Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Favorite Purse!

I have a few little addictions - you know, red polka dots, quilting...and (among a few others) purses! I love purses, but have you noticed how hard it is to find the perfect purse? You need one the right size, with enough pockets, easy entry and the right shape.


Out of the purses I have, this one is my favorite. Size, shape, pockets - they are all just right!


Since enjoy making purses, when a friend started making herself a new purse, and we talked about it I decided I wanted to make one too. I thought I would make up my own pattern from my favorite purse! It has a pocket on each end (sunglasses, phone), and a slip pocket (papers, little things I need to temporarily hang on to...).


This is the other side. It has a zipper pocket (for my little Swiss Card and a small notebook/pen), and another slip pocket behind that.

On the inside it is divided in half by a large zipper pocket where I keep ibuprofen, kleenex, cough drops and such, and each side has two slip pockets (reading glasses, gum, lipstick...).


It closes with a magnetic snap. Just what I like!

And, in case I decide I want to make another one

I made myself a pattern...


while I was making the purse.


**This was the best I could do when I ran out of fabric. Did you notice the handles were made with different fabric than the trim?

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Shed a tear with me...

I found the absolute perfect green that goes with EVERYTHING! I have used a little piece here and there, and I put some on my latest project, but I didn't have enough. I didn't even have enough left to read what fabric it was.  On the little piece of selvage it said, "kehousedrygoods". Google to the rescue, I found that it must be from LakeHouseDryGoods! I spent about two hours looking for the fabric, and I thought I had found it, so I ordered 3 yards!  It came yesterday, but look:
Sadness. It's not a bad green, I'm sure I can use it, but now I go on a search for something I can finish my latest project with. I sure hope I can find something. Wish me luck!!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Cute little messenger bag!

My daughter has a little problem - she loses everything. She is constantly misplacing her phone, her keys, her wallet...anything that a person SHOULD be carrying in a purse. Mom to the rescue!

I think it's adorable, and it was super easy! I found a tutorial HERE. I made a few changes - I added fusible fleece to give it some shape.


I also made the strap narrower than the pattern. I really like the convenience of magnetic snaps, and I put a decorative button on the outside.



Do you think this will help her to keep track of the necessities in her life? Let's hope so!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Easy, Beautiful Table Runner

Last week we ran down to Utah for a visit. All 6 of my siblings live there within a half an hour of each other, but I always stay with my youngest brother. He just has a comfortable set up, he is the closest to SLC, and his wife is a fabulous cook and goes all out to spoil us  - who wouldn't want to stay there?


A couple of days before we left I decided I should make something for them, so I made this. I love the fabric!


I don't even know what it is called, the little piece I bought didn't have it on the selvage, but isn't it sweet?


I used a flower motif in my quilting. the large flower is in the border, the leaves are repeated in the sashing, and you can't tell but the flower part is repeated in the blocks.


My sister in law loved it, and immediately put it on the table in their front room! It is pretty simple, but it turned out nicely. It only took a few hours to complete.

I'll store this simple pattern away for the next time I need a quick gift. If you made it a little larger it could even be a (fast and easy) baby quilt!

Friday, April 4, 2014

DIY Ironing board cover!


Well, for my birthday I got these two books -


and a new iron.  Now I couldn't just put my new iron on my old ironing board - look at this cover! I've been trying to remember just how old this is...I think about 20 years (how embarrassing!). It just never made it to the top of my list, ya know?



So, TA DA! It was so easy I don't know why I didn't do it a very LONG time ago! Here is the link to the tutorial I used, it is very easy to understand.


I don't know if you remember my binding disaster back here... but I saved that binding, and it is just great for this project, the colors do match, but who is ever going to see it anyway?


And here is my new iron! It has a titanium base so NOTHING is supposed to stick to it, even if I iron the wrong side of fusible interfacing!

I am so happy that I finally got around to making it, why did I wait? It makes my whole sewing room look cheerful!!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April Fools Birthday

I have the best birthday ever! I don't love getting older, but I DO love playing jokes on my family, it seems only right since I was an April Fools baby!  This year I did a few oldies but goodies, and tried a few new pranks.

My kids enjoyed this so much last year that I decided to do it again.


I scanned in a $5 and printed out a few one sided bills and left them in different places for my kids to find. I heard my 17 year old say, "Hey, what's this? ... Oh, Mom!"


For some reason there are all these pictures of Nicolas Cage on line. I decided to put some surprises in unexpected places.


There is a Statue of Liberty Nic on my fridge, a Disney princess Nic on the mirror, and several different "Nics" hiding around the house. I even changed my profile picture on Facebook to a picture of Nic!


This could really get you in a sticky situation, ha ha!


