12 Days of Christmas & a Free Pattern

Hello everyone! I’m proud to say that I was able to join in with Sarah’s (from Confessions of a Fabric Addict) 12 Days of Christmas blog hop this year. Thank you so much Sarah for hosting this again this year!!! You are the bomb! πŸ™‚

Today I’m bringing you a cute little embroidery / quilt project that can be used as either a table runner (my original thought), a mini quilt wall hanging, as the center of a larger quilt, or even a pillow cover (if you reduce the pattern and sizes by 50% so it finishes at 11″).

Originally I was thinking about a snowman bluework hand embroidery project. However, after googling snowmen and the sheer abundance of hand embroidery patterns for them, I wanted to go in a bit of a different direction. 

Anyhow, I hope you like her! CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE FREE PATTERN

Some details – the download is only for the hand embroidery pattern. You simply copy the pattern onto fabric and then using 3 strands of embroidery floss complete it all with back-stitch (there’s a very good tutorial here) and French knots for the buttons and eyes. I cut the fabric for the center at 13″ and trimmed it down to 10.5″ with the embroidery centered once the embroidery was done. I cut 4 background squares at 5.5″ for the corner blocks; and 4 background and 4 contrasting squares at 6.25″ to make 8 HST’s and trimmed them to 5.5″. I plan on adding a 1″ border of the contrasting fabric before I quilt it (I simply ran out of time). The measurements shown on the diagram are the finished sizes.

Yes, I ran out of time… The past 3-ish months have been chaotic at best. To make this: 1) I had to dig out my clothes iron (which hasn’t been used since we moved about 3 years ago) since I cannot find mine; 2) I had to measure everything with my little girl’s 12″ plastic ruler; 3) use a pair of scissors to cut all the fabric; and 4) dig out my sewing machine (that’s not been touched in over 3 months) and remove the little spider and it’s web along with at least 2 pounds of dust that had collected on it… Where is everything? That’s a darn good question. Other than to say that everything is still in my house somewhere, I really cannot tell you. But if you want to come help, I’m more than happy for any assistance since I’m laid up with a turned and severely swollen ankle and knee along with a bruised and swollen triceps since falling down the stairs with a huge garbage bag full of my granddaughters toys over a week ago. 

Now some words from Sarah regarding the amazing give-a-way she’s put together for everyone. 

And as if great holiday ideas and a tutorial weren’t enough, this year we’ve got something extra special!  The lovely folks over at Free Spirit Fabrics have donated not just one item for a giveaway, but THIRTEEN!  And it’s pretty drool-worthy stuff, too – it’s Tula Pink’s new holiday line, Holiday Homies!!!

I have six design rolls, six layer cakes, and one fat quarter bundle to give away – and here’s how we’re going to do it!  Visit each stop on the hop, including this blog, and leave a comment on each post for the day.  At the end of the hop, I’ll do a giveaway for each day by putting everyone’s name in the hat who commented that day (from all that day’s hop-blogs), and drawing a winner for that day.  That will be twelve winners – the design rolls and layer cakes.  Then I’ll put all the names from all the days in a hat and draw out a grand prize winner for the fat quarter bundle!  Only one prize per person, though – let’s spread it around a bit!  So carve out a bit of time to visit all the blogs and comment – it makes the time spent on each post worth it when you see what people think about your work!”

The other bloggers to go visit today are:

Mel’s Quilting Blog

Resourceful Momma (that’s me!)

Cheryl’s Teapots2Quilting

Quilt Qwazy Queens Hop & Scrap Organization

Hello everyone

In case you didn’t notice the button in the sidebar, I wanted to introduce you all to the Quilt Qwazy Queens blog hop hosted by Marian of Seams to Be Sew. This hop is to celebrate WorldWide Quilting Day which is March 18th. 

Here’s the complete line up. Now, keep in mind that there are LOTS of give-a-ways (thanks to Marian). Many are good for just that day, so make sure to go visit the blogs on their specific day for a chance to win some really awesome prizes!

March 16

Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats
Resourceful Momma
UCanQuilt2

March 17

Freemotion by the River
KwiltKrazy
FunThreads Designs
Pink Doxies

March 20

Jane’s Quilting
Seacoast Quilter
Words & Stitches
Quilting Affection

March 21

Thrift Shop Commando
Batts In The Attic
Adventurous Applique and Quilting
Sew Many Yarns

March 22

MooseStash Quilting
Life in the Scrapatch
Seams To Be Sew

Also the blog host Marian was able to arrange for an amazing coupon for everyone! Who wants 30% off of EQ items
Promo code: EQHOP2017
The code is good from 3/16/2017 to 3/27/2017
Exclusions: Electric Quilt 7, EQ7 Migration Kit, Upgrade from EQ Mini to EQ7, EQ Mini Migration Kit, EQ Academy classes, and EQ University classes.

