Sunday, July 28, 2019

Random Notions - A Finished UFO?!?

Ok, a very long time ago, I had shared some applique blocks I had made with the intention of making a wall hanging for Layla.  You can see the post here. Well, guess what? I actually finished it (in May) and Layla really likes it.

These blocks were so cute and fun to do.  I got the pattern out of one of the 100 Quilt Block Designs magazines from a couple of years ago.  You can't really see it, but I put some rhinestone bling around the dresses.  There is a rod pocket on the back so it can be hung. Gold rick rack was Layla's choice. The purple binding was a package that came from an old stash of sewing notions - that particular package was from JC Penney's and about 40 - 50 years old.  See, just because you don't need something today doesn't mean you shouldn't buy it - you will need it later! 😈

Wow - I just realized the color looks awful on that picture! Trust me - it really is cute and colorful!

For the past few days I have been playing with the change purses.  I have been experimenting with different ways to do the zipper and sizes. I like a small change purse around 6" wide by 4" tall to hold cash, ID, cards, and a chapstick.  Fits in my pocket quite well.  Anyone out there like to see them in another size?

The first one I finished, I love the fabric but wasn't happy with it (πŸ˜‰)-
6" x 4"

The ducks won't be going up on my Etsy shop.  But the second one I made, I like a lot more-

6" x 4"
The geckos may go up, or I may have to keep them for myself.  You can't see the zipper here, but if and when it goes up, I will make sure it shows. I am in the middle of making another right now and once I decide how I like the process to go, I will be kicking them out like crazy. I have so many cute fabrics to make these out of - I have collected many fat quarters over the years.

That's it. Please weigh in if you have a choice on size for the change purses.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Random Notions - Sharing a couple of my favorite sewing videos


Wow, it's hard for me to start without complaining about the heat.  

It's hot, ok, and I feel like doing next to nothing!

Whew, got that out of my system!  Actually, I did get some travel size pillowcases made in the (HOT - sorry) sewing room.

A couple of Cowboys themed cases~
And a Seahawks and Packers pair~
These travel sizes are really cute and fast to make up.  Super easy, which brings me to something I want to disclose~

Believe it or not, the pillowcases I make are not of my original design or pattern. (well, duh)  I went on YouTube and searched for a pillowcase tutorial. There are a LOT.  In fact, I wonder if you could actually possibly trace back to where the first ones came from.  The one I like best came from one of my favorite YouTube channels, Missouri Star Quilt Company with Jenny Doan.  It is a super easy way to make the pillowcase by creating a tube first - literally only 3 long seams to sew.  You can find the video here: Easy Tube Pillowcase.  Not only is this a great way to sew a pillowcase, it is a super easy project if you are just learning how to sew.

Many of the best sewing tutorials are on the Missouri Star Quilt Company channel, including one I made myself a bag from, the Tumbler Bag~







I got the 5" charm pack from, interestingly enough, the Missouri Star Quilt Company about 3 years ago when it was a Daily Deal. (it's called Dragonfly Dance or something like that - I love dragonflies, oh, and dragons for that matter, but not flies! 😜) When I saw this tutorial, I knew I needed to use that charm pack for it, but then realized I would need extra yardage for the band, strap, interior lining, and pockets.  I went back to MSQC, but they were sold out - I had to search online for another fabric retailer to get what I needed! That took me a couple of weeks, then I got the front and backs put together, and then I had to move at the end of 2016.  

Everything got packed up and while I was in my new home by Christmas 2016, I did not get everything unpacked for a long time.  In fact, I did not get this bag finished until about 4 months ago. I also have the beginnings of a wall hanging that needs finishing - it is the picture you see on my top header of the quilt squares that I hope to have finished soon and put up for sale in my Etsy shop, and it is much prettier when the colors of the picture have not been toned down. Sorry, I get easily distracted...

Anyway, I finished the bag and I love it - I get so many compliments on it.  I made the strap super long so I could put it cross body, and just knot the top when I use it on my shoulder. The huge button for the closure came from Joann's a few years ago, but I am pretty sure they still sell them.  I bought this one and one in every color available at the time, because buttons were half off and I knew that someday I would use them. Yay for me thinking ahead and it working out! πŸ˜€ 

I used some strong interfacing on this bag so it's great as a book bag because it is so big.  I am going to do this bag again, but will make it a bit smaller, because using it on a daily basis with my regular purse "stuff" in it, things do get a little lost at the bottom. But - it is an awesome design and if you like to sew your own bags, I say go for it! You wouldn't have to use the tumbler patchwork design, just cut out the shape of the bag.

