Friday, August 21, 2020

Fun Friday ~ Fast Simple 9 Patch Antique Fabric Pillow Cover

I've had these scraps which in most cases a 1 inch square can't even be cut from them,
or they are t-shirt knit scraps
ready to go to be put in a fabric case for bedding for the humane society.

Then I decided why not for now make a pillow covering
for this chair that sits at the front door entrance?

These pieces came out of a box of fabrics given to me
that formerly belonged to a long time sewer.
but I do feel like the 2 prints on the right are antique.
To me, the definition of antique is what would have been
"vintage" when I was in my 30s and 40s.
The texture, printing, weave and stains of the pieces on the right give me that feeling.
The large flower print may also be such.
I thought it was formerly a curtain but it still had some selvage.

 I decided I just make a simple 12½ Nine Patch block
to eventually make a 15 inch pillow cover.
 Now to make the back.
Two pieces of yellow fabric were left.
Decided to sew them as the marks show.

 But it turned out like a kite, not a square!
So grabbed another yellow piece which was actually big enough to make 
an envelope back.
BUT, you see the problem I created?
 One was turned the wrong way.
The raw seam shows.
 This is exactly how much of this fabric I had left.
Did it take longer to do this than rip everything out?

I did open up the seam to tuck in the end of the fabric strip.
 Then I added 3 inch strips to complete the 15 inch measurement.


Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Frozen Zucchini

For years I have frozen individual bell peppers whole .
The other day, I knew the days were limited for a zucchini I had,
and I wondered if I could freeze it whole.
I cleaned it and after it was totally dry,
popped it in a zip bag and tucked it in the freezer.
A couple weeks later,
I pulled it out of the freezer.
Ran it under some warm, and
sliced it while still frozen as you see above.
Put them in the skillet with a pork chop already cooking.
Turned out great.
So this means I can get zucchini in season and freeze a few,
and cut up like I want when I'm ready to eat them.
I remember the days I used to freeze them and always thought I had to cut them up.
Why did I think that?
I was so hungry, I forgot to get a picture after they browned up.


Monday, August 17, 2020

Monday Memory 117 ~ Offutt - Cole Tavern

Midway between Midway and Versailles (pronounced as in a boat sail ), KY, USA
Thinking if someone from the future had put the pizza sign there
back in the 1780s.

This was a drive by shot from the car.
Need to go back some day, and
get a shot of "See over."
I don't want to be political, but I've got to say
I'm very sadden to see landmarks of our history being destroyed today.

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Quilt Shot Block 122 ~ Won't You Be My Neighbor

Won't You Be My Neighbor
Designed by Stacy Iest Hsu
for Moda's Block Heads 3 
You can find this free pattern on her blog.

Note to me for cutting pieces.
There are several sizes.
I chose to make the 6 inch square which makes 3½ inch house blocks.

Was going to just make 1 even though the block is made of 4,
but I decided to make all 4 and I can decide to combine 
or spread out over the quilt.

Notice in bottom left how the design perfectly matched up in one spot.
I could have worked all day to make that happen if it was an intention.
The good thing about making these small 3½ inch blocks is it can use tiny scraps.


Friday, August 14, 2020

Fun Friday ~ Sorting Masks Scraps

 After using a LOT of time sorting through a large clear plastic bag full of these scraps
to find the pieces for a quilt block,
I decided I could save a lot of future time to sort these pieces.
I knew there were a lot of common shapes and wanted to group them together.
It took me about 2 hours to sort them out. 
So did I really save time?
Maybe, because Saturday I was actually able to make 3 different blocks
when normally I only get one done in an afternoon.
Regardless, I do enjoy sorting fabrics and button.