Today is my day and I’m going to share with you my organization system for scraps and small pre-cuts. For those of you who don’t know me, here’s a few things to keep in mind – I don’t like throwing away even the smallest of scraps and I prefer reusing/upcycling over buying something if something else will work just fine. With that in mind, let me show you my *ahem* system.

Anytime I pull fabric off my shelves and there’s less than a F8th-ish left, it’ll get shoved into one of these drawers. The top drawer is for the bigger pieces and the bottom drawer is for smaller pieces. 

However, I wanted a better way to keep squares and rectangles that are in typical precut sizes and more. Instead of rushing out to the store and buying plastic storage containers, I looked around my house and found more plastic empty baby wipe containers than I care to count (my little girl likes to use them for her toys). Currently I have 6 of them that I’m using for this purpose. These are just the right size for the short shelf under my cutting table and I can fit them 2 deep. Other that the baby wipe containers, I use 2 plastic shoe storage containers and 1 of those Sterilite containers designed to hold Christmas ornaments (you’ll understand once I get to it).

Once I get into the groove and mood to cut the scraps down, I’ll start with the largest size scrap I can fit and work my way down. I have a baby wipe container for just 2″ squares and another for 2.5″ squares. There’s another baby wipe container for the 3.5″x6.5″ bars. Another holds strips that are 2.5″ wide by varying lengths. The 5th baby wipe container holds triangle bits that were scraps from making HST’s, Flying Geese blocks and similar. And the last baby wipe container holds random cuts that I need to sort into the bins.

The 2 plastic shoe boxes hold 5″, 6″ & 6.5″ squares. As you can see they’re perfect for the 5″ and 6″ but a bit too small for the 6.5″ squares to lay flat.

The most recent discovery was the Sterilite container used for holding Christmas ornaments in their individual little compartments thanks to my dear hubby. He buys me random storage containers when he spies them on sale because with all the various crafts and things that me and my little girl collect, he knows they’ll be put to good use. He got me 1 of these when they were on sale for under $3 from Wal-Mart after Christmas.

While I was working on wonky, improv log cabin blocks for the Deer Head Silhouette quilt I’m making, I needed to put the strips away for a bit to work on other things. I spied one of those containers hubby bought me. It’s perfect for strips! If you cut strips, or work with fabric strips a lot, you may want to consider getting one of these. I actually had hubby go back and get me the rest (there was only 2 more) once I thought about using it for fabric strips. My plan is to sort the strips I have in the baby wipe container into another of these, sorted by length when the stars align and I have time, the energy and actually think about it. πŸ˜‰ 

To make matters worse, I won’t throw away even the smallest bits. Why not you ask? These leftover odd bits and bobbles that are either too small for paper piecing or the micro piecing I love get saved along with thread scraps in a container. They are either given to a lady in our guild who uses them as stuffing for pillows for the homeless or I’ll use them to stuff various sewn or crochet toys and whatnots.

Sometimes I’ll cut scraps right away, and other times I’ll wait until I cannot shut my scrap drawers anymore. LOL I have no rhyme or reason for the when part of my system, other than when I feel like it. Sometimes I won’t cut them smaller at all because I do a lot of paper-piecing and most paper piecing involves odd, unusual shaped pieces. 

Considering that I’ll sew and quilt with all different kinds of fabrics, I don’t just have cotton scraps. However, I do save them all the same and stored together with one exception. Scrap knit / t-shirt material. When I end up with a t-shirt that I’ve used the image off the front and have no need for the rest of the shirt, instead of leaving it lying around awaiting another knit project, I’ll do 1 of 2 things. I’ll cut it up into 5″ squares that I turn into a patchwork fabric (when I have a decent sized pile) that I use to make my little girl clothes or stuffed toys from, or I’ll cut it into strips that I then add to my growing t-shirt material “yarn” balls that I use to make reusable shopping totes and other crochet items with. I tried to find my most recent t-shirt yarn ball but considering the state of my craft area right now it was a lost cause… Oh well. 

