28 October 2014

Pincushions For Every Season!

I had to entertain myself while waiting on the 
dryer repairman so I made pincushions.

If you haven't made one of these yet,
go make one now.
(Unless you're currently watching our KC Royals win--what a game this is!)
It's so super handy!
I always put other projects ahead of it but
it only takes minutes and it'll save you minutes
when sewing other things!

I found it a little amusing that I used 
my pincushion while making it.

The straps fasten with velcro in the back;
I added a small tab for a scissors.

I cut into this fat quarter for my Thankful for Fall
quilt and then used the scraps for this cushion.

Don't you just love it when you use almost 
every last bit of a fabric?

To be all seasonal and stuff, this is my fall pincushion.

And here is my winter one.
(What kind of evil person sticks pins into a happy little snowman?!?)
I was concerned that a scissors hanging in the tab 
might start scratching the machine after a while so
I made a pocket on this one.  However, the scissors
handle seems to be more of an issue here because 
it tends to bang against the machine.  
I suppose a thinner pocket would fix that.
I'll keep that in mind if I get cushions made for
the other seasons--except, that's when I'm usually
in the garden so...not sure about that.

I also made bookmarks but no pics yet.
And, yes, the dryer finally got fixed.

Fall Cleaning Brought to a Quick Halt & Sewing Room Adjustment

I finally finished cleaning all of the windows!
It is amazing the difference it makes.
My whole house feels so much cleaner!
I also cleaned my front porch...again.

Then my husband rained on my parade by bringing to 
my attention the fact that he will be doing sheetrock 
work in the kitchen in just a few days.  

That stopped me up real short, real fast.
Sheetrock dust.  Everywhere.

I'm not going to think about that right now...

There's really nothing else to do but
 outdoor fall clean-up and sewing!
Speaking of cleaning and sewing,
I cleaned my sewing room--again.

Old position of table

I've been meaning to try rotating my table 90',
allowing access to three sides, rather than just one.
My concern was that it would cut the room in half
and confine my sewing machine area too much.

 However, it's not as bad as I thought and
I always have the option of putting the drop-leaf
away inside my table, making it shorter if needed.

This was such a small, little thing but now my view
when sitting at the table is so much better and I
now can easily get around while cutting and working.

Wish you could see the orchard out the window!

Funny how little changes or even just cleaning
makes the sewing room even more inviting!

I'm off to deal with a repairman/broken dryer issue--
uh, you know what?  That doesn't make for very
interesting blogging.  How about:

I'm off to go sew Christmas gifts!

Yeah.  Thought so.

24 October 2014

Finish: Winter Whimsy...or Peppermint Ice Cream

Winter Whimsy is done.
Except...my brother suggested it looks like
peppermint icecream, and I reeeeally like that idea.
 Anyone else constantly change quilt names
while making them?

What do you think:
Winter Whimsy or Peppermint Ice Cream?

I have never quite had a finish streak
like the one I'm on now.  Whew!
I've also been cleaning windows
and doing some heavy fall yard clean-up.
Kinda wearing myself out but I'm sooo looking forward
to being all done for the winter, and that keeps me going.

I think this means it's about time to start sewing
some Christmas gifts.  I love fall more than any
season and always want it to last but I am starting 
to think ahead to the holidays just a little bit.  
Next week is looking pretty open for some of this
gift-sewing, but I do need to box up everything 
in my kitchen before we start tearing 
things out.

By the way, this Christmas-thinking is only 
allowed before Halloween if you are a crafter.

23 October 2014

Till I Finish My Quilt Today...

Life happened and I didn't quite finish
my quilting but today is open.

Because of the poor quality batting, it will just have
to be a "keeper".  Sigh.  It would have been fun 
to give at Christmas.  Another quilt lesson learned.

As usual, I came back home this morning to Chloe on the front steps.

I was able to return that yucky batting

and exchange it for the better stuff.  Whew.

It's good to have it out of the house.

Well, off to finish 'er up.

I should have time left today to start cleaning windows. 
Uh...hmm...wait a minute.  

