Thursday, September 21, 2017

Thoughtful Thinking Thursday #107 ~ Yarn Bowls

When the air gets a bit nippy 
and my sewing room gets a bit cold,
I like to sit on the couch with a crochet or knitting needle.
 Last year for Christmas gifts,
I made some yarn bowls.
 I had decided both guys and girls could use these.
 So I made several.
 This one could be used just for Christmas or maybe set out all year.
What use would a yarn bowl have?
Perhaps to protect some nice furniture from keys and change?
What colors would you use to make one for a man?
or a little girl?
"THINK about it."
Crochet Bowls from Recycled Clothing
This link includes directions

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Wordless Wednesday #234 ~ Waiting for Sewing Class @ CAB

 @ Christian Academy of the Bluegrass
for 12 students 3rd to 8th grade.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Changing Needles & What Do You Do with Them?

Have you ever changed a needle and lost it down in your machine? Then, what do you do with that needle if it's not machine usable anymore? Here are some solutions.

Tuesday Tutorial Tips

When changing a needle, it can slip out of your fingers
and go down into the machine.
Ask me how I know.
I don't know how they can get stuck down in there but they can.
Ask me how I know.
Also, sometimes its still a good needle with a few hours to go on it.
It just needs to be changed because of a different fabric.
However, by the time it goes down in the machine,
it most likely develops a "burr" or got bent and can't be used anymore.
Ask me how I know.

 I have learned to cover the throat plate.
 Then, what do you do with a needle that won't work in your machine anymore?
Dad's Hospice nurse had reminded us that needles or sharps as they are called
should be handle with blood borne pathogens in mind.
So we created a plastic container like the liquid laundry detergent bottle
by marking it with red ink with the word "Sharps."
The opening at the top is just the right size to drop in needles and lancets.
I found the containers that my bulk chewing gum comes in
to be perfect for this job.

 The top opening is just the right size for rotary cutting blades.
The front opening is perfect for the needles.
Could you used needles if they haven't been bent yet?
I did see someone on You Tube the other day that actually use them as pins to pin a pattern.
If they don't cause thread to break and are at the end of their use,
I use them when I'm sewing on paper, like for
 scrappy cards
 You'll find this post at several Linky Parties. Please check them out for some great ideas.

Thanks to 
GIMP for cropping & other digital effects
PicMonkey creating collages used on this page
 Photoscape for downsizing & watermarking photo

Monday, September 18, 2017

Memory Mon 64~ Fall Apples

Fall and apples just go together here.
I have memories as a child of someone always having an apple tree
that brought as many apples as you could eat.
That is, if you could find one that didn't have a worm living in it.
Dad planted apple trees after I left home.
He took great care not to let the insects, worms and birds feast on them.
He said he remembers the first time he took apples to town to sell
he promised folks they were clean of pests.
The very first apple someone bit into
had a worm!
Yes, we laughed.
A good memory.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Quilt Shot Block ~ Quilted Faces

 A summary of quilts involving faces
@ 2016 Daytona Quilt Show
Using fabric to make faces is always fascinating to me.

I've seen this quilt several times.  You can find more information online.
A quick research didn't give me a name for pictures that change when you move it.
This quilt actually contains 3 portraits depending on the angle of which you look at the quilt.
Something else fascinating about this quilt is the frame! 

Friday, September 15, 2017

Fun or Funny Fri Foto ~ First 2017 University of Kentucky Home Game

 University of Kentucky's first home game
put Ky in the win column 27-16 over Eastern Kentucky University.
UK fans, just in case you doubted effort, take a look at the shot above.
 EKU is only about a half hour down I75 from Lexington.
 My friend Chris took these awesome shots on the side line.
 Mr. G has season tickets this year since we aren't planning on a big road trip this fall.
 I have a very hard time walking the distance to the ballfield
so I didn't get a season ticket.

