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Getting Things Done – Flying Zebra Baby Quilt and Tote Bag

Posted by supermom on June 27, 2011

I’ve moved one more thing from the Unfinished Projects list to the Projects Completed So Far list on my “2011 – The Year of Getting Things Done” page.

Now that’s it’s quilted, you can hardly see where I pieced the fabric for the back.  I had been a little concerned because in order to line those circles up perfectly I would have had to waste a lot of fabric.    I had enough fabric for one perfectly matched quilt back or two not so perfectly matched quilt backs.   I decided to go with two.   It’s nice to know that quilting really can hide small imperfections.

I did however find the perfect stuffed toy to send with it:

Here they are all ready to be packaged up.

I mailed them off this afternoon and Michele at Bama Bound Quilts should have the package in a couple of days.

I’m going to work on some small projects for the next few days.  I feel like I need some quick, satisfying finishes.  And then it will be on to the next project on my list.

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Christmas on a Budget Series – Christmas Fabric Part 2

Posted by supermom on June 25, 2011

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Christmas on a Budget Series – Buy Christmas Fabric Only When On Sale

Posted by supermom on June 25, 2011

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Recent Thrift Store Finds

Posted by supermom on June 24, 2011

I thought I’d share some of my recent thrift store finds.

I collect these glass wire bale jars to store my home grown dried herbs in, so these were a nice find at 99 cents each.

The rose shower curtain (100% cotton) will make a pretty quilt backing.  And the bright floral vintage sheet; I’m deciding between aprons or perhaps a fun summer skirt… maybe both.

I found this vintage Singer Buttonholer and extra set of templates at the Habitat for Humanity HomeMart.  They had it marked at $10.   I offered $5 and they accepted.  But I didn’t buy it for the buttonholer.  I bought it because I wanted the templates (those little grey things.)

When I bought my Singer 15-91, it came with a buttonholer but only one buttonhole template.  It’s the only part of the transaction that I wasn’t pleased with because the seller more or less shrugged off the fact the templates were missing by saying that you rarely find buttonholers included in the sale of vintage machines and there were lots of buttonholers available on Ebay to buy if I wanted more templates.

For the first time ever, I decided not to leave feedback for a seller.   I didn’t want to leave completely negative feedback because the 15-91 is exactly as described and sews great.  On the other hand, a buttonholer was advertised as part of the sale and it was missing important pieces; a buttonholer without templates is pretty much useless.  Ebay really doesn’t give enough room to explain things properly on their feedback form, so I decided no feedback was better than incomplete feedback.

Anyway, back to the buttonholer I got from the HomeMart.   That buttonholer was missing the needle plate cover but that wasn’t a problem since I was only interested in the templates.  I took all the templates from it and put them with the one that came with the 15-91 and now I have a complete set and I didn’t have to pay any extra for shipping like I would have done if I’d bought one off of Ebay.

I’m not sure what I’ll do with the buttonholer from HomeMart.  Though I am thinking I might list it on ebay making sure to note that it only has one template.  Perhaps someone will want it for parts.

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How to Make Homemade Paninis – Without a Panini Press

Posted by supermom on June 22, 2011

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One of the Fun Things About FNSI

Posted by supermom on June 20, 2011

One of the most fun things about FNSI (Friday Night Sew In)  is getting to discover other crafting, sewing, quilting bloggers.  Today Bobbi announced the winner of this month’s FNSI and encouraged everyone to go check out Karen’s blog Sew Much 2 Luv.

I’m so glad I followed Bobbi’s advice.  Karen’s blog was such fun to read back through but one post in particular prompted me to write this post.  You’ve got to check out her Spock-Topus.

I may just have to try creating one of these myself some night when I’m having one of those “abso-stinkin-lutely-fabulousness of the sleepless nights in early menopause” that Karen mentions.

And because posts with pictures are more fun too, I thought I’d share a couple of photos of the tote bag I made to co-ordinate with the Flying Zebra Baby Quilt.

This is the front of the tote bag with a pocket to hold a stuffed toy.

And this is the back of the bag.

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FNSI – June Results

Posted by supermom on June 18, 2011

The binding is on the flying zebra baby quilt, but it didn’t get done last night.   I have a tendency to underestimate how long it will take to do things or to take into account pesky little details like having to stop to eat, etc.

