Tuesday, November 30, 2010
"Thank You" to everyone who is helping me make this transition into blogland a smooth one. I am open to helping others out with their blog too, just like Cyndi from bluebirdswing did for me. If you would like me to introduce you and your blog to my followers, please leave a comment and I will check out your blog and email you back. This is a great way to gain followers, as well as new friends.
I look forward to hearing from you!
Monday, November 29, 2010
Sunday, November 28, 2010
I wrapped a few presents once I woke up and then did nothing the rest of the day. Not that I didn't have anything to do. There is always cleaning to do in my house, but today I chose to ignore it and relax.
Hope you had a wonderful, relaxing weekend.
Saturday, November 27, 2010
I told my husband I wasn't going shopping today, but guess what I did. I went shopping, AGAIN. I bought just a few things today. Our Christmas shopping is officially finished. YAY!!!!
How was your day-after-Thanksgiving shopping? Did you find everything you were looking for?
I had a few people asking me about "my baby" after I posted a picture of her the other day. So, I wanted to post a better one of Buffy, my Shih-tzu. Here is a picture of her wanting to play.
Friday, November 26, 2010
Making a rag quilt is one of the simplest quilts you can make. First, you need to determine how many squares you need to cut from various fabrics. For example, if you make a 25 in. x 25 in. quilt and you use 4.5 in. squares, you will need 49 squares for the top, 49 for the middle and 49 for the back, 147 squares total. You want the front and the back of the quilt to look identical, but the front will be "ragged" and the back will not.
Items needed for 25 in. x 25 in. quilt:
1.5 yards of 100% cotton fabric (You can break this up into .5 yards of 3 different fabrics)
.5 yard of flannel (White is the most popular color of choice, but you can use any color that compliments your cotton fabrics)
rotary cutter and mat
spring loaded scissors
After you have cut all of your squares from the cotton and flannel fabrics, you want to make a fabric "sandwich". Place a flannel square in between two cotton squares of the same color, with the cotton squares right side out on both sides. Piece all of the squares together like this. Then, figure out a design. Just play with the different designs by placing the squares in different positions until you get a design you like. It's easier to do this if you have a large enough table or floor area to spread out all of the pieces. It also helps to take a picture of how you want it laid out with your digital camera. This way you can put it on your computer and see what the quilt looks like in one piece. If you don't like what you see, you can change it before you start sewing.
Once you have determined your quilt design it is time to start sewing. Start in the upper left hand corner of the quilt. Take the first two squares and sew them together, with a 1/4 in. seam allowance, then add the next square. Just make sure as you add each square that you sew the seam out and not in. In a sense, you are sewing each square backwards, not like you usually do to hide the seam. Continue doing this until you have all rows complete. Then, it's time to sew the rows together. Start at the top again and put the rows back to back and sew them together, making sure you line up each square. As you get to the seams, instead of ironing the seams to one side or the other, it is easier to sew them open. Continue until the quilt it sewn together. Next, sew all around the edge of the quilt also using a 1/4 in. seam allowance. Again, when you get to the seams, sew them open.
Now begins the fun part. It's time to "rag" the quilt. This part is easier if you have spring loaded scissors, but regular scissors will do, just be prepared for a sore hand for the next 2-3 days. Go around the quilt and cut all of the seams every 1/4 in., making sure you do not cut the thread as you go around. This gives you the "rag" effect. Once the whole quilt has been cut, go outside and shake your quilt to get all of the loose pieces off. Now it's time to wash your quilt. It will "rag" better if you wash the quilt with another item like a towel, then dry both the quilt and towel together. Before putting the quilt in the dryer, go outside again and shake out the quilt. This will get rid of the loose pieces of flannel so they do not collect in your dryer. Once dry, you are all finished. Just remember, the more you wash your quilt, the softer and more "ragged" it will become.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
We all have so many things to be thankful for. This year I'm thankful for my husband and my daughter. I'm thankful that the Lord has saved me and I will one day be in Heaven with Him. I'm thankful for my new blogland friends. I'm also thankful for my husband's new job. I know I could name many more things I'm thankful for, but I know you would rather be with your own family than listening to me ramble on. :)
I hope you and your family have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving!
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
If you have never made one of these, they are sooo easy and they make great gifts for the little ones in your life. I will be describing in detail how to make these quilts in a later post.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
This is 15 fat quarters and 2 one-third pieces from the Woodland collection by Lori Mason.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
So, what are some crazy things you've done during the holidays to save time?
Saturday, November 20, 2010
I was able to purchase 2 more Christmas gifts today while at the Open House and 2 more later at Target. So, all that is left is my mom and my mother-in-law. What to get them? Hmmmmmm. I'm not really sure yet. My goal is to finish shopping before Black Friday - we'll see.
By the way, we had a great time at the UFO party last night. I did not get a quilt finished, mostly because we did more talking than sewing. Did I really expect it to be any different? Not really. :o)
Friday, November 19, 2010
I only had to buy the pink fabric in this set...
and the purple in this one.
Tonight I'm going to to my aunt's house and she and my other aunt are having a UFO party. So, I'm taking these 2 new quilts to see how much I can get done. This is the first time we have done this and I'm very excited. If it works out okay, we are planning on doing this at least once a month.
