Monday, August 18, 2014

Celebrating Turning 80

My FIL turns 80 in September. 
 We had a party for him this past weekend. 
 It was at my BIL's house on the lake which was nice.  
There are 7 kids in my husband's family and everyone was able to make it.  
Not all the grand children were there but all the children were. 
It is a big, crazy, fun family to be a part of.  

When I woke up on Sat I decided that I needed to make something to bring as a gift 
(even though it was supposed to be no gifts).
  You know, just something small. 
 I decided on coasters.  
I found a great tutorial here on how to make wonky coasters and I was off. 
 I had left over strips from the napkins so thought this would be a way to use some up. 
 Here are the finished coasters.  


It took me about 2 hours to make a set of 8.
I really love how they came out too!


So here is the original family


Just the sisters


Just the brothers


How was your weekend??

~XOP~


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

WIP Wednesday

I joined the Kitty Mini Quilt swap last week and had to decide what to do for my partner.  I finally narrowed it down and now have to get crackin!  I traced my embroidery pattern out and made a few adjustments but last night I decided I needed to begin the stitching.  Here is what I have so far.


My WIP is to get this embroidery finished so I can put it into a mini quilt for my partner.  
I hope she will like it. 
 I customized the design too but for obvious reasons I can't show you that since our partner is supposed to be a secret!

I am linking up to the WIP post over at Freshly Pieced.  
Go check out the other projects, maybe inspiration will hit you too!

I finished the chenille blanket and put it into the wash last night.  Such retro colors and I LOVE it!!


Today is my 31st wedding anniversary too.  
Seems like just yesterday I was getting married to my best friend. 
 Thirty one years have passed so quickly.  
Happy Anniversary to the best guy out there!

Have a wonderful day!

~XOP~



Glue Basting Binding

I am pretty sure I have written about this previously but I think it bears repeating.  
I was putting binding on my chenille blanket.   
I was going to machine stitch the binding down rather than hand sew it.  
I really did NOT want to hassle with pinning it all the way around 
so decided to bust out the Elmer's washable school glue.  
Here is how I used the glue.

First I attached the binding with my machine like you usually do. 
 Then I pressed the binding away from the sewn line (toward the other side, to make for easier turning).  Then I put down a thin line of glue.


I turned the binding over the glue and using a hot iron pressed the binding down into the glue.
The heat will dry the glue and keep your binding in place.  
If you need to reposition you just give a tug, put down more glue, arrange to your liking and press. 
 I did this all the way around the blanket.  


I began on a straight side and went until about 6" from the corner.  
The I put glue around the corner on both sides and made my miter.  
When I was happy with the positioning of the miter I pressed it into place.


Once I had the entire binding glue basted 
I used some beautiful Aurifil thread to topstitch the binding in place.  
I went very close to the edge as 
my binding just barely covered the stitch line from attaching it on the other side.  
PERFECT!  

To give credit, I discovered this glue basting tip from Sharon Schamber on You Tube. 
 You can watch how she does it right here.  
It really did not take any longer than pinning and I feel like it increased my accuracy.  

Please let me know if you try it and what you think. 
 Also, with back to school shopping right now Elmer's glue is SUPER cheap so stock up!!

Have a wonderful day and happy binding!

~XOP~


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Sewing For A Special Little Someone

I was in JAF minding my own business and WHAM, 
I see the cutest, most adorable receiving blanket made out of 2 pieces of flannel.  
Well, that looks easy. 
 How fun would that be with a cute print flannel on one side and solid flannel on the other. 
 Into the cart it went.  

This was super easy to make too. 
 I took my yard of fabric and folded it in half once then again. 
 I did the same with the second yard then stacked them one on top of the other 
and lined up the folded edges. 
 I then trimmed off the selveges and along the cut line so both pieces would be the same size. 
 I unfolded them pinned them right sides together and sewed all the way around with a 1/4" seam, leaving an opening for turning. 
 Then I topstitched twice all the way around (this closed the opening too!) and Voila!  
One super adorbs receiving blanket.


You already saw the quilt, or part of it.  
I don't want to show the whole thing as I would like it to be a surprise as to the finished quilt,
 but here is a sneak peek.  
I did a two color binding on this one too.


Lastly I had one chenille blanket made for her but while at JAF the super adorable mermaid fabric somehow found it's way into my basket!  
So I just had to pick up the flannel to make a more girlie version for this new little sweetie. 
 I have not washed it yet but here is what it looks like pre-fuzz.


OMG this is so sweet IRL!  
And that Art Gallery Oval Elements made the cutest binding.  
It reminded me of little life saver floaties, like you would use on a boat.  
I had the perfect Aurifil thread color to machine stitch the binding down with too.  
I have a binding tip to share with you tomorrow.  
It made putting this binding a snap!

Trying to decide if I want to do some appliqued Onsies too.  
What do you think?

