Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Red White & Blue - Lady Of The Lake #2 (#2 in finish for the month & #2 as in it's the same as another one!)

This quilt is the reverse colors of a quilt I made in March of 2011. This is a traditional Lady Of The Lake pattern - but I used "Belle Meade" by Red Crinoline Quilts for this one. In 2011 I made all the HST's for both quilts, but I only finished the one with red borders in October of 2011 - you can see THAT quilt in THIS post.  Where the 2011 quilt is RED, the 2016 quilt is BLUE. Red White & Blue being my favorite colors never gets old for me!

I finished putting the borders on this blue one over a week ago - I don't remember when I finished putting all the blocks together & setting them. The blocks maybe before I broke my leg (July 2015) and setting them maybe after I broke it...I don't remember zactly - but it's done nothing but rain for nearly 2 weeks (as evidenced by our VERY green grass!) and it's so big, I wanted to lay it out on the lawn. As you see it here, it is unquilted - the lawn is also not flat - our yard slopes.

As does most all Tennessee.

Had to get a shot of my baby Bourbon! I was afraid he'd get on the quilt! I got lucky. He didn't.

I love this pattern. You think? I mean this IS #2 !

This yellow sticky note says 105"x122"

All these finishes! I love it!
(Trying to clear up some of my un-finished projects!)


Saturday, August 13, 2016

Pineapple Sherbert 60"X87"

I bought the fabric probably 10 years ago.

I started the quilt March of 2016. It was supposed to have 12" blocks, cut with a specialty Pineapple Ruler by Possibilities. I chose to use the paper foundations from Edita Sitar's pattern On Eagles Wings. I like the smaller blocks.

Having bought the fabric SO long ago I was so scared that I would end up short. Some of the strips are pieced! I eeked out every bit I could. There is literally only teeny scraps left.

I still have about 22 blocks to tear the paper off the back!

(and the borders MIGHT be a little wonky....But I'm ok with that!)

Monday, July 11, 2016

Sewing Room Cutting Table

On Saturday 7/09 we tackled creating my cutting table for my new sewing room. I only had a picture off pinterest as my inspiration & I'm pretty sure that they had used IKEA cube units. As you can see from the packaging, I used Wal-Mart cube units. They were about $10 less than the IKEA brand. These boxes have been sitting in this spot for....um....a few months.

6 sets of IKEA casters. We only used one wheel off each set. You'll see why later!

In order to bring the cube units up tall enough to be comfortable to cut on, we built a frame from 2x4's. We connected the 2x4's with those Kreg Screws. Time consuming, but ultra strong!

Here is the frame with the metal runners that the casters attach to. The casters are designed to straddle the bottom of the unit & since we're putting the units back to back we didn't need the 2nd caster. so we chopped off the end with a metal grinder & then drilled an additional hole
Here you see the great (ha!) cutting job we did & the additional screw holes.

The table is too wide to fit through the door, we assembled it in my sewing room. I painted the 2x4 frame a high glass white & we screwed the frame into the units. There is actually nothing holding the units to each other!

Table top made from oak plywood, edged in oak. The edging is about 1/16th higher so that my cutting mat doesn't slide off.

We used little "L" brackets to attach the table top to the cube units. I need more Command Hooks so I can hang more rulers on the ends of the cube units where there are no baskets.

View from the hallway door.


This little project took slightly longer to construct than I anticipated, but it came out EXACTLY how I envisioned it! I am really glad that I chose to have the casters. I can push it out of the way or up against the other wall units. Right now, it's perfect where it is.

Have a Great Day!


Monday, June 27, 2016

Try , Try & Try Again!

How many times do you have to use a different holder to get a wire pantry shelf to stay in a door?????

Pick me! Pick me! I know the answer.....3 times.

Yep 3 times. 3 different methods. 3rd time's a charm.

I wanted these 8 shelf wire pantry things for the inside of the closet doors in my sewing room. I got them from Home Depot. I don't want to put holes in the door, so I used the outdoor Command Hooks for cords. I figured since there were 16 hooks holding the wire shelf to the door there's no way it would come off. I was wrong. Strike one. While the hooks held the wire shelf to the door I could NOT put anything on the shelves. The whole thing fell off the door. In. The. Middle. Of. The. Night. Yah. That! Made me angry! So I pondered some & decided I would use the Command Hooks for hanging pictures on the wall. The strips wouldn't stick to the wire. So? I glued them on. With Gorilla Glue. Well guess what? Strike 2. The strips would not stick to the other strips. So? What am I going to do? Well.......if I want those shelves in the doors I will HAVE TO drill holes & use toggles. I figure it's MY house. I'm living in it. I won't be taking them down.

