Sunday, December 26, 2010
Friday, December 24, 2010
Truths for us Old Farts
~I think part of a best friend's job should be to immediately clear your computer history if you die.
~Nothing is worse than the moment in an argument when you realize you're wrong.
~Map Quest really needs to start their directions on # 5. I know how to get out of my neighborhood.
~Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.
~Bad decisions make good stories.
~You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you know you just aren't going to do anything productive for the rest of the day.
~Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blue Ray? I don't want to have to restart my collection...again.
~I keep some people's phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.
~I think the freezer deserves a light, as well.
~I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with Miller Lite than Kay.
~I have a hard time discerning the fine line between boredom and hunger.
~I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars team up to prevent a jerk from cutting in at the front. Stay strong, brothers and sisters!
~The first testicular guard, the "Cup," was used in Hockey in 1874 and the first helmet was used in 1974. That means it only took 100 years for men to realize that their brain is also important.
Monday, December 13, 2010
Just finished my article for this months issue of NinePatch News. Enjoy!
Recycle and Re Purpose
Can you feel it? You know it coming. Time for Christmas! Time to get those last mintue gifties made and delivered! But wait, you cash poor, what to do, what to do? Take a few mintues (or hours) to dive into your stash and decide what you want to make for whom. Today we have provided some links for some quick and easy gifties. One or two links have a slighty time comsuming projects but worth it.
Have some old linens sitting in the closet or drawer? This little project is prefect for them! Six pieces is all it takes to make this adorable roll holder.
Have a stash of heavy duty canvas or duck?
This is a great pattern for making grocery bag tote. Nice and roomy and will hold alot!
How cool is this?? Take the cuffs of an old shirt you have cut up for recycling and turn it into a wallet! Do not need a wallet? Sew the cuff up each side and it can be a cell phone , iPod or Loyality Card Pouch. Bling it up with beads and stuff and it will be conversational piece!
Great way to gather things up for a snowman and keeping it in one place. Grab an old shoe box, decorate it up and keep Frosty's gear in it. Kids will love it!
Do you have a seamstress in your circle? This tutorial will show you haow to make a 'Ham'. An item that lets you press seams on a garment with ease. http://mymeasuringtape.blogspot.com/2008/08/make-your-own-ham-yums.html#comment-form
This is a stinkin' cute little purse decorated with rickrack! Great for a tween or an adult. Make the straps long enough to wear it across the body. This will make you hands free for shopping!
Quick and easy little chicky that will hold your cook book open while you are making all those goodys in the kitchen! These little Chooks (in Australia they call chickens Chooks) can also keep your arts and crafts books open too!
Who doesn't need a oven mitt? I highly recommend using the insul-brite to keep the heat off your fingers and hand.
Got some left over Tule from make bride head pieces or ballerinas outfits? Not sure what to do with it? Make scubbies! This is a great tutorial for make them! Scrubbies are not just for cleaning pot and pans and kitchen counters. You can use them for cleaning your cutting matts too!
Need a really quick and easy sewing notion for your bestest quilting buddy? Try this magnetic pin holder! (shameless plug here)
Have fun deciding what you want to make. Feel free to send us picture of your work! We would love to see what our readers are making!
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Sunday, December 5, 2010
I love getting sewing supply catalogs at home. I get to browse thru them in my PJs and get great ideas on what is new in sewing notions. I saw this picture in a catalog and said ' hot damn! what a great way to hold straight pins and needles while you sewing!' It a simple metal circle painted in pretty colors with a strong magnet on the back. You place the circle on your shirt, slip the magnet inside the shirt to attach it to the circle. Magnet holds the circle in place but doesn't hurt your shirt!
The item does have a disclaimer; Caution: Do not place on electronic equipment, cell phone, computers (this means sewing machine with computer chips too), TV, credit cards, etc. Not for use by people with pacemakers. Keep away from children, yada yada yada.
Then I saw the price. $9.95???? what the hell??? For a piece of metal and a magnet??? I took a closer look at the Holder. Its a friggin' mason jar lid all painted up purty!
