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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Gold Fish Block

This is a quilt block piece I put together with scraps of fabric saved from other projects.  Just a tiny piece of orange I saved and so glad I did.  I hate to throw away any bit of scrapes I have left over. They always come in handy someday.  I made the eyes out of black sequins and the air bubbles out of tiny pearl beads, which you can see better in the close up photo below.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Lady Bug

I got this cute pattern for a pin cushion, from Craft nThings magazine.  You can go to their website craftnthings.com and get the free pattern.  Just click on the February 2011 magazine, then free pattern , Lovely Ladybug.  I modified the pattern to suit my taste, and ease of construction such as using felt instead of fabric. I left one piece of the pattern out, because I could not figure out where it went, LOL

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Goblet Glass or Cup Charms Tutorial

These little charms are great to put on any glass with a stem to help your guest  identify their glass. Can even be used on coffee mugs. It only takes a few minutes to make and they make much appreciated hostess gifts.

All thats needed, are a small pair of plyers with a cutting edge and round on the end, as shown in photo above, 4 inch piece of memory wire,  8-7mm beads and a charms of your choice.  I chose a small leaf for mine,

Step 1.  Cut a four inch piece of memory wire.  Using your plyers, make a small round turn on one end of the wire.  This keeps your beads from fall off.

Step 2.  Place 4 beads on the wire, then place your charm.  This will be the center of the ring as shown below.
Step 4.  Place remaining 4 beads on the wire.  Next, take your plyers as before, and make a small turn on the wire to hold your beads in place.
Step 5.  With your fingers manipulate the wire into a round circle and, wala... you now have a charm that eaisly slips onto the glass stem.