Saturday, October 28, 2017

Peeling Print on your T-shirt?

I wish I had taken a picture! Well, I didn't think of it, but here is a fix for a poorly done heat transfer on a T-shirt that starts to peel off.  Now, this is not the same as an old print that is cracking, I didn't try it on one of those, I suspect the results might not be the same.

Lay shirt flat on ironing board, you are going to be applying a lot of heat, and you don't want to press wrinkles into your shirt that will be difficult to remove. Put a piece of parchment paper over the peeling print and press over that with a hot iron - about 10 seconds.  DON'T TOUCH YOUR IRON DIRECTLY TO YOUR SHIRT!  Wait 30 seconds and slowly peel the parchment paper off.  I did  this while it was still warm, but not totally cooled off.  If you missed a spot and part of it is still peeling, just do it again.

I fixed two shirts for my grandkids that were visiting me, and they are as good as new!  They were cheap shirts bought in the Old City of Jerusalem, but I would like for them to enjoy the shirts as long as they can.

If you want your printed shirts to last longer, wash and dry them inside out - or better yet, don't put them in the dryer at all.

Good luck with your shirt!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Friday, October 6, 2017

Thursday, September 28, 2017

It's easy to upholster dining room chairs!

My daughter just moved into a new home and is making everything look great! Her dining room chairs, however, did not looks so great. We had made a temporary cover for them before, but the time had come to dig in and do it right. These chair covers not only had food stains, but they had been decorated with markers - I'm sure the artist thought they were lovely, but they just didn't look right in a formal dining room!

I turned to that wonderful resource - YouTube for some guidance. There are TONS of tutorials on how to cover a dining room chair, and I watched a bunch of them. Unfortunately, not all of them ended up with a chair that looked good! I don't know why they would make a tutorial where the end product looked awful, but the lesson here is that not everyone who uploads a tutorial knows what they are doing. So, I'm not making a tutorial, but I will share my source!

If this is a project you are thinking of doing, it isn't hard, so go ahead and give it a try! This tutorial is excellent! He talks you through exactly what he is doing and why, and has links to more detailed explanations if you have any questions. He is a professional and it looks beautiful when he is done.

Here are the chairs we did.  My daughter and I were having such a great time chatting and working together that I forgot to take pictures of our work in progress, but here is the finished product - don't they look great? I feel like it is something I will totally feel comfortable doing again.

I love the way her dining room looks now!

Friday, September 22, 2017

OH NO! Bleeding red dye!!

I am so discouraged. I washed all my red fabric, I really did. Then I put it in a bucket of water to see if any of it was still bleeding. Nada. So why is this happening???

I had marked this block with the marker that disappears when you get it wet. I sprayed it and went to press the block and look what happened -AAAHHHH.

Why does red have to be the most unstable dye color? Why does it have to be my favorite color? Why do I keep wanting to put it into quilts? When will I learn???

And look at these other blocks that have this same fabric in them, (In my mind as I see these pictures I hear music from a scary movie)! I can change the ones that just have this for a border, but what about the applique?

Now I'm trying to decide: should I just attack it now, pick out millions of stitches and get this fabric out of my quilt - or should I put it all away for a little while and come back to it later?

Aaargh.  I love quilting, really, I  do...

Big frowny face.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Baby Quilts with Babies...

You know you wanted to see pictures of my quilts being modeled by babies, didn't you? I got to spend the whole summer back in the USA because, well, because! I left my hubby in Jerusalem and did my grandma duties, much to my delight! I had a grandbaby born in June, and one born in August, so I traveled around and got to visit each of my kids. What a wonderful way to spend the summer! So here is the June baby, modeling his sailboat quilt.

When his older brother and sister saw me taking pictures of him on his quilt they ran and got the quilts I had made for them, so ya know, of course I had to take pictures of them too!

Here is big sister.

