Saturday, March 18, 2017

The Quick Turn Tool that will save your sanity!

I discovered this tool one day and thought the sky was going to fall! I have been so happy with it since!  You know how hard it is to  turn the fabric pieces you make for straps or handles inside out?  Back in the day, we used scissors or a safety pin and fought it tooth and nail to turn it inside out! Other than working with knits...turning handles/straps was something I hated to do! And I loved making purses, totes and straps on my skirts etc! So I had to turn them!

Well, this little tool....literally changed my life (well, okay, not literally, but sure did a great job at changing my attitude!)

This Quick Turn tool, turns those straps  inside out in literally (yes, this time, literally!) in seconds! I was making book bags for the kids at church...needed 30 of them, and I made 60 straps and turned all 60 of them inside out in about 2 minutes.... or less!

Don't believe me? Here's a video I made showing how to do it. And no, I don't make you sit through watching me turn 60 straps! But you will want this tool after you watch!


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Friday, March 17, 2017

Greysons Puppy Blanket ( A baby blanket!)

My daughter just gave me my first and only grand son! And he is the final grand child to this grandmother, so he is a bit special! I am so excited to have him. I won't be seeing him to much as we live to far to see to often, and that breaks my heart, but I will love him anyway all the time! I made him this blanket and I hope he will keep it forever.

My daughter is rather picky. She doesn't like my homemade/sewing things. Never has. I made all her clothes until in the fifth grade, she asked for a store bought dress for Christmas! I have made everyone quilts, but the parents don't like them (the other grand kids love them! Parents, they are so odd!)  But I wanted a thinner, softer, more of a blanket than a quilt, so I picked a thin flannel, no inside batting and a thin, soft, pile fleece..similar to Minkey and much better than anti pile/Blizzard fleece, which is rather stiff and heavy. This fleece was $14.99 a yard! But....don't panic.. I used a 50% off coupon so I got it for about $8 a yard..which is my yard limit anyway! The flannel was "Snuggle Flannel" (at Joann's Craft store) was on sale for $2.99. My daughter had said she was going to do his room in dogs/puppies so I saw this flannel and thought is was perfect and got 5 yards intending to do other things with the rest. Now, that he is born she tells me she isn't doing a theme, and doing in greys, yellows and beige! Oh well, all those colors are in there and I think she will love the puppies anyway! I think if she doesn't like the blanket, she will let it be used as a decoration item in the room... let it hang over the edge of the end of the crib or on the arm of the rocking chair.....

This is also my first time using Satin blanket binding on a quilt. Usually I use the 100% cotton that matches the pieces in the quilt, but I thought my daughter will like the satin effect..soft and smooth and maybe help it to look "expensive" and less homemade! I bought the Wrights brand of polyester satin binding.  I had real trouble with it tho.. how do you know you are catching the back edge of the binding when you are sewing it on the front? You don't do it like cotton binding where you sew it to the back, then roll it over and can see the row of stitching you made and can follow that. No, with this binding put the blanket edge all the way inside to the fold of the tape..then sew and hope you catch the front and the back edge of the binding in the zigzag stitching! Some areas I did great, others, not so great, but can't do anything about it now! I just hope after a few washes, it will soften up!

I also got all these puckers in the binding. I am on a facebook group of wonderful ladies that are like the encyclepedia of sewing....great helps, inspiration, tips, tricks etc. Great group of ladies! I was told it looked fine and that it is not unusual for it to look like this!  So, I leave it looking like this! I hope my daughter will accept it!How she got so picky, I don't know! She was not raised that way!!!

I also did some FMQ'ing on it... a wide meander stitch. The wider the area between stitches is what makes the blanket or quilt more pliable, cuddley and soft. And yes,  it did work that way! That part worked out great!

And one thing I didn't find the answer to, in all the vids I watched about it...when you make those corners, easy enough to make, but...once with the binding on... those corner flaps can pull open!  I was able to catch the little edge of it in the sewing of the corner, but the flaps still were "open" so I just got out the old needle and thread and did tiny stitches to blind stitch it down. If you weren't looking for it, you wouldn't see it!

So.. here it is... all done and ready to give to my little grandson, Greyson. He was a premie.  He was due April 3 but he couldn't wait. She went into labor the previous evening and had him about 12:30am on March 14. Had some problems tho in that he didn't know how to eat, or suck or what to do with anything in his mouth so he didn't eat and his blood sugar dropped to 20...fortunately with lots of tries and work from his mommy and some eye dropper feedings from his daddy, he is doing fine now.

Oh, it is 50"x50". To big for him right now, but he will grow into it! It will be a good soft blanket for her to lay on the sofa and lay him down there..and heck, if she wants to toss it over her legs while she feeds him...she can do that and I will be just as happy!

The blanket binding I used was this.... single fold, 2 inch wide. It is 100% polyester, no shrinking!

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Capes for the Girl Scouts!!

Hello everyone!  It has been awhile since I did a post last, you know how it goes... time gets the better of you! So much going on in life!  But I did want to share this with you all. Yes, my blog is about memories, but also crafts to make memories. Here is about my recent memory!

My grand daughters are 10, 7 and 6. They are all in Girl Scouts. 10 is a Junior, 7 is Brownie and 6 is a Daisy. That means green, brown and blue colors!  They are currently in Cookie Booth time selling Girl Scout cookies! Their favorite place is in front of Lowe's Home Improvement store!  Yes, they sell about 200 every time there! I am the "second in command"...the leader is their mother. They little ones do so well selling and not getting mad when people are rude to them.  I had mentioned to them to speak up and talk louder cause the traffic from the street and the sound the carts make on the is hard to hear over that! Next thing I know,   I hear the 7 year old one talking to the 10 year old one, saying.."We have to talk loud so we can sell. Cute sells, and we are cute, so now we just have to talk  loud!". I had to walk away so they didn't catch me laughing! But how true it is! Those little faces and happy voices, get those grumpy old grandpas every time! They'd ask and the grumpy grandpa either ignores and walks by or says something grumpy to them and walks on... literally 9 out of 10 times...they will turn around and come back and buy a box! Some times they just give them $5 and tell them to buy themselves a box! But they got those old codgers every time!

 Well, I say that to say this. I decided to make them each a cape to wear.  It goes from hot to cold and back again, and I thought the capes would be good and I'd make them in their own colors.

Long story short.. I finally finished them last week! They loved them! I made them reversible... the one side fleece in their Girl Scout color to wear when they are doing anything girl scout related, and the other side is a "ty-dyed" flannel print. The buttons are large so easy to button, but they look like gems so they think that is just the best! So.. here are two of them (the third one was sick this day)
I am sorry they are sideways. I took them with my cell phone vertically, the right way, but when they showed up in the gallery (later at home!) they were like this and my photo editor won't rotate them without cutting the taller ones head off! It was VERY cold this day!

Good memories here. And.. I will remember this too.. IF I EVER work with stretchy fleece again, it will not be reversible!  Boy howdy, did I have a time with it! I looked at it, and it stretched!  Now that I have calmed down, I might work with it again, but... lined with a thin broadcloth only!!!

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