Sunday, January 19, 2014

Week 3 Stash Report - January 19, 2014

A fairly quiet sewing week.  Didn't touch the binding on my sister's quilt.  I decided I could make some items that were on my mental UFO list and use up a bit of fabric.  Not everything needs to be a full size quilt. 

I made a 10 Minute Table Runner for a silent auction at work in 2012.  Two coworkers who did not win the auction were disappointed.  I decided then to just go ahead and make them each one.  This didn't get done in time for Christmas 2012 or 2013.  However, they will be their first Christmas gifts for 2014!  I bought the center fabric in 2012 or early 2013.  It's the same fabric used for the auction table runner, only off the clearance table this time.  The border/backing fabric is estate sale fabric.

The blue is darker than the picture, more of a royal blue.  I like the blue one best, the design is omni directional.  The red one is uni directional, so the Christmas trees are upside down on one side. 

Although they are called 10 Minute Table runner, it took me just under an hour to make each of them.  The only thing I had done ahead was decide on the fabric.  I think even with the fabric cut, it would take me more than 10 minutes to complete. 

When I got them done, I decided to do a little more.  I chose a decorative stitch on my machine and topped stitched all the way around the blue one.  Decided to cut back on time on the red one and just did the stitching across each end.  I ended up liking it better. 

Here's a pic of the corner, so you can see the difference.

I did do a bit more on the Maverick Stars, but no more complete.

Didn't even go anywhere that sold fabric this week, so didn't buy anything.  Yippee!

Fabric in this week:  0 yards
Fabric in Year to Date:  .5 yards
Fabric out this week: 1.66 yards
Fabric out year to date:  4.66 yards

Total Change - 4.16 yards out

Check Judy's blog, Patchwork Times, for other stash reports.  

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Stash Report 2 - 1/12/14

As I started to write this,  I noticed my header seriously needs to be updated.  I think those clematis are from the summer of 2012.  If I showed a picture of my yard right now, it would feature half melted snow, dead leaves and mud.  But that's not what we are here to talk about.

Not much happened on the sewing front this week.  I am going to try to finish up some UFO's this year.  The first is binding a quilt for my sister, Nan.  My mother bought the top from a friend probably 10 years ago, and about 2 years ago I paid to have it quilted on a long arm.  Before Christmas I cut the binding strips from the excess backing.  This week I ironed them. Today I trimmed the edges of the quilt. Are you beginning to see why I don't have many finishes?  And since I neither purchased or sewed any of this, I won't be counting it as part of my stash busting.

I just mentioned that I want to finish up UFOs.  So this week I started a new project.  I know.  I want to use this as a leaders and enders project, but thought I'd better make a couple of blocks, to be sure I like them.  I'm going to make some Maverick Stars from Bonnie Hunter at Quiltville.  Here are the two I have completed.

 I am making light stars on dark backgrounds, as I have a lot fewer light than dark scraps.  My squares will be cut 2 1/2", so will take about 25 blocks to use a yard of fabric.  If my math is correct.  I think.  I won't even try to count the little scraps I will be using to make the star points.  I did cut both light and dark squares for this project this week. 

My scraps are organized (ha) by my own system.  Bonnie Hunter has a thorough description of her organization system on her blog.  I did not want to cut up fabric without knowing what it was going to be used for.  So, I came up with three scrap quilts I wanted to make, and sorted and cut fabric with those projects in mind.  Anything larger than a fat quarter is stored in a drawer or shelf in my sewing room.  Smaller pieces were cut, when possible, into 2 1/2" x 16" strips, for a future Scrappy Bargello quilt (also from Bonnie Hunter).  I need 128 strips and I have over 80 cut.  Smaller pieces are sorted into a string quilt box and a crumb quilt box.  I made a string quilt top last summer (also on the UFO list) and have made some crumb blocks.  I went back through these boxes this week and pulled what I can use for the Maverick Stars, my fourth ongoing scrap quilt. 

Now my scraps will be sorted into Bargello, Strings, Crumbs and Maverick Stars. 

