A Giant Open Wide Pouch

Man, I am missing my sewing machine right about now!!! But that’s a story for another day!

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Today I thought I’d show off my Open Wide Pouch! This is from Noodlehead’s free pattern, but I changed it a bit. I made it gigantic! I was planning my son’s backpack and first I had planned on using this pattern, but enlarging it to backpack size. Then as I thought about it, I realized it might not work. So I decided to test it in the Giant size!

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I thought I’d just use scraps, but then I figured if I’m making it, it should be cute right? These are all scraps, but I think they turned out nicely together! And the yellow zipper was on the only long one I had. It seems very preppy to me! Does it seem preppy to you?

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And for finishing the zipper end I had a piece of pink webbing that seemed to tie it all together! The webbing and the zipper are the exact same width, so it’s not perfect. But it works!

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I took a picture with some thread to give you a sense of the true hugeness of it! It’s such a quick and easy sew/tutorial. I’m so glad I tested it before making the backpack for two reasons. One, it totally was NOT what I needed for that project. And two, I got a perfect new bag! Yea!

I wonder if Anna from Noodlehead knew she’d be famous! I loved listening to all these people showing off their bags and pouches they had made and saying, ‘It’s a Noodlehead…’ And we all knew who each other was talking about!

Sewing, Blogging, Shopping

The other day I read on a blog a little something like this… If I’m sewing, I’m not blogging and if I’m blogging, I’m not sewing! Unfortunately, I don’t remember who said it…

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It’s so true! And I’ve been sewing! And traveling! And shopping online! So sorry, I was quiet this week! But I wanted to check in!  I also have had a big deadline at work and as spur of the moment as plane travel across the country is, that’s what I’m doing! Since I was traveling home to Bama, this week, this fabric above jumped out at me. I think most ‘Bamians think of one thing when they see houndstooth. Especially red and black and white houndstooth… Alabama Football! I love this remix version by Ann Kelle for Kaufman.

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Oh, and shopping for fabric! I was sewing, and if you follow me on IG you already know this, but I was sewing the world’s largest paper piecing pattern and I ran out of fabric. So, I headed back to Fabric.com to order more. But if you order fabric, you have to order enough for free shipping right? So then I started looking around….

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And I found these! None of which I need, but I love! Since I got my original quilt fabric from Fabric.com, that’s where I went back to for the extra supply… I love Creative Thursday’s work, so I went to see if they still had any of her CHristmas fabric. They didn’t, but I fell in love with the top three fabrics above! Top left, Just for Fun Whimsical Rabbit, Top Middle, Just for Fun Ballons and top right Ric Rac Rabbits. And we love Jeti’s!!! My friend Debbie over at A Quilter’s Table just used this fantastic Betty the Jeti Fabric in a pillow swap and I’m in love! I love the green she used, but on this particular site they only have it with the yellow background. But doesn’t it go perfectly with the Riley Blake Good Natured Timber wood grain in yellow that I want too?? And I love this super hero girl fabric by Anne Kelle. And I love it just because it’s all girls. No boys!

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And what do you see with this fabric??? Obviously, besides the monsters… PJ’s? I see pj pants!!

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And I really don’t like to do Christmas before Thanksgiving, but I couldn’t help finding more Christmas fabric that I don’t need! You can kinda see my color scheme here, huh! The top left is totally my colors with the teal and green Snowmen by Riley Blake. My step mom has a thing for penguins, that has kinda rubbed off on me, which is why I love the top right Silly Chilly Penguin fabric. The middle left is another Anne Kelle owl print that I love! I have it in teal, but I’m going to try to get the last yard of blue they have! And here’s my friend Debbie’s influence again, the middle right polka dot fabric also by Riley Blake. My son went through a Grinch phase as a toddler, so he’s a big part of our Christmas now. I love this Grinch panel! I want to make some Christmas pillows out of it!

So what fabric are you buying????

Thanks for letting me check in! I’m on vacation without my sewing machine, so I’m hoping to get caught up on the blogging side and share some more of the fun projects I’ve been working on!!! Yea! Stay tuned!

