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One Summer Outfit, Finished

I did finish the shirt / jacket out of white linen. I did use two different lots of linen. If you look closely, you’ll see a little difference between the fabric used in the arms and the fabric used in the rest of the body.

Hi Everyone, it’s Monday and hotter than hot. It almost feels like the dog days of summer or maybe Phoenix.

I did finish the shirt / jacket out of white linen. I did use two different lots of linen. If you look closely, you’ll see a little difference between the fabric used in the arms and the fabric used in the rest of the body.

Here is the finished outfit with the pattern envelope for Vogue 8657. (I’ve been working on this for several weeks now.) The only thing confusing was the asymmetrical front. There is a lining but it isn’t labeled as a lining which was a little confusing.

If you look at my ‘project basket’, it’s still overflowing. So, I am feeling like I’m not making any headway in having it decrease.

I also have start I decided to use the softer black fabric I had. Nothing to show you yet.

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Major Decisions, Project Starts and Finishes

Hi Everyone – I look at the calendar and realize, summer is halfway done already. Fall is coming and I haven’t completed everything I wanted to for summer yet.

Hi Everyone – I look at the calendar and realize, summer is halfway done already. Fall is coming and I haven’t completed everything I wanted to for summer yet.

I did finish the jumpsuit. (I had mentioned this last week.) I made it out of some jersey knit fabric I had. I think it turned out nice. I wore it last night. It’s a calf length, perfect to match the red sandals.

I really liked the shirt / blouse for Vogue 8657, which I had made the pants for a few weeks ago. I had some white lightweight linen like fabric I had and decided not to sell. I thought it would look great as this blouse. It’s not finished, but a work in progress. A white blouse is always a nice blouse.

My son’s fiance’s father passed away unexpectedly about two years ago. She had a shirt of his and asked me to make a memory bear for her out of it. I’ve made many memory bears, but none recently. I have been using McCalls 7826, a teddy bear pattern I’ve had. But you can use any stuffed animal pattern.

I’m hoping there is enough for two bears, one for her and one for her sister. If the bears aren’t going to be around children, you can use the buttons for eyes.

My other unexpected project is the mid century modern chair I mentioned last week. I loved the clean lines. It was at an estate sale, the last day. It just look pathetic and overlooked. I thought it had good bones and had alot of potential.

I am undecided what to cover it in. I did find some perfect looking fabric at a large fabric store online. It would perfectly to match my living room. It is a tweed in black, apricot, lime green and teal. You can’t feel the fabric to see if it’s soft or hard and smooth, etc. Also, I would need to buy a minimum of 2 yards of fabric, pay shipping and tax so it would be at least $70. Plus, I don’t think I need two yards. I really think I can do it in 1 yard of fabric.

My other option is this plush black fabric I had. (I was going to made purses out of it.)

The wood needs to be cleaned up and painted, but the black would off set the brown wood. Black and brown are pretty neutral. The chair, with a pillow, could go almost anywhere. (Here’s the cleaned up chair with the black upholstery fabric.) Decisions, decisions….

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Much To Do After Time Off

I did finish one project, the pants which I used Vogue 8657, which I started before. I did add a side pocket for my phone.

Hi Everyone. I took some time off for a stay vacation. Took a four and a half hour kayak trip in strong winds, boating, we hit a supper club and went exploring. Not any exciting pictures to share.

I did finish one project, the pants which I used Vogue 8657, which I started before. I did add a side pocket for my phone.

I decided to try one more summer outfit before summer is over. I decided to use some of stash and McCalls 8212. I used the blue fabric with red dots. Let’s hope it turns out.

You all can help me. I need to find a dress to make for a destination wedding this fall at the Grand Tetons. Nice, but not too nice. Warm, but not too heavy.

We did go exploring. I found this sad chair which needs fixing. It has good bones and I couldn’t bring myself to leave it.

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The Finished Butterfly Blouse

I was able to finish the 1930’s Butterfly Blouse last week. I mentioned it in my previous blog post. I did a proto type out of the blue geometric print fabric. I didn’t like the neckline fell so I changed this when I cut the orange fabric out.

Today is Monday. I was able to sneak in a bike ride before it rains.

I was able to finish the 1930’s Butterfly Blouse last week. I mentioned it in my previous blog post. I did a proto type out of the blue geometric print fabric. I didn’t like the neckline fell so I changed this when I cut the orange fabric out.

I think the blouse turned out really well. I can’t wait to wear it.

I liked this pattern. Vogue 8657. I liked the top and would like to make it in white. I decided to make the pants out of some fabric I already had.

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30s Butterfly Blouse

I did make the butter fly blouse out of some cheaper fabric I had. It’s the large print blue geometric print fabric. I decided to make the real top out of the orange geometric print fabric. I decided to let the small blue dot fabric go. How many shirts do you need?

Hi Everyone – How are you all today. It’s a nice day here in the mid 60s, cloudy, and looks like rain.

I thought I finished my long dress, but I wore it and realized, it fit like a bag and needed some alterations.

I did make the butter fly blouse out of some cheaper fabric I had. It’s the large print blue geometric print fabric. I decided to make the real top out of the orange geometric print fabric. I decided to let the small blue dot fabric go. How many shirts do you need?

I did need to run to the fabric store for some thread. Of course I didn’t just look at thread. I found this cute Milwaukee print fabric. I just don’t know what to do with it. It has the Lake, all the rivers I kayak on, biking trails, neighborhoods… It would have made great masks. What should I do with this??

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It’s June and I Feel Like a Nap

I did finish the tropical dress. I was really happy. I thought it turned out nice. Then my daughter came over and was poking fun at it until I mentioned I made it. She hated the print. The best she could come up with was – she liked the side slits.

Hi Everyone – It’s a beautiful June day, not too hot and not too cool. It’s 74. I feel like a nap. I have a summer cold and a wicked cough. I think I sound like Kermit the Frog. On the other hand, my daughter tells me I sound like Aunt Clara. (Clara was my husband’s aunt. She smoked for over 70 years and only quit because the doctor told her she couldn’t be on oxygen and smoke too.)

I did finish the tropical dress. I was really happy. I thought it turned out nice. Then my daughter came over and was poking fun at it until I mentioned I made it. She hated the print. The best she could come up with was – she liked the side slits. Ok, so what do you all think??

I decided to make some Thank You tags for my Etsy shop. I had cut the tags but decided to enhance them with some trims.

I sewed the colored rick rack and trims onto the white tags. I think they turned out nice.

Oh, one more thing I was going to mention before I leave. I found some really interesting fabric at Connecting Threads. It’s travel fabric with vintage travel posters and images. (I’ve shown a picture here with one of my vintage post cards.) I looked online and there is more there.

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Finishing The Dress For Summer

I was ironing the dress thinking it was on the home stretch of finishing, when I realized there was a flaw in the material right in front of the neckline. There was no way to hide it. I decided to cut a scoop neckline into the dress to deal with the flaw in the fabric. It looks like the fabric missed the print with a wrinkle. This was cut at the fabric fold.

Hi Everyone – It’s Monday and here I am. I think we skipped Spring and jumped straight into Summer. It’s been over 90F for most of the last week.

I was working late last night trying to finish this dress up last night. I decided I didn’t like the sleeveless dress sleeves. I cut them in to make larger armholes.

