Saturday, December 13, 2014

Some finishes and some fun gifts!

Woohoo!  All my Christmas gifts are DONE!  (but not in the mail yet).  These are the last items I needed to finish so that I can start wrapping and mailing items.
Rene' and Doris's purses

Holly and Melody's purses
The last two pursed I messed up on, when I cut them.  I had written to cut 16" x 17", when I should have written cut 17" x 16".  Oops!  It makes a BIG difference when using directional fabrics.  I fixed the problem by adding a strip of coordinating fabrics to both sides.
side 'strip' added
I also added a strip to the lining, to make it fit.  These turned out great.  I may add the strips again, on purpose.  I liked the slight contrast.  Thank goodness I had enough of the coordinating fabrics pre-quilted.  It also makes the purse an 'ooch' larger (good English, don't you think)? 

As soon as I finished the purses, I had one last item to make before shutting down my sewing room until after my son's visit.  My future daughter-in-law is coming, too, and, since we are celebrating Christmas early (they have to be back in Anchorage before Christmas), then she needed a special stocking.
Krystal's finished stocking
I think I'll add some bells to the points.  I took this pattern...
free pattern, online
and made it my own.  The only part of this pattern I used was the templates.
stocking template
 Instead of using fusible fleece, I wanted a lining in this stocking. 
I finished this Thursday afternoon, just in time for quilt guild.

At the other quilt guild's Christmas party, I got a few favors I thought you might like to see.
candle mat (I used cone thread for the picture, since I didn't have a candle in my sewing room)

chap stick holder and coaster
I also got a great gift in the mail from Terri.  I love these calendars and have a collection of them in the basement.
calendar from Terri
The last thing to arrive in the mail was my Mystery Row swap block from Deana (November block).
Mystery Row swap block
I do still need to make my block to swap for December.  I'll get it done after my son leaves. 

My best Christmas present will be arriving on Thursday at 5:10am.  Connor and Krystal will be here for 4 and a half short days.  I have lots to do before they arrive.  I'm so excited!!!!  This is the only time we'll get to see them until the week of their wedding, next May. 

If I don't post again before then, then...

Merry Christmas!!!!!!!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

A Handmade Christmas!

SewCalGal has been having a linky party all 2014 for hand made Christmas gifts.  Since I hadn't finished anything until November, I hadn't entered before now.  She changed up the rules a bit, for this last linky party. 

I still can't enter everything that is a homemade gift, since I'm still working on the last couple of items, but, I do have lots to show that are all done. 

To start off, I made 38  - 60 degree table runners, 19 long table runners, and 19 'bonus' round table runners.  There are lots of patterns out there, and tutorials on how to make these.  You do have to be very careful when you cut, or, your pieces won't line up properly.  It is much easier to make these if you have a 60 degree ruler (I have two rulers, in 2 different sizes).  I'd recommend buying the large ruler (12").  It can be used for any size table runner, where the smaller rulers are harder to work with, if you want to use larger patterns.  There are also other patterns, using this same ruler, making other table runners.

2 Snowman long table runners (I made 4 of these, only took pictures of 2)

4 narrow Snowman long table runners

8 bonus round table runners from the other Snowman table runners

2 Apple table runners

2 bonus Apple table runners

2 Beach themed table runners

2 more Beach themed table runners

4 bonus Beach themed table runners

2 Sunflower table runners

2 bonus Sunflower table runners

2 Floral table runners

3 bonus floral table runners

I also made 3 mini Christmas tree wall quilts.  2 of these were 'early' Christmas gifts to my youngest son and his fiance, who are attending college in Alaska. 
3 mini Christmas tree wall quilts

Here is the pattern, if you are interested.  I got my pattern at a local quilt shop.  These were quick and easy, and fun to make.  I decorated mine with little Christmas light buttons, star buttons, and red snowflake buttons from Joann's and Michael's.

I'm still working on 4 purses and a stocking. 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

November NewFo's and finishes, etc

Barbara, over at Cat Patches is hosting her last year of NewFo linky parties.  There is only one more month before the end.

Here are my NewFo's for November:

Mystery Row Blocks for exchange.  I made 2 blocks, but, I'm only exchanging one block.
block I'm keeping

block I'm exchanging
I also started on 4 purses that will be Christmas presents, all requested after I made these purses, earlier this year.
Krystal's purse & Michele's purse

Betty's purse
Betty asked me to make two purses, one for each of her daughters, in OU (University of Oklahoma) fabric.  Michele's daughter also asked for a purse, after seeing her mother's purse.  I'm also making a purse for my mother-in-law, who mentioned that she would also appreciate a purse like these.

