Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Work in Progress Wednesday-#24.

Written by Laura Chaney, Daughter

EPP Project

I'm still working on the same project I was for last week's Work in Progress Wednesday. Mostly because I spent the last four days in DISNEYLAND! That's right, now I'm a REAL California Resident. ;)

Making off-the-cuff projects is still a challenge for me. Mom is MUCH better at it, but it's been fun to mess around with this new idea. Fingers crossed on getting it finished up this week!

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Momcat Monday-The Lint Roller.

Written by Linda Chaney, Mother

Today I share a simple tool, yet one of my favorites...

Lint Roller

  • Use on design board to remove lint and threads
  • Use on ironing board to remove threads
  • Use on quilt to remove stray threads
  • Can also use to clean lamp shades - quite effective!
  • May also need to use on your own clothing to remove those threads!

What are some of your favorite "unusual" notions in your quilting and sewing space?

Friday, September 12, 2014

Festive for Friday-Quilting and the Apocalypse.

Written by Laura Chaney, Daughter

After quilting, one of my favorite hobby's is reading books. When I was a kid my parents had to implement a "no reading before school" policy because I kept reading instead of getting ready to leave the house! I read a pretty wide variety genres, mostly in fiction, and one of my all time favorites is post-apocalyptic fiction.

One of the blogs I read occasionally, Chicago Now, had a great post last week titled "Where are the Quilter's in a post apocalyptic world?"  The post is hilarious, talking about how quilter's would help get the world back on its feet after whatever disaster has befallen it. It made me think about other reasons quilter's would be the perfect companions if the end of the world comes.

1. Rotary cutters. Could there be a more menacing site that a gaggle of ladies with a sharp rotary cutter in each hand, ready to defend their family (and their stash!) from marauders?

Rotary Cutter
photo credit: mbaylor via photopin cc

2. The ability to use every last scrap of something to make something awesome. Patchwork quilts, crazy quilts, crumb quilts, string quilts. Quilter's don't throw anything away because it's always useful.

Fabric scraps

3. Patience and perseverance. Because you're going to be doing a lot of hand sewing. Plus fighting off the zombies or plague or whatever has caused the end of the world.

hand sewing

4. Skills. Like Kathy pointed out, quilter's (and all sewers in general) have skills that would be downright useful in a post-apocalyptic world. Everyone needs clothes to wear and sewing produces a product that could be sold or traded.

quilted container

5. A pre-made stockpile...of fabric. Also known as "the stash." Because if the end of the world is coming the last thing you'd want to do is run out of fabric.

fabric stash

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Work in Progress Wednesday-#23.

Written by Laura Chaney, Daughter

Do you go through up and down periods of sewing? I sure do. This week I'm definitely starting an upward swing which is super exciting! In the middle of the day on Monday I suddenly had an idea that I just HAD to try! So Monday night I settled in with a little School of Rock on cable and started in. 

charm square and rotary cutter

two inch squares on a rotary mat

I don't think anyone will be surprised that it's another English Paper Piecing project. I'm so excited to see how it turns out! 

English paper pieced hexagons

This lasted for a while, and then I was waylaid by Friday the Cat. Kitty snuggles are always a welcome break from sewing. I'm hoping to have the finished project (it's a little one) done to share next week!

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Monday, September 8, 2014

National Sewing Month.

Written by Laura Chaney, Daughter

Did you know that September is National Sewing Month? I completely forgot it was until I was catching up on blogs over the weekend. 

We'll have a couple of posts this month about why both Mom and I love sewing (and quilting!) I'm also hoping to use this month to help get some energy into FINISHING a project. Or maybe even more than one! 

How are you going to celebrate National Sewing Month?