Tuesday, November 25, 2014

"FOR SHAME....FOR SHAME...FOR SHAME.... cont....of the Sew Sweet Simplicity BOM


Don't look Ethel!!!

I have made a fun simple block out to be the most complicated ever!!!





I will just chalk it up to a bad sew day.

Actually, I will be totally honest.......  I missed a few of the directions in my haste to get this block completed.

So....  1.  make sure you trim down your 7" middle square to 6 1/2"  (yes, that will make a big difference and will eliminate a great source of frustration).

2.  trim all of your half squares to 2" as mentioned in the post before this one.

I cut off some of the flying geese points....I think I stretched and pulled this poor block in every way possible...so I am now going to make another one.

Truly, this block is totally beautiful, I love love love it.  In fact, I think it is one of my favorites but.....I just made a mess of it.

Jacquelyne has done a fabulous job on these squares, they are easy and so fun but read the directions and try not to miss some of the key points (hanging head in shame).....

If you want to enter the giveaway it is here:


Here are the other blogs....
Jacquelynne Steve's 
Lily Pad Quilting
A Quilt and a Prayer
Upstairs Hobby Room
Quilt Scapes
Crazy 'Bout Quilts
Wedding Dress Blues
Mountain Quilt Works
Garden Path Quilts

Monday, November 24, 2014

SEW SWEET SIMPLICITY - JACQUELYNE STEVES BLOG HOP - Mix up!! PATTERN GIVEAWAY!!!


There has been a slight mix up...but...better late than never...RIGHT?????

So I have my center square done...all the pieces cut out (or do I)?


 Made the snow ball square for the middle
 Working on my half square triangles....using this Fons and Porter ruler.
 Cutting them

Done....just need trimming (be sure to trim yours to the 2" square)

I love how she does her flying geese....almost fail proof!

OOOPS....will be continued tomorrow....

But here is Jacquelyne's #2 Square.  Don't you just love her fabrics?  She has kits available.
Here is this months giveaway...just leave a comment!!










Friday, November 21, 2014

JUST A PUTTERING OVER HERE.


I finally got the fourth row on this quilt using Island Batik fabrics.  Fits nicely on a queen size bed.

Well....I believe I am getting kinda lazy, I am wondering if I should just put the last border on and forget it or should I continue on making it big enough for my king size bed?  Hummmm so that is the question of the day.

I will say that this fabric is soooooooooooooo awesome.  This picture does not do it justice.  also..if you look in the middle of the stars, no middle is the same.  It is amazing what one can do with half squares.

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On a side note:  My aunt turns 100 tomorrow and she doesn't even look like it.  She still lives in her own home and for the most part has her senses about her.  


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

IF ALL ELSE FAILS, READ THE DIRECTIONS!!! and read the directions...


I have been wanting to make this little doll for years.

The other day I decided it was time.

Now there is something about me that is off, I hate reading directions.  I am a visual learner.  This pattern is mostly directions and no pictures.  Gotta have pictures...just gotta.

I didn't let that deter me but...this is what happens when you don't read them good enough.  You have to do things all over again.  After I had stuffed the body I had to take the arms off.   What a pain to try to get these arms back on....



Lucky I had my "Lapel Sticks"....truly....I glued the 1/4 inch seam allowance under and just slipped the arm in....it wasn't a breeze but it certainly was easier.


Here she is all healed over and a head of hair...


Now on a side note but a very important note


He makes and gather quilts for a youth shelter  in his area for Christmas.  If you want to know more about this, go to the above site, just click on Gene's name.  Just make one quilt, you will be surprised how one quilt will make a difference in someone's life.  

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Making Santa Ornaments

I started the other day making these Santa ornaments.  I made about 28 about two years ago here:
 
I decided to tackle 50 this year and hope to have them done by the end of the month.
 
 

Not really gonna say who they are for right now....maybe later.

I have to confess that I am getting a little lazy....I am using my perma pen for the eyes and I am gluing the bells and nose.  Oh well....all I can do is "get er done"....


 
 


Friday, November 7, 2014

THE REST OF THE STORY.....WHAT HAPPENED TO OUR STEAM A SEAM???

If you have been with me since the beginning of my blog, you would have known that I used Steam a Seam like I used toilet paper, or better yet like I eat chocolate!!

You probably noticed that it disappeared out of JoAnns!  We were all going...

                                       WHAT HAPPENED TO OUR STEAM A SEAM!!!  

Just click on the sentence above in caps and it will take you to the story of what happened.  It was interesting to know but a lot of us have moved on.

I have switched to HEAT N BOND, I use the Heat N Bond lite and I love love love it.

1.   What is more important to me since I live in a small town, Walmart carries it.
2.   Also it is at an affordable price for those of us counting our pennies.
3.  It comes in a roll.  Yes, you can get Steam a Seam in a roll but at a cost and I believe you have to order it       in a roll if I am not mistaken.
4.  I also like the idea that it has a stronger paper backing than Steam a Seam, just makes it easier and it             doesn't fall off the backing like Steam a Seam does at times.

Do I dislike Steam as Seam now?  No, not at all, it is just I have moved on.  Will I use Steam a Seam, if you give me some I will but I am happy with my Heat N Bond

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

HOW CAN ONE BE GOING THROUGH A DRY SPELL WHEN IT IS RAINING OUTSIDE???



I don't know about all of you but I so enjoyed Sew Cals "It's all about Kids Crafts Blogging Event," it was so fun to see the creativity of the actual blog post and the children and ideas involved.

I love working with children and soon I will be teaching two very adorable girls to sew.  My suggestion, just because I want to.

Look at these two mischievous rascals....  We put a pillow in their little house for comfort and well...they just thought it would be more fun to tare it up....  I must admit, it was fun watching them (yes, I would have taken it away if I had seen the pillow whole but by the time I saw them it was a snow mess).



 One of the projects the Ladies at church wanted to do was make quilts for those expecting.  If you know anything about Mormons, we tend to expect a lot...HA!!!  Nothing to do with our time?  TV broke?  HA!!!

Just kidding....well...it seems that the gals put the squares together, I put the sashing and then my soon to be daughter in law tried out her quilting skills.  For her first time she did a fantastic job!  I think she is a natural.

She quilts but has never machine quilted before.  I also want to say that polyester batting is just horrible to machine quilt.  I so love my warm and white, those backing and top just snuggle up to the batting that you hardly get any wrinkles in the back.  Just a small tip for those of you thinking of machine quilting.