No strike 3. It's working & I loaded her up!!

I still have the other door to do.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Ironing Board In My New Sewing Room

This is the "ironing station" in my new sewing room. The ironing BOARD is not new. I recovered it for the 4th time. I am pretty sure that THIS time around there are more staples in it than the 3 other times combined! I used my pneumatic upholstery stapler this time & it only took me around 40 minutes to compete the whole board.

So let me give you the breakdown of what you are seeing!

The cube storage base table is an 8-Cube IKEA Kallax unit. The 8 drawers in the bottom 4 cube spaces are 4 IKEA drawer inserts. My opinion is that if you bought those drawer inserts to use the drawers for clothing you have made a mistake! While they are PERFECT for my sewing room? They are very shallow & since they are inserts, they don't go the full 15.5" deep. Again, PERFECT for sewing notions! The knobs on the drawers were a bright silver little pencil shaped thing. I replaced them with IKEA kitchen knobs. The new knobs match everything better. The 4 big baskets are from Wal-Mart. They are the Better Homes & Gardens line, Philadelphia Basket - Medium. These baskets fit the cube really well & are more roomy than the IKEA baskets were.  

The buckets on the rod, while an IKEA product, are not new. Same as I had upstairs in my old sewing room. The shelf ABOVE the buckets IS new. I wanted a task light & somewhere to mount my radio. There are now 4 smaller baskets on that shelf (not pictured).  

In order to get the ironing "station" to the right height, we built a 2"x4" base - painted high gloss white - and IKEA casters. Then topped with the ironing board. We screwed in runner type boards under the plywood ironing board to keep it centered on the Kallax cube unit. It hangs over farther on the front than the back. The IKEA cube unit is 58" long & 15.5" deep. The ironing board is 60" long & 25" deep. Once I got it where I wanted I screwed thru the runner (on the back side) & into the cube unit with about 3 drywall screws. Keeps it from moving. I put the casters on for 2 reasons. #1 to bring it up to counter height & #2 in case I want to move it. I'm NOT likely to be moving it, but it sure will be easier to move WITH casters, than without!


I ran an extension cord along the back side of the cube unit & secured it with Command Hooks for outdoor lighting. Little clear clips. The plug was on the left & I am right handed, so that's why the iron cord looks like it plugs in to the cube unit, it doesn't - I used command hook Velcro picture hangers to adhere the extension cord to the unit.  I also used Command Hook cord "corral" hooks for the surge protector plug. Previously I'd have to bend over & turn off the surge protector. I plug EVERYTHING into the surge protector & then just turn it off & off everything goes! So this time I mounted it on the wall & I don't have to try & turn it off with my foot, or bend over. I just click the on/off switch at arm height. Sure like THAT feature!

It's still a work in progress. I have mountains of stuff to still move into my new sewing room, but it's a slow go. I don't have a deadline, and I'm OK with that!

Happy Sewing Y'all!


Friday, May 27, 2016

More Cube Storage

Still working on the construction project & getting into my new sewing room. I wanted a cube unit for under the window. Sort of a window seat . IKEA does not make a 3 cube unit, 4 is their smallest & would really be too long for how I want to use it. Better Homes & Gardens has a 3 cube unit thru WalMart.

In March I ordered the white 3 cube unit on the WalMart site-to-store web-site. They told me white was no longer available - do I want it in another color or to cancel the order? I want it in white so I cancelled the order. WalMart also said they were discontinuing the BHG cube line as well as the baskets I had been buying. Bummer.

In April I ordered the same 3 cube unit from not one but TWO different vendors on Amazon. Both canceled. No white available. One of them emailed me back saying YES it is available in white do I still want it? Yes. I do. 3 days later...guess what? They are wrong. No white ones available.

Last week I was in a WalMart in Nashville & they had about a dozen of the baskets that I had been buying. Remember now, WalMart said they are discontinuing them. I had been in Austin TX this month & bought 18 of them, so I no longer needed any but it got me to thinking...if they have the baskets back, maybe I can score a 3-cube unit in WHITE. Right? What's the worst they can say? No. Right?

So....later that day , at home , I get on the WalMart website & BINGO they have them! I placed my order. Fully expecting that it would be canceled. Well I picked it up this week & assembled that sucker.

