Leftovers. We all have them. Whether it's meatloaf or lace trims, there's always the dilemma of what to do with them. When my boys were still living at home, we never had to worry about leftovers. The fridge was constantly raided, sometimes in the middle of the night. And then there were days when I would send leftovers for my hubby's lunch.
But today I want to talk about fabric leftovers. We call them scraps. And I'm sure we have all made some sort of scrappy quilts using the remnants of fabric that clog up our ever growing scrap baskets.
I recently decided that I needed a runner for my dining room table. After digging around in my stash I found these strips of batik that came from another project.
The colors are cool and could be used for any season. And this pattern makes up quickly.
There are so many different aspects to crafting. I think we all need
some kind of creative outlet. Whether we are good at something, or just
enjoy the process.
Are you a sensitive person? Do you notice fine scents, sounds, tastes or works of art? I tend to notice sensory changes.
For so many years I would stuff it down, and try to conform to what everyone else was doing.
When I read an article on how crafting can actually advance
healthy living along with joy and creative satisfaction, I stopped to
ponder about this.
Whether it is cooking, gardening, knitting or sewing, crafts have become
a proven way to bring sanity and calmness in a sometimes hectic world.
You see apparently the brain cannot dwell on stress when it is engaged
by the repetitive movement of your chosen craft.
Sometimes you come up with a solution to a problem when you give your brain a break.
So is that the reason we should cook, garden, knit, or quilt?? No I
think the reason is that we enjoy it. And in turn that becomes our
Crafting makes us happy, and we can also make other people happy, by making gifts for our family, friends and charity.
So let's think of it this way. The quality may not be perfect, but in
the end, you have gained a healthy attitude and you have not wasted your
What could be more fun than to save your change to buy more fabric? This is too much fun to miss!
Val's Quilting Studio is hosting the 4th annual Piggy Bank Savings challenge. You can sign up until August 1st. I figured I would just drop my change into a box and see where it ends up.
This is my box -
I emptied my change purse into the box to give it a start.
And then I had an idea. I always collect change from my hubby and carry it in my car for emergencies. You know, like I needed a sweet tea, or a milk shake :-) I wasn't sure how much change had accumulated, so I raided the change stash...
Now this is an impressive start!
How much cold hard cash can you save in a year? Sign up and let's see!
I've alluded to it. Hinted maybe. It's even written as the last line of my bio. Yep, take a peek at the right hand corner of this blog.
I'm an aspiring writer!
Writing for my blog these last seven years has only been a testimony of my quilting journey. A couple of years ago a new journey opened for me. Writing Christian fiction. Years ago I dabbled with some writing. I was even published in a Christian magazine. But children and homeschooling took most of my time and writing went by the wayside. The only writing I did was for my two blogs.
The kids grew up, married and left the nest, and all of a sudden I didn't know what to do with myself. A story formed in my mind and I sat down at the computer and started writing. For hours, days, weeks. It's probably not the best writing. I have forgotten so many of those pesky grammar rules. But the words just flowed and I recorded them. When that one was done another story came and, again, I just wrote it all down.
So while I may not be the best writer around, I braved myself up and started a new blog. Maybe just for practicing. But I'd love for you to pop over and join me there. I titled it The Novice Writer because, obviously, I am a novice.
If you come over, and if you are so inclined, can you do me a favor? I'd love for you to leave a comment. Just so I know that everything is working :-) You can follow by email, but the posts will also show up on this side bar when there is something new.
you put your full faith and trust in the quilt patterns you purchase?
Especially ones in magazines? We all assume that patterns have been tested and are correct for
I've had some patterns that were very difficult and instructions that were confusing but up to this time, never one that was wrong. Read this post from Quilts in the Barn for some valuable information concerning magazine patterns.
I took a required Home Economics class my first year in High School. On
one of the first days of class our teacher, Mrs.
Trainor, told us that we would be constructing a garment, learn to bake,
and learn how to design and decorate a home.
had never sewn before, as my own Mom did not sew. So we learned about
fabric and thread, and sewing machines, tracing wheels and zippers. And
each one of us made a garment!
graduating from High School, I realized that making garments was fun and
challenging. I ended up taking another garment class through Adult
Education offered in our public schools.