 I opted to stay home on Saturdays for my Fun Friday
and listen to the ballgame on the radio in my sewing room.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Thoughtful Thinking Thursday #106 ~ ~ Sewing on a Button @ CAB

 Been teaching the Practical Living class at
The Christian Academy of the Bluegrass.
In the Practical Living class I"m teaching at
The Christian Academy of the Bluegrass
students have learned to sew on a button,
the whip stitch
and use the machine to make a button hole.

The completed project will be a pencil bag.
Of all the sewing skills,
I believe both men and women should know how to sew on a button.
In this throw away society,
I think of all the clothes that are possibly being tossed, because they lost a button.
I asked the class,
"If you are getting ready for a big presentation and you lose a button,
what do you do?"
I hope I've helped improve their life by simply learning how to sew on a button.
Do you know how to sew on a button?
"THINK about it."

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

DIY Pillowcase Tips and Tricks

  A group of Homemakers met here to make Pillowcases for the flood victims and others in need.  Since many of you might be doing the same, I thought I'd pass on the tips and tricks I used and developed while making pillowcases.  
    Don't forget to add your finished pillowcase numbers to the Million Pillowcase numbers.  You can also find a pattern there.

Tuesday Tutorial Tips

Directions and videos to make pillowcases are all over the web.
On average we used fabric about 45 inches wide.
I really didn't worry about the widths, because I trimmed later.
I started with 3 pieces of fabric with width of fabric (WOF) around 45,
and pieces measuring 26, 12 and 2 inches.
This method to make a pillowcase is usually known as the "Burrito Method."
All seams are hidden.
 The 2 inch piece was folded in half lengthwise and pinned to right side of long edge of 26" piece.
Then the 12 inch wide piece was pinned on top of 2 inch strip.
Turn over the whole piece so you see the wrong side of the 26 inch piece (the main part of pillowcase.)
Roll the large piece as shown and fold the bottom of the 12 inch piece up and  over
the whole roll and pin all layers together.
Consequently, the following layers of fabric will be stitched in one seam:
the bottom is the 12 inch piece,
the 2 layers of the 2 inch piece,
1 layer of the 26 inch piece,
the top layer is the other edge of 12 inch piece.
After all the edges are stitched with one seam, it does remind one of a burrito.
Pull the large piece causing the whole unit to be turned inside out.
Enclose the side and bottom in a French seam by placing wrong sides together first
and stitching quarter inch seam. See Tip Below
Then stitch right sides together with a 1/2 inch seam enclosing the quarter inch seam.
Here are the Tips and Tricks I used:
 Most machines these days come with this generic foot.
 That black button has a use.
 When stitching several layers of fabric like when stitching over this band and flange,
the machine can skip stitches.
To help prevent skipped stitches, push the black button in as stitching is continued.
You can also lift the pressure foot, and push it in to lock it in.
This holds the foot level as you stitch over the hump.
It does the same job as a "Hump Jumper."

As you take the time to turn the pillowcase inside out,
starting at the top, pull the seam gently apart as you travel down the seam to the corner.
Then turn the corner which is my next tip.
Depending on the "hand" of the fabric, you then may not need to press the seam.
When you reach the corner,
leave your thumb on the outside and the pointer finger on the inside.
Fold one seam over, then the other along the stitch line.
This makes a right corner as shown.
With your other hand, flip the pillowcase inside out
so your pointer finger is now out and thumb is inside.
Only a few times you might need to take a pin and pull out the corner fully,
but usually not.
Always stitch toward the fold.
After all, it will always turn out even.

To make sure edges stay evenly together as in the top of the pillowcase,
set & start the needle about 5 stitches in the seam
and backstitch to the edge.
Every time I start on the edge, one layer usually shifts forward and the edges are not even.

 You'll find this post at several Linky Parties. Please check them out for some great ideas.

Thanks to 
GIMP for cropping & other digital effects
PicMonkey creating collages used on this page
 Photoscape for downsizing & watermarking photo

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