Since you’ve stuck with me this far, here’s the awesome give-a-ways that I have to share with you for today only! πŸ™‚ 

The first give-a-way is sponsored by Northcott Fabrics and is for 3 Fat Quarters From The Garden Gate Collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Next up is a bottle of Terial Magic sponsored by Marian of Seams to Be Sew. There will be 2 winners each day for a total of 10 winners! Winners must be willing to pay for shipping on this. 


a Rafflecopter giveaway

And lastly Marian is also sponsoring the give-a-way for Quilters Dream Batting 3 twin size batts of Dream 80/20 in pink, white, and natural. Winners must be willing to pay for shipping on this.

quilters-dream
a Rafflecopter giveaway

I’m curious, what do you do with your scraps?

Stash Report #7

Hello everyone! I need to apologise for the odd emails you’ve gotten from me the past few days. There was a calendar plug-in that I installed to help me with scheduling posts. Instead it sent random things out there that were still in draft version and it knocked my site down for two days where I wasn’t even able to log on because it damaged the links between my site and the database. Just a tidbit for those of you who use plug-ins – don’t ever use the .0 version of a plug-in. LOL Anyhow, it’s all fixed now and I’ve removed the plug-in so hopefully no more random posts. 

I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend! Yesterday my little girl and I sat around like lumps (well, I did the sitting while she ran around like a banshee) since hubby had to work. Today we are off to my in-laws to have a little celebration for my father-in-law for his birthday. 

Fabric Used (or removed) this Week: 0 yard
Fabric Used year to Date: 8 1/3 yards
Fabric Added this Week: 3.25 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date: 11.75 yards + 3 panels
Net Fabric for 2017: 3 panels ADDED + 1 7/8 yards ADDED
I’m not sure how to count the panels so I figured I’d just keep them listed separate from regular yardage since most of the time they are less than a yard.

I don’t think I got any sewing done this week… Then again, I can’t really think too well with this headache I have. I know that I’ve not done any sewing since I got hit in the face with the hunk of asphalt my little girl threw on Wednesday… 

For those of you who don’t follow me on IG, here’s what happened. My little girl and I took a walk up to the store (just over a half mile from our home) and to have lunch. There’s an access road that’s been paved multiple times with large hunks of asphalt broken off everywhere. My little girl started throwing them. I suggested she throw them in the grass in case any cars came that way, they wouldn’t break their tires. (I don’t know where she got it from, but everyday before her daddy goes to work when she’s giving him hugs and kisses by, she tells him to be careful of bumps in the road so the truck tires don’t break.) Anyhow. I was standing -BEHIND- her while she was throwing them into the grass. Next thing I know I was hit with one. She was still turned away from me so I’m assuming that she didn’t let go of it until after her arm was over her head… 

I’m extremely thankful for several things – that I did get my arm up and it hit my wrist first; that it was as big as it was. Why? Because it was so big that it hit my eyebrow and cheekbone and missed my eye! Where it hit my eyebrow it broke a blood vessel. It slowly grew in size for nearly 3 hours until it finally stopped. Since it’s just a bruise, there’s nothing that can be done – it just looks really bad. I’ve been taking motrin for the headaches. The headaches are a side effect, not from the hit itself. I wear glasses because I have astigmatism in both eyes and my left (unharmed) eye is the weaker. Since the swelling is so much, I cannot wear my glasses. The headaches are from a combination of my left eye straining to see clearly and my right eye trying to stay open even under the weight of all that blood in my eyelid.

Anyhow, that’s why I’ve not done any sewing…

Hubby told me that there was some money in the bank that I could use to buy whatever. πŸ™‚ So, I bought this pretty fabric from Merrily We Quilt Along on IG. The prices couldn’t be beat! Plus, I signed up for 3 swaps on IG so I gotta have more nicer fabrics (well, that’s what I’m telling myself anyhow).

 

Yarn Used (or removed) this Week: 0 yards
Yarn Used year to Date: 1,420 yards
Yarn Added this Week: 0 yards
Yarn Added Year to Date: 3,144 yards
Net Yarn for 2017: 1,724 yards ADDED

Prior to getting hit in the face, I started on that project with the yarn I purchased last week, but am nowhere near finished. However, I did buy something yarn related that I’ve been needing / wanting for a while. I even had it on my Christmas list I gave to hubby but I didn’t get one. So, when he told me there was some money, I went and bought one for myself. πŸ˜‰ 

For those of you who don’t know, it’s a ball winder. It takes skeins of yarn and turns them into a center pull ball of yarn. As you can see, I already have a “helper” who loves to turn the crank handle. LOL 

 

Pieces of Clothing Used (or removed) to upcycle / restyle this Week: 0
Pieces of Clothing Used (or removed) to upcycle / restyle Year to Date: 6
Pieces of Clothing Purchased to upcycle / restyle this Week: 0
Pieces of Clothing Purchased to upcycle / restyle Year to Date: 0
Net Pieces of Clothing Purchased to upcycle / restyle for 2017: 6 pieces USED

No changes here to report either. πŸ™‚ 

I hope you all enjoy your day!

