My Weekend

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I had hoped to get a lot of sewing done over the weekend but alas, it did not happen.  I’m actually okay with that as I got other things done.

Saturday I visited Kayla.  Awhile ago she had lamented that I don’t go and see her.  I told her she doesn’t invite me.  So she invited me, and I went.  We had a great time.  We had lunch out and visited a few antique shops and nurseries.

I did remember to snap pictures at the antique shop but other than that, I forgot.  Sorry.

This antique shop is right in Monticello, Iowa just a few blocks from Kayla’s house.

I loved this marble top desk…so pretty.

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Here’s Kayla admiring the button book.

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She was also admiring this little vanity table.

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I  have a thing that I love old filing cabinets….I don’t know what it is, but I do.

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The think I loved most though was this…. [Read more...]

What I’m Working On….

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Hubby’s niece had a baby earlier this month.  The new baby is Jonathon and of course he needs a quilt.  I have so many things on my plate but when a baby comes some of that has to be put on hold and a quilt needs to made.

I had no idea what to make and honestly, I’m not good at boy quilts….No matter how I look at fabric or color schemes all I see is florals or things that look girly to me.  For some reason even polka dots can look girly to me.  Plaids are about the only thing that look boyish to me.  I also don’t ever make quilts with pastel baby prints for a boy or a girl.  I want to make something that grows with a baby.

With my attitude you can see that it’s hard to figure out what to do when I need a boy quilt.  I decided to just think about for a bit and work on a few other projects….well early last week I was cutting up some scrap fabric so that my Neighbor Girl would have more 5″ squares in case she comes to sew.  Well in the bag with scrap fabric was this….

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They seem to be the left over trimmings from someone’s project.  I know the fabric came from a blog reader but I have not idea who or what the left overs were from.    That’s when I decided that’s it.  These are going to be the start of the baby quilt.

I knew I had some solid gray fabric and thought maybe I could add that.  Here’s what I ended up doing.  I sewed the gifted pieces into 4 patches.  Some of them were different sizes so I decided that I would trim the four patches so that they would look wonky….and I added the gray borders.

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From there I decided to dig through my own solids and see if I had any matching (or close colored) solids.  I did and cut them into random width strips.  I started adding the strips around the block with the intention that I would finish the block with gray around the outside and the block would be 12 1/2″ unfinished.

This was free form pieces with no pre cut units.  I added to the block however my mood desired.  I quickly learned that it was really handy to lay my cutting ruler in front of my machine so I would know when to stop adding colored pieces and add gray instead.  Renae-Quilt-2-1

I had to be up and down ironing these a lot.

Finally it was time to trim the blocks….a new blade in the rotary cutter was very appreciated.  (why do wait so long to replace the blade?)

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After two morning sewing sessions and one evening session I have 16 blocks made.  Then it was time for a layout…what do you think? [Read more...]

Stash Report

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Over the weekend I was out doing errands and for me, that means a stop at the thrift stores.  Happily I found some fun things….

There are several different thrift stores where I went and this is a conglomeration of everything I found.  The metal shelf…$5.  I love these for my African Violets.  It doesn’t matter if I spill water when I water the plants and it holds quite a few of them.  I had recently said to Hubby that I wanted another shelf.

The little pots are a rubbery plastic with no holes in them.  I will use these for my African Violets.  These will be the outside pots that I set another pot with drainage holes into.

The little handmade counted cross pincushion was 25 cents.  Can you believe it?! That actually makes me feel sad.  A lot of hard work went into creating that!!

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I’ve sworn myself off and told myself NO MORE COOKBOOKS!!!  Well I saw these and Hubby does have a collection of fireman things….Do you suppose I could justify them as a purchase for his fireman collection?  It sounded good in my head…so now I am committing to making at least five things from each of the books in the upcoming months. By the way, Hubby had a great big chuckle over my reasoning for buying these.

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I also got a bag of 100% cotton shirts.  There are 10 here and the cost $4 total.  Most are Old Navy shirts.  I love them for cutting up.

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I also got a bag of scrappy fabric goodies…$2.  I love the little novelty prints.  Don’t you? [Read more...]

Last Saturday

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Earlier this week I told you about the party we had for Kalissa last weekend.  Well the kids stayed on into Saturday…all except Kelli.   She was off to attend a bachelorette party for her sister in law.  The house was full and busy.  Neighbor Girl came over too.  My kids have so much fun with her.  She even showed off her cooking skills and with Kayla’s supervision she made waffles for all of us!

From there Karl was off to start his day.  He was in a wedding of high school friends.  His girlfriend Renae stayed and hung out with us.  We all had big hopes and plans for the day but the weather didn’t cooperate.  It was rainy and wet so our outdoor plans had to be brought inside.

The kids slowly started leaving until it was only Renae, Neighbor Girl and me.  Renae needed to get ready for the wedding so Hubby kicked me to the sewing room to work on that graduation quilt that I needed for the next day.  Neighbor Girl decided she’d continue hanging out with me in the sewing room.  Next thing I knew she was at the machine sewing another quilt.

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I’ve gotten so if fabric is donated to my house I cut it into 5″ squares.  She can take a pile of them and start sewing.  She sewed this up in about an hour.  I pin the rows together for her…well I did this time.  Next time I think that’s going to be her new skill to learn.

She’s in love with this one and wanted to keep working on it and put it on the machine and quilt it but that’s what I was busy doing and the machine was full.

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I had the quilting machine with the graduation quilt all set and ready.  I turned it on and started to go when UGH!!!!!!!!!  I realized the lower tension was not right.  Well I already had the done a 20″ x 20″ corner and now all of it needed to be ripped out.  I was so frustrated.  It took about 45 minutes to get it all ripped out and going again.  I was really careful checking each and EVERY time I switched a bobbin.  While Neighbor Girl complete her little top, I only got two passes done on the graduation quilt.

Our eating schedule was a little screwed up because we ate waffles at 10am..not really breakfast and not really lunch.  We ended up going downstairs and made pizza.  I really wanted to order pizza but when I gave Neighbor Girl the option she said, “It will save us money if we make it rather than order it.”  TRUE.  Dang.  I wanted to indulge but she was right and I needed to support her good decisions so we made pizza.

We decided to experiment and put string cheese in the crust for stuffed crust pizza hack.  Here she is fixing it. [Read more...]