Tuesday, February 27, 2018

What do you do with your selvages?

What do you do with selvages?

Aren't these yummy? I loved them so much, even making the quilt. So instead of tossing them, I made a Tuffet :-)

The back was some fun left over green polka dot.

Thank you Anna Griffin for this beautiful fabric. I just love it!!

Waste not, want not!

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Batik tablerunners

Another round of finishes. I made these table runners using scraps of batik fabrics.

After making this wall hanging...
 I used some left over fabric to make this runner.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Home Sweet Home

Waiting it's turn since before Christmas, finishing up this Home Town quilt.

 Finish it up Friday 

p.s. A quick note for Jocelyn Thurston. Please note, that even though you have your email attached to your profile, it still will not open unless your reader has Google+. Please send your email address (to my email) so I can respond to you.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Another great find and no reply bloggers

On a recent trip, I found this vintage sewing basket at the Thieves Market for just $3.00.

Not only was the basket filled to the brim with thread, there was a little zippy bag with all kinds of odds and ends. Cute little embroidery scissors, as well as vintage buttons.

Finding more treasures is so much fun!

P.S. Yesterday Jocelyn Thurston {Canadian Needle Nana} wrote on her blog about no reply bloggers. It seems if you have Google plus you might not be able to leave a comment on that persons blog. I tried to respond to Jocelyn, but I would have to sign up for Google Plus and I don't really want to do that. I have had many comments from peeps who, when I try to respond, it shows as no reply blogger. So very sorry that Google has made it difficult to respond to a comment. I hope Jocelyn sees this post, and know that some of us are reading, but cannot even leave a comment on her blog. 
Another A

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Valentine Inspiration

It's just a week away! Are you inspired?

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Don't want to chance it

Reds are notorious for bleeding. As I was gathering material for a quilt project, I decided I would wash all the reds.

I threw a color catcher into the wash load with these fabrics.

WOW! What a deep shade of pink.

Feeling that this was a lot of dye that was released from the fabric, I decided I would run the reds through another load.

Yep, color catcher gave me another lovely sheet of pinks.

So next time you use reds in your quilt, do you think you would pre-wash the fabric, or take the chance??

Friday, February 2, 2018

Cases for charity

Pillowcases, pillowcases, pillowcases....

For the past month I have been working on more pillowcases for charity. So I thought I would repost the tutorial that I have on my sidebar. It's super easy and goes together quickly.

Materials needed for a standard size pillowcase:

 1/4 yard for top (cuff) of pillowcase
2 1/2" strip for accent piece
3/4 yard for main body of pillowcase

Begin with 1/4 yard piece (cuff) with right side of fabric facing up.
Press the 2 1/2" accent piece lengthwise with WRONG sides together.
 Place on top of 1/4" Cuff, lining up raw edges on top.  Pin

Press the 3/4 yard fabric and place on top of other pieces with WRONG side facing up. Pin the three layers of fabric in place, making sure raw edges are lined up on the top.

Now for the magic -- Roll the length of the 3/4 yard piece up towards the top raw edges.

Pick up and fold the 1/4 yard piece (Cuff) over the rolled fabric.  Pin in place lining up with raw edges.  (the wrong side of this fabric should be facing you)

Machine stitch all pieces along the top raw edges using 1/4" seam allowance.  Backstitch this seam.

 Grab the roll from the inside and turn the entire roll.  You should now have the pillowcase cuff in place with no exposed seams.  Press the sewn edges well.

This is what it should look like at this point.

Fold pillowcase in half (WRONG sides together) with the pillowcase cuff edges together, lined up at the seam.  Stitch side and bottom using 1/4" seam allowance.

Turn inside out with the RIGHT sides together.  Press seams.

Stitch the seams again, but this time using a 1/2" seam allowance.  Backstitch.

Turn and press.

Wha-la!!  You now have a completed pillowcase.

And here are just a couple of the pillowcases I worked on.

 This pattern was much easier then some I found online.  Making this tutorial is a great way for me to remember the steps.  Let me know if you try it.