Maybe, I'll be able to show you at least one finished quilt tomorrow.
p.s. That's a BIG maybe :)
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
I usually only make rag quilts for special orders, but I have been wanting to make this one for a while. So, I will be putting in my Etsy shop sometime tomorrow if anyone is interested. I have pictures there of the other rag quilts I have done (a butterfly, turtle and dinosaur).
I had someone come in today and order 2 small rag quilts for Christmas. My plan is to go shopping for the fabric tomorrow. I love shopping for fabric, especially with someone else's money. :o)
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Sorry there isn't anything more to talk about. I'm headed to bed to get some rest.
Monday, November 15, 2010
Sunday, November 14, 2010
My husband and I have been trying to go every weekend for the last month and buy at least one Christmas gift. I'm trying to get it all done before Black Friday so I can go shopping that day for ME! :o) That way I don't have to worry about fighting for that "deal" to give as a gift.
I'm down to needing 4 gifts and I should be done. Of course, there is always that last minute gift for someone you forgot or for someone who gives you an unexpected gift and you feel you should give them something in return. So, are you finished with your Christmas shopping. Have you even started? Are you a last minute shopper or were you finished in July? :)
p.s. I hope you enjoyed one of Newspring's church services today. If not, there is always next week (hint, hint) :o)
Saturday, November 13, 2010
You can watch it live online from anywhere with a broadband internet connection at 9:15 am, 11:15 am, 4 pm and 6 pm (the same service each time). If you like what you see, you can go back and play past messages. I have really enjoyed Newspring and I hope you will join me.
Friday, November 12, 2010
Thursday, November 11, 2010
30 mini cupcakes...and they are soooo good!!!!
There is a local business, Holly's Cakes, who periodically does giveaways on Facebook. She will post a trivia question and the first person with the right answer gets some kind of cupcakes. Today happened to be a variety pack. There is Strawberry, Red Velvet, Orange and Hummingbird (tastes like banana nut).
Now if only I could win an Accuquilt GO! Cutter, then I would really consider myself lucky. :o)
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Front - Red flannel w/ yellow, green & blue dots
Back - Blue Mickey Mouse Flannel
Close-up of the back.
These blankets are really simple to make. I also have the fabric to make one for a girl. It's on my LONG list of things to do.
p.s. This is in my Etsy shop for sale if anyone is interested.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Monday, November 8, 2010
I'm using the same fabric that I used for the Dresden plate that I made a couple of weeks ago. Today I cut out the flannel and made the "fabric sandwiches". Over the next couple of days I will mark the quilting and then sew the pieces together.
I finally feel productive today since I get to post a project that I'm working on. Hopefully, it won't be another month (or more) before I can show you the final results.
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Isn't technology great?! Who would have ever thought that we would be sitting at our computers in our own homes, talking to people all around the world. I look forward to getting to know my new friends and sharing sewing/quilting tips and secrets.
I hope you all have had a great weekend!
Saturday, November 6, 2010
I just noticed the guy in the background of my picture is wearing shorts :-O What was he thinking!!! We couldn't feel our toes for the first couple of hours!
Here are a few random shots of the festival. I didn't have much time to walk around and take pictures but I did get a few.
Friday, November 5, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
For those of you who don't really know much about me, I figure it's time to tell you a little about myself. I have been married for 12 years. I have a beautiful 9-year-old daughter who is always keeping me on my toes. I own a tanning salon and embroidery business here in town. We have been doing tanning for over 6 years and embroidery just over 1 year. I have really enjoyed doing embroidery. I also like to be involved in multi-level marketing companies. For example, I am a consultant for both BeautiControl and Clever Container. Later this month I am planning on becoming a consultant for Scentsy wickless candles. I love being a part of these companies and being able to meet so many different people.
Even more than selling though, I have a love affair with fabric. I LOVE fabric!!!! My husband says it's my addiction. I tell him if this is the only thing I'm ever addicted to, then I'm doing good. :) I taught myself how to sew in 2003 while he was overseas in Iraq. Two years ago I decided to start quilting. I had been seeing all of these quilters online, wishing I could do what they do. One day, I just decided to try and I've been hooked ever since. It's still a work in process, but you never learn if you don't try.
I'm hoping this blog will be information for you and maybe humorous at times. I know there are many wonderful people out there in blogland and I can't wait to get to know many of you.
Until tomorrow...happy quilting!
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Follow me and tell your friends about me. I know my blog is really just starting, but I'm hoping to build it up to where I'm showing you different sewing/quilting/crafting projects all the time. Once we reach 50, it's giveaway time!
Obviously, this picture has nothing to do with the above post. This is my niece. I just can't stand to have a post without a picture. Enjoy!
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Monday, November 1, 2010
Well, today I start blogging every day for 30 days. It's part of the NaBloPoMo challenge. Most weeks I'm luckly to post twice, so this will definitely be a challenge for me. The good thing is, I am working on a few projects that I will be able to show you. So, at least I have a few productive things to blog about :)
Until tomorrow....Happy Sewing!