Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Random Notions – It’s only been a month or so…

The beginning of this year has been brutal.  The whole family has been sick and started feeling better last month and then it came back again, but thankfully much milder.  Then, just as I was feeling a lot better a week ago, the wind started blowing and put my allergies into full bloom.  Pardon me for saying it, but I am so sick of generating snot and all the accompanying problems with it! 

I haven’t been able to get much done.  I took the Decapitated Tropical Birds and the African Dreams wall hangings to Janet to be quilted.  Went to a quilt show in Henderson.  I am always so surprised by what wins ribbons.  I got to try a long arm machine while I was there and this was my little square –
It moved so much easier than I expected and I only did a little piece because I got so excited – I knew if I continued I wouldn’t want to stop!  I want a long arm machine so bad!  I really need to figure out how to get one and also where I would put it!  LOL

Months ago, Alexis had chosen some fabric for a new tote bag when we went down to San Diego and visited a shop called Rosie’s Calico Cupboard – I love that place!  I need several thousands of dollars so I can made a proper shopping trip there.  Here are the fabrics Lex chose-
They are really pretty fabrics, but Alexis has a way of choosing stuff that really shows lint and cat hair.  It makes me crazy while I sew it.

So Saturday was Alexis’ birthday and I needed to get the bag done.  I couldn’t decide what pattern to use to make it, but I happened upon one of Missouri Star Quilt Company’s tutorials on making a bag out of jelly rolls.  It seemed like it would be pretty easy to adapt to what I needed.  Here is the video- 
 
The bag Jenny makes in the video is huge and Alexis likes something considerably smaller to use every day, so I started out with 2 squares cut 14” x 17” and quilted them.
For the rest, I won’t bore you and go into a lot of detail here – you can see what I did in the video. Suffice it to say that I loved what I ended up with-
That is a huge pocket between the handles and there is one also on the other side.
Alexis likes her straps long, and I got them longer this time than I did on the firstbag I made for her – she said these were perfect.  This took one full yard of the dark fabric – I had only 2 small squares about 3” x 2” left and I was pretty careful in my cutting.
                                                     
This was really quick to make.  I now have to make one for myself, I just have to decide what fabric to use. 

And that is just about all I have done for over a month!  How terrible is that?  But now that I have sewn a bit, I am anxious to get on to something else!

Hope life is going well for you – thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Random Notions – Not Much Going On

Haven’t been doing too much of anything the last couple of days.  Everyone in the house is still feeling the effects of being sick for a couple of weeks.

The Tropical Birds wall hanging has a new border and the top is finished – if you remember, when I put the blocks together, I thought it was just a little too much green.  My solution – add orange:
As far as I am concerned, orange ALWAYS works.  I will use the dark green for the binding.  However, after looking at these blocks for a few weeks, I am thinking that perhaps instead of calling it Tropical Birds, I should call it Decapitated Birds.  I don’t know- too sick? 

I am anxious to start on the next piece in the Rainbow Project – green is up next.  I also promised Layla a small wall hanging to put up behind her bed, and I found a great piece of pink just for that.  I haven’t really done a lot in pink before, so maybe instead of going into more green in that next RP piece, I will work on the pink for a break.

Other than that, I haven’t done much of anything else except try to keep up on school work.  I did take some pictures of some things Casey is growing right now – he has some chives and green onions that are starting to go to seed-

I love the purples of the chives-



And the green onion hasn’t quite blossomed out yet-
I love photographing plants up close.  It’s like entering a secret world.

That’s it for now.  Thanks for stopping by!