"She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness." Proverbs 31:27

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Getting Settled

I have been working on my sewing room.  After hours of rearranging my treadles, handcranks, featherweight table, and cutting table:
 I at least got to this point.  I can see my floor and hopefully sew my curtains for my kitchen soon.  I will probably hang this quilt rack right here.
I have a lot of windows in my new house, which I love, but it does not leave much room for my quilt rack.  I had to move the rack over so I could open my door to the deck.
 I needed to put something to the side to help off-set the quilt, but I think my quilt rack is too low.  What do you think?  This is my dining room.

 My living room is actually more settled then this picture shows, but it was the picture on my phone and I wanted to show you all.

Hopefully I will get settled soon sow I can sew something!
Have a great day ya'll!

Friday, March 11, 2016

New home

We closed on our first home yesterday!  I have already put my flamingos in the front yard.

Today, a couple of friends helped me paint my kitchen yellow.  I have always wanted a yellow kitchen!  I think the guy who mixed the paint made a mistake because the paint chip was a lot lighter then what I got!

 This is my before picture.
 This is my dining room and living room.

Next week is spring break so I have the whole week off to move!


Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Thread Painting

I want to introduce you to an amazing fabric artist I met in one of my treadle groups.  Marilyn Lee makes art quilts and does thread painting on a treadle.  I asked her some questions and wanted to share the answers with you.

Me:  How long have you been quilting?
Marilyn:   I have been quilting for about 8 years and I only do art quilts although I have been sewing since I was a small child...I always tell people that I was sewing before I could walk! LOL. I learned to sew on a treadle machine but had not used one since. Two years ago in June I started using one again and I love it. I do a lot of free motion embroidery and lace making with a treadle. If you like you can see some videos on my YouTube channel where I am using the treadle for lace making and embroidery. A treadle machine is so easy to be in control of and it is quiet and very peaceful to use. It is kind of like therapy to me!

smile emoticonMe: Do you always know what you are going to design before you start a quilt?
Marilyn: No I do not always know what I am going to design when I start a quilt. Yes, there are those that are planned such as some of my recent portrait quilts and then those that start with a plan and end up evolving more as I work on it. My recent landscape scrap quilts are totally unplanned...they completely develop "free form".

Me: How long does one of your quilts normally take?
Marilyn: It depends on the quilt as to how long it will take me to make. The longest was the Obama quilt which took me 900 hours. My recent "Loon Song" landscape took me two weeks to complete start to finish. Some only take a week. It is hard to put an exact amount of time that I will expect to work on a quilt. It also depends on how much thread work that I plan on doing on it.
The frame is also material.

Marilyn is a true artist.  She even decorated her ceiling with a starburst pattern using wood!
Be sure to check out Marilyn's you-tube channel.  She even makes lace on her treadles.
Say hi to Marilyn!
I borrowed all of these pictures from her facebook page with her permission.  She is a true inspiration and I appreciate her sharing all of this inspiration with us!

Have a great day!

Friday, February 12, 2016

Happy Valentine's Day!

This month's Queen Bee for the Sew Sweet Bee wanted a heart block to make a Valentine quilt.   This is the block I made for her.  It was a super easy tutorial from Cluck Cluck Sew.
 Since today is Feline Friday, I had to share a picture of Oreo being super cute on my quilt.
I also have a hint for you today.  These charm lockets are super popular right now.  I have found the knock offs are cheaper then the name brand ones.  You can even buy charms at Hobby Lobby.  The one below is me (I still need to find a sewing machine charm).  I love cats, Route 66, penguins, flamingos, cupcakes, and the Cross stands for God.  
 I call this my teacher themed one.
 To keep the charms in place, just use some of the tiny glue dots.  It works great!  Such a simple solution to keep your charms from falling!
 My husband has bought both of these necklaces for me.
Saturday night we have a Valentine's Day banquet at church.  My husband is giving the message.
Have a great weekend!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

New Attachments!

I was the Queen Bee of the Sew Sweet Bee 2015 last August.  One person accidently did not send me my block, but she sent it to me this week.  It was worth the wait, I love the bumble bees on the blue fabric!
 We went to a huge yard sale at the fairgrounds in Springfield last week.  I found two new attachments for my sewing machines!
The first attachment is a Singer blind stitch attachment.
 I can't wait to test it out and see how it works.

 This one is a White zig-zag attachment.  I don't know if it will fit on any of my machines though.

You can see a zig-zag attachment working here:  http://missyscakesandaprons.blogspot.com/2015/10/zig-zag-foot.html

I can't wait to test them out, attachments are so much fun!


Friday, January 29, 2016

A little sewing done

I finished my block for the Sew Sweet Bee for this month.  She sent some Daysail fabric and I used fabric in my stash to match.  The first step took me forever, I could not get it right, then I watched the video.  The video helped a lot!  Unfortunately my sail fabric is sideways.  :(  I hope she likes it.

This week at school was spirit week, getting ready for hoopcoming.  Thursday was dress up as your favorite Disney character.  I dressed up as Mary Poppins.  I even had a spoonful of sugar made with sugar and glue.  I wore a wig since she was a brunette.  I wish I had had a hat though.

 Wednesday was dynamic duos, so I wore a shirt with Mickey and Minnie.

 Meanwhile at home, Cupcake has discovered the warmest spot is the fireplace mantel.

I hope you are having a great weekend!


Friday, January 22, 2016

Feline Friday and News

Happy Friday!  I took my Christmas decorations off the fireplace mantle and my cats decided it was a great place to hang out.  The warmth from the fireplace makes it a warm spot.  They like to run across the fireplace mantle and the top of the windows.

 This is the view from the couch.  Crazy cats!

Of course, they love having a cat bed in front of the fireplace too!
We have been married for twenty years and have decided to buy our first home!  We put an offer on the house yesterday!  I'm excited, nervous, and want to move in now!  This is the worst time for a teacher to move, but it just happened that way.  Please be in prayer that it all happens quickly and without any hitches.
I have always wanted a yellow kitchen, so the first thing I am going to do is paint my kitchen yellow!  My theme will be cherries, here is my inspiration:
I have some other material that is grey and blue with bowls of cherries that I am making curtains out of.  I need to find the time to make some potholders using the cherry block patterns.
Like the ones Podunk Pretties made.  I love her patterns!

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Singer Spa Salon

My treadle really needed a good cleaning.  She was giving me some trouble, so I took her apart and gave her a good cleaning.  I spent all morning cleaning her using my favorite products.
I use Mother's Mag and Aluminum Polish for the silver parts and the Singer badge.
The GOJO is perfect for the tough grease underneath and the Murphy's is great for the top and will not destroy the decals.  Do not use water, use sewing machine oil to wipe off the soap and shine up your machine.

You would not believe the fuzz/lint that was gunked up in the feed dogs and bobbin area.

 Q-Tips are great for cleaning out fuzz.
I never did a deep clean after I got my machine, I had not realized how filthy it was.  There was a 100 years of tar built up on my machine.  After scrubbing for hours today, I turned four hand towels black and half a roll of paper towels!

 Do you see the brown?  It is tar from people smoking around it.  Can you imagine what a smoker's lungs look like?
 My throat plate all shined up with Mom's.
 I love the decals on my big, old girl!

 The tar mostly cleaned off and the Singer badge shined up.
I also gave her a good oiling, I oiled the head all the moving parts on irons.

I did not get any quilting done, but she sure looks a lot better!  Because of ice, we have not had any school Wednesday or Thursday.

"Oh taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in Him." Psalm 34:8

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