I got a email coupon from my favorite fabric store this week.  From reading other blogs, I know that coupons can get us in trouble.  However, this was for only one piece of fabric, so I couldn't go too crazy.  I ended up buying a half yard of  this -
which I plan to use to bind the Maverick stars, in some far off someday.  Been wanting to do a striped binding.

It has taken me half of forever to get to the point of this blog, my stash report.  I'm sorry, I cannot tell a short story. 

Fabric in this week:  .5 yards
Fabric in Year to Date:  .5 yards
Fabric out this week: 0 yards
Fabric out year to date:  3 yards

Total change:  2.5 yards out

If you want to read other (mostly shorter) stash reports, check out Patchwork Times.

If you're still with me, here is my favorite find from the 3 estate sales I went to this weekend.
I plan to use it to bring in veggies from my little garden this summer.

Hope you all have a great week.  Happy Sewing.    

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Stash Report 1 - 1/5/14

I have been reading the stash reports at Judy L's blog, Patchwork Times, for quite a while.  I found all sorts of reasons why I shouldn't participate.  I buy a lot of my fabric at estate sales, so I'd have to measure it all.  I even buy scraps,  how do you measure an ice cube bag of 1960's garment sewing scraps like I recently purchased. Do I count fabric that's not for quilting? How do you count as yards when you make those scraps into crumb or string blocks?  Finally decided to just do my best  guess, and use this report as more of a way to see what I have used, instead of worrying about how much comes in.  And it will also become a way of showing some of my bargains.  I like showing those off.

Today I finished a baby quilt for a coworker.  My quilting career contains a lot more starts than finishes.  This is the biggest project I have completed. 36" x 36" I learned a lot about piecing, quilting, binding, and measuring for your backing correctly.  The 4 patch blocks and binding are all from stash, I did buy the back piece, to go with the baby's safari animal nursery. 
Four patches, arranged by color

When you don't buy enough backing, you improvise

My personal rules for this report will be to only report fabric out when the project is complete.  Before that, it is still in my sewing room.  Hopefully this will inspire me to finish some of my works in progress. 

This week's report -

Fabric in this week:  0
 Fabric in Year to Date:  0

Fabric out this week: 3 yards
Fabric out year to date:  3 yards

Total change:  3 yards out

If you want to see more stash busting reports, go to Patchwork Times.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The Cutest Purse Ever!

When I started this blog, one reason I chose the name was to force me to post timely happenings in my life.  I think I should have been realistic and called it Two Weeks Ago I....

And it has been just over two weeks ago that I made myself a purse that I absolutely love.  It started with a tutorial I saw at Mommy by Day Crafter by night.  (Thank you for the great tutorial.) She had made an adorable purse for her two year old daughter.  If you'd like to check it out, go here. 

As I said, this was originally made for a two year old.  I'm not 2, so needed to make it larger.  I used my best elementary school math skills and recalculated the sizes of all the fabric pieces.  I measured a couple of my current purses to determine the size I wanted.  I was trying for 10' x 12' and 4" deep.  To double check my calculations (since elementary school was a LONG time ago) I made a mock up out of newpaper. 

Lovely, isn't it?
I started with these fabrics-
The larger print is by Amy Butler, and I'm not sure about the small print.
I had made the pleats a half inch deep on the newspaper pattern, and liked the look.  I added a pocket on each side of the interior.  My math skills turned out a little less than perfect, as the finished size ended up being 9" x 12".  But I'm very happy with how it turned out.  If I make another, the only change I'll make is to add interfacing to the straps. 

Isn't it cute!

One final, totally unrelated, thought.  If you have a trampoline, make sure you anchor it down, or you might end up with this. 
We had a tornado hit about 2 1/2 miles from here, and this is what happened about a block away.  Fortunately we had little damage.  Isn't this amazing?  That's a full size trampoline up there. 

