Saturday, April 30, 2016

Quilt Shot Block #66 ~ Campfire

12 ½ square


Other Directions can be found @
Suggested quilt layouts using this square.
Rotate every other block

Check out my other Union Quilter Blocks already posted:

Quilt Shot Block #64 ~ Cornerstone 

Quilt Shot Block #65 ~ Pennsylvania

Quilt Shot Block #74 ~ Farm in the Valley

Quilt Shot Block #79 ~ Union

Quilt Shot Block #103~ Drummer Boy


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Friday, April 29, 2016

Fun or Funny Fri Foto ~ It's That Time of the Year to Hang Newspaper in Your Window

Yes, it's that time of the year you might want to hang newspaper strips in your window.

The northern Indiana Amish say it helps keep the flies out.
 My first thought is some kind of chemical in the newspaper.
Why are they cut in strips?  
I'd think maybe to look nicer,
 but I don't think Amish worry much about that.
Maybe I should have posted this on a
 Thoughtful Thinking Thursday?

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Thoughtful Thinking Thursday #45 ~ Bike Tire Air Station

Recently I was at the local town museum and noticed this bike station.

Our town doesn't have a lot of bike riders like you see in larger cities.
It is a block away from our little college, and I'm assuming some of the students ride bikes.
I think it was thoughtful of someone to put a bike tire air station on main street.
What do you think?

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Wordless Wednesday #170 ~ Prom 2016

              No granddaughter of mine went to prom this year, but my friend's granddaughter did.  I was honored to be asked to take some pictures before and after they went to take pictures.

I also just had to take some shots of her beautiful cat, Oliver.
He was such a ham.

 While Oliver's beloved owner was putting on her make-up,
guess what Oliver decided to do?

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

DIY Spring Yard Banner

       I have some wonderful neighbors who mow my front side yard.  It really helps me out since my arthritis can get the best of me sometimes.  The neighbors says its no big deal because since he's mowing his side yard, he only takes about 2 more rounds to get my little piece.  Regardless, he has to go around a tree, so I know it takes time.
       I decided to try to make a yard banner for my neighbors.  I found the hanger at Lowes.

*A Tutorial Tuesday*

First I used an old banner to get measurements.
 Folded over 20 inches and cut 15 inches wide.
Auditioned sizes of letters.
Made a mistake and cut fabric for letters,
before I ironed on interfacing.

This is my favorite way to do letter applique.
Once I decide from auditioning on paper, the sizes of my letters,
I cut rectangles to help me keep consistant size
as I free hand cut out the letters.
I used to make my letters for
 my classroom bulletin boards like this all the time. 
I free hand cut the flower petals as well.
Nature isn't perfect.

After all letters and the flower were cut and placed,

I put a dab of glue stick
 in the middle of each letter and flower part
where the machine needle would not be stitching. 

      The little dab of glue held everything in place as I zig-zag stitched around all pieces.  Sure beats having pins sticking me all the time.  The iron on interfacing has a surface that doesn't let the pieces slide around and also makes the fabric pieces a bit stiffer and more manageable.  I've been using this method for years, because I have a monster size roll of iron-on interfacting.
      NOTE: Unfold the banner fabric, and applique on one layer of fabric.
Mark 2 inches from the folded top.
At the 2 inch mark, cut in 1/2 inch.
Turn 1/4 inch between cut marks and iron,
 and stitch like I did if you want.
Then turn 1/4 inch again and iron, & top stitch.
With WRONG sides together, (to make a french seam)
stitch 1/4 inch seam down each side from the cut mark.
You can skip this step if you have fabric that doesn't ravel easy.

 Turn right sides together and stitch 1/4 inch down sides
being sure to enclose the previous seam.
Stitch across bottom leaving an opening 
which I've marked with double pins.

 Turn right side out.
Top stitch across the bottom

Stitch a line across the top
2 inches from the top.
Be sure to back stitch at the beginning and end.
This will be the casing to hang on the rod.

Now I'd like to make me one.

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