Thursday, June 30, 2011

SEWING PURSES

Today Abbie and I worked on sewing skills again.  She really wanted to sew a purse.  So I came across this really cute purse pattern found here .  It was free, although if I wanted the instructions for assembling it I have to pay $4!!!  So of course I decided that I could figure it out all on my own.  If I had worked on it by myself it may have turned out more like the photo.....but hey....Abbie and I wanted to finish our purses today and we are pretty stoked about the finished project.  Check out our pics below.






Thursday, June 9, 2011

QUILTING FRAME!!!

So I've been working on this quilt for over 19 years now.  I started making it in 1992 when I left active duty Air Force to become a stay at home mom.  I began by cutting up all of the old unserviceable uniforms laying around the house.  Between me and my husband....we had a LOT!!!  And I hate to throw anything out and I just knew I could make something useful out of them.  I pieced the quilt top fairly quickly. 

Fast forward 4 years and I have finally found the fabric backing and stacked and bound it....I know, I know...I shouldn't have bound it first, but I pinned it really really good!!  Then I found some friends to come over and help me hand quilt it...only....it didn't go so well because I didn't have a frame....and because my friends really didn't know how to quilt!!  LOL  We did have a good time though!

Fast Forward to June of 2011....I am in Hobby Lobby...shopping for some sewing notions when I look down and there is one lonely quilting frame on the shelf.  AND I've got a 40% off coupon in my pocket!!  So I did a bit of impulse shopping and bought myself a Quilters Floor Frame!


I was sooo excited!!! It was early Wednesday evening, so I had to put it to the side until I got home from church.  As soon as I got home I opened the box and started pulling pieces out.  When I got to the last small joint pieces I turned the box over and let them slide out to the floor...only there were these two metal pieces that fell out....pieces that were obviously broken.  see pic below



It is one of the adjustment spring clip doo-hickies....so one of the legs will not adjust.  :(   But I did NOT let that stop me!!!  I finished putting the frame together.  It took me all of 18 minutes to put it together and get my quilt snapped in place.  see pics below




BTW.....after I finished assembling all of this I did email the company requesting a replacement part.  I might have taken it back to Hobby Lobby....but as I said, it was the last one on the shelf.  I sure hope it doesn't take them too long to respond.  But in the meantime...I'll be getting my quilting on!!!

Friday, June 3, 2011

A SIMPLE SCARF PATTERN for KAREN



So I got this email from my sister earlier today telling me that a co-worker of hers has been reading this blog and was wondering when I would post a simple scarf pattern.  So Karen, this ones for you!!!  Glad you're reading and enjoying my blog!  But I have to be honest, I can't take complete credit for this scarf pattern.  When my younger son was in the 5th grade he was playing around with crochet, trying to decide what he could make to enter in the county fair and he made a scarf using this very same stitch pattern.  He won a FIRST PLACE ribbon on it!!  I was so proud of him.  Well, I like this stitch pattern so much that have used it many times for scarves, dish cloths and even a hat and headband. 

NOTE:  I put tassles on this particular scarf because I have made so many scarves and they all have either a regular fringe or nothing at all and I decided I wanted something different.  This pattern looks beautiful any way you finish off the ends....but I'm super happy with the different look that I got with the tassles!!!

MATERIALS:  Worsted Weight yarn (approx 3.5 oz), size I crochet hook, small amount of contrasting yarn for tassles.

SIMPLE SCARF PATTERN

Ch 18.  (you can actually start with ANY even number of chains, depending on how wide you would like your scarf to be)
Row 1: Sc in 2nd chain from hook and in each ch across (17 sc)
Row 2: Ch 1, turn.  Sc in first stitch, *ch 1, skip next st, sc in next st.  Repeat from * across.
Row 3: Ch 1, turn.  Sc in first stitch and in first ch 1 space, *ch 1, skip next st, sc in next ch 1 sp.  Repeat from * across.   Sc in last st.

Row 4: Ch 1, turn.  Sc in first stitch.  *Ch 1, skip next st, sc in next ch 1 sp.  Repeat from * across.  Sc in last st.
Repeat rows 3 & 4 until scarf reaches desired length.  (I like mine to be at least as long as I am tall.  So approx 5 ½ to 6 feet long.)

TASSLE instructions below with pictures. 




up close detail


use a length of yarn (leave your tail long and you can use this)


Thread yarn matching your tassle through the inside of the gathered end.


wrap yarn around an object approx. 20 times depending on how fluffy you want it.  I used my crochet hook case because it was handy and just about the right size.  You could also use a paperback book or cd case.



After you remove the yarn loops, tie them to the end of the scarf with asecure knot.  Do not cut ends, position them with the flow of the other strands.


Smooth the yarns out and gather them securely in your hand.


Taking another long length of yarn, make a loop, holding it against the tassle body with your fingers.


using one of the tails, wrap it securely from bottom to top about 1 1/2" from the top of the tassle.  Take the wrapping end and thread it through the loop at the top.


Pull the remaining tail at the bottom until the tail at the top is lodged securely into the wrapped band.  What you will have left is this small tail show in the pic above.  Carefully clip this off. 

Repeat with second tassle and trim evenly (or as evenly as possible!!)


Thursday, June 2, 2011

RECTANGLE GRANNY w/ HEART EDGING

I LOVE making granny squares....and the rectangle granny is a lovely variation of this classic square!  This particular blankie is yet another attempt to decrease my stash.  I had many visions for the edging for this blanket...and one was almost done when I decided it just "wasn't working" and ripped it all out and started the edging again.  What I came up with is a small heart edging, but not so girly that it couldn't be used for a boys blanket.  I've posted the rectangle pattern at the bottom of the post....but am still working out the edging part of the pattern.   Keep checking back....I may have it written up in the near future.





 My original intention was for this to be an OKLAHOMA SOONERS blanket...complete with filet edging declaring so!  But alas, it was not to be   :(   


RECTANGLE GRANNY      

Rnd 1:  Chain 22.  (2 dc, ch 3, 3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in 4th chain from hook.  [Skip next 2 chains, 3 dc in next chain] 5 times.  Skip next 2 chains.  (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in end chain.  Working on opposite side of starting chain, skip next 2 chains. [3 dc in next ch, skip next 2 chains] 5 times.  Join with sls st in top of beg ch.  
Rnd 2: Ch 3, turn.  2 dc in same space as turn chain.  Work 3 dc in each space.  On corners work 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc. 
Repeat Rnd 2 until desired size is reached.

MORE SEWING!!!

So the girls and I spent another afternoon at the sewing machines.  They are really coming along in their stitching skills! 

Marissa got started on a body pillow but didn't have the stuffing to finish.  So she set that aside and got started on a flannel baby bib I had cut out previously. 

Abbie got to dig through my scraps and come up with the perfect color combination for making a doll quilt. 

Then Marissa finished her bib and made a heart shaped pillow. 

They were so INTENT on getting their work done that they didn't even finish their bowls of home made banana nut ice cream!!!!  Abbie asked if she could come back later and eat some more since she didn't get to finish hers before it melted!  

Check out the pics of their work below.  Pardon the last two pics of the final projects.  My camera battery died and I ended up using my phone to take the pics...they turned out a bit fuzzy  :(

Marissa turning her bib.

Abbie contemplating the next step of her quilt.

Pressing.....NOT child labor!! 

And yet another child at the ironing board!!  this time pressing seams flat.

Adding snaps to her bib.

Putting on the border pieces.
Marissa and a pillow for her teacher and the bib for her baby brother!  Great Job!!!

Abbie and her finished 4-patch doll quilt!!  Stunning!!!