Feb 17, 2015

Dice Bags: X-Men block (post #3)

I shouldn't have started this project on a day I wasn't feeling the best but I thought it would help spur me on to get something done. I started with the X-men symbol block because it was the simplest. I thought I knew what colors went where without looking at my notes and sewed on the wrong color.

There were only supposed to be the medium blue and yellow up to this point, not the dark blue. I jumped the gun on the last color. I reprinted my block out & started over because I just didn't want to rip out what I had done and it wasn't much anyway. Then I set it aside until I felt better.

Feb 13, 2015

Soapmaking 2-2-2015

I do more than just stitching in my barn. Last weekend I made soap. I never thought about making soap before last year. I never felt like I could live like "Little House on the Prairie", being raised a city girl, but I've got chickens, make my own bread (by machine) and make my own soap. The reasons I do these things is because of my health. Living with homemade products lets me see exactly what goes into it and I make sure there' are as few chemicals in it as I can afford. I use organic flour for my bread because the chemicals they use now on commercial bread are way beyond any that our bodies can handle long term. I've had great results so far cutting out a lot of everyday stuff for natural equivalents that work and cost less, even organic. Making my own soap is one of my favorite ways.

Feb 12, 2015

Dice Bags: picking fabrics (post #2)

I'm making some dice bags for me & my son. You can find the links for the patterns and paper piecing on this post. I really started on this project a while ago up to this point. Then the woven hearts took me on a detour.

 I had no problem picking fabrics for this project and they all came fro my stash! I had the red and black and white for Deadpool. 

Feb 11, 2015

Dice Bags: the beginning (post #1)

I bought my son a game for Christmas:
As you can see, it comes with a lot of dice and you get more in the booster packs. 

We've been having a lot of fun playing it and we're thinking of taking it to the next level. There's a group that plays near us every Wednesday that we might go to. If we're going to take this on the road, and because I love geeky sewing, I gotta make us some dice bags!

Feb 10, 2015

Woven hearts v-day quilt post #4

I'm forcing myself to make this blog post. It's been a tough week and I don't want to do this but blogging does make me happy so I hope this helps me get back on track.

I've finished my quilt, mostly. It could use more quilting but this is as done as it's going to get for now.

This was the hardest one to weave and I'm really proud of it. Sorry the picture is a bit blurry, I just couldn't seem to get them all to look sharp today. I stitched around all the red sections with a continuous line when I attached the applique'. Then, after pin basting the quilt together, I stitched through all three layers around the heart on the edge and then a second time using the edge of my presser foot as a guide. I also stitched inside the border.

Feb 1, 2015

Woven Hearts V-day quilt post #3

I got my hearts trimmed and fused down.

The picture's not great but I waned to document my progress. I hope to stitch down the applique's tomorrow and layer it for quilting.

The first post for this project, with the links for how to make the hearts, is here.

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