a few drops of it to glue my grapes to the felt. I have found that making these attachments out of felt is the way to go. Fast and easy. I glue, and then zigzag stitch around the other things with invisible thread. I love the way my cornucopia looks on the quilt. I'll share that with you at the end of the month when we have all of the attachments on it for November!
Happy days!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Folded fabric project- musings

Mondays are always great days for me. I feel like I have a whole week to get a lot done. There is a closet calling to me right now saying, "CLEAN ME OUT! THROW AWAY A LOT OF OLD THINGS" but, you know what, I'd rather sit at the sewing machine or at the computer than to do anything so mundane as that!
Seems like my project for the Christmas ornaments is a real keeper. Hope the stores have plenty of styrofoam balls (spheres) right now. Having been a teacher for a "million years," I love to teach new words to students, thus, the word SPHERES." I think that sounds more intellectual. ha. Some people love words. SCRABBLE is one of my favorite games, however, I am a terrible speller now, as I've seen so many misspelled words in my lifetime that I don't know which is right and which is wrong. Thank heavens for "spell check!" on the computer.
I am having a great time making the attachments for our Simple Irish Chain Seasonal Quilt. Wait until you see the cornucopia, coming Wednesday! And, then the "turkey" is coming next week. He's a real doozey!
Keep checking the blog often as I have some real surprises in store for you.
Happy Days! B.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Step #14


Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Folded Fabric Spheres for Christmas

REMEMBER THERE ARE 14 pictures for you to use so be sure to check on the right hand side of the blog for the other steps. Every step for doing this project is on this blog! YEHHHHHHHHHHH

Supply list for Folded Fabric project

I like to use the 4" spheres for my project. I plan on making about 5 of them and placing them in a pretty bowl for a centerpiece on my Christmas table. They may be hung on the front door with little bells attached, and there are a million uses that you will find for these beautiful "works of art" that are sooooo simple to make. Once you get the hang of it, you will be doing it in your sleep. I love doing it when I am taking a break from quilting.
Supplies: 4" styrofoam ball (sphere) I like that word as we shall be thinking of this as a world globe with East North south and West on it.
1/3 yd. focus fabric cut into 3 1/2" squares. You'll need 26 squares
1/4 yd. contrasting color fabric cut into 3 1/2" squares- need 16 sqs.
200 straight pins. (use applique pins if you have them, they are tiny
33 larger and longer pins about 1 1/2" long with pretty heads on them.
1 extra long pin such as a hat pin to hold the hanging loop
Ribbon: 1 pkg. of at least 1" wide Christmas ribbon or veleteen, etc. pretty pretty ribbon for sure!
Press fabric well before starting to cut. I keep a spray bottle of half water/ half vinegar to spray the center fold that is creased so well on most fabric. Spray and iron with a hot dry iron. DON"T USE STEAM!

Folded Fabric Project Sphere

I placed the 4" sphere on a cutting mat to see that it was 4" and found the 2" center points of it on either side. I ran a piece of stiff florist's wire straight through the ball to come out exactly on the 2" line on the other side. THis is a good way to find the center of the sphere. Another way is to use a measuring tape and measure from the top point to 6 1/4" around to the other side and hopefully find the center of the sphere that way. I am not good doing it that way.
Once the center has been found, I take a black Sharpie pen and mark the styrofoam on the top center and the bottom center and remove the wire piece.

Steps 1-6

This project is done on a ball, called a sphere to make it more like a world globe. Thinking of it like that will make it easier for you to understand where to start with what, when, etc. You have cut 26, 3 1/2" squares of your focus print, and 16,3 1/2" squares of your contrasting fabric. Be exact in your cutting to make this work out very nicely. Some of you are quilters and know exactly how to make what we call, "Prairie points" and that is exactly what we are going to do with each of these squares. I don't make them ahead, I make them as I am ready to pin them onto the sphere. Take one square of focus fabric fold it into half, and then into half again. Crease it very well. open it up and stick a pin into it at the center point that we marked at first. Do this again and pin another square EXACTLY centered underneath the top square at the bottom of the sphere. They should line up when you look down at them!
For ones of you who do not know how to make prairie points, follow me through the steps 1-6.
Step 1: Fold a focus square into half
Step 2: Fold the square into half again. FINGER PRESS THE CREASES VERY HARD!
Step 3: Open up the square and see that I have marked the creases with a white pencil. This is just to find the center point for Step #6.
Step 4: With the square folded as in Step 2, fold the right corner into the center line and crease it.
Step 5: Fold the other side of the fabric to the center. Make sure that the top points are together and the folds in the center are lined up nicely!
Step 6: Go back to Step 3, and put a pin into the center point and pin the OPENED SQUARE to the top center of the sphere on top and bottom of the ball. These open squares keep the styrofoam from showing through on the first pinning of the prairie points.

