Saturday, November 11, 2017

CHICKEN SCRAPS


Lady luck is on my side today.



My husband will be away for most of the day.

I say..... let the sewing commence.

I will not stop til I am done.

I really like how this is turning out. This is a secret gift for my man!!

As some of you know, I am using my Island Batik Scraps  for the chickens (fat cat patterns) but the sashing and borders will be from the Island Batik fabric line "Blue Moon".

I was worried that this would be to loud for my husband.  He is more of a neutral person but I think the "Blue Moon" fabric is toning it down some (ya think?)

Off I go....will let you know if I meet my goal of getting this done before he gets home.


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Done with an hour to spare!!!!



I think I love it!!!  Now the story behind the quilt.  Many moons ago, I made my husband a chicken quilt.


sorry that is good as this picture gets.

Well....he didn't have it long.  I sold it in my etsy store.  One day I was talking about my etsy store and needing more quilts in it and he said, well...you can sell my chicken quilt.  So I did, it was in the store maybe 2 weeks tops and it was gone.

We both laugh about it, the selling of his chicken quilt is a running joke in our house.

I wanted to have this done for his birthday but didn't make it, now it is his Christmas present.




Wednesday, November 8, 2017

SCRAPPING IT!!! SMALL TWIST TO THE JELLY ROLL RACE QUILT.

In August (post is here) I ironed all of my Island Batik Scraps



That is when I got the idea to do a Jelly roll race quilt, you can see a demo here.

I had so many strips, some 2 1/2" and some bigger.  I just cut the bigger ones down.

Here is my jelly roll race quilt with a small twist.




65" x 76 1/2"

I had oodles of 2 1/2" squares and so I would randomly put them in.  I actually like it and wish I had added more.

I truly enjoyed quilting this quilt.  I loved seeing all of the Island Batik fabrics.  Three years worth of gorgeous fabrics.

Monday, November 6, 2017

NEW "to me" (unique) STORAGE CONTAINER


My son and his wife gave us this old  1968 Post Office sorting container.  Don't really know the name of it.
I refuse to show you what the room looked like before.  We had an armoire that was a catch all, now my son and his wife have it. (embarrassed)



Now it is in my storage room off my sewing room.

YEA ME!

I can't tell you how much better my sewing room and storage room looks.  I am just beyond happy.

My husband said he was surprised that it is almost full.

There is still plenty of room, the shelves are 2 ft. deep.

I need a label maker.

Cute baskets (that will come in time)

but for now....I am doing the happy dance.

Now when I tell you that this container is heavy....it is stinking heavy.

I still can't believe that I helped my husband bring it into the house.

I told him we will have to go a few steps and rest a few steps.

We both were huffing and a puffing and probably was not a good idea for us to move it without help but we did.

Yea US!!



Secretly I am working on my chickens for my husband.

We have a sick grandson today so there will be no sewing.  He has already had a cold bath, popsicle,  no shirt and the fan is going.  I am freezing but anything to keep his temp. down.

Friday, November 3, 2017

CHRISTMAS PENGUINS "THE WOODEN BEAR QUILT DESIGNS"

          This morning while the little one was sleeping I cut out all of the shapes for these penguins.
                                  Then while he is napping, I put them together on a pressing sheet.
I do like my pressing sheet and have found that Heat N Bond works better than Steam a Seam when using the pressing sheet.  You might feel differently.

Here they are all ready to stitch up.


I just love making these towels (go figure).  I showed you my stash of towels at one time.  Now I have a hankering to make some...a bunch....  ok.... a lot more than a bunch..

On my blog post yesterday I was asked:


Did you use a stabilizer on the back when you blanket stitched? Appears your towels were made from different fabrics. Very cute by the way. Love me some batiks!

No, I do not use stabilizer and here are some towels I have had for years....I mean like five or more years and they have been washed a zillion times (okay so I am exaggerating but you get my drift).



                            Never found a need to use stabilizer except with machine embroidery.



This pink one was made without any kind of fusible, just glue.

I use any type of towel available and that is on sale.  Yesterday I did have one that was more nylon than anything else and I didn't like it but hey...it was there, was the color I wanted so I went with it.

Happy Toweling!!!


Thursday, November 2, 2017

REINDEER TEA TOWELS

I had to be somewhere last night at seven.  It was six thirty so I had a few minutes to draw the patterns on my Heat N Bond fusible.

This morning I got up at five and ironed them to their fabrics.  This is actually 6 projects, 3 reindeer and  3 penguins.



We are expecting our grandson today...whoooohoo so I decided to get going on these.


I timed myself when I blanket stitched.  Talk about nerve racking, seeing the seconds go by.  I finally told myself not to look.



The time did not show up but it took me 13 minutes and 35 seconds to blanket stitch around these reindeer.  See how fast this goes?


The most time consuming part is drawing out the pattern pieces on adhesive and cutting out.  Even then it didn't take that long.

I find that is is much easier to make 3 than one...maybe a little more time but once you have the fabrics picked out you are GONE!!!

The pattern is "The Wooden Bear Quilt Designs" and the fabrics are Island Batiks.

I love these reindeer on brown don'w know why but I do.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

I HAVE SOME FINISHES....YEA ME!

We have had our grandson all week so there hasn't been much going on in the sewing room.

I have to tell ya by the time night comes and he is in bed, I am ready to go to bed too.

I had 10,000 steps by noon one day, between him and my mother.  I was shocked.  I went to bed with 20,000 steps under my belt.  Need I tell you more about sewing?

Well....as soon as he left I got busy with these Santas for the two oldest grandsons.





Today I am making two more of these pillowcases.




I sewed French Seams

           
                          

                                                       and used the sausage method (or tube)

                            



Thursday, October 19, 2017

CHOO CHOO, GET ON BOARD BECAUSE STANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN!!

My two oldest grandsons are just now discovering Christmas so I thought I would make them a hand towel with this Santa on it.

I had forgotten how big this Santa is, 12 x 12, by fat cat patterns.

I should have waited and gotten a bath towel...Oh well..





Are you wondering why I have that washable stabilizer on it?  I was having issues with my blanket stitch, they were looking like triangles.  I took my stitches out twice.  

Then I had an a ha moment.

If the stabilizer for towels works with the embroidery machine it will work for me.

And it did......doing the little happy dance here.

Now at the risk of repeating my self...Sewer's aid had brought new meaning to my life.  If you only knew the frustrations I was having with my thread breaking with my embroidery machine.

So much so that I haven't used my machine in ages.  Last week after getting the sewer's aid I decided to try it on my threads....  I am in HEAVEN!!!

Made three more of these today.


The outline looks so much better than on the first one I did.

Can you see my Oops in the one below???  I am leaving it.


     I just love these and am so glad I decided to keep going.  All of you gave good advice and I am taking you up on all of it.  Thanks so very very much.


The weather here in Texas is fantastic.....around 40's at night and in the morning you get the chill in the air, by lunch it is warm but not hot.  Just love it.