Thursday, August 21, 2014

Really Random Thursday: Oh-Be-Joyful!

What kinds of things bring you joy? One thing for me is  sewing cute dresses for little girls.

When I purchased the fabric for this pattern though, I neglected to take into account the large design repeat. I was bummed until I came up with some "creative" piecing on the back of the skirt. Really, you hardly notice it. Oh, JOY!
Fun mail is always a reason for feeling joyful, especially when it's an Insta-gram win from Sunny Day Supply! 
 Look at these lovelies inside my prize package!
 I haven't counted yet, but I'm guessing there are around 100 charms in this pack of chevron prints by Dear Stella. Oh, joy!
 The Wee Gallery fabric is a design that I've never seen before anywhere. Thank you, Mary!
 I'm imagining my grandchildren drawing little outfits on these darling animals. I may even join them. Doesn't that look like fun?! What shall i make with it?
We visited this art gallery in Telluride, Colorado. The paintings truly did bring us joy. I just wish that we could have afforded to bring one home with us.

Now, that really would have been joyful!


Scotch Tape Zipper

Do you get hives just saying the "Z" word? 
Maybe I can help!
Keep reading....
 Step 1: Using a basting stitch, make a seam where your zipper is to go. Finish the rest of the seam with a regular stitch length, back stitching at both ends. 
 Step 2: Press the seam open. Lay your zipper face down onto the seam. (If your zipper is longer than you need, you can shorten it by making a little thread stop, like I did below, and then cut off the extra length.)
 Step 3: Unzip the zipper completely and pin one side of the zipper tape onto the open seam being sure that the teeth of the zipper are centered over the center of the seam.(Note: You are pinning it to the seam allowance only!)
 Step 4: Using a zipper foot, baste the zipper tape (that you just pinned) onto the seam allowance, as shown below. Please notice that you are not stitching through to the front of the garment....just to the side of the open seam.
 Step 5: Now, close the zipper and look for a roll of scotch tape! Lay the garment out flat and tape the zipper down as well as you can. (I used green washi tape to demonstrate so that you can better see how to do this. Since you will be sewing through the tape, I think scotch tape works better for this step, however.)
 Step 6: Turn the garment to the right side and stitch evenly on both sides of the closed seam, catching the zipper as you sew. The zipper foot allows you to get close to the zipper teeth. I try to stitch about 1/4 inch from the seam line on both sides, stitching across the bottom of the zipper.
Step 7: You are almost finished.....Take your seam ripper and carefully remove the previously basted center seam, being careful not to cut the fabric. (You will need to pull out the basting threads. If you are really clever, and used a long enough stitch, you may even be able to pull it all out in one piece!)
Remove the tape. BAM! You're done!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Sunday Morning

"Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim You,
who walk in the light of your presence, O Lord.
They rejoice in your name all day long;
they exalt in your righteousness."
Psalm 89:15,16

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Cut the Scraps

 What some quilters would refer to as scraps, I call Stash. You will find pieces as small as 10 inches square or even 6 inches wide folded neatly and sorted by color in my fabric drawers along with fat quarters and larger pieces up to a half yard. As I work on quilts, I cut the even smaller leftovers into squares and strips of various sizes and store them together in plastic containers.
 Most of you probably know by now that I'm always working on two quilts at once because I use my previously cut squares as leader/enders. Currently, I'm sewing together 2.5 inch squares in sort of a light/dark combination. Instead of creating square blocks, as I usually do, this time the little squares are being sewn together into long rows.
 My goal is to make 48 rows of 44 squares. Yesterday, i reached the half-way point so took some pictures of my progress. I started this in January. (Once in a while, when I want to do some mindless sewing, I admit to working on this project by just feeding the 'twosies' under the pressure foot one after the other!)
Once I get all of the rows made, it will be an easy job to press the seams to one side, after I lay out the rows, making the seams nest together as I sew the top.
 This morning I spent a little time going through my 2.5 inch strip containers and loose charms, cutting off more squares for this scrappy quilt. 
All those colors make me so happy!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Sunday Morning

"The LORD, He is the One who goes before you.
He will be with you,
He will not leave you nor forsake you;
do not fear nor be dismayed."
Deuteronomy 31:8 NKJV

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Susan and Mary

Just like this pretty butterfly, i was really busy today...
... finishing up bee blocks for Susan and Mary, my mates in the Mid-Century Modern Bee. Susan is planning a medallion quilt with black as the background and has asked us each to contribute a 12-inch star block in bright colors.
 I chose this foundation-pieced Versailles block from the Quiltmaker's 2010 magazine, 100 Blocks. The star should have really been mailed in July, so I am late in getting it finished. So sorry Suz!
 You can view Susan's inspiration quilt here. What a beauty this project will be!
Since I was slow in making my contribution block for July, I decided to get with the program and be early with my sewing for August's queen bee, Mary.
Half square triangles on a background of blush or cream were a nice change from the more fiddly, foundation-pieced star.
Scrappy sewing like this is my favorite kind. 
Both Susan and Mary have become good friends to me through blogging. While traveling a few years ago I was tickled to get to meet Mary in person. I am hoping to get to meet Susan face to face, as well, but traveling to Australia might be a bit more tricky!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Sunday Morning

"Train up a child in the way he should go,
and when he is old he will not turn from it."
Proverbs 22:6