I was ironing the dress thinking it was on the home stretch of finishing, when I realized there was a flaw in the material right in front of the neckline. There was no way to hide it. I decided to cut a scoop neckline into the dress to deal with the flaw in the fabric. It looks like the fabric missed the print with a wrinkle. This was cut at the fabric fold. I used a tool called a ‘Fashion Ruler’ which is a ruler with a curve along one side and over the top. It works great for straight, curved lines and also altering patterns to make them bigger or smaller. (I’m having problems uploading an image of the ruler.)

Flaw at neckline..

I mentioned I bought a pattern last week online at Etsy. A 1930s blouse pattern. I have three fabrics I’m considering.

I also went to the fabric store to get some outdoor canvas to make a sling for a beach chair my husband made. (Long story for another blog post.) The striped canvas indoor outdoor fabric I liked, wasn”t long enough. But I did look at patterns, since they were on sale at $1.99 each, and came up with a cute pattern for some fabric I already have.

Now I just have to make everything.

I’m going to run and try to get a bike ride in before the 40% of shows hopefully show up.

What are you working on??

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Technical Difficulties

Hi Everyone – I hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. Today’s Wednesday. You’d think I had a relaxing long weekend. You would be WRONG.

Hi Everyone – I hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. Today’s Wednesday. You’d think I had a relaxing long weekend. You would be WRONG.

I spent HOURS yesterday troubleshooting a printer which worked until it ran out of labels, then wouldn’t work. I checked everything. I ran trouble shooting of the operating system. Then I decided I should really take a look at everything. I moved things and pulled the desk out to see the back of everything. It turned out one of the cords was loose. Checking it from the front I must have tried it on an angle and it seemed fine – but obviously wasn’t.

On the bright side, I did start the dress. I have to put the zipper in and finish it. I was going to wear it to a party this weekend, but maybe not.

Hopefully, no more technical issues for a while.

I did stumble across a site on Etsy which sells 1920s / 1930s era patterns. I saw this beautiful butterfly sleeve top which I thought would look great as a summer top with a pair of jeans. What do you think??

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Great Discoveries and Small Successes

We had a rummage sale over the weekend, so I have little finishes. We also found a comforter and a quilt top. Not super old, but from the 1960s or 1970s. But very beautiful and colorful. They’re patchwork with a pattern.

Good Afternoon Everyone. It’d s balmy 71 degrees today. Perfect for a bike ride.

We had a rummage sale over the weekend, so I have little finishes. We also found a comforter and a quilt top. Not super old, but from the 1960s or 1970s. But very beautiful and colorful. They’re patchwork with a pattern.

I was able to finish my small project of painting the wooden trees. You’ll see my finished photo first and the three original and supply shots.

Since our rummage sale is over, I need to finish my summer dress and weed my large flower bed. It’s looking as a weed pile right now.

You’ll need to finish your projects, but not too busy that you’ll miss the wonderful seasonal sights.

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Happy Monday

I did find some wood shaped Christmas trees at a thrift shop. I thought they would look great spray painted in metallic metal shades, green and off white. I had some of the spray paint (bronze, copper) and went looking for the off white, silver and green. I was very disappointed that I couldn’t find any metallic / hammered white or green. (I went to several large box hardware stores.)

It’s a Sunny day out. I’m hoping to get out and enjoy a little of it.

I did get the dress pattern cut out. It’s now sitting by my sewing machine waiting for me.

I did find some wood shaped Christmas trees at a thrift shop. I thought they would look great spray painted in metallic metal shades, green and off white. I had some of the spray paint (bronze, copper) and went looking for the off white, silver and green. I was very disappointed that I couldn’t find any metallic / hammered white or green. (I went to several large box hardware stores.)

I thought they would look great when I finish them.

I’m also spending a considerable amount of time trying to downsize myself through a rummage sale this weekend. Hopefully that will go well.

What has inspired you today??

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What To Do Next

I also decided I need to go through this room. It’s my sewing, computer, work room. Don’t laugh, but these are my open projects. (I see this peach tropical floral fabric has been on about four of my posts. I decided to work on a few posts now.

It’s Monday and a balmy 43 degrees out. Here I am. I’ve decided to go through everything I have decided I wanted to do.

I did find several cool items on our trip, I just took pictures of most of them. I also decided I need to go through this room. It’s my sewing, computer, work room. Don’t laugh, but these are my open projects. (I see this peach tropical floral fabric has been on about four of my posts. I decided to work on a few posts now.

I have started my door wall art. I had to pack them away so everyone who was here watching our dogs wouldn’t see them – my son, daughter, sister, etc.

I’ve decided to cut the peach dress out and go from there. The patter in a Simplicity 6527 from 1966. It’s a cute pattern with French darts. The depressing thing is, it’s a size 18.

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Last Week In Review

Last week was a little of this, and a little of that. I friend of a friend called me and asked if I wanted to look at his mother’s old patterns. It took over a week to coordinate a time. I was quite surprised. There were hundreds of old mostly 1970s patterns. The majority were men’s 1970s patterns. There were boxes and boxes of vintage fabric as well. Mostly from the 1970s.

Hi Everyone – It’s Spring here. I’d love to tell you it’s 60F and sunny; but it’s not. It’s rainy, overcast and 45F. You can tell by everything I accomplished last week, the weather was terrible last week as well.

Last week was a little of this, and a little of that. I friend of a friend called me and asked if I wanted to look at his mother’s old patterns. It took over a week to coordinate a time. I was quite surprised. There were hundreds of old mostly 1970s patterns. The majority were men’s 1970s patterns. There were boxes and boxes of vintage fabric as well. Mostly from the 1970s.

The fabric I made the skirt out of I found there. I used a Kwik pattern. (I’d tell you what it was, but for the life of me, I can’t find it.) I also added two front pockets. (Everyone needs a pocket for a cell phone.) One matching the stripes and one with horizontal stripes.

copied skirt to go with white blouse

I also found this fabric there; I decided wasn’t going to be sold. I thought it would look great with a different vintage pattern I decided couldn’t part with. (As you’ve guessed my room is a bit of a mess. I have alot of patterns and fabric to sell along with patterns and fabric as well as my fabric stash.)

new project

I also found this fabric. I was excited to find some ethnic fabric from the 70s. It took me another look to realize it was from the TV show – Welcome Back Kotter.

vintage fabric

As part of buying the cost of buying the fabrics and patterns, I agreed to make a scarf out of some of her mother in law’s fabric. I think it turned out really well. (My serger is still out getting repaired.) She loved it.

Fabric to scarf

The last thing I started was my Christmas door decor gifts. I’m thinking of giving it away to many, many people at Christmas. You’ll see my inspiration was ‘Crazy Mom Quilts’ blog. I did make one 30″ L x 20″ W. It’s too big, I need to rework the dimensions to make it into a 20″L x 15″ W.

Christmas project.

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Finish Spring then Onto Summer

I did finish several of my Spring projects. The kitchen dish towels. I’ve finished the Spring, Summer and almost finished with Fall.

It’s Monday and here I am, writing my blog post. It’s a windy, warm day here. I was able to take a bike ride. It was great except for the gale force wind.

I did finish several of my Spring projects. The kitchen dish towels. I’ve finished the Spring, Summer and almost finished with Fall.

