Friday, March 30, 2012

I can not find anything

Really. I can't. In my last post I told you about the painting that was in progress. Somehow that spiraled into a kitchen reno as well. Right now my stove is in the dining room. My fridge is in the middle of the kitchen floor.(at least it is functional) I have a kitchen sink but it isn't connected to a drain or water so dishes are being done in the bath tub. My kitchen 'stuff' is all over the living and dining rooms.
On the lower level, my sewing room is half in the family room and half in the laundry room. So sewing is a bit of a challenge right now. (I know where my camera is, but I can not get at it right now, so I can't show you the mess). My garage is, well lets just say you couldn't park a matchbook car in there right now.

Just to add to the general chaos, the painter couldn't come all week because his children were on spring break and he needed to be home when his wife went to work. The tile guy couldn't come because he had another job. So no progress this week at all.

Just to round out the week, my hubby got let go at work last night.

Thanks, just needed to vent a bit. I am done now.
Hope your week was better.
happy stitching

Sunday, March 18, 2012

The rest of the charm projects

I am so slow at getting things posted lately. The DH decided that we need the house painted. So he got a painter. Of course I did not want to do it right now, but it is in progress. DH does not think anything needs to be moved for the painter so I have moved all the breakables and the "stuff". As well as the furniture. Between all the shifting of stuff around the house and work I feel like I am not getting anything done.
Before the presentation and demo of the charm projects I usually show a couple of shop samples or quilts I have made that are not really part of the demo. I was telling the boss about this wall hanging and she ordered the pattern . What I like about it is that it needs only one charm pack, minimal cutting, easy piecing, AND there are other applique patterns included so you can do the hearts, a star, or a flower for different seasons.

Does anyone else have those plastic bags hanging on a door knob somewhere in their house? I do. In my kitchen. Not pretty. When I saw this cute dispenser on the Moda Bake Shop, I had to make it. 16 charms, a bit of fabric for the top and bottom and some elastic. Bam....pretty bag holder.

One charm pack will make two of these coupon clutches. They are so easy to do and great for organizing those coupons. Or you could use it for your electronics that you can't leave at home. Or an on the go sewing bag with your thread, needles, etc.

I think this might be my favorite of this set of projects. The French memo board. Mine is in a frame, but I  think you could do it without the frame too. You use a foam core board and cork squares glued together. Piece your fabric, fuse two layers of fusible fleece on the back of the fabric. The ribbon just lay over the seams and sew a button where the ribbons intersect. You have a french memo board and a cork board in one.

This quilt is the same as the one I made for DD's friend's baby. A simple four patch with plain alternate square. This one has minkee on the back. Super soft and cuddly.

Hope everyone had a happy National Quilting Day. I actually got to get some sewing done.
Happy Stitching

Thursday, March 1, 2012

I'm baaaack

Not sure where I was. Not sure where the last couple of months went. I think I worked on things, but I don't think I got much finished. Must be that winter blahhh.

Without further rambling, here are some things that I did finish. I saw this adorable set in a magazine when I went to Portland for the wedding last fall. I just had to make them for my DD's friend's baby boy. It is a Panda bear hat and mittens. I had a little ooops with the hat. I knit the hat. Knit the ears. Put the ears on the hat. Crooked and in the wrong place. Snipped them off carefully. Put one ear back on and looked at hat. I didn't like the placement so I started to snip the ears off again. Cut right through the hat.
Being frustrated and not sure how to fix a hole that big, I tossed it and started again.  I am happy with it now.

Last week the pre-cuts club started again. This 3 month session I am doing charm squares.
I started small, coasters, plain and appliqued.

I found these ornaments on Moda Bake shop and I had to try them.  I did Halloween, Christmas , and Valentine's day. This is an easy, fun project to do with kids, or even with quilt buddies. It is a bit messy so be prepared.  Just use Mod- Podge to put fabric on Styrofoam balls then put another coat of Mod- Podge. Let them dry over night. Coat with a clear coat. Some wire for a hanger....done.

This is a casserole carrier also from the Moda Bake Shop. It was fun to do. I think I might be making more of these for those Pot Luck lunches the guild does.  Just some charm squares and a bit of fabric.
Wouldn't it be a cute shower gift with a couple of potholders?

I made this little table runner from the book Country Threads Goes to Charm School. I love that book. I love charm packs. LOL These are half hexies. There were just a few left over charms from this pack and it was enough for this little runner.

The rest of the charm projects in the next post.
Happy stitching