Wednesday, December 13, 2017

WIPs With Friends

I have been sewing like a mad woman I tell you!! 
 I can't show most of what I have been working on as they are Christmas presents. 
 I did manage to finish two baby quilt tops though. 
 I will show you those instead.  
Since I have a gazillion baby quilts to make no one will know who these are for, right?
  I am totally going off grid and making what I want to make, nursery theme be damned!  haha.

First up is the unicorn baby quilt.  
I made four paper pieced unicorn heads.  
The pattern is by Unicornharts.  
You can find her pattern here on Craftsy if you need some unicorns in your life too!

This one is my favorite! 
 I made all of the backgrounds out of metallic fabrics and most of the horns.
I was thrilled to find the pastel rainbow ombre fabric for that inner border and will bind with that too.





It is not a big quilt, but babies are not big, right?  
For the borders I used the background on the opposite corner on each of the unicorns.  
Does that make sense?  
So the background of the blue unicorn became the border of the teal unicorn and so forth.
Look how great that pastel, rainbow, ombre works for that inner border!!


Next up is the Mermaid quilt.  
You best like Mermaids and LOVE pink for this one, LOL.
The Mermaids were paper pieced.  
I LOVED this pattern by kidgiddy.  It went together easily. 
 It was time consuming, as all paper pieced patterns are, but it came together very easily. 
 I would make this pattern again.  
If you need your own mermaids, you can find the pattern here.
I chose the theme of silver and gold.  
The mermaid on the left being the gold one and the one on the right silver.  
Their tails have metallic silver or gold as does their top and hair.
  I LOVE these girls!




Here is what I put together for the quilt.  
Very simple, but the pp of the mermaids was what took up the most time.  
I have the pink mermaid background fabric in minky for the back of this one.  
As I said lots of pink! 
 Did you happen to notice the metallic stripe in the unicorn horn?  
That's what I will bind this one in!!


I am planning on doing some hand quilting around the mermaids to make them stand out a bit.  Perhaps my LAQ could put some additional batting behind them to help them "puff" out, we will see.
She is magic so you never know what she will decide to do!

Linking up with Sew Fresh Quilts

Your turn.
What are you working on?
Please share with us so we can be inspired too.

~XOP~







Monday, December 11, 2017

Vintage Machine

A few months ago I picked up this beautiful Singer 66 at the Salvation Army.  
The cabinet is beat up but the hand wheel turned and 
the bobbin case was intact so I figured why not try it.


I brought her home and quite literally didn't even try her out.  
Well, this weekend when we were cleaning up our living room I hauled her out and decided to see how she ran. 
 I wiped her down and looked up how to thread her (I got the bobbin right the first time).  
The threading was odd so it was a good thing I looked it up.

I was nervous to put the thin thread I usually use (Aruifil) 
so I used some Coats and Clarks on the top.  
I used the bobbin thread it came with and this is the stitch I got.  

First the top.


This was the bottom.  
The stitches are perfect!  
The light works too.  I am so excited. 
 The cabinet probably needs to be refinished or painted but otherwise she sews like a dream.  
I am taking a class next month on maintenance on my Featherweight and hope I can apply what I learn to this machine too. 
 I want to clean up the finish and I am certain  it probably needs new oil and to be oiled. 
 Can you even imagine how beautiful she will be then??


Finn was watching the goings on outside while sitting on my Treadle.


While Cole was napping on the couch.  


I just love rescuing old machines.
How about you?
Are you a fan of vintage sewing machines?

~XOP~





Friday, December 08, 2017

A Day In The Life

I got an amazing set of texts with photos from my husband yesterday involving Finn.  
Finn has claimed my husband as his person.  
We have had many cats over the years but this is the first one that has really bonded with Chris.  
So yesterday they had quite the day and I thought I would share.

They just finished the laundry and were doing the dishes.


Then they made pasta sauce together.


Time for a quick lunch break.


Treat time for Finn and Cole


This is usually the time for some snuggles before mom gets home.


I think my boys are happy at home together.  They are certainly never far apart!  


Think Finn can figure out how to get the Christmas decorations in the house and put up?
Me neither.  
Guess I will have to make Chris do it.

Enjoy your weekend!

~XOP~


Wednesday, December 06, 2017

WIPs With Friends

It seems like Christmas arrives earlier and earlier every year. 
 I know when it is coming and still I am not ready.  
How about you?  
Do you have your tree up? 
Presents bought? Wrapped? 
Cookies baked?
 Gifts made?  
Ah, that last one always gets me. 
 I have decided to make gifts for my family.
  I'm doing pretty well, but I can't show them as they read my blog.  
I still have some to make though. 

 I also have a couple of baby quilts to get made.  
Then someone told me of three more expectant moms. 
 I'm not sure I will be making them all quilts though. 
 I have come to the conclusion that if the recipient can't find the time to send me a thank you note when I make a quilt, they probably won't be getting another quilt.  
I'm just putting that out there for all my family and friends to see. 
Quilts take time and cost way more than people realize to make. 
 Fabric is expensive, then there is batting, thread and I usually pay to have them quilted.
  This is not inclusive of my time either.  
Don't get me wrong, I LOVE making quilts but
 if you can't take the time to send a thank you note then I am done making things for you.  

Now, since I can't share what I am making in my sewing room,
I will show you something my kids are getting but know they are getting.  
They wanted me to make them a cookbook with all their favorite recipes of mine. 
 I have been struggling to figure out how to do that in such a way that they could add to in the future.  I found a website, Zazzle, that does custom binders!  
I found images that suit each of their personalities. 
 I used stock designs for 2 of them and uploaded photos for the last one.





I am printing out all their favorite recipes and putting them in plastic sleeves then in the binders.  They are ridiculously excited about this, LOL.  