Cone Turkeys Thanksgiving Craft Tutorial

Today I’m bringing home a post I did last year for Thanksgiving. I don’t do a lot of decorating for Thanksgiving, but this is a fun one!  I’m excited to share a fun craft my son and I created for you and your families! This is a great project to do today or even with the whole family while you’re waiting on the real turkey to cook on Thursday!

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We call these funny little guys the Salad Spinner Ice Cream Cone Turkeys! hehehe! Or just Spinner Art Turkeys for short!

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We love salad spinner art and made a lot of it a while back. Then just recently my son found the spinner again and got it out and we’ve been loving it again! So after we were playing with it, I knew we had to incorporate this into a Thanksgiving craft. Hence the turkeys were born!

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What you’ll need is fall colored, acrylic paints, paper plates, waffle cones, googly eyes, glue, a little bit of yellow fabric and a little bit of red fabric, and scissors! And of course a salad spinner!

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We LOVE making salad spinner art! As you may be able to tell from the paint build up along the sides! We found a used, cheap one at Goodwill for our art. I don’t recommend using the same one you use for your tasty salads. I’ve found that there’s usually a good collection of used ones at our local Goodwill or thrift shop.

So first you insert your plate in the spinner and add the paint. I try to get it in circles, but sometimes (most of the  time) it ends up in little dots!

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Then spin!!! The fun part!

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While the plates are drying, let’s work on the rest of the turkey. First off, you want to, very carefully, carve a little slit in the back of the cone. They are fragile and you might loose a few cones. You just want about a 1/2″ slit about 1″ up from the top of the cone.

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Next, cut out the beak and the ‘snood’. The beak is a little triangle and the snood is kinda like an mix between a l and a S.

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And glue! The beak, then the snood and lastly the fun googly eyes!

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Once the plates are dry, cut them in half with a little tab in the middle.

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Insert the plate in the back slit of the cone. It’s going to want to flop around, so add a little glue and it will stand up straight!

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You can try to make just one… But once the salad spinner is out… Good luck with just one!

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I’ll bet you’ll end up with a ‘rafter‘ (a little Turkey Day trivia for ya) of turkeys! Make as many as you want for your Thanksgiving table! How many will you make???

Our Little Library

I realized I hinted about our Little Library contest we did as a family, but I never showed you the finished, WINNING project! If you follow me on IG, you’ve already seen a lot of this!

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We have a little library in our neighborhood and Max has wanted his own for a while now. Then I saw the Libraries on The Loose Design Competition! And it wasn’t just open to architects! Kids could enter too. We had a design plan. Then Max and Dad found a great sized box, so the plan changed. Then we found more materials so the design was a bit more organic than we had originally planned!

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During the building process, Max was interviewed and on the news. He did a great job explaining his design and showing off the box that we had started. I think he stole the show in the interview! You can see it here!

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For the most part, Max was pretty involved in the building of his library. Once he would have rather played with his pal next door than come home and stain the box. But once he got home he jumped right in! Dad did say that next time we sign Max up for a competition, it needs to be a competition that he can do on his own! Oh, Dad… We all did have fun putting it together!

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Then Max filled it up! And all the books disappeared! we filled it up again and most of them disappeared. Again. We hope the books went to a home of kids that needed them. It just took some time and our neighbors are refilling, too!

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We decided to go to the Seattle Design Festival Street Party to check out the others and see what there was to see and look what we found! Max’s library won his division! Yeah!

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Max was kinda excited about his win… But way more excited about all the fun stuff at the Street Party! Like the Tape it box! Max and Dad wrapped tape all around and back again!

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The light box was pretty cool! It lit up with motion sensors.

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The big plastic tunnel was a hit! Max made friends with this guy and they had beach ball fight! It was pretty cool! Then later we saw the crazy guys behind this wandering around in green blow up suites.

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But even with all these cool things, Max’s all time favorite was this Parkour Visions installation. It’s a gym in town where they seem to mix climbing on these boxes with gymnastics and gym! Max was in love! If he could have stayed on this all day he would have!

