Sunday, October 15, 2017

QUILT BASTING w/ POOL NOODLES





Hello it's me again. Tired of Facebook for the moment and all the problems of the world, thought it was time to catch up on my blog.

So, this morning I decided today would be the day to finally get the back of my husband's quilt basted. Not basted in the way of the pain like peeling off a stuck band aide!  No, the pretty quick and somewhat easy new way that I have found to do it.

A few months ago I was contemplating the sandwiching of a quilt that needed to be done.  Not looking forward to either pinning then hand basting; I started surfing the Internet!  I found on You Tube a video showing basting done by using pool noodles.  I had to sort out how in the heck to set it up, because that wasn't shown in the video.  So after fumbling around, I finally did find out how to spray baste the 3 layers together.











Even though it took me about a month to hand quilt it, almost every night, all the layers stayed really well together.








My brain kept telling me there had to be a better way to do this.  So, yes I figured out a way that just might work. Below is what I have come up with.


First step is to roll your fabric, here is the back fabric for my quilt, onto a pool noodle.



Step 2 ... roll your backing onto it's pool noodle.



Roll out a portion of each, with back fabric on top of batting. 



Roll backing fabric toward and over both noodles.
Spray the batting and smooth fabric on it.

Make sure no wrinkles and smooth, smooth, smooth out with hands.



Turn noodles around, rolling fabric toward you from last sprayed part.
Spray baste the batting, and smooth fabric onto it.



Keep doing that for a while. I did mine just before floor.


I carefully folded up sprayed part and laid on table, and continued.


WALLAH... It's done and came out great.  Less than a half hour of work.
Now top fabric will be done the same way.
Backing with batting, batting side up will be sprayed and top smoothed on it.


My next step will have to wait, because I need to mark the top fabric.  Which I am thinking will take a little while, as I am considering a Baptist Fan pattern or circles. lol Pattern is Walk About by Grizzly Gulch Gallery, designed by Ann Lauer.



Thanks for stopping by.





Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Quilt Shed in Progress

Coming soon to my backyard .... A shed built for me to enjoy quiet time, or maybe quiet time for husband w/o the hum of sewing machine? This is his winter project.

Behind that tree in 2 weeks assembling of shed will be taking place!  I will be updating it's progress.  Son-in-law has already ran electric thru basement wall for hookup.  Yes, it will be heated.

Now my winter project will be making small wall quilts.



Stay tuned .....

Sunday, September 11, 2016

ALL ABOUT ME! lol

Finally, taking time to catch up about this summer.  I am thinking that this was the worst summer for outdoor crafting sessions for me.  Usually working on a few different things outside on my glider, or on my "front porch", which is really the smaller garage which we have screened in.  lol. I would stay outside in these areas until twilight and I couldn't see to work on my stuff, or read my books.

A LITTLE ABOUT ME:

I am retired, and living the dream I had when I was working.  Mostly wanted to be home quilting.  I have turned my extra bedroom into my crafting sanctuary.  Only the brave enter if not invited.  My husband came in once and wanted to know if there was something that we could work on together in there.  He barely escaped with his life.   lol  He has his hobbies and he needs to stick with that! Woodworking, gardening, and he is an excellent cook.  Thank goodness, cause I don't do that anymore!  I bake, but the meal planning and fixing he enjoys, so I let him be happy!  lol

I have 4 grown children and 6 grandchildren.  3 out of 4 children live within 2 miles of us, and 3 grandchildren, ages 18 - 12 are in those 2 miles.  I know, we are very lucky parents and grandparents. Unfortunately, the other child her husband and the other 3 grandchildren, ages 13 - 9 live way across the country in the State of Washington.  Our son-in-law is in the Service, and they have almost another year or so out there.  I pray they will all be closer to us.

So, as of 3 weeks ago, my husband and I acquired a pet.  At my son's place of work, they adopted another cat, offspring of their first cat, and he talked us into takeing her in because he said she was just to sweet and didn't want anything happening to her.  So ....... Her name is Maggie Mae ..... and she is about 10 weeks old now.  She lets me know when it is time to put my hand quilting away for the night!  lol




Okay, moving on .....

The only way I can get pictures on this blog now is to take them on my I-pad, then I go here to my blog and fill in the descriptions.  So, nothing is in order the way I would like them to be, so bare with me, please.

Son and girlfriend will be over for dinner today.  They like dessert, who doesn't.  lol  So, this recipe is about 30 plus years old,  Printed in a 1978 recipe booklet from Quaker Oats.  I am so glad I held onto this, cause it is quick and easy to make.  A nice soft fruit bar that everyone will like.

