Wednesday, June 14, 2017

My Bargello Adventure Part 1

Last summer I decided I finally.. after 40 years, I wanted a nice bed spread for my queen size bed. Yes, never in 40 years have I had one! I have had comforters but never a dust ruffle. I have had nice blankets on top.. but never a bed spread. And I didn't like comforters, so it had to be a full spread. So I suddenly thought my favorite colors were and green shades but preferably blue.  I intended to make a block quilt. I went to the fabric store, bought several prints and colors of blue/green teal and started looking for a block pattern. Now, a year later.. I am starting it! However, not a block... a BARGELLO!!! Yes, those wonderful and amazing motion quilts! Bargello is a pattern that shows motion or movement predicated on how you place the tons of tiny little squares vs. the colors of the squares vs. the size of the squares!

My first attempts turned out pretty good..Orca for my grand daughter as she loves the whales, and the pink for my daughter.. she loved pink!!! If you want to check them are the links...

Orca, Whale of a Quilt

Pretty In Pink  

But now... it is my time. How many times do you actually make for yourself? I am always making for others, but now... I want a bedspread!!!

So I got out the prints I had from last year, of course, needed a few more prints/colors and ended up with 10 prints/solids in blue/green teal.

 This is how I layed them out...the first time! You have to spend some time organizing, reorganizing, replacing, matching etc..before you get that "Ah-Ha" lightbulb moment of "THAT'S IT!" Then... walk away for a few hours and go back....often that "Ah-Ha" moment says... "no...not quite right" and you juggle the prints again.
And also... when you think you have the perfect line up...remember, they will be repeating the line up so...take half from the left.. and place them on the top of the right end and see how it looks that way, as that is how it will look when you have the squares sewn together. Some times it doesn't really match!  In other with it! Walk away, come back and play again. Ask your ones too and see how the "see" the prints and colors. Some times a second pair of unfamiliar eyes help you see what right in front of your eyes!!!  Hopefully it won't take you as long as it did me.. I have a hard time matching colors.. odd as that sounds coming from a 50 years sewer!

After 2 days of fiddling and chatting with others for their view, I decided on this line up.
I went from dark to light..then fiddled. I am not completely happy with that small black print, but it is close as I could find to match the other 2 prints. I am not wanting the image of the print to stand out... just the colors. I tried it with light colors and with dark and it seems the middle is where it looked best..separating the darker blues from the lighter green teals
 Then, I took the 5 fabrics on the left in above picture and put them on the right side of the line that is how they will be when sewn together. and I am kind of liking that small black print more..seems to blend in a bit better.

This one.. I just wanted to see how it looked without the small black print at all, so I put it at the end....and I find, it has grown on me and I do at least kind of like it in the mix so I will be keeping it in the line up. I am thinking also, it and the solid black...will (hopefully) make a kind of outline throughout the bargello pattern, maybe enhancing the flow in some way! I will be able to see that once I get the strips cut and layed out in the pattern I create.

So...that's it for now. I have to pre wash everything, iron the wrinkles out and then..I will cut one yard from each and start cutting the strips of various sizes. I am hoping to have some of these left to make pillow shames or at least some deco toss pillows.

I watched a video that really helped me and even have been talking with the maker of the video and it and she have been a huge help so if you'd like to check it it is!

Making a Bargello Quilt with Patti Carey

Thanks for reading and hope you will join to follow along...maybe make your own!

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

A Pocket Recipe Altered Book is in my Future!

Well everyone, I have been searching for ideas on  ideas and inspiration to create pages for my fabric lace memory books. I  seem to have hit a wall in the creation department! I make a pocket on every page for adding a tangible memory item, from the past or to have for a future tangible memory item. Well, in searching for inspiration...I stumbled on this....and I need one of these! Well, before you think I've one sandwich shy a picnic lunch,  let me tell you about what I am talking about first. 

