Friday, July 29, 2016

Fun or Funny Fri Foto ~ BFF Sewing

A fun time for me, which I rarely EVER do, is sew with a friend.
My friend needed a dress to wear for July 4,
I happened to have some red knit fabric.
My friend went through about a 100 of my old patterns in our size, 
which some would now call vintage,
and found this pattern which I had never used.
No idea how the water stain on the pattern envelope came about,
but the pattern was just fine.
After we cut it out,
I decided I'd like to make one from this pattern as well.
I haven't made a dress for me in years!
It's a loose princess line dress,
with large pockets between the seams.
I can see adding some color blocking down the princess line.
We got the dress cut out.
Then, life happened.
I became ill with a month long virus that took my strength with it.
SEW, we need to schedule another fun day to finish this dress! 
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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Thoughtful Thinking Thursday #57 ~ Mexican Bar-B-Que?

@ a local Mexican Restaurant

Thought I'd try it, & I loved it!
Thought it would be like a fajita mix.
It was like a fajita mix with a lot of cheese sauce added,
including shredded beef, chicken & shrimp
topped off with a wonderful surprise of a 
sweet bar-b-que sauce in just the right amount.
Thinking this is a true melting pot.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Wordless Wednesday #183 ~ A Tomato Close-up

          This is 1 of only 2 tomatoes that my 6 tomato plants produced!  When I went to the Toyota Recycling event this past spring, someone GAVE me 6 tomato plants.  I brought them home and stuck them in large pots on my deck and watered them often.  Only one plant took off growing and produced blooms.  Only 2 of those blooms made a tomato while the rest of the blooms dried up.  I'm guessing they didn't get pollinated?  One of the tomatoes started ripening last week.  I brought it in before the insects and birds beat me to lunch.  It sat a couple of days in the kitchen until I noticed a spot on the bottom.  I decided this was a pink tomato and it was time to enjoy it's wonderful garden raised flavor.

It was delicious!
Pictures shot with Galaxy 4 phone

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Cleaning Teflon Ironing Sheets

    About 3 weeks ago, I showed you how I clean my iron when that iron-on interfacing gunk gets on my iron.  I have  a monster size roll of light weight iron on interfacing, so I use it a lot especially for applique in place of webbing.  It works great for applique, but doesn't work great on this Teflon sheet.
     I'm posting today's tutorial, because after researching online, I found no tip for cleaning teflon sheets. Yes, stuff does stick to it.  Apparently no one else has this problem, because I found no answer?  Like cleaning the iron, this is another cheap tip.

*A Tutorial Tuesday*

I keep a lot of micro clothes laying around my sewing room
for multiple reasons.
One day I got out my Teflon sheet to iron on some interfacing.
I had bought the sheet to protect my ironing surface which it does.
Turns out, it catches the residue which then ends up on my iron.
I looked everywhere for tips to no avail.
I experimented with many things.
I tried rubbing alcohol & finger nail polish remover,
and scrapped with a knife.
I even tried a piece of aluminum foil I used on the iron.
Turns out, a dry microfiber cloth works!
You can see the white residue spot.

Now I probably won't have to clean my iron so often.

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Memory Monday 18 ~ Sheet Backing

I know there is a big running debate over whether to use sheets for quilt backings.
I acquired many of my parent's sheets, both flat and fitted, 
especially those that didn't sell at the yard sale.
I've also collected some from the yard sales we've ventured.
Some were still in packs that had never been opened.
 $2 is a great bargain for this much fabric,
especially when they are the high quality fabrics
which feel great against the skin.

Problem with fitted sheets,
they are hard to fold: therefore,
they have a ton more wrinkles which must be ironed out,
even when I'm fortunate to use a dream frame
which is a tremendous help for pulling out wrinkles.
Again if it's good enough for my ancestors, then I'm using sheeting
as I did on my last finished quilt.

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Sun Best ~ Lavendar Rhododendron

 Lake Cumberland State Park

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Quilt Shot Block #76 ~ Nine Patch (2 colors)

Nine Patch (2 colors)
6½ inch
If I had to choose a quilt icon, this has to be 1 of 2 I would choose.
It definitely represents quilting to me
 as it was the first quilt block I every made
many years ago.
Even my Grand Mother had my Dad to put some 9 patches together when he was a boy.
He said it was his Mom's way to keep them out of trouble when locked up in the house in the winter.

           This is a memory quilt made from clothing.
  I already had the clothing cut apart,
 but had to sew pieces together to make the strips
. So you will see seams within the block
 that don't normally appear in this block. 
           The blue is from lightweight denim vest & top.
The white is from a t-shirt which I had to line with lightweight iron-on interfacing.
This is not a new idea for putting a 9 patch together.
Way back when I was about 8 years old,
 I was using a pencil tracing around a square of cereal box cardboard
and then cutting with scissors to make a 9 patch.
 How the world of quilting has changed.
Hand stitching the pieces together took a long time,
but even the cutting took a long time.
My cutting was never accurate no matter how hard I tried. 
Thus, I have SO much respect for the ladies that made those intricate quilts of years ago.

To make 10 of these 9 patches,
I cut 2½ inch strips that were around 38 inches long.
Even since the invention of cutting rulers,
more rulers have been invented.
And even rotary cutters.
This one works well in my arthritic hand.
As a former elementary teacher,
as I worked with this ruler,
I thought what a great way to teach kids how to skip count.
I had to mark mine with a dry erase marker
 to confirm my cutting spots every 2½ inches.

Ironed all seams to one direction.
I didn't worry if a strip didn't have seams that laid opposite.
I just turned it around.
I had to use my teflon foot,
 because it glided easier over the lightweight iron-on interfacing
 I used to line the t-shirt material.

I really didn't worry about making actual 3x3 blocks.
That's the good thing about using only 2 colors.
When doing an assembly line,
I just made sure I was matching up opposite colors.
 It took about an hour and half
 from cutting strips
to finishing the row of 10 blocks.
Ready to add this row to the memory quilt.
 See a possible quilt of this block below.

Adding a new linky this week:
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and making the quilt sample pictures with the COMBINE tool.

 When you combine two color 9 patches together,
 secondary designs appear.


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