Sunday, September 24, 2017

Sun Best ~ 2017 Fall Yard Flowers

 These mums bloomed early this year.
Even though I pinched them back in July,
they started blooming at the end of August!




and told folks not to throw away their mums because they will come back.
All of my gold mums are still surviving as you see above.
Below is the only burgundy mum still living.
Maybe they don't like a lot of shade which they now have,
nor sharing with the ornamental grass?


Saturday, September 23, 2017

Quilt Shot Block #96~ No Tear Paper Piecing Log Cabin

Log Cabin
 6½ inch block
No Tear Paper Piecing
Log Cabin Foundation Paper Piece
found in
the May/June 2009 Fons & Porter Love of Quilting Magazine
(see below for more information)

However a quick web search can bring up several Log Cabin Foundation patterns you can download.

I used the same method to make this Log Cabin block that I made 
Dug into my scraps for these tiny 1/2 inch strips.

Remember for "No Tear" paper piecing, stitching is not done through the paper,
but rather the paper is folded on the stitch line,
and fabrics are stitched just beside the stitch line.
 
Small pins are used to hold pieces in place during stitching and pressing.
This pattern does start out with a rather large center.
Paper was folded as the piece progressed.



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Possible quilts
 
No Rotation
 
Every other counter clockwise
 
When half of a log cabin is done with dark verses light fabrics,
there are many layout designs that can be created.
 

 




















And there are probably more?

Friday, September 22, 2017

Fun or Funny Fri Foto ~ "I Got It" Heard in Sewing Class

I loved:
 seeing teamwork in class.
......when one student was successful making a buttonhole,
they passed on help to the next person.
...when a younger student showed an older student how to cut open their button hole.
...when one discovered the parts of a machine and how to use them,
 even though it might have been a bit awkward at first.
....when a student intently sewed with the machine to be as accurate as they possibly could.
....... when students helped set up and take down the classroom,
which was a tremendous help to me.

.....when students took pride in the tiny whip stitches that used to make their pencil pouches.

But, probably the most exciting thing I heard this week
was a result of me demonstrating all of September 
how to tie a knot in the thread.
 A student came up to me somewhat excited and said,
"I tied a knot!"
Now that's a FUN thing.



Thursday, September 21, 2017

Thoughtful Thinking Thursday #107 ~ Yarn Bowls

When the air gets a bit nippy 
and my sewing room gets a bit cold,
I like to sit on the couch with a crochet or knitting needle.
 Last year for Christmas gifts,
I made some yarn bowls.
 I had decided both guys and girls could use these.
 So I made several.
 This one could be used just for Christmas or maybe set out all year.
What use would a yarn bowl have?
Perhaps to protect some nice furniture from keys and change?
What colors would you use to make one for a man?
or a little girl?
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"THINK about it."
 
Crochet Bowls from Recycled Clothing
This link includes directions

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Wordless Wednesday #234 ~ Waiting for Sewing Class @ CAB

 @ Christian Academy of the Bluegrass
for 12 students 3rd to 8th grade.
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