When in Grand Rapids last month, I took a class from Kimberly Einmo. She is a wizard with jellyrolls and precuts, and is now branching out to modern quilts and applique! She taught her chainsaw quilt class. It looks kind of like a saw blade, hence the name. I cut up all my pink, coral, peach, tangerine and lavenderish fabrics in my stash to make my own layer cake and jelly roll.
You make the individual blocks. They have that lovely jagged edge.
Then you spin them around and put four of them together to create the saw blade shape.
Kimberly’s quilt has borders and half square triangles, but I decide to make some extra chainsaw blocks and make the whole quilt out of them. (You can find the pattern in her book, Jelly Roll Quilts & More).
I just got the top pieced, but I think it came out striking. I am thinking it wants some quilted circles, what do you think?
This could be a fun baby quilt with 16 blocks, it would sure stitch up fast.
Wow, it has been several months since I started this adventure and the holidays and life in general has kept me busy. But I did take some pictures, so I am going to catch up! Bear with me as I post a little history to get current. I am going to start with these fun holiday placemats.
For the holidays, I dug out my Clover Yo-yo maker, and made a pile of peppermint yo yos.
I stitched and strung groups of them together.
Then I added them to some plain red placemats I made out of solid red kona.
A cute holiday placemat is born. But wait, there is more.
I took my old pattern for gift cards and made them up for silverware holders.
They are completely lined so they have a contrasting cuff when you fold them over. I used this apple green candy cane print.
Isn’t that a cute Holiday place setting?
I love bread. I have a very old bread-making machine that keeps chugging along and I usually make it in the dough cycle so I can finish the goodies up in the oven. It does the mixing, kneading and rising for me. This was about Thanksgiving time and I was inspired by an heirloom bread cloth my Mother in Law had given me, but it was very plain. I decided to make two new ones, one for me and one for her with some added embroidery pizzazz. I got to play with fancy stitches and needles on my sewing machine too.
I started out with this basic pattern.
I just used white cotton kona for the fabric, wish I would have had some white linen. I used a fancy heirloom stitch on my machine and a very large wing needle to hem the entire thing. I sewed right along the seam so the stitch caught it.
I sketched out a couple of designs and started to embroider on one of the flaps. this is a cute orange pumpkin and oak leaves.
Here you can see the fancy stitches better and my embroidery. I just used a simple stem stitch for the whole thing.
For my heirloom bread cloth, I stitched a tree with colorful fall leaves all in a chain or lazy daisy style stitch.
It was a perfect gift to send for Thanksgiving since we could not be together. And I made a big batch of dinner rolls nestled in my cloth for us here in Michigan.
I am Lori Miller and this is the official launch of my creative blog. I finally decided to take the plunge and start to get something out here even though it is not perfect yet. I have enjoyed sewing for as long as I can remember. I have been sewing fun little gifts for family, friends and myself. I took up quilting about 10 years ago, but I really like to make smaller quilted items to get a quicker sense of accomplishment.
I have started making some of my goodies for my shop, Lori Miller Designs, and I thought this blog would be a fun way to document some of my stitching adventures and share the things I love.
I figure this will be a work in progress as I read WordPress for Dummies and check other how to manuals for my blog from the library. Oh how I love the library! So much goodness all in one place. And of course, read all of the goodies on the internet.
Welcome and stay tuned on my blog, definitely a work in progress.