And here is big brother.
Then I traveled around and ended up in Texas for this baby!  Oops, that's not the picture of him enjoying his quilt, ha ha! I laid him down to take pictures and he started making the most awful faces - I quickly took a few pictures and then scooped him up for cuddles.
Here he is enjoying his quilt, or at least not looking as sad as the first picture!

I don't think there is anything as wonderful as being a grandma!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Window Seat Treatment

My experiment. I went to visit my daughter and her family in their new house. My son-in-law has an office in their house.  It has a window seat with beautiful pink cushions - which he doesn't think are the right look for his office! These are nice pillows, and they were moved up to a daughter's bedroom.

Almost as soon as I walked through the door he asked me if I could re-cover the foam cushion and make him some new pillows. Of course I had an idea of how to do it, but I wanted to make sure it looked professional. I searched tutorials on YouTube and found several. I watched them all. Some of them looked awful when they were done, so I didn't use those,  :)

Here it is all finished!

There is piping around the cushion and two of the pillows, and fringe around the other two pillows.

I have a son with an upholstery shop, I sent him a picture and he said he would hire me any time. I guess I won't ever need to starve!

Have a fabulous day!

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Quilty Smile

Ah ha! So that's why he always holds my hand!!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Two Sailboat Baby Quilts

Done and done!

Slightly different color schemes but same pattern. And thank you to my Amazing Quilting Friend for saving me! When I designed the pattern I didn't realize how hard it would be to get all those points to mach up, and she advised me to print out the foundation paper piecing from  EQ7, and that solved my frustration!

I leave to go back to the U S in less than two
weeks, and I am SO glad to have these done before I leave! I will quilt and bind them there, since they would take up way too much room in my suitcase if I took them home completed.

Now, I can't wait to have two new little grandsons this summer!!

Monday, April 17, 2017

More Sailboat Quilts

I have two grand babies coming this summer - and they are both boys! I've decided to make quilts with Sailboats on them, each with a slightly different color scheme. I made it to the only fabric store I have found that has a variety of quilting fabrics. The store is called Bad Ratz  :)  I went yesterday, and this is my haul.

I'm excited to get going on these quilts. My plan is to make both of the tops while I am here in Jerusalem, bring the tops home with me when I come to help with the babies, and then I will quilt them and snuggle them around those babies! Sounds like heaven, doesn't it?

Here is what I've worked up in my EQ7 program. I don't have a lot of choices when I color the blocks, so I'm counting on my fabric choices to make my quilts look more fun when they are finished.

I made a sailboat quilt for an older grandson a few years ago too - I must like sailboats!

I'll let you know how these turn out!

Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Losing brain cells

Even though I sewed for over 20 years on sewing machines that were pretty basic, it's surprising how quickly I have forgotten how to do the most basic things.

I love my Bernina 560, but my other machines have a few more bells and whistles. I have broken more needles on this machine in the last 6 months than I have in all my previous years sewing. All because I have become accustomed to machines that are smarter than I am. I am used to my machine preventing me from using a zig-zag stitch with a foot for a straight stitch! So basic - and yet I seem to have lost the ability - and Bernina feet are so wonderfully easy to change! What is my problem?

Am I the only handicapped in this way?

This is what I look like every time I break another needle...

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Honor Grandma with Quilts!

I saw the most wonderful article! A family in Nebraska decided to gather all the quilts they could that Grandma had made and display them at her funeral!

Isn't that awesome? If you would like to read more about it, click HERE

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

My first Crochet project!

I needed something to do, but I wouldn't be around my sewing machine. Hmmm. What to do? I also was missing home, where I knew they had waist-high snow, so I made some snowmen! Thanks to my daughter, Kristi, for making me a video to teach me how - and YouTube, I managed to make three of these babies. Lest you think that I purposely made 3 different sizes, let me assure you that they are all the same size, must be some optical illusion or something.

I suppose it could be that my stitches aren't all the same size. Oh well. Obviously I made them before Christmas, and took this picture, and forgot that I was going to post this...

Have a happy, even if snowy, day!

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