Saturday, November 30, 2013

VIctorian Motto Sampler Shoppe Quaker Giveaway!

Fantastic Quaker pattern of your choice with floss giveaway! Please go peek - Nancy has the most beautiful sampler designs!

I am entering for the To Thine Own Self Be True with her Red-orange floss - just gorgeous!

Friday, November 29, 2013

Is It A Sea Urchin or Volcano?

Latest hat off the knitting needles :) Looks like a sea urchin landed on top but I love it!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thanksgiving Tablerunner 2....

Turned out really cute! Fabric my sister chose!
Believe it or not, that centerpiece looked really good once everything was added to the table :)

Now on to the Christmas runners - and table topper. Yikes!

Thanksgiving Tablerunner #1....

Sorry about the flash washing out the colors. 1 down, 1 to go.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

My Ironing Board Is Hiding On Me....

So dopey here decided to get it into her head that she wanted to play too.

Seems a lot of people of late have been bit by the sewing bug and making really cute things. Including, the 10 minute table runner.

Maybe you've seen one of the numerous tutorial videos like this:

Or seen a written tutorial like this:
SewWeQuilt's 10 Minute Tablerunner - I happen to like the way she has her's turned better where the background fabric's points are turned under (scroll to the bottom of the page to see her's).

So, how did mine turn out?

Not gonna show you yet.

Why? Well....let me explain. The dining room table is the only decent place to cut fabric as with a bad back, I can't really get down on the floor unless necessary. Plus, I'd have to hire a forklift or a wench contraption to get back up to a standing position afterwards.

The dining room table has a laptop and school books on it right now due to a student in the family - and knitting stuff at the other end. So I am lucky to have gotten the sewing machine to temporarily fit in the center of it.

I bought one of those folding heavy-duty cardboard cutting boards - it's still sealed up in the shrink-wrap. It did make a nice "surfboard" laying across my lap this morning when I tried to cut the material in the proper sizes. Out of 2 Thanksgiving runners I planned to do, only 1 piece was the correct size - everything else was over-sized.

Got them cut, basted together. got the machine up and running with a working threaded bobbin (after my 4th attempt at it). Sewed part of my first seam when the machine decided to sound like Godzilla with a bad sore throat. Machine oil to the rescue and we're good to go. Got the seams done. Turned it like they show in the tutorials. Got wonky points at the end and I do mean wonky. Maybe I'll post a picture tomorrow once I iron the darn thing. That is if I remember to take the plastic wrap off the cutting board and use a good towel over it.

At least my seams are fairly straight, considering I haven't sewn a seam in at least 6-7 years. Of course, the sewing machine has just been sitting on a small table, looking oh so pretty all this time - dusted but not used.

Oh and I forgot to mention, I did wash the material first but didn't iron it. Couldn't find the iron (everything we wear is wash and wear) - so had to buy a new $10. iron (it was on sale). Still in it's box, sitting on my bed. The ironing board is hiding in the back of the closet behind a suitcase and a few other items.

Can't say I blame it.

I do know what's on my Christmas wish list - a nice self-healing cutting mat, rotary cutter and ruler set, table-top ironing board, and a partridge in a pear tree.

Well, not the partridge, but maybe a pear. Wonder if I could use it to coax out the ironing board from behind the water heater (it's trying to inch behind it - I can just see it trying to - not really) but still....

Post script: I still have 4 to make for Christmas too.

Post post script: I won't mention how many times my mom giggled her head off at me and my choice words while trying to sew this evening!

Yarn'n Around....

Been playing with some yarn:

Calling this the Spumoni hat. It's my mom's. Freebie pattern by McCall's.

Another hat - not sure what this'll be called. Cept this one is mine!
Blue Lagoon Blob. In another life, it should look like this:

Lion Brand Yarn's Shaded Triangles Wrap.
Got pie, stuffing, ambrosia to make, 2 table runners to sew, vacuum, dust, and try to breathe. At least I remembered to defrost the turkey a tad early this time!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Whoopin' It Up!....

The twins Muti knitted dresses are done!!!! All I gotta do is wash, block, dry, pack & ship!!!!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Quilt Block Pattern Models....

These are the 3 main blocks I am interested in doing for pillow covers:

Lone Star
You can have as many colors as you want - tutorial here. My great-grandmother did a king-size one in red/white/blue with a white background - stunning. All cut and sewn by hand. I don't know if I will do it by hand or machine. Probably machine. I have a jelly roll that is soft turquoise blue to dark blue tones - think it will be very pretty. Not sure about the corner and triangle blocks however.

Brilliant Cut Block

Directions .pdf and video here. I love this one - very different take on a Mariner's compass. Not sure what colors I will do it in.

Road To California
There are many pictures online of this one (finished block is top left image). It can be done in variety of colors or just 2 colors. Very similar to a Jacob's Ladder block. One thing I am thinking of doing - just going to play with a bit of fabric - is somehow incorporating a Bear Paw small block in the pattern somewhere. Not sure if that will work.

Bear Paw
There are plenty of examples out there of how to do one. They can be just 2 colors or more (as shown above). Why would I add one to the Road To California block? Well, I'm a California native and as much as it's messed up, I miss my home state. The California state flag looks like this:
So that's why the bear paw. Really don't want a bear per se on it and no, it won't be done in the state colors. Think tropical colors :) But we'll see.

Oh, did I happen to mention that I have never quilted before? Sewn, yes - quite some time ago. But quilting? Nah.

Gonna be interesting :)

Sewing & Ol' Schoolin' It....

Been busy the past few weeks or so....
.50 cent find at the library - from 1976 but super detailed

40% off with coupon - fabric scissors
50% off with coupon - heavy-duty cardboard - opens up to about 40"by 70"

Got a lovely pair of pinking shears at the thrift shop in perfect condition - $3.50.

Got the following all either with more discount coupons or on clearance: 
  • Singer 1000 straight pin set
  • a pink tomato pin cushion
  • ball-headed pins
  • really nice seam ripper
  • sewing thread
  • craft interfacing (non-fusible)
  • fabric to make 2 Thanksgiving & 2 Christmas table runners
  • 2 fat quarter packs and a 20 piece jelly roll for 3 quilted pillow tops
  • fabric for some pillow cases
  • a couple of patterns on sale for $1. each
and most importantly, was able to order the accessory kit for our sewing machine from a Singer authorized parts dealer back in NJ of all places as the original kit went missing. 

Oh, and before I forget,

I finally finished the 2nd knitted baby dress this morning :)
Will post pictures tomorrow!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Tis Laced & Framed....

And I am most pleased by my handiwork. Cept for the glare in the glass :)

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Recent Stash & Stitching....

Hand-painted fabric, hand-sewn ruffled pillow.
Blurry (sorry) version of holiday bird 1 (needs ironing too).
Another color variation of same bird.
Can't remember pattern name - but love this! Old Hallmark / Dimensions kit bought for $1.50!
Got some yummy fabric today on sale!
Edmonds sunset today.
.50 cent book from the library today - lovely!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Just a brief note....

Hello....thinking of you.

Family's been hard at work - hope to be back to blogging soon.