>Mini Aprons

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These are aprons For a Mini Apron swap over at MJF. I think I was supposed to make 15 or 16 don’t ask me how 17 showed up; that just sort of happened. I used vintage seam binding for the apron ties. I also used antique tatting, some antique crochet and a little new crochet on antique tatting.

Antique tatting with crochet (the crochet part I did), vintage bias tape

Antique tatting, reversible

Crochet lace (I made the lace)

Antique tatting, vintage bias tape

Antique tatting, vintage bias tape

Antique tatting, vintage bias tape

Antique tatting, vintage bias tape

Antique tatting with crochet (the crochet part I did), vintage bias tape

Antique tatting, vintage bias tape

Antique tatting, vintage bias tape

Antique crochet, vintage bias tape

Antique tatting, vintage bias tape

Antique tatting, reversible, vintage bias tape.

My sewing machine was acting weird (I think I need to service it), so my stitches are not exactly the way I want them to be; very annoying.

>Explore Photos as of July 27, 2007

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>Block of the Month Tutorial For Aug


Aug  block of the month / tutorial follow link

So the block of the month on flicker is under way we have our first block which will be for the month of August. You can join the group at any time but sign ups for the swaps are always the 1-5 of each month. Sorry it is a rainy dark day so my photos are not the best but will work. Below are the basic rules and layout of the group.


If you sign up in an individual month’s block exchange you will be required to make 1 quilt block, it must be 10-1/2″ x 10-1/2″, and send to your partner for that month.

I will suggest a block to make but you can always choose your own, any style or color.
Then, when you have enough blocks, you can make a quilt and post the photos on the photo pool.


1st of every month I will post a photo of the suggested block (please note you do not have to make this block, it is only an idea). You may make any type of block you choose as long as it is the right size and agreed color of your partner.

1 – 5 of the month sign ups post on thread also flickr mail me please.

5- 10 contact partner to see if there is a color theme or not and to get mailing address.

5 – 20 of the month make your block.

20 – 30 of the month, post/mail out to your partner.

Post your blocks in the pool before you mail to your partner.

Now that you know that, on to the block:

Aug 2007 Tutorial for Pinwheel
finished size 10 inches unfinished size 10 1/2 inches


  • Minimum 3 different fabrics (1 is the background, the other 2 colors make up the pinwheel if you want a scrappy look you can have as many colors as there are pieces to the block)
  • A way to sew the block, either a sewing machine and supplies for it, or needle and thread for hand sewing
  • Scissors or rotary cutter and mat
  • Iron
  • Here is the pattern: PDF file, plain SVG file and Inkscape SVG file. I cut mine using measurement, but you can download these files and use templates if you are more comfortable.


  1. Cut three stripes of fabric 4 1/2 inches by 9 inches; set aside ’till step 5.
  2. Cut one piece of fabric 4 inches by 10 inches.
  3. Cut in half so you have 2 pieces of fabric that are 2 inches by 10 inches.
  4. Stack neatly and cut at an angle so one side is 4 inches and the other is 6 inches. You will now have 4 pieces of fabric (before making this last cut, make sure you have the angle facing the right way for the block) set aside.
  5. Stack all 3 pieces neatly (from step 1) and cut in half, so now you have 2 squares that are 4 1/2 by 4 1/2.
  6. Stack squares neatly and cut from corner to corner and set aside.
  7. You now have 12 triangles and 4 edge pieces for a total of 16 pieces.
  8. Match up first seam for all blocks, short side of edge with short side of triangle, and then two short side of triangle. To help with this, lay out the block as if done and flip the pieces over on top of the piece they will be sewn to and make two neat stacks.
  9. Take to machine and sew. Use the chaining method when sewing; that means, do not cut threads between blocks. This is faster, neater, and easier to manage; use a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Continue in this manner of chain stitching through the triangles and the triangle with boarder pieces.
  10. When sewing the triangle to boarder, note the little dog ears at the end where the two blocks cross; your stitches should go right through that intersection. If done correctly there will be a smooth edge when flipped and pressed.
  11. Cut apart blocks and press seam to one side.
  12. Match next set of seams for blocks; lay right sides together and sew in chain method again.
  13. Press seams to one side and match up next seam and chain stitch again; continue in this fashion ’till done with the block.


>This is supposed to be summer


kitchen windowsummer rain
1. kitchen window, 2. porch,
3. this is suppsoed to be my porch not a wave pool,
4. Hard Summer Rain

I grew up in a desert area in California. I have yet to get used to the high deserts of Utah. When we have a down fall like this in the middle of July, I get so confused. It’s lovely to watch, but isn’t this the wrong time of year? The house is so dark for summer at 3:00 in the afternoon it feels like winter or fall. These are actually color photos; that is how dark it is today. I have a party planned for Saturday in this wave pool of a porch. Please don’t let it rain on that day because I was going to put three tables on the porch for people to sit and eat at with a canopy over it. It won’t work this way, and the only other place to put everyone is in the walk-out basement of the house. It’s not a bad area — it is nice and roomy, spacious with lots of light and unfinished, yikes!

