Thursday, July 23, 2015

Civil War Reenactment

We had some family in from out of town and decided to take them to the Civil War Reenactment at the Genessee Country Museum.  We have gone for the last three years.  I really like going there
 So many beautiful sites.  So much to look at, marvel at, learn from...
This is not my daughter just some little cutie that was there at the washboard laundry area.  My daughter helped out for a little while. 
I love looking at the herbs or flowers being hung upside down.  So pretty.
This gal thought it was pretty funny that there was such an attraction over the bacon on the grill.  Bacon is a crown pleaser, don't yah know.
 An old fashioned pantry.
 Of course the quilts I can resist.
And who can resist the confections? We had a Hermit while we were there.  Was very delicious.
 Imagine buying your fabric back then?
 Some spinning.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Purses. I Dream Of Purses

Another purse.  They are like chips... 

I wanted to put something gathered on it.  I also wanted to use my embellishments.  I have lots of ribbon and such to use.  It's time to start using it. Right?

My friend Sandy of Quilting For The Rest Of Us gave me some Annie Unrein Soft and Stable.  That is really cool stuff to work with.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Purse Development Process

I can't stop making purses. Having so much fun with it.  I really liked the size and shape of this purse.  I will be working on developing the idea more.  There are a few things I am not happy with.  One my strap needed to be thicker.  I was so excited about finishing it that I did not bother to get up and find some batting.  Ha.  I was that tired yesterday.  Must have been the heat...

The other thing I did not do- just totally forgot about it because I usually put it in all my purses, is a small zipped compartment on the inside.  But, hey, it is my prototype. 

I wasn't sure about the trim.  I went back and forth about it.  I have TONS of trim and embellishment stuff.  I think it is high time I started using it.  Tell me, would you rather this bag without the trim or with the trim?

Saturday, June 13, 2015

New Sewing Table

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Pic taken by the seller.

Here is the table I found on Craigslist!  Whoop whoop!  I was so excited.  I have just finished setting it up in my new sewing room.  Just have to order a new inset to fit my machine and we'll (the machine and I) be good to go!  Yeah.  Color me happy!

A couple months ago I told my Mother I wanted one.  I priced them out and thought, this is what I really would like for my birthday!  A very special present for when I reach a pretty big birthday.  Not telling which one. Ha.  I was thinking I was going to have with 1500+ dollars, which was not what I wanted to do.  There I was looking for an armoire on Craigslist (I want a very specific style- for the right price of course) and there it was. I was there at the sellers house in two days time and had it all home by the end of the next day.  All set up the following day.  I LOVE IT!  How's that for getting what you ask for!

So now all I have to do is get an insert for my machine.

Anyone know what kind of cabinet this is?

Friday, June 5, 2015

1000 Pyramid

At long last I have finished my 1000 Pyramid Quilt.  I started making it during my first quilt class ever.  It was the one that really started me in quilt making.  During the class, the teacher had said that someone from her class was inspired to make it several years ago and she just thought that was pretty neat.  I liked the idea too.  However, I knew mine was going to be a long time in the making. I wanted no repeaters. 

Funny thing is that it shows the years I have been making it.  The beginning rows of triangles are a bit wonky.  And the ones that were sewn recently are laying very flat and are perfectly aligned.  It's been quite a journey. A very happy journey and of course, the journey continues.  Its such a learning process. 

If you would like to make it, there are several tutorials on the web.  I used this template from Quilters Cache.  I made it a five inch triangle from tippy top point to the bottom.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Summer Ideas

In the summer, we are always looking for activities to do.  Pinterest has a ton of ideas. 

Here are some links to great ideas.

About- 100 Fun Summer Ideas

The Frugal Girls- easy craft ideas

Keep Your Kids Busy for Under 10 Dollars from Buzz Feed

101 Fun Things To Do In The Summer from Parenting Magazine

Outdoor Summer Activities

Here is a list of some of the things we do in the summer.

Pick fruits- like strawberries, blueberries and cherries.  We also go to the Farmers Market every week.

Go to the beach.  With Lake Ontario right here, this is a fun day for us.  Lots of exercise too.

Walk on the Erie Canal and look for edible plants and such.

Go to area parks- many parks around here offer different acitivites.  There are water parks, parks with hiking trails, waterfalls, beaches...

We always go to one of the local farms called Springdale Farms.  The kids get to see some of the operations of a farm, pet the animals in their petting zoo, run along the walkways...

Play in the backyard with water. Water guns, water baloons, slip and slide, sprinkler, whatever.

Go on little day trips to various things around Rochester.

Go to the zoo.

Go to the library and visit other libraries around Rochester.

Do crafts.

Go to local museums.

Play games.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

A Square from Vicki

In early January we lost a fellow quilter who was very loved in our group.  It has been very sad. Her best friend, Jan, of Quilting Revolution, shared some leftovers from a quilt she was working on with us at retreat.  We all made the same square together learning a few techniques.

I decided to use it with some Easter stuff I have. Just a little table topper. I figured I would find a piece of binding to sew around the perimeter.  When I returned home from retreat I was sitting in my new sewing room.  Lots of boxes of scraps and stuff that I still have to go through to organize.  This one box kept attracting my attention.  I opened it up and started looking through it.  Didn't I find a perfectly matched strip of 2 1/4 and just enough to go around the Vicki square.  Love it! I felt guided.  Who knows maybe Vicki stopped in for a visit and suggested it to my subconscious mind.  In any case, I am finished with it and am happy with the results.  Just beautiful! A great remembrance of a dear person.

I had a great time quilting it.
Before I came from retreat.