Step #7

This step shows the North and South prairie points in place, and pinned using 5 pins on each point! That is most necessary. Pin the top of fold in place first, and then pin the two loose edges at the center bottom and then each of the outer points. After the two are in place, next pin the East and West points into place. This is the way to pin all of the points into place. There will be 8 points pinned on this row at this time. After North, South, East, and West, you'll go back and pin a point into every fold such as North-east, Southeast, etc. Be exact!

Step #8

This step shows all 8 prairie points in line and pinned on using the Focus fabric. Notice the loose square is still pinned to the bottom of the sphere. It will stay there until you have finished the entire top half of the sphere.

Step #9

Step #9 Shows that you must use a marker to know where to place all points using the contrasting fabric. The marker is made to measure 3/4" from the "fancy pin" to the point. EVERY POINT IS APPLIED LIKE THIS FROM THIS POINT ON! DON"T GUESS! IT JUST WON"T WORK! Remember that you must try to keep the lines of the folds in straight lines if at all possible. This is very important. However, when you get to the last row of the sphere, you might have to "fudge and oooch a little to make the lines match up. Not to worry, that is very common. The ribbon will hide the problem.

Step #10

Step #10 shows how the contrasting fabric looks after north, south, east, and west points are pinned onto the sphere.

Step #11

Step 11 shows where to begin the last row of "focus fabric points." Always begin in the center of a FOLD, and go from south to north to east to west. ALWAYS MEASURE using your marker! Don't guess where the points will go! It just won't work!

Step #12

This step shows the finished row of prairie points that were done exactly as on the other side. The raw edges will be covered by the ribbon and will hide a multitude of "sins." Not to worry!

Step #13 Sphere with ribbon attached

The Ribbon is wrapped around the ball and pinned carefully. The bow is made separately and the hanger loop is pinned into the center of the ball with a longer pearl pin. It might be glued in if necessary.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Scary pumpkin cake for Halloween

I just finished making a Halloween cake for a bridge party tomorrow night. It is sooooooooo delicious and soooooooooo easy I just have to share the recipe with you.
1 box of Duncan Hines Orange Delight cakemix. Mix just as it says and cook it in a bundt pan. Let cool completely!
2 quarts of orange sherbet softened to almost melted.
Frost the cake with the sherbet really piling it on very very thick! Fill up the center so it will make a complete circle.
Pop the "mess" into the freezer to set it and then you can "lick up the outside rim that has melted and refrozen." Using black and orange jellybeans, put eyes, nose, and a mouth if you wish.............
Serve with Microwavable Hot Fudge Chocolate in a little bowl to be spooned on top of the slices of cake. Slice cake with an electric knife for easy slicing.
Will keep for month (or until all gone) in the freezer. This is Mr. Whoozy's favorite dessert.

Halloween Hot Pads or Pot holders

These are such fun to make. Be sure to find "insulated batting" at most fabric stores. Just tell them what you want it for and they'll know exactly what you need.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Finished Simple Irish Chain Seasonal Quilt

YEHHHHHHHHHHHHHH it is all finished for the month of October! It is a fun project and shall be working to get the attachments ready for you for November ASAP! I think children will love this project, getting to change the attachments every month! I even have fun doing it myself! ha

Simple Irish Chain Seasonal Quilt and Hand Quilting hints!

Just finished putting the final touches to my pumpkins for the Simple Irish Chain Quilt. It has been such fun to make. I made 3 autumn leaves and 4 pumpkins for October. I can leave the 3 autumn leaves on the quilt for November and only have to add "November touches to it. They will be forthcoming very soon! Can't believe how fast this month has flown by!
I am also quilting away on the Amazing Flower Quilt. I am now quilting on the "sunflower" block. I do this quilting at night with a good OTT floor light above me. The light from a light like this makes it easier to make small stitches. When I see the tip of the needle come through, I immediately go back down into the quilt. This makes very tiny even stitches, that I love.
Saw the flower blocks that some of the Florida quilters have gotten done, and wow, they are gorgeous. Such creativity in this project! Most of the actual flower pictures are still on this blog.
If you haven't pulled up the past articles that are on this blog, it might be worth your while. It will perhaps inspire you to try something different. Ruts are only ruts and get deeper and deeper. Think outside the ruts or as they say, "Think outside the box." Happy Days!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Simple Irish Chain Leaves construction