Winterbird Shawl Finish

Back in August 2016 I discovered Ravelry. Along with it I found numerous groups in which there’s pattern testers looking for people to test their patterns before they are published. I came across Emily Connell looking for testers for her Winterbird shawl. I loved the look of it and jumped in with both feet even though I never tested a crochet pattern before and had only been crocheting for about 9 months at that time. I started it on August 7th, 2016 and finished it on August 31st.

That one was made for a best friend for her birthday. On September 20th I finally posted up a finished picture showing the entire thing on Instagram and my oldest daughter seen it and commented: “mother this is so gorgeous, i want one, i’ll pay you”. ROFL Like most moms I told her I’d gladly make one for her and I wasn’t going to take her money. She gave me an idea for colors and I sent her pics of different yarns till she picked the ones she liked. I got started on her’s on October 4th, 2016. I -LOVE- the way the metallic strand in the gray picks up the purple!

I was going good with it and on October 30th I had just 2 rows of gray left and the 2 edging rows of purple when I ran out of gray yarn…

The yarn is Ice Yarns from Turkey and I had to order more… By the time I ordered it and it arrived, the almost finished shawl was buried somewhere in my craft disaster area… Yea…… *hanging head in shame*

Anyhow, fast forward to early last week (about 1/10/17) – I found out my oldest is going thru some serious medical problems and while thinking of how I can cheer her up from over 350 miles away, the thought of the uncompleted shawl popped into my head. I dug around my disaster area multiple times over 2 days till I found both the yarn and the shawl. Like the fingerless gloves finish I shared with you last month, this finish was right around the corner! It took me a few hours to finish while playing with my youngest in between. So here it is! Finally finished!!! Now to send it to her so she’ll get a nice warm hug from her momma anytime she needs it just by slipping it over her shoulders.

Another item on my #2017FALQ1 list complete! WHOOP WHOOP!!!

 

 

Crochet Plant Hangers Tutorial

I’m happy at how my table area is looking. Most of the time, it’s just a dumping ground but with the #LGO2017 I’m trying to get things more organized and neat. The vast majority of the inside time during my day is spent sitting at the dining room table. Even though I have 2 beautiful desks in my craft / sewing room, I can’t sit in there because my little girl would have a fit. So, the dining room table has become my base camp. Hubby works lots and is on a different eating schedule than her and I so the 3 of us only eat at the table together maybe once a week. The rest of the time it’s just her and I. 

We do everything at the dining room table: do her home schooling, paint, craft, sew, play, and oh yea, eat. It’s looked so bla in the living room / dining room ever since I took my potted plants out when I found our little girl pretending that the dirt in one of the pots was her Barbie’s sandbox… Wanting to add some greenery back into the room, I decided I could make some crochet plant hangers but I didn’t think I’d like the way they would look done with regular yarn so I put the idea on the back burner. 

Then I stumbled across this skein of fabric yarn that I had recycled. Sometime last year I found a tank top made with this fabric yarn at a Last Chance Goodwill for $0.75 and knew I could make something pretty out of it. That evening, I took the top apart at the seams and then unraveled the whole thing winding it into a ball as I went. When I do this, I save any tags that were sewn into the clothing with the skein because I won’t remember otherwise. LOL

I just knew it would be perfect for what I wanted and the look I was going for. Happily, it all worked out! Here’s what my table looks like now (when it’s clean anyhow LOL).

You can see a little bit of my clutter on the left side. I have a small end table over there and one of those 3 draw plastic storage bins on wheels under the table on my side all with the “stuff” I deal with on a regular / daily basis. And yes, my new Silhouette Cameo 3 has a permanent place on the table. πŸ™‚ 

The table piece was adapted from a pattern Dream Catcher by Sherry Welch which you can find for free on Ravelry. The only reason I adapted the pattern was because I ran out of yarn. πŸ™ But, I still like the way it turned out! 

As for the plant hangers, I sat there with my basic knowledge of crochet, the yarn, a size 9mm hook and one of the pots and started to crochet. LOL 

If you like them, here’s the basic info for making these:

Round 1: Chain 6, sl st to 1st ch
Round 2: * Chain 5, sc into next ch, repeat from * 5 times
Round 3: Sl st into first ch space 2 times, sc into same ch space, * chain 5, sc into next ch space, repeat from * 5 times, sc into first sc
Round 4: Repeat round 3  
Round 5: Repeat round 3
Round 6: Repeat round 3
Round 7: Repeat round 3
Round 8: Repeat round 3
Round 9: * Sc into ch space 3 times, ch enough chain stitches to desired length you want your plant hanger to hang down (I made approximately 75 on one of my hangers and approximately 50 on the other), sc into each of the ch stitches you just made, once you’re back down, sc into the ch space 3 times, sc into the next ch space 5 times, repeat from * 2 more times, fasten off. 

