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Lookie what I found rummaging through Paige’s garage one day!
A little retro soda shop table and 2 chairs. It was hideous. Rusted. The seats were literally crumbling and I was pretty sure ‘things‘ were living in it…but I knew there was potential. It could be darn adorable. We couldn’t throw it away. Will she be upset if we do a little redo? We could use these in the quilt shows we attend or for photo shoots. We could make them… SewMod Style.
Acquire a partner in crime: Wendy will spray paint anything so I knew she’d be up for the task. So one day while Paige was at work, we got busy on our surprise.
Materials: 2 cans of spray paint,
a disguise in case she comes home early, I mean a mask and sunglasses for protection, fabric and new wood for the seats, & a sheet to protect the grass.
Babysitter for Daisy: this tree will work nicely.
Go for it: Ignore all the neighbors staring at us and spray away. Then when that projects finished find something else to spray paint because it’s really fun now!
We spray painted so much that day, we had to make another run to Home Depot! But it was fun and totally worth it!
Her reaction: Surprise!! She loves it. Yay!
Can I just tell you how obsessed I am with this Lotta Jansdotter line, Glimma? It’s a good thing we carry it in the shop…or maybe for y’all it’s a bad thing cause I’ve personally used most of it now. I know she has a new line out now, but I haven’t finished using all of the first one up!
I like it because its gender neutral. Don’t get me wrong..I’m girly, but some people in my life are not so partial to flowers and rainbows(aka…boyfriend). He’s cramping my style on all things pink!
After the quilt top is cut and appliqued, the backing is trimmed away to reduce bulk and I was left with this messy pile that screamed…Make me ‘Glimma’!
So I obeyed. I decided to make a bag to hold, well just about everything including the kitchen sink. Paige designed Sophie’s Bag and everyone has one but me..guess I’ll have to make my own, Paige:) it requires just 1 yard of quilted fabric. First thing I did was take the trimmed backing and cut into useable sizes, and I sewed it together to make the inside piece and handles for the bag. I then just cut as many leftover Glimma pieces as possible into random squares and rectangles to ‘piece’ a top.
Design away! Just try to keep your dog from thinking it’s her new blankie:(
And this is my new yardage for my bag. And no, I have not finished quilting it. Y’all know how much I hate to quilt! But it’s coming along and soon, hopefully by next week I’ll have an update on the finished bag.
So, while you wait patiently while I curse and cry through my quilting, let me show you what I did with my second Glimma fat quarter bundle…
I had serious unruly grocery store bags. My organizational OCD demanded I contain them so I searched Pinterest for an easy sewing project. I made this in about an hour. And yes it’s surrounded by all things pink:)
Then I made these double sided napkins with the rest!
But wait, there’s more! Wendy made a clock for her sewing room out of one of them too.
I still have a tiny bit left over from my bundles….scrappy potholders perhaps?
Get your glue gun. Gather your two favorite christmas fat quarters. Don’t forget your crafty fun supplies like buttons, trim, stickers. Let’s make a Glitter Village!
I spent the day with great friends working on this crafty project. Some of the girls came over and we made these cute houses from Terry Atkinson’s pattern “Glitter Village”.
Spring break is over. Back in action this week. Saturday, Paige and I hung out and did some sewing on Sassafras, which I will hopefully be showing y’all the completed quilt by tomorrow. We think it’s turning out so awesome! I can’t wait to get it finished.
We also made a trip to Ikea for some odds and ends and while we were there bought a couple of vases because we’ve been wanting to make a really cute flower arrangement we saw on Pinterest. If you’re not on Pinterest, sign up! It’s addicting. You’ll love it! Don’t you need another reason to spend all day on the computer?
Isn’t this the cutest? All you need is a vase, jelly beans, box of bunny peeps and some flowers and voila, a super cute Easter display!
If you’re in the area join us March 10 & 11, 2012 for the Pride of the Prairie Quilt Show . Hours are 9-5 on Saturday & 11-4 on Sunday. The show will be held at Richland Grade School, 1919 Caton Farm Road, Crest Hill, IL.
I’ve been busy, busy cutting kits and preparing samples, but I did find enough time in my schedule to do some crafting this week. I’m totally hooked on hoop art, so I decided to do a little of my own by hooping “SewMod” and resting them on top of my peg board in the studio. Cuteness!!
