Sunday, September 21, 2014

Mail Bag

We have this mail bag at work that is a dirty old canvas bag. I tried to wash it but it wouldn't come clean. In the picture above it actually looks better than real life. So I made the quilted bag that you see in the first two pictures. I bought a yard of pre-quilted fabric (being lazy), very cute selections of pre-quilted fabric out there. I used all the fabric. I cut 3 strips 3inches by width of the fabric for the handles and the rest was the bag itself. I even used the pieces I cut off for the bottom of the bag for a pocket. Nothing was left except for 4 little teeny tiny pieces.

Rather than try to explain how I did it, since I didn't take pictures of the process, but it was very easy, here is a link to a bag that is similar except it is pieced. Terri Stegmiller Big Tote.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Canning, canning and airplanes!!!!

 This is what went on at my house today. Peaches and Plum Jelly. Canning season doesn't leave much time for sewing but my mom and I did manage to get out family quilt block done for the month. Yea. It was quite a stretch for both of us. No pattern dimensions just a tutorial with wing it instructions. OCD seems to run in the family and a pattern was sorely needed but we are done and can move on to bigger and better things.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Jennifers Sedona Star

About a year ago Jennifer and I decided we were going to do this Sedona Star that had been a block of the month quilt on Alex Anderson's quilt show. I think it was the 2012 block of the month designed by Sarah Vedler. Well Jennifer has completed hers but I haven't. Here are a couple of pictures of Jennifers uncompleted top. I think she has done an awesome job. Two thumbs up from MOM.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Jam and Stars

So much to do and so little time to do it in. Here is one evenings blackberry and plum jam. I experimented and did a peach pineapple yesterday and it is so good, much better than just plan peach. Forgot to get a picture before I put them away. Along with 2 batches of bottled peaches.
 Here is my family quilt block. I was chosen for this month and I am so excited, doing the dance. I did the aqua one above and my mother did the red one below.  I really like the way this block turns out. You can find a very good  tutorial here Anyone Can Quilt.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Unfinished Suprises!

I have been tackling a box of unfinished projects...and much to my surprise, I found a bag with this in it.....
Yes....that was all that was in the bag, a cut up fat quarter bundle with a little sheet of paper saying what sizes the blocks were and brief instructions. It has been enough years (at least six or more) that I couldn't remember what I was making.
So I decided "why not" and oh the surprise!!!! Ohio star blocks!! (I am a sucker for stars...and even though the picture is dark....I still love the colors!!)
I have eight of the blocks sewn and eight more to go. There is enough of the fat quarter bundle left that I think I can make some scrappy Irish chain blocks to put between the star blocks. And if I am really good, I might just be able to get a queen size quilt! I wonder what else is in that box...

Friday, August 8, 2014

New Cutting Table

My husband made me a new sewing table. He had it finished in June but I needed to stain it and we had so much going on in July that I just barely got it done and set up in the house. I just love it, now instead of a conglomeration of bookcases and tables I have one nice table. Now I need something for my computer to sit on but I am not going to press my luck.

It is 3 bookcases with a top bolted together with an open side so I can slide my chair under when I am working on a project. I have a mat that fits the whole top. I am not sure that I like it so dark. Did I say how much I love, love, it?

Friday, July 25, 2014

Where has the summer gone?

It seems like it was just yesterday that I was getting ready to go camping.
That was at the beginning of June and here it is the end of July. July was filled with company and grandkids. I did manage to fit in a little quilting and we did a little quilting while company was here.

These are blocks for the family quilt group. D2 did the first two blocks D1inlaw did the 3rd one and I did the last one. Forgot to take pictures of the ones that D1 did.

We did a lot of swimming, crafts and watching movies while the kids were here. In the first picture the five were here for a week and they cleaned up nicely to go to church. Even held semi still to take a picture.

We went to the surf n slide and the kids loved the lazy river.
 They were glued to a movie, you would think that they would sit to watch but I am not sure some of them can sit that long. See the tye dyed shirts, they had a blast doing them and us adults had colored hands for a few days. such a busy couple of weeks but it was fun to have them around and hopefully they enjoyed their stay at grandmas. Would have been more enjoyable if it hadn't ended up being the hotest week of the summer. So much for family fun, till next summer, school starts soon for some of them.