Off to the hardware store I go! Found some strong magnets. 6 for $1.97. More than I wanted to pay but I had a point to prove so I bought them. Couldn't find canning jar lids at the hardware store or at Walmart. I did find them at a local grocery store and on sale! 12 lids for $1.50! Once you do the math, it comes up to less than 50 cents apiece! Of course you can dress them up by spray painting them, decoupaging your favorite fabric on or just leave them plain (redneck style). They are cute and quick gifty item for quilting retreats or a stocking stuffer.
I'm thinkin' you could paint the names of the quilter in the label right under the BALL.
The holder I made will hold about 12 pins and needles. The magnet used is about one inch in diameter, 1/8 inch thick. If you get a larger magnet it will hold more pins and maybe a small pair of scissors. The possibilities are endless! A word of advice, be sure you remove all pin and needles off the holder before you remove the magnet. Otherwise the pins will fall on the floor and you may step on them....ask me how I know this *snarf*
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Seems I am doing alot of tutorials lately. Please indulge with me for this one. I was surfing thru blogs (yes I am addicted) and was looking at these fabulous mug rugs here:
http://rebeccasrags.blogspot.com/ scroll 1/2 down the page
I shared this link with my chat room friends. One of them couldn't figure out how to make the hexagon so I did a tutorial for her. After she saw it, the light went on....duhhhh (her words not mine). This was easy peasy to do so I will share with you what I shared with her. enjoy! the mug rugs come out approx 9 inches across, room for a mug and a snack.
~you will need 2 strips from a fat quarter of 2 1/4 inch fabric.
~2 strips of one inch fabric for the mock binding.
~a 60 degree ruler. the one I use is a 60 degree diamond ruler by Darlene Zimmerman.
I got it a Joann's, it made by EZ quilting
~sew the 2 fat strips together and press to the dark side
~using the ruler, sub cut 6 triangles
~attach the narrow strip to the bottom of the triangles as this is your mock binding
~leave at least 1 1/2 between each one for re cutting
~using the diamond ruler again, re cut the narrow strip to make a complete triangle
~sew together 3 of the triangles to make 1/2 of the hexagon.
~repeat for the other 3
~sew the 2 halves together and you have the top of the mug rug
easy peasy! Finish the mug rug like I showed you in the last blog
Clear as mud? great!
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Friday, December 3, 2010
Today's post is about Mock Binding. When I mentioned this technique to my quilting buddies they wanted to know more. When I described it, they couldn't get a true visual of it. So I decided to do a tutorial with picture. I use this binding style in small projects and baby quilts.
If you have been reading other blogs you know that mug rugs are all the rage. I adore these tiny quilts. That is what they are, tiny little quilts. My samples are approx 5 x 9 inches. Perfect for a mug and a snack! Here goes the instructions:
Once your have designed and constructed your mini quilt top, you are going to add a 1 inch wide border all around the edges.
Pick a pretty backing that compliments your top. As you can see I chose a pretty little floral print that matches the top fairly well. Cut your backing approx 1/2 inch wider than the top.
Cut your batting one inch wider than the backing. Layer the 3 layers in this order:
Backing (right side up)
Top ( right side down)
Stitch a 3/8'' seam all around the block leaving a small opening. Trim and cut corners. Turn inside out, this is also known as pillow case or 'birthing' I prefer birthing cause its
a labor of loooooooove *grin* Carefully poke the corners out nice and sharp. You can use a chop stick or a long handle artist's brush. Slip stitch opening, iron flat.
Stitch in the ditch all around the edge of the mug rug. This will give the edge some depth and gives the illusion of binding, hence the term 'mock' binding! Clear as mud? good!
As I said earlier, I use mock binding for smaller projects and baby quilts. Using this technique holds up better on baby quilts, especially when they washed a lot. You don't have to worry about little fingers working their way under the tradish binding and getting their fingers tangled up.
Feel free to email me with any questions: Erzebatbat@aol.com
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Thursday, December 2, 2010
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Take the collar, square it up. add a zipper and you have a long pouch to store knitting or crochet hooks in. perfect for that knitter in your life!
