Wednesday, May 16, 2018
I don't have much to show you right now because I have been spending all of my free time working on favors and centerpieces for my wonderful future Daughter-in-Law's bridal shower. One of the things I am sewing/embroidering requires the use of Sulky Fabri-Solve wash away stabilizer. I found it to be much cheaper buying it "by the yard". However, when I opened my bag after arriving home I discovered that there was nothing marking the type of stabilizer I had purchased. Ooooohhhh there are just too many types of stabilizer for me to be able to recognize them on sight!
I remembered seeing someone use a toilet paper roll to make a label that would wrap around the stabilizer. Thankfully a cardboard roll had just become available, LOL. Thirty minutes later it was covered with some funky bright fabric and wrapped around the stabilizer. A cheap, cute and useful solution!
Monday, May 7, 2018
This past year has been hard for me. Really, REALLY hard! After losing my precious Mom almost thirteen months ago I had basically stopped "living". Oh, I was going through the motions and doing what I had to do to continue to be there and support my family...but I was just "existing" not LIVING. For some reason, a few weeks ago all of that changed. Was it the change in the weather? The one year anniversary of her death? A gentle nudge from my family? I don't honestly know. Whatever the reason, I feel like a pall has lifted and there is so much living I want to do!
First off...I want to get back to my creating! I moved my big vacation sewing kit to the floor next to "my spot" on our new furniture and my small travel sewing kit (pictured above) closer to the front door. I've been taking this kit with me whenever an errand entails "sitting time" and have been producing a few hexies here and there. At night while watching tv I've been adding the white row to the first hexie diamond. It feels good!
And speaking of our new furniture, these old pillows just don't match!!!!! I considered throwing them out or trying to sell them, but then I would have to spend money to replace them. Nope, not going to happen! I could try to cut off the tapestry, but I am pretty sure that there is no "form" underneath and all of the fill would come pouring out. Scratch another idea. I could make a pretty pillow cover to match the new furniture, but a pillow with colors as rich as these would definitely need more than the usual 100% quilting cotton to cover up the design. Hmmmm.
What else do I have lots and lots of??? Denim! It will cover the colors completely and will wear like iron (a necessity in a house where pillows are butt cushions, head cushions, tablet/computer supports, fort walls and the random projectile launched at a family member in a pop up pillow war!) Yes, we have FUN at our house!
A little bit of slicing and dicing and the center rows of all four pillow covers are taking shape. Sorry, you can only see two here, LOL.
I will continue alternating colors to form a courthouse steps block. I plan to add batting and quilt the front before fashioning an envelope back. Lots more to do, but I am excited to be making something new for our new furniture...and doing it at NO COST is the icing on the cake! More to come...
Friday, May 4, 2018
It took longer than expected, but I am finally finished a mat for my diffusers!
I still need to make a handful of button holders to contain my stash in these cubbies. One of these days...
Everything back in its place and on to the next project!!!
Saturday, April 21, 2018
Today Dear Hubby and I made a quick trip to Ikea to pick up a few things that he needed for his office. While I LOVE my sewing room, it's lack of storage is becoming more and more evident as time goes on. I guess I could just stop buying, LOL, but new techniques seem to require new notions. So as my quilting knowledge expands, so too does my stuff!
Above you will see the newly organized corner of my cutting table. My newest purchase has served my needs nicely...for now.
While winding our way through the Market section of Ikea I spotted this beauty. I seriously needed something to corral all of my rulers. My long rulers, large square rulers and instructions for my Dresden and TriRec rulers are housed in the top level...and there is still room to grow!. The next level down holds my binding tools, dresden rulers and my Tri-Recs. The blue and gray CD holder keeps all of my small rulers in check. The travel drive that I hope will one day house all of my machine embroidery patterns (thoughts of organizing them make me tired!) and a pkg of embroidery needles sit nicely up front, though I may pop those into the case that holds my embroidery thread.
I was thrilled to have accomplished so much organization so cheaply!!! Once again, Ikea comes to the rescue!
Friday, April 20, 2018
This is where my sewing stood when I last posted several weeks ago. I was happy to be back in the swing of creating and looked forward to completing my runner and moving on to other things. Note to self: NEVER figure out your timeline...it is an open invitation for "Murphy" to throw a monkey wrench into things!
On Sunday, the 8th, my dad had a mini stroke! He spent a few days in ICU and then was transferred to the telemetry floor. For the first few days I was so stressed that the thought of a bit of hand sewing to pass the time never even entered my mind! Once it did, however, I threw my sewing kit into my purse and worked on producing white hexies for another runner in my sewing room.
When I got home I dove into attaching those hexies to the assorted hexie diamonds I had already completed. I tried hard to get my mind off of "medical" stuff, but this Facebook post kind of says it all, LOL!
Dad came home on the 13th and is recuperating nicely. It has taken a full week for my body to recover from the damage caused by my level of stress. Today was the first day I had a more "normal" (for me anyway) supply of energy. I remembered a scone mix that I had seen buried in the pantry. Breakfast? Easy, peasy! Unfortunately the taste was on par with the amount of energy expended!!! Not too great, ;o( I think it is time to say goodbye to "convenience" mixes and find myself a few old fashioned recipes like my great grandmother would have made. Better for our bodies and most definitely better tasting!!!
Friday, March 30, 2018
This is the top of the bookcase/file cabinet in my sewing room. As you can see, I have a small mug rug under the far left diffuser and salt lamp. However, as my family and I have begun to discover the health benefits of essential oils, I'm keeping a diffuser filled with my favorite calming scents in one machine and a child's version for my grandson in the other machine. I need a bigger mug rug!!!
Way back when I used a charm pack of "Tea Cakes" to make a cover for my sewing machine and a lumbar pillow to support my back when I'm sewing. I had a few 6" squares (yes the charm pack was 6", not 5") left, but not very many designs in multiples. What are my symmetry loving "little gray cells" to do? (Too much Hercule Poirot in my past I think, LOL.)
I had all of the charms spread out on my table trying to "come up with something" when my son sat down in my sewing chair and immediately pulled all of the gingham together in a row. Eureka! I sewed them together yesterday using pieces of two different charms as the rails between the charms. I didn't have any more fabric from the Tea Cakes line to make a border so a rummaged through my stash to find something suitable. This year I am determined not to spend money on fabric unless it is an absolute necessity! I've sandwiched the runner and am ready to baste and quilt.
Oh, in case any of you notice...the right hand blue charm is facing the wrong way! But since I just noticed it NOW, I'm not about to undo it and fix it. I will just call it an "innovative design feature" and continue on my way. Perfectionism can be way too overrated, LOL.
A finished runner coming soon!
Thursday, December 21, 2017
I know it is close to Christmas, but at G's suggestion I sat in front of my sewing machine today. I had intended to make several of these for family members, but time just got away from me...and the bug that has been making its way through my family finally cornered me! I feel yucky! G and I thought that maybe doing some sewing would take my mind off of how bad I feel. It did, lol, until I realized that I had misread the instructions! Ack, I do feel a bit loopy from the medication. I made extra sure I was using good sewing safety since I'm out of it slightly, but I should have used extra READING safety, too! Oh well, I finished it up anyway and used a bit of Liquid Stitch where things were not secured properly. I haven't decided if I will give it to my aunt to try for a while, with a promise of a new (properly sewn) one after the holidays and this bug are over, or keep it to try in our house. I may give it to her anyway.
I will admit that G's suggestion of sitting down to sew was a good one, however I think I will wait until my head is firmly attached to my body, LOL