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Yea to our Winner!

 

Seattle Modern Quilt Guild Retreat!

I’m exhausted! In a very ‘I got so much done’ kinda way! Ok, and yes, the traditional lack of sleep is also contributing to it!

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This weekend our quilt guild had another retreat! It was so fun! And super productive! I roomed with my buddy Debbie, from A Quilter’s Table, and we were also table mates with 2 other fantastic women, Sue and Noelle! Such fun! Friday night we were the only full table still sewing at 1AM. Yes! That was us!

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I started by hemming my husband’s pants that have been sitting on my sewing table and ironing board for about a year. But I had to keep moving them when I’d work on projects, so as I was packing I through them in the bag to do. Then I added a little cover on a zipper (I’ll show you that soon!). Quick. easy. Moving right along! Until I got to my bee blocks! Those took longer than planned…

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But luckily one of the mistakes I made ended with this little one!

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I got the front and back of my do good stitches pieced. And basted onto the batting. Both sides are pretty much the same!

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Then I moved into a memory quilt that has been sitting for way to long! I got the quilt design laid out on the computer. And the top half of the front is done. And the back! Yea!

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We had fabric swaps and WIP swaps, which are fun. The WIP I got was the start of the Psychedelic Baby Quilt. Can’t wait to look more at this! But the swap I like the best is the handmade swap where we play the Dirty Santa kinda game/swap. I got this adorable little mug rug! It’s perfect for my sewing space!

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There was a beautiful sunset one night. I almost didn’t even go look at it! When I’m at a craft night or a quilt night, that’s what I do! Seriously! So I was like, I can see another sunset…. Boy am I glad I took a break!

Did you have a fun weekend? After some rest tonight, I might be up for getting back to sewing tomorrow!

The Long Over Due Super Easy Chair Revamp Tutorial

I don’t know if I should really share this. At least not the before pictures. But I will! ChairRevamp-Main-ImFeelinCrafty

Recently I redid our horrible dining room chairs. I’ve been putting it off for way to long! Hence the name of the tutorial! I put it off for too long and it is so easy! Silly me! I keep saying we’re going to buy new chairs, but we can’t find ones we want… So for now, a little bit of fabric and and some batting and it looks so much better!

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So that’s what I needed! I used about a yard and a half of fabric and a bag of batting that I had sitting around from another project I didn’t do. You’ll also need a screw driver, a hammer and some scissors.

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First step, easy! Just unscrew the seat from the chair frame.

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Use your hammer to pull out the nails (or staples are used sometimes) from the cushion to remove the existing fabric. Under the bad fabric we had, I found another layer of fabric. I just left that layer.

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Cut! Cut out the batting about the same size of the seat and the fabric the same size of the fabric you removed.

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Take all those little upholstery nails you took out before and start hammering them back in! Start on one side, then the opposite, pulling tight. Then again on the other two sides.

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I’m still not in love with the chairs, but I’m so much happier with them now! I can hold out for a little longer! Or what do you think about painting the chairs??? I’m thinking I might try that! What’s something in your house you want to redo?

 

Another do. Good Stitches Quilt

Our June quilt is done! Carla, from Modern Bias, designed and completed this one for the group!

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The combination of jewel tone and low volume works great in this triangle quilt!

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When we were first given the assignment, we were given the sketch above as an idea of what it was going to look like. I loved the sketch! It sounds like she got just enough different colors to make the rainbow, so she switched gears on the design. You can read more about it here. And I love the finished project as well!

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She asked for scrappy jewel tones. So I googled jewel tones and some fantastic fashion images to inspire my blocks! I decided go with the orange and purple!

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We used this tutorial by Carla to get the right size for the 60 degree triangles. We also sent 2 low volume triangles that you can kinda see in the background.

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Look! One of my blocks got included in her photoshoot!

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And checkout the back! I love how she used a few extra of the jewel tone triangles on the back.

Kudos for Carla for designing this quilt and being chosen as a finalist for the do.Good Stitches Quilt Con Special Exhibit! Awesome!!