After marrying and starting a family, I found the local craft stores offered
different classes. Cake decorating was a great asset to make birthday
cakes for my little children. But the class that changed how I looked
at a sewing machine was the quilting class. At
that time, we used scissors, templates and we hand stitched everything.
When our class was almost over, our teacher brought out an instrument
that she said would make cutting our fabric easier. Can you guess what
it was the first time I ever saw a Rotary cutter. None of the students
were impressed, saying "How could this pizza cutter take the place of
scissors?" Not only were we wrong, but my sister in love took a class
at a new quilt shop and learned Eleanor Burns Quilt in a Day method.
Sewing has never been the same for us since ;-)
Lady Georgina Hawthorne is in need of a husband. After years of planning, she is looking to marry well. Needing a husband who has money and is powerful, Georgina sets her sites on no one lower than a duke. You see, Georgina has a secret. One that would appear to the world as a defect.
When Colin McCrae enters her life, he is everything Georgina does not want. Although he has amassed a fortune, he is not of the aristocracy and has no title. Yet the one thing that draws her to him is his honesty and honor.
This book brought to light something that so many people deal with. Shame and embarrassment when you are not "normal." Georgina finds ways to hide her secret defect yet it becomes more and more of a struggle as she comes out into society. Her fear of being found out leads her to believe that God deems her as worthless. We all have some "defect" we struggle with. I find that many people go to great lengths to hide whatever it may be. It isn't easy to navigate when you are hard of hearing, have physical limitations, are illiterate, or are excessively shy. We find ways to compensate, to try to be part of the mainstream. For years I struggled with hearing loss, to the point where I did not attend certain gatherings, and tried to read the lips of the person speaking.
Georgina's story picks up where the first novel, A Noble Masquerade, leaves off. There is a little bit of overlapping, so that the story can be read as a stand alone. Because I had read the A Nobel Masquerade, I felt that the beginning was a bit slow. But I was enthralled by Georgina's strength, cunning, and ingenuity in tackling her challenges. I found that under her thick skin was a caring, sensitive and lovely young lady. And Colin did too :-)
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Publisher in exchange for my honest review.
I've read several bloggers lamenting the loss of their irons. I don't put water in my iron, as I prefer to use a squirt bottle. But it still is good to know how to respect our irons so they give us the best years of their lives.
After reading the directions for cleaning my iron, this was the information they suggested -
irons are designed to be used with regular tap water (up to 12 grains
of hardness). If your water is harder than this, Rowenta recommends
mixing half tap water with half distilled water. Never use 100% pure
distilled water since this can cause the iron to spit and leak.
are many types of household water softeners. Many of them are
perfectly acceptable for use in an iron. HOWEVER, some types of
softeners, particularly those that use chemicals such as salt, can cause
the iron to leak or spit during
use. If you experience this type of problem, we recommend that you
try using inexpensive bottled spring water. NEVER USE 100% PURE
DISTILLED WATER. Once you have changed water it will take several uses
to correct the problem.
I know some gals have been
experiencing major problems with leaky irons. These are suggestions
from the Rowenta cleaning kit, but they may be applicable to other
brands as well.
A wonderful place for finding quilting publications
is my local library. I am sometimes amazed at what they offer.
This for instance......
Although I am not a new quilter, I thought it would be fun to watch Alex and catch any hints she might share.
I am a new knitter, and I do much better "seeing" rather than reading directions.
And of course there are always these...........
Whenever I am running around doing errands, if I know there is a library close at hand, I will stop in and see what is offered under catalog #746.
enjoy looking at these books for color study and it's fun to see how
designers present their patterns. I may not actually make a quilt, but
it is lots of food for thought. In our library system, I can check
out the books for 3 weeks, and extend for another 3 weeks via my
computer. I can also look online and have something I want sent to my local branch if it's in the county system.
So don't let this valuable resource go unnoticed. Libraries also carry current Quilt magazines.
Sometimes free patterns can be a bit of a challenge. But this one from AllPeopleQuilt.com. turned out to be fun and easy. I
had this wild fabric that was waiting for a great project, and this
tote was perfect.
The pattern was so easy to follow, although it took me a couple
of days to complete it. Only because I changed my mind on the straps
and had to rip out what was sewn and audition other fabrics.
Another great FREE pattern that works up into a really great little tote.
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