Monday, October 29, 2012

KEEP RECORDS OF YOUR WORK

Yesterday when i was wondering what to do for the day i thumbed through my 4x6 photo albums that i keep record of the things i make....no its not a brag book it is simply to record what i have done because a lot of things are a one of a kind and may not have a printable pattern to them....
this picture for instance can be a tool to work with...it is the picture of a baby quilt i made for my nieces baby...i knew the pattern i made it but i didn't remember how i put it together ...that was 12 years ago...so if i want to make another like it i would have to refer to the picture...there are items in my albums that go back over 30 years ago...

I wish i had done this years ago when i was a stay at home mom making things to sell out of my home...one item comes to mind...
smocked throw pillows were the rage in the 60's and i had a diagram to follow but i made a big mistake...i am left handed and i start things from left to right which changed e  the outcome of the smocking...well that mistake sold a lot of pillows because no one else had them like it....but i didn't take pictures of any of them so i dont remember how they looked....i still have the diagram but for the life of me i havent been able to duplicate how it did it....

There are several reasons for keeping pictures of your work...when i am depressed and down about myself i sometimes look at them and go back in time...those that were given away have a memory tied to them and at a glance i can look at the ones that i made that i still have without getting them all out of the cabinet and creating a big mess lol....

I should have even gone one step further by  adding the directions how i did an item, cost and the amounts of supplies needed but that would make me too organized and i doubt i could do that for long lol....all kidding aside its just a good thing to do no matter how involved you get with your sewing or your hobbies and something nice to pass on to the kids for them to see how you spent your time....more later....

Friday, October 26, 2012

CUTTING HEXES TODAY

THIS IS WHAT I AM DOING TODAY


I am doing hexes again....i am running low on white ones after adding them to several blocks recently...while in the sewing room marking and cutting more hexes i decided to cut a couple batches of prints to add to my box for future ones....i also basted a whole block (lavender/ lavender print in pic) ready to start sewing together and to the right of those in the pic is  some of  the posies i have sewn the white half way around ready for adding to the row....

I know it doesn't look like a lot but it is a lot of patience sewing....that is the hardest thing about this grandmothers flower garden quilt...it seems if i dont work on it when i first get up and have my coffee the day gets by me and i cant seem to get to the hexes....

today is no different either....i got that much sewing done on them but i have laundry to do and i think i will throw in a larger yardage piece of fabric to do up for the cabinet...i hate doing the bigger ones as i really dont like to do ironing of anything....that is one of the memories of my childhood...mom thought she had to have everything ironed back then...ugh!....i was so glad when wash and wear came along when my kids were growing up so i didn't have to iron much....lol

dishes are in the sink soaking right now...need to do those up....i was thinking when i was drawing water ....'how does one person dirty so many dishes?' lol....but then it isn't just one day of dishes either lol....

well off i go to the kitchen...more coffee, maybe some toast ...it might be a long time to supper if i get busy and one good thing...i cooked yesterday so supper is in a casserole dish for me tonight ..yay! lol.....more later....

Thursday, October 25, 2012

ELONGATED BLOCK QUILT

I was looking back through my sewing pics and i came across a quilt pic i took in 2007...boy how time flies...i didn't think it had been that long since i made this quilt....
suprisingly i remember how much i liked it then and would like to make another one in different colors...that much i know...the colors?....no idea as of yet but now that i have it fresh in my mind i am sure i will think of color combos that might look good...the picture should have been taken the other way around to show off the colors better as the long boxes should be up and down....

