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Gardener Bucket Tutorial

5 May

Hey everyone! It’s been a long time since I wrote a post here! I wrote up a tutorial on my other blog yesterday, and I thought I would share a link to it here as well.

As we all know, Mothers Day is coming up. Next weekend, in fact!!! If you are anything like me, you usually forget about it and have a mini panic attack at the last minute. This year I decided I wasn’t going to do that. If you have basic sewing skills and a 5 gallon bucket, you can make this in just a few hours time.

Here is the link if you want to check out the tutorial and give it a try! http://littlehouseonmeylah.blogspot.com/2012/05/gardeners-bucket-apron-tutorial.html

Have a great weekend!

Selina

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Blocks of the Month

29 Mar

After a recent weekend getaway to St. Louis, I can now say I’ve traveled the length of the Lewis and Clark trail. In reverse and by car, but I made the journey none the less!

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See? We made it to The Gateway to the West!

It seems fitting that The Kansas City Star has a Block of the Month pattern called The Spirit of Sacagawea: A Textile Tribute to an American Heroine for 2012.  I was late to the game to find out about it. The pattern comes out in the newspaper on the third Tuesday of the month. I missed January’s pattern by a few days and had a hard time finding anyone who still gets the newspaper. I put a call out on Craigslist to anyone who may still have the paper, and was luck enough to receive two in the mail the very next day! How sweet is that?! I sent both senders a thank you note and a little something for their kindness. Certainly thoughtfulness like that is rare and should be praised!

Sacagawea Block of the Month Quilt

Kansas City Star Block of the Month, The Spirit of Sacagawea

I figure having only one block a month gives me time to finish each block. (How many times have I said THAT before?!) I have finished both January and February’s blocks, and am looking to start on March this weekend!

January

February

One of my favorite things about these blocks is that it calls for them to be scrappy. So, I have not yet purchased a thing for these blocks! I told you I was going to use my scraps! I will say this though; Don’t piece when you’re upset! I had a terrible week and attempted the Mariner’s compass. I had to rip out every single stitch in the first 64 segments I sewed! So, there it is. Imperfect, but done!

I’ve also joined the Dessert of the Month cross stitch form The Frosted Pumpkin and have been trying to keep up with that!

Dessert of the Month

Keep with Selina’s progress as well at her Sew it Up blog! Happy stitching!

Lizze

Five Photo Friday

16 Sep

Today we’re following Kitty Pearl’s lead and posting our five favorite photos we took this week! Selina has been very consistent about posting her favorite five photos from the week, and for the first time, I have a couple photos to share too! We don’t have five each, but collectively we do! Sharon at A Prairie Sunrise hosts Fave Five Friday weekly! How fun!
So, Here we go!

 

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Sienna and Sunflowers

Last weekend I was lucky enough to happen upon a patch of wild sunflowers! I have always loved sunflowers and this was a perfect way to end summer!

 

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Look how happy this little field is!  How fun!

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This is a weird bug that was on my house this week. My sister is pretty great at identifying bugs and I sent this to her.  It was one of three bugs that day. I still don’t know what it is, but it was fancy!

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Sara's Skirt

Selina’s oldest daughter Sara made this skirt without any help! She did a great job and was proud enough to wear it to school! Naturally, her classmates were very impressed.  This normally shy little girl has an incredible talent and a product she made herself. Great job, Sara!

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Selina made this charming Churn Dash wall hanging this week with scraps, on a whim! Super cute! I love it!  Have a great weekend, everyone!

Lizze

 

Bernina Makeover Contest

19 May

Recently on Facebook, I entered a photo of my sewing room to win a makeover. There is a bit of a back story to my sewing room. Let me tell you about it.

When we first bought this house, we had the basement set up as our family room. It was great. The room was big enough to have our big sectional sofa, our entertainment center, and a big corner just for my sewing area. I was completely fine with that set-up. Then, a couple of years ago we had a bunch of snow. And then torrential rain immediately following the snow. We live on a hill, literally. My yard has a fairly large slope starting at the back and going way down in the front. Add all the melting snow and rain, on a hill, and no sump pump and you get a flood. Granted, it was a small flood. We only got 2 inches of water on the floor. It took quite awhile to clean up and we had to rip up all the carpeting. We thought that was the end of it.

It smelled really mildewy down there for a long time. We had paneling up on the walls and one day my husband decided to take the paneling down. To our surprise, the drywall behind the paneling was covered with mold more than halfway up the wall. Apparently, the water had seeped up into the drywall and we never noticed it because it was covered by the paneling.

My husband knows absolutely nothing about drywall (although he thinks he does). He tore all of the old stuff down and put up new drywall. This is the point where he had to stop. You see, after drywall, you have to tape and mud the seams. And then you have to texture it. He has no clue how to do this and make it look normal.

We have since moved all of our furniture upstairs and the basement is now my sewing space which I also share with some exercise equipment. Since you can’t hang shelves or anything on bare drywall, all of my things are in rubbermaid totes or cardboard boxes and shoved under tables.

