Monday, July 30, 2012

How was YOUR weekend?


Pretty eventful...

I took a fall down a few steps and ended up with one broken ankle and a bad sprang on the other.
(I couldn't just injure one - not me - I had to do both legs at the same time)
The sprang ankle is in a brace to support it and the broken one is in a temporary cast until the swelling goes down.
 I will be getting my permanent cast on Wednesday.

Be back soon...

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Quilted table mat - 28X28

No matter how ugly they may be...
 I just can't seem to resist finding a use for even the smallest little scraps from other projects.
(I sometimes wonder if I should have named my blog "Sew Scrappy" or "Scrap Happy".)

If you remember, I had a bit of black and white checked sunflower fabric leftover from my

Here, I have used some of those little leftover scraps in my sunflower table mat.
I pieced my table mat by machine and quilted it by hand.

The back is done in sunflower fabric also - making it reversible.

Whatcha got blooming out of your scrap basket today?

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

~ bend-the-rules SEWING ~

  When it comes to sewing, I have always been a "sew by the rules" kinda gal, so
to bend the rules didn't seem quite right to me.

Until now....

I purchased this book via the internet - mostly out of curiosity.
It turned out to be a fun little addition to my sewing library.

Most the patterns in this book are quick, easy and use very little fabric.

I chose the No Cash Wallet as my first project.

This is a perfect little wallet for you gals who carry only debit or credit cards.

 I tested the pattern first using a few scraps from my stash.

Here it is opened.

Folded once...

...and snapped closed to secure your cards.

While it was not my best sewing, I still think it turned out pretty cute.

It certainly taught this "sew by the rules" gal to have fun and bend-the-rules a bit.

Friday, July 20, 2012

~ Mr. Fisherman's night to cook ~

 Chicken Caesar Salad from Wal-Mart.

Believe it or not, these salads are really delicious!

This little container comes with everything you need; salad dressing, croutons and even a plastic fork for under $4.

My point...

  no cooking or clean-up


more time to sew ~


Happy Friday everyone!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

iPad sleeve

Mr. Fisherman gave me an iPad for Valentine's Day this year and even though it came with a protective cover for the screen, I wanted something to protect the back also. You see, it has become my new "can't leave home without it" item along with my cellphone. Seriously, I use it for EVERYTHING and would drive back home if I forgot it - along with my cellphone.
I sometimes wonder how in the heck we left the house before cellphones and iPads....

The back of my iPad was getting a bit scratched from carrying it in my purse so I was in need of a cute iPad sleeve and found this pattern:

by Pattern Patti

I can't say enough about this pattern.
The instructions and illustrations were extremely easy to follow; easy enough for a beginner.
Let's face it, an iPad sleeve would be such an easy thing to make without a pattern, but
 Pattern Patti made it so simple. I didn't need to measure anything myself. Pattern Patti had all the measurements done for me and it fit PERFECTLY!
Here's my version:
The possibilities are endless to personalize this pattern.
This iPad sleeve pattern was so fast and easy to make it would be the perfect personalized gift to make for anyone owning an iPad.
Time to think ahead - Christmas is right around the corner!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Novelty fabric

Do you have novelty fabric you purchased years ago and have no idea why or even what you were going to use it for?
Why not dig it out and put your thinking cap on?
I was going through my scraps looking for something I could use for the applique on my grandbabies July 4th outfits and came across this piece.

Recognize the stars and stripes at the bottom of the fabric?
It's the fabric I used to applique the sand pail.

While still pondering over this fabric (and before removing my thinking cap) I came up with another idea for using a bit of this fabric.

A new dishtowel!

I used a small piece of the blue and white check for the applique bird and a long strip of the same for the boarder.
The ruffle was made from a separate piece of fabric from my stash.

Isn't it "tweet"?

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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Celebrating Independence Day

~ Polly's new shirt ~

Matching outfits for my grandbabies.
 ~ Oakleigh and her little sister, Brantley ~

I added a ruffle to Oakleigh's purchased tee but could not find a tee in Brantley's size.
As you can see from the photo below, I purchased a onesie, cut the bottom off and added a ruffle.

Problem solved.

Be safe and have a great day!

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