Good night all!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Time to update the picture on my header.  We had about 4" of snow today, and my yard looks much different than it's pictured.  My office closed at noon today, and I used my unexpected time off to do a small project that I've been wanting to do for a few weeks.  I finally got some ear buds that I don't hate, and am actually using my MP3 player.  I wanted something to store it in, and keep it from turning my purse into a tangled mess.  I found a tutorial here for a card case.  I used the pocket from a pair of men's jeans, so it was large enough for my player.  I started with this-

and this -

and ended up with this -
The jeans were an old pair of my husband's, the fabric I got in a bag of vintage 60's fabric at an estate sale, the button came from who know's where.  The only modification I made was to use a small ponytail elastic instead of a ribbon, thought it would be more secure.  I'm happy with how it turned out.  And the price was right. 
Looks like it has been over a year since I posted anything.  Seems like I have had trouble getting something to say and pictures at the same time.  Reading that last post reminded me of some things I intended to do in the bedroom, that still haven't been done.  I fell off the challenge that Heather had, and about the only thing that has been accomplished around the house has been to paint the master bath.  I used the same paint as the turquoise wall in the bedroom.  This just got finished last week, and I need to buy a new towel bar and TP holder.  Oh, and we cleaned out the storage room in the basement.  Had a small water leak that was really a blessing, as it forced us to totally empty the room.  While it was empty, we painted, rearranged the shelves, got rid of a LOT of stuff, found a few long lost items, and created a space that actually functions.  I can find what I need, add stuff, and not risk my life opening the door.  Guess I need to figure out my next room to attack. 

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

January's progress on Better Home Challenge

I'm reporting in on the progress I made in January on the Better Home Challenge.  The short answer is 'Not much.'  My main excuse is I've been sick for about 10 days.  Am feeling better, but really didn't feel up to tackling any sewing while I was down.  I did get a couple of things accomplished and will show you now. 
I had mentioned last time that I didn't know what to do with this quilt rack.  I didn't want it in front of the window.  I realized we had a space heater in this spot that could really go anywhere in the room and would be moved out when the weather is warmer.  So the two have now switched places and I'm happy that the quilt rack still has a home in our room.  It is hand made, and I got it in Mt. Vernon, Missouri, which my mother claims as her home town. 

I did get my laundry put away, however, more has crept in and taken its place.  A much smaller amount, but seems a never ending battle. I have also been handwashing.  Have done six sweaters and have two more to go.  This has gotten a laundry basket out of the closet, so did a bit on cleaning out the closet. 

Last post I talked some about the spool night stands.  We spent more than we wanted on the bedroom furniture, so were trying to repurpose something we already had.  Here is a picture of a spool top that we use as a plant stand in the summer. 

The two that are now nightstands were not quite this bad, but they were pretty beat up.  Here is what they look like now.


Hubby cleaned them up, stained them, painted part of them with the wall paint, built and installed the shelf in the middle and added legs to make them tall enough. I want to put a skirt around them to hide all the stuff.  Also need to make something to hold magazines, as the shelves just don't hold them well.  After we installed these, I came across a blog showing lots of ideas using the big spools.  Here, I thought I was being cheap, turns out I'm trendy! 
Finally, a few closeups of some items in the room.  Hubby made me this rack to hold bracelets.  I sort of described what I wanted, he came up with the design and the idea of using bamboo.  He's proud that he used no nails or glue to hold it together and I'm happy that I can get to my bracelets more easily.  Think I have enough?

 He had some more bamboo, and this lamp needed a repair, so he replaced the stand with bamboo, to continue our beachy theme.
This is a little candle holder I got at an estate sale for a quarter.  Love the design and the color.  Made in California. I want to put a shelf up in the room, and this will go on it.

Accomplished one other thing, totally free!  We decided we don't want to put any rugs down, so don't have to buy any. 

I'm linking in with Heather, who started this Better Home Challenge.  She listed the total amount she spent on her room.  I didn't keep track, but other than the furniture, we haven't spent a lot.  Paint, a board for the peg rack....  Already had the pegs, and the fabric I hope to use for the window.  May buy some new blinds and a ceiling fan.  There is still work to be done in here, but am happy with the progress so far. 

