OCW Sew Along

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I finished the top for our sew along today!!  It isn’t quilted or bound yet, but I will work on that while you guys are cutting your diamonds. I think it turned out rather Spring-y, which I could really use about now. (Grin)

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I did have enough color/print diamonds and strips cut for 2 kits.  You will still need to purchase the white fabric and cut the diamonds, strips, binding, and backing from the white yourself. If you would like one, they are $15.00 plus $2.50 for shipping.

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___________________________________________________ Here are your cutting instructions for today!

You’ll need a total of

**76 Colored/Print diamonds

**94 white diamonds

From your various Colored/Print Scraps cut 2 1/2 inch strips. You can stack a few together if you are comfortable, and your rotarty cutter is sharp enough.   I cut diamonds in stacks of 4 strips at a time.

Next take your 2 1/2 inch striper tool labeled S1A and lay it on the end of your strip.

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Make your first cut along the right hand side.

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Now flip that stack so that the uncut side is on the right and rotary cut on the right again, also cutting off the squared off tips.

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You can continue down the length of your strip only  having to make the cut on one side.

If you are using your regular ruler you will lay your strips out and place the 60 degree line along the top of your strips.

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Make your first cut, and discard that little scrap.

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Now move your ruler along, keeping the 60 degree line along the top and measuring over 2 1/2 inches, then make your second cut.

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Keep cutting the rest of your strip using the 2 1/2 inch marker on your ruler and lining up the 60 degree line along the top.

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Do the same with 2 1/2 inch strips of the White fabric, until you have a pile of 76 colored/print diamonds and 94 white diamonds.

Here I am cutting, and cutting, and cutting….LOL

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Now is a good time to download a Jane Austen novel to listen to while you cut. =)

Once you are done you can lay it out if you would like.

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I’ll be back next week with the center diamond and piecing instructions!

Later Gators!

Melissa

Oh, Captain Wentworth! A free pattern and sew along

I’ve been working on something fun the last few days for us to sew together ! It is my interpretation of Jane Austen’s famous diamond quilt, pieced by Jane, her mother, and sister.

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There is a wonderful article about the quilt written by quilt historian Barbara Brackman here CLICK

Like many before me, I’m an avid Jane Austen fan, and have read  all of her  books and watched all the PBS films over and over.  My favorite Austen man is Captain Wentworth from Persuasion ….ahhhh so dreamy.  So that’s what I’m calling this quilt.

I’m not finished designing it yet but I wanted to give you a heads up to prepare in case you want to sew along.

Here’s the quilt so far:

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It will finish somewhere around 30 x 50, so it will make a nice little wall hanging.  I’m going to add some applique in the center triangle, and finish the pieced border, then I’ll start posting the directions here on the blog.

I cut way to0 many triangles so I will probably offer a few kits if you would like to use the same fabric as I did.

Okay so what do we need?

1. VERY HELPFUL, but not mandatory is the Marti Michell 2 1/2 inch stripper template.

41EqIcfCCiL._SY300_If you don’t have this, and don’t want to purchase this handy dandy tool, you can still use your regular ruler with the 60 degree angle mark, but the tool will make piecing the quilt a lot easier because the template ruler has squared off points that help you line up your triangles.

2.  About 1 and 1/2 yards of white cotton

3. A variety of 2 1/2 inch strips of your color choice cotton prints for center of quilt, and 1 1/2 inch strips for the border.

I hope you’ll join me!

Later gators,

Melissa

Blueberry Buckle Quilt Pattern

The pattern is finished and added to my patterns page.

It’s a fun one to make! The background is Marcus Brothers aged muslin which is so deliciously old looking!!

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Finished size is 48.5 x 58.5

$7.00 PDF pattern

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Have a great weekend!!!

Melissa

Quilts and Clocks

Hi friends! Are you surviving the Polar Vortex? If you are reading this somewhere warm, be thankful! =)  The kids just went back to school today in my neighborhood after 4 canceled school days in a row! I’m sure we are well over the allotted snow days now after having 4 or 5 days cancelled the previous polar vortex go-around as well.  We are not out of the woods yet with a huge snow storm heading our way next week.

YIKES.

Here’s what the sidewalk looks like in front of our house already:

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The snow is up to their shoulders!! Any more and it will be over their heads. LOL It’s kind of fun actually. We just make sure and stock up on supplies when the roads are okay to drive.

With it being tough to get out and about, I have been staying warm inside quilting.

In my effort to lighten and brighten I made a white background album block quilt for the piano room.

album block quilt cornbread and beans quiltingI really want to paint the walls white in here, but will have to wait to dig out to go buy paint. In the meantime, I thought a brighter quilt would help out.

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Did you notice my  recent acquisition of vintage alarm clocks?

Here’s a closer look:

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I love them!  I talked an antique dealer into letting me have 6 of them for $40.00!! Mom and Dad and I spotted them while Mom was home for a visit from Texas.  There were 50 or so in boxes and when I first asked about them he said they were 10- 15 bucks apiece. I said, ” watch this Dad, I’m going to take these up there and ask if he’ll take 40 bucks.”  I’m getting to be a wheeler dealer! Ha haha

I’m trying to finish writing instructions for a new pattern called Blueberry Buckle I’ll be putting out next week.  Here’s a sneak peek:

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Doesn’t it remind you of a blueberry desert? Yumm.

Later gators!

Melissa

Sewing Room Sailor Heart Tattoo Tutorial

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Sure the blog title sounds confusing, but as soon as you saw the craft that goes with it I’m sure you now know what I meant.

