Hope everyone is having a Merry Christmas. We had 12 or so inches of snow last weekend. It was lovely for the most part. Clearing the driveway was a 6 hour job, and I was so sore Sunday it hurt to laugh. My little dog Mini enjoyed checking out the snow. You wonder what dogs think when they see the snow. She kept looking around to see where we had hidden the grass.
I needed a card for my niece who had triplets. I found a nice picture in a blog http://goofyj.wordpress.com/2007/07/25/3-little-birds/ and this is the resulting watercolor that I have completed. I just need to mount it in the card and mail it off.
I have decided to list some of die cut paper pieces made of freezer paper on my Etsy page. They are easier to use because they do not require pinning. Just iron them to the wrong side of the fabric. They stick because of the light coat of wax. They can be used several times, in fact I have yet to wear any out. For light fabric you might not want to sew through, like silk you can iron two pieces together.
I am offering three different sizes, 1 inch, 1.5 inch and 2 inches.
I have been using these to make the scrappy hexagon quilt that I have been working on. It is now about 1.5 by 4 feet across. I am using bits of all the fabric i own and some from my friends. People have asked when it will be done, I figure probably never. I have visions of it continuing to document everything that I work on. I am hoping my mom will send me some of the scraps of shirts that she makes for herself.
I have been trying to make my blog look better, and not having much luck. I am not sure how to get a picture the correct size for the title.
Here are some of the things I have been doing lately;
I drew a card for my nephews graduation.
I made a Rag quilt from Thrift Store Shirts.
I have continued to work on a quilt top made using the English paper piecing. It has one piece of many fabrics that are in my stash and some from my quilting friends.
Last is a fun photo of rock faces that we were playing with on our vacation. It all started with a rock that looked like a nose. I felt that I just had to build a face. Now they live by my flower bed. See anyone you know.
I have a new arraignment for my sewing room. I recently spent some time taking my sewing room apart and moving furniture around. It works a little better now. My hope is the wire racks do not decide to fall over. I does seem to be leaning more now than when it went together. The fabrics are easy to reach and then set on the table to be cut, then replaced in the cubes. No more excuse for fabric piles waiting to be put up. Behind me is the design wall made from tablecloth fabric with felt backing. This is a fuzzy photo but maybe you can see the cute vintage ironing board that is a little table and the vintage typewriter I use to make tags. The ink is washable.
It is great to have a really large space to work in. The others side of the room has a guest bed and ironing space.
Also in that spot is my die cutter and all it's stuff. Last is a photo of a new shelf I found at the thrift store. It keeps my vintage sewing stuff as well as things needed close to the ironing board.
Grandmother's Flower Garden is a patten that I have come to really enjoy doing. I can take it with me to sew when I have a few minutes. That is useful when I visit over weekends and have time to fill. Especially if there are munchies at hand and I want to keep my hands busy so they don't reach for snacks.
The secret is to use well cut paper hexagons. They can be any size you like. The ones I use measure one inch on the side. When I first started I became very frustrated because, one I got tired of cutting them, two it was hard to get the angles exact, three if I was off it made it more difficult to match seams. I found a die punch helped, then realized if I had that trouble then alot of others would too. I started selling them on ebay and it took off enough to afford a die cutting machine which I have really enjoyed. I use it to cut all my difficult quilts.
The fabric does not have to be cut exact but you should give yourself a better than 1/4 inch allowance around it. I have ask for friends to cut me 2.5 by 3 inch pieces from their scraps, which works out fine
Next the fabric is basted onto the paper using large stitches. You can use any thread color you like. Tie a small knot in the end. To baste fold the fabric over one edge. Starting about the middle of the side go down and up toward the corner. Fold the next side down and go through the fold an come up in the middle of the next side.
Continue basting the edges till you have completed the piece.
You could tie off by loosely basting though the piece or coming out at a corner and back stitch to secure the tread and start stitching the block together.
Hold two pieces right sides together and whip stitch together. I usually try to go several threads deep to keep it secure, but not too deep.
When you have gone to the corner back stitch to secure the seam. Keep adding hexagons. The usual pattern is a yellow center with a ring of six hexagons of matching fabric then a contrasting ring of 12 hexagons. Some patterns call for another ring of 18 contrasting hexagons. That would be the flower. This would be joined by paths of another color.
When you have sew all the way around a piece you can take out the basting to remove the paper. The papers are reusable several times.
Today I am taking advantage of the rainy day to spend some time on my computer to improve the Etsy site and this blog. I am always blown away by some of the blogger photo abilities and web design. The young today are born knowing how and seem to thrive while i just plug along. Oh well. I will keep trying. Today's picture is out of my sewing room window. It is on the second story and overlooks the driveway, but does open and give opportunity to get fresh air even if it is damp today.
Part of the reason for this blog is to showcase some of my crafts. I have been sewing for a long time and with all my stashing must find a outlet for further funding of my stash supplements. Long story for I started an Esty Store which I will link to my blog. I am excited and hope other people think as much of my sewing as I do. It is always a humbling experience to put your products up for sale. Time will tell, I am sure. My Calendar holder were an idea from a customer for the calendar company I work for. The customer wanted a lightweight holder to keep her calendar on the refrig. At first I tried paper and when the design was right I made them out of fabric. I will be offering them is fabrics that hopefully to many people, but will be making them custom for individuals that have some special fabrics in mind. It is not allowed for me to buy sports fabric to sell, it is ok if you would like one, to buy the fabric and I can sew it for you. It will be great if this takes off. It is always a good feeling to do something one likes and get paid for it. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog.
Hello. I am just getting started and am learning all about blogging. My favorite things beside my family are sewing, gardening and walking my dog. In between there is work and the simple things that sometimes gets in the way of all the fun. This is a great part of the world to live. As I write there are many birds singing to go along with all the traffic noises. This morning I saw the herd of deer that wander our neighborhood and a flock of birds migrating north for the summer. They may have been Titmouse. They were busy eating the holly berries. Over time I want to share some of my crafts, sewing and otherwise.