Monday, January 26, 2015

A New Old Project and the Baby Shower

I am making a concerted effort to get some UFOs completed. I mean come on, some of them have half the work already done! If I really dislike it I am ready to toss it or give it away but if I like it I am going to finish it.

These are the sweetest little blocks, about 7 x 7.

Once again the mix of old and new. The curved pieces are vintage feedsacks and the lollypop flowers are hand dyes.

This was way back when I was afraid of curves, so I appliqued them! I will finish up the last few the same way for consistency.

Some blocks are all set up ready to be sewn. Does it get much easier than that?

Even appliqued stems and prepped leaves! The dark stitching on the stem triangles is to keep the bias edge from stretching. Not sure why I chose that color????

I even have my placement notes, this was meant to be made.

This is how old this project is!!! 17 years! Check out the price of the magazine too.

Here is the original quilt, The Posey Quilt by Lillian Smith of Missouri c.1930. Remember when this was all the rage?
I was a little ambitious when I started this pretty quilt. It will now be a 9 block wall hanging.

Now for the baby shower.....

All signs made by Maddy

My daughter's mother in law had the shower in her beautiful home. The candy bar was a hit! All kinds of blue candies with bags to take some home or eat right away.

Some cute yet practical decorations.

A cute little cake with some Onsies decorated with dots.

Maddy's contribution was a Welcome Baby Kelly sign. Kelly is the last name, they are keeping his name a secret until he is born.

The decorations were simple, yet tasteful, totally my style. Beautiful fresh flowers and a few balloons. The food was delicious!

There were baby pictures of mom and dad that everyone enjoyed.

Mommy's helper waiting for her to arrive so she can help open presents. One of the things we did was to buy a new wagon and have guests bring a book instead of a card. He got tons of great books!

Overall it was a wonderful day and yes Caitlin was glowing!


Friday, January 23, 2015

One Of My Favorite Tips

There are no great pictures in this post today so I thought I would show you some bracelets I bought today. The goal was clothes but the pickings were slim. These were on sales, both for $18! The sales lady wanted the bracelets on the left but I got the last ones, original price $35!
Here's a question, do you like to shop for clothes? Almost every single one of my friends does not like to shop. Is it because we don't feel like we look good in anything? Is it everything they make is made to fit skin tight (my pet peeve)? Do you feel like you are wasting time?  Fabric I have no problems with, but clothes, ugh!

This is my tip. I learned this during a workshop that was held with Becky Goldsmith of Piece O' Cake. I will never forget the day as long as I live because it was 9/11. My friend, Suzanne and I were in charge and decided to go ahead because all the participants were there and poor Becky was stuck with no where to go. It was a long agonizing day but I did learn some things.
This is for templates that you are using over and over, be it applique or piecing. I especially think it is good for purse patterns and the like.
Ok first you need to find some laminate sheets, the kind that don't need heat. I used to be able to get just plain one sided sheets that you pull the paper off the back, like contact paper and stick them down. Now the only thing I can find are these 2 page things that are overkill and don't work for our purposes according to the directions. One side is sticky and the other side is not.

sticky side

Cut off the non sticky side. Luckily it is a nice weight plastic that could be used for templates so save it. Pull the paper off the sticky side.

Lay your paper on the table as shown above. Hold the laminate in both hands (I could only use one so I could take the picture) and bend it in the middle. Gently lay it on the paper starting in the middle and smooth it out to the ends.

If you get some bubbles use a pin to pop them and smooth it out. I used 2 sheets on top of each other for a nice sturdy feel. Use some good sharp craft scissors and cut out directly on the line. These will last a good long time.
Curious to know what I am making? Maybe I will have something to show you next week.


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Baby Basket and Bob

Today my daughter called to tell me they saw the baby in the ultrasound today and he is already 4lbs 13oz! She is 32 weeks but is measuring at 34 weeks. The next 2 months are going to go fast.
Here is the last of my baby shower sewing. I made the cute basket using a pattern by Noodlehead. It wasn't hard but a little fiddley for me. I changed up the handles and now wish I had made them according to the directions, too late now.
Inside is a sheet, some washcloths and 2 swaddle blankets with little sheep on them.

The airplanes were not too babyish, as I hope this can be used for toys later on.

The inside is divided, diapers on one side, wipes and ointments on the other. I think a certain big sister will be toting this around to help mom and dad change diapers.