>#8 of the 25 motif challenge started


close up of number 8 in 25 motif tatting challenge

This is number #8 in my quest to complete the 25 motif challenge. This pattern came from a circa 1900 salesman tatting sampler that I have hanging in my front room. You can see a corner of it in this post. I will make this as long as the thread will let me; I only have the one ball, so not too long. This is size 80 vintage variegated yellow tatting thread that was given to me as a gift.

number 8 in 25 motif tatting challenge

The pattern is
R= 4, picot,4, picot, 2, picot,4,picot, 4, close ring make joins on 1st and 4th picot of rings
ch= 5, picot, 5

For those of you who are lace makers, yes, this doily has a coronation cord edging.

I wanted to make 25 edgings, but that may change now to bugs. My daughter, as most of you know, wants a butterfly bedroom. So the idea came to me of the curtain and now a new idea has come for a wall decoration. She is a little girl who likes bugs but doesn’t want to kill them, so I am thinking I will tat, crochet, needle lace what ever I can think of to make some lace bugs for her. Then we will put a pin in them and place them in a shadow box just as you would a real dead bug collection. But in this case she gets to name the bugs and nothing dead is on her walls. If any tatters or lacers want to help me and make a bug or two for her room, we would happily put your name below that bug as the creator of it. If not, then it will just be our own bugs.

the Mad Tatter. Get yours at bighugelabs.com/flickr

>4th of July Block Swap at MJF


4th of july block swap

These are not in a quilt, yet, but I wanted to set them in a mosaic so that I could kind of see a future quilt. These are all 8 1/2 inches square and match, which works real well with the signature blocks I have been doing, so I may add them all together to make one quilt. I don’t have an actual block in this swap because I was moving at the time, and the hostess of the swap was kind to me and told me not to worry about it, that she would cover it because I was packing and unpacking my home during the time this was supposed to happen. When I signed up for the swap I didn’t know I was going to move a few weeks later. I was moving over a few days’ span, so no time to make a block. I figured when she offered she wouldn’t send me any blocks; I was good with that because she was doing all the work and I wasn’t doing any, other than my packing work. So when I got these, I was surprised becauseI didn’t expect them. I plan on making 12 blocks and just sending them to the swap mama in the next two weeks to say “Thank You” and to cover the blocks she made in my place.

>New Baby items for Store


baby blankets for store

New item in store. These are made by a stay-at-home mom who is trying to make ends meet. They are sewn on a sewing machine. Each is one-of-a-kind and hand tied. Some have the lace hand stitched on, some machine stitched on; all are lovely, sure to be a family heirloom. These will be in store within the hour.

Other new items are baby woollies, made in the 1940’s styles. These little pants are made out of wool to keep baby warm in winter, in size 18 mos.

Little woolies for store

We also have new baby afghans in store today. Some are 100% cotton, some are acrylic; all are sweet for baby.

baby blanket for store

>YoYo Swap at MJF


suzyhomemakers yoyos for swap

The yo-yos are starting to come in for the yoyo swap at MJF. Here is the first batch by Suzyhomemaker.

YoYo GaGa. Get yours at bighugelabs.com/flickr

>Winner on 400th post is…..

>quilt8305 (farmgirl) said…

You are truly a talented embroiderer.

Name taken from post 400. Took me a second to track down your contact information; thank you for writing, farmgirl, I knew exactly which forum to go to to find it.

Please send me your snail mail so I can get your prize out to you. I have sent you an email requesting such.


>4 yards 4 inches

>I finished my #7 item for the 25 motif tatting challenge, and ended up with 4 yards and 4 inches of this lace. I finished it yesterday while sitting in a class on how to teach kids to quilt. My three daughters (i.e. kids) were in the class with me. So, now I guess I am on to #8; I just haven’t figured out what that is, yet.

This braided rug I made a long time ago. Since I was sitting on the floor to take the picture of the tatting, I thought I would get a close up picture of the braids on this rug.

This used to be the rug in my old sewing room at my old home. It almost never got walked on because you couldn’t walk into that room, it was so crowded. Now it is one of three rugs in my family room. It took about 3 weeks to make and is 6 feet by 8 1/2 feet. Seen in bottom right of photo on this post.

the Mad Tatter. Get yours at bighugelabs.com/flickr

handmade rugs. Get yours at bighugelabs.com/flickr

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