Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Farm Girl Vintage

The first time I heard of the book Farm Girl Vintage was at quilt club, when I spotted this cute clothesline full of 6-inch quilt blocks. It was love at first sight!
For Christmas the kids bought me a copy of the book.
I have enjoyed looking through the book over and over again. My plan was to make this Mama Hen first, in the 6-inch block.
Before starting on the Mama Hen I first wanted to make a mini design board that is used to keep all the small pieces together.
Lori Holt, the author, has a website where she gives instructions on how to make mini design boards:   http://beeinmybonnetco.blogspot.com/2011/07/mini-design-board-tutorial.html
In the tutorial Lori Holt uses foam board but I didn't want to pay for it, so instead I glued two pieces of cardboard together; it worked just fine. The back of my board shows the cardboard instead of a pretty white, but that doesn't bother me since it's the front I'll be dealing with. By the way, if you decide to make a mini design board, be sure to use cotton batting; I used poly for my first try and it didn't work very well.
As I was cutting out my fabric for the Mama Hen, I was glad to have the project board; some of my pieces were 1-inch square!
The Mama Hen turned out just darling and I'm anxious to try out another block soon.
I love that my kids gave me this book for Christmas. It's so country, which is exactly the style I love in quilts.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Sewing Class Drawstring Bag Project

Project number two for my upcoming co-op class is a drawstring bag. The outside is a lightweight denim and is lined on the inside with a red checked lightweight cotton fabric.
The monogram was made using a medium weight cotton apple print fabric. The bag has a nice country feel and I'm very pleased with how it all came together.

 For the drawstrings I simply used the same fabric that was used to line the bag. The ties were cut at 2-inches wide, the width of the fabric, tri-folded and iron before stitching.
As I was working on this bag I was afraid it might be too hard for a beginner sewing class, but decided it was nice enough to have the kids make it anyway; we'll simply spend the extra time needed to make it work.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Sewing Class Pillowcase Project

This semester I will be teaching a sewing class for our co-op group. Our first project will be a basic pillowcase. 
Normally I use two coordinating fabrics but decided to see how it would turn out using the same fabric for both the body and the cuff.

I top stitched my seam with a narrow satin ribbon which turned out better than I had expected. 
The kids should be very excited to make this as their first project!

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Christmas Recital 2015

Elizabeth played two songs this year;

Rainbow Connection
from The Muppet Movie
by Paul Williams and Kenneth L. Ascher

Oh Holy Night
arrangement by Adolph Adam

It is truly exciting how much Elizabeth has learned in 5-years!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Winter Stew

One cast iron pot....
 A small roast, seared and cubed...
 With added veggies...
Made an amazing stew!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Playing Dress Up

What happens when little girls come visit?
We dress up all the dolls in the house!
Your never too old to play with dolls!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Preserving Memories

When I married, over 30-years ago, my husband and I bought a Christmas Angel for our first Christmas tree. It wasn't anything fancy; in fact, we purchased it at the grocery store of all places!
Over the years this angel has been an important part of our Christmas. Many years ago the lights quit working so my husband replaced the old lights with a string of Christmas lights. A solution that has worked very well.
This year I noticed the light was coming untwisted and catching in the branches.
After thinking for a bit I got the idea of using florist tape to bind the wires back together.
I was very pleased with how well this worked.
The angel has now been packed away and is ready for next Christmas!

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