Thursday, December 10, 2009
Im still here! Having alot of problems with my phone lines. apprently the gutters are backed up, forcing the rain water to seep into eaves, which run down the wall that has the shorted the phone jack and now I have no phone service. everytime it rains I have this problem. once I locate a 15 ft ladder, beloved monkey boy (aka son) can climb and clean out the gutters. then I can get the phone jack replace and get back online. I dont have internet access at home but I do have BMB's puter and access at the library. no pictures for a while, so I hope I dont bore ya with my chit chat. thanks for understanding!
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Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Its that time of year, time to be thinking about what you can give to love ones for Christmas. If you are like me, your budget is stretched to the limit and you have no or very little cash for presents. Well, don't you worry Virginia! There is a Santa Claus and its YOU!
You have skills! You are good with needle and thread! You can make all your gifts this year! Check around the house, do you have a set of vintage sheets you can part with? Go look for that stash of tea towels you bought along time ago and hid from hubby, get that embroidery machine out and find that perfect logo or design for gifts! I know you have a big bucket of scraps that need to be cut and organized and made into something useful and practical!
Have some old dresses that you made eons ago and they are either to small or outdated? Cut them up to make shopping totes or table runners or coasters. Do the same with old cotton blend shirts that are hanging in the closet! Now is the time to hit the thrift stores. They will be trying to clean out their inventory to make room for the December donations people make for that last minute tax credit. For very little money you can get a lot of material for making those gifts! You have done duo duty! Your helping your local charity with your purchases, you are recycling and re purposing the things you have bought! I have bought name brands items for a fraction of the cost in the department stores.
I have included in this article some of my favorite links to gifties I have made in the past. Have fun surfing and let us know which ones are your favorite! All the links are active as of 11-07-09.
wristlet ~ great for using old sweaters that you have shrink in the wash!
Pincushion~ experiment with different size circle
fabric covered thumbtacks~ cute for a kids room or sewing room
thread catcher~ arm chair sewers love these!
heat therapy rice bag ~ great for the weekend warrior!
flat round pin cushion ~ nice gift for the beginner quitter
my favorite hobo bag pattern! love this pattern! made it several times
you can get your hardware at home depot or lowes. magnet snaps at Joann fabrics
baby booties! cute cute cute! I make a pair for my friend's baby's first Christmas in colorful Christmas fabrics. they end up in baby books after they are out grown!
key fobs~great for those key ring size loyalty cards that most retail stores have now
pincushion and thread holder
site with hundreds of links for sewing accessory ideas
another key fob
a zippered lunch bag! a few alterations and it can be a tween purse!
snap wallet~ great for business cards or larger loyalty cards
pincushion cuff~ love this pin cushion you can use all sorts of fabrics with this included felted wool
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Sunday, October 18, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
the sparkly pumpkins are finally done! yea!!! they were due Oct 1 but I have been very busy with working a full time job and 2 part time jobs. Things have eased up a little and I got to work on these all day today. great rainy day project! I will get them out to the new owners on Monday. had a blast making these. the pumpkin and crow pattern came out of an old McCalls Quick quilts mag. I zig zagged the edges, use gold glittery tulip paint for sparkle and silk leaves for a 3-D look. Click on picture to see better details. The jack-o pattern is out of the lastest Fons and Porter magazine. I used 2 different size buttons for the eyes. pieces were fused and zig-zagged. I added a ceramic fall color leaf to each style. in my online exchange group of 12 (there are now more in the group, all from the pickle posse) 1/2 wanted fall, other half, included myself wanted halloween. this group is park of the sparkly chicken group from last summer.
I have recieved 5 blocks so far in the exchange, I will post pics when I get more. I had fun making these blocks, great diversion from training on new job and working other jobs inbetween. I wanted to stamp a dingbat on them as well but I couldnt find my stamp or the stamp pad....grrrrr dont you hate that?