Years ago, late 90's I guess... I decided to make a family cook book. I had made some things that the kids liked or others in my large family liked and we had large family gatherings and some of my cooking was specifically requested to be brought to every family function. Add to that some of my mom's favorite recipes and I have a book to publish! So I thought I would put a cook book together for my kids to have after I'm "gone". You know, carry on the family tradition. I typed one out using Word Perfect...(remember way back way?!?!?) and I just type on half sheet of 8x10 colored paper.  I type the recipe and then at the bottom, wrote out a few lines about why this recipe was special or the memory that went with it.

The one that sticks out first and foremost was a cookie I made and rolled it in powder sugar. I made a bunch and my little boy - around 4-5 years old..begged for them. I gave him some and then said no more. Of course, all-american boy he was (still is!) begged and begged and I said no, you've had, later after moms know the drill! Anyway...the next day we went through the same thing and I said the same thing. Later that day, I noticed his lips, chin and all down the front of his shirt had white "stuff" on it! I did a bit of silent,"mom detective" work, and  realized he had snuck some of the powder sugar cookies out of the cookie jar! And in eating them quickly and secretively, the powder sugar left a huge trail of evidence!  I asked him if he had had any cookies...he said no. I asked if he had washed his face...he said no. I asked if he was sure he had not taken any cookies from the cookie jar. He said no. I took him to the bathroom and put him in front of the mirror and asked 'What is this on your face and shirt?" Talk about total shock "I just got caught" look...he was so pitiful looking, I could hardly keep a straight face! We talked and he said he was sorry.. and (to my knowledge) he never snuck into the cookie jar least if there was powder sugar on the cookies! Either that or he figured how to eat them without leaving the evidence all over his face!

Check out this YouTube video. I just love this little album! It will be perfect for a recipe or two on each page... or in each pocket. I am a pocket person...I love pockets and the extra space they give!  But isn't this perfect? And since I have four grand daughters, I'd have to make four books so multiple recipes on one page thanks to the pockets will be a huge time saver!

And I also found this recipe card book made with file folders.. I love it to! Maybe I'll combine parts of each style of book and make my own creation! I feel a trip to the dollar store in my near future...they have some scrapbook items there, but always a package of 10 file folders for a buck. And I'll pull out my stash of scrapbook papers, inks, punches and stickers and oh oh oh... I get to organize my sewing room again!!! I LOVE organizing it! I need to call it my Craft Studio since I have so many different crafts going on in there!

This is my Pinterest page    if you'd care to see the beautiful inspirational ideas I keep and repeatedly browse through for inspiration and motivation to get my fabric memory books done... I have a board for Fabric Lace Memory Books, Altered Paper Books, Quilts, Junk Journals and a few other non craft boards..Now, first thing is to decide what kind of page I want to make and the binding I like best...well, I'll answer that...spiral bound...makes for easy turn of pages and the perfect open page option.

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The Bargello Adventure.... Begins!

Well, back to sewing! Junk Journals have been fun, but now.. I have made all I need, and... I need  a bed spread for my queen size bed...and the time has come.. I am starting it.. finally!!!  I originally intended to make a block style quilt, but that old Bargello style haunts me and I have decided that is the pattern/style what I want! Something unusual and different (not saying block quilts are common and ordinary, but.. you know what I mean!)

So memory doesn't serve all that well sometimes, thanks to my friends in my sewing/quilting groups,  I have been re-familiarizing myself with the procedure of the Bargello... Bargello is a pattern that shows motion based on how you organize small squares and multiple colors. It is a fantastic view!

4 years ago I made 2. One for my daughter and one for my grand daughter.  So I thought I'd bring those back to life and start my journal of a new bargello story with those...check them out and let me know what you think! I have learned a ton since then, both about bargellos and basic quilting so...I think this time might be easier and look better...or at least as good in a different way!

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I will be documenting my Bargello Adventure here if you want to follow along. Options to follow are up at the top on the left side bar. So..join and come along with me! Maybe you'll get hooked and want to make one to! The options are endless!

