Thursday, January 31, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Monday, January 28, 2008
I couldn't wait to put my toy machine in the saved spot on my shelf and take a photo. It is amazing. Michelle sent a sweet and loving card that I will keep and read when I need a pick-me-up. It was almost as nice as the little sewing machine. She reminded me that we had a little toy sewing machine when we were children. I had almost forgotten that! This cute blue machine looks so great on the shelf. It has a little circular wheel on the side you can turn to make the needle go up and down. I can't wait to explore it to see how it works. I will love it forever. It will make me very happy when I look at it everyday. Its so sweet. Thank you Michelle!! I love it.
I put it right next to a kitty doll my mother made for my daughter Whitney (that I am "keeping safe" for her). Its an upside down doll with the kitty under the skirt sleeping and wearing a bonnet. I think they look cute together. Aren't I so lucky!
Sunday, January 27, 2008
First of all I was able to do finishing touches on the sewing room. I hung my bags on the wall, which is a splash of creative color and fun to have displayed. I moved this wicker chair into the room and I covered the cushion with the last piece of quilted kitchen curtains I have been recycling. I know its not the best picture staging with the light slanting in on the photo but the great sunlight in this room is fabulous to work in and I wanted to show a little slice of winter sunshine from my nice window on Saturday.
I was going to machine quilt it myself but its such a special quilt I am going to take it to Wren Woodland (Sew Small Sitches), a local machine quilter. She does great work. I do machine quilting on my Bernina but I limit my size of projects so most of my big or special quilts I take to a quilter. I love having a project done with the back sewn all ready and in the bag to take to the quilter.
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Lately, I've been on a real hat kick. My mom got me a book for my birthday, Last Minute Knitted Gifts, by Joelle Hoverson, owner of Purl Soho. I used her hat pattern as the base for the hats that I have been making and have created my own designs and patterns using 2 and 3 different yarns. I started using machine washable yarns from Knit Picks, but morphed into also using my current favorite yarn, Gems from Louet -- a beautiful yarn that is also machine washable!
Here I am
This is me and Chelsey with our semi-matching hats
(if I had realized that she had the back of the hat in the front
when we had taken this picture, I would have had her put the hat
on right, but she has the hat now -- oh well . . . )
Finally, this is my brother, Mason in his hat. I really enjoyed making these, and learned a lot in the process. -
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
This is a painting created from several photographs of the 1890s row home where I grew up in Pennsylvania. I slept in the bedroom on the left side of the home with the bay window until my sisters grew up and moved out. Then I took over the 3rd floor bedroom pictured at the top of the home. It was a lovely home with huge mouldings and high ceilings. It isn't very special anymore and the neighborhood is quite run down. But it was a very nice home in our working class neighborhood in the 60s-70s. I loved living on Church Street. (My parents moved to Utah in the mid 70s just before I graduated from high school.) I have wonderful memories of the happy carefree childhood I experienced in our home. My mother was the center of our home and her sewing room was the heart. When I look at the painting I am filled with peace and fondness for all that my parents and sisters mean to me and the many blessings I have from being reared in that home. Recently my brother-in-law was able to take the painting (with the consent from the artist) and digitally reproduce it on canvas. He worked very hard on it and its difficult to tell the original from the copies. I had them mounted and framed and gave them to my sisters for Christmas. I know they will enjoy this painting as much as I do.
The painting is on one side of the wall in the corner, and this quilt is on the other wall, as the 2 walls meet together. The cute little tea set is from 2 of my daughters. I don't drink tea but I do love tea sets and this one with the dots is totally "me".
Monday, January 21, 2008
I've been really excited with the response to my free valentine flag/banner pattern. Anyone that finishes the little quilt by Valentine's Day, I will send a free pattern for my umbrella April Showers/May Flowers flag. Just email me a photo of your finished valentine quilt by February 14, 2008 along with your address and I will mail you a pattern. I will send umbrella fabric for the border along with the pattern to the first person that sends me a finished picture of their valentine quilt. On Valentine's Day I will post pictures of finished valentine flags/banners/quilts on my blog.
I love show and tell. I hope you do, too. - nanette
Sunday, January 20, 2008
I still have pictures still to hang and some other things to move in and finish but I'd say now 90% of the room is done. And I can start work in here. YAY. It is so peaceful and nice. Having things all in their place is such a calming feeling. Also the family room is at the other end of the house. Tonight when I had a spare moment I came in here and after a few minutes my husband came and noted how quiet it is . I can still oversee the family mayhem but from a distance. They aren't little anymore and I (only) have 4 of the kids living at home right now so it makes having a separated space possible. Weekends are different we usually have many or most of them here.
We had a flood last August (broken pipe) that damaged half the first floor and all of the finished basement (4 bedrooms downstairs). So we've had new remodel for basically half the house and my kitchen is just finishing being remodeled. I have the chance to start fresh in our home after 13 years of hard use by a big family. We are taking rooms not affected by the flood room by room as we can manage and updating them.