So far, I've quilted all the fabrics, and started the cutting and pinning for all 4 purses.  I still need to sit down and stitch the purses together.  I was going to make one for myself, too, but, there just wasn't time to quilt more fabric.   The purses that I've made in the past, have used pre-quilted fabrics.  All of these purses had special requests for fabrics that I couldn't get pre-quilted. 
4 purses, fabrics quilted, pieces cut out, and first parts pinned and ready to stitch

I did have some finishes in November, too.  I made 19 more 60 degree table runners.  This time the table runners were the 'bonus' table runners that are round.
8 Snowman table runners

2 Apple table runners

4 beach themed table runners

2 sunflower table runners

3 floral table runners
I also made 3 mini Christmas tree quilts.  I've already mailed 2 of these to Alaska.  One for my son, and one for his fiance.  They both liked their trees.
3 mini Christmas tree quilts

pattern for 6"x20" trees
I also managed to add a few sewing machines to my collection in November. 

1927 Singer 15 (in a base that hubby made)
Damascus treadle
Kenmore 158.17530 (1969-70)
My oldest son is now playing with three of my Kenmore machines, trying to see which one (or more) that he wants to keep for himself.  One of these days I'll have to do a blog post about what he's been sewing.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Exciting Day

We've had an exciting day today.  We stood outside, in 23 degree weather from 12:15pm, until 2pm, in line at Anderson's Bookshop in Naperville, Illinois.   No, we weren't crazy (but, we WERE frozen).  We waited in line for our chance to meet this man.


President George W. Bush was signing his book,  '41: A Portrait of My Father'.

When we finally got our turn to say hello, we told him that we were from San Angelo (TX).  Since he knows our hometown, we got a chance to chat with him for a minute about it.  How cool is that!!!!!!

Tonight is my little quilt guild's Holiday party.  What a fun day.  Now to go drink my hot chocolate and see if it will help thaw me out.  We are still numb from the cold, but, it was well worth the wait.

PS:  If you are ever in the area, Anderson's is a great bookstore.  We've been to several events that they have hosted over the years, including some Harry Potter release parties, where they have enlisted the entire downtown area to participate in the festivities.  

Friday, November 28, 2014

Quilt of Valor

I finally got to present my neighbor with his Quilt of Valor.  This is the quilt that I made for him.
Steve's Quilt of Valor
Here is Steve with his new Quilt of Valor.  He was really surprised. 

Steve, wrapped in his new quilt

Sorry if I haven't commented on anyone else's blog posts lately.  Hubby has been trying to get my new computer set up, and I've been using 2 computers, so that I could load pictures.  Everything is finally working like it should, and we finally moved the new computer in place (it had been in the middle of the family room for at least a month).  I'm more than 200 blog posts behind on my blog reading.  I'll try to get caught up quickly, but, with last minute projects still due, and my youngest son and his fiance coming in less than 3 weeks, there just isn't enough time in the day to get everything done.  I know that most of you may be just as behind as I am. 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Two new machines and some exchange blocks received

I've gotten 2 more machines this month. 

First, I got a Damascus treadle.  I'm hoping someone will want this treadle, since it is treadle #6 in my house, and I'm only supposed to have 4 treadles.  I'm running out of treadle space.  This treadle had been sitting in  a basement for about 40 years when I picked it up.  It didn't come with any attachments, but, it has the shuttle and a bobbin, which is a plus.  I have before cleaning and after cleaning pictures.  This machine had mold on the outside of the machine, and, some inside the drip pan area of the cabinet.

Damascus, before cleaning.  Some of that is mold.

back of machine, showing dust and mold

paint splatters on cabinet

mold on drip pan inside of cabinet (it cleaned up easily)

clean and shiny

no more dirt or mold

Damascus in it's treadle cabinet

patch on the treadle peddle (no, I didn't clean the treadle irons)
Anyone want a treadle????

Also, I picked up another Kenmore in a cabinet.  I left the cabinet in the garage, so, I don't have pictures of the cabinet. 
Kenmore 158.17530 (1969-70)

cams and attachments and button hole maker that came with the Kenmore

more stuff that came with the Kenmore

this came with the Kenmore, but, I haven't a clue what it is

up close (and fuzzy) of the mystery part
My oldest son may get this machine.  He's 'testing' 3 of my Kenmore machines, to see which one (or two) he wants for himself.  For the first time, he's not complaining when I bring a machine home.  At least I am teaching him how to clean and oil the machines, so, he's done most of the work on the Kenmores.  Fine with me.

I also got lots of exchange blocks this month.

The first block is from the Mystery Row exchange I'm doing.  This was the 2nd month of the exchange.  I still need to make this month's block.  This is the block I received.
Mystery block I received
I was also in another block exchange, with my Treadle On group.  All these blocks have to be made on either a treadle or a hand crank sewing machine.  No electric machines allowed.  These are the blocks I got back.
Treadle On block exchange blocks
One of these days, I need to start sewing all my Treadle on blocks together.  I have them from several years now.  I think I like this setting.  Each block is signed, with the makers name, location, and what machine it was made on.  Some of these blocks are from England. 

I have been slaving away in my sewing room.  I'll post what I've been doing  at the end of the month, so that you don't have to see it twice in one week.