Friday, October 24, 2014
We're back in AZ!!!
It sure doesn't feel like fall here at all...sunny and warm and still in the 90"s!
I have spent the last couple of days housecleaning, and dusting and dusting and dusting...
and also adding a touch of a little bit of Halloween decor.
Halloween is one of my most favorite holidays. I guess because it brings good childhood memories of the "good old days" when it was a fun safe holiday.
When I first saw Diane's (An Extraordinary Day) pumpkins made out of books, I knew I had to make one; that is after I could bring myself to destroy a book (even though I had no interest in reading) for this worthy craft.
The Jack-O-Lantern over the basement mantle is the first I made right before we left MN. So...when we get back in May, our house there will still have a touch of fall.
One thing I learned while making these 2, was to make sure the book has between 200 to 250 pages. Also (a must) have a glass filled with iced water just in case you burn yourself with the hot glue, like I did.
Saturday, October 4, 2014
I recently discovered the art of English Paper Piecing quilts and loving it!!!
I have been working on this "almost completed" quilt for a little over a month. All I need is about 5-6 more green hexagons (2 inch each) to be done with the front of it.
I am making this hand sewn quilt for a new baby girl (new addition to our big family) arriving sometime in November, and I need to finish it off stat!!!
So now I am off to the fabric store to get more green fabric and batting so I can put it all together and start hand quilting it before the stork gets here!!!
Friday, October 3, 2014
I finally made some time to make a quick BIG pincushion out of 3" x 3" hexagons.
I needed a pincushion right next to my sewing machine to place pins in as I sewed.
I used 8 hexagons from my already made stash, and...
and sewed it by hand.
Once sewn, I liked this side of the pincushion with the blue button better.
I'm planning on making Mom and Sis one each as a Christmas stocking gift using their favorite colors.
Thursday, October 2, 2014
I created a little crafting/sewing space down in our basement...nothing fancy at all, but good enough to create.
I'm organizing this area as I go...so...I have a long ways to go!
I started sewing a jelly roll quilt top and needed to see how it was coming along (pattern wise). I didn't want to spread it out on the floor because then our kitties and dog would be all over it...not good!
So I came up with an idea (right on the spot) to hang my work in progress on the wall.
I used these damage-free hanging strips with Velcro, and
attached it to the back of clothespins, and
onto the wall.
I started out with 2 clothespins and then added a third one as I added more strips to the quilt top.
I think this will work for the meantime, but I'm thinking of maybe putting up a pretty curtain rod with cafe curtain clips instead...that's an even better idea!