Sunday, March 31, 2013

Hoppy Easter…

Just a quick post to wish you all a Hoppy Easter!  May you have a fun filled day with family and friends…

An Easter Joke…

A man was blissfully driving along the highway, when he saw the Easter Bunny hopping across the middle of the road. He swerved to avoid hitting the Bunny, but unfortunately the rabbit jumped in front of his car and was hit. The basket of eggs went flying all over the place.  

The driver, being a sensitive man as well as an animal lover, pulled over to the side of the road, and got out to see what had become of the Bunny carrying the basket. Much to his dismay, the colorful Bunny was dead.
 
The driver felt guilty and began to cry.  A woman driving down the same highway saw the man crying on the side of the road and pulled over. She stepped out of her car and asked the man what was wrong.
 
"I feel terrible," he explained, "I accidentally hit the Easter Bunny and killed it. What should I do?"
 
The woman told the man not to worry. She knew exactly what to do. She went to her car trunk, and pulled out a spray can. She walked over to the limp, dead Bunny, and sprayed the entire contents of the can onto the little furry animal.
 
Miraculously the Easter Bunny came to back life, jumped up, picked up the spilled eggs and candy, waved its paw at the two humans and hopped on down the road. 50 yards away the Easter Bunny stopped, turned around, waved and hopped on down the road another 50 yards, turned, waved, hopped another 50 yards and waved again!!!!
 
The man was astonished. He said to the woman, "What in heaven's name is in your spray can?" The woman turned the can around so that the man could read the label. 

It said:
 
"Hair spray. Restores life to dead hair. Adds permanent wave."

...source from The Internet

Until next time...♥

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Cider Anyone?

I only share the very best videos with my readers.  You can thank my DH for this one that he sent me..it's very clever!



Until next time...♥

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Another one done…

Back in 2009 I made three little blocks along with my friends from a local sewing group.  4 years later I have finally put them together to make this little, but bright quilt.  I originally thought I’d add to it, but decided back in February that it would be better just to finish it.  After a very snowy weekend I have not only managed to quilt it, but bind it. :o)

My eldest has on more than one occasion hinted that she really, really likes it, so it’s going to live with her and bring a little sunshine to her university dorm.

Until next time...♥

Monday, March 25, 2013

More for Project Linus…

I sometimes don't know what I would do without Project Linus. It gives me a great excuse to sew and create with very little guilt… And sometimes it is really nice to take something that has been started by someone else and finish it so it can be put to use.  That’s exactly what happened with this little top. 

One of the ladies at the Tuesday sewing group I attend had made this darling little top and had it all basted for quilting.  She had started quilting it, but didn’t like the effect so was donating it to Lynda so someone else could finish it.  I don’t think Lynda had it in her hands for more than 10 seconds when my mouth engaged and I said, “I’ll do it!”

That afternoon I put everything else to one side and meandered to my little heart’s content.  30 minutes later the quilting was done and by evening the binding was sewn down.  The next day it got a quick wash and dry and it is lovely and snuggly just as a quilt should be ready to be returned to Lynda.  A job well done :o)

I’m almost 1/2 through my Linus quilts (much to DH’s delight…I think he is feeling a little over-run with quilts…) and have been busy getting bindings on as I go along.  I love these new Clover Clips for holding the binding on as you stitch…much better than pins that can poke you :o)

Until next time...♥

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Feathers…

I was taught that you should always give credit where credit is due…so to that end I like to blame thank Liz for inspiring me to try my hand at free-motion quilted feathers.  After months of doodling feathers on every envelope and newspaper that came through the house I finally plucked up the courage and didn't chicken out as I went from paper to fabric.

This quilt is one I have finished for Project Linus which was made up from some pre-cut scraps found at the bottom of a bag.

I’m as proud as a peacock for my free-formed feathers that I did across each braid.  I started with a drawn vein and then looped up one side and down the other to create the open feathers.  I wanted the quilt to still have quite a bit of loft as it will be for a child and I wanted it to be nice and cosy.

After each column my confidence grew and before long I had completed the quilting…but I still had the urge to feather…what else could I tackle next?

It wasn’t long before I found my next victim project…the border of yet another quilt for Linus.  This time I stitched the vein and looped along one side and then came back to stitch the other side.  One side was very easy to stitch where as the other didn’t come as naturally.  I guess that must be a left brain / right brain thing…  There are lots of variations for feathers… I quite like Tanya’s feathers on her Fiery Starr quilt and Michele’s Mario vines….I think more practice is needed… stay tuned! :o)

Until next time...♥

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Feel Good Saturday...

This has a great message and one we should remember when we go about our daily lives. I think quilters naturally like to share ideas and like making new friends... I've never met a quilter who didn't want to sit and talk...



Until next time...♥

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Sew Red…

Have you seen this book, Sew Red? A few weeks ago I was asked if I'd like my very own copy of Sew Red. I didn't know much about it, but as anything with sewing takes my fancy I agreed to have a look and share a little review with you. 

