Friday, April 18, 2014

Spring? Where?

Blog News Bulletin!  I have somehow lost my google friends followers :(   I've tried to get them back, but blogger is having an issue.  also, if you follow me on Bloglovin, you may have to "re-follow" as I had 2 domain URLs and there were followers on both.  I now have 1 domain URL and lost the other followers. - sorry for the inconvenience, hopefully you'll still find me.

This week I needed a little thank you gift, so I decided to make a composition notebook cover.

Here is the front.   I just love this fish.  It is the only thing I planned, the rest is random.


And here is where you write all your brilliant thoughts and ideas.


The inside, where the notebook covers slip into the quilted cover.


The back.

I use the direction on this blog.  I reduce the overall width to 26" to 26 1/2" inches depending on the notebook.  You can measure yours first for a good fit.

Here are some of the steps:

Layout a rectangle of strips, blocks, strings or whatever piecing you like.  Or you can use a beautiful whole piece of fabric like I did for Christmas 2010.  See those covers HERE.


Piece or choose a lining fabric.  It doesn't have to be fancy or pretty, but I happen to like fancy and pretty for most things.  cut a piece of batting roughly the same as the back.


Machine quilt the three layers like a little quilt.  I use 2 quilt halo when I free motion quilt.  You can check them out here.


The rest you can find on the link above.  Although it takes a little time it is easy.

Can I just say, no wonder I make mistakes at the machine!  Look at all these distractions!  Watching the Good Wife, while checking the on-line instructions and sewing.......


I decorated the window sill above my kitchen sink again.  I used to have 2 mantels to decorate, so I'm using this space in the same way.  It is super hard to photo graph anything near a window.


Do you see spring outside this window?  I don't!  A few bunnies on the front hall table with my carrot tree.


Despite the snow and ice on Wednesday, the Pansies out front look great :)


I wish you all a Blessed Easter, Joyous Passover or just a Happy Spring Weekend.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Doll Quilt Fanfare

Happy Hump Day!  I finished my doll quilt for Lori's swap!

I used one of my favorite patriotic toiles' on the back.  Not a civil war print, but that's okay.

Here are 2 video clips that shows how I machine quilted the fans on the edge of this quilt.  I really need a manicure and younger hands.  I even use Palmolive and Madge lied!



Here is the finished little fan.  (you can see in the upper right corner where I marked it wrong.  No problemo, just change pen color and remark.)


I washed it in the kitchen sink this morning with regular detergent AND Clorox2.   The clorox 2 is the secret to removing the washable markers.

Look at all that released ink!  You can use the washer for larger quilts of course.


Thank You Brenda of Scraps and Strings, for the fun package.   I was so happy to win your Needle Book Giveaway.  The extra goodies were a fun surprise.

   
And lastly:  Go Connecticut!  UConn won the Men's and Women's  College Basketball Championships!  


Thursday, April 3, 2014

What am I DOING?

Happy Friday!  I don't know how a whole week slid by.  But there it is.

I'm still pulling the rooms together that got painted but in the meantime here is what's up:

I've basted 2 more of my Hot Flash blocks.  This one has a new surprise~


I took photos outside on the front yard rock outcropping.


 It was sunny right before I got my camera and blocks, naturally.


I'm working on my doll quilt swap from Lori's blog, Humble Quilts.  Quilting little fans.


I hope my swap recipient likes it.


Spring!  Just this week I swapped out the little artificial pine trees for fresh pansies in the urns.   As usual coco is wondering what I'm doing.....



Tip of the day:  if you have these side-light windows, put your planters in front of them so you can enjoy them from the inside too.


Daffodils coming up - hooray!!


I'm working on the border of my Jubilee quit.  I haven't been quilting for about 2-3 weeks - where does the mojo go?  Hopefully I'll get back in the groove.


That's all the news I have - hope you had a good week!

Friday, March 28, 2014

FFF - Get Lucky and Feel Great!


Fun For Friday -

Blue Jeans are not just for cowboys and farmers anymore.  I bet I wear them 5-6 days a week.  You can wear them anywhere now; nice restaurants, the theater, even church.

This is an unsolicited endorsement of Lucky Brand Jeans.  I was lucky enough to get 2 new pairs this week.  They are well made and fit great.


 Now women will say "$100 is too much to spend on jeans!"  or "I buy mine at Walmart and they're fine".    Okay.  They are expensive, but I've had a pair last nearly 10 years.  So that is $10.00 a year.  If worn twice a week, that's only 9 cents per wearing.  A solid investment in my book.

Here is my Jean Theory:
You should spend twice your age, and hope to look half as good as you used to.

Lucky has many different styles, shapes and lengths.  They also have stretch now (thank goodness).  They offer free shipping, even on returns.  The first 2 pair I ordered didn't fit - no problem - free shipping both ways.

I like to try things on at home, especially something as important as jeans.  I will, after all, be entering into a long term relationship with them.

Speaking of denim...Rachael made this fabulous quilt with old jeans.  Isn't it terrific?  Her blog, Blue Mountain Daisy, is always a great source of fun and inspiration.


By the way, being a thrifty shopper, I have found Lucky Jeans at TJMaxx and Marshalls....

Splurge on your jeans - you're worth it!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

One Down, One to Go

I finished one of the two Mid-Winter Blues quilts I made from Lori's Quilt Along.  I used gold silk thread.

**Updated on March 26th**
I machine quilted this with my walking foot.  I quilt it on the diagonal weaving back and forth doing the leaf shapes or figure 8s.  After quilting all the way around in all directions, the circle pattern is created.  I hope this answers the questions.


I used my pounce marker, which I had sort of forgotten about and it worked great for this overall teacup, or pumpkin seed stencil.  They have a new powder now that comes off with a steam iron.  I had to wash mine, but that's okay.





















I used this patriotic fabric for the backing.


The painters are here again this week to paint the bathrooms and bedrooms.  I had to practically move out of my sewing room, but it will be worth it.


I found the PERFECT neutral for the sewing room; Benjamin Moore's Muslin.  How could I resist?


Hope you have a great week.

Friday, March 21, 2014

It's Spring!

I never thought we'd get here, but it's spring!  I couldn't resist these daffodils.  I've been admiring them every day while they soak up the sun.


50 Shades of Lavender is finished and bound!


I really like the backing fabric too, it makes it reversible.


Coco looks totally confused watching us (check out all that greenish stuff, I haven't seen it in 3 months.)

 
Aaahhh, this is better.


The painters are coming back on Monday to do the bedrooms and baths.  I can't wait to live with something other than white.


Fun For Friday - Cookbooks with a sense of humor

These two were gifts given to my husband.  My son and his girlfriend really get this guy.


My daughter got this one for Christmas.  Check out the author's name, lol.


What would Betty Crocker or Julia say?

Monday, March 17, 2014

Machine Quilting - Take One

Happy Monday & St. Patricks Day

I have only 2 more lines of machine quilting to finish today and I can attach the binding on the lavender quilt - hooray!  Here is how a finished section looks.


Over the weekend I thought I'd try a little "how to" video.  I'm not sure how to get better close ups, but it gives you an idea of how I wrangle the quilt.

video

Here you can see that I'm only doing a 6 1/2" line before pivoting the quilt.  It is so much easier to handle it one line at a time.


Here I am again doing the middle section.

video

Well, Hanna is no Marty Scorsese and I'm no Cate Blanchett, but it was fun to try a video post.  Maybe it will encourage you try a larger quilt on your home machine.

Have a great week~