2 cups Quick/Old Fashioned oats (uncooked), 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour (or whatever you prefer), 1 cup butter/margarine, 1 cup packed brown sugar, 1/2 cup chopped nus/or not, 1 tsp cinnamon, 3/4 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp soda ...... mix all together in your mixer.  Reserve 2 cups for topping

 Press firmly in a 13 x 9 inch greased pan


Spread 3/4 cup preserves or more on top
Sprinkle reserved 2 cups mixture on top


bake at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes



TRY IT, YOU'LL LIKE IT!

I dog sat at my daughters for a week in July. Coming and going 4/5 times a day.  I used her sewing machine, and set up shop in her dinning room.  yeah!!  I completed 3 tops while I was there.

This one I started with my now almost 16 year old granddaughter (3) years ago.  We planned the setting of the blocks .... then we were to get together so she could sew them.  Well, as we know, life has a way of changing all your best plans.  She was involved in gymnastics, school, then cheer leading then with friends galore.  lol  So, I pulled it out, sewed it together.  I will hand quilt it this winter.  I have lots of left over fabric, she is going to make her dog a small quilt.  



I saw these darn, cute 5 inch blocks in a quilt store.  I was not looking for anything ... but they found me.  So, I put together a Christmas Quilt top, "just for me".  lol  It is a little bright and quirky, just like me. another lol.  I found a great backing, which is of course is out of order in these pictures, it is a couple pictures down!!!
WOW .. a really bad picture!



Yay, another blurry picture!  This is a wall quilt, 36 x 36 inches, for my son's house.  He picked the pattern and he picked the fabric.  I have it now sandwiched and ready to hand quilt.



This is a better picture of his quilt.  Also, he made me a wave template just for this quilt.  I will hand quilt the lines pretty close together .... it should give the quilt "movement".  Gotta get this done, like yesterday:-)


Here is the fun fabric I found for the back of my Christmas Quilt.  lol  It is license plates all to do with quilting,  love, love it.  So now I have a "year" long usable themed quilt ..... Us quilters are always thinking!!!!



Well, that is about all I can think of right now.  I have also been cross-stitching some cute fall themed things for a wooden bowl I have.  Gonna make "little" pillows out of them to display in it.  I have almost 3 done, the cross-stitching is easy .... the completing the process is where I procrastinate!

Almost dinner time .......... try my jam bar recipe above .... really, you will like it.

Thanks for stopping by, until we meet again ........

Sharon

P.S.:  let me know if you try my recipe!




Saturday, September 10, 2016

Good Morning from Ohio, USA

Hello fellow quilter's, crafter's, foodie's, gardener's, and "others"., lol  Just wanted to let you know I am still around and have been busy, busy, busy.  That darn I-pad has had all my time away from my computer and posting.  I think about it, then it's gone.

Thanks for stopping by ... hoping soon to update you on what I have been doing the last couple of months.

Sharon

Saturday, July 23, 2016

New Fabric .... New Project!

I was just complimenting myself yesterday, I haven't been buying unnecessary fabric, working on projects that I want to have finished soon, or at least in my life time!  I told myself I have enough fabric to make a dozen quilts/projects easily.

I am babysitting my furry grandchildren this week while my daughter and family are on vacation.  They are less than 5 minutes from my home, so I am working in spending time with them.  That is why I came up with the idea of working on something for me at my daughter's house, making a Christmas lap quilt.  Found I have a lot of mis-matched Christmas fabrics that would make a great Christmas sampler quilt.  

Well, yesterday my friend and I visited a couple of quilt shops.  I had a 50% coupon for one of the shops for my birthday.  Can't not use a coupon, right?  I found an adorable Christmas Charm Pack that I could use with my fabrics.  

On that darn Pinterest site this morning I found a quilt that I could use my (1) charm pack for.  It required a background fabric to do it.  But my brain is figuring out something else, I think this pattern could use alternating red and green fabrics to give it that wow factor.  And that is how I ended up with new fabric and a new project.

If this turns out as good as I think it will, I can see more projects like this for FALL, HALLOWEEN, SPRING, SUMMER ........ And on and on and on ........ Addicted?  I don't think so!




Off to the cutting board ... can't wait to show you my progress.

Catch'a later,

Sharon




Sunday, July 17, 2016

WHAT WAS I THINKING?

You go along thinking you are the best thing since sliced cheese.  Completing quilts ... they seem to be looking okay.  So, they may be off here and there, but easy enough to square up.  Right?

Below you will see a quilt I have been working on for the last couple of weeks for my son.  He has a spot on a wall in his house that has been screaming to have a quilt hung there.  He picked out a pattern from the book "Cabin Fever" by Natalia Bonner and Kathleen Whiting.  Log Cabin quilt blocks have always been my first love.  This one is a modern take on the classic block.  I can do it, how easy would that be?