After I cut out the pattern for the leaves, I stacked my fabric for them as shown in the picture. I cut all of them out at one time with a quarter inch seam allowance. Knowing how hard these points would be to "sew, flip and turn," I spray-starched each of them for stability by soaking them with the spray starch and let them dry completely. Once they were dry, I stitched each of them to a layer of coordinating colored felt (orange on orange felt, etc.)with the quarter inch seam allowance left with the raw edge. Leaves are not smooth on the edges, so this gives them a more natural look. I free-motioned stitched in the veins in the leaves with metallic thread to give them a little pizzazz! I happened to have a gold metallic thread and therefore, I used that. Finished, I attached the 1" piece of Velcro to the back of each leaf. I still have 2 more pumpkins to make, and I shall have October and part of Nov.'s attachments finished, as I plan to leave the leaves on the quilt for November.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Simple Irish Chain Attachments Leaves

Having thought about Oct. and Nov. being fall months, it seems reasonable for us to put fall leaves and pumpkins on both months! What a hoot! Of course, you know that I shall come up with a snazzy turkey for us for Thanksgiving! and another surprise that you haven't thought about most likely.......
I suggest that you make these leaves all different sizes. You can print these patterns off from my blog (view Quilters University lesson #5 (May 2010)
Batik leaves in fall colors will be very pretty. I plan on filling up the blank squares of the quilt with pumpkins and fall leaves. Just be creative! This is YOUR project, too! If you're short of time, however, there is felt at fabric stores in all shades of fall colors:orange, red, yellow, brown, light green, purple, orange etc. just be wild and crazy with'll love it!
These leaves are out of my yard in NC. I remembered that you poor dears in Texas, etc. don't have this kind of leaf falling around your feet like we do, thus, here are some patterns for you!! ENJOY.....don't forget, CHECK THE BLOG every day, as I am really into this fun right now! Happy Days!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Simple Irish Chain Pumpkin Attachments

Make enough of these cute pumpkins for every square if you wish. I bought several fat quarters in shade of orange for each pumpkin to be different.
I'll be putting another pattern for the pumpkins on the blog this week, so check back often.......also for the autumn leaves that I plan to leave on my quilt through November.......CHECK THE BLOG OFTEN!

Simple Irish Chain Pumpkin attachment

Putting a little piece of sticky velcro-type stuff on the back of each attachment works great.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Simple Irish Chain Attachment for October

What fun to make pumpkins for our Simple Irish Chain project.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Simple Irish Chain with attachments for October!

Can't wait for you to see this. It has turned out so much fun!
Be sure to let me see your finished projects, too. I love hearing from you all.
email to : Be sure to put Simple Irish Chain in the Subject line! Thanks, B.

Simple Irish Chain Visual #6

VOILA! The first block is finished. Notice that the center block is different from the other 4 This is what creates the CHAIN effect! Study it closely.

Simple Irish Chain Visual #5

This visual shows one little 3 1/2" square block sewn together and pressed. Please notice how every intersection is perfect. That is what you want for sure!
Step #4 shows how to attain this perfection.

Simple Irish Chain Visual #4

Setting up your sewing machine with a little iron and pressing area close by is necessary for making this little quilt, quickly! I press after each step! PRESS WITH A DRY IRON, not steam!

Simple Irish Chain Visual #3

Some people have a difficult time getting intersections to match up perfectly. Look how I pin my little strips together. The pin goes in on the side of the seam and on the side of the seam underneath. Then the pin is turned DIAGONALLY. This simple step makes all the difference.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

This seasonal wall hanging will have "attachments" that will be "attached" to the plain blocks with velcro......pumpkins for Oct., turkeys or cornucopias, etc. for Nov. Wreaths, etc, for Dec. etc. this will continue for the entire year until you have attachments ready for the entire year for years to come. The quilt wallhanging will be done in the Simple Irish Chain pattern as shown in the visuals below. Make the wall hanging first, and get it quilted post haste, and be ready to put it up with the pumpkins that are forthcoming in another week. Check the blog often as I shall be putting more pictures of this fun project as I get mine completed! I found that the best color to use is blue as it will be a pretty background for every "attachment" that we do for the entire year. Shades of blue are really pretty!