This will fit most 5 to 8″ pots.

In other news, sometime when I blinked, this entire huge bush went into a mass of blooms which the honey bees are loving!

Now, I’ve tried multiple times to grow pretty things with not much success. However, if it’s a veggie, I can grow it! Anyhow, I’m not sure what it is. I’ve been told they are camelias as well as roses. They do have some serious thorns on them just like roses do. My neighbor claims that it’s a very old heirloom variety and they love it when it has a year that it blooms massively because they collect the rose hips off of it. Sooo. Regardless, I’m clueless and think they are pretty! If we are still in this house when it’s time for the rose hips, I’ll be collecting them this year (if this actually is a rose-bush). If not, I’m hoping to collect them from the various other rose bushes around the neighborhood at the old empty homes. 

Enjoy your day!

Stash Report #6

Where did January go?!? I’ve seen this question a lot the past few days and have been wondering the same darn thing myself. Here’s my stash report for the past week. 

Fabric Used (or removed) this Week: 1 yard
Fabric Used year to Date: 8 1/3 yards
Fabric Added this Week: 1 1/4 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date: 8.5 yards + 3 panels
Net Fabric for 2017: 3 panels ADDED + 1 3/8 yards USED
I’m not sure how to count the panels so I figured I’d just keep them listed separate from regular yardage since most of the time they are less than a yard.

Ok, I bought a FQ on an IG destash sale. I don’t think I’ve ever paid $5 for a single FQ (or anywhere near $20 per yard) but I just had to. The opportunity presented itself, I asked hubby, and he said go for it. I managed to snag a FQ of Heather Ross fabric – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs from Far Far Away III. It’s going for so much more online (average of $20 a 1/2 yard) that I had to jump at it when I could. The FQ I got has 1 each of the 3 scenes in full! I’m thinking I’m going to embroider some detailing on it, fussy cut the scenes and use them as the center in quilt blocks, and then frame them individually in the hallway near my little girl’s room. I know if I don’t start on this right away, I’m just going to stick it with the rest of my fabric and it’ll never get used because I’ll be afraid to cut into it to use for something that could get ruined or worn out. 

fq

The other yard of fabric I purchased is for the Fair Isle Winter BOM. I was going for one look but while “shopping” in my stash, I came across another piece of fabric that sparked a totally different idea that I absolutely loved! So I scrapped my original idea and started another fabric pull. I almost had enough but I was shy 1 yard of the 14 yards that is approximated for this large quilt. The fabric I bought is the black with tiny white polka dots. I’m also using a solid black for the background that’s not pictured. The blocks are mostly pieced with little applique accents. The backgrounds will all be solid black. The block designs will be done in the top row fabrics and the bottom row will be used only for the little applique accents. 

The leftover bits of flannel I had after from making my little girl those 4 dresses got used up. They totaled approximately 1 yard. A few days ago, my little girl came to me and informed me that her dolls (Barbies) were cold! Only 2 of them (the ones that slept in the beds in the Barbie houses) had blankets and the rest didn’t… So I figured I’d use those bits to make blankets. All I did was cut them into rectangles and run the serger around the edges. She LOVES them! Every night now, while we are getting ready for bed, she has to lay all her dolls on the floor and cover each and every one of them up. LOL 

dollcovers

Yarn Used (or removed) this Week: 0 yards
Yarn Used year to Date: 1,420 yards
Yarn Added this Week: 190 yards
Yarn Added Year to Date: 3,144 yards
Net Yarn for 2017: 1,724 yards ADDED

The yarn I bought is 2 skeins of 100% cotton yarn for a childs tank top pattern I’ve been working on that I want to submit to a magazine. Fingers crossed. 

Pieces of Clothing Used (or removed) to upcycle / restyle this Week: 1
Pieces of Clothing Used (or removed) to upcycle / restyle Year to Date: 6
Pieces of Clothing Purchased to upcycle / restyle this Week: 0
Pieces of Clothing Purchased to upcycle / restyle Year to Date: 0
Net Pieces of Clothing Purchased to upcycle / restyle for 2017: 6 pieces USED

I did manage to use up a piece of clothing this past week. It was a toss-up as where to put this, but since it came into my home as a piece of clothing, that’s how I’m categorizing it. You see, I purchased this tank top for $0.75 from a Last Chance Goodwill for the express purpose to taking it apart and reusing the fabric yarn it was made with. The day after I bought it I took it apart, unraveled it, and wound it into a ball. I also remove any tags and keep them with the ball of yarn. 

