Tulip Parade

I recently finished my tulip wall hanging, originally it was meant to be a table runner, but when I held it up to show off to the family members…( I usually chase them, screeching ..Look what I´ve done, what do you think, what do you think?? …..and they´re very good about loving everything I make 🙂 )…..well anyway, they all agreed that it would look great on the wall, specifically where it is now, this little nook where we prepare coffee, toast etc. So that´s were its´s living now!

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I found the pattern at Porch swing quilts, http://porchswingquilts.blogspot.com/2017/12/tiptoe-quilt-along.html and decided to give it a try.

This was my first time making flying geese and HRTs, and as you can plainly see it´s not perfect, somehow I ended up with  blunt center tips on the blue and yellow tulip. I contemplated redoing these, but  I really didn’t feel like it! I was in a hurry to finish and left them, with the excuse that in real life flowers aren’t perfect either 😉

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I quilted the tulips with wavy lines and the background with straight lines, my machine has a tulip sitch wich I used to stitch down the border. All in all I´m very happy with the way it turned out, and it just makes me happy every time I make coffee or toast.

Thanks for the visit, Have a great day!

Veggie Patch

Today, it´s not about sewing, it´s about gardening. My hubby is the type of person who can literally do anything, quite irritating  😉 just kidding!! it´s great having someone who can fix anything, he´s a real MacGyver!

Anyway, he decided he wanted a vegetable garden, so that´s what he did, it started off in 2012 with just some shelves and soil bags that you cut  holes into, and plant lettuce etc. We were so excited when the lettuce started growing, it was like Yay, we can actually grow edible food 🙂

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Over the years he has stuck to his hobby. Some years, all we harvested apart from  lettuce which is very forgiving, were some tiny tomatoes and one or two strawberries, but this year we had a bumper crop, huge tasty tomatoes, a few cucumbers and  most amazing of all…. Butternuts.

The butternuts were a real surprise, basically last year they started growing in the compost bin from seeds that we had thrown in there, so hubby took the shoots and planted them in his veggie patch and the plant grew, flowered and died. So this year we did some research and apparently the female flowers were not being pollinated, so hubby played Bee, Yes…Bee, as soon as he had a female flower and a male flower (squash have female and male flowers)he would fertilize the female flower by taking pollen from the male with a cotton bud and pollinate the female flower,….. and would you believe it, 3 of them took and grew into butternuts.

Here are the butternut flowers.

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And here is our first butternut

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Here´s another one.

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Our gorgeous tomatoes, they are incredible tasty.

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Jack likes to inspect everything thoroughly, a real hands-on inspector! that’s why we have a high wooden fence 😉

Well needless to say, the vegetable garden is now very much part of our home, and a place where the family congregates to ooh and aah 🙂

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Pot holders

Today my mother asked me to make her some pot holders, as she had just burnt hers. My  first reaction was… Oh no… So much work for just Pot holders!!…. that will get all grubby or burnt!….. Silly hey. I was over thinking the simple pot holder,  making them with HST´s or strip quilting etc. Then I looked at mine and realised they were very simple with no quilting.

I remembered seeing a simple pot holder tutorial at: http://www.marymarthamama.com/crafty-cat/easy-peasy-potholders/ Great! Made them in  no time at all 🙂 I actually enjoyed making them as it was so nice to finish a Project so quickly…. Yipeee.

I used fabric that I had once bought from a store that I wandered into, and couldn´t find anything I really liked, but was too embarrassed to walk out of without buying something (the owner kept hovering over me), I know  I know,….I have this problem, that´s why I generally try to avoid empty stores, otherwise I end up buying stuff I don´t really need because I am too embarrassed to walk out with nothing!

But anyway it´s the type of fabric my mother likes, so all is good.

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And here they are! not to shabby for my first Pot holders, and the good news is, if she burns these, I still have loads of the same fabric 🙂

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Placemats

I recently decided to make placemats for my daughter Andi.

So off I went shopping. I fell in love with some bright ethnic looking fabric, and opted to pair it with just 2 other colors, purple and mustard.

Wanting the colors to really pop, I chose black for the binding.

I decided to make the back of the placemat different from the front, so I made it predominately black with strips of the printed fabric.

For the front, I cut the squares 13 x 13 cm allowing for 1 cm seams, so the finished squares were 11 x 11cm. The final length of the placemat was 55cm

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For the back I cut the following strips, allowing for 1 cm seams.

2 black 7cm x 33

1 black 5cm x 33

I black 27 cm x 33

1 Print 6 cm x 33

2 Print 7cm x 33

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So…. To make the placemats, you just sew the front squares together in whichever manner pleases you.

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To make the back, join the strips.

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Attach a layer of interfacing in between the top and bottom using safety pins to keep it all in place. I did a quick zig zag around the edges to join the 3 layers.

Then you just bind the placemats. I used black strips of 6cm to make the binding and used the machine to bind the front and back.

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At the back I pinned all around and machine sewed the inner edge of the binding in black. thread.

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And there you have it, quick and easy placemats 🙂

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