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Dinosaur Digs Quiet Book Page

Dinosaur Digs is the opposite page to Dinosaur World  that I did previously. Kind of like a "before and after" theme?  Firs the dinosaurs are roaming the world, next, they are fossils at a Dinosaur Dig! What toddler wouldn't love to dig for dinosaur bones!  Plus.. on this page, not only does the child get to find the dinosaurs...they get to actually (well, almost actually!) dig up some bones!  Took me a while to figure how to make a page that was able to "dig" on, but I think what I have designed will make my little grand son happy for some time!
I used all fabric... browns that looked like rock! The background is a sparkle looking print..perfect for a dinosaur dig! I made the rocks go around the edges of the page, and made them into pockets so a dinosaur could "hide" under or behind the rocks to be found!

There are even some bones left in the side of the mountain...he can see, but can't dig for, but he can imagine! I thought they were just a nice little accent for the page and its theme.

The "middle" rock that is to be "dug" around.. is made out of "sloppy" cut triangles, (meaning no exact straight sides, but curvy and ....sloppy!) Then I placed some side by side around in a circle, and then some on top of those, so he digs through first row of "rock" then another "row" of rock till he
 finds.....  Dinosaur bones!!!


 These "bones" I found online as a coloring book page and I printed them out on fabric paper, then a tad of batting and a white back and some satin stitch and made them into 3-D, movable, playable appliques! Now, he can "build" a dinosaur out of the "fossils" he dug up!

The "rocks" around the edges of the page are made of fabric where i just sewed it in a curvy circle or rectangles and then sewed them to the page to form other dinosaurs can hide and be found!
 These dinos are a fabric I bought, and just cut out the image and made into a 3-D, removable, playable applique piece.

If you would like to see the page in action, click on the picture below!

This is how the 2 pages will be in the book... can't get them side by side here on the post, but... you get the picture!

I have not sewed the pages together yet....that will be the last thing I do as I will be binding them as you would a quilt and also making fabric spine, holding all pages together. So...follow along and stay tuned!  And I hope you are getting the "quiet book bug" and start one for your own little one!

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Dinosaur World Quiet Book Page

What little guy isn't going to want to go on a dinosaur dig or play with dinosaurs!!!  This double page is just that.The left page wasn't so hard to organize. I made it a kind of scenery of dinosaurs as seen in movies etc.  The page is 11x11 and I have not sewed them together yet. That will be the last thing I do.  I used fabric and felt on this page.
I had some fabric of these little dinosaurs on it, so I layered some thin batting and some white back and appliqued around each dino, added a snap to the back and it worked out great! I was planning on making animals out of felt, but this way is so much easier!!
 This is the page with the dinosaurs "out and about".  Leaves and vegetation are felt and the "water hole" is fabric that is appliqued onto the page. I chose larger snaps to be easier for the little fingers to learn to work with!  Another fun thing about these kinds of animals... they can be taken/used on any page in the book!
 I made the rock just by sewing two pieces of rock looking fabric together, then turn it inside out and then sewed it to the side and bottom of the page. Makes a really nice rock to keep the dinos in when not playing... hide them behind the rock while playing!  The tree branches pull back to reveal a dinosaur hiding behind the leaves!

 If you want to see my page "in motion" is the You Tube video of it from my You Tube channel                            Quiet Books and Quiet Book Pages.

 I have the next page that goes along with this one ready to post, so follow along and you'll see it. It is called "Dinosaur Dig".. and my little grand son will be digging for dinosaur bones/fossils!! And.. he will even be able to construct a dinosaur from bones he finds!!! Stay tuned!!! 

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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Road Trip! Quiet Book Adventure, page 1

And the adventure begins!  The quiet book I am making for my grandson is on its way! I finished the first page (well, actually it is 2,1/2 pages!) but I am so happy with how this page turned out! I want the pages to not be just educational or learning issues, but also,  I want him to be able to use his imagination and have fun!  What little boy doesn't love little cars!!! I found these mini size hot wheel style cars in a box of toys I have left from when his sister was little. (She just last week turned 17!) She and I used to take all the little cars out on the patio and use sidewalk chalk to make a "city" and roads and run the cars all around!