Monday, October 12, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
this snap sack sample is called Liberty Belle, approx 10 x 28. this is perfect for a narrow space on the wall or a door charm. both kits were very quick to make and there are generous cuts of fabric in each one. ask your local quilt shop about them.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
long time no post! ack ack, real life got into the way! today's post is a long over due tutorial for the online newsletter Nine Patch News that I write for. last months article was on how to re purpose your stash. if your not gonna make quilts, make grocery bags! this tutorial is about make grocery bags. although the pics are going to be on a lunch bag ( my own design of course!) I will be giving 2 sets of measurements. one for lunch bag, the other for grocery bag (will be in parenthesise). both these bags are DEEP. will hold alot of lunch and grocery's! lets get started!
you will need the following supplies:
*1/2 yard of all cotton (one yard all cotton)
*size 14 needle for top stitching (larger eye and better to go thru many layers)
*cardboard template 2 1/2 in sq (3 1/2 in sq)
@cut 2 pieces 12x16 (21x24)
@cut 4 pieces 1 1/2 x20 (3 strips wof x 2 1/2)
@cut 2 pieces for pockets 6 x 8 1/2 (9x9)
~take corner templates, mark fabric, and cut out corners. hem the top of the bag body. fold over raw edge 3/8 of an inch, fold down again and stitch in place
~take pocket pieces, right sides together, fold in half, sew along the raw edge. turn inside out so right side is showing. place pockets where ever you want to place them, sew along the edge to the body of the bag
~take 2 of the long strips and sew together along the ends. with wrong side together sew along the sides to make a long handle. do not turn inside out, just press flat. see picture
~pin handle to the body. the end of the handle should start right about the corner cutout, along the edge of the pocket, to the top of the bag,loop around and come down the other side. do this for both bag body pieces
~zig zag along the handle to secure raw edge.
~this is where a serger would come in handy, but since I don't have one, I just sewed along the sides and bottom. I went back and zig zaged the raw edges to keep the material from shredding.
~Match your corners and sew edges plus zig zag
~turn inside out and there you have it! a nice tall lunch bag! The size width wise is like a regular brown paper bag. it is TALL but it will accommodate bottles of water and bread sticks *grin*
Sorry this isnt a nice clean polished tutorials like the ones I read on other blogs, but Im working on it! Next on is how to make a apron out of recycled jean legs!
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Friday, July 10, 2009
I have a little poem for yall. This poem was written by my blogger friend Sara, she a good writer and an excellent sparkly chicken maker. She gave me permission to post it on my blog. I really like it and find it very befitting a Quilter. Check out her blog when you have a chance. http://universeaccordingtosara.blogspot.com/
12 Steps for Quilters
by Sara Sparkly Chicken Maker
1. Admit you are weak - perhaps even addicted, obsessive, compulsive, and anal-retentive - when it comes to quilting, quilting attitudes and ideas, fabric, notions, tools, books, and patterns.
2. Accept that a Power greater than yourself has put quilting, fabric, notions, tools, books, and patterns into your life for a reason.
3. Decide to turn your quilting will and life over to this greater Power.
4. Make a thorough, fearless inventory of your fabric, notions, tools, books, patterns, WIPs, and UFOs.
5. Admit to the greater Power, yourself, and your quilting friends that you have wronged others in your neglect of them due to quilting and that you have wronged yourself in your neglect of quilting to fulfill the needs of others.
6. Ask the Power to remove any character defects that lead to a lack of productivity, unfinished projects, impulse and/or binge purchases that you won't use in this lifetime, and guilt that arises from preferring to participate in quilt-related activities instead of family, friends, and work activities.
7. Humbly ask the Power to remove any shortcomings - poor organizational skills, lust for more quilting supplies that you truly don't need and won't use, inability to sew 1/4" seams, fear of quiltzillas, a perfectionist nature, terror of new techniques, and so on - from your heart and head.
8. Make a list of all people you have truly harmed through your quilting and be willing to make amends.
9. Make direct amends to those you have harmed, whenever possible, by gifting them with at least one quilted object that is larger than a potholder; make amends to the Universe by gifting at least one charity with a quilt each year.
10. Continuously take inventory of your , quilting attitudes and ideas, fabric, notions, tools, books, and patterns, admitting when you've overspent, purchased unwisely, have no intention of completing a project, or have neglected loved ones in order to pursue quilting-related activities and so that you might remember that quilting is a gift that serves many purposes and meets many needs in your life.
11. Through your version of prayer and meditation, establish conscious contact with your greater Power so that you might fully understand and fulfill your quilting purposes.
12. Having had an awakening of understanding, spirit, and consciousness as a result of these steps, carry this message to both other quilters and the loved ones of quilters, so that they, too, might come to the understanding that quilting is more than just a hobby but that it is a way of life.
