Friday, March 20, 2015

Sewing tips links

Speaking of The Great British Sewing Bee..... I thought I would provide my sewing friends 
with a link for some great sewing tips.

40 sewing hack, tips, & tricks that you should know from: Andrea's Notebook
There you will find:
How to iron a hem
Installing zippers (regular and invisible)
Lengthening or shortening a pattern
Making bias tape
Pre-washing fabric tips
Sewing elasticated fabrics
How to sew a perfect circle

Etc etc etc etc.......

I would like to share with you some ...... 
Wonderful and fun free patterns I found out there in cyber world...

I have noticed recently that there is a huge interest in making your own travel cases. 
The patterns come in all shapes and sizes..... from cosmetic bags to coach bags. 
Speaking of sewing your own travel bags...
 I found this fantastic free Duffle Bag Pattern at: Robert Kaufman


An Urban travel bag at: Bag'n-telle
It would be great for your commute to work. Fantastic for holding your tablet or notebooks. 
It could substitute for a great bag for your weekend staycations....
or over-niters at a friends house.


My last adorable duffle I found is a very cute and versatile duffle back pack for children. 
I found the free tutorial at Thread Riding Hood, from Made by Me Monday. 


Speaking of sewing....... here is a very functional and cute quilted take along tote for your sewing needs. This great take along tote pattern was found at JoAnn's web site. 


Lastly for my sweet sewing friends I found this very different and adorable thread catcher.  Please click HERE to see the tutorial and pattern on how to make this cute and functional catcher.



Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The Great British Sewing Bee

I have spent the last week or so catching up on the BBC show The Great British Sewing Bee. I love it and am so glad it was suggested for watching through one of my sewing groups. Its everything I love about sewing. The creativity, use of fabrics, comradery, and just the plain love of sewing. If you don't have BBC you can watch most of the episodes on Youtube. Run over take a look see and tell me what you think. I know I am anxiously waiting for the next season to start :)

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Chocolate Goodness!

So every once in a while I come across a recipe. A recipe that I love, love and go to all the time. Let’s just say, I stick with what I know!
These brownies, are just that. Amazing. And like the title states, they have a secret ingredient that I am about to share with you. This isn’t just any ingredient either. This is what absolutely makes these. So make sure your printer is hooked up or that you have pen and paper nearby because you are going to want to jot this one down…
Step one:
Grab your favorite brownie mix. I prefer Ghirardelli. And while you are at the store picking one of those up, make sure you grab two {2} symphony bars.
{I realize only one is pictured here but I did use 1 and 1/2 bars for this particular recipe!}
photo 1 (6)
Step 2: Make your brownies according to the box. Put only {HALF} of the batter into your 8×8 pan.
photo 2 (6)
Step 3: Lay your symphony bar {the secret ingredient} onto the batter.
On the left is the whole bar, on the right is pieces of the second. {I may have eaten the rest!}
photo 3 (6)
Step 4: Spread the rest of the batter onto the top of the chocolate bar. Mmmmmm.
{Just looking at this and knowing the delicious outcome makes my mouth water!}
photo 5 (6)
Step 5: Bake as directed and ENJOY!
{It will be really hard to let them cool all the way but you probably should. Just to be safe! ;-) }
If you are impatient, it might be a little too gooey to eat!
xoxo,
Brooke @ Allthingsthrifty.com

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

National Quilting Day Observed March 21st


National Quilting Day is being observed on March 21, 2015. It celebrates quilts and those that make them annually on the third Saturday of March. The National Quilting Association started National Quilting Day in  1991.
In 1989, the Kentucky Heritage Quilting Society organized a "Quilters' Day Out" on the third Saturday of March to celebrate the rich tradition of quilt making in Kentucky. In 1991, the NQA officers were so enthused with the concept and success of "Quilters' Day Out" that they voted to take it to a national level. 
The first National Quilting Day was observed in 1992 and since then it has grown into a global celebration for all quiltmakers and quilt lovers. 
There are countless ways to celebrate National Quilting Day. Check with your local quilt shop to see what special activities are planned.
The winner of the 20156 National Quilting Day Design Contest has been selected. 
Congratulations to Danniele Bohannon of Harrisonville, Missouri. Her design  (Crooked Path) was published in the winter issue of Quilting Quarterly and is posted on the NQA web site www.nqaquilts.org. Danniele has been a four-time exhibitor at the NQA Quilt Show, including participating in the SewBatik challenge. The pattern for her winning design can be downloaded from the National Quilting Associations website. 
Text from The Country Register.. a local Ks quilters news paper. 

Monday, March 9, 2015

Courthouse Steps Block


 I want to talk about another one of my favorite quilt blocks. This block is called the Courthouse steps.. it's a very fast and easy beginner quilt block.
The Courthouse Steps pattern is a variation on the Log Cabin quilt block. Like the Log Cabin it's all squares and rectangles, no bias edges, no special rulers or templates, no fancy tools needed to create these lovely quilt blocks. 