Ok so here is more of the progress . . .
2. Computer and work area - check. Two of us at a time can share this room, if needed. I work from home a couple days a week so having an office space in my room is important. The desk is a distressed finish of the kitchen table my parents had in their home.
3. Cutting area- check. This is a little old kitchen table I bought at a yard sale and painted a distressed yellow. I put oilcloth on the top for a smooth surface and it fits my cutting mat perfectly. There is room enough to cut and organize before sewing. I can also clip batting on top of the quilt display rod and use it as a design wall when I need it.
I really like the fat quarter, smaller piece grid baskets I got from The Container Store. They were very reasonably priced and I can see everything folded inside. Two rows fit perfectly. Not all of them are folded exactly the same but are in a reasonably similar size. I love seeing everything out in the open to choose from rather than digging through a large storage bin. The bottom shelf by the cutting area is mostly for smaller fabric pieces. . .
and orphan blocks, projects that are cut and ready to sew, and kits I have made up to sell or use.
This bin holds 2 1/2" squares that I cut as I go out of scraps. My rule is when the bin is full I either use them, stop cutting, or clear some out. It looks kind of messy but if I need a certain color I can fish through and not worry about it too much and iron them before I use them. I use a lot of 2 1/2" squares in quilts. I also have groups of larger squares I keep in zip lock bags in another area.
The bin on the left is for pre-cut straps for the bags I make and extra binding that is all ready to go. The one on the right has 2 1/2" strips for jelly roll type quilts or small inner borders.
Thanks for all the positive comments and encouragement from friends and family. This room means a lot to me. - nanette
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Thursday, January 17, 2008
I had to put something fun on the carpet so I laid out my collection of vintage greeting cards. I love them. They have such happy optimistic messages inside and represent my love of all things vintage.
I was just talking via e-mail to Diane yesterday about how I like vintage cards so it made me think of my cards for show and tell today. Cards were an important part of yesteryear. Even as a small child I remember my parents sent cards and recieved cards for all occasions, especially Christmas, birthday and sympathy cards. I can still remember displaying cards recieved in the mail at Christmas on the bookshelf on our Jefferson St. home in Reading, Pa., and watching my mom get out the card table and box of cards to address. There was always such a long list of cards to be sent to family and friends. Before my parents died they never forgot important events and marked them with cards. My mother-in-law still takes special care in picking out a card for her grandkids birthdays and events. (Heck, I'm lucky if I give a gift and its even wrapped!)
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
I added leaves tonight and I like them a lot. It makes it look more like a branch with birdies on it. And I added a 2nd row of black outline stitching to puff the bodies up a bit and extra to the wing. I like that. So its evolving.
When I was a girl we used to sing this song in Primary/Sunday School:
"In the leafy treetops the birds sing good morning. They're first to see the sun they must tell everyone. In the leafy treetops the birds sing good morning. "
So as I was appliquéing the leaves on before I stitched around them, I found myself singing that song. Like I said, birds just make you happy. - nanette
Monday, January 14, 2008
I know the birds look quite skinny but I'm going for a different look that some of the plumper appliqué birds. I love squares and simple lines and I want my birds to be more like the fabric. The bird is meant to be sitting semi-profile on a tree branch. I guess if I have to explain what its supposed to be I have more work to do. I think I may have to move the feet (claws?) a bit. Maybe. But the pointy bottom is supposed to be tail feathers. I think I'm in the right direction but I'm wanting to play around with it some more. And thats the most fun part!
Sunday, January 13, 2008
When we were little my grandmother (Freda, of course) made a little doll as a visual aid to tell the story of Red Riding hood. When you flip Red Riding Hood's skirt, her grandmother is revealed, and flipping grandmother's cap reveals the big bad wolf. Chelsey used to love to sit on my grandmother's lap and make her tell the story over and over again.
When my grandmother died, and we were going through her things, she claimed this doll immediately, as a token to remember the time she spent with my
Chelsey requested that her cape be made a very bright red, and that it be somewhat more diminutive in length than mine, and also that the hood be large enough to hide her head in.
I made my own changes to the design of her cape. To make it wearable year round, and machine washable, I used mercerized cotton. Since it was so short, I decided to add visual interest by making a simple lacy button band that extended into the hood.
Now Chelsey gets to play little red riding hood as often as she wants to.-
Friday, January 11, 2008
Its coming along nicely and I'm enjoying it. Elizabeth uses a fusable method but I love to applique circles and hand applique is relaxing so I'm putting it together a little differently. I was going to use some of the vintage lace Natalie gave me for Christmas but the yellow is just not right so I'll have to rethink that some. I will have to fit folding of fabric into my weekend but I'm looking forward to working on this quilt, too. - nanette
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
I have some covered button thumb tacks and vintage story book magnets to hold things on the bulletin board. The board is really great. It is both magnetic and perforated for thumb tacks and magnets and things hold well with the fabric around the board.