Saturday, October 18, 2014

Countdown to Costume

Get a cat, they said. It will be fun, they said.......

You know it's going to be a loooonnnngggg day when you have to wash cat throw up off the hood of your car from said cat. 'Nuf said! After that on to Joann's we went. D#2 finally decided on a costume. I think deciding is the hardest part. She started thinking about it as early as July. Robin (the bird not Batman's sidekick), dragon, eagle, bunny, mouse, snow leopard, cheetah, and finally some kind of pokemon that I am not familiar with. I asked her to pick three of her favorite characters and let's narrow it down: snow leopard, eagle and pikachu (pokemon that I am familiar with). Final decision was made Thursday and so to Joann's we went on Friday.

                                                         I have to turn this:

Into this:

Wish me luck. Expectations are great. Mom just hopes she can meet them, especially since time's a runnin' out!

Here's a sneak peek at a project that I am working on. Patterns and instructions will be on the blog in the future. Kind of another series like the Trick or Treat kids and Creature Feature from last year.  Can you guess what the theme is?

Gotta run, there's fabric to be cut! Chop, Chop!!
Have a wonderful weekend,

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A Well Dressed Gal

I have had this little project on the bucket list for quite a while now. This little FW was shown a lot of love from her previous owner and I want to keep her as chip free as possible. But with moving her in and out of the little travel box, chips are sure to happen. The old gal needed some protective clothing. 

This is how you put her into the travel box, ahem......naked. The cord and petal fit into the box. You place the  attachments, thread, bobbins, etc in the top tray. And as careful as I want to be am, I know that chips are in our future. So, to remedy this ghastly disaster I wanted to make some sort of bags and cover for her.

Ta...da...I made a "sock" for the platform that lifts up, the platform will actually hit the screw that is in the "head" of the machine if you are not careful. Ouch! I made a lined bag for the cord and petal and another smaller quilted bag for the attachments. I wanted to quilt this bag to add extra padding to protect the attachments.

Here is the cover. Don't you just love the Mary Engelbreit fabric. I have had this in my stash for ages. I am trying to use my sister's sense of "use it or lose it". She is culling her fabric stash down by making her girls adorable clothing. Go and take a look at her and a friend's new sewing blog: ISewYouSew.

Now the cover is converted into a tote to carry your machine or to lower it down into the case. I don't have a pattern for the sock or two bags but you can find the pattern for the tote/dust cover on the blog CraftyHipster. If your machine is larger, just enlarge the pattern. I plan on making a dust cover for all of my machines. I am going to be very busy for a while :)

The dust cover turned upside down to form a tote. 

Birdseye view. All tucked in nice and neat. This was a fun project. The only thing that I changed from the pattern was the piping. I made my own. It is very simple to make. 3 yards of cording about 1/8"-1/4" diameter. I find that the smaller diameter cording is easier to sew onto a project, less bulky.

Have a goodnight and keep those crafty fingers busy,

Monday, August 4, 2014

Summer! Where Have You Gone?

Summer has been a blast this year! We have had so much fun just doing normal stuff. And I can't believe that in a week D#2 starts school, D#1 moves back to college, Son starts college. Where did Summer go? 
D#2 wanted to learn to sew this summer. We borrowed a doll clothes pattern from a neighbor and used some left over material to make the cutest clothes. I taught her how to read the pattern instructions, lay & pin the pattern on the fabric, cut it out and sew.
 I believe in all it took us about 7 hours from start to finish. It is an easy pattern. This was her first time sewing and she did really well. She wasn't afraid of the machine, didn't get impatient reading the instructions and stitched real slow (which I stressed constantly, no speed sewing allowed). We made the orange top and grayish pants. That was outfit "B".

She loved sewing!

The completed outfit! We are going to make kid size pj bottoms next. That should be a lot easier. Nothing but straight stitching. 

Molly all glammed up and standing on her own. D#2 said "Mom, she can stand by herself! Put a picture of that on your blog!" :) It's the little things.

