Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.-Marcel Proust

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Saturday Stitching

I basically locked myself in the sewing room today.  Turned on the 80s tunes and jammed. 
I cranked out these 9 BlockLotto blocks, using my Tri-Rec rulers.  It went smoother than I thought it would.  I only made two mistakes the whole time!
Here are some of them up close.  I am amazed that the points all look great!  YAY!

I also worked on my Oklahoma Back Roads quilt, hoping to get the top put together.  I thought I had all the blocks sewn together.  However, after sewing lots of rows, I found that I was three rows short!  That's 30 blocks!  What happened to 30 of my blocks???  I started making them after searching for them with no luck.  I am pretty sure they are hiding in a corner of my sewing room somewhere but I couldn't find them.  No top finished today after all, darn-it!

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Sunday Stitching

Sorry for the dark picture- an effect of the sun coming in...
I finally got my kitchen curtains hemmed so the kitchen refresh is complete.  I actually want some curtain tie backs but until I find just what I want, this will have to do...

Working on putting rows together for a quilt for my bed but got antsy.  I may go cut out a new leader/ender project...

I have a busy week at work since school starts Wednesday and I am in charge of the textbooks as well as my usual library responsibilities.  Wish I had about another month of pure patchwork & quilting time!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Tea Towel Swap anyone?

I would like to set up a tea towel swap where you would hand decorate a tea towel and have a partner to swap it with.  I will post some very general rules for participation if I get at least five participants.  We would need to start soon to have them finished and delivered by the end of August. 
Just send me your name and email address along with a message to let me know you are interested.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Not much stitching goin on but...

I did get my front door painted this week.  I have just had the paint for about 2 years...
The large terra cotta pot got a few coats of red as well.  So, my entry is pretty much refreshed.  I still need to sweep and get a new welcome mat and maybe a wreath.
Here is an up close of the bird cage at the door.

I have also been working on some shelves for my kitchen refresh as well.  Hopefully I will get them finished and hung up tomorrow.  If so, I will post pics.  I am in panic mode to get this all done since I start back to school on Monday.  Students still have almost 2 weeks until they start but there is all kinds of meetings and registration to get through before then. 

Now, I have all sorts of UFOs- more than I can ever finish, I am sure.  BUT- this quilt is calling to me!!!!!  I even went as far as bought a few reds and neutrals to add to my stash in preparation. 

I wish that when I was binging on quilting, I could stop eating and loose a ton of weight.  Wouldn't that be cool? 

Earlier this week, I also managed to get the inside of my car all vacuumed out and the interior all cleaned up.  So, I have been busy but not in the sewing room.  I have just had to fight the urge to ditch it all and go up there.  Tomorrow, hopefully I will get a few minutes with my current project- Oklahoma Back Roads.  I hope to have it put together as a quilt top in another week or so, even with going back to work. 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

One more for the block lotto...

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Some sewing this weekend

I managed to get to some Block Lotto blocks. 
The theme this month is pets.  Most people have chosen to do an actual applique or pieced picture.  I don't know how they have the time for that.  However, traditional pieced blocks with pet fabric were an option so here are my cats.

These are done using the 9 inch Quatrefoil block from Quilters Cache. 
And here is my horse block, because everyone needs a pet horse!

I also pulled out a very old UFO.  Oklahoma Backroads that I started years ago at a workshop with Bonnie Hunter.  They are slow going but I think I might actually get all the blocks that I need done soon.  I have the correct number of blocks started at least, at various stages of completion.  I need 110 to do the same size as Bonnie did.  I only have 28 blocks complete at this point. 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Doll Carrier Tutorial

Hard to see here but I made two of these cute little doll carrier tote bags for my cousin's granddaughters.  This is a rough and dirty tutorial but if you know how to quilt and sew, you should be able to follow it. 
Here they are finished.  It was really very easy.
First, I cut the bag fabric 36 by 14 inches.  I used the baby doll as a guide as to how large I wanted the bag, then doubled the length. 
Then I quilted that, with no backing- the bag will be lined so it isn't needed. 

I then cut a pocket for one side- 2 squares, 14 inches by how ever deep you want it. (I embroidered the name on the bag before I created the pocket)  I did about a 15 inch pocket, sewed them together on one side for the finished edge (right sides together and then pressed and opened to right sides with a top-stitched seam for finishing)  Then I folded the bottom over to make the pocket the correct length, sewed it to one side of the quilted piece and trimmed the raw edge.  I left it raw but it is okay because it is in the inside of the pocket..

Here is the picture of the piece with the pocket attached (top of picture), as well as the doll holder section ( bottom of picture) which I am describing next. 

This section is a shorter pocket piece- 14 for the width of the bag by about 8 inches tall.  I quilted it with just backing and then trimmed my lining to include openings for the doll's legs.  I just used the doll to measure how far apart to put the leg holes and how tall they needed to be.  See the picture for the shape I chose.  Then I sewed, right sides together, around the lining piece, leaving a hole for turning.
Trim the corners and clip the curves, turn the piece, press, sew the hole closed (I just do this with top-stitching) and I attached it to the bag piece with top-stitching. 
I added some ribbon for trim.  Note- my doll is a 15 inch baby doll.  Your measurements may change if you are working with a different size doll. 
I also sewed the pocked closed along the ribbon edge to just under the doll arms for a snug fit.  
At this point, sew the side seams of the bag- right sides together.  I also sewed on a 25-30 inch strap.  i cut a piece five inches wide by however long you think the strap needs to be, lined it with a 2.5 inch strip of batting for stability and top stitched it closed.  I sewed one end to a front corner of the bag and one end to the opposite back corner of the bag- this will be a cross body bag.  See the picture below. 
As you can see, I also added another strip of ribbon across the dolls chest for more stability. 

I sewed boxed corners on the bag.  If you do not know how to do this, look it up on youtube- they explain it some much better than I could!!!!

For the lining, you cut it the same dimensions as the tote, box the corners the same amount as the bag, turn it wrong side out and sew it, right sides together, to the tote. Be sure to get the handle tucked inside and leave a hole for turning.

 See below. 
Note the boxed corners. 
I had to raise my machine up out of its table to sew this seam. 

Here is the hole that I left open for turning.  After turning the bag, I then top-stitched around the bag to close the hole and give the bag a finished edge. 
And here are the finished bags. I filled the inside with doll clothes and diapers that my mother made for them.  I included diaper pins so that the straps could be pinned up to the correct length for the girls and adjusted as necessary.  You could make the strap adjustable with "hardware" from the fabric store. 


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