Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Finally Made it to Missouri

After 12.5 loooong hours the kids and I finally made it to Missouri to see mom and Gene.  I thought the trip would be uneventful but I was wrong.  My youngest has suddenly developed car sickness.  Oh the joys of motherhood. 

I think we made it about two hours down the road before he got sick.  There's nothing like pulling over on the interstate and yanking an 8 year old out of the car.  But he was much better after that little episode and I kept pumping him with gatorade just to make sure.  

I have to share some pictures with you all so you can see just how much a little VW Jetta can hold!  

The backseat...
 
The trunk...

It was like riding in a clown car.  We had a 20" bike, two suitcases, two laptop bags, 6 finished quilts, a model airplane, a cooler, an AccuQuilt, an AccuQuilt Go Baby, two pillows, two backpacks, over 10 yards of fabric, a bag full of Moda precuts, bags of snacks, and let's not forget 3 humans!  And amazingly enough, I could even see out the back window! 

Tomorrow I hope to share pictures of the quilt I finished for Gene.  I surprised him with it tonight. 

I'm off to bed to try to get some sleep.  Maybe mom and I can get a little sewing in tomorrow. 

Monday, July 16, 2012

Making Quilt Labels

Most of you know I've spent the last 4 weeks finishing up quilts for my step mom.  I wanted to share with you all how I made the labels.  

I had two different products that I tried for the labels.  One product, EQ Printables, gets an A+.  The other product, Dritz Printed Treasures, gets an F.  I know that seems harsh but I will explain a little later. 

The pictures I'll share and the finished labels were all made with EQ Printables Premium Cotton Lawn Inkjet Fabric Sheets.  {Boy that was a mouthful}  

First, I created a document on my laptop with the label information.  Next, I stuck a sheet of EQ Printables in my printer and viola...labels are born.

I forgot to take a picture before I started peeling off the backing.
The backing peeled off very easy once I got it started.  
Once the backing was peeled off it curled up.

Next, I had to soak the sheet in water to make sure any excess ink was removed.  I did not have any ink come off during the soaking.  
Once it soaked for the suggested amount of time I laid the sheet on a towel to air dry.  It dried in about 30 minutes.
Then I simply pressed the sheet to get out any wrinkles.  I cut them all apart and got them ready for the quilts.  

I forgot to take pictures of how I folded them.  I basically folded in each side about 3/8" and pressed them.  Then I applied a small strip of steam a seam to the back so I could stick them to the quilt.  That helped hold them in place while I was hand stitching them in place.
 
Ta Da!  That's a pretty good looking quilt label.  

Now, remember that F I gave to the other product, Dritz Printed Treasures?  I could not get the paper backing to peel off the fabric.  I tried 4 out 5 sheets that were in the package and finally gave up.  

Each one left a paper residue on the fabric that was visible from the front.  It was comparable to peeling off a sticker and having little pieces of sticker left.  I tried soaking the sheets and I tried scratching the residue off with my nails.  Nothing worked.  I threw away 4 sheets of the stuff.  

Did I take pictures?  No.  Because when I tried this product I was so frustrated the last thing on my mind was my camera and pictures.  I kind of go a little bonkers when I run into issues. 

I emailed Dritz to see if I did something wrong {I did follow the directions but thought I would ask}.  They never responded.  I found a Dritz representative at Spring Quilt Market {back in May} and she promised someone would contact me {still no word}.  I won't be spending my money on that product anymore.  And I have removed that product from our online store. 

Of course, that was my personal experience and there may be some of you who have used and like this product.  I would love to hear from you if you have used it successfully.  Maybe I got a bad batch?  I don't know.  And since Dritz never responded to my inquiry I won't be using it again.  Ever.

Do you label all the quilts you make?  Do you have a favorite method?

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Easy Pillowcase Pattern Using a Charm Pack

I've been dying to try out some of the new fabrics we got a couple weeks ago.  Today I decided to use one of the Simply Color charm packs and make a pillowcase.  I used the same construction concept that I demonstrated in my easy pillowcase pattern.  However, I did change up the construction of the cuff.  

In this post I'll show you how I constructed the cuff.  {Please reference the original easy pillowcase pattern post to obtain the complete pattern.}  

First, I divided my charm pack into two groups.  20 charms per group.

Next, I cut each charm in half.

I stacked the charms in two piles for easy sewing. 

Next, I sewed the charms together to make 2.5" x 9.5" rectangles. 


I pressed the seams open.

I made 20 rectangles like this one.

Then I figured out how I wanted the colors arranged and sewed them together into one long strip that measured 9.5" x 40.5."
**The original pattern calls for an 11" wide cuff.  A cuff made of charms will only be 9.5" wide but it still works out just fine.

The rest of the construction can be found in the original pattern so I'm not going to repeat it all here.  No need to be redundant.  
Here's a look at the finished pillowcase.
 


I used my favorite white muslin for the body of the pillowcase.  It's made by Moda and has a 200 thread count so it's super soft and cuddly.  Perfect for a pillowcase.  The best part is you can get 2 pillowcases out of one charm pack.   

Monday, July 9, 2012

Oh Happy Day!

I'm excited to announce I have finally finished all of my step mom's quilts!  Can you see me doing my happy dance???  I hope not because I'm a terrible dancer!  I finished hand stitching the binding on the Pink Beast today!

Here are a couple pictures of the finished quilt.
I decided to use the pink batik that looks striped for the binding.  I love the way it turned out.