I did find some other fabric which made me question what I should make this dress out of. (I thought I mentioned this, but couldn’t find a reference to it.) Originally, I had another idea for this dress, now I’m not so sure.

I also saw this picture in a catalog. I thought it was a cute look and one that I could make quickly. I originally thought of striped linen like fabric or using teal colored linen. I stumbled upon this fabric and thought it looked good. Now I need to find a pattern. Maybe I can take this on vacation with me as well.

What are you all working on? Hopefully something awesome.

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Spring Forward With New Ideas

Spring is a time for regeneration and renewal. My garden is starting to turn green with the regeneration of new life. I’d like to think this applies to creativity as well. I’ve finished two sets of shorts and tops.

It’s Monday and here I am. There is no sunshine today. It’s been raining with thunder. My dogs are close as they aren’t fond of thunder and lighting.

Spring is a time for regeneration and renewal. My garden is starting to turn green with the regeneration of new life. I’d like to think this applies to creativity as well. I’ve finished two sets of shorts and tops.

I’ve also continuing to work on some decorative towels I’ve been thinking about four seasons, Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. I’ve finished Spring. This picture is working on Summer – which I started first and put aside. Hopefully I’ll have pictures taken shortly.

Has Spring inspired your creative process?

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Spring Ideas

This week I decided to spend all my gift cards I’ve received for Christmas and my birthday. I bought fabric. I’ve decided what I will make for several Christmas gifts as well as knit projects. I don’t use stretch fabric alot. So I thought I’d try some sleep shorts and slim fitting black pants. (These pics are stuck on phone; they don’t want to upload to this blog post.)

Hi Everyone – Here it is Monday again. I want to go for a bike ride. The weatherman indicated it would get up to 64F. Unfortunately, it’s only 42F. Too cold for a fun bike ride.

My sewing table, I realized, needed another coat of Modge Podge. The front edge was showing some wear. I put some Modge Podge on it and ordered more.

I’ve started some applique towels, but realized I needed some supplies. I have many ideas dancing in my head, but need supplies before I finish them.

This week I decided to spend all my gift cards I’ve received for Christmas and my birthday. I bought fabric. I’ve decided what I will make for several Christmas gifts as well as knit projects. I don’t use stretch fabric alot. So I thought I’d try some sleep shorts and slim fitting black pants. (These pics are stuck on phone; they don’t want to upload to this blog post.)

Last night I actually had a nightmare about a dress for my son’s wedding. The wedding is before Christmas so I need to make some decisions on this. I will need to finish some of these projects quickly or put them on hold to decide on what to do about that dress soon.

Also, I was able to gain access to the Commercial Patter Archive at the University of Rhode Island. If you are looking for a specific older pattern or if you have a general idea of what you are searching for, it will show you the front and back of the pattern. You’ll need to work on the specifics yourself. I did a search for Simplicity 2011, which is the lounge pajamas I have on my sewing table, this didn’t bring anything up. I did find a 1920s type robe I have wanted to make.

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Spring and New Beginnings

I had seen this dress pattern in Adventures of Sweet Monday blog. I saw McCalls 8084, and thought it would look great with tropical fabric I brought back from Hawaii a few years ago.

Spring is for new beginnings. It was feeling like Spring here, until it wasn’t. Our heater went off last night and it was 57F when we woke up this morning. There is SNOW in the forecast again.

I had seen this dress pattern in Adventures of Sweet Monday blog. I saw McCalls 8084, and thought it would look great with tropical fabric I brought back from Hawaii a few years ago.

I did finish the polka dot shirt make over. It turned out nice.

I did find a web site which looks interesting, Commercial Pattern Archive Database. It’s a massive commercial pattern database through the University of Rhode Island. I’m trying to get access. I’ve been trying to find a robe pattern from the 1920s. Or maybe Simplicity pattern on my table, Simplicity 2011.

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Trips, Traipes, Tops, Trunks

I was looking through my projects basket and found two much too large shirts I bought at a thrift shop. I loved the patterns. (One is a gray knit with white dots and the other is a light weight blue and white fabric.)

The sun is shining, it’s a beautiful day. The temperature inching up to 60F and most of my front yard now has NO snow. I’m going to put my shades on and go ‘traipes’ (a word my mom always used) about.

I realize it was last March we went into lock down and everything was cancelled. If you are like me, you’re ready to go on a trip somewhere. This made me think of summer tops, swim suits, and sunny places.

I was looking through my projects basket and found two,much too large, shirts I bought at a thrift shop. I loved the patterns. (One is a gray knit with white dots and the other is a light weight blue and white fabric.)

I also found this ‘simple’ McCalls 3112 pattern. The blue and white fabric was a long sleeve button front shirt. I was going to cut it so the buttons went down the back for the top.

The gray fabric, I was just going to make the neckline a V neckline and make it into a sleeveless top with deep cut armholes.

The pants and top I had started didn’t flatter me. I was disappointed the way they turned out.

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Renew and Reflections

I am continuing to work on my Spring outfit. I read an article in Threads, Spring 2021 about adding pockets and subtracting a zipper. I am trying this for the pants.

Hi Everyone – It’s Monday and I am writing this blog. I am happy to say, there is hope. I’ve heard Cardinals singing in my backyard. The snowpiles which were feet over the top of our F150 are now only about 3 feet high. There are even patches of snowless ground.

I am continuing to work on my Spring outfit. I read an article in Threads, Spring 2021 about adding pockets and subtracting a zipper. I am trying this for the pants.

I am also feeling very reflective. I have an Etsy site as you all know. I do buy and sell vintage fabrics and patterns. I found all this great fabrics at a thrift shop. I felt like I was buying items (she/the seamstress) had intended to complete. Something suddenly happened, either she died suddenly or had other health issues.

My thoughts for you all is to do something you’ve always wanted to do. (Especially with all the vaccines becoming available.) Do it now, because if you put it off you may not be able to do it. Something little or something big. Life is fragile and finite. Do it now. Peace.

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Cabin Fever Is Officially Here

Buying vintage patterns and fabrics can have advantages. Also, I bought this fabric and was going to sell it, but then decided it would look great as a romper. I love the head to toe color of a romper, but not the logistics of one. I put part of a romper from the 1920s on my sewing table, Simplicity 2011. It’s a cute romper. Unfortunately, it was missing pieces.

Hi All – Cabin fever is here. Maybe it was the last fourteen inches of ‘lake effect’ snow, which was only projected to be six inches. Maybe it was the four inches last night. Or maybe it is not being able to go on vacation in over a year. Either way, I’m ready to bug out.

I know I was going to make a cute flannel shirt. Or finish the funky jacket. But I’ve decided to do something for Spring.

Buying vintage patterns and fabrics can have advantages. Also, I bought this fabric and was going to sell it, but then decided it would look great as a romper. I love the head to toe color of a romper, but not the logistics of one. I put part of a romper from the 1920s on my sewing table, Simplicity 2011. It’s a cute romper. Unfortunately, it was missing pieces.

I did see this pattern, Simplicity 2369, which has some runching in the middle, v neckline and flutter sleeves. I don’t like the elastic pants. But it can get me to the look.

I also bought two black and white striped t shirts which I decided to pull apart and redo into one t shirt.

I do still have the wool square quilt I am working on. My serger is now in the shop for repairs. My back up works ok, but it’s really loud. (My husband suggested wearing ear protection with it.) I also have the quilt squares which were started and the black jacket with the funky lining I need to finish..

