Monday, August 29, 2016

Memory Monday 22 ~ Mrs. Carter's Scrap Box

I was presented with a LARGE plastic bin and given the challenge
to make quilts for a cousin.
These pieces belonged to her Grandmother.
As a child and young adult, I had met this Grandmother on the other side of the family multiple times.
In fact, I knew her well before my cousin was born.
These types of boxes of fabric and notions always stir a lot of memories.
I start remembering the stores where she could have bought these.
ALL of them are now long gone.
I'm always eager to go through boxes of scraps when I get them.  
It gets me acquainted with the beautiful fabrics and their colors.
I had to wonder what Mrs. Carter was planning to do with these fabrics.
At the rate I'm going with loving requests, 
these baby themed fabrics may work out for a grand baby, 
and I'm talking a while down the road.
I'm sure that Mrs. Carter would be thrilled to know these fabrics
will possibly be used in a quilt for a great, great grand baby.
        Since I have become acquainted with these fabrics which include a ton of Sunbonnet Sue & Overall Sams already cut out, this challenge is on my to-do list in my head which has me on the lookout for some ideas on a quilt pattern & ideas.
         I'm glad my family and friends understand that my mind and it's motivation works on it's own schedule.  I never know when that light bulb will flip on.
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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Sun Best ~ A Longest Yard Sale Flower Garden

  Highway 127, somewhere in Ohio


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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Quilt Shot Block #80 ~ Overall Sam & Free Pattern

Shared from Mrs. Carter's Fabric Scrap Box
12½ inch block
      In Mrs. Carter's Scrap Box of fabrics there were several Dutch Girl/Sunbonnet Sues and Overall Sams already cut. I know she most likely hand appliqued these pieces, turning under the edge as she went.  Me on the other hand, I used my monster roll of iron on interfacing and trimmed away.  This small rotary cutter sure helps make those tiny turns.

  I used the blanket stitch on my machine.

Whenever I needed to pivot (make a turn)
I make sure the needle was in down position on the 
outside of the cut edge.

I used black in the bobbin.
This is what gave me the idea for 
Do I put Sue and Sam in the same quilt,
or do I make a quilt for my cousin's daughter of Sues
and one for her son of Sams?
I'm inclined to think the latter.
What are your thoughts?
 Each set of cutouts are kept together with a straight pin.
Due to the pins rusting a bit,
I've had to use pliers to pull out the pin.
One set of cutouts
fit easily on a sheet of paper,
which made it super simple to pass on the pattern to you.
This is another pattern passed through the generations. 

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Friday, August 26, 2016

Fun or Funny Fri Foto ~ A KY Roadside Market & Evergreen Tomatoes

Once upon a time in my life,
I drove by this Farmer's Market every school day.
It's nice to visit my old home county with Mr. G,
because I know he sees my ole stomping grounds
as a visitor and checks out these places I look over.
So about 3 weeks ago, we stopped here.
Dennison's is located on 31E north of Glasgow, KY, USA
It was a fun, quirky stop.
I enjoyed looking at all the variety of vegetables and fruits they offered.

For some reason I had a craving for tomatoes.
I bought several varieties including some heirlooms.
Then a guy came in and asked for the Evergreen Tomatoes.
After listening, I had to inquire and bought one.
I'm so upset, that I didn't take a picture of the tomatoes
and especially the Evergreen.
I only thought about it AFTER I cut it up.
Yes, this tomato IS ripe!
Just like a red tomato, you can tell it's ripe because it was soft.
With your eyes closed, you wouldn't be able to tell that it wasn't a red tomato.
It was VERY delicious.
 
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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Thoughtful Thinking Thursday #61~ Little Sprout--Bug

 So does he think he's a little sprout of the plant?
 Does he think if he sits out in the clearing of the black dirt, folks will think he is a sprout?
 Does he think if he sits very still, folks will think he is a sprout?
 Does he think he's being clever being a camo insect?
Does he think?
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Think about it.
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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Wordless Wednesday #187 ~ Bunch of Flowers for Bunch of Retired Teachers

Our host for our Retired Teachers Reunion
spends some of his retirement time
working with flowers. 
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Taken by his Galaxy 4

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Initial Christmas Bag

       Initial- not the first Christmas bag I've made this summer.  It's a bag with the receiver's initial.  
     While we don't like seeing stores dressed up in Christmas isles during the summer, us DIYers have to start early.  It is hard to get in the mood.
      This summer, Mr. G and I have been buying gifts as we see something.  So that I don't misplace the gifts, I make a bag to put them in asap.  This also means we can add to the bag the rest of the year.  I have the bags hung on door knobs and sitting on shelves upstairs to make them available to add to easily.



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        Used scraps from a soft red blanket.
          Back to my free hand cutting letters, because I'm a former teacher of the pre 2000 years before the Ellison cutters were introduced.
Even after the Ellison cutters arrived at our school,
I felt I could get them cut faster than going down to the work room
and pulling out the individual letters.
I could also make them the size I needed.
I always started by roughly cutting rectangles of the same size
so the letters could be somewhat consistent.
 
 As I've noted before I don't use something like an iron on bonding material,
 because I have a monster size roll of light weight iron on interfacing.
 The interfacing does the job because it stiffens the letter a bit,
and doesn't allow it to slip around while
I'm appliquing.



 I do have 2 Edge/Joining feet in my collection.
One has a bar in the center,
and one does not.
I prefer the one without the bar,
because I'm afraid of not setting my machine needle offside
and breaking a needle.
There is a need for the bar to make the stitch looser.
I do iron creases in these bags.

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