We drink a lot of Crystal Lite around here, but this is just water with red food coloring in it. Last year it was jello, so they will think this is OK when it pours from the pitcher!


I wanted to do something fun to hubby's computer, and my first plan didn't work out very well. I took a screen shot of the desktop and was just going to leave that up so it would look like the computer was frozen, but I can't get it to take up the whole screen, so I put this nice and big in the middle of the screen.


And this is in the ice maker waiting for the next unfortunate person who want ice. Even as I write this the ice maker is busy covering the peas with ice cubes, by the time people get home today there should be no sign of what awaits them instead of ice!

A few years ago I put a note on my husbands car saying, "Sorry I hit your car." with my cell phone number. He walked around and around the car before he started to call the number!

There are some ping pong balls on a paper plate on top of the fridge, with a white thread taped to the bottom of the plate and to the side of the door. When someone opens the fridge they will all fall on their head. I forgot and pranked myself when I started to grab something out! Oh well, it's back and ready for the next victim.

My family would be disappointed if I didn't play some pranks on them. I know it makes them feel loved!

Do you have any more pranks I can plan for next year? I hope you have a wonderful April Fool's Day!



Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Dressed-up Window Shades!

I wanted to show you something I did with my daughter! She had some of those roller shades, you know the boring white ones that you pull down, and then give a little tug and they roll back up? We covered some to match the other curtains in her family room!

Doesn't that look great? I wish I had a before picture, but I guess you will have to take my word for it that this is SUCH an improvement! We did two windows like this to go with her large bay window that has drapes out of this fabric.

It really was pretty simple! We found the idea and instructions HERE. It is a relaxed Roman shade. I just wanted to pass this along. It turned out so well. We thought maybe you would like to give it a try!

Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Zig Zag Quilt - the beginning

Time to try something new! I am making my first queen sized quilt. It seems huge - will it really fit in my 8900 so I can quilt it? We'll see. Also, I have never sewn with batiks before, so I decided it was about time to do that!

Can anyone explain why cats do this as soon as you try to lay out the pieces for a quilt? It's like he thinks I'm doing this all for him!

I finally got it all arranged in fake randomness, so no fabric is touching another piece with the same fabric. (I have experimented, and in true randomness there ARE same fabrics touching each other sometimes!)
Then the meticulous process of labeling all the rows. I try to be careful, but somehow when it is all sewn together I will see two same fabrics touching, I know it!

All those rows have been reduced to this. Now to the sewing machine and try not to mix things up!!

Wish me luck.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Just for fun...

I'm in CT visiting my daughter and my two adorable little grandsons! I made some little things for them to play with, and they were so much fun I wanted to share them with you!

They are both ideas I got from -where else?- Pinterest! The first is called "Wee mouse tin house". This little mouse has his own teeny little teddy bear. They live in a cozy little Altoid tin.

 Here is the quilty part - I made their beds with left over fabric from the quilts I made for the boys! I'm a grandma, what can I say?
The hard part was the outside! I tried painting them. When that was a disaster I primed it first with primer for metal, then painted them. Looked awful. I tried spray paint and craft paint that I brushed on. I finally ended up covering the tops with duct tape.


 My next project is called "Magnetic Me". I printed the boy's pictures on printable magnetic sheets and put that in the lid part.
Then I chose which items I wanted for the disguise choices, and sized them to fit their heads (my son had to help me with that part), and printed those and cut them out.

For this one I used crayola tins that are a little larger than Altoid tins, and I covered the tops with matching duct tape so the boys can tell which ones are theirs.

Did I say I enjoy being a grandma?


My two little projects - just for fun!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Birthday presents...

This week was my daughter-in-law's birthday, so I made her a couple of things. Not anything you haven't seen before, but I just wanted evidence that I have been doing things in my sewing room! I have a couple more projects in the works...


Here is another Spicy Spiral.  I like how they look all complicated and difficult (hee hee!). They are addictive, you gotta try one! Click HERE if you want some tips on how to make one.


I quilted it like this. It is simple, but I like it. It's also a fast way to get something quilted (probably one of the other reasons I like it!).


And I made her one of these 3 pocket bags. I have now made one for myself, 3 daughters and 2 daughters-in-law because they are so handy - HERE is a tutorial if you want to make one. These only take a couple of hours and they are so cute!

So what have you been up to?

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Quilty Smile

I have no desire to recover. Ever.

Friday, February 7, 2014

What to do with leftover blocks...


Remember those 8 extra blocks the pattern had me make for my Valentine's Quilt?  Here they are:


I quilted it similar to the wall hanging.


I even like the back!!


My hall is very festive now, this is just to the right of my table,

And this is across the hall.  One week until Valentine's day, I've got to enjoy them all quickly!

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