It’s ok to start planning your next vacation, I am.

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Another Day, Another Post

It’s winter, winter, winter. It’s 2F. The snow piles by the driveway are taller than me (really). We are expecting 4″ of ‘lake effect’ snow. Four inches isn’t bad, it’s where do you put it?? I can empathize with the snowbird
I decided to finish up projects before I start anything new. I finished the cloth face masks.

Hi Everyone, It’s Monday and here I am again. It’s winter, winter, winter. It’s 2F. We are expecting 4″ of ‘lake effect’ snow. Four inches isn’t bad, it’s where do you put it?? The snow piles by the driveway are taller than me (really). I can empathize with the snowbird population.

I decided to finish up projects before I start anything new. I finished the cloth face masks.

I also decided to try and finish the wool square quilt before I starting anything new. I was serging the cotton / poly fabric onto the wool squares. Then I am going to sew them together. I also have some fabric for the backing. I was going to just tack the front and back together using some fancy stitches on my machine.

I did finish the scrap striped quilt, which I’ve been working on.

I also thought I’d share this color link I keep going to. I use it to find the right name for colors in fabrics. Sometimes you want to make sure you are describing the item correction. (Did you know the main color, above, is taupe gray?)

What are you all working on? Hopefully it’s warmer where you are. I’d send you some snow, but it would not make it. Peace.

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The Deep Freeze Inspiration

It’s Monday and here I am. The temp was 0F when I first looked this morning. I decided to make flannel shirt I decided to make several years ago, but didn’t.

Hi Everyone – It’s Monday and here I am. The temp was 0F when I first looked this morning. I decided to make flannel shirt I decided to make several years ago, but didn’t.

I originally was going to make the last picture, Butterick 4851 with the button back. One advantage / disadvantage of selling vintage patterns is finding something I really like. I like the Vogue 5984. (It doesn’t have a date on it, but I’d guess from the 60s) I decided to make the basic Vogue pattern. However I was thinking of: a little longer, box pleat in back, shirt tail hem with contrasting bias trim along the bottom, alternating the checked fabric.

I’m also going to see some snowbird friends who have since moved to Arizona. I thought some face masks when I saw this fabric at JoAnn Fabric. One is a state fabric, and one is a travel fabric. (I had originally saw Milwaukee fabric with all the different neighborhoods features, but I talked to the sales person and she said it was gone right away after it came out.)

I also wanted to make a different type of mask with no front seam so the fabric would not be cut across the center. I found a pattern on Pinterest. I downloaded it and changed it a bit. (It was not in English nor in inches) I made a mock up in muslin to see how it would work. I tweaked it a little, but it should work find.

I am almost finished with the modern scrap quilt, I just need to finish the corners and it’s done. 🙂

What are you all working on? I know the quarantine is dragging on. Hopefully, we will be more able to move around soon.

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Winter Is Here

One thing I didn’t mention last week, I finished the applique pillows. It started with these illustrations in a vintage craft magazine.

Hi Everyone – It’s Monday, and here I am. It’s a winter wonderland here. Two snow storms in one week. The snow banks are averaging 4 feet high. It’s heavy, wet snow. Hopefully no new storms for a while. It was a challenge to find a low place to put the snow the last time we cleaned the drive way off.

One thing I didn’t mention last week, I finished the applique pillows. It started with these illustrations in a vintage craft magazine.

And ended up like these pillows.

I’m still working on the modern striped quilt. It’s quilted now.

I have downsized many books and vintage fabrics. Most I bought at seamstress’s estate sales. It’s all beautiful, I just don’t seem to need to look that dressed up any more. Maybe next week I’ll take a picture. I’ll need to straighten up first. How about your sewing / work / craft space? Is it neater than mine??

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Mid Winter Clean Out

I looked at my fabric stash and it looked very unorganized. I decided to go through everything and purge out what I don’t use, won’t ever use and downsize alot of stuff. I did decide to part with many old books and fabrics. I had two suitcases of old wool cashmere sweaters which I had acquired. I decided to cut all the sweaters in the suitcases up into blocks. I would them serge them onto matching fabric squares, (using ugly fabrics) making a patchwork quilt.

Hi Everyone – It’s still Monday, so I’m not late. It’s a balmy 25 F today, no wind, very calm, no sun either.

I looked at my fabric stash and it looked very unorganized. I decided to go through everything and purge out what I don’t use, won’t ever use and downsize alot of stuff. I did decide to part with many old books and fabrics.

I had two suitcases of old wool cashmere sweaters which I had acquired. (I don’t have a picture handy, I have used parts of 4 or 5 wool sweaters to make a 1/2 zip sweater several years ago. I decided to cut all the sweaters in the suitcases up into blocks. I would them serge them onto matching fabric squares, (using ugly fabrics) making a patchwork quilt. I found several ideas on Pinterest, one and two and three.

The basket was overflowing when I started.
I made a 9 1/2″ square template to cut them up.
You’ll see my cut squares and partial squares I thought I piece together to make more 9.5″ squares.

My one daughter was talking that she didn’t like quilts because they were still and not cuddly. So the object would be to get this going and done before April, her birthday.

I also did finish the back to my modern quilt I’ve been working on. This week I want to get it put together so I can quilt and finish it.

What are you all working on? I’d love to here / see them.

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Rediscovering An Old Friend

I decided late last week to clean out old computer bookmarks. I rediscovered one I had saved some time ago. It’s called Crazy Mom Quilts, hosted by Amanda Nyberg. She has since retired, but has kept up her blog posts up. I’m reading my way through it, and learning more.

Good Morning Everyone – I hope you all are enjoying this Dr. Martin Luther King Day. It almost seems like we are back in the 1960s again. It’s cloudy and overcast here. The weather is quite mild for this time of year, a balmy 29F. But here I am.

I decided late last week to clean out old computer bookmarks. I rediscovered one I had saved some time ago. It’s called Crazy Mom Quilts, hosted by Amanda Nyberg. She has since retired, but has kept up her blog posts up. I’m reading my way through it, and learning more.

I realized this was the site I saw the quilted bags I made here

I quickly looked through most of the pictures (there is about 7 years of 3 times a week posts). I realized she designed the quilt I found a picture of on Pinterest. (She had a picture of the patterns in a box and ready for distribution.)

I’d decided to finish the modern throw pillows I had started.

Here is how the tops turned out, not quite as nice as I’d liked, but still cute.

I’ve used some of the vintage fabric pieces to give it a 70s vibe.

I really like rick rack. I’ve used it to decorate hand / kitchen towels. I was trying to play with it in different shapes and ideas. I was going to show you all what I’ve been playing with, but I can’t get the pictures to upload off my phone. 😦 Maybe next week…

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January Mid Winter Blah

I did pull out my quilt squares / thrift store find. I took several pictures. I had the bag that came with the quilt squares. It said “QOM Was the Night Before Christmas”. I did some searching on the internet and found this finished quilt with my squares on it.

It’s Monday, and I’m here. OK, it’s not that bad. Winter is definitely here. The deep freeze is to set in at the end of the week. Maybe Winter blah is a good thing with everything that’s happened in Washington this week.

