Friday, July 30, 2010


Hi, thought I would share with all of you what I am working on this week. I am making some Christmas ornaments that I hope to sell in a craft show in November. I have lots of things I am making that I hope will sell, but this one I though might be of some interest to you guys. So here we go.
I bought a lovely little Fat quarter package of six fabrics in the green range. I laid them out and stacked them together. To make sure they didn't shift during the process, I used a reposition able spray adhesive.
I choose to stack them from dark on the bottom to light on top. I thought it would create depth in the trees.
With the final color being the lightest, shade of lime green.
Next I used a pencil and a ruler and starting in the middle drew a line and then continued to draw lines at 1/2 inch apart.
Then I used the drawn lines to sew the layers together.
 At this point I had several choices of what to do next. The next step in making chenille is to cut the fabric between the sewn lines. I wasn't sure that I wanted to do that at this point so I drew the shape of the tree I am making and cut them out first.
Using a very sharp thin pair of scissor I cut right down the middle of each sewn line, on each tree.
Oops, I got ahead of myself. This is when I got out my water bottle that I use to train my cats to stay off things. I changed the spray from a stream to a misty spay.
 After I sprayed them just to moisten it a little I got out the new foot brush/lava rock. This brush has very stiff bristles.
Using a circular motion I roughed up the cut edges, with the brush. It makes a little bit of a stringy mess, but it was fun to do anyway.
This is the finished product and I will from here start to decorate these little trees with ornaments, and a topper like you would your home tree, then I will add a hanger so they can be hung on a home tree.
Well, these are just one of the many things I am working on as I said so maybe I will do another tutorial on one of the other things I am making.
Have a very quilty week and I will talk to you soon.

Friday, July 23, 2010

I am back

Well, I didn't give up on my blog I have just been so busy and had so much to do that I have not had the time to get started with the things I want to do here. For that reason I just kind of did the whole fall back thing and didn't get on at all. Others tell me I am what they call a lazy perfectionist. Meaning that if I can't do it right I just avoid doing it at all and that is kind of what I did here. I have so many things I want to do and I seem to get bogged down in doing them .
I have started the Christmas items for my craft show in Nov. and hope to find a couple of other show if I can get enough made. I have the cutest tree ornaments, and snowman and tree pins. I have made the proto types and will photo them and show you what they look like when i get them finished. I still need to figure out how to do the finish work on the pins and how to hang the ornaments. I will get back on more often and start the things I have been promising.
Have a quilty weekend.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Not the New Stuff yet

Hi every one, I hope you are having a great summer. Mine has been so busy I have been having a hard time getting on and writing. I went to my aunts for the weekend and we left on Fri. morning and came home on Mon. morning early. Sun. evening I got a call from my daughters that they were with my dad and they had called EMS. He was having symptoms of a heart attack and not doing well at all. The EMS got there and said they didn't think it was, but he was definitely in distress and they wanted to take him to the hospital. So they did. My mother was off at the scrapbook club meeting that I was missing, by being out of town. One of the ladies drove her to the hospital and one of my girls went with him in the ambulance.
It looked like he was going to be fine, but they said since he was scheduled for a cardiogram the next day at that facility they would just keep him and watch him over night. He had the cardiogram and they found a 90% blockage in one of his arteries so they put a stint in right away. He had to stay another night for that. He came home today and is doing very well.
I just don't seem to be able to leave town without something happening. LOL not really, but some times it feels that way.
I got on here to tell you something fun I want to do. I have a cousin who wants to start writing a blog, and she also wants to make a t-shirt quilt with the help of myself and her mom. So I think we may just do a little t-shirt quilt tutorial for the next few days and she can read what I have posted and make the quilt she wants to make. Maybe it will also give her the confidence to start her own blog. I have a good start on my own t-shirt quilt but will need to do some of the work on some of my children's shirts  in order to make photos to post for the early steps. Not that that is a problem since I have enough t-shirts set a side for them to make four or five quilts. I need to get that done. but seem to have so many other things I have going I just put it on the back burner. I guess we will get it done now.
I am making some life changes that I look forward to. I hope you all will notice them when they begin to show. However I am not going to tell you what they are just let them show up in my posts. In the mean time yall have a quilty week and I will see what I can do about getting the first of those directions posted before the end of the week.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Happy Fourth Of July!!!!!

Well, I have been out , just out lately, and I have missed being here. I have big plans for the future and I am anxious to share them with you all, but will wait until I have the time to give it . I am about ready to go to bed now , but wanted to say I hope those of you in the US had a wonderful holiday weekend. We have friends with a lake house and they have been asking us to come for the weekend of the fourth for several years. We decided to give it a shot this year and go for the day. We had a wonderful time and we got to swim and go boating and share good food and drinks with great people. Then they invited us to go with them to the baseball game for the evening and see the fireworks. We did and it was wonderful. I love to watch baseball in person and hate to watch it on TV, so this was a treat for me. My husband has not been to a semi major league game since before I was born. He had fun, and was amazed at the things I know about the game. I find that funny because when I was single I made it a point to learn about sports so I would not be a sports widow. LOL I married a man who as far as I knew for the first 15 years of our marriage did not like any sport at all. Then he discovered that I have been to the local race track every Fri night in the summer when I was a child. He loves racing and just never said anything because I never did. Now we go to the races when we can and watch football as often as we find one on to watch. Now I guess we will maybe go see a baseball game once in a while too. Things do change don't they.
Well, I have camp this week and we will be making a dress for the girls to wear to something nice. I hope this group has some experience so it goes well for them. The dress we are making looks hard but really is not. I am posting some photos of the camp projects I have done and will be doing this summer.
Have a quilty week and I will share my excitement next time.
this was the first camp class.
Class number two.
This weeks pattern.