Within a few short days the book arrived in the UK and I was quick to the kettle to brew a cup of tea and have a read.  What immediately struck me is that is book was much more than a book of patterns, but a book highlighting the importance of health as each designer not only shared a pattern, but also shared top tips for keeping oneself healthy.  There are 6 pages of healthy recipes at the back with nutritional information including main meals, sides and desserts.  I really like the look of the Apple Coffee Cake :o)  Yummy!

There are many interesting projects..some are home decorating projects and others are for clothing which have full sized pattern sheets in the back of the book, but the ones that took my interest are the quilting ones.  I love this sweet quilt by Sweetwater and the very sage advice as her top tip!  I have to agree whole heartedly ;o) that taking a break from the computer and the sewing machine and going for a walk is a great suggestion.  My DH works from home and we often take 20 minutes at lunch to have a break and go for a walk.  It’s really nice to do that and have a chance to chat without the kids interrupting…and it’s a bit of exercise too :o)

The other lovely quilt that grabbed my attention is this lovely heart quilt by TulaPink.  I love the reds, teals and blues together…what a wonderful mix of colours.

Finally, this is the project that must be first on my list.  It continues on my theme of small projects and really floats my boat.  Of course, I’d fill it will sewing notions…not jewellery :o)

The book is part of a greater initiative called Stitch Red which is a campaign to raise the awareness of heart disease in women. You might recall Knit Red from last year being the first book released for the initiative.

Jimmy Beans Wool has agreed to contribute a minimum of 5% of their gross profits from the sale of this Stitch Red product to the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health in support of The Heart Truth® and women's heart health education and research.  For those of you in the UK…the book is also available from Amazon.

Until next time...♥

Monday, March 11, 2013

Sew Together Bag…

You are going to start thinking this is a pattern review blog, but it isn't...I've just been in the mood for little projects and went on a little pattern buying spree..ok only 2 patterns :o) but for me that’s a lot!

I think I get sucked in by the colours of other people work and I’m always intrigued to see how something is put together.  If I can’t work it out from the picture then it plays on my mind until I give in and pay to find out.  Sad I know, but it’s cheaper than shoes and makeup :o)

So this is the Sew Together Bag.  A rather clever number with 4 zips.  Now before you go running for the hills at the sheer mention of zips, let me tell you that bit was easy.  The construction of all the zips and panels is quite straight forward…it’s making the whole thing 3D that had me scratching my head.  But after a cup of tea and reading the words rather than looking at the diagrams I got it in the end and I’m quite surprised at how professional I managed to get this one to look. 

If/when I make another there are just a couple of changes I would make.  Firstly I’d make the binding a little wider as I found it was just a bit too tight a fit to get around all those layers and secondly I’d use a finer interfacing or even no interfacing for the side panels.  There was quite a bit of thickness to sew through in some of the steps and I think that might make it easier for my poor old machine :o)

The construction is quite clever and I love the finish result, but I think the pattern lacked in pictures… I’m not being harsh, it’s just my observation. 

Until next time...♥

Friday, March 08, 2013

Divided Basket…

Sometimes you just have to give into temptation and just go for it. After seeing Anna from Noodlehead’s pattern for the divided basket and seeing so many beautiful variations I bit the bullet and bought the pattern.  I had to see what all the fuss was about and I had to see how Anna ingeniously included the divider bit.  I’m so please I did as the pattern is brilliantly written and was frustration free.  For once the pattern did exactly what it sets out to do and comes together beautifully.  No fiddly bits, no extra grey hairs and certainly none lost due to pulling them out from the roots! 

Armed with some denim and some bright apple fabric I set to work.

I’m thrilled with the results and now those pesky Skylanders have a proper home!  No longer do they have to be set out like ornaments…which believe me they are not! LOL

I couldn’t wait to make another and the opportunity and reason to make another was staring straight at me the next morning when I looked over to the shelf to see bottles of hair products and hair brushes lingering about.  In no time I had a second one made perfectly matched to my decor.

Having felt that I hadn’t quite worked it out of my system I set about a third basket.  This time to house my ever growing leader and enders.  The lovely basket Susan made me was over-flowing and will get put to use holding my quilting threads and thimble. 

With the divided basket I have the pieces all set for the ones yet to sew and the completed units!  Brilliant.

If you are at all tempted to try this pattern do…it is well written with plenty of pictures to guide you step-by-step. 

(Disclaimer: This is my unsolicited opinion… I’m just really impressed with how easy this pattern was to follow :o) )

Until next time...♥

Friday, March 01, 2013

Braiding…

Whoooosssshhh...did you see that? That was the last 2 weeks that just went by since I last posted..sorry about that!  I’ve been so busy sewing (and family life…) that I haven't stopped to take pictures and blog.  Looking at the date on the calendar, I figured I was overdue for a little update.

As you may recall, Lynda gave me some scraps from the Linus Stash and along with those I found the pieces all cut up and ready to go for a braid quilt.

As it seemed a shame to leave them in limbo I decided to use them as my leaders and enders while I was sewing together the Scrappy Trip quilts.

Before too long and with a little pink fabric I had left over from another Linus quilt I soon had a top together.  I have an idea how to quilt it so it won’t be hard to finish this one.

Until next time...♥