So... to run cars, a guy needs a road. I also try to put memories or something special in the pages...and also use scraps and things I have in my stash...'s what I came up with. Route 66. No, he will probably never know the real Route 66 or what it means etc, (his daddy does so hopefully he will fill in the blanks!) But.. I made a Route 66 quilt for my cousin and had some of the fabric left over, so I cut out the different images and used them on the page. I didn't write a blog about this quilt..but here's a picture of it.. 
So I used pieces and iron on interfacing and made some appliques for the quiet book. I have a you tube video about it at the end here.. and that will tell you a few more ways I included a memory of me for him. I will be moving to another state this year, so unfortunately he and I won't be able to have a personal relationship, but I plan to do things for him thanks to the USPS! But that is another story for another time.  For now...I will give him ways to think of me!

I made a road pattern and cut it out of black cotton and sewed to to one page, then flipped it backwards and cut another one for the next page and made a loop for him to go "both ways"! See the route 66 sign there? And the little brown piece in the middle of the road is a tunnel! The red car is an applique I made from the Route 66 fabric.

The house on this page is from a piece of fabric I bought that... had houses on it! Then another pattern for a loop will be on the next page.

I did a You Tube video about it... easier for you to see how it all works with a video!  If you want to see the video,

 One picture...the last page has a pocket on the bottom of the page to hold the little cars! Then flip this page over, and there is more road!

Hope you enjoyed the Road Trip page and got some ideas for your own. I do plan to add a car wash to the pages. I just keep forgetting to do that, as I got on a roll and have completed 4 sets of pages this past week! Subscribe to my You Tube page when you watch the video and the new pages will be up soon. 

And... join to follow my blog here (upper left sidebar, choose how you want to join!), as I will have them here also. Some pages won't have a video tho...but they all will be here! So, join and follow along and make your own Quiet Book for the child you love!
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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Sucess! A Fleece and Flannel Blanket! She loves it!!!

My grand daughter is hard to please in the handmade world. She just turned 17.. .need I say more? But she was at my house last month, saw the fleece/flannel blanket I made for her new baby brother and she loved the soft,soft fleece on the back and the soft flannel on the front and BEGGED me for one for her! I couldn't believe my ears!   She then noticed the tie-dyed flannel I had left over from when I made capes for my 2 other grand daughters  and loved that and begged me to make her a blanket with the fleece and flannel! I had made the blanket with no batting which made it softer and more "blanket" than a heavy, thick, stiff quilt.     And the satin binding just clinched the deal..she loved it too!

So I set out on a mission. She has a queen size bed so it had to be that large and I figured with no batting, it'd be easy enough to get my machine to FMQ the top with a meander stitch.  Went to the store to get more of that tie dye flannel.. and of course, couldn't find it! I sent her pic of other prints but nothing clicked with her. Finally, is literally wandering the store thinking, I came on an isle that had some fabric in it...and low and behold...there was a bolt of this tie dyed flannel print! I grabbed it and let out a holler of happiness and the lady standing there thought I was nuts until I explained, then she congratulated me! But the happiness only lasted a few minutes. There was only 2,1/2 yards on the bolt and it was in 2 pieces! I took it as I thought I might not be able to get a queen size, but I could at least get a twin out of it if I pieced the 2 pieces together properly. 

I had the blanket done in 3 days. and here it is!!
 She is doing her room in black with teal accents ( a true high schooler!). The back is a black fleece. The front.. blues, teals and blacks with a tad of pink accent.  Store bought Satin binding. And a queen size!!! Here's how I did it!

 I took the shortest piece and used that as the center piece. Then cut the longer piece in half and sewed half on each side of the middle section. I was a little leary of making seams in the tie-dye print as I thought it would distort the pattern, but thankfully, "tie-dye" is a motley pattern so it is hardly noticable! Check it out... I can just make out the seam on the left, but have to search for the seam on the right! So I was pleased with that!

 I used black fleece for the back, flannel for the front and no batting inside. I used an adhesive spray and pins and pinned it together, and did the FMQ wide, very wide, meander stitch. Worked out great.

My next troublesome part was sewing the binding to the edge of the blanket. Usually, I do the "roll over" procedure...where you sew the raw edges to the back, then roll the folded edge to the front and sew it down. Well, no roll over option here! Long story short, I placed the raw edges of the blanket inside the binding (2" Wrights) and then since one side is 1/4 inch shorter, that side went on the front and the tad longer was the back. This way as I sew the short side, it will grasp the longer side that I can't see.  I pinned literally exactly at the edge on the front, then turned it over to see where the pins were so that I was sure the edge was captured in the stitch line.

