Friday, May 20, 2022

Fun Fri~ Daughter's 2022 Bday Card

Inspiration for her card:
A picture I took of the farm view in front of her home.
Her husband and son were just to the left of the screen

I love making cards.
My desk top becomes my palette of fabric scraps,
and my scissors became my paint brush.
LOTS of trial and error.

The figurine was free hand cut.
Her son wears a cowboy hat.
Really there is organization to my palette.
Use of painter's tape instead of pins to hold the card in place for stitching.

An addition to the inside
before I wrote a personal Happy Birthday note.
Decided to leave the oversized sun rays. 
Folded them down when I put the card in the envelope.

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Thoughtful Thur 184~ He Still Gives Me Flowers


Mr. G always was surprising me and bringing in what I called
"Just Because Flowers"
When I think about it, 
the reason was really "Just Because He Loved Me."

I miss him coming in that door
with an arm load of things "for me'
complimented with a BIG smile.
When I first moved here,
he planted this Knock Out rose bush.
So he is STILL giving me flowers.
The pot of ivy in front is his doings as well.

His thoughtfulness of flower giving are still with me.
He is in my thoughts nearly every minute of every day.

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Tues Tutorial~ Binding Potholder


A lot of scrappy potholders were made this past winter. Different ways were tried in binding the potholders. The natural way for a quilt maker was to bind like a quilt. 
Finally my head decided to use the old fashion way of binding clothes when garments were made several years ago. The positive about this method gives 1 less layer of fabric for the sewing machine to pound through. 
 First make the LOOP for the hot pad
Start with a 1½ inch wide strip. A long strip will make several loops.
 Fold in half to find the center then fold the edges to meet the center.

Put loop wherever you like.
Cut a 1 inch wide strip. (I use a fat 1 inch.)
as long as needed or pieced to go around potholder.
Pieces to make this binding were stitched on the 45° angle.
Stitch the one layer of binding
 around 1/4 inch from edge.
(I follow edge of general foot along edge of pot holder
thus the reason I use a fat 1 inch.)

Corners are folded as done for quilt binding.
A sample to show details of machine stitching around edge
1 inch strip is folding in half lengthwise,
then edges folded to center.
Iron to show crease.
Stitch on first crease.


But I'm not usually happy with the backside.
However, if I'm in a hurry or these are definitely more
for utility purposes and not worrying about how my skills work,
I use Georgia Bonesteel's "Fly By" method.
Said her Grandmother would ask,
 "If someone flies by on a horse, would they see it?"

To hand stitch,
still use the machine to stitch the strip (first step.)
Then fold over and hand stitch instead of machine top stitching.

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