|Today I made this cute little clothes pin holder. Won't it look cute on Grandma's clothes line?|
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
One of my great clients (I also do hair) has asked me to tackle a special request. She wants a over-sized queen, log cabin quilt! And as if that isn't enough, she would also like it all done in flannel!
She's lucky she is so nice!
Her and I took a little trip to the fabric store last week, and after washing and ironing, during the beginning of the week, I finally got to start cutting today.
I was able to whip out all my strips and my center squares off and on throughout the day today. I also timed myself, just out of curiosity, and it took me two minutes shy of two hours. Which for me, is really putting some steam on the cutting mat.
I just could not go to bed without putting a couple of squares together for a sneak peak. I am pretty happy with how they are coming together.
Two down, fifty-four to go!
I do believe you have to be a little crazy to love quilting. Take a big piece of fabric, and chop it into a bunch of small ones, just to make it big again.
Happy quilting everyone.
at 11:20 PM
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
I have been having so much fun over the weekend with these black and white pinwheels.
I whipped up a stack of thirty in no time.
Next, I framed them in with this super pretty aqua blue.
I am just smitten with how it is all coming together. I love the exciting feeling I get when I see my vision coming together.
Now off to quilt!
at 6:30 AM
Friday, September 11, 2015
Boy, it has been a while since I have posted anything. The end of summer just seems to be so busy, between my garden, and harvest, and getting the kids and their cows to the fair. I guess something had to give, and I am sorry to say, that it was my sewing.
Now the kids are back to school, and I have been spending some much needed time back in the old sewing room. My focus for this week was stocking.
Thanks for coming by. I hope to have a better presence during the fall, and winter! Keep crafting.
at 10:14 AM
Monday, July 20, 2015
We pause this sewing blog for canning season. . .
Just kidding, but I did want to share with you an amazing recipe that I tried out yesterday. I had my second harvest of rhubarb ready to harvest. Usually I chop any extra up, put them in quart sized bags, and freeze for the winter. I have plenty of that already in the freezer, so I figured I would try something new, and boy am I glad I did!
You will need:
2-3 lbs. rhubarb
1 package powdered pectin
6 cups sugar
1/2 tsp butter (optional)
canning jars, lids, and bands
hot water canner
|Begin by dicing 7 1/2 cups of rhubarb.|
|Next, you will need 2 or 3 oranges, and one lemon.|
|Squeeze juice from oranges and lemon until you reach 1 cup.|
|Scrape the white insides off the skin of 1/2 of an orange, and dice up.|
|Put Rhubarb, Orange skin, and juice in a saucepan and cover. Simmer until tender.|
|Meanwhile, measure 6 cups of sugar into a bowl and set aside.|
|Once tender, add 1 package powdered pectin to rhubarb mixture. Stir until well combined. Bring to a boil.|
|Add 1/2 tsp. butter (optional), to help reduce foam.|
|Return to a boil (stirring constantly). Boil for 1 minute.|
|Remove from heat, and off skim any foam.|
|That's better. I usually put the foam in a small container for the kids to sample on toast. They really love to be my official taste testers, and there is nothing wrong with the foam, it just doesn't can up real well.|
|Fill hot jars, leaving 1/4 inch head space. Wipe rims of jars.|
|Fit Jars with lids and bands.|
|Process 15 minutes in a boiling water canner.|
|Enjoy! Each batch will make about 8 half pints.|
Thanks for coming by! Please feel free to ask any questions, I will do my best to answer!
at 7:52 PM
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Yesterday afternoon, I took some much needed time in my sewing room. I am on a mission to use up some of my scraps.
With a little inspiration from Red Pepper Quilts , I have begun making some quarter log cabin squares. They are super fun, and I am having a great time pulling out different fabrics, and remembering what I made for whom with each one.
I am not sure yet how I am going to lay this quilt out. As usual, there are many different options, but that's all part of the fun!
I am going to make four of each color combination and go from there. I will be sure to keep you posted on my progress, I hope you will jump into your scrap bin as well, it's a good summer project that can be left and came back to as needed.
I must say that I gave myself a head start by cutting my scraps as I went in the past. I have always cut them into a couple different size strips and squares. They are finally coming in handy, and I am thanking myself for taking the time to do this earlier.
I am using 3.5" squares in the center, with 1.5" strips.
I hope you are all enjoying your summer as much as I am, and finding a way to stay in front of that machine we all love so much!
Have a great day, and thanks for stopping by. Please feel free to contact me with any questions, and if you would like to sew along with me, please do, and share some of your progress!
at 9:28 AM
Monday, July 6, 2015
I guess it is better late than never right. I started this scrap quilt thanks to a little inspiration from crazy mom quilts - Scrap Vortex. Unfortunately, I have not been in my sewing room near as much as I like to be. I am having a hard time finding the balance between kids, and summer activities, and sewing. Today, however, I was able to sneak away, and finish two quilt tops, this being one of them. Now I have the bug to use up even more of my scraps, I believe that I need to organize colors a lot better, but I do enjoy the down home feeling of this quilt.
at 8:14 PM
Friday, June 19, 2015
I love summertime, The kids and I enjoy spending time together and visiting family that we don't get to see nearly enough. However, it really cuts into my crafty production time.
I try not to stress about it too much, since these are the days they will remember when they grow up.
Wednesday was our first day of summer, and we started it off right by taking a hike with my brother and two nephews to the famous Ape Caves in the Mt. St. Helens region. I must brag, that we really do live in a beautiful area.
But anyway, there I go chattering on. Now back to business. This week I finished up a super fun baby quilt for a friend of mine.
I used the Ultra-Wavy Quilting tutorial written by Better Off Thread, you should totally check it out!
I surely have some tension issues to iron out, I see my fabric pulls a little here and there, but I believe that I can iron all of these issues out with practice.
I used the grey chevron as the backing, and mixed it up on the binding with a little of each color.
As usual, I appreciate you coming by, please feel free to leave a comment, I sure do look forward to hearing from everyone, and enjoy answering any questions you may have.
Today I am linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts, Confessions of a Fabric Addict, and Richard and Tanya Quilts. Thanks for hosting link-ups.
Have a great weekend!
at 12:43 PM
Friday, June 5, 2015
Wow, spring has hit my house hard, and I have been having with drawls from my sewing! Not that I am complaining. It is just a different kind of busy with three baseball teams, trying to get my garden in, and kicking off our family camping fun. I would not have it any other way, busy is happy.
But finally I was able to slip away and finish this Spring Fling Quilt. I quilted in a grid pattern, thanks to some inspiration from Amanda at Crazy Mom Quilts.
I am always amazed at how much inspiration there is out there. Thanks to everyone who shares.
I am hoping to get better pictures this afternoon when the sun changes position, but I just wanted to hurry up and share, so I hope you enjoy.
at 10:33 AM