Monday, June 29, 2009

Grab Bag quilt

A couple of posts back I talked about how my "quilt bee members" were putting fabric in a bag and then each person was to take a bag that was not theirs! They were to take the bag home and make something with only the fabrics in the bag! I showed you the quilt I made from what was in the bag I picked, but I never showed you the fabrics I had placed in a bag. Well, the above photo shows the fabrics I chose for the grab bag.
At my last bee meeting, I recieved the quilt top all finished!! ( Only thing is, she forgot she wasn't supposed to add any new fabrics!) Oh well, that's O.K. She made the sampler quilt you see in the above picture. I have already machine quilted it and just have to put the binding on. I'll show you next time!
Happy Quilting! :0)

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Mini Bow Tucks Purse!

My oldest daughter and I have been busy! I didn't think about taking pictures until we already had the front and back of the purse started. lol. I will try to do better next time. We made a "Mini Bow Tucks" purse designed by Penny Sturges. . We chose some batik fabrics that I've had in my stash for awhile.
Uh oh! The summer hair frizzies are here! Must mean a rise in the humidity! ;>D

Here it is all finished! I really like how it turned out! My daughter will keep this one. I may just have to make another one for myself! Sew cute! :>)

Here is a picture of the inside. I love the fact that there are lots and lots of pockets! I just need to purchase some "Matte board for the bottom of the purse yet, but other wise it is finished. Horray!!
Happy Quilting!!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Apron Made from Jeans

My daughter and I have been cleaning and sorting "Stuff" throughout the house. We are getting ready to have a garage sale. I began to think about how I was going to deal with the cash that is needed for a garage sale. Then I grabbed a pair of old jeans I had and made an apron from it. Sort of with the Home Depot or Lowes handy aprons for men in the back of my mind. ( the ones they use for tools)
I decieded I needed more pockets then just the two back pockets. I cut away the top of the jeans and inserted some fabric to add a deeper and wider pocket.

Here is my finished apron! I added some applique flowers with "Steam A Seam 2", put a binding around the raw edge of the cut jeans/ now apron and added some "apron stings" to tie around my waist and Wala! A handy dandy apron to keep the cash close to me. Now I won't have to worry about where the cash is, or that it would walk away with someone! :o)
Hey! I am also being "Green" and re-using something that was getting ready for the trash! Something old turned into something new again!!! :0)

Thursday, June 4, 2009

"Sewing Cabinet"

When my parents came to visit last month, they brought a sewing cabinet with them. It had been in my Grandfather's house. I finally took the time to clean it up and rummage through what was in all the drawers and side storage areas. It was like a treasure hunt! There was a basket of old wooden spools of thread!
A "Coats and Clark" box filled with these tiny spools of thread and a pair of scissors! The box is set up like a jewelry box! It has a spring hinge top. Nothing like the ugly plastic containers they come in now. Which when you try to open almost always lead to cuts on your fingers!

Here is one of the drawers, after I cleaned out the dust and stuff that comes with time. If I'm not mistaken, the wooden things in the back of the drawer were for making or darning socks. There is a metal rod which attaches to both sides of the drawer. As you can see it has 4 small spools on it! So cute! and practical! The dark green box is the "coats and clark" box I just showed you, in the above photo.

Here is a view from the top of the cabinet so you can see the side storage cubbies!

Tah Dah! Here is what it looks like from the front. There also were some fun looking needle cases, which I didn't get a picture of. Some old zippers, buttons and a glass container full of all sorts of pins and needles of various sizes. A needle persons treasure box!
Hope everyone is enjoying there summer! :0)