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Its that time of year again! Time to get going on those Christmas gifts! I traditionally get started on my gifts on Thanksgiving weekend but now I get started right after Halloween!
Head to the thrift shops. Dig thru your linen closets, your clothes closets. Get to your local Dollar Tree Store and check out the kitchen section. My local Dollar Store has remodeled and revamped their store and there is now a HUGE selection of inexpensive kitchen towels, potholder and oven mitts. Jump into your scrap pile and start sorting!
One of the hottest crafts to make on the Internet is a Mug Rug. This craft is HUGE! They are bigger than the usual mug coaster. They rectangle rather than square. The general size is 6in by 9 in. Big enough for your mug and a snack! There is a Flickr group loaded with lots of pictures. http://contented.typepad.co.uk/contented/2010/10/mug-rug-tutorial-part-one.htmlThis tutorial will get you started, let your imagination run wild with color schemes and materials. A great giftie would be a new mug with a mug rug rolled up inside with a packet of the receivers favorite tea/cocoa/coffee. This link will give idea with designs and colors. Pleasant Home: Sew Picture Perfect ~ Mug Rugshttp://www.pleasant-home.com/2010/11/sew-picture-perfect-mug-rugs.html
Grab a cup of coffee/tea/soda and a snack and check out these links! Many of these links will show you how to recycle old clothes and linens into usable items good enough to gift! When you check out the websites take close at look at the sidebars for more links to other websites. Warning: These links will take up a huge chunk of computer time! Be sure you have the kids/hubby/pets fed, your in your comfty clothes and that you have alot of alone time. Have fun!
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Thursday, November 11, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Im not sure sure if I will be using the same yardage as the pampered pooch charm pack but they do look good together!
Thursday, November 4, 2010
I just finished a baby quilt for a friend whom I met when she was a newborn. now the newborn is all grown up and having babies of her own.
This first quilt is a quilt she tells me I made for her when she was a itty bitty. I dont remember making it for her but I do recognize the fabric. In fact I still have some of that fabric in my stash!
simple patchwork, layered, birthed and tied at the corners. no binding! this was made over 22 years ago. I was in the early stages of my quilt making :
the 2nd quilt is the one I am giving to her for HER baby! dang I feel old!
this quilt was easy to make. The pattern is a version of Bonnie Hunters Sticks and Stones. I took a charm pack and some yardage. The charm pack I used is call Peas and Carrots. Lots of orange and green, hence the name of the charm pack. I split each charm in 1/2 and added a 2 1/2 block to each rectangle. I 'stacked' the columns and added a narrow border (one inch finished) in yellow for friendship and a 2nd border 2 1/2 inch finished). I used mocked binding (1/2 inch finished)that matched the colors of the charms. quick and easy. Quilt is approx 32 in square.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Monday, November 1, 2010
Finally, after months of no Internet, I have INTERNET! The Dingbat is BACK! Thank to Cox's cable and Beloved Monkey Boy! Since I missed Blogtoberfest I decided I will make it up by posting just about everyday in November. During my absent I did get some quilting done. I joined a swap last summer in one of the quilty groups in Yahoo. We swapped mini wall hanging with just a simple pumpkin design. The swap mom got permission from the designer
Amy of Citypark Girl fame had design. you can get the pattern here: http://amyscreativeside.com/ Super simple and was fast to make. The one of the top is what I received and the one on the bottom is what I sent out. The only requirement was we had to use a border with pumpkins in it. I was temped to bling my up a little bit but didnt.
I really like this design because it can be used for October and November! I encourage everyone to join a quilty swap every now and again. The challenge will get your creative juices flowing and hone your skills. I just joined yet another online swap, this one is for a mini quilt no bigger than a sheet of notebook paper, think of all the possibilties!
Thanks to all my internet buddies and bloggers I have more than enough owl fabric for Grandma's Hooters project. Later this week there will be a vote for which block to use and a winner for the one who voted for the winning block. I cant decide on a block, I have 3 to chose from. See ya later this week!
