Archive for March 2016

Creating your own wipe off wooden seat cushion pattern and cushion

I recently made a high chair cover for my grandson. He needed a fresh one that his older sister had not slimed all over. When my husband brought it over, my granddaughter was jealous which is not normal for her. She loves her little brother. She decided however, that she needed a new seat cushion.... Read more »

I loved the book the Orphan Train and its quilt references

I know this is a quilting/sewing blog but I wander off topic a bit every now and then. Fine, maybe a bit more than that. Plus, it’s no secret that I love to read and if the book has the slightest reference to quilts, I will write a post about it. I loved the book... Read more »

12 Perfect Facts about Paisley

I have recently read both volumes of Persepolis and had a book club meal at my house for the first one. While researching how to decorate the table I googled fabric from Iran. The results that came up were all for paisleys from Persia and in fact, I ordered one. It was different than the... Read more »

Nala and Simba panel quilt part one

A while ago I wrote a post about a box of free fabrics I received from The Fabric Society. In that box was a panel featuring the Lion King Cubs. I finally got around to starting that project, thank in no small part to my granddaughter really wanting me to sew it already! I am... Read more »

12 Steps to get ready for a trip and make yourself crazy

My husband and I are leaving on a trip east tomorrow after we drop our grandchildren off. My husband is packed and calmly watching TV. I am sitting in front of my computer and not calm. He buys clothes and keeps them in his dresser until we go away. He plops the fresh, folded clothes... Read more »

12 Things I learned by being an involved Grandparent

I watch my grandchildren 3 days a week. I started in January of 2013 for a six month stint. Here I am still watching her and her brother. I loved it so much my husband even joined in on the fun. I am lucky, I live close to them and I get to see them... Read more »

Are you cheap about anything in sewing? Because I am

When I learned how to sew my mother was thrilled because she viewed it as a way to save money. Back when clothing was more expensive and fabrics were cheaper, you did save money by sewing your own clothes.  She was very happy to buy me thread, hem tape and patterns because overall, we came... Read more »

Wipe off High Chair cushion tutorial

My daughter has an heirloom high chair that she and her husband ordered from the Amish Furniture Store. It’s gorgeous and all wood, very similar to the one I inherited from my mother. We prefer them to plastic high chairs but as babies start out small, they need padding. I made one for both of... Read more »

What to do to relieve sewing frustration

I wrote yesterday about my longarm machine going rogue on me. And by rogue I mean acting naughty beyond belief. I was very frustrated because I wanted to get my table runner finished. I found ways to calm myself down and I thought I would share them with you. Here are my suggestions on what... Read more »

Green all over Table Runner is complete - Happy St. Patrick's day to me!

A finish is always good even if it’s a bit later than you had hoped. When I began this table runner, I did blog post part one thinking that part two would immediately follow. Life intervened in the way of my grandson getting sick on ending up in the hospital. I couldn’t even think about... Read more »
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