Thanks for stopping in! I hope you enjoy this blog. I'm writing about things that I love and pray you'll share in the joy and creativity I try to bring. We're talking knitting, crochet, sewing, quilting, and crafts - plus a few random musings. Leave your comments and I promise to respond!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Sewing on Thursday: SSB 4 Materials

I'm giving a head's up this week on the materials needed for next week's final two pockets in our sewing skill builder. We will be doing a smocking sampler and a French hand-sewing sampler. The hand-sewing sampler will actually be done on a machine, but will require some materials that are a little more difficult to find. I am giving some information on where these items can be found or how to make them.


Smocking Sampler

French hand-sewing sampler

  • 8-1/2" of 1-1/4" wide ribbon-threaded lace beading - (This is the strip of lace that runs down the center of the pocket) - this is easily done if you have the lace beading. However, it is rather difficult to find in this size! I found the best place is Deb's Lace and Trims. She has it in Black, White, White/Yellow Mock, and Aqua with a couple of variations on the white, off-white, ecru and black. If it comes without the ribbon, you can simply thread it with the ribbon of your choice in the right size to fit the holes. You may also find it on eBay or similar. If you do, please share your links in the comments! 
  • 2 1/2" x 8 1/2" fabric swatch
  • entredeux - THIS we can make (yay us!) This is the trim on either side of the lace beading
  • 4 3/8" x 8 1/2" fabric swatch. Look for this tutorial on Monday.
  • Picot lace (we will make this too on Needlework Tuesday.)

Monday, April 7, 2014

Crafty Monday: A Crafting Challenge!

**I am updating the challenge so that we can take responses and sign ups until April 28, 2014. The projects will be due by May 16th but can be turned in earlier than that. If you plan to join, please fill in the form below! 

Yes, it is Monday. No, I didn't post anything last week. Yes, I have been very, very busy with kids and quilts. I've come to the conclusion that I will most likely be taking a bit of time off so that I can concentrate on getting my two quilts done in time for my clients - as that is what is the most important aspect of what I do! As for the block of the month and the sewing skill builder, those will hopefully make an appearance this week. I'm sorry for the delay!

But I thought I would sit down here for a bit and send out a challenge! Today as I was searching for some spices to make my slow cooker roast beef for some quesadillas tonight, I realized that my spice cabinet is a disaster. I had just returned from grocery shopping, couldn't find what I needed, didn't want to run out again, and just KNEW that my cumin was somewhere up there in that jumbled up mess. I've been wanting to redo my spices and get them organized for a long time. So I pulled them all out of the cupboard (found what I needed) and decided to do a search for spice organization.

I got a lot of really cool stuff, and of course Pinterest is always awesome, but all of it required that I either order something or run out and buy stuff. Neither of which I really wanted to do. Then I put my mind to work. I needed something to put them in on the door. That was most important. Most are already in jars and containers, and I don't show off the inside of my cupboards very often, so I wasn't concerned with aesthetics.

After a search around the house, my eyes landed on a discarded soon-to-be-recycled cereal box. Were my eyes deceiving me? Was that box the perfect size for a spice jar, yet not so wide that it wouldn't fit inside my cabinet door? Yes, it was perfect!

So I cut down the box, experimented with covering it in both fabric and spray paint (so far going with the fabric), and stapled it to the inside of the door. Voila! Yes, I will do a better tutorial on it on Friday, but guess what! I had made something from found objects in my home that served a much better use than landfill, uh...filler.
Cereal Box Spice storage in fabric

So here is my challenge to you:

Make something useful using discarded and found objects around your house! For this week's challenge (which I hope to have more soon!) it needs to be something to help you get organized. The only rules are that 90% of your item must be made from recycled or on-hand products. Anything from your craft room, tool shed, recycle bin, etc. You get it. No cheating and saying you didn't buy something when you did! Not that I think you will, but hey, gotta throw that out there.

All challenges MUST be submitted to the Flikr group by Sunday, April 13 and a description of your project including the items you used, what it is used for, and how you did it submitted to me at freckledotsquilts (at) gmail (dot) com. Please see above for deadlines and sign ups. You will still need to submit pictures to the Flikr group. Please use the form below to sign up. Then we'll vote on our favorites. The winner will have their project featured on this blog as a tutorial! If you have a handmade store online, this is also great for exposure!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Quilting on Wednesday: April Block of the Month Prep

Good day, lovelies! I hope you are having a most excellent week. How about some preparations for our April Block of the Month? I know! Can you believe it is nearly April already? I can't. It's too cold here for it to be spring, which seems to be the sentiment across the country.

Nevertheless, we are here, it is spring, and we are going to do an April block of the month.

This month we are going to do "Church Windows" and you will need the following supplies:

Church windows uses hexagon templates, so we will use Y seams like we did in Attic Windows. We will also use 1/2 square triangles. This block is intended to also have a stained glass effect, with darker strips between marbled centers and coordinating outsides. However, I always encourage you to use your imagination and see what you can come up with!

Oh, and I have A SURPRISE for all of you. Next week's blog should also feature a video for this square. That's right, I'm coming up in the world and bought a camcorder and a tripod. So you will get to see everything as it is done. Hopefully this will be a more permanent feature for the blog.

I hope to see you there, and hope you join me on this journey




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