Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Learning to machine quilt #1 - potholders

Now that Christmas is over and the gifts have been given, I can blog about these.
When I decided that I wanted to do some quilting on my home sewing machine, I needed a small project to practice on. I found a pattern using a tumbler template that I used to make some potholders.  

This was a really quick and easy pattern.

After practicing on some scrap material and making sure I was happy with the stitch length and the tension, it was time to quilt.
I bought some special heat resistant batting.
Then I sewed straight lines.  I wanted to keep it simple for my first project.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Flashback Friday

A trip back in time

Happy Birthday, Aunt Diane! I've been saving this picture just for the occasion of Flashback Friday, and your birthday fell on the perfect day this year. But at least you're not alone in the flashback. Someone else is styling the red pants...oh, and that cute little girl!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Refinished Nightstand/Storage

I found this nightstand at a friend's garage sale and just knew a little bit of love would make it good as new again.

I sanded it down...
...and gave it a couple coats of primer.
Then it got a couple coats of glossy white paint and a couple new handles, and it was done. There were some really great knobs in Hobby Lobby, but I didn't take the time to fill in the holes and then drill a single hole for new ones. Just trying to keep it simple....oh, and maybe because I don't own a drill. :-)  
I also debated about what color to paint it. The sky's the limit on colors, but since I needed more fabric storage space in my sewing room, I stuck with plain ole white to match the rest of the storage in that room.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Flashback Friday

A trip back in time

Happy Birthday, Uncle Gene. I looked and looked for a picture to better reflect Flashback Friday and couldn't find anything from back in the day. I wanted something with the two of us, but I guess this will do!!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Flashback Friday

A trip back in time

Happy Anniversary Aunt Betty and Uncle Brent!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Thankful Thursday #5

Thankful Thursday
the minor and major things in life to appreciate

last week's 2 inches of rain just when we needed it


fresh garden tomatoes

a volunteer sunflower in my garden

catching up with relatives at a family reunion

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Christmas Table Runners

Note: I found this post in my drafts having completely forgotten I had started it a few months ago.

After Christmas I stocked up on sale fabric for some projects I want to do this year. I found this table runner pattern at From the Blue Chair. I ended up making smaller blocks than she did.
This was the first project I started on but others have gotten completely finished before these and blogged about. 
I started with some squares and made them into half-square triangles.
After getting them made, I squared them up and made them into pinwheels.

Then it was time for the layout. I added some white squares too. Sewed them all together and added the borders.
I made enough pinwheels to make two at the same time.
 I'm going to teach myself how to quilt with my sewing machine so I can do these smaller projects myself. Note: Since I started this post, I quilted and bound them so I added a couple new pictures.