Anyhow, ever since I caught my little girl playing sandbox with her Barbies in my potted plant, I’ve missed having greenery in the living room / dining room combo. Last week I decided that I could hang my Christmas cactus over the end of the dining room table against the wall where no one sits. Knowing I wanted to crochet hangers, but not thinking I’d like it done in any of the yarns I have, I set the idea aside. Until I laid my eyes on this ball while I was digging thru stuff in my craft / sewing room. I knew it would be perfect! I got to work right away and made 2 plant hangers for both of my Christmas cactus. There was a bit of yarn left over from which I made a framed mandala to use as a table runner of sorts. (Is it still called a runner when it’s round or square instead of a long one???) I’m hoping to get a good picture of all of it together sometime today. Fingers crossed. lol

planthanger

How about you? Did you add to your stash this week or use some up? 

Linking up with:
Patchwork Times Stash Report

WIP Wednesday #5

Good morning everyone! It’s been an off and on kinda week here. There were times when I busted out a lot of sewing and crafting, and others where I literally sat here like a lump staring off into space.

There are times when events happen that make us realize our mortality. I’ve been thinking a lot since the January 22nd when those storms ripped thru. There was bad weather across multiple south-eastern states that weekend on the 21st & 22nd. There was a severe level threat of 5 for that weekend. The last time a 5 was issued in Georgia was during those horrible Mother’s Day storms in 2011. Having lived in Florida for most of my life and gone thru more hurricanes than I care to count, seeing lighting strike objects that were within a football field length away from me so many times (for those of you who don’t know I lived near/in Tampa which is the lightning capital of North America), storms really don’t scare me too bad and I typically am prepared due to the canning, gardening, and storing food that I do anyhow. 

However, when they were showing that HUGE, long life storm track live on the news, my blood ran cold. The news was reporting wind speeds of at least 154 MPH. It’s been officially recorded as an EF3. I was so scared I almost threw up. As prepared as we are, the house we are renting would not have withstood that. It’s a little, old wood frame house that was built about 70 years ago and is about 2′ off the ground. We feel the house sway when there’s a strong breeze. We were dressed, shoes on, I threw our electronics in a bag along with a change of clothes, and we were ready to bolt out of here if it hadn’t dissipated when it did. We were literally ready to get in the truck if it hadn’t weakened when it did. Now, before anyone chimes in talking about how you need to stay put in a storm, that’s fine if you live or are in someplace secure. This house would crumble like a pile of match sticks. Plus, we have a large heavy 4 wheel drive truck and a plan. The tornado was moving between 60-65 MPH in a relatively straight path so we had time to escape. 

Unlike so many others, we got lucky. The storm dissipated right before it got here. The purple X is where we are. See that long orange line headed right towards the X, that’s what had me scared.

storms1

So, with my staring off into space, I’ve not really gotten much accomplished. But, I did manage to get the rest of the Caught Ya! BOM applique pieces sewn down. I used invisible thread on all of it. Plus, I decided to leave the first one as it is. I’ll probably do heavy, wavy quilting on everything except for the applique to make it look like water waves. The rest of the hooks I managed to sew down without incident thanks to a bunch of school glue stick. πŸ™‚ I got these done just in time since the next 2 blocks came out this morning. LOL

lures

I also got all the pieces sewn down for the mini I’m making for the swap. I told hubby to pick me up some “pretty sky blue” thread so I can (hopefully) get this quilted today or tomorrow. I think he did pretty good picking out a color! πŸ™‚

mini

Plus, I also got all the pieces for the Buttermilk Basin Mystery BOM sewn down as well. Don’t worry, the bunny isn’t going to always look like a zombie. I still have to embroider the details.

buttermilkbasinblock1

The dress I’ve been working on for my little girl – well, I got most of the sides sewn up. Now to do the hems and then attach the crochet tops to the fabric. 