This little 3-cube jobbie in WHITE must be the Holy Grail of cube units!

It is slightly brighter white than the IKEA cube units, and the casters ARE from IKEA. But it all looks GREAT to me.

I'm a Happy Camper now! I actually bought a bench seat from Bed Bath & Beyond after my Amazon orders & the bench fit nice in the spot, but the cube spaces were too small for my baskets. Now that I have what I really want, I'm not returning the bench to BB&Y I'll just give it to my daughter.

I NOW have all the pieces & baskets that I need (WANT) for my new sewing room! I will need to make a cushion for the top of the "window seat". Not happening right now.


Friday, April 15, 2016

New Sewing Room

My sewing room is not really a ROOM. I have an area of our family room in the upstairs area of our house. I occupy about a 3rd of it. It s a great space - but of course I have some issues with it. The pros of being in the family room are of course that I can BE WITH the family (when it's just more then Prince Charming & Me) while I'm sewing. But as we have aged, Prince Charming can't hear the TV over my sewing machine. Any of them. The cons can go on & on as well - because the TV & computer are in the family room - I am easily distracted & end up watching one screen or the other & NOT sewing even when sewing was the plan.  I am spreading more & more in this sewing room "area" because there is not any defined lines of where the "room" stops! and I can't stand seeing the mess when I'm NOT sewing - no door to close. Can't really cook while I'm sewing because it's up a flight of stairs & I can't hear anything in the kitchen....blah blah blah...yadda yadda yadda....So I hatched an idea to move my sewing room downstairs into one of the spare bedrooms.  

for Christmas 2015 Prince Charming bought 2 of the IKEA Kallax wall units with 25 cubes each. While I'm not moving into my new sewing room for a few months - I really wanted to see the units up! I rearranged the bedroom furniture & the Princess helped me assemble the wall units. the 25 cube units are 6 foot tall by 6 foot wide. Monsters. Wonderful storage though!!! they have to be assembled on the floor like you see in the picture below. So glad I had a mallet.

 Here are the 2 side by side

These baskets are from WalMart. They are the LARGE Philadelphia wire baskets in the Better Homes & Gardens line. They are larger & more roomier than the IKEA baskets & have an integrated chalk board in the front & back. @ $10 each it took me a few months to get the number I needed! If you hunt them now - good luck. I have been buying these since November of last year & now they are getting scarce. I was not able to order them "site-to-store" , not sure why - but it wasn't an item the offered to do that with. Trust me when I say I scoured all of Middle Tennessee to find this many! and I actually need about 8 more for my cutting table that Prince Charming will be making from me from 3 of the 4-cube units.   

 REALLY love this look! that little bin tower in the far right is another IKEA storage system. the Trofast series I think. I got a tower & the plastic drawers. I LOVE this one as well!

 At 6 foot tall - I'll probably only put stuff on the top that I won't use on a regular basis. Here are 2 of my 4 Singer Featherweights!

Not pictured is another Kallax wall unit with 8 cubes - I already have the baskets (in the 8 cube unit) filled with all my quilt kits. The baskets are holding roughly 3 times the amount that the plastic storage bins I have been using. I am also putting them in clear plastic bags. Labeled of course!

There is not (currently) an IKEA in Tennessee. One is supposed to open in the fall of this year in Memphis. Which is 4 hours drive from me! The closest IKEA is in Atlanta  Georgia. Nope, I didn't drive there either! There is a business here in Nashville called ModerNash & the make a weekly trip to IKEA. Yes, they mark it up - but there is a LOT of stuff that IKEA will not ship. They also carry some of the more popular products in stock. I didn't even have to ORDER the 8 cube unit. They had it in stock! ModerNash is only like 15 minutes from my office too! So score!

We are not losing a bedroom - In case you wondered, we are turning one of the unfinished rooms beside are family room into a 4th bedroom & 3rd bathroom. Having another bedroom won't matter so much as that bathroom will! So until we complete that project I can't fully move into my NEW sewing room as I don't have anywhere to put the bedroom furniture.  

Talk to Y'all later!


Wallet - It's quilting Fabric - So? It counts!

I have 3 wallet patterns & this one seemed the least intimidating. So it was first. Add to that? Someone was kind enough to walk me thru the steps last month while I was at a quilt show.

I really REALLY like how it turned out! I made 3 so far. One for each of my girls & then this one for me. I have some RED batik fabrics that I'm going to make another one for myself.