I had miscalculated how much time it would take to sew in all the quilting threads and remove any of the basting threads that weren’t removed during quilting.  So I spent last evening doing that.

Putting the binding on took the better part of this afternoon, with a couple of breaks during which Dave and I made 20 breakfast burritos and two different kinds of English muffin breakfast sandwiches (6 bacon, egg and cheese and 6 sausage, egg and cheese.)  Those are now in the freezer; ready for breakfasts and lunches over the next couple of weeks.

Now I just need to hand sew the binding to the back.  Aren’t those just the prettiest little binder clips.  I picked them up at Staples a couple of months ago when I was putting the binding on the Green Teddy Baby Quilt.

Once the binding is finished, I just need to add a label to call this quilt done.

The lady at Bama Bound Quilts has requested that all quilts be sent in a co-ordinating tote bag with at least one pocket and a stuffed toy.   So that’s next on the list, though I’m not sure if I’m going to make the toy or buy one.

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Posted by supermom on June 17, 2011

Handmade by Heidi

I almost forget, this month’s Friday Night Sew In is tonight.  But there’s still time to join.  This month the sign up is over on Bobbi’s blog:  Crafty Vega Mom.

I hope to be to the point where I can spend the evening sewing the binding on the Flying Zebra Baby Quilt that I’ll be donating to Bama Bound Quilts.

It would sure be nice to add another finish to the Projects Completed list.

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Art Deco Cabinet – Some Dis-Assembly Required

Posted by supermom on June 12, 2011

Dave spent the past few days taking apart and then sanding the Art Deco sewing cabinet and bench seat that we bought for my Singer 15-91.

This ended up being a bigger job than he had anticipated.  Not only did all the outside surfaces need to be sanded as expected, all the inside surfaces had to be sanded as well to completely remove the unpleasant odor.

At first, we assumed the odor was due to having sat unused for so long.   We tried washing it down, inside and out.  We changed buckets of water three times and each time the water was an awful brown by the time we got finished.  Then we let it sit outside for several days to air out (bringing it back into the garage each night.)

We think the previous owners must have been very heavy smokers and over the years, the smell and cigarette fumes had soaked into the finish.

Thank goodness, now that all surfaces have been sanded the cabinet just smells like wood.

The next step is to wipe all the pieces down with a damp cloth to remove any sanding dust that the vacuum didn’t get.  Then he’ll start the refinishing by re-staining the black strips along the bottom of the cabinet and bench seat and the drawer handles.

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How I Sew Strips Together for Quilt Bindings

Posted by supermom on June 8, 2011

Most tutorials for sewing strips together to make quilt bindings tell you to line the end of the strips up perpendicular to one another like this:

Then you are instructed to draw a diagonal line from the top left corner of the top strip to the right corner of the bottom strip like this:

Then you are told to sew along the line.

I'm using white thread so that you can see the seam. You would, of course, use thread that matches your fabric.

But when I do that my joined strips almost always look like this:

I’ve tried sewing exactly on the line.  I’ve tried sewing a little to the right of the line.   But I still ended up with strips that didn’t line up properly.  It was soooooo frustrating.

After some more experimenting,  I’ve come up with another method for joining strips that works for me every single time.

First, instead of lining the strips up perfectly end to end, I overlap each strip about an eight of an inch like this:

Then I draw my diagonal line from the point of the 90 degree angle formed where the two strips overlap at the top to the point of the 90 degree angle formed where they overlap at the bottom.

Then instead of sewing exactly down the middle of that line, I sew along the right edge of the line.  Kind of like carpenters have to know which side of the line to saw on, I had to figure out which side of the line to sew on.

Next I trim my seam allowance and press the seams open.

It’s so satisfying now when I flip the strips open and see they are lined up perfectly.

That is one thing that I’m learning about quilting.  You can find all sorts of tutorials on-line that show the “correct” way to do something.  But if that way doesn’t work for you, experiment until you find something that does.

My method of joining strips may not be the “correct” or most widely used method of joining strips but it’s the method that works for me to get the results I want.


This post has been added to the Sew Darn Craft Party over at Sew Many Ways.

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