Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Monday, December 15, 2014

Happy Hanukkah

Menorah made from clothespins

Friday, November 21, 2014

Getting ready for Thanksgiving

Get ready to party!
Pattern by Cathy Richards in Creative Times magazine.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Dolls for Halloween

Robin Campbell sent me the fabric I made into the bag.

The autumn die off has begun, the vampire bunny is happy.

The Wicked Witch of the West got her ruby slippers back.

Clothespin Dolls and Mug Rug

Crocheted Grim Reaper
Inspired by the chess game in the movie, The Seventh Seal

Casting a spell, my own pattern

Halloween cat from a pattern by Susan Barmore

After Easter people abandon bunnies in Van Cortlandt Park.  Most are eaten by feral cats and coyotes, but some eat a mushroom which turn them into Vampire Bunnies

Pattern by Frowning Frances, interpretation by me.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Coffee Mug Rug

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Pink Rag Quilt

Rag Lap Quilt

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Country Cat

Country Cat pattern by Alley Cat Tales.

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Miss Havisham Clothes Pin Doll

Miss Havisham, the spectre of what happens when you don't move on.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Doll ready for the Fourth of July

Doll from a pattern by Pamela Hastings
The free pattern can be found at Hot Flash Women.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Antique Doll House, Amsterdam Ave., NYC

Antique Doll House Amsterdam Ave., NYC

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Doll Swap 2014

The annual doll swap in handmadedollsandfriends.  I made the pink doll and Leonarda made the fairy.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

A bingo bag and an angel

Angel Doll and Bingo Bag

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Lady Luck

Lady Luck, pancake doll, playing cards and buttons.

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Rag Quilt, the true story

This is a good video that sums up the steps in 10 minutes.

Step one is to cut the squares.  Some instructions say to make the batting squares the same size as the fabric squares, I decided to make them smaller.

The next step is to make the sandwich, with batting the filling.  Then a big X across the squares to hold the batting in place.

As you see, I created 6" cloth squares and 5" cotton batting squares with a pattern I made.  In spite of my best efforts this is what happened.  This was true of two rows, I added a strip of red fabric, to the front and back of each sandwich.

After I fixed that mistake, when I had finished sewing all the strips I discovered that on one piece I had failed to catch the fabric on one side.  

Did a rip, and resewed by hand the side.  After that was done, I did the cutting that creates the rag quilt.  I used the Fiskars rag scissors, but any scissor with a fine serrated edge will do, and I think a regular scissors would also have a good effect.

Ready to be washed, this step assures the fuzzy edges that characterize one side of this quilt.

Here it is in all its fuzzy glory.

This is what the back of the quilt looks like.

This was a lap quilt and I've already used it while watching television.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Sunday, February 09, 2014

Valentine Magick

A simple pancake doll for Valentine's Day

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Saturday, January 04, 2014


Doll made by Lora Frisch
This doll was modified from a pattern created by Dianne M. Ingram.  The pattern was in the January 2014 edition of Soft Dolls & Animals.