Thursday, April 25, 2013

Is that GREEN I see?

This is what Maggie is doing this morning.  She loves to sit by the front door and watch.  Watch for what?  Oh, cats, rabbits, anything that moves.

Do you notice the green grass?  Monday night we had a Winter Weather Advisory.  Snow, ice, wind, the whole nine yards!  Today the snow is gone, the sun is shining and I can hear birds chirping outside.  I'm sure they are happy little campers today, too.  If you look close at the wet spot on the porch you can still see the remnants of some ice.  That'll be gone later as well.  We need more rain so that's fine.  Just can we be done with the snow!?!

Today I have a few errands to run and then I need to finish some housework.  After that I have to work on my daughter's quilt.  I was ready to put the strips together last night.  Then all I would have left to do is sew on the borders and take it down and quilt it at the new quilt shop in town that rents time on their fabulous long arm.  Sadly, I had sewn one of the blocks together wrong (as in upside down and backwards wrong) so I had to do some Frog Sewing last night.  You know, rip-it, rip-it, rip-it!

What wonderful things are ya'll up to today?

P.S.  Maggie just came in the room to say hi!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

A little bit of sewing going on...

I went to a friend's house yesterday for a sew-in.  Her hubs was out of town and it was the perfect time to get together with friends and have some fun.  Rather than working on quilts, we made these bags.  Aren't they the cutest?  Can you guess what they are made out of?

If you guessed expensive decorator fabric you would be wrong.  They are made out of place mats!! Mine is the one on the right.  The hardest part was actually finding the place mats without spending too much money.  I found mine at Big Lots for $1.50 each.  Besides two place mats you just need to have some cotton duck fabric which is a heavy fabric that can be found at Joann's and some cotton fabric for the liner.  Finish it off with a covered piece of foam board to reinforce the bottom and voila!  You're done!  How cute is that?  Mine is a gift for a friend and I hope she loves it.

I'm basically a quilter but I love these quick projects.  They help perfect your sewing skills like top stitching and give you instant gratification because they are fast and you don't have to be quite as precise as with quilting.

On a side note, do you see how sunny it was?  Well, things can change on a dime here.  It's snowing, schools are closed, businesses are closed, roads are dangerous.  In other words, it's a SNOW DAY!  In my terminology, that means PAJAMA DAY!  I'm staying in and reading, sewing, and catching up on watching the NCIS shows I have taped.

Have fun wherever you are!