I did pull out my quilt squares / thrift store find. I took several pictures. I had the bag that came with the quilt squares. It said “QOM Was the Night Before Christmas”. I did some searching on the internet and found this finished quilt with my squares on it.

I don’t have all this fabric. I have alot of sqaures and some fabrics, but no pictures or instructions.

I took the pictures and am still thinking of how to move forward to finish this.

I was also thinking about Christmas. Maybe it’s all the snow. I was looking on Pinterest for ideas which would compliment the ideas floating around in my head. I’ve been thinking tropical, warm. I did find a few inspirational ideas.

I got a call Friday that my sewing machine is fixed. (It’s only been 2.5 months.) Who’s counting.

I think I will go back and finish the modern quilt, then look at this again.

What are you all working on. Or if you have ideas on how to finish the quilt project, let me know.

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Happy New Year To You

Happy New Year Everyone!! It’s Monday, and here I am. My husband was off work, on vacation, so I really didn’t do any sewing. I did go snow shoeing down by the Lake Michigan. It was odd, you could hear the Lake before you got close enough to see it. There were white caps on the Lake. You can’t really see from the pictures, but there’s about a 40 mph wind coming in off the Lake. It was snowing sideways. It felt like ice pelts hitting your skin.

Hi Everyone – Happy New Year Everyone!! It’s Monday, and here I am. My husband was off work, on vacation, so I really didn’t do any sewing. I did go snow shoeing down by the Lake Michigan. It was odd, you could hear the Lake before you got close enough to see it. There were white caps on the Lake. You can’t really see from the pictures, but there’s about a 40 mph wind coming in off the Lake. It was snowing sideways. It felt like ice pelts hitting your skin.

I did give my sister her quilt I had made for her out of the crazy quilt pieces I had gotten from my mom. I also kept one of the wall hangings. I have it hanging, here in my workroom.

I came upon this Vogue pattern and decided it would look nice at my son’s wedding next Fall. The ceremony is going to be outside in October. I thought I could have a lace overskirt, metallic silver top, small jacket. I thought I could have the option to wear tights and boots outside and dress it up for their party back here. I have the lace from something else I was going to do with it.

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Christmas, Covid, Dining and Much More

I can finish up on several projects I haven’t finished yet: The modern quilt, the jacket with funky lining or the mystery quilt from the thrift shop.

Hi Everyone – It’s a Monday afternoon. Still in December. I’ve just missed a week.

I have had Covid. I am recovered now and out of quarantine. I with there was a wild party involved, there wasn’t. No big campaign rallies either. I went out to breakfast with five people. There service was awful. The food ok. Unfortunately, one of our friends had covid and spread it to three other people at breakfast. I thought I had a cold. So no Christmas for us. It was just my husband and I here. We’ll have to celebrate next weekend with out kids.

My sewing machine is still in the shop. I am using an old machine until I get my new machine back.

I can finish up on several projects I haven’t finished yet: The modern quilt, the jacket with funky lining or the mystery quilt from the thrift shop.

My son and his girlfriend got engaged around Thanksgiving. I don’t this I mentioned that. I have a year to come up with a dress to wear. They are doing a destination wedding. They’ve rented a chalet and are hiking into The Grand Tetons for the ceremony. Then a party back here the next month. I have some beautiful gray lace, but no pattern to use…

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Rocks

Last weekend I decided I wanted to replace my round plastic fabric grabbers with something more natural – rocks. You can see the grabbers were also damaging my new decoupaged work counter. (You may remember I did this about a month ago and like it.)

Hi Everyone, it’s Monday and here I am again. Winter is really here, though no snow. It’s 29 and blustery today.

Last weekend I decided I wanted to replace my round plastic fabric grabbers with something more natural – rocks. You can see the grabbers were also damaging my new decoupaged work counter. (You may remember I did this about a month ago and like it.)

I thought taking our dogs for a walk down by the Lake during a Packer’s game. Would be a perfect solution. What better time to not run into anyone than then?

Well, we (my husband and I) took our two dogs for a walk down by Lake Michigan. But before we actually got to the walking path, guy on a hover board wearing a kilt that came down the hill in front of us. No pictures, sorry. My older dog was going nuts. (He dislikes wheels. He does ok with cars, but not with roller bladers, skateboarders and he really doesn’t like UPS trucks. Why? Who knows.

I also remembered, too late. He doesn’t understand waves. He was really upset and was jumping at the waves. Even when we got him a little bit away from the Lake. He could hear the waves slapping against the beach and it upset him.

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Stuffed Animals and More

I was extremely happy to say my stuffed animals / plushies are selling. I sold all my turtles. I’ve made two more and am working on two others. I have been using a Funky Friends Factory pattern, Stu the Sea Turtle. I’ve made several of these patterns. They are the only download patterns I’ve used.

Hi Everyone – It’s Monday and here I am. It’s feeling more like Winter. It snowed a bit yesterday. Just enough to cover the road. It melted before noon though.

I was extremely happy to say my stuffed animals / plushies are selling. I sold all my turtles. I’ve made two more and am working on two others. I have been using a Funky Friends Factory pattern, Stu the Sea Turtle. I’ve made several of these patterns. They are the only download patterns I’ve used.

I also finished fixing / restoring this cat quilt. I did fix a few cats, but mostly it was finding and sewing on many, many buttons.

I thought I’d share this dresser my husband restored and painted. We found it at a Habitat for Humanity Restore Shop on Black Friday. (We were there to look for a small cabinet for our son.) I love it. I’d like to put it under the TV. (He wants to sell it. )

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Finishing Up Quilts

It’s time to finish up my projects. I had started, and finished a Pinwheel quilt. Something was off on them. I decided I didn’t like the boarder print. It matches, but it seemed way too busy. I took off the boarder print. They are smaller, but look nicer.

Hi – It’s Monday – and here I am. It is feeling like winter, except no snow. There’s a definite nip in the air and I saw snow flakes in the dogs fur when I brought them back into the house.

It’s time to finish up my projects. I had started, and finished a Pinwheel quilt. Something was off on them. I decided I didn’t like the boarder print. It matches, but it seemed way too busy. I took off the boarder print. They are smaller, but look nicer.

I also am up to quilting the two African Dutch Wax Quilts I’m working on. I wanted to try a different quilting pattern. Maybe not since my machine is still in the shop…

So, hopefully, you’re after Thanksgiving is socially distanced, but yet nice.

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Modern Scrap Quilts

I have made a large modern quilt for my son from solid strips of fabric. I also made two small quilts, very similar, for my Etsy shop. But here are the finished quilts. I wanted to do something quilt the extra strips, something modern and fun.

Hi Everyone – It’s Monday and I’m here writing. Though it’s hard. It’s currently almost 70 degrees here. (My bike is calling me.) We did take a nice walk down by the Lake yesterday. It was beautiful.

I have made a large modern quilt for my son from solid strips of fabric. I also made two small quilts, very similar, for my Etsy shop, you can see the squares at the bottom of that post. But here are the finished quilts. I wanted to do something quilt the extra strips, something modern and fun.

You can see I played with the background colors, a solid here and a pattern there.

Anyway, I had alot of strips left over. I saw this picture on Pinterest, and thought it would work for all the strips I have. I put the strips together and sat and looked at them. There was something off. Something I didn’t like. Yesterday evening I finished redoing them. I layed them next to each other and think they look nice.

