Friday, April 9, 2021

A Look at My 2020 Projects

Since we were under a quarantine or as I like to say "hibernation" order from our state on and off in 2020, I tried to keep fairly busy.  It wasn't always easy as my mind was drawn to so many problems swirling around in the world.   My knitting projects were put in the closet somewhere after April.  I just didn't have peace of mind to concentrate on it.  Sewing and machine embroidery seemed more doable.

These solid colors will match my grandmother's prints from the 30's and 40's that I am going to use in a quilt.

These Christmas prints are from a box of fabric my mother saved that were her mothers.  My grandmother and other relatives worked in Botany fabric mills in Passaic, New Jersey.

A new small wallhanging for Valentine's Day and spring.  Machine embroidery pattern is from Sweet Pea Designs in Austrailia.

This adorable hat is made with the softest fleece - modeled by my grandson.

This is a test sew of a free pattern, the Laundry Day Tee from Love Notions.  I loved the cowl neck, but really disliked the shirt fabric.  For a knit, it didn't have much stretch.  This pattern is wildly popular with those who follow Love Notions - especially being a free pattern - but I don't care for the fit on me.  The top has a close fitting bodice and swing on the bottom.  It reminds me of the old baby doll pjs.  Oh well, I tried! 

I purchased a serger tote bag pattern that not only showed you how to make a tote bag, but taught you how to use serger stitches to decorate it.

The quilting bee I belong to got together and made a quilt for the Quilts of Valor project. The quilts that are donated to this organization are given to veterans to honor them and thank them for their service to our country.

Embroidering kitchen towels is a great way to try out new designs.

This is a block from the vintage Christmas quilt I started.  All the prints belonged to my grandmother, Irene.  


More steps for the mystery quilt.  These colors are so happy.

All done!  I used a 3-step zig zag stitch to quilt this crib-size quilt.  

Hand sewing the binding on the back of the quilted wall hanging.

We love to collect Blenko glass and it goes so well with our new quilt.

A new embroidery project from Sweet Pea in Australia.

I I found a lone star quilt pattern that was made with random fabrics rather than a set sequence of colors and I had to try it.  Its a free pattern from Jordan Fabrics in Oregon. I purchased a pretty lavender flannel to back it, but haven't felt like quilting it yet.

This is a small purse made with a machine embroidery file.  After embroidering all of the panels, you sew it all together on a standard sewing machine.

This is the large size of the embroidered bag.

"Take Note" pouch pattern by Crafted by Leanne.

A fall quilt along!  One more quilt top waiting to be quilted.

I tested this new pattern "Clearly Organized" for 

Embroidered mini bags - design from Urban Threads embroidery.

A "Teloujay" crossbody purse by Country Cow.

Pattern from Bagstock designs. 

Sunshine purse - design from Bagstock Designs in India.

Rainbow zippers and zipper pulls are so pretty.

Christmas gift for my daughter, a poppy wall hanging.  This was made on the embroidery machine.  Another great Sweet Pea design.

Another great pattern from Sweet Pea.  

This is a top I sewed from a Love Notions pattern out of a soft waffle knit. 

These next 3 photos are of free standing lace ornaments I made on the embroidery machine.  Water soluble stabilizer is used and then washed away when completed. 

These mason jar designs are some of my favorites!

December sky.

2020 was quite a year.   Hope you enjoyed taking a look at some of the projects that kept me occupied. Here's to a happy, healthy 2021!

Be blessed,


Pat & Tony

Pat & Tony
Me and my best friend!