I love Project Quilting and am working on this weeks challenge. The theme for this week is texture. So far, I have a plan and have gotten my background fabric painted. Does it look like a hole to you? Fingers crossed it comes out like I’m hoping. Once it’s done I’ll share and no explanation will be needed. πŸ™‚ (but if you follow me on IG you may already know what I’m going to do)

While I manage to make some progress on the deer head silhouette quilt (pattern is actually named Stag Nation by Rana of Sewn into the Fabric), I set it aside for now. I’m altering it a bit from the pattern. The pattern calls for a solid, single piece of fabric for the background. I’m piecing the background. Wanting something improv, I decided on unplanned 3/4 log cabin blocks made from the strips I cut out of those 5 pair of khaki pants that were headed to the garbage. So far I’ve gotten 9 blocks made. Since the background needs to measure 40 x 55″ I’m making the blocks either 10 x 10″, 5 x 10″ or 10 x 5″ and will randomly piece them together. These blocks are very hard for me to do. My OCD is having a fit with them and wants some order / pattern to them.

improv-blocks

Those blocks got set aside after I realized that my father-in-law’s birthday is this coming Wednesday (2/8)! I came across a rag lap quilt I started for him before my little girl started walking (back on Christmas eve 2013) that I had completely forgotten about. Hopefully, I’ll get it finished up in time for his birthday. Wish me luck! There is also a partially made one for my mother-in-law in the box too – that’s what the pink is. 

ragquilts

I still need to hang the plant hangers I made and take a picture of them with the table runner I made. Not to mention the shawl I finished for my daughter that I still need photos of! Maybe I’ll get that done today. 

In other news, the small art farm I ordered finally arrived. It’s filled with gel and will be a good learning experience for my little girl. The good thing about the gel is that not only can you see their tunnels and them better, but it also serves as their food and water! 

ants

If anyone is interested, there’s 3 new swaps on IG that just opened up (I signed up for 2 of them) – but if you’re interested you need to hurry since they are limited to a certain number of people.
Lunardreams1 is hosting the #rainbowhexieswap2 – see the link in her profile for more information
shawngorlick is hosting the other 2 – see the links in her profiles for more information on these
     * First is the Pick Your Theme Hexie swap – there’s 6 themes to pick from including: animals, black &                   white, solids, low volume, & elements
     * Next is for a Hexie Mini Quilt 

Plus today is day 1 of #sweatandsew1 hosted by @thecursivequilter and @studchic1 on IG. 

What about you? What have you been up to?

Stash Report #5

It’s that time again! I was good this week.
Well, kinda. πŸ˜‰ 
I used fabric, had a few finishes, but I did add a bit of yarn. In my defense – it was a bargain I couldn’t pass up!

Fabric Used (or removed) this Week: 1 yard
Fabric Used year to Date: 7 1/3 yards
Fabric Added this Week: 0 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date: 8.5 yards + 3 panels
Net Fabric for 2017: 3 panels ADDED + 1 3/8 yards USED
I’m not sure how to count the panels so I figured I’d just keep them listed separate from regular yardage since most of the time they are less than a yard.

The yard of fabric I used was the heavy denim I used to make my little girl’s skirt that I shared the how-to for on Tuesday. It’s not quite done in the photo. My bff is adding an embroidered unicorn on it and then once I get it back from her I’m going to add some decorative, big running stitches in a corresponding thread. (Plus I have to wash it so the elastic will go back to normal – it’s stretched out in the photo from sewing it.)

Instead of tossing the leftover bits into my scrap drawer/tote, I had an idea in mind for a mini quilt and I cut the remnants into strips right away. Now to find the perfect fabric in my stash to go with it so that my vision can come to life. And, since I must use it all up – the little strips on the left are going into my small scrap bin that I use for applique and the tiny bits on the right are going to be saved to be used as stuffing. See – that’s what I mean by I can’t throw away even the smallest of the scraps. LOL

Yarn Used (or removed) this Week: 200 yards
Yarn Used year to Date: 1,420 yards
Yarn Added this Week: 910 yards
Yarn Added Year to Date: 2,954 yards
Net Yarn for 2017: 1,534 yards ADDED

The yarn I used was for the tops of the 4 dresses I’m making for my little girl. I finally got a battery for my scale and weighed it. πŸ™‚

The yarn I added was 3 skeins I found at the flea market when my bff came over and we went out for a girl’s afternoon to a Mexican restaurant for lunch, then to the flea market and thrift store to waste time (& money). I spent less for those 3 skeins than I would have spent for 1 cheap skein at Wal-Mart.
She threatened to tell on me if I didn’t include these in my weekly report. ROFL (pssst -hey bff – ya know I love ya!)

Pieces of Clothing Used (or removed) to upcycle / restyle this Week: 0
Pieces of Clothing Used (or removed) to upcycle / restyle Year to Date: 5
Pieces of Clothing Purchased to upcycle / restyle this Week: 0
Pieces of Clothing Purchased to upcycle / restyle Year to Date: 0
Net Pieces of Clothing Purchased to upcycle / restyle for 2017: 5 pieces USED

I’ve actually started using up another piece but it’s not finished yet so I’ll share when it’s finally all done hopefully today or tomorrow.