I did find some taupe fabric which should look nice. Not really gray / not really tan / beige…

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Crazy Christmas

Crazy Christmas. (Yes, 2020 has been a crazy year, so why should Christmas be any different?) I was cleaning a drawer out of my sewing island and found part of an old crazy quilt one of my old relatives had made.

Hi Everyone – Here I am and it’s still Monday. The weather is now a little above normal. Maybe up in the 50s today. I’m planning to bundle up and go for a bike ride. It might be my last ride this year…

Crazy Christmas. (Yes, 2020 has been a crazy year, so why should Christmas be any different?) I was cleaning a drawer out of my sewing island and found part of an old crazy quilt one of my old relatives had made. It was in pieces. My mom had given it to me several years before she passed. There weren’t big pieces to just make a small quilt with. There were sections. (Maybe this was what was left off an old quilt and no one wanted to throw it out?) I had used a few strips to decorate pillow covers for my aunt and mom and stuck everything back into a drawer.

I found these quilt sample ideas on Pinterest: Sample 1, Sample 2, Sample 3. I liked Sample 1 because I could use different size strips. I liked Sample 2, but thought the pieces were too small to show off the crazy quilting. I decided on Sample 3 as a good idea to start with. I was going to make different size squares, but then didn’t want to risk wasting the old quilt.

I originally was looking for solid light gray fabric to work with, but decided on fabric called blue jean at Connecting Threads which complemented the depression colors.

There was enough to make eight squares. Two are a little larger. I was going to make a wall hanging for me and my one sisters. The remaining 6 squares will go for a throw quilt for my other sister. (They are really the only remaining people who would remember the history of the crazy quilt.)

Unfortunately, my sewing machine needed service. I can’t finish them until I get it back. So hopefully, I can finish everything before Christmas.

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More 70s Styles

I was going to show you some of these projects. But I thought I’d save them. I found some sewing pattern pamphlets I found at a seamstresses estate sale. Obviously she thought they would all inspire her at some point in the future. This pamphlet is from April 1975.

Hi – It’s Monday again. Fall is definitely here. There was a frost last night. This means I have a finite amount of time to clean up the yard and clean the front porch and bring in the plants and furniture before it gets cold. I’m going to try for a bike ride today, before workouts will mainly be inside.

I was going to start on the 70s graphic appliques. But I was putting something away in a drawer. I opened it and realized I have several unfinished projects. I decided they needed to be finished before I started something new.

I was going to show you some of these projects. But I thought I’d save them. I found some sewing pattern pamphlets I found at a seamstresses estate sale. Obviously she thought they would all inspire her at some point in the future. This pamphlet is from April 1975.

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A Time To Serve

As I mentioned last week, I have been making Teddy Bears for the local USO. I thought I’d share the finished pictures.

Wow, you can tell Fall is here. Yesterday it was nearly 80 degrees, and this morning it was a mere 58 degrees.

As I mentioned last week, I have been making Teddy Bears for the local USO. I thought I’d share the finished pictures.

I put masks on them since the kids getting them will have masks on. The Velcro let’s the kids put different patches on them.

I found these pictures in a craft book. I thought they were cool. I was going to try and incorporate them into throw pillows for my daughter’s new apartment. I checked with my older daughter to see if she’d like them. She didn’t say no, she said NO. So, I’m still trying to find a way to utilize them…

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Fall Is Almost Here

Finishing up. I did finish my daughters dress. (Yah!!) I know you’ve head alot about it… here, and here …It turned out really well.

Hi Everyone – Last week was cooler than normal here. Some of the leaves have started to change colors. Autumn is really a great time of year. These are from Door Co. (left is my photo, right is one I’ve purchased.) When the view changes from left to right…

Finishing up. I did finish my daughters dress. (Yah!!) I know you’ve head alot about it… here, and here …It turned out really well.

One other thing I’ve been doing. I don’t think I mentioned it, is making Teddy Bears for the USO. These are made from old uniforms which are donated to the USO. The bears are distributed to children of deploying local troops.

If you are interested in donating uniforms, please contact USO Wisconsin at 414.763.2214.

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Let’s Say Thanks

You all know I love to explore thrift shops. I found these thank you cards. I like to send small thank you cards out to some of my buyers on my Etsy shop. I saw these and thought, I can personalize them.

Hi All. I’m late, it’s Wednesday already. I’ve been busy. My daughter is here. So I’m still working on the dress. She gave me a few off measurements when she tried the muslin sample I sent her. So I need to rip the dress apart (again) to shorten the waist, make the bust line smaller (when she told me it was too small and I made it bigger) and make it narrower. This also means I need to take the zipper out and put it back in again. I need to have this done before she leaves tomorrow. I need to send this home with her so I don’t have to look at it for a while.

While I was waiting for my daughter to get back, I finished the two small modern quilts and these thank you cards.

You all know I love to explore thrift shops. I found these thank you cards. I like to send small thank you cards out to some of my buyers on my Etsy shop. I saw these and thought, I can personalize them.

I’ve seen people make cards using their sewing machine. I thought I would try this on these cards. I used the zig zag and several other special stitches on the front of these cards. What do you this?

Maybe this will inspire us to personalize our Christmas items. Maybe this would look cute on Christmas gift tags.

OK, back to working on the dress…..

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Copy That

I am finishing up the dress I am making for my daughter. I’d tell you it’s been fun and exciting, but that’s not how it’s going. It’s been somewhat stressful. I want it to be perfect, but I’ve never designed a dress from a picture before. Also, my serger is working perfect, nor was my sewing machine.

As I write this blog post, it’s 56 outside and raining off and on all day. Yesterday, it was nearly 80. I think Fall is here.

I am finishing up the dress I am making for my daughter. I’d tell you it’s been fun and exciting, but that’s not how it’s going. It’s been somewhat stressful. I want it to be perfect, but I’ve never designed a dress from a picture before. Also, my serger is working perfect, nor was my sewing machine.

My serger is working better, but it’s time for maintenance. My sewing machine is working great again.

I started this a few weeks ago. I made the bodice with muslin and mailed it to my daughter to check fitting. It was a little big. OK. I started on the dress. I put the invisible zipper in. I watched this YouTube video, which was very helpful. I have to put the back shoulder straps in, finish the zipper and then wait for my daughter to get home to put the front slit in and finish everything.

It should be finished in a few days. 🙂

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A Modern Twist

While I was waiting for my daughter to get her mock up and let me know how it fitted. I started a few modern quilts. They look like the pattern I used for the modern quilt I made for my son. I used gray and tried using a patterned fabric to try a new twist on the same basic quilt.

Hi – It’s Monday, again. I haven’t really don’t much this week. I was gone camping for a long weekend. We were at Governor Dodge State Park, very nice. I didn’t take pictures with my phone. I was trying to conserve my phone’s battery life.

I did start on my daughter’s dress. (I fixed my serger.) I actually took out all my books to see why it wasn’t working. I am happy to say, I have figured it out.

While I was waiting for my daughter to get her mock up and let me know how it fitted. I started a few modern quilts. They look like the pattern I used for the modern quilt I made for my son. I used gray and tried using a patterned fabric to try a new twist on the same basic quilt.

I thought I would be making four small, modern quilts I could list on my Etsy site. I lost track of the strips I cut, sewed. I realized I only have enough for two quilts. Well, I actually need three more squares to finish the tops.

