July 23, 2014

I'm planning more projects, dog harness, kitchen curtains, stars and sunflowers.

      I finally ordered the hardware to make two dog harnesses for Wolfgang.  Yeah.  I can't wait.  He will have a sweet custom harness made by his mom.   I should get the hardware next week and by that time I should be done making the (never ending) granny square blocks for DD's quilt (I have 7 more to make).  I have a lot of fabric to make a boy harness and I'm thinking about making one of them scrappy with some blue and white fat quarters I have in my stash.  He looks good in blue.

      Today I found a great fabric to make new kitchen curtains.  I need new curtains desperately and I hate buying them already made when I can make them so easily.  I found this sweet pre-printed dresden plate fabric which is 90" wide.  I was going to get a solid turquoise but I couldn't resist a quilt design on my fabric.  The yellow and blue will definitely brighten my kitchen up.

    I currently have a sheer on the window with roosters embroidered on them with a super heavy, crazy looking valance.  I love the roosters, but I hate the red checked fabric because it's so dark.  When I make my new curtains I'm going to double the fabric so I can have more privacy in my kitchen and I'll have the right side of the fabric showing on the inside and the outside which will be lots of fun.

  Here is a peek at my current curtains.  Ugh!

This is the sheer curtain.

This is the valance.

    The other day I received my order of red, white and blue fabric to make a new patriotic door decoration.  This will be a project for later in the year.  I currently have a patriotic door decoration that I made last year.  It is a dresden plate made with red, white and blue bandana fabric and under the dresden plate I appliqued three stars.  It was okay for a first effort but I've decided I want one big star in red white and blue using solid fabrics.  

    Another project I'm adding to my to do list is a new door decoration for fall.  I would love to make it as a sunflower.  I don't think I'll have time to make it this year, so it's going on the future to do list.  I want to use yummy 100% wool felt  in pretty fall colors for this project.

   So I'm off to make more granny square blocks.

July 19, 2014

Yummy Chicken/Garlic Recipe.

I just made a super simple chicken recipe that is really yummy.  It was originally a recipe I found for the grill over 20 years ago, but since I do not own a grill at this time, I make it in the oven.

4 chicken breasts with ribs and skin
olive oil
2 cloves of fresh garlic minced

Drizzle olive oil on the chicken and rub on both sides along with the salt and pepper.  I place my chicken pieces in a 9 x 13 baking dish with the skin side up.  Sprinkle the top of each piece of chicken with the minced garlic and bake in the oven at 350 degrees for an hour.  To make this on the grill prepare the chicken the same way.  You need a grill with a cover to make this.  The grill should be hot.  Cook the chicken with indirect heat turning the chicken every 15 minutes.  Cook for 45 minutes.  This chicken is great leftover and cold.

Here's what my chicken looks like.

July 18, 2014

Polka Dots and Embroidery

     No, I haven't finished making all my granny square quilt blocks.  I have 8 to go and I'm definitely going to work on them this weekend.  I can't say I'll get all eight done this weekend, but I'm going to try.  Last weekend I did take the time to cut all my fabric squares I need to finish the blocks so having those ready should make the job easier.  After I get the rest of the blocks are made I'll have to make a very important trip to JoAnn's for more material (oh, darn, not that again).  I will need it for sashing and corner stones to put all the blocks together.  Fun.

     I was under the weather all this week so after work each evening I rested instead of doing any sewing.  The only thing I did crafty this week was to start planning a birthday project for dear daughter.  I think she reads my blog so I'm only going to say that my new project includes this lovely red and white polka dot fabric and this cool embroidery hoop.  I'm really looking forward to working on a embroidery project because I haven't done any embroidery in 40 years.  I have until November to get this one done so I should be good with time.  I'm doing this one free hand and free form.  Watch out.  It may be a mess when I finish.  I'll be sure to share the finished project with you after it has been gifted.

July 11, 2014

Cute, cute, cute, cute fabric posting.

I found this at Sew Me A Song on etsy.com.  This is called Thumbprint cats.  I ordered 1/2 yard.  This would make a super cute wristlet and/or change purse.  Love those kitty cats.

Is It Ever Too Early To Think About Christmas Sewing?

