Grandma’s apron

Hello friends, is it terribly old-fashioned to talk about aprons? I recently stumbled across a write-up about Grandma’s apron and I liked it so much that I wanted to theme a blog post around it! image used with permission

Do you wear an apron? Do you remember your mom or grandma wearing one? I remember my mom would wear the half aprons for cooking and I’m pretty sure both my grandmothers did also. My mother in law recently Continue reading

A day in the life of a quilter

Hello again. A bit of a different post this week! I thought it would be fun to “map” my day and see where and how I spend my time. Monday was going to be a day dedicated to quilting but, as you can read, that’s not really how it turned out… ( for convenience sake I shared really exact times, but they of course were not that regimented!) Here was my day:

6:15 am: Alarm goes off and I head downstairs to make tea and breakfast for our youngest son. Sit for a bit enjoying a cup of tea and a book ( currently reading ‘ Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life’ by Marta McDowell~ a sweet gift from one of my followers!), then pack up lunch for son and head up to make beds and shower.

8:00 am: Walk son to bus stop, come home and start a load of laundry, water and clean up a few flower pots outside, and take the dog for a walk. It’s wonderful day…sunny, a little bit on the chilly side, and windy ( which does “wonders” for my hairdo 😉 )

9:00 am: Head out to the garden to plant a few veggies and flowers in my Peter Rabbit garden but the dog finds a baby bird who is just beginning to fly. He seeks refuge in my garden and I don’t have the heart to disturb him any further…the planting will have to wait! Luckily the dog cannot get into that garden and the baby bird will most likely be safe from any predators there.

9:30 am: Slice up all the overripe bananas that older son has been bringing home from his job in a hotel kitchen ( they will just get thrown out if he leaves them there), and put them in the dehydrator. They will take anywhere from 5-7 hours to dry and then I will store them as snacks for us, and as snacks for our bunnies and rats who all LOVE banana! Time to start another load of laundry and check email and Facebook.

10:00 am: Vacuum the downstairs, mop the kitchen, dining room, and family room, and start the diffusers ( while I fill up the diffusers, I also place some drops on the inside of my steam mop head…makes the house smell so good while I mop!). I also stamp some images for embroidering and pop those in the mail for another sweet blog reader.

11:15 am: Time to head into the quilt studio to see what needs working on today. I need to think of a cute project to publish in a small neighborhood magazine…and I need to work on my challenge project which is due in a little more than a week!

12:45 pm: Lunchtime! Also time to get all the pets a little lunchtime treat.

1:15 pm: Time to go back upstairs and work on some more quilty stuff! I think I have come up with the perfect no~sewing~machine~necessary project! 20190603_141145

2:30 pm: Laundry folding time! I have a HUGE mountain of laundry to fold….this will take until it’s time to make a cup of tea for daughter and me to enjoy when she gets home from work.  image used with permission

4 pm: Youngest son comes home…snack time, and then time to clean the ratty cages. We have 2 rats and they are adorable…no, really!

5 pm: Time to think of a dinner idea…it will be Tuna Casserole tonight. used with permission

7 pm: Cleaning up and getting everything and everyone settled for the night…this includes a trip to all the pet cages with my bag of kale…all our pets expect their nightly treat of kale…even the dog 😉

8 pm: Time for relaxing, learning some Italian, and maybe doing some stitching while watching some TV. I recently downloaded the Duolingo app, which teaches many, many different languages ( and they have a FREE version~yay!). I chose Italian because it has fascinated me for a long time. The program is awesome and after just a few days I was already writing in Italian! If you are looking to learn something new, give this a try!

10 pm: Time for a well-deserved night’s sleep!

Well, there you have it….not nearly as productive a day quilt-wise as I had hoped for, but busy nonetheless. I hope you enjoyed this glimpse into my day :).

One last thing before I close: Last week I asked for suggestions for names for my thrift-store-fabric quilt….thank you all so much for your wonderful ideas! They all sounded so much better than “thrift-store-fabric-quilt”! I decided to go with “Cozy Posies” as a title! Thank you very much Brenda for the suggestion and please contact me so I can send you a little something in the mail!

Until next time~happy creating!

Monique

 

 

 

 

A new adventure

Hello again! ( I have to tell you quite honestly that writing 2 blog posts per week is hard! I am glad that we are down to one again from now on ;)….although I do hope you had fun with the Sweet Little Spring Sew-Along! IMG_5256

Anyway, this Saturday’s post was going to be on a completely different topic…..but now you’ll get to read about that next week….this week I am going to tell you about my little happy adventure…but first I will have to explain the backstory: Continue reading

Sweet Little Spring Sew-Along part 4…the grand finale!

