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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

That's A Lot of Inches!

10,246 inches...
That "IS" a lot of inches.
That's 284.61 yards for you mathematicians!
E-gads, I just scared myself.
That's how much satin stitching I have done in the past 3-4 weeks.
Not sure if my machine or I am the most tired.

I started the celebration when I was making the last round on the last of the 218 boxes!

The piles aren't nearly as impressive as, the empty cones of thread and crochet cotton are.
There was a lot of thread that went into all this...

...but I'm not done yet.
Next we have to decide on photo size and get them satin stitched down on one side. The other side will have their initials and wedding date.
I'll be using a heat transfer material that will have to be designed and cut.  A project for tomorrow.
Thank goodness for friends who know how to do that!

In the mean time, I can get on some other projects that were on the back burner today! Kathie from Prairie Cottage Corner, I'm getting there.
Really I am!

Til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Hubcap Heaven...(mini tutorial)

 Google Hubcap Flower Images...
You can see what got me so excited this past week.
(Pinterest is a great place to check them out too!)
It all started out here at Pull and Pay!
I must say, it was a first for me.
Not sure I'm all that thrilled, over scrounging thru old yucky wrecked cars.
My fear was finding rats or snakes crawling out of them.
My youngest who had never been any place like this either, was more worried about finding dead bodies in the cars!
When you go in and ask where you can find hubcaps, the guy asks for what model car. I said, all different ones and he looked at me like I was an idiot! Once I explained what I was doing, he just rolled his eyes at me!
I'm sure he thought...here's another stupid woman.
It was an experience. I was filthy from head to toe when it was done, but I had managed to find all the hubcaps I needed for $2.99 a piece.

We pressure washed and spray painted them.

Pretty cool looking now!
I used a couple of different Rust-Oleum paints, and both seemed to work well.
Next I set out to make flowers in the centers of each of the hubcaps.
I'm no artist, but even I managed to get something that didn't look too bad. :-)  I roughly painted a flower. (Rough being the key word) LOL!
Then found that by adding dots, I could cover up a world of sins, in my painting. Adding a dot where each petal meets, then filling in between.
Use the handle end of a small round paintbrush from the craft stores.
They make perfect dots! You will want to dip it into the paint for every couple of dots to get nice results.

The variety of different hubcaps makes for a great garden!

I'm really partial to this style of hubcap.
I've got no idea what it came off of, but it sure is cool looking!
It makes me happy, seeing whole bloomin' bunch!

I started out using an Acrylic paint, but they were too flat looking and I wasn't really sure how they would hold up in the weather.
Then I found these paints at Wal-Mart.
They are made for painting on glass...
I'm hoping that they hold up out doors.
It sounds to me like they should...
time will tell.
I've bought re-bar for the stems and hubby is going to cut out a bunch of metal leaves as soon as I make a pattern for them.
Where is all this going you ask???
On my faux "outhouse"
The toilet planters are in full bloom and soon the sides of this little building will be blooming too!
I've done a little recycling along the way.
This is my sister -in-laws bike from when she was a kid.
Heck, it's almost an antique now!
The past couple of days, I've been working on a couple of little fences for the sides of the out house.
I'm hoping that in a week or so, I'll have this project done!
I know it's been a long winded post...
but I've got to share what's happening in my "hood"
I kept hearing all this racket!
And found that in both of my pine trees, we had new families move in!
The guys on the bottom's eyes are not even open here.
Too cute huh!

Til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'
(cause I haven't for a week now)
tee hee hee

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

I've been quiet!

Well, there aren't many people who will tell you I have the ability to be quiet. My mouth is running even in my sleep I fear! It's not even that I have anything important to say...  
This "quiet" is only my blog posting. 

I've been crazy busy here.
There is a couple of quilts I'm making up for
  Prairie Cottage Corner.
Kathie has always delighted us with her adorable Sun Bonnet Sue's, but just wait til you see what's coming!
I'm just over the top excited about them.
Next up, it's been a jungle out there.
And I'm loving it!
That's all I can say for now.

What I can tell you is, I've got the petal to the metal.
My machine has been working overtime.

Are you wondering just what this is???

Perhaps this gives you a better idea.

These are mini take out boxes.
I'm sure your thinking I've lost my mind...
(Oh your so right about that)
Working with satin backed crepe has made me a little batty.
We've got a wedding happening in October.
These are going to be at each place setting for the guests.
Filled with lots of goodies to remember the day.

My BFF designed these little guys and we stitched for a week to get a few hundred done for her niece's wedding.
You would think, I would have learned my lesson then.
All this wedding stuff is making me delirious with joy.
My new daughter-in-law to be, and her family have let me join in, on all the planning. I've loving each and every minute of it.
Last week was cake tasting.
Threw the diet right out the window for it and I'm glad I did.
Next week wedding dress, bride maid's and flower girl shopping.
Glad I'm not the one who has to fit in those dresses!

I've got to head back to my boxes.

Til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Curvalicious Challenge with Island Batik

I have to start this post with an apology...
I'm sorry that I'm a little out there.
I'm sorry that my mind works in strange ways.
I'm sorry that Island Batik fabric is perfect for this and every other project I've ever done!
Oh, who the heck am I kidding?
You all know, just how wacky I am some days!
Must have been one of those days...when Island Batik announced this months challenge and the fact that there were no rules.
My favorite...no rules
Tee Hee!

Plenty of curves here, am I right?
Not including that curve ball I just threw you!

This fun pattern is "We're On a Bigger Roll" from Java House Quilts.
You can find the pattern info

What else would you expect from someone who's yard looks like this?
What can I say!
My mind is a dangerous place some days!
Til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Monday, June 5, 2017

Modern Batik Challenge with Island Batik...May Wrap Up.

Modern quilts are probably the most challenging for me, but having to get out of my box from time to time is always rewarding.
This month the "Island Batik" Modern Batik Challenge, made me realize that it's just not that intimidating.
By the looks of these beauties, the other ambassadors had no problems rising to the occasion either.
Each and ever one is an inspiration and a lesson that "Modern"  has a huge range and shouldn't be so scary.
That being said, these Island Batik fabrics are gorgeous in any project.

You can read more about each and every one of these, in the links below.
These "Ambassadors" are the best!

Til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'