3 random projects

A few random projects.

Some birthday blocks made by friends. It’s called pick up sticks, fun block to sew. Think I’ll put it together with black sashing.

One of two (for my twins) modern quilts made from Jo Morton fabrics. I have some camo minkee for the backs.

Quilting my Christmas table runner…arguing with myself about whether I should work at learning to use the free motion foot better or stick with the walking foot and have to flip the quilt around a million times. Sometimes I just don’t want to deal with a learning curve!

Love wiggly quilting. 8 quilts total to finish before Christmas. 1 done completely, quilting another and all but one top finished. Not too bad.

Fall Retreat 2012

As always, a wonderful time.

It was different in a few ways this time. Thursday we heard helicopters and when we came back from dinner in town, were stopped by police to inform us of a missing 60 yr old woman. Initially we didn’t know why she was missing and so it was a little weird thinking there might be some guy out there abducting women and us with no locks on the doors! We were inside having a grand time with friends but knowing some gal may be having the worst night of her life. She was found and hopefully will get some much needed help. Poor lady was depressed and spent two nights outside (that is my assumption, the outside part).

On a happier note, my machine had had enough and decided to stitch so badly it wasn’t worth using. The fact that I’ve only had it cleaned once in 12 years may have something to do with it. Sheesh. I hope that’s the case, find out tomorrow. Here’s what I used in its place…

Lucky me Penny only wanted to hand stitch this time. What a straight sewer this little machine is. If it sewed a zigzag it’d be the machine for me, and at a much more affordable price than the new machines out there today. It’s a 1950’s Featherweight. I sewed this mug rug entirely on it.

Roylene brought this pattern, On The Fly to retreat. Dona thought it looked fun so she tried it (3rd from left), Barb ran out of things to sew and liked what Dona had done so she tried it too (4th from left and 4 rows on right).  Then I ran out of things I could do (needed that zigzag) so I joined in the fun (two rows on left) What are we going to do with these? Uh, no idea.

On the way home we stopped and I wasn’t going to buy anything until Barb pointed out the thread was 50% off. Well, I had just pieced a few things which I didn’t have thread to match for quilting. What else could I have done?

Lastly, I saw this in a magazine. It was done in silk but how easy to used cotton solids. Just liked it.

Eventually I’ll get photos of the other pieces I worked on. Hope you’ve had time to create recently.

See ya.

Scraps and yo-yos

A gift for a friend. They’re cuter in person, photos don’t convey how tiny they are.

Time for retreat again. Refresh my soul. Love retreat.

Here’s one project I’ll be taking to quilt. I sewed up a Christmas quilt from red and green scraps and still had some left over so I sewed this huge tablerunner. Its real long, like 95″, to go over the table edges but I still had leftovers so I pieced the back. Finally, those scraps are gone! Not all the others, but the red/green pile is used up. Slowly but surely.

It makes me think of either crosses or gifts, both applicable to Christmas.

Happy day to ya.


Bye-bye brown chair.

This was the one thing I dreaded the most about redoing my studio, reupholstering my chair. I’ve never done that before, plenty of slipcovers but other than kitchen chairs, no upholstering. Not looking forward to it AT ALL but wanted it done. Found enough fabric in the right color, only $32, so if I mess up… not that big a deal.

I got down to the foam and discovered the year it was made, 1964. Yuck, that’s alot of years of dust, so I decided to rip off the foam as well.

Center of chair

Arms came off, made things a little easier.

And the ottoman was in deperate need, it’d been covered with a quilt for over a year.

All is better now. Not perfect mind you, but done. And so soft to the touch.

See the side table off to the side? That’s the next and last piece of furniture to be redone. Grey stain on top and white painted base. Who knows when, I’m just going to enjoy the room for awhile.

Heads up

Just a real quick heads up. That silk I spoke about in the last post is on sale! Don’t know for how long but it’s $5 less than regular price but guess there’s probably shipping. At least you know where to get it.

The little silk yo-yos in this post also came from there.

See ya.

Silk pieces in a little bag

I found this at the quilt show I went to recently. Lovely dusty purple, grey with a little blue and green silk.

I’d gotten some before, all colors, and loved working with them. These colors would look beautiful with my greys, linen and cotton.

So, I decided to sew a little bag. First, a little piecing.

Some quilting…

Pin the front and back back and trim the batting a 1/4″. Doing this made it easier to sew on the zipper.

Make your zipper longer on both ends, it should start about 2-3″ shorter than short side of bag piece. Make it as long as short side of bag.

Now sew to short sides of bag piece, and zigzag to secure.

Next stitch the zipper edge down on inside of bag.

Sew a 10″ strap. I sewed a tube, turned it right side out and topstitched down each side.

Pin strap in seam. Sew one end  and sew other end the opposite way. Below shows two different ways for strap and if the zipper starts on top or bottom. It all depends on how the ends are sewn. The one on the left began at 12.5″ x 9.5″ and the one with silk pieces on the right at 14″ x 8″.

Have fun but be careful, they can be addictive. ;o)

Quilt Show

Went to a quilt show this past weekend, APWQ in Tacoma Washington. Here are a few photos…

2″ log cabins, 990 of them!

8″ x 10″ photo on fabric

2″ Dear Jane blocks

The curved design looked to be painted on.

And a close up…

Dense straightish line quilting. I sooo wanted to feel the texture.

Really enjoyed the simplicity in this.

And a close up, the thread play in this was amazing.

Fun. She quilted eash strip differently.

Some sealife.

And a close up, yes its all hand done.

Fantastic quilting detail on an otherwise common quilt.

See ya.