Friday, March 7, 2014
This morning before Zumba I stitched and ironed some of those scraps I showed yesterday. They are going to be all different sizes so it should be interesting to see how they end up being sewed together.
The baby quilt I made is finished in plenty of time before the shower. I used some Sommerville charm squares and other fabrics along with some blue Kona. It will be a fun quilt for a baby to look at and spit up on etc!
The background is a cute little star fabric. It still needs a label.
My binding is machine sewed and came out perfect! Why oh why can't that happen when it really matters?
I have a question......do you wash your baby quilts before you give them away?
I think the mom, grandmom and hopefully the baby will like it too.
Have a great weekend!
Thursday, March 6, 2014
I finished up my cross stitch pin cushion that is destined as a gift. While it is not my usual taste in colors, I really like it. I ended up stuffing it with saw dust because it was free (in my husband's workshop) and I didn't feel like going to the store to get crushed walnut shells. I have to tell you I love the sawdust! It packs in there so nice and tight. It just gives it a nice body.
This is the back. the directions suggested that you line the cross stitch and the backing fabric with a light weight fusible interfacing. It was a great idea and made it feel very nice. I think it also helped when stitching down the edge by hand.
A baby quilt was quilted today, binding on tonight.
I keep miscellaneous blocks and things in a container. Usually these are blocks that were made as extras or made the wrong size. I also did some leaders and enders.
These were leftover from my half square triangle quilt.
A whole bunch of 4 patches.
Some random triangles that could easily be sewn together.
These came off the baby quilt I finished today.
These could be fun to work with.
The leaders and enders.
My leftover blocks. I hear my design wall calling!
Thank you to everyone who commented on the book, Outlander. My friend Judie first recommended this to me. I cannot put it down! Time travel is so not my thing, but this is done very well and I can't wait to read all the rest of the books. Now to try and find that balance of reading, sewing and real life....
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Today was a bee day and I finished this up. Hopefully I will have the finished project to show you tomorrow. This is about as involved as I want to get with cross stitch right now. I am happy with the way it turned out.
Our friend Sara sent us home with faschnauts. Do you know what those are? Hint hint it has to do with Fat Tuesday.
I wanted to show you the salad I made last night with blood oranges and strawberries in my favorite pottery bowl from my friend Judie. Not only was it colorful but it was tasty too. It made winter seem not so bad, well at least for a short while.
Monday, March 3, 2014
Our snow barely materialized. We got maybe an inch after they were forecasting 12" at one point. It still messed up the morning with icy roads. So with a whole day ahead of me I was not in much of a sewing mood.
I made this pot holder a few years ago and it looks it. I liked the size 5 x 9. It's the kind that you bend in half to use.
I am not sure how this happened..
Remember this cool fabric? It is more like a decorator weight. It will hold up better than regular cotton.
I have been holding on to these fabrics waiting for something to do with them.
I opted not to bind them as I know what they will look like in a few years. I have 5 more cut out, ready to sew.
My nod to Mad Men, love this back. In a way they kind of look like mini pads????
Okay, now about Henry......He is my son Dylan's dog. Apparently when he was a puppy he snacked on this quilt. It is very Thimbleberries, flannel, circa 1990's. I remember making this for him when he lived in West Chester with some buddies. To save money they kept the heat real low. If we went over we went in the spring and still kept our coats on ( :
In no way shape or form did I have any of that fabric leftover! So rather than try to match it I let the flaw shine for all to see. It is in the washing machine now to make sure it held up. Yes or no? What do you think? Would this bug you? would you have to match it up better?
Friday, February 28, 2014
The other day I came across this blog called, We Use Coupons that had a cute, quick little pin cushion.
I followed most of the directions but changed it up. I did find a frame at the Dollar Tree. It is plastic.
I painted it using Delta craft paint because it was what was in the house. Two coats.
Instead of using a piece of plain fabric, I decided to look into my bag of embroidery that am
This one was perfect and it shows off those perfect buillion stitches. I also liked the texture of the linen.
I love that some one had the patience to make all those pretty stitches.
I cut 2 pieces of batting the same size as the glass and put it behind the embroidery. It poofed out just enough and then I replaced the cardboard backing. There is no glass on the front.
It looks cute next to my notions. I don't know if I can stick pins in it....
One more FW block complete. I think there will be more this weekend.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
I love the colors and design of this West Elm catalog. It might be the circles I like.
I am inspired by these colors on my scarf. Of course it looks way better in real life.
Today I came home to a large box. My son and his family sent us a Key Lime Pie. Look how perfect it is!
That's because today my husband and I have been married 38 years! I got his name tatooed on my finger when I turned 50. It is covered up by my rings so no one ever really sees it, but I know it is there. Good thing his name wasn't long....
This is our new book for book club next month. I am going to start it soon because I really want to read...
this! It comes highly recommended. Has anyone read either of these books? Opinions are welcome.
Not a lot of sewing got done this week, but guess what? Another giant snow storm is on the way for the beginning of next week. My project planning has started.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
I participated in a skinny pin cushion swap over at Amy's blog, Amy Made That. It was a fun swap and look at the cool pin cushion I got from Carol over at The Polkadot Chicken. I love the heart button and the faux ruler is great too.
Here's the back.
Carol sent along some goodies, let's just say that chocolate is no longer around....
and this adorable hand made card, with stitching along the edge. Thank you so much again Carol!
Today is the 100th birthday of Tastykakes. Every kid had one of these in their lunch box when I was growing up. It is a company that is based in Philadelphia and is not sold around the country, it's a regional delight! The Peanut Butter Kandy Kakes is their best selling product which really surprised me.
I thought for sure it was the Krimpet. These are still in our home even though the kids are gone. My husband eats them every day. Have you ever tasted one? I had relatives that asked us to send boxes to them in Illinois. Don't even compare them to Hostess!
Happy Birthday Tastykake!