Monday, September 26, 2011

Weekend Work

Pond Life.

This quilt taught me to go s l o w e r while adding the binding. One more to go and I will deliver to the NICU at St. Vincent's Infirmary in Little Rock.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

My First Yarn Wreath

Yarn wreaths are all the rage these days so I just had to try my hand at one. Because I live in a small town, I have had the hardest time finding wreath forms. I was able to go to Hobby Lobby one day after a doctor's appointment in North Little Rock so I convinced the husband to let me stop and see what I could find. I picked up a styrofoam form as well as a very large vine wreath that was 50% off. I picked out some felt, since our Walmart only carries variety packs and I needed some specific colors. They also had patterned felt and I got some in houndstooth (I've ALWAYS loved houndstooth) and black and white damask.

I already had the grey yarn that I got for $2.33 at Walmart. So, I went to work wrapping--it took me a LONG time because I'm a perfectionist and it took awhile to get into the groove. I don't think it will take me as long the next time. If you're interested in a tutorial, just hang out on Pinterest for 5 minutes and you'll see one. If you don't have Pinterest (what are you waiting for? Go!), this is probably the best tutorial I've seen, although it uses a straw wreath wrapped in plastic as the form.

Here are some felt rosettes and ruffles I made whilst watching TV last weekend...

I made these sitting on the couch a week ago before I even had the wreath form.

I also made a peony with a variety of felt using yoonie-at-home's tutorial

Finished product. Took me probably 4 hours total which includes wrapping, creating the flowers, and getting it put together (I didn't do it all at once). I still need some sort of ribbon to hang it, but it's for a friend, whom I hope doesn't read this blog! and I'll get added before I give it to her. And like I said earlier, once I've done this a few times, it probably won't take quite as long but that will depend on the size of the wreath.

grey yarn wreath with black, grey, red, and white accents
And the cost was CHEAP:

12" Styrofoam beveled wreath form: $3.59 with 40% off coupon (originally $5.99)
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Light Grey: $2.33 for a full skein and I only used about half
Various sheets of felt: 25-50 cents a sheet (I used two full sheets and small pieces of four others)
Pearlized pins: around $2 for a box (you can use as many or as few as you like) or you can just hot glue the flowers to the yarn
Less than $10 for everything!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Tee Shirt Quilt Finish

This is going to be a painful post. Why? Because I have realized, yet again, that I am not perfect. There. I said it. My pride has a way of getting in the way of my best intentions. This quilt is a case in point.

These are some things I learned while sewing this quilt. Some of them were just simple ignorance, some just being boneheaded, and some being in a hurry when I should have taken my time.

1. Do NOT use one color thread for the top stitching and a different color for the back. (Boneheaded me.) It didn't work that well. Especially since my new sewing machine was having a problem with the tension.

2. I'm not good at the starting and stopping. There's always an unfinished look to the ends. Someone tell me the best way to do that. (Simple ignorance)

3. I should use fusible webbing to the back of tee shirt fabric. (Simple ignorance) I didn't realize I should do that until I was half way done with the top. I should have ripped it all out and started again, but the (Being in a hurry) shook its head and I carried on. I did hand baste them all together first though. So that did help some with the stretching.

4. Don't put a monogram on the backing until it's quilted. (This would be a toss up.) I can't for the life of me get the backing to come out as straight as the top, so the monogram I put on the back was very slanted. Not to mention the quilting lines went through it.

I wound up ripping it off, and making another one. This time I put it on a separate piece and hand appliqued the entire square on the back corner.
Some of you seasoned quilters might give me a little suggestion on how to get the backing straighter or keep it straighter. I took a lot of time trying to position it, but still had issues.

So, the bottom line is...

Since I rushed it, didn't use webbing, had machine issues, and my pride got the best of me, I wound up with a quilt that from a distance looks pretty good. But some of the corner pieces are a bit off, there are a few tucks, some of the seams aren't exactly straight and some of the top colored thread shows on the back side in places. I agonized over this, but had to accept that I'm human, I make mistakes, and every quilt teaches me another lesson. (Or lessons)

Sunday, September 18, 2011

One Accomplishment

I finished the repainting of my flag. It was really pretty easy.