Front View

Side View

Opens & Lies Flat

Pocket - Holds my checkbook

Another Pocket - I shove receipts in here !

Zippered Pocket

Nice Size!

The hardest part of this project  - well 3 things actually - all the pieces are very similar in size.
#1 Labeling is my best friend. No way I could have done it without labeling the pieces!
#2 - Buying the clasps. they want $8.99 plus tax for these suckers! I'm cheap. Knew I could find them cheaper. I did. On Etsy. From China $3.20 each. Worked out to be $4.20 each with shipping & it took like 15 days to get here from there. If you would save $5.69 on EACH clasp you'd wait 2 weeks too! (I'm going to be showing a few of my friends how to do these wallets too so I ordered a dozen!)
#3 - I bought some of this specialty fabric that is infused with some sort of metal to deter tech theft of the cards. It's EXPENSIVE !!! $25 a yard. But you only use a little piece - so it will go a long way. You can't iron or wash that metal security fabric either. Personally? I don't know if it works or not. But if it does it was a good idea. If it don't? I wasted my money!

when I make a few of the other ones from the patterns I have hoarded I'll be sure to post them here. I have bought some really pretty fabrics (definitely out of my comfort zone) that are NOT Civil War Re-pro's. I know! That's totally not like me at all.

Y'All have a great day! The sun is shining here in Middle Tennessee today & it's gorgeous!


Thursday, March 3, 2016

A Quilt Label Wanna Be

I made this label for the quilt (in the last post) - I set it up on my computer with the embroidery software - took FOR ever! More like 20 minutes. Well it's over 19,000 stitches - at 600 stitches per minute? That took more than a half an hour - 45 minutes if you count hooping & rethreading needles....to stitch out. I stood there & watched it. then it took me another 45 minutes to an hour to pick out all the stabilizer. The shiny topping stuff is water soluable so I wasn't really about that. But - I made a HUGE mistake! HUGE. Did I say how huge??? HUGE.  Last night I came home from work - never should have tried to sew...never... - and decided I was going to sew the binding on my quilt & get the label on it. I always put heat & bond on the labels so that after I'm done sewing them on I hit it with an iron & they are there FOREVER. Well guess what I did??? I ironed the heat & bond the RIGHT side of that label instead of the back! I was so mad at myself for making that stupid mistake. After I got done being mad? I cried. So now I get to make another one. Yay. (I was being sarcastic in case you missed it)


Sunday, December 6, 2015

See? I AM SO sewing!

I started these blocks the week before I went back to work. So...the last week in September. Been a slow go. No pattern. The block was free from directions on someone's blog linked on a post on Facebook from a quilt guild member friend of mine. I REALLY wanted it king sized. I think it fell a little short @ 97"X112" - It will shrink some, I'm sure, once it's quilted. The brown sashing , 9-Patches & border are a solid brown. #1 I had the fabric #2 I didn't want a print competing with all the other prints. I didn't buy any new fabric for this quilt at all. It was all from my stash. I even have backing fabric! The only thing I'll have to buy now is batting & labor to get it quilted. And THAT's not happening for a while.
Glad to get this done!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Leg Update

I returned to work on 10/05 - last week on Friday (11/13) was the first day that my leg didn't have an open incision or lesion. I was glad to FINALLY see that. I'm still limping when I walk. But it's not as bad. My biggest hurdle (except REAL hurdles..) is walking down stairs. The angle at which my ankle is when my left foot is on the stair behind me, doesn't bend like that. Not right now. I didn't break my ANKLE yet that's where all my issues are. All the swelling is on my ankle, all the pain is in my ankle. There's not been one day since July 4th that I have woke up pain free. It's tolerable. But I'm tired of it. Just bone tired. Overwhelmed with the physical therapy appointments, the doctor appointments, and what I just can't DO. Even if I sit with my leg elevated while I'm at work, my ankle still swells up. I put shoes on in the morning & my foot will swell over the sides of the shoe & then it's super painful. I'll wear shoes I can get my feet in to (Crocs) and then I'll end up tripping myself all day or it will rain....Just don't feel like I'm winning at this recovery thing I'm trying!

Yes, I'm whining. This is the first time I have ever broken any bones, and I sure hope I never break another one.

Owl Sewing

This pattern is one of those Heather Bailey pincushions. Only it had so many pieces that I enlarged it about 25% for my first run at it. Now I'm ready for the original size!