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The 2012 Better Home Challenge

I was told about a blog today that has given me inspiration!  Heather, at  Needles and Pens  has come up with a challenge for this year, to get some of the home improvement, decorating and decluttering projects done that have been hanging around for too long.  She's calling it the Better Home Challenge.  If you want to read all about it, go here.  She's asking us to pick 12 rooms or projects, one for each month.  We will do a blog at the beginning and end of each month, showing our progress.  Here are my 12 rooms -

1) Laundry room/downstairs bathroom
2) Master bathroom
3) Upstairs Hall
4) Upstairs closet (about 5'x20')
5) Sewing room
6) Kitchen
7) Office
8) Living room
9) Basement Family room
10) Basement storage room
11) Basement Laundry/bathroom
12) Other bathrooms (we have 5)

Since I came in to this a little late, and I am already working in there, I made the Master Bedroom number 11, the first number she chose.  Ok, that's cheating a little, but that's just how it's going to be this month.

We started on this project in November.  (Note to self, don't start projects that involve painting a large room at the beginning of the holidays.) I don't have any 'before' pictures, mainly because I never want to see what it looked like before again.  I will now show some 'during' pictures, with notes on what has been done and what needs to be done. I'm calling this my Beachy Retreat room. 

This is our new bed and utility cabinet.  The furniture is from Paula Deen.  I love it, but it aggravates me that I paid extra just because her name is on it.  The utility cabinet has shelves above and drawers below and contains our stereo.  These pieces replace a bed and much larger armoire from the mid '80's.

Here is the bed from the other angle.  You can see that we painted the walls two different colors.  The off white is Soft Pearl, the aqua is Cilantro, both from Sears. Prior to the paint, we had wall paper with pink flowers from 1987.  You'll just have to use your imagination.   

The bay window faces north, so we don't get a lot of bright light in the room.  (Do you like the Fiddle Leaf Fig (Ficus Lyrata)?  He's my favorite house plant.  He came home from hubby's office a few years ago with about 4 leaves, was about to be thrown out.  Amazing what some water and fresh soil can do.  He spends the summer on the front porch.  You can barely see them, but he has Christmas lights right now.)  No changes have been made here yet, other than moving  a large chair that used to be in front of the window.  Did you notice the two bedside tables?  They are made from old rope spools that hubby has had since his Navy days, 40 years ago.  He cleaned them up and painted the tops with the wall paint.  I plan to make a skirt to go around each, to hide our junk.
The alcove is our dormer window .  Previously it contained a pressed board microwave stand with the TV on top.  The stand is gone (yippee) and this is the chair that was formerly by the window.  It has a bark cloth drape thrown over it. 

This area also held a cedar chest and a hat tree/coat rack.  The cedar chest is currently sitting in the hall, waiting to go to a new home, and my hubby made the peg rack to hold items that the tree formerly held. 

Here is the new dresser.  It's my favorite of the three new pieces.  Each sliding door has 3 large drawers behind it.  The middle upper drawer has an electrical connection and I have my laptop in there.  What I don't like is the humongous TV on top of it.  I'm dreaming of a flat screen, but that is going to be in the future. 

This just shows the third corner of the room.  I didn't take a photo of the fourth corner, it has the door to the master bathroom. You can glimpse it in the previous photo.                                                                  

What I still want to accomplish- New bedspread and Window treatments.  Slip cover chair.  Make skirts for nightstands.  Clean out closet.  Put items in drawers that are currently in other rooms.  Put away my laundry off chair!  New lamps and ceiling fan.  Cushion for window seat.  Hang up art.  Touch up paint boo boos. Floor coverings. 

Here are some fabrics that I may use for the bed/skirt/curtains.  Not sure yet.

One dilemma I have is what to do with the quilt stand.  I really like it and don't have a place anywhere else in the house for it.  Will have to keep thinking on this one. 

Hope you have enjoyed the tour of our room.  Am looking forward to what has changed by the end of January.