We’re heading home tomorrow. I’m sad to be leaving my family and the gorgeous weather, but happy that I should be seeing my sewing machine Thursday or Friday. We’re stopping off in Henderson and Las Vegas tomorrow on our way home to visit two of our favorite quilt shops in the area: Quiltique’s and Nancy’s. Usually we have a shopping day in Henderson with my aunt and we make a stop, but we didn’t want to subject ourselves to too much time in the car with Brice right before we leave for home again. We’re going to take a different route home this time, so these are on the way. Yippeee!
Yeah, it goes something like that. I have lots of ideas swirling around in my head. I’m writing them down on paper so I don’t forget. Let’s just hope I find the time to sew once I'm home again. I’ve been working on my computer project. Working on parts of it that don’t need working on. Oh well. It will have to be done eventually. Now to get down to some serious work!
Incase you’re like my mom, and have a hard time understanding graphs, what this one is saying is that the closer to the sewing machine, the less you want to sew….the further away from the sewing machine, the more you want to sew. Go figure.
My aunt has had this hanging on her back patio for as long as I can remember. I love all the birds in different fabrics. I take a photo of it every time I’m here (here’s the one from last year) and think of making something similar. Maybe using this bird pattern. Perhaps one day I’ll use my scraps to make one for home.
I started on a little project before we left. Using scraps. I didn’t get it finished. I was fine yesterday without my machine…but now I’m itching to sew. I have other things that I NEED to be working on though. Remember…on the computer… I should get showered and get to it while munchkin is napping. That’s it. Nothing terribly inspirational today. That’s what happens while blogging on vacation. But you should go here and see the cute pictures of Brice from yesterday. He cracks me up.
OH! Almost forgot! “Hello” to even more new visitors today following the link from How About Orange. I’ve had many lovely comments, but no forwarding emails to tell you all thank you for your beautiful comments and suggestions on links and books. So, um..THANK YOU!
First off, thanks to everyone that commented the other day on my Scrap Basket Tutorial. Sister Diane, a local (Portland area) crafter of Crafty Pod, Twittered about it Wednesday and I saw a lot of new names in comments. As most of you regulars know, I like to reply to my comments, but I'm not sure if I'm going to get to them all, being that I’m on vacation and all…but I have made sure to look at everyone’s blog. I love finding new blogs.
We had a total of 24 hours in the car. But we made it! Brice did pretty darn good for being in his car seat all night and all day. You’ll be able to read more about our adventures this week over here.
I have hopes of working on some lacy crochet that I brought along, but I have some computer work to get done as well. I was saving it up for this trip. I have a feeling more time is going to be spent keeping someone out of trouble. He’s chewing on dog toys now… I made this just before I left. Remember when I made this little log cabin block out of the smallest of scraps? I came across this premade apron that was purchased years ago in our Stampin’ Up demonstrator days, with the idea of stamping it with fabric inks for use at workshops. Well, that never happened. But I thought this little log cabin would be so cute on it. And I was right. I love it. It will be great for our monthly block get together. I can keep all my tools within easy reach.
So it was really easy to do. I just top stitched the block onto the pocket. I didn’t take apart the apron, I just forced it to lay flat as I sewed this on. I think it helped not having too big of a block. I want to try [machine] appliquéing a bird on another one soon.
Well, I'm trying to pack. Getting laundry done. I have some running around to do. I’m a very last minute person…a procrastinator. See, we’re leaving tonight…in the hopes we can do most of our driving while Brice sleeps. Now that he walks, he’s not going to want to be cooped up in a car seat for very long. And it’s an 18 hour drive. …and he wont nap today. Ugh. We did this drive with him last year, but he was only 3 months old, too.
I’m looking forward to this visit – it’s my absolute favorite place to be. I’m looking forward to mornings with coffee on the porch and views of the valley below, yummy home cooked (comfort food) meals and visiting with some of my favorite family. I’ll be sharing pictures. I’m going to miss my sewing machine. I'm doing a little project before we leave today. I know, I know! I need to pack! But it will be over a week until I can sew again! I’ll be brining other projects with me: hand stitching, crochet, knitting… OH! There’s the buzzer…time to advance the laundry!
1. You will need to gather your supplies. I grabbed two fat quarters (one for the interior and one for the exterior) and my sew-in interfacing. I bought this a few years ago and have no idea of it’s name. It’s like a thick paper, not as thick as card stock, but thicker than printer paper. I think it’s something like this. You could also use a fusible interfacing, Timtex or batting. I found that I really like this interfacing for the boxes. It gives it a nice shape, but is easy to work with.
Exterior: 1 – 15 x 15”
Interior: 1 – 14-7/8” x 14-7/8” **
Interfacing/batting: 1 – 15 x 15”
**I like my interior to fit and not be so rumpled from too much fabric, so this is why I cut my interior slightly smaller. You could of course cut it the same size as your other two pieces.
3. Cut 4-1/2” squares from each corner of your exterior and interfacing. I stack these two together and cut each corner. It should look like a giant plus-sign when you’re finished.
4. Take your interior piece and fold it in half one direction and then in half the other direction, resulting in a 7-1/2” square. Lining up on the corner with no folds, cut a 4-1/2” square. Again, you should have a giant plus-sign once opened out.
Note: You could also just cut a 4-1/2” squares out of each corner, it just goes a bit faster this way. The reason I didn’t do this with the exterior + interfacing is because of the rigidity of the interfacing I used. If your working with a softer material, or fusible interfacing, you could do this for your exterior + interfacing (or batting) pieces. This is your call.
It was one of those days that I didn’t feel one bit guilty about not crafting. I have a red nose and I don’t care. I missed the sun and it felt so good today to sit in shorts under the sun with a cold drink and my best friend. It’s days like this that help us Pacific Northwesterner’s make it through the next few rainy months. And now I'm tired, and off to bed. Tutorial tomorrow!
I did get to sew yesterday. And did one variation on my idea for little scraps.
These were tiny little squares. Slightly less than 1”…a bit daunting to cut, at first.
But it really wasn’t bad at all. I enjoyed seeing each new piece revealed. I could have flipped it over, and I had just sewn it, but it was a fun little surprise each time. Much like an advent calendar. Hmmm…that has me thinking. Wouldn’t this be a cute idea for advent calendar?So now I'm done, and I'm in love with it…but this is the hard part, what to do with it? I do have some ideas… Maybe I’ll get something made with this this weekend. I was inspired by this card on Etsy.
My girlfriend Terri is hosing a kitchen swap. If your interested, click on over and sign-up. Cute button, huh?! I made it. I love Illustrator, even for simple tasks like this. Also, another “non-crafty” friend emailed me this link today: International Quilt Study Center. I’m sure I'll be blogging this weekend, but if not: Have a great weekend! It’s going to be near 80 this weekend…we are SO going to enjoy it!
Thanks for all of the sympathy and understanding comments on yesterday’s post. Yesterdays suggestions got me thinking, and I have an idea of turning the mishap into “something”. Not sure what yet, but it would be a good reminder not to do that again. I played with my scraps a little yesterday, I have a new idea…
I forgot to show you my finished washcloth from, what…2 months back? Well, here it is. As you can see, I need to finish it off and then it’s ready for use. The photo doesn’t do it justice. I’m particularly proud of this knitting project. It was the first time I didn’t have my knitting too tight on the needles. It went so much smoother.
Wait! I bet you want to know about my new idea…well, here is a peak. I’m not sure it will work out to anything, but we’ll give it a go. I just love dipping into my scraps and making a project from them. Wouldn’t that be a great blog header?