What about you? Have you used up or added to your stash this week?

Linking up with:
Patchwork Times Stash Report

LGO2017 Week 4

Welcome to week 4 of Let’s Get Organized in 2017. This week we’re going to organize our Periodicals.

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I don’t know about you all, but in my house magazines are a problem. A BIG problem! Don’t get me wrong, there are lots of bookshelves in our home – currently 9 of them. However, between books and fabric, there’s no room left on them for magazines. :/ I guess it doesn’t help that of the 3 of us in the house (hubby, our little girl who will be 4 in 2 months, and myself) are all book lovers! 2 of the bookshelves are my little girls. Hubby has another 2. The other 5 are in my craft / sewing room. Only 1 has books on it, the rest are full of fabric. I cannot even fathom how many books we have. It may not seem like many – only 5 bookshelves with books. But… We have boxes, upon boxes, upon boxes of books all around the house. I cannot even begin to guesstimate how many books we have. Taking a quick count of half of 1 shelf on 1 of my daughters bookshelves there’s about 20 books. It has 4 shelves which would mean there’s about 160 books on that bookshelf alone. Anyhow, I’m getting off track. We’re talking about magazines.

Yea, my magazine problem is about as bad. We (hubby & I) both collect old & new magazines such as Mother Earth News, Hobby Farms, Grit, Backwoods Life, and similar. I also collect crafting magazines, quilting magazines, woodworking magazines, and holiday editions of magazines like Martha Stewart, Woman’s Day, Country Home, etc. Most of these magazines I do not like to cut up, nor will I. Also, as a collector of vintage / antique items (mostly books & kitchen items), any magazines I come across that are prior to 1980 will get kept. I came across this image and love it! Photo frames for vintage magazines. I’m thinking once we move (we’re hoping to this summer) I’ll display some of the old Mother Earth News magazines like this in hubby’s office area, some of the vintage kitchen supply ads from destroyed magazines in the kitchen, and some others that have vintage covers I adore in my crafting / sewing room. 

  Image from Industry Standard Design
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However, if those are in bad condition, I’ll cut them up for the things I like from pages that are in good condition. When I’m given any other magazines, I’ll go thru them, cut out things that sound or look good and put them in a binder. However, I recently came across this idea that I absolutely love and think I will transition over to. 

Image from Its Overflowing.
Click image to go to the article – lots of good info!

 

Recipes are sorted into file folders that are put in magazine holders laid on their side. This could also be done with cereal boxes covered with some pretty scrapbook paper, wrapping paper, or even the brown packing paper. 

As far as organizing the whole magazines themselves. I’m still up in the air as how I want to organize mine. There are lots of different ways. This is also one of those things that is highly dependant on how many you choose to keep. If you just have a few you could do something like this.

 Image from The Contractor Chronicles
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My neighbor does something similar! However, she’s not a magazine hoarder like I am. She limits herself to the 2 wicker baskets she can fit under her coffee table. Once they get full she goes thru them and leaves the ones she doesn’t want on my doorstep. Since they are mostly food and decorating magazines, I typically go thru them right away, remove the pages I want, and recycle the rest. 

I came across this idea for if you have a good amount of magazines and love it. However, in the rental home we are in, this is not feasible. You could build a stand to put those magazine holders on and in that wasted space you could use it to store seasonal items. 

 Image from Apartment Therapy
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I guess the first step for me would be to actually start sorting thru the magazines and getting them all in one place so I can remove any doubles and see if I actually want to keep all the ones I currently have. 

Once I go thru them, I won’t be just tossing them in the garbage. There’s too many things that can be done with them. If you are done with them and just want them out of the house, you could see if any of your local day care centers, schools, or scout troops would like them. Lots of times schools have kids make collages and not all parents have magazines at home. Plus, there’s all sorts of crafts that can be made with magazine pages! To get some craft ideas or to see more magazine storage ideas, check out my Pinterest board for LGO2017.

Now, this photo I just have to share. I stumbled across it while searching magazine organization. 
I LOVE IT!!! Everything about this corner makes me wish it was mine. From the pretty magazine storage containers to the wire art on the wall, the vintage kitchen pieces to the art hanging up, the whole thing. I simply love it! Well, I would change 1 thing – I would take that tv out of there. The only way I would leave it there was if I turned it into a fish tank (yes that’s possible just google it).

 Image from Moxie-Girl on Flickr

What about you? Do you have a magazine problem? What, if anything, do you plan to do about it this year to get organized?