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My Weekend….

I had a great weekend.  It was busy and I didn’t accomplish much in the sewing room but that’s okay.  Family first ALWAYS.

Saturday morning Kalissa, Carver and I took off early.  Our mission was to find the big orange “H”.  That’s what we told Carver anyway.  He knows his uppercase letters now so we’re always making him look to find them out in public.

Kalissa had ordered online and we only needed to pick up her order.  Yes, we did end up with a couple more things but the things that were pre-ordered were things for Craig.  I love this option.
From there we went to another store with an “H”…Hobby Lobby or “Hobby-Hobby” as Carver said.

I ended up getting some sticky board so I could finish a couple cross stitch projects, a couple solid fabrics (watch for more about that in an upcoming stash report) and picture frames to do my family picture wall.

It was a fun time.  The weather in Waterloo was snowy and yucky.  We might not have gone if we knew.  The weather at our house was perfect.  We made it safe and that’s what counts.

The next day I had something scheduled with Kayla.  We had seen that there was a lefse making class in Decorah.  That’s a half hour from us and Kayla LOVES lefse.  I’m not head over heels for it but do enjoy it.  For those of you who don’t know what lefse is, it’s a scandinavian food.  It’s made with mashed potatoes and flour and a few other things.  It’s rolled flat like a tortilla.  Around here people typically put butter and sugar on it, roll it up and eat it.

Kayla was really wanting to go to the class and I was happy to go with and learn.  The classroom was small but nice.  The instructor was good.

Here I am rolling out my lefse…. Continue reading

Big or Little, Iron or Not?

A bit ago I posted this photo on our Instagram account.  It was of the mystery quilt….a finished top, loaded and ready to go.
Mary from Country Threads left a comment on the post:
How in the world did you get that assembled so fast? I’m just to Border 2! I hate handling big quilts back and forth from the ironing board to the machine! And you’re probably doing day care at the same time! Yikes!

Mary is a hoot!!  We always tease each other back and forth.  Mary calls this a big quilt.  It was 72″ x 72″.  I call this a little quilt.  Mary makes lots of baby quilts to throws, to table runners to table toppers.  Yep.  This would be a big quilt.

Me…I made quilts that are typically 90″ x 90″ up to 100″ x 100″.  I rarely make anything smaller so for me, this was a little quilt.

Mary is an ironer.  Here’s my true confession….I ironed VERY little in making this.  VERY LITTLE.  I ironed my finished blocks and I didn’t iron again until I put on the last border.  I don’t iron.  I know tons of you are thinking I’m crazy but I don’t like to iron and I think it’s highly overrated.  Our Grandmothers and Great Grandmothers made quilts all the time and I can almost guarantee they didn’t run to the iron after every seam.  Who would if you were using those old sad irons??  As long as there are seams to but up to that hold a place, I don’t iron.

Can you tell when you look at my quilts?  Do mine look “unironed” and problematic?

For me, once something is ironed, it’s not flexible anymore.  I can’t flip the seam as well and they don’t but up the right way without ease.  The fabric doesn’t “stretch” as well if I was slightly off on my cutting or piecing and I need it “stretch” so the seams match.  No matter how careful I am…no matter is my seam allowance and cutting is good, I love having the seams be as noncommittal as possible until I sew them down in place.  This way I can flip them with ease.

Once it is all together…Yes I iron.  I iron a lot and with some spray starch.  Then I like my quilts nice and flat, ironed to perfection.

As far as quilting during childcare.  Bahahaha!!  I don’t….well not really.  On the day Mary wrote this my new baby that came to childcare last week, drank a bottle at 10 am…then cried from 10:30 to 10:50…screaming and no matter what I did she wouldn’t calm down.  At 10:50 she promptly fell asleep.

I hit the ground running.  I was trying to do everything I could before she woke up.  I fed the older kids….they all went potty….we cleaned up the toys….I read a couple books….we went potty again….they all laid down for nap.  Every minute I was rushing thinking the baby is going to wake up.  I did all of the things I needed to have done before she woke….but she didn’t wake so I…

Ironed the pieces I had sewn for Geese on a String in Bonnie Hunter’s new book String Frenzy.

Here’s 212 to go with what I already had.  Enough for two quilts.

Still the baby didn’t wake….It was 12:50pm.

Hm…what else could I do?  THIS…. Continue reading

Childcare Valentines Gifts

Since my sewing is clean, no place in my house is safe from a quick cleaning session.  This day, it was my laundry room.  I started cleaning and then ended up completely sidetracked with this….

Somewhere on the internet I saw that you could make crayon letters using molds and old broken crayons.  I loved the idea as most of my kiddos have names that they will never be able to get anything personalized.

I did them myself without the kiddos help and plan to give them as a valentine gift.  I was going to wait and blog about making these closer to Valentines Day but then thought if any of you want to make them for Valentines Day, you’d likely want a little time to get the supplies and make them.

They are SUPER cute and easy….here’s what you need:
I got mine from Amazon…these exact ones, Silicone Alphabet Molds

The letters are 1 1/2″ tall.

You’ll also need some broken crayons.  I just got all new when school started so mine were in pretty good shape.  I ended up grabbing these generic crayons from the thrift store along with others.  I have to say, when it comes to peeling the paper off the crayons, it was easiest with these generic brand and the RoseArt brand.  Crayola were okay but not as easy.

I dumped the crayons in a bucket with warm water and the helped loosen the papers.

I set the oven at 275 degrees and then set the molds out on a jelly roll pan.  I broken the paperless crayons into small pieces and put them in the molds.  I learned that I liked the look best if I stood the crayons on end vs laying them flat.  It was a little easier to predict the design.

I put them in the oven for about 6 minutes.  Then I pulled them out and added a couple more crayon piece to the mold to fill it.  Then back in the oven they went.  I kept them in the oven for about 4 more minutes making sure the last added crayons were melted.  Like this… Continue reading

Mystery: IT’S FINISHED!!!

I have an auction happening here on the blog.  Check it out at HERE.  I have vintage quilts, quilt tops and linens up for sale.  The auction ends today at 5pm Central time.

I’ve been a busy girl in the sewing room this last week.  My mystery quilt went from pieces….

to a top….

to loaded in the quilt machine…

To binding…(yes I machine bind the whole quilt)

To this….. Continue reading