Monday, December 5, 2016

Chair Cushions for my New Quilt Room

I have been so busy working on my room, getting it in order (which I am seeing is going to be an on going task)  that I am forgetting a lot of other things that I need to do.  (And we know it is not cause I am getting older, lol)

I still have a lot of extra fabric left over from the window treatments that I made.  


So I decided to make some cushions for my chairs.  I started by cutting 2 inch squares.
(Now I never made chair cushions, but seen pictures, don't look that hard)


Then sewed them together to make a large square.


I bought 4 squares of foam 2 inches thick at a local store.  Measured my chairs and cut them to fit.


Then cut my squares to fit.  I did cut batting and attached it with sticky spray.  I thought they would look better (plus more padding) if they were quilted.


Oh my, poot KC is complaining and trying to get my attention.  I got so involved, I forgot it was her supper time.  As you can see, she didn't forget, lol.


After feeding KC, I quilted the top of the cushions, in the ditch of each square and trimmed the batting.


I decided to go with a plain backing.  There is some fabric left over and you never know, I could think of something for it.  Anyway, you sit on the cushions and no one will see the back.


Then I cut 1 1/2 inch strips, sewed right sides together and turned right side out.  These will hold the cushions on the chairs.


OK, I sewed the cushions together put the foam in and hand sewn them shut.  Not bad,and they are comfortable.
But I learned a lesson, next time I will make them bigger, because when you sew the top and bottom together, and stuff with foam, they shrink a little.  (Gee, I should have realized that.)



I just got an idea.   As I was taking pictures, I realized that I don't have a clock.  Now I know what to make with the rest of the fabric.  That way when I am in here sewing poor KC will get her supper on time, lol.

HAPOY QUILTING EVERYONE!!











Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Topper/Wreath

 Yesterday and today, I spent decorating for Christmas.   🎅      I had my music going and having fun.  This was always my favorite holiday.


Each year I make it a point to make a new decoration for myself.  Well, this year I kept seeing this table topper all over Facebook.  I seen it in fall colors, summer and even Christmas.  Now, I am not one to buy patterns (some may even call me cheap).
Anyway, I made my own pattern.  Because of this, I cannot give out complete details as to how I made it.


I made 12 squares of light and dark fabrics.  The light was going to be my top, so I made a dark green boarder all around it.  
With right sides together, I sewed all around them keeping a small opening for turning around.  


I then sewed 1/4 inch all around to close my hole and to add strength.
(Oh, I also have a heavy batting inside my squares)

Next was the tricky, but the fun part.  I made myself a template so I could attach each one to another to form a perfect circle.  Marking each square, I sewed them together.


After they were all sewn together, I hand sewn a pearl bead on each point.  It opens the flaps plus I felt it added a little to it.


Here is the back...


And now the front...


I can put a candle or whatever in the center.  I even seen one hanging on a door.  I myself am going to use it for a centerpiece on my table, with a candle.


These don't take long to make, very easy and fun, and you can make them for any occasion/holiday.  They would make great Christmas presents.

OK, got lots to do and time is starting to run out.

HAPPY QUILTING EVERYONE!!






Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Our Novembers Meeting & Patty's

This month our Quilt Guild here in Weakley County, TN, went on our yearly trip to "Back Yard Fabrics".    It is the closest quilt shop which is located on the back roads outside Mayfield, Kentucky.


This year there were 18 of us that went.  We seen some new fabric lines and some beautiful quilts made from them.
(Above are the ladies that rode with me.)

After we oooed and ahhed and spent lots of money, then we headed to a well known place to eat that is known especially for their 2 inch Pork Chops.
(Patty's in Grand Rapids, KY)




They were all decorated for Christmas.




They not only have great meals but make the best homemade bread in (get this)
Flower Pots...yup!


Oh, they are also well known for their "Mike High Pies"


Just looking at them make my mouth water.


So if you ever get in Kentucky and are near Grand Rapids, I highly recommend stopping here to eat.  Ummm


OK, enough of talking of food.  We all had a great time as we always do.
Now I must get back to my room.  I got lots to do before Christmas.

HAPPY QUILTING EVERYONE!!!




Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Ah, My New Quilt Room


When my husband said its time to add on the house and make a room for my Long Arm machine, I was ecstatic!   I was hoping for this ever since I got my machine, 4 years ago.  It was set up in a spare bedroom but the bedroom was not big enough for it all.  So 1/4 of it was stored in a closet.

It was a lot of work and I just could not wait till it was finished.



Yup, that was my sign this past last year.  
(Yes, I said year.)

It all kinda went like this...

🔵⚪🔴

First was to pour the concrete for the foundation.  We had a patio in the back of our house but was not big enough.  Well, to make a long story short, the concrete truck came the day before my husband had asked for it.  When it pulled into out driveway, we both just did a double take.  Here it was and  and he had no one to help.  So I put my big pants on and tried to help the best I could.  That was the start.



Next were the walls, Yup, our son had to work, so I was his helper putting the walls up.  (Well, I tried)  The house wrap was the easy part.


Next was the roof, I felt bad, I could not help with this.  I helped steady the rafters, but he got them up himself.  Putting the shingles on was easier for him. He rented a nail gun and had it done in one weekend.


Well, he got the roof done and windows put in, in time for winter.  Unfortunately, an old injury flared up and he ended up having his shoulder operated on.  The doctor had to reattach his Rotator Cuff, repair and reattached  his muscle and scraped the arthritis off the bone.  He ended up with 6 screws and out of commission for 6 months.

 😔

As soon as the doctor said he could hang siding....he was off and running. 



 Next, we hung the drywall, speckled it, then painted the ceiling white and walls green.


Oh, he also put in a half bath with a deep sink to dye fabrics.


Then he took our French doors off.  Since they were outside doors, they swung to the inside.  The archway is much wider, so a lot if work and wood went into it.  He also stained it to make it look like wood.


At last we laid the floor.  We ripped out our Dining Room floor also and replaced it all with new.


Are you ready, come enter my NEW room


I made curtains and accessories when he was recuperating from his operation. 


Check out my shelf..



He found an old gun cabinet, and look what he made me...


Then he found an old oval table that a couple had for sale.  He cut it round and refinished it.



He is now working on restoring an old Treadle Singer Machine my Sister-in-law gave me.

I am soooo proud of him.  He did the whole room all by himself, except for when I was able to help.   
I LOVE my new room!!!
Soooo, I don't have to tell you where
 I am now, lol

HAPPY QUILTING EVERYONE!