I also noticed that lately i have been making blocks with sashes around them.... i wonder what the deal is with that....do i go with an idea till i wear it out???....hmmmm i will ponder that one!....lol...

my sister called last week and in the conversation she mentioned that she cant go anywhere without her walker now...and that got me thinking that she needs a walker caddy....so i have been 'scouting' my stash cabinet for a good print to quilt to make her one....i got called away so i think i will go back in and start looking again....i wanted to make her a tv remote chair caddy so i think i will just start a box and fill it and send...i was reminded that the postage will go up again in Jan '13 so it would be good to beat that if i could....wont she be suprised lol.....

i have a gazillion notes and figures sticking out of the box i keep my rulers standing up at the head of my table in the sewing room....some have written on them which of the items they were for and others dont....i found a notebook that i am starting to take them and transfer the notes to the notebook for safe keeping in case i want to go back and make another....some of them would be for quilts that have found a new home and i wouldn't have the dimensions otherwise...i should have done this a long time ago....sigh!

i made it to the store yesterday and got my chicken dinner for my supper and took advantage of the sales they had and by the time i carried my grocery bags to the house from the garage i was beat so i didn't make it to $general to look around....maybe today i might...my daughter informed me she was stopping by after she gets off work so i need to be here then....time has a way of getting away from me before i do what i say so we shall see lol....more later....

Saturday, October 20, 2012

BAG IS FINISHED

well here it is the week end again....i swear some of the week days get overlooked and the week end rolls around too quick, making the weeks just fly by....being busy makes them go by so fast too....

i got up in time today to see my saturday sewing shows on public tv....a regular sewing show which had a lot to do with quilting this week, Fons & Porter show about quilting, showing a new block and a Quilting Arts program....while watching them i put together another posie together for my Grandmothers Flower Garden quilt....

yesterday i worked on my bag i have started and finished it...and it all started because i didn't want to throw away a scrap of floral fabric...isn't it funny what peaks our creativity?....i got side tracked because i was waiting on a thread order to quilt it then got busy with other projects but now its all done....
i had quilted this before i lost my confidence in machine quilting and had very good luck with it at the time....i think this bag looks tropic for some reason , maybe the colors...here is a back view...wish i had, had enough floral fabric for the back...

i only have a scrap left of the green used for the bag...it was just the right color...this bag was truely built from scrap lol and it will make a great contribution to make my sewing portable...

i will be going to my grandsons birthday party later today so i will pack my bag with the mug rugs i made this week and finish them by sewing the binding down on them...right now its foggy and not very nice looking outside so i hope the sun comes out to burn off the fog so the wiener roast goes off without a hitch....

and for me i need to get around....have fabric in washer at the moment ready for dryer, need to take care of that and work in the kitchen so no major sewing today unless i do some when i get back home if i am not too full of hot dogs and marshmallows lol....more later....

Thursday, October 11, 2012

TV REMOTE HOLDER

today was a productive day...though i did not know it until i went in the sewing room....when i saw some of the prequilted fabric i have been working with trying to use up i happen to think about my friend Mary....she has been after me to make her a new holder for her tv remote for her chair arm....i made her one years ago and she had worn it to threads...it had several pockets in it...for the life of me i could not remember when she was telling me about it just what it looked like...today i drafted instructions on a new one for her....i do remember the old one was small so i vowed to make this one bigger....

this time i wrote down instructions and measures , i didn't do that before...this one didn't have as many pockets but bigger pockets...i did use some of the prequilted fabric of which i quilted over it with a fabric back...added pockets in a co ordinating fabric and divided them into seperate ones....and added binding all around...the picture really doesn't do it justice but at least you can tell

...the pink fabric isn't showing up very good...the darker  part hangs over the center of chair arm and you have pockets (the pink) for a mag and tv remote in one pocket and a mag in the other one on the outside and a couple deep pockets that tuck down in the chair cushion to hold it in place...those pockets can hold maybe kleenex or smaller mags or puzzle books, what have you....

i dont mind telling you she was very happy when she found out what i brought her this afternoon and we had a good visit...she also showed me the old one and it was in shreds lol....i am going to make myself one sometimes this week i think...maybe that will keep the remote from falling off the chair arm all the time....

if you have been following this blog you know i have been in the middle of a block challenge and i got part 2 done last night and i love it....it was a big block to begin with and with adding a border and the flying geese to it make it the size of a table topper....i will  show it when our host posts all the pictures.....

my daughter was here yesterday afternoon and during our conversations she suggested that i offer some of my things on line for sale....i have thought about it but still undecided....not sure there would be much interest....more on this at another time....

today when i went to the store as i was paying the checker i noticed that one of my rings were missing...it was one that was given to me ...more sentimental than worth anything but mine just the same....that made me pretty sad as i thought it was gone forever....but when i got a glass of ice tea later i found it in the ice bin...literally on ice lol....boy that sure did change my mood in a hurry...my fingers must be getting skinny so i suppose i should stop wearing my rings so wont lose them forever....

well its too late to start anything sewing wise tonight or i wont sleep so i guess i will check out the blogs i follow and call it a night....more later....


