Monday, June 30, 2014

My weekend project!

I've had these wooden embroidery frames sitting around my sewing room forever, so I finally decided to put them to good use. I saw all sorts of wonderful projects on pintrest so this weekend i got them out of their box and went to work.

1. lay your hoop on top of your fabric

2. Next cut out your fabric leave about 1.5-2 in. around the edge of your hoop.

3. Lay your fabric right side down on top of the hoop with the size adjustment knob.

4. glue all the way around your hoop

5. Press the hoops together and tighten the knob

Look how beautiful it is already!

6. Let it sit to dry, I leave mine for about an hour but it will probably depend on the type of glue you are using.

7. Trim away the excess fabric

Now you can make a million of them to decorate. I'll be posting more on how I plan to decorate my hoops and where I'm putting them in my home at the end of the week!

Saturday, June 28, 2014


I learned about quilting in my advanced sewing class about a year ago, that's where I started the yellow and grey quilt on the left. When I found out that my sister-in-law was pregnant with a baby girl I decided to start the on on the right, now I'm to the actual quilting portion and I must admit I'm a bit nervous. 

I love these colors and this quilting pattern. I'm really glad it turned out because I made the pattern up based on what I could remember from my class.

Well no more procrastinating, wish me luck!!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Easy Pencil Skirt

Honestly it's as easy as 1-2-3!

1. Find fabric
2.Trace skirt

 This is one of my favorite skirts it's easy to sew and fun to wear and it can be adapted to many different types of fabric!

As you can see I have made many different varieties of this skirt :)

1. Lay out your fabric, I have it folded in half so the picture you see above is two layers of fabric.

2. Lay your example on top of the fabric, I originally used one of my pencil skirts that wasn't stretchy.

3. Next cut around the skirt leave about 5/8" around the edges as seam allowance. Sew both sides together at 5/8".

4. Finish the top and bottom of the skirt. I do this with a double needle pictured below.

This is how is set up my machine for a double needle, most machines will be similar. You will need to threads coming from the top, and one bobbin of similar thread for the bottom.

This is what it will look like when you're finished stitching on the top.

This is what the inside or bottom looks like.

Last but not least you will need to iron it the top picture is before ironing the bottom picture is after.

 Here's the finished product!!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Father's Birthday

Today is my dearest Dad's Birthday, I wish more than anything I could be with him to celebrate!

10 Things I love about my Dad:

  • He has a wonderful sense of adventure. For the last 17 years we have had an annual Daddy Daughter backpacking trip, the only way to properly describe them is EPIC!

This was our 10 year pic with the founding member of the Daddy Daughter trips!

  • He is a great example of living healthy, biking, yoga, hiking, green smoothies, fabulous food in general.

  • He appreciated a good hot tub or bath. This is definitely where i gain my love of a relaxing soak at the end of the day.

  • He is a life long learner, recently he learned to play the ukelele :)

  • He is efficient and responsible
  • He appreciates fun facts and cool words

  • He has an amazing restaurant radar, he can find the best hole in the wall restaurants anywhere anytime. It is a gift!

  • He has great taste in music

  • He has a green thumb and loves digging in the dirt as much as I do
  • He is super stylish, skinny suits, ties, rocking awesome socks, bow ties, etc.

Love you Daddy!

xo Queenie

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Birthday Boy!!

Today my is the day of my husbands birth. Unfortunately we both have to work and our shifts overlap. But that will not stop us from celebrating!
Also I have a BBQ planned for tomorrow, our day off with family and friends!!

I am so grateful to have Layton as my husband. He is the most thoughtful and loving man. We have not been married long but the longer I know him I am more and more grateful that our paths crossed more than a year ago in the Outdoor Activities program.

“The husband is the head of the wife just in so far as he is to her what Christ is to the Church - read on - and give his life for her (Eph. V, 25). This headship, then, is most fully embodied not in the husband we should all wish to be but in him whose marriage is most like a crucifixion; whose wife receives most and gives least, is most unworthy of him, is - in her own mere nature - least lovable. For the Church has not beauty but what the Bride-groom gives her; he does not find, but makes her, lovely. The chrism of this terrible coronation is to be seen not in the joys of any man's marriage but in its sorrows, in the sickness and sufferings of a good wife or the faults of a bad one, in his unwearying (never paraded) care or his inexhaustible forgiveness: forgiveness, not acquiescence. As Christ sees in the flawed, proud, fanatical or lukewarm Church on earth that Bride who will one day be without spot or wrinkle, and labours to produce the latter, so the husband whose headship is Christ-like (and he is allowed no other sort) never despairs. He is a King Cophetua who after twenty years still hopes that the beggar-girl will one day learn to speak the truth and wash behind her ears.”

― C.S. LewisThe Four Loves

I love you sweetheart!!

xo Mer