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Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010
Saturday, July 17, 2010
this has been a rough week. monday I locked the keys in my car. I never do that......with the exception waaaaaaaaaaaaaay back in 1990 but that is another story. Of course I was working 2nd shift at QVC in Va and I didnt get off shift til midnight! I called POPALOCK which should be called popajoke wouldnt come out to rescue me.....gggrrrrrrr........... I called my son Daniel AKA Beloved Monkey Boy. I told him what I had done and could he come get me. He said he would but he was bringing his girlfriend which he refers to his Boo Sugah. I will Refer to her as MsBOO.
She is a pretty girl and has been very good for BMB.
Daniel and Jenn. they make a cute couple!
They come out to the warehouse and bring with them a hammer and coat hanger. IM thinking...oh hell no....you aint breaking the window to the Plum! He said no, he was gonna try to pry open the door frame,then push the coat hanger in the door and pull up the lock stem. I have the old fashion lock stems so it easier to unlock. The coat hanger was too thick so I went to security and got a thinner hanger. good news! it worked! bad news! there is surface damage in the roof and on the door frame. At MsBoo's suggestion I layered some topcoat finger nail polish on the effected parts to keep the rusting out. evenually I will get the Plum a new paint job. Of course the alarm went off and I couldnt get it to turn off. there were a few people in the parking lot and they were staring at us. I finally got the alarm off, gave MsBoo and BMB my heart felt thanks and hugs. BMB demanded a large pan of my infamous tuna fish casserole that I will gladly make.they saved me alot of money and aggravation. In middle of all this a thunderstorm was coming thru. lightening and thunder and rain and it was 1am before we were able to leave. This was one of my proudest MOM moments. I raised him on my own and I know I did a good job when I could call him after midnight to come to my place of work, in the rain and help his stranded momma! many thanks to Beloved Monkey Boy and his Boo Sugah!
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Monday, July 5, 2010
Sunday, July 4, 2010
Saturday, July 3, 2010
I recieved a wonderful eclectic bunch of owls. I will cherish all of them!
for those who sent owl fabric, I in return send them this cute little snap pouch with a matchbook needle keeper tucked inside.
thank you ladies for your contribution to Grandma's Hooters project!
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Sunday, June 20, 2010
Saturday, June 5, 2010
ever been doing something not quilt related and a brilliant quilt plan pops into your head??? I had one of those moments recently. I want to design a quilt in honor of my grandmother. While in the shower, I had this quilt idea popped right into my head! I get a lot of great ideas while in the shower, most of my best Redneck Quilter Jokes came about in there. Feel free to stop snickering now...... anyhoooooo........Grandma was Cherokee and Chippewa. Her spirit totem was the Owl. Mine is the Bat, loooooong story behind it .She had Owls of all sorts all over the house. Real stuffed ones, metal, chystal, glass etc. I have seen some stinkin' cute Owl fabrics on the blogs and in the catalogs lately and I thought that would be the perfect material for a quilt! Problem is, none of my local quilt shops carry that kind of novelty fabric. I dont need much, 5 in charm square, fat eights, scraps.... I have a ton of tone on tone, poka dot that look like owl eyes, feathers, and gemometric designs to co ordinate with the Owl fabric. sooooo this is my request..... can yall spare a little bit of your owls fabric stash (if'n you happened to have some)? In return I will send you a cute little item hand crafted by moi! not gonna tell you what it is, it will a surprize. The working title of this quilt is GrandMa's Hooters! She would love the double meaning of that title
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Sunday, May 30, 2010
as you know, tomarrow is Memorial Day in the United States. My post today is about my Dad. RM1 James E McClure. He went into the Navy in 1948 and stayed til 1968. He was a man of Honor and raised 3 daughters. He was very proud of his daughters and gransons. He passed in 95 and is greatly missed by all of us. Thank you Dad for your years of service in the Navy and stepping up to raise your daughters when another wouldnt. This picture is of Dad when he went to Great Lakes Training Center. I got it out of his memory album from that year. A special thanks and prayers to our Service People where ever they are across the world. Come home safe, you are very much loved and missed!
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Sunday, May 16, 2010
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editors note: clicking on the picture will not enlarge it. phooey! trust me, he is hansome and she is adorable. only suggestion I can make, save pic and enlarge thru your photo editor