When I finish this, I am going to start working on my daughter’s dress.

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Let’s Take A Break

I thought I’d just share a few pictures from our short trip up north. If you want a nice vacation away. I’d always recommend Door County. It has the charm of a small lake side town, beautiful parks and cute shops.

Hi – It’s supposed to be hot, Hot, HOT today. Which means mid to upper 90s.

I haven’t been doing alot lately. We had a rummage sale and left for a short vacation. I did start a modern quilt and did hear back from my daughter on the dress.

I thought I’d just share a few pictures from our short trip up north. If you want a nice vacation away, I’d always recommend Door County and Peninsula State Park for hiking and biking. Door County is actually the thumb shaped peninsula when you look at a map of Wisconsin. It’s northeast of Green Bay. On one side of the peninsula is Green Bay (where we were) and the other side of the peninsula is Lake Michigan. There is usually a little less wind and calmer water on this side of the peninsula. But all have the charm of a small lake / seaside town, beautiful parks and cute shops. The only downside – the mosquitos were out for blood.

(These are: upcycled yard art – Fish Creek, sunset over Green Bay, hiking in Peninsula State Park / Eagle Trail, ramp for new Eagle Tower, Peninsula State Park, (one of my favorite roads) Hwy 42 before it ends, round barn on hwy detour.)

It’s more beautiful if you go in fall when the leaves are changing colors. It’s magical. (New England has nothing on the Midwest.)

Hopefully you’ve been able to take a break and go for a get away weekend somewhere, too.

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This Week In Review

I have started to make several small contemporary / modern quilts. I’ve had to buy fabric. What a project. I was on JoAnn Fabric and Craft’s site – what a nightmare that is. If you find the fabric, in the color you want. You can start the process of ordering it, then – oh, it’s not available for internet purchase. Oh, you can’t pick it up in store either. (Then why is it on your web site for sale?!@?)

Hi Everyone – It’s nearly perfect here. The weather couldn’t be better. I think the reason I don’t love summer is the bugs. The mosquito are out in force as are the gnats. (Did you know gnats bite? Nasty little devils.) I have all these tiny bites on my legs (that itch like crazy).

I am starting on my daughter’s dress. I have the top designed and sewn in muslin. I hesitate to go any further until she tries it on. Since she lives in Chicago – it gets tricky. I mailed it to her yesterday with a list of questions. We can Zoom or do a Google video call.

I have started to make several small contemporary / modern quilts. I’ve had to buy fabric. What a project. I was on JoAnn Fabric and Craft’s site – what a nightmare that is. If you find the fabric, in the color you want. You can start the process of ordering it, then – oh, it’s not available for internet purchase. Oh, you can’t pick it up in store either. (Then why is it on your web site for sale?!@?)

I did buy some fabric from Etsy and Ebay and Connecting Threads (much easier and loads less frustrating.

What I started working on until my daughter gets back to me is a quilt similar to this one, but smaller and using grays instead of tans. Well, maybe tans as well….

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Time To ReStock

On my Etsy sight, I sold 2 quilts and several stuffed animals all within a week. So, it’s time to restock.

Here is it, Monday. I’m right on time. I am soo excited, we had over 5″ of rain last night. My power didn’t go out. My sub-pump didn’t die. I didn’t have water in my basement.

On my Etsy sight, I sold 2 quilts and several stuffed animals all within a week. So, it’s time to restock.

I thought I would try and stay ahead of the curve and made 1 and 2 Dutch African Wax fabric quilts, 1 and 2 tumbling triangle quilts, 2 dolphins and 2 turtles (which aren’t quilt done yet)…

What do you think??

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Gift For My Daughter With A Mid Century Vibe

I did find some old, vintage McCall’s Needlework and Crafts magazine. I love to look at what was popular then. Because we all know what is old – is new again.

Hi Everyone – We just got through a heat wave – it was 97 degrees yesterday. (It felt like that much humidity as well.) But, there was a spectacular storm last night and it’s much cooler today.

I did find some old, vintage McCall’s Needlework and Crafts magazine. I love to look at what was popular then. Because we all know what is old – is new again.

Anyway, I had this idea for my daughter’s apartment. First, my daughter loves mid century modern style. I laughed to myself when we moved her into her present apartment, which looks like it was built in the late 50s / early 60s, that her furniture matches the apartment decor.

I saw these pictures and thought they would make great throw pillows for her blue couch. She doesn’t have many pillows. I checked with my oldest daughter to see if she thought Lauren would like them. She gave a unanimous NO. She said Lauren hates throw pillows. That’s probably why there were so few in her apartment.

Now I don’t know what to get her. Her birthday is next month, so I still have a little time. There’s got to be something cute to do with these… let me think on that..

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It’s A Pin Cushion

As you all know by now, I love to explore. One place is estate sales. I went to an estate sale several weeks ago and found years worth of old craft magazines. I grabbed about five. That was all I could carry with my other purchases. I found an old McCall’s Needlework & Crafts magazine from 1967.

Good Morning, Good Morning. It’s a beautiful day here. I hope it is there, too.

As you all know by now, I love to explore. One place is estate sales. I went to an estate sale several weeks ago and found years worth of old craft magazines. I grabbed about five. That was all I could carry with my other purchases. I found an old McCall’s Needlework & Crafts magazine from 1967.

I wrote a previous post on old, non traditional pin cushions. I found a number of cute little pin cushions here, which would be cute to try.

Any one of these would be a fun project.

I did mark a few other projects which might be interesting to try or update.

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Patriotic Quilted Wall Hanging

The Door decoration / quilted wall hanging. This was supposed to be done by July 4th. Unfortunately, I didn’t make it. Good for me, the 4th happens every year.

Hi – It’s Tuesday, so I’m late. The weather is breezy and in the 80s. It’s supposed to go back up into the 90s with high humidity by Thursday. So I’m enjoying it.

First, I did give my son his quilt, he was very casual about it. So I don’t think he was thrilled with it. But, now they all have a quilt and I feel better.

The Door decoration / quilted wall hanging. This was supposed to be done by July 4th. Unfortunately, I didn’t make it. Good for me, the 4th happens every year.

I liked this drawing I found on Pinterest. It was my inspiration. I thought – I can make that. I did order some striped canvas (so there may be more). But I pulled out all my fabrics which could possibly work and this is what I came up with… red and white gingham, blue handkerchief fabric, dots, printed picnic tablecloth printed fabric…

I also decided to free motion quilt it. I found some stars, loops and “snowflakes” which looked like fireworks exploding. I decided to use this and go for it. I used varigated red, white and blue thread.

I used blue jean fabric for the boarder and back – how American is that? I have them for sale on Etsy. Let me know what you think.

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Happy July 4th

I was going to show you the progress of the Teddy Bears I’m making, or what I finished. My two daughters were home for the Holiday. With them came projects I got sucked into.

Hi Everyone – Happy 4th, a few days late. It’s hot, hot, hot here. Well, it will be. Yesterday it was 95 with about 60% humidity. I am going to slip out for a bike ride shortly before it get too hot here. (The shore temperature of the late is about 70 degrees. This is totally unheard of until late August.)

I was going to show you the progress of the Teddy Bears I’m making, or what I finished. My two daughters were home for the Holiday. With them came projects I got sucked into.