               FRONT                                                        BACK

 Next come the corners. I am pretty good at these mitered style corners with cotton, but you cant do them the same way with this satin so.. I  fiddled and got it matching and pinned. I had to make the stitches come to that center point on both sides.

 I used a large zigzag stitch all around and it took pretty good. I see some areas that could have been better, but.. for the most part.. it turned out pretty good. Taking out the not as good areas, would have made holes in the satin and it wasn't bad enough to do that! I also hand sewed the flaps/overlay portion of the corners from the corner point to the matching point to keep that all intact.

So... it is done. And only a few inches off being true queen size! Here it is on the back, folded up... it looks blue in the picture, but it is actually a beautiful black. The binding, again... matches the blues in the tie-dye perfectly, and is not this shiney! Camera... they certainly have a mind of their own!


Mission accomplished!
 My obsession of always doing a little extra... I had  a little bit of the flannel left so I made her a pillow case...the flannel being the base of the case and black for the cuff and a teal for the trim! I forgot to take a picture of it!

 So I rolled the blanket up, put it in a gift bag, and her birthday was Monday.  She was thrilled. She texted me later that night saying.. "IDK if you are up, but this blanket it perfect!!!" Then next day she texted me saying she could hardly get out of bed that morning because it was so warm and cozy!

Now, I want to make myself one! I am going to Joann's to see if that fleece is on sale or use my 50% off coupon and at least get enough to use for the back and later decide on what the front will be! I have a bed spread I am currently creating (in my mind!) but this will be the perfect blanket!!

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Sunday, April 2, 2017

Inspiration for Quiet Book page ideas.

I have a few pages done and will post shortly, but I thought I'd share why I am doing this and my ideas, thoughts and places for you to find ideas and help, if needed. I want this quiet book to be unique and fun, educational and fun, enhance the child's motor skills and fun, and well.. I think you get the picture. I want my grand son (Grayson!) to have fun while he is a child. I will give this book to him when he is 2 (he is now 3 weeks old!) I want him to  be a kid as long as possible!

So in looking for inspiration, Pinterest is where I have found so much information. I have been saving pages on my Quiet Book Page Ideas board and saving pattern to cut out on my PC. I have been writing lists of page themes I want to use and notation if I have a pattern somewhere.

However, in looking and surfing... I find... boy howdy, some ladies have the most amazing talent for this tiny work! I am blown away by some of them. I said I was going to make mine with no glue...but I have already used glue.. I just can't sew a perfect circle or make such perfect sewing this lady can.. like this lady has done!   Her blog is in a foreign language, but a picture paints a thousand words so...her work is absolutely amazing. I could look at it for hours. Such detailed stitches and sewing.  But what really hit me was... POCKETS and TUCK SPOTS!  How fun are those and here...3 pages into mine, I have not made one single pocket! I LOVE pockets! Most things I make have a pocket of some kind.. I can't believe I forgot them! But now.. thanks to this lady, I will have them on the pages. Lift the leaf to find the bird, pull something out of a pocket.. hiding places. so to speak. Let Grayson look and find and have fun!

I also want my book to be unique and all the things mentioned above. But I see so many pages...well the most posted ones are washing and drying socks! The kid is 2. NO 2 year old needs to be taught how to do laundry and who the heck even hangs clothes on a clothes line to dry anyway!?!??! (do kids even know what a clothes line is?!!?) And a lace page.. if I see one more shoe with laces, I'll scream! He will learn to tie his shoes when they are on his feet.. and probably 1-2 years on down the road from 2 anyway!  If I put a lace activity in this book, it will be lace a foot ball or lace a door closed or something that when he achieves the lacing.. he gets a surprise! But honestly, I dont' think I will put a lacing page at all. A zipper...again, zip open the mouth of an animal common. I am thinking of zip open a tent on a camping theme page. Or zip open a tool box with some tools inside.