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

RUNNER FROM QUILTERS CACHE

well yesterday didn't turn out like i thought it was going to....instead of working on part 2 of the challenge i committed myself to i tinkered around in Quilters Cache looking at blocks....

i have been making a lot of 'flying geese' units for that challenge so i thought why not make a few more...in another project and that happened to be a runner...

yesterday i was looking through the bolts i have stacked on the floor in the sewing room and found these fabrics....so what else??? right then and there i got to work on a runner...after a couple hours this is what i came up with


i dont think it took a great picture...more striking in person ...it measures 15x35 inches....simple pattern but i didn't want to get really elaborate so that it took too much time.... i have a lot of other things that will take a lot of time...i finished the border this morning while drinking my coffee...

if i have patience today i may do more machine quilting...got a bag to do and put together, and my challenge part 2 is ready for quilting and if i run out of those i have 2 small quilts i can put together and quilt.....

on the agenda today i think its the kitchens turn....the dishes are creeping out on the counter now so its time to get them washed up and i will need to spend some time cooking today...maybe enough for a couple days then i can get in some good sewing time....

my son was here last night and he helped me put the summer chairs in the garage for the winter....oh how i hate to do that cause it looks so bare on the porch even though there is a metal bench that stays out in the winter....and of course my other little bench that i sit on when i feel couped up in the winter that is on the back porch on the south....i put my coat on and sit in the sun on calm days if there isn't snow there....people might think i am crazy doing that but it sure helps to keep away depression from lack of sunlight....

i could never be a cave person....well maybe i might if it was a sewing cave with all the goodies....ok i am outta here...lol....more later......


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

BAGS, BAGS, BAGS

yup you could say i was the bag lady this past weekend...i made 3 of them to put quilts in for a gift.....now i know it would have been less time consuming to go buy a gift bag and cheaper too but this did 2 things....got rid of more fabric out of my cabinet and made a nicer gift....

i think i mentioned somewhere that i had fabric that was prequilted with a lightweight batt backing to use up....well i got the brainy idea to quilt a cotton back to it with a heavier batt...now that makes it more durable and double quilted...i was afraid when i started it that it might make the fabric look tacky but they came out wonderful....the blue and yellow one is the double quilted fabric on the outside and the pink one i reversed and put the cotton back on the outside to look more baby like....
i am happy that i did this now maybe i can do more with that fabric and get it out of the box in my sewing room...i had about given up on finding a use for it....it was leftover from making doll sleeping bags years ago when i was dressing dolls....

my daughter was here yesterday evening for a bit, checking on me i think....i halfway expected her...kept looking for her to pop in while i was machine quilting and had just finished when she came....i had to clear off the couch to make room for her to sit....its been loaded with the things i have been making for the past few months....i have got to find a nice place to store my things so they are all in one place....

i have been using one of my chairs in the family room as a design space lol....i put a piece of batt down the back of the chair and placed my blocks on it to see how they look..i can see them from my chair and  glance at them now and then to see if i want to make changes....makes a good temporary design wall lol...my sewing room isn't big enough for one though i wish it was....

inbetween working on the smaller projects i got some time in to work on the gfg quilt too but my granddaughters quilt took a back seat for the time being...so this week i better put some time in on that one or i will  never get done....

i have 1 runner, and a small baby quilt to machine quilt this week sometime and a pink posied piece of fabric that will make a nice lap quilt for nursing home i would like to get done too....more on this one later....

well i need some more coffee then get out of here to deliver my things and run errands...looks like a busy day today....more later....