My oldest daughter has decided to reconstruct / deconstruct some of her clothes. Since she has no sewing skills, I fixed / finished a few. She had a large print, black lace shirt she cut the sleeves off of, I finished the new armhole seams. She also shortened a skirt. This she didn’t want hemmed. It actually looked fine the way it was.

My younger daughter took one of my mom’s sewing machines. She has been trying to teach herself how to sew during quarantine. I’ve been on many Google video calls asked to try and troubleshoot the sewing machine. (I think it needs service, cleaning. I don’t remember Mom using any sewing machine for a long time before she passed away.) Also, any number of questions she couldn’t find the answer on You Tube. This was very stressful. I’m glad she brought the dress home and finished it here. This is much easier to show her, or walk her through a few problems she ran into.

I have also bought a distressed t shirt from a thrift store. It has a NASA emblem on the front. It’s big and sloppy on me. I cut the back up and tied a knot at the back waist and make cap sleeves of the sleeves.

We had a small, very small 4th of July party. This was alot of work, even if it was small. All the illegal fireworks went on and on. My poor dog was petrified.

OK, that’s all I have. No pictures.

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Roll Out The Barrel… The Beer Hat

OK, I made a beer hat. It’s a Pabst beer hat. Pabst seems to have almost a cult following. Really. Yuppies love it. (A good choice for a raffle item.) It’s the beer that made Milwaukee famous – or was it Schlitz, Blatz or Miller…. (If you take the Pabst beer tour, they show you where Laverne and Shirley’s opening shots for the series were filmed.

Hi Everyone – It’s Tuesday, I am a day late. Yesterday there was a wild storm. I wish I had pictures for you. All these dark gray shelf clouds came in, the wind picked up, and eventually it poured. My dogs followed me room to room – even into the bathroom. (They hate thunder.)

OK, I made a beer hat. It’s a Pabst beer hat. Pabst seems to have almost a cult following. Really. Yuppies love it. (A good choice for a raffle item.) It’s the beer that made Milwaukee famous – or was it Schlitz, Blatz or Miller…. (If you take the Pabst beer tour, they show you where Laverne and Shirley‘s opening shots for the series were filmed.

I did find some hats for sale on Etsy that I looked at. The first problem was: how do I cut the cans? The beer cans from the 70s were constructed differently. My husband did have some tin sheers. These were way too heavy duty. This ripped the can apart. I did find a video on You Tube on how to cut them. She used a box opener and a pair of scissors which worked perfect.

I did put packing tape over the top of the beer can. I had to put some small slits in the top of the can so it would open flatter. This covered the sharp metal.

I then punched holes around the sides of the can. I used two different crochet hooks. The first one to go around the side of the can, through the holes and then another for the rest of the hat.

I did end up put a fancy edge on the edge of the visor. And, of course, a tassle. What do you think??

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Still Finishing Up….

It’s a cool, rainy day here. I did take a short bike ride this morning. Unfortunately, it started to drizzle. Now it’s looking like it will rain again. A perfect day for finishing up projects and staying away from people. It’s also MONDAY so I am on time.

Hi Everyone – It’s a cool, rainy day here. I did take a short bike ride this morning. Unfortunately, it started to drizzle. Now it’s looking like it will rain again. A perfect day for finishing up projects and staying away from people. It’s also MONDAY so I am on time.

I did finish up the quilt I was making for my son. I was starting to panic, since it was almost July and I had started and stopped on it several times.

It turned out really nice. As long as you don’t look too closely at the free motion quilting. I was doing really well once I got to the sides. The middle is a little sketchie.

I am finishing up the Dutch African wax fabric quilt. I am just sewing the border and I will be finished.

I still have to finish the jacket up. But, since it’s almost July, it probably won’t be worn for a few months anyway.

I am sewing Teddy bears for the USO. Did I mention this before? We are making bears out of old uniforms and they are then given out to children of military personnel who are deploying.

Also, my husband, I and a small group of friends sponsor a fund raiser for a local non profit agency. We have everyone bring a toy. We also have raffle items. (All the toys and raffle proceeds are given to the non profit.) We’ve been doing this for a number of years. So trying to keep raffle items interesting, fun and not repeating can be challenging.

One thing I thought might be fun is pair with a 12 pack of beer with a 70’s type beer hat. (They are so old, they are hip again.) I was going to make a Pabst hat. PBR seem to have almost a cult following. I did see some on Etsy. Here’s a link to what I’m talking about… but it really needs a pompom on top. The party isn’t until December, so I do have some time. I’ve ruined about a half dozen beer cans trying to cut them apart. I do think I have the hang of it now…

Stay safe! What are you all working on??

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Finishing Projects

It’s been a beautiful but busy week. I seem to keep having more important projects which trump current projects. This isn’t good for me, since I like to finish projects before taking on something new.

Hi All – It’s been a beautiful but busy week. I seem to keep having more important projects which trump current projects. This isn’t good for me, since I like to finish projects before taking on something new.

My son’s quilt is almost done. I put the binding on using my sewing machine. Who wouldn’t? All that saved time. Unfortunately, it looked terrible. I took it out, re-pinned it and am sewing it by hand.

I also got a special order for a purse. I do like making purses. However, will all the distractions, I forgot to put the small handle on and needed to quickly add it on.

I also found a seamstress’s estate sale. I was disappointed when I first got there. She seemed to be a very crafty sewer. Most of her fabric was in small scraps and squares until I looked in the back room. There I found 3 feed sack quilt tops from the 1930s 1940s.

Now I just need to finish everything I have started….the jacket, the Dutch African quilt, Brent’s quilt...

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Panick – It’s Almost July…

Hi All, Summer has arrived. So has the realization that it’s June. That means July is next month….

Hi All, Summer has arrived. So has the realization that it’s June. That means July is next month….

I have a half made quilt for my son whose birthday is in July. Did I say his birthday is next month? July?

I know I have been delaying trying to quilt it. My previous posts show I have started on it 1, 2, 3 times. I am not an awesome machine quilter. I have practiced. I have almost finished quilting the African Dutch Wax Quilt. I’ve put that aside so I can finish this quilt. I also decided to use scraps of the colored stripes to make the quilt boarder.

I can say I have gotten much better as I have went on. It was hard to decide on a pattern. The sewing machine kept getting caught on the sewing machine foot. (On my practice sample.) I had purchased several years ago a slippery sheet and grabber gloves.

I decided to quilt in ribbons and loops on the stripes using a V pattern when possible.

I hope he’ll like it and forgive me my beginner quilting skills.

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Dutch Afro Wax Fabric Quilt / 1970s Sewing Fashions

I have been working on quilting the smaller, African Dutch Wax Fabric scrap quilt. I’ve mentioned this in my last few blog posts.

It’s Tuesday, so I’m a day late. (The weather was perfect here. I planted flowers on my front porch. I’m now ready for summer.) We, here, are out of social distancing. Our politician’s are squabbling, so there is currently no plan – it’s just a free for all now.

I have been working on quilting the smaller, African Dutch Wax Fabric scrap quilt. I’ve mentioned this in my last few blog posts.

I thought I would share another vintage Simplicity Fashion News pamphlet from 1975. It definitely has a Eastern European peasant / southern plantation / boho chic vibe to it.

What are you working on? I’d love to hear…