Sunday, November 27, 2016

The Party is Over...

...the dishes are done and the floors are clean.  Leftovers are all put away and the turkey bones have been turned into soup. All the down side, of a wonderful holiday with family and friends. Am I right?  It's always just a little bit sad to see it all come to an end. Unless of course, you have that one family member!  Just kidding. LOL!!!

There is one quick way for me to beat those after holiday blues, and it's getting back into my sewing cave. That's just what I did.

"Scrap Happy" sums it all up.
If your a Bonnie Hunter fan, then you know what this is.
Yes in-deedy...I got right on the new mystery "En Provence".
241 sets of neutrals.
Ok, so I can't read. I really only needed 221.
What can I say?

My fabrics are all pulled and ready for step 2 next week.
I love Bonnie's yearly mystery. 
It's a time when I can really do some extreme scrap-busting. 
Nothing better than a quilt from scraps, for this girl.

If your interested, you can find the information right
Join in on the fun!

Oh and I wasn't slacking before the holiday either.

Remember me saying I had found this,
 stashed in my cabinet, long forgotten.

I worked and I worked...

and worked a little more.
Whew, I have to say, putting these rows together was a challenge.
Now I'm off to see what trouble I can get into with the next part.
Oh that note...

Keep on Stitchin'

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving... 

From our home to yours...
Wishing you a day of great family, friends and food.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

While I was cleaning... A little lesson on re-purposing

In all that mess, that I cleaned up last week, I did find a couple of projects that were started or almost to the completed stage...

Let me start by telling you just how much I love my old worn out Weber potholders. They were the thickest most functional potholder in the world.

I've had this one for years, but it's time it takes its final bow!

In my closet of horrors, this was waiting for me
to just put the binding on.
Hummmm.... wonder just how many years it's been hiding in there?

I've found that by cutting up towels and layering them, 
they make for pretty darn good pot holders. 
The edges on this towel came apart in the wash and it started fraying.
It's a great way to re-purpose it, and use up some extra binding scraps.

You can always put batting or insul-brite
in between the layers. Or just extra layers of the towel. 
I let the thickness of the towel dictate what I do.
It's also a great way to use those "bullet-proof" embroidery designs!
  I always seem to be drawn to those high stitch count designs.

Here is another one that I did, with a pocket on the front.
"Sew" many fun ways you can put them together.

Towels in colors that really don't make the mark anymore???
Try cutting off the edges, quartering, and binding them.
They make the best kitchen towels you'll ever use.
Way better, than those thin cheap ones you buy at the stores.

On that note...
You will want to either serge the edges or zig-zag them,
 before binding to keep the fraying down.

I'll be honest here...
I've washed my towels so many times, that the binding is wearing out.
I've always got a basket of leftover bindings though, so I just 
replace it from time to time.

Til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

The Walk of Shame

I've always said that the reason I blog is to make myself complete things and hopefully inspire others along the way.

Well, after looking at my trunk show post, I had to walk that walk of shame. What a mess my sewing cave had become.  It inspired or should I say...required me, to do something about it.

I'm here to tell you, I spent all day yesterday cleaning up
 and organizing this mess!

Having sorted big quilts, wall quilts, table runner and mini's
I can actually find things and get to them now.
What a concept!

This poor settee had become the dumping ground for things that wouldn't fit in the cabinet, or needed quilting...

My grandma would be so proud, that you can actually see it now!

The piles of quilts that need quilted are stacked 
under the longarm, with their backing.
I'm not sure just when or how that pile became so big.
There is plenty of work ahead for me!

Projects I discovered in various stages, are now sorted and put away.

Just the other day, I shared this on Facebook.
Who knew it was "truly" speaking to me!

 This was in the chaos.
I've been on a mission to collect Jacqueline de Jonge patterns,
the past few years. I didn't even know I had this one!

It's the same pattern I just bought in Houston!
Yep, same thing different colors.
Houston...I do have a problem.
It's a shopping problem!
Well, that and an organizing problem.
Looks like I know what I'm piecing next.
Good Grief!

Keep on Stitchin'