I get to deliver all 5 quilts sometime next week.  I hope she loves them all!

I would also like to say that living 24 hours without air conditioning makes for one super cranky Vicki.  Our AC went out yesterday and it wasn't up and running until about 11AM today.  Boy was I an unhappy camper.  Thank goodness it seems to be fixed now and hopefully that will continue.  I know I'll sleep much better tonight.  

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Number 5 is Finished!

I'm excited to announce that I have finally finished all the quilts for my step mom.  Woohoo!  What a relief.  In reality I still have to bind the Pink Beast but I'm hoping to have that finished within the next couple of days.

Here's a look at number 5 otherwise known as Parker's Quilt.

   


I'm so glad I added the small red border.  I really love how it frames the embroidered blocks.  


Needless to say I'm relieved that these quilts are finished.  


Now I'll be moving on to something else but I'm not sure what that will be. I think I need to play with some of the fabrics...maybe Cuzco or Simply Color!

We Have a Winner...

Good afternoon everyone!  I hope you all had an amazing 4th of July.  We had a pretty good day here in Texas.  The only thing that would have made it better...being with our families.  Too bad we live so far away from everyone.  Ahhh, but that's the life of a military family.  I guess we've gotten used to it over the last 18 years.  WOW.  I can't believe it's been 18 years.  OK.  OK.  Enough babbling.  I know you all are dying to know who won the giveaway.

The winner is....lucky number 8!
8. Melissa said...
I'm a follower and I like simply color
Congrats Melissa!  I'll be emailing you shortly to get your info.  I can't wait to see what you do with your charm pack. 

I will have another post later today.  I just have to finish up a few things first.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Throw Nothing Away

I thought I would share some projects I have been working on the past couple of weeks.  Yes 99% involves the grand kids.  I bet Vicki is happy she gets the night off from blogging {she better be sewing}.  

The first project I'm going to show you is the reason for the title of this post.  First a little history.  Our daughter, Kathy, lives near us and she needed some pants cut off to make Capri's.  I stuck the bottom of the pants back just in case.  {You all know how that goes}  I thought I might be able to use them some day.  Well this is what became of one of them...a little purse for our granddaughter, Claudia! 

A funny little sidebar to this story...a while back I was making or looking for something for her and I could not use green in any way.  She told me she just didn't like green.  How things change over time.  Now she can't get enough green and neon green is even better. 

Next I was going to make her a skirt and a top.  Which I might add turned into 2 skirts, 1 top, 1 decorated t-shirt (not finished yet) and a pair of shorts.  Funny how that happens!!!  In fairness to Claudia, some of that might have been my idea.

This is the skirt and top that started the whole thing.


You can't tell from the picture but the skirt is ruffled fabric we found at one of our local fabric shops.  It was her favorite thing she found because it was Green.  As usual I purchased to much fabric for the top so that gave her another outfit with some shorts. 




I love sewing for kids I made a size 10 no alterations. You gotta love that! 

At this point I'm feeling pretty bad because her older brother is liking everything and I said I would gladly make him something.  He kind of snickered and said that's ok Nana.  He thought about it and said, I know what you can make me.  He has a hard time finding sweat shirts with long enough sleeves unless they buy them way to big.  So he would like me to make him some that fit.  So looks like we have the beginning of fall projects. 

Moving on, the twins had their second birthday in June and the birthday party was Alice in Wonderland theme.  So you guessed it!!!!!



Had to get them all fixed up with their new Alice in Wonderland birthday outfits.  Of course there is a little story that goes with them as well.  Vicki texted me and said do you have the outfits started and I said no.  Her comment was don't you think you should be starting them??? I said something like I have time.  Well, I took a look at the calendar and figured out I only had a week.  Some how I lost a week.  I have yet to figure out where that week went.  So the race was on. I finished on Wednesday mailed them that afternoon with 15 minutes to spare before the post office closed.  That was a relaxing ride back home.  They got them on Friday and the party was Saturday. I might not do that again. 

Kathy loves to cook but was tired of messing up her clothes. Yep that's right a new apron for her. 



This was last night.  She made dinner for us so she could use her new apron.
No complaints here!

Last but not least, I made myself something.  I had a friend over and we had a day of sewing and laughing.  This is what I ended up with. I'm very proud I got to make something and keep it. 



This is a very cool pattern.  The handles come off very easily so you can make different purses and only need one set of handles.  You know what I'm going to be doing. I have all kinds of ideas for more new purses. 

Well that's the end of my saga for now.  I hope I didn't lose you half way through. 

I have another post for everyone I want to share in the next few days.  It involves my dear sweet husband, a quilt and a poem.  That should peak your interest!! 

Have a very happy 4th.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Quilt Number 4 Finished!

As you all know I've been feverishly working to finish 5 quilts for my step mom.  I finished number 4 a couple days ago and I think it turned out pretty good if I do say so myself.  

The blocks were embroidered by her mother before she passed several years ago.  I added sashing and quilted it.  


I free handed a flower in the middle of each block with some swirls and stippling around it.  
I used pink thread on the pink sashing which shows up nice on the back.  I also mimicked the flowers in the sashing.  The downfall of pink thread on yellow backing is the way boo boos stand out.  Overall, I think I did pretty good for my first time of free handing flowers.



I hope you all enjoyed seeing quilt number 4 finished!  I know I'm relieved to have it finished.  

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