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Friday, May 8, 2015

Lots of fun and sharing on Threads Group Day =)

On the second Friday of each month ladies in our area are invited to get together.  They bring a sack lunch and covered drink along with any crafty-thread-quilty projects they'd like to work on. 
We aren't limited to quilting...  =)  We crochet, knit, spin fiber, cross stitch, weave, tat and what ever other fiber-eee projects you can think of!

For the last year so we've met at a local quilt shop called Thimbles and Threads.  But, today we decided to meet at someone's house. 

 We do show and tell which is such a fun part of getting together!  We learn from each other and get motivated to work on our current projects as well as starting new ones (OH NO!!  LOL)

Crochet bears...

crochet booties...

crochet granny square sweaters...

hand quilting in a hoop...this is a quiltsmart quilt...so fun!

ply/spinning a fine thread on a Hansen Electric Spinner
Hand quilting without a hoop... (fun "shoe" peaking out there, huh?)

It was a GREAT day!  It's always so energizing and heartwarming to visit with good friends
that share common "threads"  =D


Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Easy half-square triangle quilt by Moda

A few weeks ago, I decided to put a sewing machine up on our dining room table so that I could be closer to our Penny-pup.  She is a 9.5 year old Bullmastiff.  She was diagnosed a couple months ago with bone cancer and can't get up and down our stairs anymore.  My regular sewing room is upstairs.  But, the dining room is on our main floor and not too far from where she sleeps.

(Bone biopsy was done to diagnose the cancer)
(yep, nutcracker is still hanging out lol)
I used a layer cake that has been sitting in my stash for a few years.
...and a white on white tiny swiss dot that was also in my stash for awhile.
I layed the fabrics pretty sides together, drew a pencil line diagonally across the backside or the background fabric.
I then chained sewed the squares, 1/4" on both sides of the diagonal pencil line.
I used this layout, a free Moda pattern called "Moda Love"
You can find the PDF HERE
Here is my version with a small border added
This was a real quilty-mojo starter!  It was easy and fast!
There are times when I'm just not in a quilty mood.   I've probably got my hands/fingers in another crafty pie.  I do, find though, that working on an EASY quilt project will get my quilty juices flowing again. =)
How about you?  Do you ever need an EASY project to kinda get you back in the swing of things?

Monday, May 4, 2015

Farm Girl Vintage Book and Sew Along =D

I'm adding a new quilty project to my list of projects in progress.  I know...I know...I can see your eyes rolling at me!  "...not ANOTHER project on her list...OH MY!
But, in my defense...This ship book sailed into my life and looked  WAY TOO MUCH FUN not to embark on this ride!  =D
My very first sighting of  Lori Holt's book was last week at one of our local quilt shops.  A friend and I were out for some quilty fun.  Someone came up to the counter and asked for Farm Girl Vintage book and the clerk said they were totally sold out.  The story copy was available to look at.  After looking through the pages, seeing all the fun pictures, ideas, great instructions, we were both SMITTEN!
Of course, it was the ONLY copy left in the store...the store's copy, not available for purchase. Oh shoot...sigh...
As we walked out of the shop towards the car, our "need" to have the book started growing.  (Insert a time-lapsed video of a little seed growing into a lilac bush).  Oh MY!
The miracle of internet on cell phones (yes it is a miracle to an oldy-moldy like me, lol).  Right in the car, we promptly started calling shops to see if they had any in stock. We needed TWO.  We called several stores before we got, "Yes we do have two".  Flying low...we arrived, hurried out of the car into the shop and quickly grabbed the two that were left.  Seriously...how does the coils get so wound.  LOL  =P
Look at all these fun blocks!!  And...this is not your average sampler block quilt book...nope-nope =D
There are LOTS of ideas for using the blocks to make quilts other than the sampler pictured on the front of the book.

EVERY block has directions for making BOTH 6" and 12" finished sized blocks!  
Cute-cute hens all in rows!  There are so many blocks that would make darling one-block variation quilts.
And, oh-so-cute potholders.  I luv the sheep (second row, far right).  I can just see a quilt with all sheep
like the one above that is all Hens. 
There is a Farm Girl Vintage Sew-Along on Lori's blog, Bee In My Bonnet. Click HERE to find out more about it. =)  The fun is just beginning!!! =D   If you haven't gone over to visit Lori's newest quilt-along, ya otta take a peek, yep-yep.  You just might find yourself embarking on a fun ride with Farm Girl Vintage.  I won't tell if you don't want anyone to know you are starting another new project =P
One final voyage aboard the Good Ship Lollipop 
The Sew-Along just started this last Friday.  =)  The first block was Apron Strings...my finished block below.
and, remember...  =P


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The cross stitch tool box

Last week I posted about the "comfy crafty" area in the corner of our bedroom,
next to our bed.  You can see on the small table there is my cross stitch tool box.
Below is a closer look at the tool box.

One of the things that I'm most excited to share is the bobbin-thread holder. 
With this tool, I've eliminated the paper legend. I feel like there
is one less step for my eyes as each new thread color is started.
My husband made this first set as a prototype.

I copy the paper legend....enlarging it so that  can see it easily. 
I've put black electric tape under the legend info so that these
holders can be reusable.  The legend can be taken off and a new
one put in its place. 
The bobbins are slipped through the key-type ring.  Bobbins can
be taken off the ring and go back into the plastic bobbin case
in numerical order....*when*
the project is complete (you noticed I did say "when"??, okay
this is a grand hope that it WILL be a finished project eventually)
These are my favorite scissors on their custom made necklace.
LeAllyson Meyer makes the most wonderful scissor holders!
You can send her a picture of fabric or other color scheme and
she will make a beaded scissor necklace.....
 or eyeglass necklace (as the one below) - just for YOU!
She also does other fun beaded items as well as jewelry.
If you visit her, please mention I spoke highly of her on this
blog post =)
These are some of my needles.  So far, I don't feel too
particular about my needles, except that they be blunt ends.
I use a highlighter for marking stitches competed. I prefer the
highlighter over a colored or regular pencil.  Pencils  need
to be sharpened to mark off small areas of stitching.  I can
get confused if I wait too long and have to mark off large areas.

If you look closely above you will see there are small squares
around some stitches.  I know some of you might make a loud, large
gasp as you read this...but, those are mistakes.  Yep...mistakes that will
remain stitched with the "wrong" color of thread.  I do this only if
I feel that it will not undermine the design...and go unnoticed should
anyone not be holding the pattern in their hands to compare to my
stitching.  The mistakes are marked with an Ultra Fine Sharpie, using
blue so it is differentiated  from the pattern's markings in black.
All the tools fit nicely into this Snapware container.  These containers
come in groups of three with one lid.  So, those not being used have to
to stack taller together with one lid from another group.  I prefer the "hard"
case as opposed to a soft zippered one.  I feel that my tools are more
protected from being broken or bent while in the larger tote.  I also
much prefer clear containers.  The light that seeps in all around makes
it easier for me to find things in the "pile" of tools. 
With my scroll of needlework and tool kit inside my tote...
I'm all ready to "GRAB n GO"  =). 
Or...just sit in a comfy place at home and everything is at my finger tips.
How about you?  Do you have special tool kits or Grab n Go kits
for your crafty adventures?