Happy sewing!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Working On My Barn Quilt

It's no secret that I love quilts! I think that there is something so magical about turning a stack of fabric into a wonderful work of art, that is both beautiful and functional. It takes many hours of work to turn that fabric into a quilt. I love the whole process! I have one quilt that took me 120 hours to make. It is a paper pieced quilt. Paper piecing is magical! The process is very easy. Google it if you are curious. Pinterest is full of wonderful paper pieced examples. 
I am coming along with my Quilty Barn Along. I have two more blocks that are almost finished. I had to order more black on black patterned fabric. I just didn't have any in my stash. Can you find the mistake? Look closely. It is the barn on the bottom right. It's the cupolas. I reversed the roof and cupola "siding". But, it's ok. 

I just love the barn blocks. 

I know, I know......not another one. Yep, I found a Featherweight at an estate sale recently. The price was so amazing, that I couldn't pass it up. It's funny, back when I was really looking for one I couldn't find one at all. Now that I am no longer looking, they seem to find me. Not sure if I am keeping this one or selling it. It is in excellent condition with instruction booklet, case and other odds and ends. I don't think that the lady that owned it used it much. Thankfully she was just downsizing. I like those types of estate sales, they are not as sad to me.

It also came with a buttonhole maker for free. They just threw it in at no charge. Said that it didn't make sense to sell the buttonhole maker and machine separately. 

It's very interesting. I am not sure how it works but it came in a little box with instructions.

I love these old labels.

I have recently stumbled upon this site I was shocked and saddened to find that people steal quilts. I guess that I never really thought about quilt theft. Some of these thefts happened at quilt shows. So sad. The site is a great addition to the quilting community. Some of the quilts have actually been recovered. Recently a quilter lost 16 quilts to thieves. They broke into her studio and only stole the quilts. You can read about it here: Quiltville Friends on facebook. You may have to scroll down a little to find the article. I also found out that you can microchip your quilt. If I ever enter a quilt in a show or mail one, I know now to put my name and address on the quilt. It is even suggested that you sew it inside the quilt sandwiched between the batting and backing before adding the binding. Great tips. 

It's been hot here but starting to cool off a little. 

Sometimes all you need is a little pool, a water gun and a wet t shirt to rule the world!

Have a happy day and if you don't quilt I urge you to start! If you have any quilty questions just leave me a comment and I will do my best to answer it.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Fun Flower Tour

Wow! I can't believe that it is July already!! Sorry for the mini vacation. I have been busy: gardening, redecorating, sewing, summer homeschooling D#2, canning, needle felting, painting and just plain old relaxing. Here's a couple of pictures of the yard. 
Cherry tomatoes always go crazy in the whiskey barrels. 

Pretty gladiolas after a rain. They remind me of my Mama and Papa. He always grew them for Mama and would bring them in from the garden for her.

I loooovvvvee my gardenias. I have two bushes that are about 9 years old. They bloom throughout the summer. 

Garden. See the corn that the squirrels planted. I have planted corn for years and can't get it to grow above 2 feet and look at how big the squirrels' corn grew-at least 4-5 ft. I believe that it has 2 ears on it.

Gladiolas, cucumbers, & sunflowers.

Pretty day lilies.

My beautiful butterfly garden. The black eyed Susans outdo themselves every year. It is a huge plot of them, about 6 foot x 14 ft and just full of the black eyed Susans. The butterflies, bees, goldfinches and other insects just love them.

Pot of flowers covering a pump we had to install to keep the area some what dry.

My neighbor got a little round-up happy and killed half of the butterfly garden. He sprayed the weeds along the fence and in their strawberry patch. When it rained soon after he sprayed (probably that afternoon) it washed down into my butterfly garden. But, I planted some zinnias, marigolds, morning glories and a few mystery seeds in those bare spots. Hopefully the b-e-Susans will make a comeback next year. Can you see the clump of weeds in the bottom left corner. The b-e-susans had choked all the weeds out but since there are some bare spots this year the weeds went crazy. They have all been removed now.