The difference between the log cabin and the Courthouse steps?
Instead of sewing strips around the center of the block in a circular motion, like the Log Cabin. The Courthouse steps has two strips added to opposite sides of the center square first. Then two strips are sewn along the remain two sides of the center. The same back and forth motion continues until the block has grown to desired size. 

When making your Courthouse steps blocks you should also be mindful of your lights and darks to show off your pattern when making your blocks. 

Here is a lovely example of a Courthouse steps block.. made into a mug rug/mini quilt from hurrayic:baking


Here is a pretty example made into a pillow from Val's Quilting


A pretty quilt using the Courthouse steps pattern.


I still have my first attempt at a quilt top ...
 I selected the Courthouse steps pattern..
Yep ... it is awful and cut every which away.... 
Rumply seams and not square at all.
Not a good example of a quilt for sure.
I saw a quilt in a book and sort of went for it..
 NO instructions and NO idea of what I was doing... 
 Thank goodness I have came a long way since then!!!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

2nd post of Today ... a joke for you all


A man and his wife were awoken at 3:00 am by a 
loud pounding on the door. The man gets up and goes to the door where a drunken 
stranger, standing in the pouring rain, is asking for a push. 

"Not a chance," says the husband, "it's 3:00 in the morning!" 
He slams the door and returns to bed. 

"Who was that?" asked his wife. 

"Just some drunk guy asking for a push," he answers.. 

"Did you help him?" she asks. 

"No, I did not, it is 3:00 in the morning and it is pouring rain out there!" 

"Well, you have a short memory," says his wife. "Can't you remember about three months ago when we broke down, and those two guys helped us? I think you should help him, and you should be ashamed of yourself!" 

The man does as he is told, gets dressed, and goes out into the pounding rain. 

He calls out into the dark, "Hello, are you still there?" 

"Yes," comes back the answer. 

"Do you still need a push?" calls out the husband. 

"Yes, please!" comes the reply from the dark. 

"Where are you?" asks the husband. 


"Over here on the swing," replies the drunk.



Blog comments and Log Cabin Block

Hello Everyone :) (WAVES)

I was just wanting to know are you happy that I have started posting on the blog again? 
If so can you please comment. 
Your comments and feedback would be greatly appreciated.
 That way I know.....you are loving what I am sharing :)

Any suggestions on things you would like to see or hear about on the blog.. 
or 
Has everyone stopped following?

Today .... I would like to talk about the Log Cabin Quilt block... 
This is probably..... out of all the quilt blocks out there ... this one is my favorite!
If you don't know what a Log Cabin Quilt block looks like,
 Here are some example photos of them.



You can either sew your blocks by using strips you have cut out using a rotary cutter.
Then sew directly at your machine using a 1/4 inch seem allowance, 
 or you can do a paper piece technique to sew them together. 
Usually the blocks colors..... radiate out from darker fabrics to lighter fabrics,
 like the two blocks in the above examples.


You can also do a wonky log cabin block like this one from quiltn queen.


Here is a very pretty block by mybearclaw.


A history from American Quilters Society:

Log Cabin Quilts – A Short History

Log Cabin Library Block by Karen Griska
The Log Cabin quilt pattern  is one of the most beloved and recognized of quilt designs. However, it may be both older and newer than you might think. While it’s natural to assume that this traditional block originated in the United States during the pioneer days, the origins of the block seem to go back much further in time and location. Similar designs have been found on ancient Egyptian mummies and in an English  quilt predating 1830.
Log Cabin quilts first made a wide-spread appearance in the United States in the 1860s during the time of the Civil War. The block name may very well have had a connection to the presidency of Abraham Lincoln. The Log Cabin quilt became wildly popular and was identified with the pioneer spirit and values of America.
Early Log Cabin blocks were hand-pieced using strips of fabrics around a central square. In traditional Log Cabin blocks, one half is made of dark fabrics and the other half light. A red center symbolized the hearth of home, and a yellow center represented a welcoming light in the window. Anecdotal evidence, based on oral folklore, suggests that during the Civil War, a Log Cabin quilt with a black center hanging on a clothesline was meant to signal a stop for the Underground Railroad.
In the latter part of the nineteenth century many Log Cabin quilts were made by the foundation method with a muslin base. Wools, velvets, satins, and other nontraditional fabrics were used. Log Cabins of this period often had strips that were folded and laid down, creating a three-dimensional effect. For this reason, many late-nineteenth-century Log Cabins do not have batting, but are backed and tied like Crazy Quilts.
Variations of settings appeared with names reflecting the themes of the times. The White House Steps, Court House Steps, eight-sided Pineapple, Barn Raising, and Sunshine and Shadows are just some of the hundreds of name and pattern variations.
As Victorian quilts of wool and silk fell out of style in the twentieth century, Log cabins were more often made of cotton prints and pieced with a running-stitch seam, either by hand or machine.
Today, Log Cabin quilts are natural candidates for strip-piecing and can be made in a fraction of the time it took our ancestors. Log Cabins are still a favorite choice for scrap quilts and there is even a resurgence of Crazy Quilts made using Log Cabin blocks.
It’s virtually impossible to run out of ways to make beautiful Log Cabin quilts. The Log Cabin is certainly a pattern not likely to go out of “style” any time soon.