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Sunday, July 5, 2009
apron is finished! please note the towel loop at the waist band. even thought I like wearing aprons, I do like having a towel at my hip! I use the welt from another pant leg to make the loop. I made the straps extra long so I can wrap them around my waist. despite being a fluffy bat, this does fits me well!
2 more chickies arrived in the mail weds! our everso loverly mail lady took a 4 days weekend and I have no mail til monday. grrrrrr......I am loving these chickens. I now have 7 in the roost!
We have decided to do a sparkly halloween swap. I have dug out my pumpkin and cat templates! cant wait to get started!
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Saturday, July 4, 2009
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
just a sneak peek of the sparkly chickens I have made for a online group. I had packed up most of them to be mailed out tomarrow when I relized I hadnt taken any pictures.
I love wild and crazy colors. your really cant see the beading but its there. I put large beeds in the head piece to be 'curlers' and a pearl necklace and tiny beads on the wings and tail feathers. this is my own design and I kinda proud of it. I added a ladybug for poops and giggles. as a added surprize I added a key fob made with chicken fabric. hope everyone likes them. I have receive several so far and I adore them!
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Friday, June 19, 2009
I love mail call! getting squishies in the mail are so much better than the usuall bills and junk mail! in the last couple of weeks I have gotten ninepatches from an online exchange I am in, 30s repro strips that I am trading with a chatroom friend. we both lost our jobs about the same time and wanted and need to fix our addiction for 30s repros. we both have large stashes so we agreed to send some to each other. Its amazing how different our collections are. I sent her about 20 pieces of various sizes (she is making a catheral window quilt) and she send me 30plus strips out of her stash (Im making a summer quilt for memememe!). we had about 4 pieces the same. Thank you Doreen! you have made my stash very happy!
the next pakage is a blog give away from JulieK http://juliekquilts.blogspot.com/
she had a give away during memorial day. she was cleaning out her sewing room and was giving away on a first come first serve basis. I saw these precut hexagons and I had been encouraged by local quilters 'to join the fold' of the hexagon makers. I have seen this growing popular trend in the blogs as well. I asked for them and I recieved! interesting thing however......when I got the box, I looked at the floral pieces and said to myself, that material sure does looke familiar. then I remembered.....I have sheets made from the same stuff! vintage sheets at that! they are at least 30 years old! Im a pack rat, can throw away nuffin.....I did throw away the bottom sheet cause it was pretty much thread bare but keep the top sheet. I will use that as the backing whenever I get the top part done. Julie said she may have to do that again. pop on over to her blog and see whats she does....
ok...alittle announcement......some how I missed my first year blogaversary. with all the crazyness of last spring, getting fired from old job, picking up a new job and training for weeks, looking for another job to supplement the income cause this one aint covering the bills, it somehow snuck passed me. now I see on the blog list that I am close to 100 posts! this called for a double giveaway!! stay tuned for more info in the coming days (wicked evil batgrin)......
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Thursday, June 18, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
major mail call agin this week! I love my quilting buddies!
first pakage came from my pirate booty partner. I love this little quilt, done is 30's repros and in the campbell soup colors of my kitchen! charm packs and 30s repos in blues! kitchen towel will look great too! love love love it!
second pakage come from my truck driving quilt buddy Nancy! Nancy has this embroidery machine and can stitch out the cutest sayings. she stitch me up some stinkin' cute patches. I plan on making patch pockets on some tote bags . Nancy went to her first major quilt show in Lancaster! she bought me some GIANT RIC RAC!!! gotta love those colors! I see some retro tote bags made with the ric rac!
Good News! the online newsletter Nine Patch News is coming back online! I am a contributing writer to the newsletter. The original Editor had to drop out and for about a year there was no letter publish but now we are back in action!
If you are interested in receiving the newletter go to this website and sign up! Right now it will be a once a month and it will be jammed pack with alot of info!
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Saturday, May 2, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
is it a bird? a plane? a nutjob? nooooooooooooooo its QUILT MAN ON A SEGWAY!
read the comments at the bottom.....they are a hoot!
new job is going well, it amzing how after 2 weeks out of a job, you get soooooo tired without that afternoon nap!
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Friday, April 24, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009