Simple Irish Chain

Block pattern for Simple Irish Chain Ninepatch

Simple Irish Chain Step #2

Cut Strips as shown in visual 1 1/2" pieces

Simple Irish Chain #1 Visual

Simple Irish Chain block

Wow, funtime again. I love starting a new project. I have a purpose in life that way. I can't wait to get up in the mornings to get busy on my "projects." What in the world do people do who don't have "projects?" I don't have a clue what I would do with my time!
This new project is such fun and so simple to do.
Step 1: Cut strips of fabric (three colors, light medium and dark) 1 1/2" wide across the width of the fabrics. Sew together in this order: dark, light, medium. Sew the next strip set: Light, dark, light. Sew the next set: dark, light, dark.
The first set, dark, light, medium is used for every 3 1/2" block by rotating it around to put the dark squares in different locations. I suggest that you print off the pattern and color in the blocks as they will be sewn. This helps to get the squares in the right places, (especially if you are as dyslexic as I am!) MERCY
See visual: #1

Monday, September 13, 2010

Funky purses fun to make

This is the same pattern as directions below. I am using size 13 needles and cotton plus ribbon yarn for the first 5", then dropped the ribbon and knitted with cotton yarn only until the size I wanted(about 15") I cut a piece of fusible stiff pellon 15" and two pieces of silky light green fabric cut 16 1/2". I fused the pellon to the wrong side of one piece of the green fabric; I sewed the light green fabric right sides together, leaving 6"opening for turning. Flipped and turned,now, pellon is on the inside of the green fabric; blind stitched the opening by hand, and folded and creased the green fabric in half. Attach the knitting piece(only the cotton yarn part to the green "purse" by sewing with invisible thread in a zigzag stitch along the edges catching the knitting edge to the green fabric (stretching the knitting to cover the entire green fabric. The ribbon section is the flap that folds down over the cotton yarn. Sew a large decorative button below the ribbon flap, and make a loop of ribbon yarn for the fastener. Just be creative with this pattern. It is great!

My knitting attempt at karen S.'s scarf pattern

I just love the look of this lacy scarf that is reversible. Directions are on this blog.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Knitters Take notice

Some of you had asked me for the pattern for my daughter Karen's scarf.
Here are the directions:
It is called a reversible lace scarf.
Pattern calls for size 10 needles and one skein of Handmaiden Silk Bamboo yarn (only $42 a skein! ouch!) She used size 7 needles and 2 skeins of Debbie Bliss Pure Silk.I am using pretty yarn from Charlottes Fibers in Brevard called Lang yarns LYRA and bought two skeins ($13 each MUCH better) and am using size 7 needles.
Cast on 24 sts loosely so end will lay flat;
Knit 2 rows garter stitch (knit both rows)
Knit pattern row: K4, (YO, K2 tog, K2) repeat what is between () 5 times. (there will not be another K4 at the end of the row!!!!!! The K4 is done ONLY at the beginning of the row.
Repeat that one pattern row until scarf is desired length.
Knit 1 row, and cast off loosely. Weave in ends and block. You might tie fringe on the ends or just leave them plain....your choice.
I shall put a picture of a purse I am making out of really wild yarn and ribbon that I had left over from another project.........and knitted the same pattern above with size 13 needles. Very lacy.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Directions for any electronic book cover

I've seen covers for these "books" advertised, but thought how much nicer to have a very personal quilted cover for this electronic marvel. Therefore, I made one using the 6" paper pieced pineapple square pictured below. Starting with the center square #1, embroider initials or name on the 2 1/2" square. Once the pineapple is finished, press the outside seams under with a very hot iron. Remove paper.
Cut two focus fabrics, two lining fabrics, and two pieces of 1/8" fusible fleece, 11" X 8" to fit a 6" Kindle. Measure your "book" and adjust sizes to fit. Pin the pineapple to the center front of one focus fabric with one fleece underneath. Machine applique (tight zigzag stitch all around the outside edges of pineapple. Quilting may be done now.
Place a lining fabric onto the top of the focus fabric, right sides together, and stitch all the way around leaving a 3" opening fo "flip and turn." Blind stitch side opening.
Repeat this process with the back focus fabric without a pineapple, and both front and back will be finished. There will be no raw edges seen. Pin the two pieces together; stitch with a quarter inch seam around the sides and bottom. Place 1" sticky Velcro pieces inside to hold the centers together. VOILA you're finished!

Pineapple pattern for Kuddly Kindle Kover

Paper piece this pineapple pattern. Directions for paper piecing may be found on the web by "search" "How to Paper piece quilting" Be sure that when you copy this pattern, that it makes a 6 1/2" square. See University #5 lesson on "How to print from the blog."

Directions for making Kuddly Kindle Kovers