The next time I might leave out the divider.

Mary Beth, Bob and Wendy
Happy Birthday to my wonderful husband Bob!

The hardest working man I know!

Jimmy, Rick and Bob

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Snowy Wednesday

I really love the colors in this quilt. I didn't put a sleeve on it so it doesn't get hung up except in my sewing room, with pins. Today I am going to fix that so I can put it in my kitchen. I can't believe Valentine's Day is just around the corner, winter is going fast.

I received a super nice heart felt gift from my sister in law for Christmas. I needed to send a thank you note but everything I had at home was kind of blah. So Katherine over at Sew Me Something Good had made some cute cards a while back and I decided to look them up and make some for myself.
First get yourself some do have some don't you? (-:

I bought some cards with envelopes at A.C. Moore. You could make the cards yourself but this gives you instant gratification.

Use some fancy scissors to gussy up the edges and make it look less store bought...

Sew some scraps together about the size of your card, that way you will have room to play with in the size.

I took some batting and machine quilted all over the scraps. There was no backing.

Cut out your heart, apply some glue from a glue stick and sew around the edges. Be sure to write your message in red ink! I also think this will need 2 stamps.
I might make some more of these for the grandkids and stick some money in there instead of getting them candy. They love to get mail!

This morning when I came down stairs I found this amazing pattern of frost on the skylight. Isn't it cool! Oh Jack Frost your'e such a funny fellow......

A big thank you to all the nice ladies at the Berks Quilt Guild for welcoming me last night. I enjoyed sharing my quilts with you all.


Friday, January 16, 2015

Random Friday

Now you can see.....

why I had to remake

these blocks!
The recipients are probably thinking maybe this swap wasn't such a good idea. Not to fear, they are going in the reject pile. Seriously, what was I thinking? Some days....


This was a week where I was off schedule. My granddaughter Fallon was in a district wide spelling bee. Seven schools competed and while she didn't win, her school did and they got to take home the big spelling bee trophy.
I have never been to one before and talk about nerve wracking! Oh it was fun though and I hope to go again next year. The kids were adorable and there were some tears. We were cheering for them all.

Tonight we are having some friends over for dinner. It is not fancy but I like to set a pretty table to make it feel special. Over the years I have found lots and lots of damask napkins. At first I avoided the ones with the initials on them, unless I found my own. Now it makes me wonder who took the time and love to embroider these so nicely. It's a shame if no one uses them.

I even ironed them this morning to make them look a little nicer. What do you think these initials are? I also like the size, they are big to fit your lap and stains seem to come right out. I even like them wrinkled.

Lastly, I am hooked on these EOS lip balms. I think the packaging is cute and they work great. The pink and white one smells like coconut suntan lotion and brings you right to the beach! I have them stashed everywhere.
Thank you for all the nice comments on my UFO pile quilt. It was a really fun exercise and I hope to do it again.


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Colorful Tuesday

This is one of the fastest quilts I have ever made! As I was cleaning up the other day I found all these flying geese blocks that I made a few months ago. There weren't enough to make them into anything but I did not want to lose them to the pile of UFOs. Finished size is 36 x 36.

I went through my leftover, extra, and mistaken blocks that I save and found some that went with the flying geese blocks. I didn't spend much time putting it together and found that the first composition was very pleasing to my eye. So I stopped and did not fiddle with it any longer.

I was ruthless and cut where necessary for all the pieces to fit as you can see at the bottom of the flying geese block. This was an exercise in joyful sewing, not precision piecing.

Sometimes things are just meant to be. I had 4 blocks to use for the corners that were perfect. Not the perfect size but the perfect piece. I made them work for me.

The only primping I did was to make sure the hot colors were spread out. I did not want them all in the same corner, other than that it was very spontaneous.
The quilting is simple various width straight lines. It feels contemporary and makes the quilt very flat which I like in a wall hanging.

I love the black and white striped binding, to me it works perfectly and defines the chaos. I did glue baste it down and love that technique. In this picture it hasn't been sewn yet. It will be super easy to do later today, no pins or clips to get the threads caught on.
My first large finish of 2015!

My vintage glasses are hard at work and are exactly what I needed. Now I have room in my drawer next to my machine for things I use all the time when sewing.
 The honey bear holds broken needles and pins.