Quilting should really not be rushed, you know... 

I'm also tossing a few of these into the oven this morning.
I'm a little freaked out at not having an oven for a couple weeks
so I want to get some pumpkin puree made up.

OK, you know what's funny?
I seriously just finished typing that "shhh" and the

phone rang.  Kitchen re-do stuff.  That's 
going to cost me an hour but I should still be ok.
Renovations finally have an official start date:  Oct. 31!

21 October 2014

Yet Another Quilting-Filled Day

The days have been getting a little warm this week so 
I started this, another quilting day, pretty early.
Just now I am taking a quick break to check in.

Fall is in full bloom around here
and I'm working on a Christmas quilt?

Well, hopefully I'll have a "finish pic" by tomorrow,
even though it's been a very interrupted morning.
And a very frustrating one.
I don't even want to talk about it.  I'll just say
NEVER buy cheap batting--and if you do happen to
buy it, by complete accident
do not go and use it anyway because you, you know,
"just want to get started on your quilting."  
Just.  Don't.
This is not the theater.  
The show does NOT need to go on.  It can stop!
While you go return that junk and get the
stuff you originally went after!

Well, back to "work".

Side note:
I was very sad to learn that my local knitting shop
will be closing by the end of this year.

I know I don't knit a lot but all the more reason that
I counted on them to be there for when the fever hit.
I need help!  There is one other shop in town, a little 
farther away, so I guess I'll have to get to know them 
but till then I think I'm going to have to 
switch gears soon to get my UFO's finished!
Maybe I'll get started on my
Christmas sewing asap and then declare a few
weeks of November knitting time?

19 October 2014

Another Quilt Finish: Thankful For Fall

Am I on a roll or what?

Another finish checked off the list.
(Not sure what's up with my phone pics these days but my new one arrives tomorrow!)

While I was making this, it wasn't really
working for me but I should have had faith in
what the border and binding would do.  

It's not a favorite, but it's not bad
and I feel okay about giving it.

I can't wait to slip it into the mail tomorrow.
My brother has no idea its coming.

Linked to:

16 October 2014

Delicious Quilting

Today will be delicious.
How did I score this unexpected "free" day!?!
I'm not sure but it started early and in the dark.
Well, you could say it actually began 
yesterday with the planning.

the laundry is caught up.
The dishes are done.
The kids are off to school.
The hubs is at work.

I have my latte.
My machine is all set up.
Four bobbins are loaded.
Two quilts are basted.

Chloe just doesn't seem to get that I have to quilt them first!

Thread, check.  Needles, check.
Windows thrown open, music is on.

View from the Pumpkin Porch!

Time to go eat this yummy day up!
What's on your sewing menu?

I don't often post family pics but 15 years ago
today, I was bringing this guy into the world.

He's taking all honors courses and has a 
higher-than-4.0 GPA!  Just under 6' and weighing
in at 235, he's an essential part of the starting
offensive line of an undefeated football team.
I'm a proud mom!
I guess I'll be taking a break from quilting
later to bake a cake!

15 October 2014

Happy With My Organizer & a Cricut Giveaway Link

Follow-up on my coupon organizer:

I admit to feeling a tad awkward with it but once
I attached my organizer to the cart, I was sold.  
Phone, coupons, list...all right there.
And when I saw something on sale that we needed, 
I actually had a coupon with me rather than sitting at 
home in the drawer till it expires.  

It was not a major trip to the store but I was still
able to save a few dollars because I had it with me.  

I don't always get in on give-aways but this one
has my interest so I thought I would pass it along.
My old Cricut pales compared to this one!
Not that I'm not happy with it...it would just
be great to get a new one and pass my old one
on to my daughters!

14 October 2014

Another Basting Day

I decided yesterday's gloriously rainy weather
was perfect for some quilt basting...

...with the door open!

I'm not sure how sane this was as it was
rather cold but the sound of the wind and rain was so
soothing and the fresh air felt great.  Time flew
and quilt #1 is now completely basted.