   I found this tutorial in my favorites and I wanted to share it.  This tutorial shows you how to make a pleated fabric Christmas tree that you can frame.  I can also see making more than one of these in different fabrics and covering a pillow or sewing them together for a door decoration.  Embellishing with beads, shiny sequins, or even a little glitter would also be fun.  The possibilities are endless.  I have tried this tutorial and it was easy and fun to make.  I made one of these last year and gave it to dear daughter in a frame.  I definitely want to make a few for myself this year to decorate my home at the holidays.

     Here is the link to the tutorial for a Pleated Christmas Tree.

July 10, 2014

Just Wanted to Show the White Floral Fabric I Found

This is the backing fabric I found at Fabric.com.  I bought enough to back the quilt and use it on the top as the solid squares in my irish chain pattern and in the nine patches.  So fun and super pretty.  It will go great with the pink floral (roses) fabric I'm using.

July 9, 2014

Half Done with Granny Square Quilt Blocks

This is not the best picture, but it is a picture of my progress.  I have now made 12 granny square quilt blocks and I really love them.  I have 12 more to make and I'm planning to get done to business and have those done by Sunday night.  I actually made two blocks tonight between 6:40 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. taking time out to wash dishes, take the dog out and play with the dog.  So that means I can get four more blocks made by Friday night and the rest will be easy to finish Saturday and Sunday.  Yeah.  I don't know what it is about a quilt top.  I'm so excited to work on it until I get about half way done and I start getting really bored with the fabric and the colors.  Then I start dreaming about my next project and I can't wait to get the current project finished.  So while I'm finishing up the next 12 blocks for this quilt top, I'll be dreaming about my feminine pink flowery quilt top.  I just ordered the white fabric for it today and I'm really excited about it.  I found a white backing fabric with white roses to match the flowers in the pink prints I'm using.  I can't wait to get it.

    Dear daughter spent 8 hours with me on Independence Day sewing her purse.  I told her it would take 8 hours to make the purse but I don't think she believed me.  But she got the purse she wanted and she did a great job making it.  I helped with some of the more complicated pattern instructions and I also supervised the insertion of the zipper.  This purse pattern comes with a button closure, but someone on the Quilting Board made a tutorial on how to insert a zipper closure and I used those instructions for the first time.  Kind of hard to follow but we got it done. I'm sorry to say that I lost the picture I took of her purse.  I'll get another when I see her next so you can see the cute fabrics she used.   I made fried chicken the night before and we had cold fried chicken and salad for lunch.  Yummy.  We always have a good time when we get together but getting together to sew is the best.  Dear daughter also brought her American Bulldog, Koda, over to spend the day with us.  My dachshund, Wolfgang, was very happy to see Koda and to have company in his gated area.

  See you soon.

July 1, 2014

I Found More Laurel Burch Fabric, Hooray!

I found this panel on Ebay and had to get one.  Love it.  It has a variety of Ms. Burch's cats on it.  I will add my other Laurel Burch cat fabrics to four of these squares to make a couple of pillow covers and I'll use a few other squares for a door decoration.  So much fabric fun.

Check out these colorful cats.

Planning a sewing day on July 4 with dear daughter.  She's finally coming over to work on the purse she wants.  She has had the fabric sitting at my house for about 3 months, but she hasn't had the time to come over and get it done.  This project will take a while so I invited her to bring her sweet dog to spend the day with us.  I'll be consulting on the construction and providing lunch.

June 28, 2014

Guess How Many Stitches It Takes To Make a Granny Square

I just figured out how many stitches it takes to make a 6 round, 8 inch granny square the way I have been making them.  In my granny squares I make 17 slip stitches, 179 chains and 318 double crochets.  

I only have to make 6 more granny squares to get the 80 needed for this afghan.  I should have them done this weekend.  I'm not going to rush sewing these squares together.  I have to order more yarn to finish this and plus it's just too hot to put an afghan together even with the air conditioning on.  I'll put this afghan to the side for a while and I'll finish making the squares for the granny square quilt top that is patiently waiting for my attention.

June 23, 2014

Another Granny Square Update.

Granny squares.  Here are 51 of them.  I have about 10 more since this picture was taken yesterday morning.