Sunday, August 31, 2014

Let's get sewing! :0)

Here we are at the beginning of a new month, so what better time to start the new sew-along, right? OK...technically it's still August 31 here, but I work tomorrow so I'm posting this tonight. If you missed the link to the Charming Stars pattern, you can find it HERE, and if you want to sew along on this, just let me know and I'll add you to the list on my sidebar. Also, feel free to grab the button on my sidebar to add to your blog if you want to.

I made time today for some sewing, and now I have four blocks made. They really don't take that long to make, so let's make that the goal for make four blocks. If you want to make more or less than four blocks, that's fine too. It's all up to you. The pattern shows the blocks laid out with sashing and cornerstones, but I just might sew mine up like I have them laid out...without the sashing and cornerstones. I kind of like how the blocks look this way.

And here are the eight bonus pinwheel blocks I made from the leftover triangles. Originally I had planned to make a separate quilt with these when I was done, but this afternoon I came up with a great idea...

...why not use the pinwheels as a border? I'm thinking of adding a plain border of my star material, and then the pinwheels border, followed by another plain border. What a great way to use up those pinwheels! Of course I may change my mind again before this one is finished, but for now I like it! :0)

I'll be adding a Linky thing to my sidebar so you can add your name to it once you have your blocks made. Remember to add the link to your post showing your blocks...not just to your blog. And thanks so much for sewing along! :0)

Friday, August 29, 2014

I conquered the zip

It's not perfect, but it's done. If I were to make another one, I'd make the tab so it didn't stick out the side so far. And I'd stop my stitching just short of the zip so I'd get nicer corners. But other than that I think this came out OK. Hopefully it will be just the right size for Emily to keep a few things in when she goes out. Finished size is about 3-1/4" by 5-1/2" and you can find the tutorial for it HERE.

One other thing...I had a comment from Peg who wanted to join the sew-along. Peg...we'll be happy to have you join us, but you're a no-reply blogger so I couldn't answer you via email. If you have a blog you want me to link to you, let me know and I'll add your name to the list. Otherwise just sew along and have a good time! :0)

And speaking of the sew-along, my plan now is to start September 1...I'll be posting more info then. At the moment we have at least 26 people sewing along together on this one. Thanks everyone for your interest in taking's going to be so much fun! :0)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Making a lanyard

Now that Emily is driving, she wanted a lanyard for her keys. I decided to make one for her out of camoflage fabric to match the bag I made for her last year. It took about 15 minutes to make this can find the tutorial HERE. She also mentioned wanting a small zippered pouch to hold her wallet and lip balm, that could attach to the lanyard too. That will be next on my list, as soon as I buy a small zipper. Wish me luck...I don't do zippers! LOL

Monday, August 25, 2014

Early to Rise

I was up early this morning, even though I didn't have to go to work. I was rewarded with a beautiful sunrise.

I also got started on my drawstring backpack bag this morning, and wonder of wonders, I finished it this afternoon! It was surprisingly easy, and I'm really happy with how it turned out. I first saw this pattern on Jane's blog HERE and followed the link to the tutorial HERE. Two things to know if you try to make one of these following the tutorial...first of all, make the tabs the second way she talks about (the first way was impossible! LOL) and second you don't have to leave openings for the drawstrings in the lining of the bag. At least I can't see any reason for them. So now I have a new bag to take to the fair next week and to all the home football games this fall. :0)

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Simple pleasures

One thing I always try to focus on is finding joy in the simple things. One of those things for me the other day was finding out Mr. Frog had returned! Well, I like to think it's the same frog that was in the pond the beginning of the summer. I have to wonder if it is, why he left, where he went, and why he returned. But since he's not talking, I guess I'll never know. LOL

Another thing I take joy in is watching the butterflies that come to my butterfly bush. Unfortunately I lost two butterfly bushes over the winter, but I still have this one. And there haven't been nearly as many butterflies this summer as we normally have. So I was quite happy the other day to see this one out there. The next day there were four of them out there at the same time. And today I saw my first Monarch butterfly of the summer. I think over the winter I'll do some research on host plants the butterflies like, and maybe plant some new things in the yard to encourage them to visit.

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