I was feeling crafty today and so I went through my “Sew It Up” category on pinterest.  I came across these awesome embroidery patterns that I had  pinned from Urban Threads.com

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I had also always wanted to make a spool wreath, so I put the two ideas together and came up with a kick butt little piece of art for my sewing room.

Wanna make one too? LOL

First you need to gather:

some vintage spools

a pencil/marker

scissors

steak knife or exacto knife

cardboard

batting

glue gun and glue sticks

optional- glitter, elmers glue, printer and paper

Okay warning bad iphone photos ahead, I didn’t want to get glue on my new camera! LOL

1. Start by placing your spools in a heart like shape on the middle of your cardboard and trace around the shape with a pencil.

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2. Take your spools off and then draw some little wings on each side of the heart. I  used pencil first and then went over it with a black marker so I could trace the wing with paper , cut it out then used it as a template for the other wing.

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3. Cut your heart/wings out with an exacto knife.  I seem to have lost mine, so I just used a steak knife….very high tech. I then used some acrylic white paint to paint it out so that I would have a white background if anything showed throw.

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4. Now cut some feathers out of your batting. I cut three or four long feathers for the ends of the wings, and then just some little u shapes for the middle.  I used my paper template that I used to trace the left wing and cut a little “cap” for the top of the wing.  I mostly just fudged this and every feather was kind of wonky.

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5. Start gluing your feathers on with your glue gun. Start with the wing tip and long feathers.

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Then keep going with the bottom row on the bottom of the wing.

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Keep going until you reach the top , then add your little wing cap. (see my wing cap in the top of the picture.)

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6. When you have both wings done, use your glue gun  to  attach a hanger. I used measuring tape ribbon.  Then glue on your spools.

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I added some buttons to the tops of my wings, you could be as creative here as you want….you could add glitter to the wings, hot glue on some scissors or anything else sewing related.

You could leave it plain.

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Or print out a little banner and glitter the edges:

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I had fun! I hope you craft something cool too!

Later gators,

Melissa

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January Living Room, or my good luck thrifting.

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I must admit I had a hard time getting myself going with the decorating after Christmas. I had bought a new mirror, and some large candle sticks for the mantel, but after that I was stuck.

I’ve been slowly transitioning from primitive country to a more industrial/salvage/urban farmhouse style that my home seems to be asking for. Yeah my house can talk, can’t yours? hehehe

I went out and about yesterday to see what I could see. Lo and behold,  the thrift/antique fairy sprinkled dust on me, as she’s want to do at times, and I found some treasures to spark my decorating mojo.

I found this AWEsome little pelt at the bible thrift for 4 dollars.

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If pelts don’t scream freezing cold winter, I don’t know what does.  I kinda felt sorry for whatever little animal this was, but it was already dead, and I knew I would treat it nice, so I took it home.

I was wondering what to put in the wooden crate, and this got me started.

I added some ironstone, collected some twigs from outside and added some silver candle stick holders found at the same thrift.

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I copied someone’s idea of hanging a boxwood wreath on my chalkboard then scripted the words “winter blessings.”

The silver  deer antlers are left over from another arrangement I had for Christmas and are hanging way too high, but I already had a nail there. So to save The BG from having an apoplexy from making too many holes in the wall , there they will stay. LOL

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On the VERY SAME DAY, I found this tattered old globe for 10 dollars, and it was in the same color way as the candle sticks I had bought for the mantel.

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I found one little tealy blue book and then I was on the hunt for more…. I gathered quite a few blueish books.  The first few were from an antique store which were around 3 bucks a piece, but then I hit the thrift store and WOW thrift store books are only 1 dollar a piece.  Note to self….only buy books at thrift.

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Here’s the mantel put together

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Swinging around to the love seat area, I just added some tealy pillows to try and tie it in.

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To carry on with my globe and book theme the coffee table has things a scholarly traveler might need, like journals, a quill, some binoculars (a 3 dollar thrift store find,) shells one must collect, and the scale for I don’t know what?? HA maybe to weight his biggest shell?

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Behind the love seat is a mish mash of things I had around and a paper mache 3 I tried to make “rusty.”

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Now it’s on to the family room.  I’m having fun!

I’m trying to practice with my Christmas present from my fabulous husband, a fancy dancy Rebel T3i dslr camera.  Wow am I intimidated. So far I can click the shutter button.  LOL!!!!!!I better get out there and watch some videos!!!

Later gators,

Melissa

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Afterglow

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What a fabulous Holiday season it was.  I had a hard time letting go, so much so that I just took down the decorations yesterday!! That might be my record for leaving it all out.  It just felt so darn cozy.

Alas, it’s time to move on to a new year.  When it was all down, I must admit it did feel nice to have a blank empty canvas to redecorate. I’m washing slip covers today, and then I’ll  hang new quilts and put new things on the shelves and walls.

Just before Christmas, I stumbled upon someone’s project online. She had used Winter’s Lane.  OMGosh I feel IN LOVE with the fabric line, so I did a little search and then I gasped out loud when I saw Little Miss Shabby’s quilt made from the line.  It’s a free pattern, and I had to make it!!  I had a hard time finding the fabric (it came out awhile ago,) but finally did find a layer cake and some yardage for the borders.  I got my fabric in the mail on Christmas Eve.  And 3 day’s later, after reworking the measurements for a layer cake I had my quilt!!

Leave it to a quilter to try and go out in a blizzard to take a photo!! LOL

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Since that wasn’t working I tried an inside shot.

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I can’t wait to have it quilted and on my bed for winter!

Happy New Year!

Melissa