So I have been saving my favorite ideas and themes on my Pinterest board.... Quiet Book Page Ideas for inspiration ideas and themes.After every page I finish, I will surf through and get inspiration for my next page theme.

So, now... back to my sewing room to start page 4. Actually I started it last night. It is  a beach theme with some sand castles and little beach animals. Next I want to do a farm... so many kids don't even what a farm is, let alone get to see one.  I want Grayson to know such things - at least have some idea of it! He will be able to plant foods, move a tractor, learn the names of foods, and things like that. Hum.. how about a road side food stand! He can pick the foods, and then sell them!

If you have been following my Quiet Book Adventure... how have you been doing? I'd love to see your pages.

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Shopping for Quiet Book Supplies

I went to Joann's this morning in search of necessary supplies for the quiet book. I, of course, took 50% off coupons... had 6 of them! Plus Notions had a coupon for 50% off ALL you buy (not each!) so that sale came at the most perfect time! Snaps, hook/eyes, felt, beads ... all things I know I can use when I start the pages.
 A minor haul, I think! I got the 24x36 self healing matte for my sewing. I have been wanting one that large for some time, but didn't have the money, but this week they went on sale for 50% it was $30. I know I will use the daylights out of it!

What I plan to look for whenever I go out... is these sturdy felt pieces. They come usually at holiday time so these are all ducks and bunnies, but I can make a out door theme page and use these as pieces. Add a piece of velcro to the back and they are good to go! The bag of beads...they look like dice. I plan to use them in a counting page, not only to count the beads, but also, count the dots on the dice!

The packages of 25 felt pieces...$7 and I had a 50% off coupon so I got 2 packs for $7. It was also on sale for 5 sheets for $1 and I wish now I had looked for some other unusual colors, but.. I can always go back!  The book will be filled with "all things felt" so I know it will get used! Felt can't be washed, so first tip....make the book pages in fabric and use NO felt on it.. that way you can toss the pages into the washer if you need to. Any individual felt piece...if to dirty, just make another one. 

Next is the notions. I already have plenty of velcro which is probably the most used notions in a quiet book! But.. snap and hook/eyes are the second and third most popular notion so I picked up a few of each.  I also get a new bottle of Aleens Tacky glue for gluing things onto felt. I hear it works better than Elmers.  Plus,.,,the exciting part... GLOW IN THE DARK THREAD!!!!! I bought it last year and used it on the pillow cases I made my grand kids and it worked great so I thought I'd have it on hand for some things for this little guy. It was "buy one get one free" I got 2! Granted, he probably won't be playing with the book in the dark, but I will think about making something that goes with the book, but comes off...that he can take into the dark area to play with a bit. And a package of wiggle eyes, I know those will come in handy!! 

However,  can't start anything without a pattern.  Coloring books are the best place to find patterns for things like this!  I stopped at the Dollar Store on the way home, looked through them and chose two that had a few pic I could use as patterns.  
This one of the sundae....I will make the bowl attached to the page, and then different colors (for flavors) of the various ice cream scoops. He can learn colors, creativity and  
This page has some shape patterns. Matching shapes, colors or use the bird in a page theme

 I plan to do a bubble gum machine page for matching here's my pattern!   And what little boy isn't going to all but expect a dinosaur somewhere in the book!!!

So now... I have to decide on the size of page to make. In all the blogs and pinterests I have looked at, not a single one mentioned how large they made the pages, so I am going to consider certain sizes and make a decision on my own. I am thinking cutting 10x10. That will be quick and easy to work with.

Also something I didn't read about was what fabric everyone used for their books. 35 years ago when I made them for my daughter... I used a heavy canvas that I didn't like, but didn't have anything else. I used some cotton on later ones.  I know know more than I did then, so I am going to use my fabric stash of Kona solids, with a iron on interfacing and then have a very thin batting in the center. I have some left from my quilts...and it is the perfect "thinness".  I want the page to have some definition and not just flat.  I will make the pages in all different colors!  So.. here I go... first step...choose the cotton, cut the fabric, cut the interfacing and iron on, cut the batting and have it ready to be placed in the middle.   So, here I go!

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