Winning this contest would be so wonderful. I could have a nice, organized place to sew and a space for my kids to sit and hang out with me while I work. I miss having them down there to talk to, but for some reason they don’t like sitting on the floor…

Here are some photos of my sewing space as it looks now:

Here is the link to vote for my room if you would like to help me out http://apps.facebook.com/bernina/view?g=38

I love sewing and quilting so much, that my dream is to make a career out of it. Having a disorganized mess like this to work in makes it difficult. I am meeting with a fabric shop owner today to discuss making sample quilts for her shop. I’d like to have a nicer space to work in, where my kids can spend time with me as well since it seems that I may be spending a lot more time in here.

If I had the finances to fix it myself right now, believe me, I certainly would. Bernina is partnering with Home Depot and the winner of this contest will get $2500 from Home Depot to spend or remodeling and $2500 from Bernina to go toward a new sewing machine.

You can vote once a day unit closes on May 25th. The 10 rooms with the most votes will make it into a final round. Every vote helps! Thank you!

Selina

Who likes free stuff?

26 Apr

I sure do like free stuff!  Just yesterday I received a tiny mascara in the mail for free from Clinique! It made my whole day!  Why would they just send out a free mascara?  Or those free panty coupons from Victoria’s Secret, what’s up with how awesome that is?!  Any promotion that results in free goodies is one that I talk about and therefore, in my humble opinion, is a promotion worth having!  While I would love to give something to everyone,  I’m no corporation, I am but a humble SAHM that simply loves to give and create.  So, in the spirit of giving, I have not just a pattern to give away, but a fat quarter bundle as well!  Not JUST a fat quarter bundle, but 20 freaking fat quarters!!! And they coordinate!! And a pattern that uses all of them and leaves little scrap!!  Come on!! That’s awesome, right?!  And I totally want you to win it!!

Wandering Stars Giveaway!

“But how do I win, and why are you so awesome?” I hear you asking, and those are great questions.  Entering is simple; Leave a comment below, retweet the link to this blog or “like” us on Facebook and leave a comment there!  In fact, each of those actions will result in an entry!

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We’re trying to broaden our network of fellow crafters and quilters.  Sewing makes me feel happy, and having like minded people to share the joys and frustrations with is the best!  As much as I love to receive stuff in the mail, I love to be the sender as well!  Good luck, and thanks for spending your time with us! The contest ends Tuesday, May 3rd!

Lizze

Urban Log Cabin Update

15 Apr

You may remember my first post about this quilt way back in January. That’s right, January… No? Well you’re in luck because I have a little linky-poo right here:  http://wp.me/pXIOM-34

I am finally getting to the quilting of it and it has been such a pain. I decided to straight line quilting. I wanted to make it really dense so it would have that awesome wrinkly-ness which is my favorite part about quilts and makes it so much more than just a blanket. By the way, I hate it when people call my quilts “blankets”, but that’s a whole other story.

I wanted to share some photos of the progress since I’m super proud of how this beauty is turning out. It has been trying my patience everyday, but I am slowly making progress. I just popped a couple more Aleve – quilting on a home machine can be a killer on your neck, shoulders, and back. The hubs is against a longarm, but wait until I send a couple quilts out… he’ll rethink when he sees the price of  THAT, I’m sure. Maybe not a Gammill, but a Tin Lizzie will pay for itself in no time!

Okay, I’ll shut up now. You’re waiting for pictures. Sorry.

I used quilters linen by Robert Kaufman for the backing. If you haven’t tried quilters linen, you should. I highly recommend it. This is going to be the yummiest, crinkliest quilt ever! That walking foot has been a godsend for this quilt. I don’t know what I would have done without it. It has really helped to feed the bottom and top fabrics evenly so there’s no bunching. It was totally worth the extra money! I hope to have this finished by next week. I have so many other things to finish and I made a promise to myself that I wouldn’t start anything else until this was done. Well, other than the quilt along quilt that is. But that’s super easy and small so it doesn’t even count. Right?

Have a fantabulous weekend!

Selina

My First Quilt Along

12 Apr

If you’ve never done a quilt along before, join the club! I have never participated in one because I have so  much going on that I didn’t feel I could commit to finish. Then I found a link on twitter to a super easy quilt along hosted by Melanie of Above All Fabric. All it takes is a charm pack (pre-cut 5-inch squares of fabric), 3/4 of yard for sashing, and another 1/2 yard each for borders and binding. And the best part? It only takes a week!

Bliss Fabrics

The fabric line I chose for mine is “Bliss” by Bonnie and Camille for Moda. I love this line and I already had a charm pack so I didn’t have to buy any fabric for this quilt (which, I’m not gonna lie… that helped in my decision to make it!). After we’re done making the quilt, we’re also going to be making a bag to go with it.

If you want to join in, it’s not too late.

http://www.aboveallfabric.com/blog/?p=4701

Selina