Saturday, March 12, 2016

Big Four Patch Blocks

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I used a French General layer cake for this project. Forget which line.
Sewed up four squares into a big four patch. trying to keep a light dark opposite design in play.
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Then measuring out three inches from center seam I made my four whacks!
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Mixed up all the pieces so blocks are not the same.
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Still trying to keep the darks and lights in different areas.
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Finished block. I trimmed mine up to 17.5 inches.
I seem yo have issues sewing up the precuts perfectly! That wee zig zag edge gets me every time!
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Still a very good size when laid all out.

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My plan to add a 6 inch border in a pretty matching fabric with the dark red for binding.
Toile as backing if I have enough in my stash.

I just did these as I felt like sewing but I think this could be a one day top.
Would like to think this is my own idea but I am sure there is some one out there that has done it already.
Was thinking the same could be done with a 9 patch setting and cutting out your own 10 inch squares!
I have a lot of stash to use up and like the fast and easy at this point!

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Buggy Babies Quilt

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I have managed to get a baby gift finished and delivered to Maryland!
Call it Buggy Babies. I was inspired by a Patrick Lose pattern of a very large baby in a buggy on a quilt.
Decided I would draw my own applique for small buggies and do the babies a bit different.
I am happy with how they came out so cute!
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Rest of gift was these bibs and burp cloths. All for a sweet baby boy born last month!
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Here is the lil one peeping over his buggy side.;-)

My blog has not been abandoned. I just had a heck of a time last year and through January this year!
Had to go off some meds I had been on for close to 10 years. Made life really suck. Plus right before Christmas in middle of my preps I could not walk well at all!
So any way been a tad difficult but think things are coming around.
On new meds and PT has helped a lot!
 I did look at a few blogs on my phone and Facebook while I was in slug mode.
So many wonderful projects happening!

Do need to get my sewing room and house back in shape! Some things just went to way side.
So much I want to do!
We have Easter on the way!

We are having an amazing week here weather wise!
Sunshine and high 70's! have Spring flowers blooming!
So nice for a change from cold gray dampness!!

My DH is having surgery Friday on his eye lids so pretty sure I will be a busy girl assisting him!
He deserves it as he is wonderful to take care of me through all my health ups and downs!
I tease him about getting a younger gal has not panned out for him to well! ;-)

Will share more later as I did mange to play with some fabrics!

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year!

Wishing all a very Happy New Year may it be filled with all that makes you happy!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to All.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from our home to one and all!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Thanksgiving Wishes

Wishing all my fellow American visitors a Happy Thanksgiving!
However you enjoy celebrating your day of being grateful and counting blessings hope it is a lovely day !

We will be with family sharing a lovely meal and happy to be together one more year!
DH and I will travel to our son's home with our part of the meal.
We are cooking a country salt cured ham ( have it soaking now), collards and DH famous rolls!
Always have ham and turkey.  Just a Virginia country way.
Pretty sure we will come back home waddling, rubbing our tummy and ready to just not move! ;-)

Sewing has been a bit slack. Did some things but not as much as hoped.
Between busy times, behind the scenes issues and being sick my plans got waylaid!!
I did do a cleanup whirl around the sewing room today getting ready to make some Christmas gifts.
Put the Fall themed fabrics away and pulled out some Christmas fabrics.
Going for simple and easy so I may be able to tackle and finish my list!
Have at least a month to give it a shot!
Hope Springs Eternal as the old saying goes! 

Take care everyone and be safe!
Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Happy Fall Yawl !!

So been a while since I posted. Time flies as they say! Health up and downs. Just have to roll with it sometimes! Could be a heck of a lot worse off.
I was trying to straighten up my sewing room and found a cute small panel. Fall themed. So decided to work on that for ME. Yes I said ME!! Not something that happens here a lot. ;-)

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Added the dark orange border. Was thinking a simple pillow cover but it was calling for MORE!
Next pulled some fats and cut up into 1.5 strips for a patch border.
All in my fav color tones. Makes me want to do a simple nine patch soon!

