All this wonderful weather means that it is very difficult to sit in the house and quilt those quilts that need to be quilted. The hot, hot, hot weather kept me in the house for so long this summer that I cannot ignore mother nature trying to make amends!
That leads to feelings of frustration for not being more productive in finishing projects. And that, to feeling overwhelmed with how much I have to do! Arrgghh -- then, I remind myself that this a hobby. I am allowed to have other interests. I do not have to churn out quilts like a one woman assembly line. After all, I'm not sewing for any reason other than my own enjoyment and it is supposed to be fun! Whew! That felt good!! (now, to remember it)
Head over the Pigtales & Quilts for more Garden additions. There are some lovelies to check out.
Then I thought, "Gee, what am I going to carry all this in?" I have the baggies of squares and directions, a money pouch, a member list. Hhmm, "oh yeah," DH had a Sam Adams 12 pack box with handles that was slated for the recycling bin.
Sew Many Ways for the intro to mod podge and it's versatility. Had to use black to cover the colors on the box. The fabric is easier to work with than wrapping paper, less creasing and fewer air bubbles. Check out all the pretty stuff at this week's Crafty Party.
Off Topic Aside -- Speaking of versatile, Stray Stitches and Hilachas passed along the Versatile Blogger Award to me this week. If you want to learn 7 things about me, well, check out this post. Linda and Irene have fun blogs - click the links to check them out.
Here's a dark colorway, very traditional, not too Christmas-y.
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I have made three lap size Christmas quilts and have another to finish but somehow I have a bag full of Christmas fabric scraps from friends and scrap bag purchases.
A mini tutorial:
I've made a mug rug and hope to do more wall hangings and I do not like putting a bulky binding on things so small. So, I made myself a mug rug using a 4.5" square and my scraps and selvedges.
However, it's also the ingenious part. This is where you leave a hole in the center for turning when sewing the ends back together. Use a seam allowance slightly larger than 1/4".
With right sides together and using a 1/4" seam sew the back to the top, after baste stitching the batting to the top piece or fusing/spraying it to the top.
Trim. Turn it, and then quilt.
You can see where this would be great for wall hangings or for pieces that you might frame, as the back will never be seen. Ricky also suggested putting a border around the edge that makes the lack of binding less obvious. For my mug rug - i.e. a "glorified coaster"- this will do - I really like it, fast and simple!
If you would like to give this method a try - leave me a comment by Tuesday evening (9/27/11), 9PM CST, and Mr. Random Number Generator will choose one person to whom I will send a Lapel Stick and a scrappy mug rug (another project for this afternoon).
1. You must leave me way to contact you either in your comment or in your blogger profile. No-reply bloggers will be disqualified.
2. You do not have to be a follower - my own blog list is way too long from this requirement.
3. One comment, one entry. Multiple comments will not be considered.
The Stash Numbers:
Used this Week: 0.375
Used year to Date: 47.625
Added this Week: 0
Added Year to Date: 93.15
Net Used for 2011: -45.525
Head over the Judy's at Patchwork Times for more stash numbers.
Have a great week!!!
Have a great week!!!