Monday, December 18, 2017

Memory Mon 76~ Plaid Christmas

Got my "Country Living" magazine last week.
It was full of decorations and gift ideas of plaid.
Every year I pull out the same 3 pieces,
all acquired at Goodwill, that happen to be plaid too.
The scarf usually comes out right after Thanksgiving when the weather gets nippy cold.
This scarf is so warm and cozy and adds a tad of color on the hat hanger.
 This soft blanket was put on my worn ottoman last Christmas.
I enJOYed it so much and have left it there all year.
 Finally, this table cloth which feels to have some wool content,
usually goes on the table.
But, this year, it was needed to wrap a large gift.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Sun Best~ Shawhan

Shawhan, Kentucky, USA
Bourbon County
The Shawhan family was apparently famous for their bourbon.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Quilt Shot Block #103~ Drummer Boy

Drummer Boy
13 inch block


The name of this block is befitting for the present season for some.
However, this design came from the fictional book 
Union Quilters by Jennifer Chiaverini
My first block from this book started with The Cornerstone.
Pieces for this block were not measured and cut
EXCEPT for the first block.
My notes told me to start with a 5 inch square,
but I though I should add a seam allowance
which later you'll see the block was exactly that much too large.
I thought it would be faster just to trim off pieces as I went,
but it really took longer and maybe more fabric.











 Notice below the corner blocks were trimmed leaving quarter inch for seam
and NOT cutting on the exact diagonal.

Turned out to be 13 inches instead of the usual 12½ inch square.
The half inch I added to the center square?

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Check out my other Union Quilter Blocks already posted:

Quilt Shot Block #64 ~ Cornerstone 

Quilt Shot Block #65 ~ Pennsylvania

Quilt Shot Block #66 ~ Campfire 

Quilt Shot Block #74 ~ Farm in the Valley

Quilt Shot Block #79 ~ Union



Friday, December 15, 2017

Fun or Funny Friday ~ Not So Fun Friday

Not a fun Friday when an usual healthy person has
 been ill for a month
and doesn't feel like being in the sewing room
or going anywhere.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Thoughtful Thinking Thursday #119 ~ Joy All Year

I do enJOY my name.
I get to keep Christmas gifts on display all year, because I have a good excuse.
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"THINK about it."
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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Pallet Christmas Tree

    Just a simple Christmas tree that is easy to put up and take down.  
    Thank-you Mr. G for making it for me.
    It couldn't be more perfect!
















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Tuesday Teaser
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This tree fits perfect.  
It took several years for me to save up the money to buy 
my big lush bushy Christmas tree.
After using it for only 2 years, I had to downsize
and didn't get to put it up, till I moved here.
It had to sit in front of this fireplace & door where I had to walk around it.

Plus it took me about 2 hours to put it up and
 another 2 hours to take it down.
I found the perfect day to put the lights on the tree
 during a bit of snow.
I intended to just put on a simple string of lights.
I came across the greenery lights I used to use on the mantel and later on the staircase rails.
They worked out much better than the simple lights I'm sure. 
Took me longer to find them than to put them on the tree.
Mr. G. had already made and put up the star last week,
while I had made the garland (to be posted next week.)
I highly appreciate a very simple, country Christmas.

Below are the measurements that Mr. G followed. 
They worked perfectly for my space.
Please visit Dear Lillie Studio for her beautiful advent calendar idea.

Wooden Tree Advent Calendar Tutorial 

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 You'll find this post at several Linky Parties
Please check them out for some great ideas.
Thanks to
 Photoscape for downsizing & watermarking photo


 

Monday, December 11, 2017

Memory Mon 76~ Turning Corners with Sewing with Nancy

 Back in the 70s many of us were garment sewing 
when you could make clothing for roughly 1/3 the cost of store bought clothes.  
That was before fabric prices went sky high.
Nancy Zeiman in Sewing with Nancy on PBS came up with the idea of
 "wrapped corners" for collars and lapels.
 I have long since used that method a lot for any corner that needs to be turned.
 This method of turning the fabric on the previous stitch line and stitching over it,
makes great corners.

 I'm really going to miss Nancy Zeiman who seemed to be a very humble person.
 I hope somehow her friends that frequently appeared on her show,
continue with her show?



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