I moved on to #2, deciding on the table method.
All set up but I had to stop for a little football action.
(another win--both boys' teams are undefeated!)

After the game, I was conned into allowing
take-out to be ordered. Truly.  Conned.
I'm a little disturbed by how well my son 
played me on this but I have to admit:

1)  I was starving.
3)  I wanted to get back to my quilt 

So, because I sort of took part in it, 
I let this behavior go...this time.

I worked on into the evening but, because my 
mother-in-law has been wanting to learn to quilt, I 
left a little for this morning so she could learn about basting. 
I'm really a terrible teacher, especially when hyped up 
on caffiene, but I am always happy to help others
get sucked into 
to learn about my favorite hobbies.

I would love to say this little productive spurt of mine
will be continuing tomorrow but, alas...
it will not.  Hoping next week will give me a
few free days, too!

Holy Wow! Another Finish!

What can I say?  
I really spent some quality time
 in the sewing room these last days!

Using these fabrics I pieced together four star blocks,
put them together, quilted it up and ta-da!

The addition of a candle makes what I hope is a 
nice seasonal gift for a friend.

Quilts are so fun and rewarding
but I also love to work through quick
projects like these, especially gifts.
Next up I'll be making a small table runner with 
these same fabrics for another birthday gift.

Linking to
Fall Frenzy

13 October 2014

Coupon Organizer Finish

Cross off coupon organizer from my list of to-do's.

It's perfect quilting/sewing weather today!
Here's the view out my front door.
Raining since last night, 50' and windy.

Because I'd rather spend all of my time making
rather than a good chunk of it designing,
I bought a pattern off of Craftsy and whipped
my little quilted coupon organizer out in no time.

If I were to make any changes, it would be 
for the handle to be a little thinner.
The bag itself is bigger than I need; I just don't
have that many coupons...but then I decided
to put ALL coupons in there--not just the grocery
store but other specialty stores like
Bed, Bath & Beyond and Bath and Body Works, 
oil change coupons, etc.

The entire bag can attach to the front of a 
shopping cart.  Nifty, huh?
I keep my grocery list on my phone so
it will be nice to keep it in the front pocket as I shop.  
The back pocket can hold the coupons I'm currently using.
I also keep a running menu--I stay about a month
ahead--on my phone but a hard copy of the whole
month will be a great reference when watching what is 
currently on sale so I'll slip that in the organizer, too.
There is a pen holder on one side and a clip on the 
other for membership/special points cards, etc.

The designer thought of everything.
It's more of a "shopping organizer" than just
a coupon organizer.

And my messy pile of never-used 
coupons has gone away.

I'm anxious to try this out for a few weeks to see
if having "everything and more" all in one spot is worth
hauling that bag around, though it does kind of look 
like a little purse--I could just slip my wallet inside
and use it as it one.
(A little dark for taking pictures today but I'd also rather spend time in 
the sewing room rather than try to get the perfect picture!)

Another finish for me,
and back to "work" I go!

12 October 2014

Thankful For Fall Quilt D9P

My 9-patches disappeared.

I've been working on yet another fall quilt.
I wanted this one to have a little more color--
maybe make it a little more scrappy.

Fall has blue skies, right?

Well, I guess I didn't mean that scrappy.
The little orange squares don't pop out quite as much
as I'd planned, nor do they bring it together quite
as much as I'd hoped...but I suppose that's okay. 

 I asked my siblings for their honest opinions.  
When one replied that he liked it & that he thinks 
"it's nice and homey," I'm not sure
he realized his positive comment meant he'd be
getting it but I suppose he will soon enough!  

 That means I only have 2 out of 6 siblings left
suprise with a quilt.  Do you ever wish you could 
make a quilt for everyone you know? 
I know that's not possible but I figure I can at least
start with my family and work my way around, eh?

Anyway, another quilt top done and, because I
finally stocked back up on batting, I have plans to
baste and quilt both this week.

I decided to add a small border to this one, too.

Oh, I do love quilt season!

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