Ok, well, it's still hot, but I am at my daughter's house where the AC runs well so I will leave you with how I am feeling~

Flash, enjoying life
Thanks for stopping by!

Laura

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Random Notions - I'm branching out!

With great excitement I'm announcing - I have branched out from just pillowcases!  I put together a set of throw pillow covers and I think they look really nice~


The two larger covers measure 13.5" square that fit a 14" pillow form, and the smaller one is 10.5" square that will accommodate a 10" or 12" pillow form. I had taken that main picture prior to blinging them out - I randomly added crystals on the sun/moon/stars fabric on each one.  Here is a close up where you can kinda see a couple of them.


Everyone knows someone that loves celestial themed stuff - please forward this to THAT friend! πŸ˜‹

More coming soon!

Thanks for stopping by!

Laura

Friday, July 12, 2019

Random Notions - 100 and Stupid

So this week, I have just felt like a rag. I do not react well to warm weather, and even though it has not been as hot here as normal for this time of year, anything over 100ΒΊ drains me. I think the high here has only been around 107ΒΊ this week, whereas in the past we have seen well over 110ΒΊ.  Doesn't matter - anything over 100ΒΊ, as a local DJ used to say, is just "100 & stupid." During these times, all I feel like doing is sitting on the air vents. Of course, that means I have to push aside a cat or dog.

Pretty much all that got done was the rest of the custom order that included the Seahawks cases I posted last week:
 Footballs/Packers (Queen 20" x 32")

Packers (Standard  20" x 28")

Paw Patrol (Travel  12" x 17")

Power Puff Girls (Travel  12" x 17")

Vegas Knights (2 Travel  12" x 17")
But I have been getting all stuff prepared for the change purses, and throw pillow covers.  I was thinking that if you have throw pillows that have been around forever and you are kind of tired of seeing them everyday, why not cover them with something new - maybe something fun? Much cheaper than buying new throw pillows. They are something I can customize, so if you would like some fun new throw covers, please contact me through my shop on Etsy.

Thanks for stopping by!

Laura

Friday, July 5, 2019

Random Notions - Wrapping up the week

Hi all

This week was busy. I did manage to get some more custom pillowcases made -

Paw Patrol Standard 
Tools Standard 
Multicolor Flowers Standard 
Seattle Seahawks Standard 
Seattle Seahawks Standard 

I'm not really any kind of sports fan, but I sure love the lime green going on with those Seahawks! I have a few more customs to make for this lovely lady and hope to have them done in the next couple of days.

While the kids were here this week, I had Harry making a special "art" project.  I probably haven't mentioned this previously, but I am a freak for cutting scraps. I cut anything that will give me at least a 1 1/2 inch square.  I also do 1 1/2 inch strips, 2 1/12 inch squares and strips, and 5 inch charms.  I have tons of my little cut goodies, and bags of scraps waiting to be cut. (I am a little obsessive)  So, in Word, I created a table that had 1 1/2 inch squares on it, the table was 5 squares across and 7 down. I made as narrow of margins as I could and the bottom line didn't print, but that's okay.  Printing a few sheets, I gave Harry one, along with a bag of 1 1/2 inch squares and some glue.  He covered the squares and then put ribbon up and down the columns.  He didn't get it finished yet and he took it home, but he's bringing it back next week to finish.


It was a lot of fun - Harry got a little ahead of me by putting the orange around the frame before the cross pieces - he was gung ho to use the orange ribbon from the start of the project.  This is great fun if you have scraps for the kids, but we did learn something - we were using regular copy paper out of the printer and the glue was something I had for scrapbookers - it is not for copy paper.  I think the glue would have been fine on construction paper or scrapbooking paper.  I have construction paper we will try next, and I may just use a bone folder to trace the table onto the construction paper just for a guide.

Else in the news - coming soon - I will be adding change purses to the Etsy shop - I pulled a bunch of fabrics I think will be fun for the purpose-



These are fabrics I don't have enough of to make a pillowcase, or the band on one, like fat quarters, so I thought change purses would be good.  They will be a good size for ID, credit/bank cards, and bills/change, all with a zippered opening. Please keep an eye out for them!

That's it. As always, thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Laura