Here is a tutorial on a quilt as you go Log Cabin Quilt. 

Friday, February 20, 2015

Collapsible thread catchers


Several of the ladies in the Bionic Gear Bag sewing group are making these adorable thread catchers to go into their gear bags.. they are easy enough for all of our beginners.. there is a video on youtube and also this link from RedHenFabrics.
You will find the pdf Here with step by step instructions.
  HERE is the link for the youtube video.


These little catchers work up fast and easy. Some of the ladies stated that they even hand stitch the long length so they don't have to do it on the sewing machine. 
There are many types of containers you can use to make up these little catchers. You just have to make sure that the ring is sturdy at the top. I myself ......was thinking about using one of my round plastic handi wipe containers. I will have to measure my ring and then deduct two inches from that length to get the height. This would be the height I would use for my catcher.. At least that is the way I have it figured out from the video.
We will see.... I will have to make it as soon as my wipes bottle is empty. I'll let you know how it works out.

I have also found an additional cute and easy bowl/thread catcher.. 
This idea was also shared in the BGB group. 



Here is a link for making these little bowls.
Or you can use this link for another tutorial, at Ellison Lane.
There is a YouTube video...
 But silly ole me lost the link!!
 If you know the link please post it in comments. Thanks...
Well sweet friends. Have fun making my two very easy project ideas.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Baby its cold outside!




It's 28 degrees outside!!!
 I had some homemade Chicken Veggie Soup and Grilled Cheese on Sour Dough bread.  With two kinds of cheese.... for dinner.... Yummy for a cold night!
I had a few left over rice noodles so I throw those in there too...
Ingredients for soup... in a large stew pot.

1 large whole chicken cooked and taken off bone... save the stalk for soup.
2 stalks of Celery sliced
2 lbs of fresh Green Beans 
6-8 Carrots sliced depending on the size
2 lbs Mushrooms sliced
2 nice heads of Broccoli
1 large onion sliced
Spices:
6 Chicken Bullion Cubes
2 Bay Leaves
Ginger Root... small amount chopped
Salt and Pepper to taste

When ready to eat add just a few drops of Sesame oil I use the brand name Sun Luck
This freezes nicely in QT canning jars. Then just put in fridge to thaw over night or put in Mico on defrost setting. 
Makes about 10 Qt jars with enough for the first meal.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The New Year


My New Year is starting out ok, nothing exciting to report... I am weaning my broken foot out of the walking cast. I can honestly say the foot doesn't hurt .... it just gets sore... My foot feels funny when I walk on it . Like there is a huge lump on the bottom. I am hoping that is only swelling and it goes down... The Ortho Dr did say it could take up to a year for my foot to fully heal... Wow.. I mean double WOW!!

We have had snow on the ground here and there the last couple of weeks. I was laughing and saying how nice it was to be able to be home when it snows, now that I have Retired. No more scraping ice from the windshield of my vehicle when the wind and snow is flying around like a blizzard.

I have started to get the sewing itch with all the adorable and useful patterns that have came out. Here are a couple of them that I have.

First I would like to talk about Sally and her fantastic Bionic Gear Bag..
You can find it at Craftsy .



Sally has taken her pattern a bit farther, she has made useful groups and videos on YouTube. Here is a  video you can watch. I am adding another link to show..... you don't have to use this bag just for sewing.. you can use it for your gadget bags too.... What a handy little tool bag for all your sewing needs. Sally has also formed a sewing group for ladies that are making these bags. The SewMuchNicer  group was formed to help each other, in making your bags.. just in case there is a sticky situation. I have noticed in the group the ladies are adding handles to the bag. Which btw I am loving that idea.  One woman mentioned she was making this bag for her niece to keep her makeup in... yep lots of ideas for using this bag.... not just for sewing :O) What a fun group of ladies in there. Why not???? I'm in there. Join up if your a Face Book fan. Sally is great.. I have spoken to her several times. She even called little ole me on the Phone and chatted with me several mins... Yes I feel very special :O) Sally lives in Co and you know me I live in.. Ta Town Ks....so hopefully one day soon.. we can meet in person. Sally states she comes to Ks now and again. It would be so fun to meet her!!

Have you gotten the itch to get that sewing machine out yet? Well dust it off and lets get going... On to the next item I want to show you... its the newest fun pattern to come out.... is the Tooly Tool Holder Easel,  This pattern can be purchased on Craftsy.

I have to be honest.. I haven't heard much about this pattern other than the Ladies are loving it..I also loved it when I saw it.. what a handy way to hold your tools.