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 Not sure if this is a panel I bought or was given to me! I am thinking it was a quilt show purchase one year. Reminds me of the scare crow dolls I used to sell at craft shows!
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 After it was all pieced and quilted I decided to add the appliques. Drew some leaves and pumpkins directly on the Heat n Bond. Did the machine button hole stitch in black and added some quilting. So pleased with it!
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Now today I do hope to get binding on.
As for the sewing room straighten up....not done!
Got side tracked don't ya know! ;-)

Fall temps come and go here. So nice when we have a cool and no humid day! Love this time of year.
We are hoping to go to our local county fair tomorrow.
Love seeing the sweet animals, award winning foods and craft items. Was told would be more quilted items this year.
Hubby and I will share a funnel cake. We always do! Our only treat.
If I do not forget will take some pics.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Baby Bib Questions and No Reply Comments/Emails

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If you ask me a question in the comments I try to answer with reply emails. A lot of folks will ask me questions on a lot of the older posts but I have no way to reply to you! So check out this great posting on Blog Tips by Happy Hour Projects on how to do your settings so I and others can reply to questions!
Same with emails! I need to be able to reply if you ask me anything.


On to the baby bib questions.

I have used a lot of different bib patterns. Some are from online and others are older bought patterns. I have to say I will just draw one out on a folded sheet of copy paper.

Use soft washed flannel both sides for infants bibs. Others use cottons or other fabric top and flannel on backs. A great place for flannel is local yard sales or thrifts for receiving blankets. Lot of fabric for 98 cents!  Pre washing( have my own bottle of baby detergent) all fabrics keeps the bibs from shrinking after they have been given. If you like giving 'new' looking and feel though just be sure to tell the Moms it will shrink. The quilting will keep that to a minimum as well.
I have some I am doing now out of hand towels. 

You can use sew on snaps or some use small bag magnets. I use the sew in Velcro. Buy the long strip and cut off what I need.

Sew bibs and burp cloths to be USED. Not to become family heirlooms. So keep this in mind when you buy fabrics!

Hope this helps!!
Thanks for visiting my blog!!!



List of free patterns and tutorials links.

Craftaholics

Free Baby Bib Patterns

Free Baby Bib and Tutorial Heather Baily

Sew Mama Sew

Wonderful Tut with great pics.

Nana Company

Vanilla Joy

Friday, August 7, 2015

Diaper Bag for Hunter's Mom

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Here is my latest large bag made up as a diaper bag.
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 Cute fabric with old fashioned baby buggies and the green is diaper pins. Super cute!
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Used gray circle fabric for body and the orange for the handles is stars.
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The orange star fabric is also used for lining and inside pockets.
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Lining quilted and so is body of the bag but used the stiff bag interfacing as well.
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As post title says it is for Hunter's Mom and here is Hunter! Born Aug 4, 2015! Our newest great grand! So GGma and GGpa sent off lots of goodies to Texas. Lots of homemade by GGma items too.
Just wish I could have put myself in one of the boxes too! Hard being a long distance grandparent. Miss out on holding and snuggling the babes. Thank goodness for new technology so do not have to wait on the US Mail for pics or long distance telephone calls!

I have been doing a lot of sewing so I must be in burn out mode! I was also sick a bit but meds seemed to have worked. Do hope I get back in the groove soon. I have other projects would like to finish or at least move along further!!

Can you believe it is August already!!!! I still feel like it is January in some ways...well except for the humidity and hot temps...;-)
I am so up for Fall though!!! Have some painting I want done so then I can bring out the Fall decor!!

So this all means we have Christmas screaming towards us at breakneck speed!!! Not sure how much holiday gift sewing I will get done! I still have birthday gifts I am late on to finish!!!!!!!
I'm Late... I'm Late for a very important......gift! ;-)
Could be a year for pillow cases and gift cards!!!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Get what ya pay for...buyer beware....

Both may be apt for this post.
Was shopping one day at a chain fabric store and saw some items on sale for a REALLY great price.
I had used some of this brand flannel yardage and fats qts for several baby projects before and needed to whip up some more projects for another baby on the way.
So scooped up the fat qtrs for 97 cents each , charm packs for 1.97 each and jelly roll for 3.00.
Figured I had a grand deal!!!
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Well how in the world the charms were cut is beyond me!!! Some had bias on ALL SIDES. All wonky cut  and a hot mess.
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So I took them and re-cut down to a workable size.Took some time as I needed quite a few for the baby patch receiving blanket!
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So was not surprised when I unrolled the jelly roll and the strips were wobbly wonky messes as well.
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More trimming. So took extra time and loss of fabric but did make it work!
Have to say the fat quarters were fine. So if you happen upon these deals you will be warned...;-)

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 I have been busy sewing.  A bundle almost ready to mail.  Burp cloths, bibs and blankets.
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The patch blanket.
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 Changing pad or really a small quilt!
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Even dozen bibs! All so cute!
So one package off to Texas for a soon to be born little fella and a couple more to follow.