Another pot covering up a pump.

Little gnome all spruced up.

I believe this day lily is called a "tiger lily".

Canna after a rain.

Dr. Seuss quilt. This year I did the quilt a little different. We had 22 kids and I really didn't want to make 22 blocks. That would have been one huge quilt. I used a jelly roll (assorted Dr. Seuss strips of fabric) to make it. The children were so sweet and I just love their hand prints! I machine embroidered each name under the hand print. You do have to be organized while doing this. I used masking tape to label each child's hand print until I was able to embroider his/her name.

Each child signed their name to the label.

Back of quilt. I pieced the back using all the leftover solid scraps. I love to use up all the fabric and not have any left over. 

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!
Keep those fingers busy,

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Having A Quilty Kind Of Day

Cutting, sewing, painting, stitching, measuring.....can you guess what I have been up to? Here are some more hints:

Yep. It's that time of year again. Making hand print teacher quilt. I will show you the finished project as soon as I finish the binding. I had to do the quilt a little different this year. There are 22 students in the class, so wonky quilt squares for each hand print was out of the question. That would have been a massive quilt! But I think this quilt came out just as cute. I hope to finish the binding this week because school's out at the end of next week. Yikes! Better get my thimble and get busy!
Have a wonderful night,

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

How Does Your Garden Grow?

We have been working out in the backyard these past 2 months. Whew! We had a lot of this and that to clear out, aka leaves, limbs, broken pots, and just a good general cleaning. 
Petunias, my favorite.

Our goldfish pond. I am going to try and hide the "waterfall", I just have to put on my thinking cap and figure out how. See the comet next to the "waterfall". We have two, actually three but one is in a aquarium in the house. Gigantor was very mean last year when the two comets were small and kept on bullying them. They are now as big as he is.

This area of the yard was a big problem. Runoff from the neighbor's house made this area swampy. Grass didn't grow and neither did weeds. Made the dogs paws so muddy. We decided to turn this area into a Japanese style garden. Hubby stained the walkway and we added the rocks this year. Please ignore the tires, the neighbors use them to keep their two dogs from digging under the fence.

I planted three clumps of grasses and they are doing well. We plan on adding some seating to the deck area (upper left hand corner) in the Fall.

Pansies are still beautiful.

You can see the vegetable garden at the top of this picture. Butterfly bush and rudbeckia (black eyed susan) are planted right behind the concrete birdbath. By the end of summer they will both be filled out.

Garden gate.

Hydrangea is planted against the house in the side yard. 

Clump of daisies. Perennial from last year.

Purslane-type of succulent. 

Caladiums. I plan on planting the pot of irises (on the rocks) right where they are. Just as you walk into the Japanese garden they will be there to greet you.

Daylilies and lamb's ear.

Our garden bridge. The "ditch" gets so swampy, not to mention gross. The runoff from all the neighbors comes right down this little area and all the neighbors have dogs so you know what that means :( But I love my bridge :)))


Hostas to the right of the pond.

Fountain on the deck.

Fuchsia flower.

Garden cherub found at an estate sale for about .75.

My peony bush is so pretty this year. It is blooming two different flowers. One like this and one like this:

The flowers are bigger than my hand!

Deutzia bush with tiny white flowers. My father in law brought this to us a few years ago. I had it in a pot and planted it last year. It is still small 2'x2', but it will get big. It is from a cutting that he started from the mother plant. He was given his cutting from a sweet lady, Mrs. S from my hometown. You can see a few pictures from my hometown here.

Salsa garden: roma tomatoes, peppers, cilantro and blackberries. We picked about 4 gallons of blackberries last year.

Bottom left corner is a peek of garden #2. I planted tomatoes, beans, squash, zucchini, sunflowers, peas, onions, asparagus, raspberries, radishes,  & carrots. This is the view from the bridge.

Hope you enjoyed the garden tour,
ps. I will show you what I have been working on for the last month. Between this project and working in the yard, I have just been so slack on blogging. So sorry!