WHOOMP There IT Is! #23 – A Productive Week & Craft Sale

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Hello and Happy Friday!  No matter what, it’ll always be my favorite day of the week!

The past week was as productive as I wanted it to be. AND I’ve got some pics to prove it!

I spent quality time w/my grands last weekend. We went to the park and to the picture show to see Zootopia, which is a really cute movie.  We had an all around great time as usual.

I was able to finish an Easy Twirl Skirt for my granddaughter in time for her to wear it to church on Sunday. It’s a simple and  free tutorial. The hardest part for me was making the ruffle.  I was bummed when I realized I hadn’t taken a pic of her wearing it,  but here’s a pic of the skirt itself.

It was while I was making the skirt that I realized one of the threads on my serger had come un-threaded.  I was going to do the tying off method but I had no idea where the heck the stray thread came from and where all it wasn’t threaded…so, I decided to take ALL of the threads out.  Of course after I did that, I suffered a brief moment of panic.  Then I calmed down, took out the manual and re-threaded the darn thing! I would be lying if I said I didn’t drop a few F & S bombs or work up a sweat, but I got ‘er done!

My Serger – Oh Susana! 

I am slowly accepting the fact that my eyes are aging and w/it I’m becoming farsighted, which means I can see things at a distance better than close up. I just recently learned the difference between nearsightedness and farsightedness.

Moving right along, I cut out all the strings for my Halloween spiderweb quilt.  There’s all kinds of good stuff in this pile ‘o strings; Cotton and Steel, Michael Miller, Dear Stella and Connecting Threads.

I even did a test block! It may or may not become part of the actual quilt. One reason is I don’t have anymore of this orange fabric. Another is I’m trying to decide if I want the strings that immediately outline the star to be of the same color (not necessarily the same fabric) to make the star more defined. When I look at this star, it appears wonky. Not that there’s anything wrong w/wonky, I’m just not going for that look w/the stars on this quilt.  What do you think?

I’m still finishing up some items for the Craft Sale tomorrow.  If you are local, come on by. I look forward to seeing you. We’ll be in Glendale AZ at 46th Ave & Bryce Lane, which is just south of Northern from 8a – 2p! Click on the pic to see our Craigslist Ad. There will be handmade lovelies of all kinds to choose from. You won’t want to miss this sale!

Craftsy is having another sale! Check out their Sale-A-Bration Alert! For a very limited time, you’ll find top designers, beloved brands and much more marked down on Craftsy. With up to 60% off best-selling kits and supplies, you can shop ’til you drop! Hurry, the deals end Sunday!

It’s party time!

A Quilted Passion

A Quilted Passion

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WHOOMP There IT Is! #4

I went batting shopping last Saturday. I was glad I brought along my grandson & nephew.  I don’t think I could’ve managed this giant roll of batting by myself. Together they carried it to the car. Neither could’ve carried it alone, but they each had to show the other and myself, just how strong they are.  If getting it to the car was challenging, getting it in the car was even more so! But we did it…and I’m happy to say I now have batting! Lots of it! I got this giant 30yd x 96″ roll of Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 batting for $122 + tax at Mulqueen in Glendale, AZ.

Even though I now have batting, I still spent the week working on smaller projects.  I finished a project for the gift exchange at our annual Quilters Anonymous Christmas Party which will be on December 3rd.  If I remember, I’ll show a picture after the party.

 I also made something that’s been on my list for a long while…a quilters-helper apron. I had the idea to turn the butt-side of a pair of jeans into a half apron. I wish I could say it was an original idea…but after making mine, I looked on Pinterest and found that a bunch of peeps had already beat me to it! hahaha.

The 1st thing I did was cut out the entire front side of a pair shorts, salvaging the waistband…as this is what I’ll use to fasten/tie the apron.

One could use the original pockets if they are big enough for one’s needs. Mine weren’t so I removed them and made plans to add larger ones. But first, I had to figure out what do do w/the butt-seam thingie.

I decided to lay it flat to one side and stitch it down.  I think I’ve seen it done like this on some denim skirts made from jeans.

Originally I thought about hemming the edges but quickly changed my mind and left them raw to fray instead.  I added trim to the bottom but didn’t like how it would look on the sides, so I just did some straight stitching in red to add some color.  Like I said earlier, I wanted bigger pockets…though I’ve discovered a wider pocket is better than a deeper one. Anyway, I made generous pockets and decorated them before I sewed them on…again leaving the edges raw to fray.

I liked it so much I made a 2nd one. They will definitely come in handy when I work at kids camp next year!

And then I made simple Trick-or-Treat bags for the grands.

Oh, I almost forgot one more thing! I finally made something w/minky! I used it to back this simple strip quilt. I did not use batting and I did a very simple pull/roll over binding.

 I’m certain the little boy who gets it will love the cuddly softness of it.

That’s about all I have for you this week.  Now it’s your turn. Show me something good! =)

A Quilted Passion

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It’s Been A Long While…

I can’t believe it’s been over a month since I’ve written a blog post!

I finally finished binding Walk Like An Egyptian last night!

I made these B&W blocks for a community project we are doing at Quilters Anonymous, my chapter of the Arizona Quilters Guild.  David helped a bit w/these blocks.

And…I’ve finished this flimsy for a commission due at the end of March!  I’m calling it Cats Galore! The border fabric inspired the entire quilt! It’s perfect, because the recipient loves cats and her favorite color is blue!

And lastly, the cutest new addition ever…my grandson TJ!  He was born on Feb 12th, weighing in at 8lbs 4oz, measuring 20 3/4in long! 

 His quilt goes perfectly w/the crib bumper!
That’s all I have for now. Until next time, Happy Quilting and God Bless!
A Thread for Life
I would have despaired unless I had believed 
that I would see the goodness of the Lord
In the land of the living. –  Ps. 27:13 nasb