Praising the Shank

In the mid 70s I was in college majoring in Home Economics. No, actually, Michigan State University was on the cutting edge, and it was no longer called Home Economics but rather Human Ecology. They prided themselves on NOT being a college content with simply teaching “stitchin’ and stirrin’” but instead asked you to question the value of baking a loaf of bread, over buying a loaf of bread. Not that they didn’t teach you how to bake bread, they just wanted you to be sure that you considered the components like cost, time, nutrition, taste, etc. before embarking on the actual act of baking bread. In another words… to be more philosophical about homemaking. (A bit of an aside... Perhaps as a sign of the times, this past year Michigan State closed their College of Human Ecology. The building is gone and a parking structure has taken its place. A small tear was shed!)

Still, we learned many things about being efficient, capable and creative. When I look back on it now, I suppose many things were rather antiquated. I remember a rite of passage in textiles was being able to...Read more

Our House Applique Block


As a young woman back in the 70s, Crosby Stills Nash and Young were one of my favs. And "Our House" was one of my all time favorite songs. Every time I hear this song I'm back on the campus at Michigan State University. Today's Our House Applique Block is a tribute to that song and that time in my life. Hmmm... note to self... a whole collection of applique blocks dedicated to my youth... Joni MItchell's Big Yellow Taxi, Neil Diamond's Cherry Cherry, John Denver's Sunshine on My Shoulders. Wonder what I could do for Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody? Ah, but I digress... back to today's applique block!

To quote the song..."Our House, is a very, very very fine house, with 2 cats in the yard, life use to be so hard, but everything is easy cuz of you..." this block depicts a house full of life and love. From the 2 cats in the yard to flowers on the sill. I made it for our 6" x 6" blocks but it can be changed to meet your needs. Also, you can use a cotton...Read more

Fried Egg Block Applique


In the realm of "why the heck not?" I'm including a Fried Egg Applique Block, because... you never know when you might need one??? Anyway, since there are eggs all over the place this week, I decided I may as well include one in our FREE Applique Database. If you are new to embroidery or appliqueing, you just can't get an easier project then this. As always this was designed for a 6" x 6" block but you can enlarge or reduce its size to meet your needs.

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Felt Fried Eggs and Bacon

It's egg week. Next up... Fried Eggs and Bacon. What could be more fun than some yummy eggs and bacon in your child's play kitchen? (Well, maybe toast and jam, but that will be featured in another blog.) These are easy to make and fast. I'm talking nap time fast! To make play more fun, make a Felted Egg in white or brown, and "stuff" the fried egg inside. Then, children can "crack" the egg open, and fry it up in a pan! This pattern is available in the FREE Open Patterns. Enjoy!  
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Felted Eggs

 

This week I have a few "eggstravagant" crafts to share that can be tucked in an Easter basket or added to the play kitchen. We'll begin with a felted egg. Basically, wrap roving around a form, add warm water, soap and agitation and tah dah, you've got yourself a felted egg. More detailed directions can be found in our FREE Open Patterns. I used a plastic egg to make one egg, but since I wanted to make a few, and I only had one plastic egg, I used real eggs. Fortunately, I buy organic eggs that are tough shelled, and they worked great. After I finished felting the egg and rinsing it, I was concerned about leaving them unrefrigerated to dry. So... I popped them in cold water, and boiled them for twenty minutes, and I had hard boiled eggs. Later in the day, when the eggs were dried, I had my felted eggs and a delicious egg salad sandwich!

The directions for The Felted Eggs has suggestions for other uses for the eggs including stuffing them with various prizes, or stuffing them with additional roving, and sewing...Read more

Beehive Applique Block

 


Last week Tiptoe Mom requested an applique of a beehive, so tah dah, here it is. It is my plan to add at least 1 applique a week to the blog, hopefully building an impressive collection for many different crafters. If there is an applique you would like to see included... sooner rather than later... just leave us a comment or email us and we'll gladly give it a try.

In the meantime, here is our beehive with 3 very busy bees. Of course it would also be cute to add bumble bee buttons instead of the felt ones. And, you can always use woven fabric instead of the felt. If you do, add 1/4" around the outside of the design before cutting out the fabric. You will then be able to turn under the fabric before appliqueing it to your project.

This applique was designed for a 6" x 6" block but can be reduced or enlarged to meet your needs. The pattern is available here. Enjoy!

 

 

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