Using Lush fat quarters, I fused and machine appliqued the letters with a decorative stitch on my sewing machine.
I added a piece of muslin for stability, hooped them, trimmed the fabric and pressed the trimmed fabric to the back. You can choose to cover the back but if its going against the wall, who’s gonna know, right?
So simple and sooo cute. It puts me in a spring mood. It also doesn’t hurt that our weather has been awesome. I finally was able to open my windows and air the house out…yay!
I promise on Monday I’ll be back with some quilt & booth pics from the show, so be sure to check back then. Have a great weekend & we hope to see some of you at the show!
My Flickr Tea Buddies theme/project this month, or should I say last month because it’s June, was Owls. Marja and Marjon were our hostesses. Everyone picked an owl project. Some were pillows, Diane made a pincushion, Liz had the cutest owl mug rug, and Marja made a needle case with an owl on it.
Throughout the month our hostesses showed us pics of live owls from the zoo. Marjon is a volunteer for the Dutch Little Owl Foundation so we saw all kinds of interesting owls. Marja even showed a cute pic of her grandson with an owl resting on his arm.
My project for May were these cute stuffed owls from a free tutorial on Karen Gray’s Blog. So easy, about 20 minutes to make, and sooo cute! Paige and I thought it would be fun to take pics of them in a tree outside of the coffee shop we met up at last night. Yes, I’m sure we had plenty of weird looks, but it wasn’t the first or will it be the last:)
Thanks for a great month ladies. I enjoyed all your pics!
This month is Butterflies and I haven’t decided what I’m going to come up with yet. Better get to thinking though. I don’t wanna be late again:(
I finally have one of my sewing boxes listed on the Etsy store. I actually cut into..I know, say it isn’t so..the unfinished Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt I was working on to make this box.
I hand stitched everything from the flowers, the quilting, and the covering on the underside of the lid and I gotta tell ya that this is hard to part with. I think it turned out just awesome! It’s made from a vintage sewing machine treadle drawer and I’ve attached a lid that doubles as a pincushion. I use mine behind my machine for easy access to my pins, machine needles, and presser feet. It’s one of the things in my sewing room that is unique.
I’ve made several of these over the years. My mom has one out of an orphan block. My Grandma and my Mom-n-Law also have one. This is a pic of mine…
I also made the yellow one on the left. It turned out sooo cute! I machine appliqued the Grandmother’s Flower onto a cute yellow and purple flowered background and hand embroidered a lazy daisy flower in the center.
I’m choosing not to list this cutie on Etsy because it’s not as perfect as I like my things to be. Its flaw is that it doesn’t seem to close as tightly as the other one and I had to move the hardware on it once. If it were mine, I would love it just the same but I kinda figured that if I’m expecting someone to pay for it, then they expect it to be at least close to perfect. I can’t list something I’m not completely happy with.
I just hate the thought of it not being used and loved by anyone. So I thought I would give it away to anyone who leaves a comment on this post today. I’ll pick the winner and post it tomorrow, Saturday the 19th.
So if you’re interested please let me know. Remember it’s only for today, Friday the 18th.
Have a great weekend!
Tuffet…eating her curds and whey…
The SewMod girls have decided to do a group project in a couple of weeks and since Paige & I proposed it, we thought we’d try it out before we get together to help things move along smoothly.
We’re making this cute little tuffet.
I used a Blessings jelly roll for this practice one but I really wanna make one using the Amy Butler Soul Blossoms jelly roll.
It took us quite a while to get this done, mostly because I’m the absolute worst paper/foundation piecer ever. I had to keep asking…now where do I start? I’m surprised she just didn’t take it away from me and do it herself. She’s very patient!
I think I’ll use my tuffet as a little bedside table in the guest room. Anyone up for a sleepover?
It will be so exciting to see everyone’s choices and finished tuffet.
I don’t think we’ll be eating any curd though. What is that anyway?…doesn’t even sound good…unless it’s Wisconsin cheese curds…yum,yum!
Meet Dixie, Shelley’s cute pup. She came to help us out.
Just a few simple ingredients for this recipe:
Ribbons and buttons
Shelley made hers from Amy Butler solids.
And I used Basic Grey’s Origins.
They’re almost too cute to put notes and pictures on!