To answer Sand and Sunshine's question, I used regular acrylic craft paint, and we'll see how well it holds up. I sprayed it liberally with clear Krylon indoor/outdoor finish to help seal it.

I only painted one side, but anyone driving up to the house will see the good side. And this is the side I can watch waving in the wind, while I sit and rock LMW or do handwork in my living room. I'm so glad to have this done, and start my fall decorating.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Weekend WIP

This is a flag that has faded with two years of fall display. I'm in the process of repainting it, so it will be nice and fallish.

You can see how faded the unpainted parts are on the bottom section in this photo. I hope to have it finished by Monday.

Next is the tee shirt quilt I've been trying to get finished. I have all the "quilting" part done around the edges. As you can probably see, I also have some seam ripping to do, taking out some misdirected lines. I was getting used to my new machine.

I'm going to begin taking those pesky lines out, and try to get the edges ready for binding.

There are other projects calling my name, but I will turn a deaf ear until these two are done.

It's the weekend, and I'm just gonna sit here and relax!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Long Time, No Craft

Well, hello there! *waves*

I'm B's daughter and I used to post more on here (before I had a rowdy little boy). I'm finally starting to make some time for simple craft and sewing projects so I would like to share the most recent with you. They aren't really anything special, but I'm trying to get back in the groove.

No-Sew Fleece: Cozy Ruffled Blanket

I've had this fabric since I was pregnant, over 16 months ago...

I had time to finally work on this a few weeks ago in the hospital waiting room (my hubby had surgery).

The preparation took longer than it took to tie all the knots.
The boy loves it. As soon as he saw it, he grabbed and hugged it. I actually used flannel instead of fleece and I think it turned out nicely although the tags frayed quite a bit after I washed it. I believe I used 1.5 yards for each fabric (don't hold me that, it was almost a year and a half ago when I purchased it) and it was pretty inexpensive. The size is perfect for a toddler, bigger than infant blankets but not as large as an adult-size.

I also painted the bottom of some of his socks because we have hardwoods and summer is almost over. We live in the south and he's gone barefoot most of the summer, but recently his feet have been really cold. I bought some new socks and had some "puffy" paint. However, when I painted on the soles, it was the consistency of slick paint rather than puff paint. Oh, well. It does it's job--keeping him from slipping and hitting his head. Of course, he did plenty of that on his own today, socks or no socks. He's just clumsy!

I also did a stick-figure cat (not shown). I know you're jealous of my artistic skillz.
Here's my list of crafts I want to tackle as I have time. Note the Oreo smudges on the pages by a special little culprit.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

The Week's Work

Considering this week has been wild, I was able to finish two things.

No. 1: A NICU quilt. I dubbed it, "Round Squares".

It was inspired by this quilt. I don't remember where I found it, but if you know, please tell me so I can give proper credit. I do know it was called Appliqued Bubbles.

No. 2:  I actually completed an item of clothing for myself.

 After over ten years of not sewing anything to wear, I took the plunge. It's not all that, and was a little larger than I needed, but it helped me gain confidence again, and I know I can tweak it a bit to make it much nicer and fit better. The fabric isn't the nicest, nor is it what I would have chosen, but it was the only thing in my stash larger enough for this particular pattern. And I didn't want to ruin a good piece of fabric if it didn't work. This fabric was some of what my mother left in her monumental stash. Her legacy has allowed me to create a great many items for gifts and NICU. Thanks Mom. *grin*

I was considering going on hiatus with this blog. My daughter started it, but since LMW arrived, she does well to get the dishes washed, much less do anything crafty, so it's been all me for a very long time. I began thinking that I would just post all my crafty stuff on BLines and let this one go. That was until I saw how many views this blog gets. The new blogger layout is pretty informative. So, I will continue to post my crafty things here and more personal things on BLines. Thank you all for your support. Even if you lurk and don't comment. *wink*