So, while I can't show you what I am working on just now, you can see that I am still being creative.
I did manage to get a quilt bound
A baby quilt top made and a second baby quilt started.  
Only need to finish that and start the third one.
So. Many. Babies!

What are you working on?
Anything you can share and inspire us with?

Link up!

~XOP~






Wednesday, November 29, 2017

WIPs With Friends

I hope all my friends had a great Thanksgiving weekend.  
Ours was pretty low key but nice. 
 I made a new recipe using brussel sprouts and butternut squash in a Maple-Soy glaze that 
turned out great!

What special recipes do you and your family make for Thanksgiving?

I managed to get quite a bit of stitching done this weekend, 
but much of it I can't share at this time as it is for gifts, sad I know.

My daughter in NC sent this photo of her and her boyfriend and their dog, Max.


Cole seems to disappear in the lap of my oldest daughter.


I took a couple of photos of my son and Finny and isn't this amazing? 
 I love how this picture came out.


I made a chenille blanket.  
This is what it looked like after cutting it but prior to washing and drying it.


Once in the washer and dryer the magic happens!  
If you want more info on making a chenille blanket go to the tutorial section in my header.


Look how big Cole is getting!!  That is a 24" mat.


Also, he and I play "fetch the ball" every day. 
 He was jumping up on my sewing table all weekend and dropping his ball for me to throw.  
I store batting behind my door so it doesn't open very far.  
I have to "thread the needle" through the space to throw it for him to go fetch. 
 I finally managed to get a good video of him doing it.  
Enjoy


Please take a moment and show us what you have been working on.
Use the linky button to add your current WIP.

~XOP



Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving

I want to take a minute to wish all of my family and friends a

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!


I hope that you all get a chance to spend time with the people and pets that you love.

God has certainly blessed our family this year.  

I am very thankful for all He has provided.

May God bless each and every one of you today and always.

My Best,
Pam x

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

WIPS with Friends

It is the day before Thanksgiving and 
I have managed to work on a few things this past weekend and this week.  
I'm sure, just like most of you, 
I have LOTS to get done before Christmas.

First thing was to clean up my sewing room after Sew Beachy.  
I just kept putting all the stuff on my sewing table.  
Then when I decided I needed room to sew I realized I  had to clean off my table to do so.
YIKES what a mess!!


Cole was right at home "helping" me clean up.


I joined a swap online that was to trade soup recipes.  
We are supposed to be sending an extra with our recipes.  
It took me a long time to decide what I wanted to send, but I finally figured it out.  
I saw this tea towel pattern on a website here.  
I thought it would be the perfect extra!  
My friend Crazy Quilt Girl is selling the tea toweling if you need to make some too.  


They are amazingly easy and look so cute when finished!


I also received one of my quilts back from the quilter.  
I decided that I needed to sew the binding on.  
I managed to get that sewn down so maybe this weekend I can work on getting this finished.  
I still need to glue it in place, but Thanksgiving is kind of getting in the way, LOL. 
Shhhh this one is a gift.  
Thankfully he doesn't read my blog!

I am linking up with Sew Fresh Quilts


Cole seems to be the one most interested in helping me in my sewing room.  
Finn is more interested in knocking things down.


 They are getting so BIG!  This is Finn's favorite position.  
In the arm of my husband.  
He climbs up, settles in and shoves his little fluffy face into my husbands face. 
Chris pets him and fusses over him and Finny gives him some kisses 
then he just settles in and sleeps like that.  
It's the cutest thing!


I hope that if you celebrate Thanksgiving you have a wonderful one.  
Spend time with your families.  
You will never be able to get that time back so take the time and enjoy your family and friends.
  If you are going out for Black Friday, be careful.  
Pay attention in the parking lots to cars parked next to yours with people in them.  
If you are uncomfortable, have someone walk you to your car.  
Human trafficking is real, as is theft!

From our house to yours Happy Thanksgiving and 
thank YOU all for stopping by and leaving me such nice comment through out the year.  
I appreciate each and every one of you!

If you have a WIP or 2 that you would like to share please use the blue linky button and share!

We would all love to see what you are working on.

~XOP~


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The Final Day In California

This is getting long but I want to share all the cool things I got to do while in California.

My friend Karen and her baby and I had our first stop at a neat little bakery 
for some pastries and coffee.  
Well, for Karen and I not the baby.
She's too young for coffee, silly!


Then we drove to Griffith Park Observatory.  
Here we are!  
Karen wanted LOTS of photos, LOL.


The Hollywood sign was very visible here.


Great view of LA, although there was quite a haze that day.




Everywhere I went there were beautiful Bird of Paradise flowers.  They don't grow for long in MI.


Got to see a Tessla coil.  Very interesting.


Visual aids to see how our sun compares.  
We are one of those teeny tiny yellow dots to the left of the gigantic yellow ball.


Cool painted ceiling.  


 Next up was walking around Santa Monica.  We walked toward the pier.  


Beautiful view.


There were these cool dino topiaries so I took a photo of Karen and the baby by one.


The outdoor mall with no car access was nice.  
If we had had more time it would have been fun to shop there.


 We went back to her house and I got to spend some time with her and the kids. 
 Later her hubby and son arrived home and we had dinner.  
A typical Brazillian meal (she is Brazillian) followed by a surprise dessert.  
She always loved when I made pumpkin cheesecake.  
When they left for California she asked me for my recipe.  
This night she made it for dessert and it was fabulous!  
Such a sweet gesture, from a genuinely sweet woman!


I got to hold the baby fresh out of the tub.  Not much smells as good as a freshly washed baby!


Thank you to all of my friends, both old and new for making this an amazing trip!  
I hope we get to do this again very soon!  
I miss you all already!!

~XOP~