Well, here comes the "what was I thinking" part.  Not only does every little seam in the 4 blocks to complete one 12 inch block have to match up, but they really need to be very even from the get go. Thinking  I had a handle on this .. I got one of the 12 inch blocks done, the seams were perfectly in line ... but wait a minute ... did the block look a little lop-sided?  Yeah, if you lined it up on the lines of the cutting board, they were a little wobbly.  lol

I had 5 full blocks sewn...  that is a total of 20 blocks to make "5", I tried to justify that I could straighten them out.  I couldn't bring myself to continue on this path ... thank goodness I had bought enough of all the fabric in the beginning to start over from scratch.

Oh boy, what a mess ... lesson learned the hard way!



What I learned?  I learned that I had developed a few bad habits some where down the way and just couldn't figure out why my blocks were always a "little off".  Repairable, but not perfect.  I am not looking for perfect ......... but I sure would like a "pretty darn good job", "looking good" comments from me.  lol

First of all .. I thought I had the cutting part of the fabric down good.  What the heck, it measures what it is suppose to.  Well, here is the lax part I noticed on this project .. not taking the time to really line up the ruler to make sure your fabric is "straight".  This turned out to be a biggie for me.  Those pieces that were kind of wobbly just made the other pieces wobbly when sewn.  This time when I re cut all my pieces, I made sure the fabric was even and straight.  What a difference that makes.  My pieces actually measured what they are suppose to.

Oh, I think a lot of my troubles ... with the cutting & sewing of my fabric was my "lean".  I kind of was centering my body over my cutting board between my cutting and my sewing machine.  That was so I could cut my fabric and then sew my pieces together without moving my chair.  When did I start this?  It is amazing what perfection you can get when you tackle each aspect of the assembly.  I now position my body where it is suppose to be .... straight on with the cutting, and straight on (setting up straight, in line with  my sewing foot).  II just can't believe what a difference these two small adjustments have made this time around.


I think we get so set in our ways, meaning me ... and maybe you if you seem to be having some of these problems. :-)  I have been sewing for so darn long ... I don't even want to put it in numbers.  I was sewing clothes for me and my children for years.  Then late in life, it really wasn't, but looking back now; I wish I would have taken more of an interest in quilting.  

So for me, a hard lesson has been learned, I hope.  I have 4 more 12 inch blocks to put together, plus all the joining of all the 9 - 12 inch blocks.  Say a little prayer for me that it all goes well .....  

Until next time ...   

P.S.:  Also a big thing to making nicer blocks, Mary Ellen's Best Press.  Clear starch & sizing alternative.  I can't believe it has taken me so long to discover this.  It makes sharp, crisp seams.  I think it also keeps fabric from stretching when it is ironed!






Thursday, June 23, 2016

PHASE 1: Craft Room Update!

Truth be told, I find that I am not keeping up with my blog because I haven't had anything to write about, also trying to post pictures from my I-Pad to my blog has been a real "joy".  NOT!!!!  I think I may have finally found a way to do it:-)  So far, it is working.

This seems like a yearly event ... clean, re-organize craft room.  So hopefully my plan will enable me to start fresh and maybe for the last time?  lol Or at least not have it a yearly project. 

This is my messy closet ... really want to be able to find "stuff".  I waste so much time looking for "stuff" that I have organized only to loose it again.  Ever have that problem?  Please, make me feel better by saying you do too?  lol I have even called my friend, Charlene, to maybe suggest where I may have filed my "stuff"!







I can't work in too messy of an environment, so solution is just to close the doors.  Clean my work areas.  Kind of put my things away where they kind of go .....  Below is my projected closet re-organization.  It is definitely not to scale, that is my husband's job.  Just showed him the drawing I made  ... he seems to like it.  So, with any luck ... these next rainy/hot/humid days will keep him in doors and play in my closet.  He really is a good builder of things ...  I am getting excited.



Oh, the really bad part of all of this .... to clean out this closet and find a place in my craft room that I can store all of this "stuff".  In the meantime, I still want to be able to sew.  Yes, I want it all ... new storage closet and the building not to disturb my sewing!!


Next project out of this book!




My son feels that I now have enough expertise to make a quilt for his wall.  Or, I do a good enough job to adorn his wall. lol  Gotta love your "children"!!!   So, he actually found a pattern he likes, surprise, he found a few patterns he likes, out of my books.  There is one, down the road, maybe long road, I will make hopefully as an heirloom quilt for him.   NOT IN NEAR FUTURE.....  



I am hoping my new found projects will give me something to write about.  Please stop by and leave a comment on my progress.

Sharon

P.S.:  I am telling myself to give at least 1 hour a day to cleaning out the above mess.  We will see how I do on that one!  Going to have lunch, shall return with hopefully 1 hour under my belt.  Maybe more!  lol