Wednesday, November 30, 2011

WIP Wednesday

The Christmas rush is starting to creep up on me.  I have presents that need be shipped out to relatives in various states so the need to complete sewing projects starts a little early for me.  I make Christmas ornaments for the nieces and nephews.  This year, I am trying an ornament that my aunt made for the family when I was little.  It has been one of my favorites.  It is a mouse sleeping in a hammock. It's so darling to look at hanging from the tree.  Here is a picture of the mouse ornament my aunt made many years ago...
Isn't he so cute?  Now I am trying to make some. This is my WIP...
I can't wait to complete these little guys.  It has been fun selecting fabric for the blankets, pillows, and little night caps.  I will post my completed ones soon, hopefully.  I'm envisioning some vintage bed linens for my little guys too.  Vintage bed linens don't usually come in holiday colors, but who cares! Vintage can get away with it!  Also, I'm working on a coin quilt for one of my daughters.  
I love being able to add different prints and patterns for her to look at and enjoy.  One more row and I can start putting the top together.  It is one of those quilts that goes on the end of the bed for some extra color and comfort.  It's a little smaller size than a twin size so I can quilt it myself. 
Lastly, some apple bread from an Apples for Jam recipe baked in my Meadow Green Fire King Dish.  Yummy!  Happy sewing and baking!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Waste Knot Blocks

The winner of the give away is Stina!  Congrats!  She made this comment - "Hello.. thanks for the links to this new blogger.. :o) Have added her and commented on her blog.. nice with new friendships!!" - on the Vintage Sheet Blog.  Stina, I hope you enjoy your vintage sheet fat quarters and crochet hot pad!  Would love to see what you do with them!

A friend of mine gave me a quilt pattern made with blocks called Waste Knot. I fell in love with the blocks and started using my 30s repro fabric collection to make them,a different color for each block. It's one of those blocks that is so fun to make and becomes addicting quickly. The designer is Susan Fuquay from American Retail Quilter. The pattern is in American Retail Quilter, Vol.14, Issue 83.  
I have the blocks on my felt wall. As you can see, I am one block short! At first, I was thinking of making a block for the center using all the colors. Then, I thought maybe I should just pick 3 colors and put them into one block.
Cute, but I think it would be better as a pillow.  Now, I think I'll make another green and put the red or blue in the center.  The block is intended to look like a knot; using multiple colors breaks up the knot and the effect is lost. Thoughts? I'm embarrassed to say the blocks have been up on my felt wall for months!
Don't you think this would be great with vintage sheets?  A different sheet for each block!  The friend who gave me this wonderful pattern is sewing a different holiday for each block so she can have her quilt displayed all year long.  I can't wait to see it!

If I had more time:
 I would make something from this pattern,
I would start knitting a hat,
and I would make apple bread.

But, for today I will be thankful for the time I do have with loved ones and for our health, food, and love.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 18, 2011

The Vintage Sheet Blog

I am really excited to announce that the Vintage Sheet Blog is doing a shout out for me! This lovely blog has wonderful ideas on what to do with all those vintage bed linens we collect and store (like squirrels getting ready for a long winter).  You'll be amazed at all the great ideas this blog has for  your vintage sheets.  It'll make you want to go out and find more!  Below is a give away I am doing for fun.  Visit the Vintage Sheet Blog to find out how to enter the give away!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Circle of Geese Color Wheel

This week I decided to do a little color therapy...oh, I mean color theory.  I found this great paper piecing tutorial here to make a color wheel.  Using a little help from one of my favorite blogs, In Color Order, I set out on a course to make this...

I'm so glad I did this project because the colors in my head were getting all mixed up.  I needed to go back to basics for a bit.  Now, I think all my colors are in line and singing together nicely.  And I have a great spot for this mini wall quilt in my sewing room right above my cutting table.  So when I start having a mixed up color day (isn't that a Dr. Seuss book?), I can refer to my lovely color wheel.  All I have left to do is quilt the top and add the binding.  It makes me want to sing! Oh happy day!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Doll Nightgown with Vintage Bed Sheet

This doll nightgown is made with a cotton flannel bed sheet and eyelet lace.  I had fun putting this together and plan to make a bonnet to go with the nightgown.  Also, I have enough fabric from the bed sheet to make my daughter a matching nightgown.  Cotton flannel bed sheets are so great for pajamas and sewing projects that require lots of fabric.

I am in the middle of organizing my sewing room.  Here is a picture of one wall that is finally put together nicely.  The rest of the room is a disaster!  My plan is to keep it neat but we'll see how long that lasts, especially with the holidays coming up...  I folded my fabric into nice, neat stacks using this fabric folding tutorial from In Color Order blog.

This last picture is of an apron I made using a pattern from the book, Girl's World.  The main fabric is a vintage bed sheet.  If you don't like greens on the yellow side, you are going to find this awful.  But, I love the colors so it appeals to me.  The only thing is that I'd hate to get this messy!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Reversible Headband Tutorial

Here promised!

Cut two pieces of fabric 15-1/2" in length by 2-1/4" in width.  I am using one of my favorite vintage bed sheet fabrics along with a nice autumn brown.

Place the two pieces of fabric right sides together then fold in half so the short ends are together.  Using a rotary cutter, taper the long sides in by 1/2" on both sides.  Make sure you taper the sides so the 1/2" is being cut off the raw edges, not the folded end.  You want the ruler to be at zero on the folded end and taper to 1/2" on the raw edge.  If you do this right,  the tapered end should measure 1-1/4" across.

Cut single-sided fusible, lightweight interfacing so that it measure 15" by 2".  Taper interfacing so that it can fit inside the headband fabric.  It doesn't have to be exact.  You just want a bit to add some stability.
Iron short ends in by 1/4" and place interfacing on wrong side of fabric with fusible part facing down. Turn headband over and iron so fusible interfacing sticks.  Next, iron short ends in by 1/4" to match the ones you already ironed. 

 Now you are ready to stitch!  Sew the long sides with a 1/4" seam allowance.  Don't sew the short ends!

Using your favorite turning tool, turn the headband right side out.  I have a blue one by Dritz that I absolutely love.  It's one of those inexpensive finds that makes life so much easier!  Now, iron your headband nice and flat.

Topstitch using thread to match or accent your headband.  I topstitch along the sides making sure to keep one end open and at least 1/2" space down the middle for the plastic headband form.

Place a 3/8" plastic headband form into the open end and stitch closed!  Voila!  So pretty!  You can find the plastic headband forms on  Remember to stop by my shop on etsy for vintage fabric!
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