Are you ready to wrap this project up? Have you finished  part 1,2, and 3?? Hahaha! No worries if you haven’t…just go back and work on those and then follow this last step to finish up your project! For those of you who missed the earlier parts, you can find them here:

part 1, material requirements and cutting instructions

part 2, embroidery patterns and instructions

part 3, putting together your blocks

Okay, for part 4 we are going to be sewing on some borders to finish up our project in style! Bear with me, this is a l…o…n…g… post with LOTS of pictures because I really want to explain the process I used!

I wanted to make this border a little interesting so made a faux mitered corner border that ends up looking like this:

To start, I decided I wanted to make my border with 3 strips of fabric in colors that complimented my blocks.  For mine I chose red, orange, and  a white print. You will choose colors that work well with your blocks of course ;). ( If you would rather just do 1 color that is just fine! Follow the measurements in the brackets below).

I auditioned some fabrics and decided on a final color and then cut my fabric as follows:

  1. for narrow border ( red in mine), cut 4~  1 inch by 22 inch long strips.
  2. for second border ( white print in mine), cut 4~ 1.5 by 22 inch long strips.
  3. for third border ( orange in mine), cut 4~ 1.5 by 22 inch long strips. ( For one solid border rather than 3 strips, cut 4~ 3 1/4 by 22 inch long strips, then follow the directions for attaching the border down below)

Sew your strips together and press your seams. ( I pressed mine all in the same direction, but I honestly don’t think it matters!) They should measure 3 1/4 inches wide.  Trim off your uneven ends or selvedges if needed but leave your border strips as long as possible for now! ( just so you know, your strips should be as long as the width of your quilt top, plus the width of 2 of your border strip measurements. In my case that was 14 plus 3 1/4 plus 3 1/4, which totals 20 1/2 inches, but I left mine longer on purpose). Anything extra will get trimmed off later and it’s much better to have too much, rather than not enough fabric!

In order to find your center for sewing, fold one of your border strips in half, and do the same to your quilt top, like this:

Now start pinning on  that center mark, and then pin your border strip all the way along your quilt top  like this:

Do the same thing on the opposite side:

Sew your borders on using a 1/4 inch seam and sew all the way from top to bottom. Press your borders away from the center of the quilt.

You will have “leftover” border at the top and bottom! Do NOT trim these!

Now it’s time to sew on the last 2 borders. This part is a little trickier. Find the centers again, of both your border and quilt. Pin the center mark.

Now you are going to pin this border, but this time you are going to STOP pinning when you get to the border that you have already sewn on:

I folded my top border back right at the “intersection” and then placed a pin so I knew where to stop sewing. So you are just going to sew this border to the quilt top, not onto the side borders at all.Sew and press to the outside again.It will end up looking like this.

Now to make the faux mitered corners you are going to fold your top border fabric at an angle underneath itself, like this:  You might have to fiddle a bit with it, but you want all your border strips to be at nice right angles to each other.

Press and pin when you are happy with the placement. Repeat this on all 4 corners.

Now you are going to sew these from the inside of the quilt to the outside with a very scant seam ( as close to the edge as you can get!), making sure to lock your stitches at the start and end. 20190521_11193920190521_112018

When you are done all 4 corners, you will have some left-over fabric on the back.

Trim that off ( careful! Don’t cut into your quilt!) so that just 1/4 inch remains. Repeat on all 4 corners. Press your quilt top one last time and now you are ready for quilting!

Well ladies, that concludes the Sweet Little Spring Sew-Along! I am planning on finishing this sweet little project with some big-stitch hand quilting and will share my results when done. Please feel free to share your projects by sending me an email or by sharing in the FB group. And if any of the instructions are not clear, please ask!

Thanks for sewing along with me!

Until next time~happy creating!

Monique

Sweet little Spring sew-along part 3

Time for part 3 of our little sew-along…but no worries if you have not finished with part 2! Part 3 is very easy and straightforward and I thought I would make it available just in case anyone needed it already 😉

Last time you received your embroidery patterns and this week I’m just going to explain your next step. By the way, if you are just joining in, you can find the instructions for part 1 here, and part 2 here.

 

So if you have completed all your “homework” ( hahahaha!) you should now have 9 blocks…4 embroidered ones and 5 pieced ones.

Trim all your blocks to 5 inches square and decide which way you want to orient your embroidered blocks….if you are going to hang your quilt on the wall you probably want to have all your embroidery facing the same way. If you are going to use it on a table, you might want to face your embroidery outwards.

Now sew your blocks together. ( I used my walking foot for this step because my embroidery has batting behind it and this ensures that my fabric feeds through evenly).

I sewed mine together in rows ( top, middle, bottom) first, and then sewed the rows together and because I have batting behind my embroidered blocks I pressed my seams open (for less bulk later on when I’m quilting ).20190513_143828

I decided that my quilt will be used as a table topper so have all my appliques facing out.

There, all done for this week. That was easy, wasn’t it? Next week I will share how to finish this project up 😉

Until next time!

Monique