~XOP~


Friday, August 08, 2014

Progress Is Being Made

I promise you I am making progress on all the things!  
I have the second set of Polaroid picture blocks ready to send when the next round is ready to go. 
 I have all my Halloween 5" charms cut and posted!  
I traced 2 Hocuspocusville (HPV, not the virus) blocks and sent one to a friend.  
(Oh yes I did Dianne!!!)
I then turned to the last obligation I have before I begin the next round of making all the things.


I am doing a personal swap with a person I met on Flickr.  
He makes the most amazing Donkey blocks and they are so cute!  
He needed/wanted butterfly blocks in any colors, any size, but all solids.  
I chose a pattern from a previous bee that I had been in.   
Here is what they looked like in process.



After a little sewing they turned into these!


Quite pretty I think!  
I still need to put a white border around them and trim them but I am pretty happy with them.  
I hope he will like them too!

My plan for the evening was to cut out the Tardis quilt but I think it has changed.  
I am doing the kitty mini quilt swap and 
have been struggling to figure out what I want to do for my partner.  
Her favorite fabric is not mine but at least a color palette I can work with. 
 I have toyed with several ideas.  
I think I am going to use this pattern and change some of the words to work with her and her cat. 
 I am planning to do it in redwork.  
I have already made alterations to the pattern (which since this is a secret I can't show you). 
 I will frame it in with pieced work in her color choice.  
If you were receiving this would it make you happy?  


So tonight I will trace this onto fabric and begin stitching.  
I could not be more excited to do this for my partner.  
I hope you like this partner!

THEN, I will begin cutting out the Tardis quilt.  
Also, hubby bought the mother load of corn so apparently there will be canning in my weekend too.  DD2 is coming home from her up north camping trip to celebrate her birthday on Sat 
so it should be a jam packed weekend.

What are you up to tonight?  

~XOP~


Wednesday, August 06, 2014

A2MQG Crayon Quilt Challenge

Our guild is having a new guild challenge.  
At the last meeting we had to blindly choose a crayon out of a paper bag.  
Here was my choice
RED VIOLET



So crazy as it sounds I have very little of this color in my stash!  
The rules were you can only use this color plus white and/or gray and/or black for the whole quilt!!
I have a very good idea of what I want to do now 
but need to actually have time to sit down and design it.  
I found a painting that I love and asked the artist if I could make it into a quilt and she said yes!! 
 I don't really want to show it just yet though.  I
 will show sneak peeks as I progress, but right now it it just in my head, soon to be on graph paper!

I joined the kitty cat mini quilt swap on IG so am excited to get my partner and stalk look her up so
 I can begin to plan that quilt too.  

I am making poloroids again and got all my Halloween charm squares cut and ready to mail.  

No more napkins!!!  

BUT I do have a Tardis quilt that was promised to get working on.  

What are you up to these days??

~XOP~


Friday, August 01, 2014

Playing Catch UP

I feel like there are not enough hours in the day or days in the week to get everything done.  
A co-worker once said to me that I would never have enough to do if I retired. 
 LOL.  I'm pretty sure that's not true at all!!

When hubby and I went to Shipshewana last week I picked up a few things and thought I would share with you what I found (I always love to see what my friends are buying!)  
I bought this bundle of goodness to make a quilt designed by my friend, Kelly.  
You can read about her design on her blog.


This is the quilt and her pattern is available FREE on Craftsy right here.

The quilt is called Postcard from Sweden as her inspiration was from an actual IKEA postcard!
Isn't it gorgeous?


I also stumbled upon some OOP Scrumptious so had to pick some up!


While we were in Indiana, we saw a sign for a trout hatchery and on the way there passed this gorgeous field of sunflowers.


You can't really see it but the hatchery man just tossed in some food and the agitation you see on the water are all the trout eating!  
They stock the streams and lakes in Indiana as trout, apparently, are not native to Indiana!  
Who knew?


Now this came in the mail, some sweet Marmalade.  
Trying to pick up the florals as I LOVE this line!  
If anyone knows of somewhere that has the print on the left in aqua please let me know. 
 That is my all time favorite from that line.


My friend, Auntie Pami had this Elizabeth Hartman FQ Kona solids bundle and I could NOT resist.  EH's Aviatirx Medallion quilt is on my quilting bucket list. 
 LOVE IT!!


I leave you with a few shots of my best helper.


We all need to rest and recharge sometimes!


Have a wonderful weekend and I hope you get time to sew!

~XOP~




Churn Dash Block

I belong to the AAMQG and we were supposed to make a churn dash block (or several) 
and bring to our meeting on Wed night.  
We will pool them all together and if you brought a block you will get a chance to win them all.  
If you bring more than one you get more than one chance.  

I whipped one up quite quickly with fabrics I happened to have out. 
 I do mean quickly, probably with cutting, less than 10 minutes!  
I like how it turned out. 
 I used the tutorial found here, by A Quilting Life.  
I just may have to add this to things I need to make. 
 Sigh, why does that list never end??



Happy Sewing!

~XOP~