The Oldest Project Ever

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January 2014 is officially *finish it* month. It’s only the 7th & I’ve gotten a few big things and one or two small things off the list. More on those projects later…

So guys, I started this lap quilt a really long time ago. I can’t even remember when exactly… maybe 2002? I was living in Boston, I know that much, because I took the quilting class in Cambridge. I finished all the cutting and sewing on the top during the weekend course. AND that was it. I folded it up and never got around to finishing it. I’d take it out every once in a while to look at it, but mostly it got folded back up and put away. Sometimes I would think “hey, this is great, I should finish this” most other times… “UGH!” but really it’s not so bad. Since I’ve got a permanent place for my machine and a large clean floor to work on I was out of excuses.

Thankfully the internet has a lot of good tutorials for finishing quilts. The toughest decision was trying to decide what kind of quilting pattern to use. Since this is my first quilt I went with easy diagonal lines. I used 3 or 4 different thread colors and this makes the back my favorite part. I should also mention how hard it is to stitch straight lines. I used blue painters tape and this helped a bit. I’m not sure I’ll ever make a traditional log cabin quilt again, but I’m really excited for next month when I can start new projects… and um a couple of wee quilts.

I found these websites really helpful and chock full of lovely bits.

katie did
red pepper quilts
heather bailey
mama love quilts

Up next:
3 storage baskets
2 trapper hats
the next “kids clothes week” is the end of the month. The wee lad needs some longer pants.
and maybe the old sweater quilt… hopefully will finish this before it’s summer

To quote dear Mr. Wagner  “Done is the loveliest number.”

Spindle Trees by POP

My dad has been woodturning for a while now. Can’t remember how long… but he’s very good at it. We collaborated on these trees. You know, I thought it was a good idea and he made it better. I told him I would try to get him some holiday orders.

So if you’d like a tree please click the link at the bottom. All orders placed before December 1st will ship priority mail around December 16th.


Darling little spindle trees shipped in time for the Christmas season

Handcrafted one at a time from a selection of fine, American hardwoods: cherry, birch, linden, oak, and spalted maple. Each of “Pop’s” trees is unique.

Standing three to five inches high, the elegant shape of each tree contrasts with its base, a thin slice of rustic wood branch. Each tree is finished with a light oil sheen and branded on the bottom with the Ray Mees seal of approval.

Because each tree is truly unique, this gift is surprise even to the giver.

We will try to accommodate requests for specific woods, matching pairs, and the like, but for the most part, your tree will come luck-of-the-draw. 

Supplies are limited by the amount of wood in the shed and grand-children to dandle, so order today.

Single Spindle Tree

$20 + shipping and handling (priority mail)

Double Spindle Tree

$35 + shipping and handling

You don’t need a PayPal account to order just use your credit card…

Bread making is intimidating

I love cooking and baking. But bread has always scared me. Lots of you bake bread all the time, I know it’s easy, I know. But I’m a chicken. I have big plans to change that… with baby steps. Yesterday on a whim I made the simplest bread ever. Maybe? I didn’t need to take out the big mixer or prepare it hours ahead of time. And it came out really good. I got the recipe from a great blog that I read… She got it here. Try it.

Lil Miss Peacock

oh sorry… these are some bad photos.

Fiona was recently seen wearing her cat costume that I made her a bajillioin years ago. She loves animals especially the family chickens… cat, turtle, and whatever else lives in their tiny LA backyard.

I didn’t want to make a plushy silly baby peacock outfit. My original thought was a soft sculpture tail, but that wasn’t working with the stuff I had on hand. I had picked up a big bag of miscellaneous velvet scraps from the LCR. as well as some black velveteen, and some sparkly stretchy purple velvety stuff. I wanted to make these work.

I started with this great peplum vest pattern I recently acquired. Boy is this thing cute and the peplum skirt thing works great as a nod to some fancy feather. Right? You can see the pattern here for the BBC Vest. This pattern was really great, but i got caught up on sewing the peplum pieces together. it just wasn’t jiving with the tutorial pics. But i figured it out in the end. My first box pleats too. yay me. It’s black velveteen with a purplish cotton for the liner from my stash. Finished it off with some fancy lavender vintage buttons. I made a mess of the button hole so my only choice was to rip it out and place the button over it. There’s now a loop closure that goes from one button to the next.

For her shirt I used the Flashback Skinny Tee pattern. This was great and straight forward. This stuff would not iron so it’s not perfect but it will do. I used some god and black weird woven stuff for chest feather on the front of the t. I didn’t have enough fabric for full sleeves. But the 3/4 are cute anyway. I used the same fabric for the neck band. This stuff is super stretchy. I hope it fits.

Her head piece was easy. I got some awful home decor thing from Michael’s and pulled it apart to use the feathers. Then I just attached them by wrapping them with the florist tape.

I’m super happy with the way this came out. I’m always nervous to see if stuff is going to fit them.