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Sew Sweet Simplicity BOM (Block of the Month)!!!

Okay, so this BOM started a couple of weeks ago, so I’m a bit behind already… I just found out about it, though, and it looks so adorable that I thought I might give it a try! As soon as I get the first Email listing the supplies, I’ll dig through my stash and see what I can come up with…BlockOfTheMonthButtonRect600

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Official WICKED blog HOP!

Click here to learn more about the HOP itself!

YEAH! My very first blog HOP!!! I’m just SEW excited for all of you to be here and share this with me… This wickedly fun blog HOP  is inspired by the amazingly beautiful Black Cat Crossing line of fabric from Maywood Studio Fabrics. I’m absolutely IN LOVE with this fabric! Alas, my budget didn’t allow me to purchase any new fabric… so it’s a very good thing I’ve got a HUGE STASH of fabric, including lots of lovely fall/Halloween prints! I started by digging them ALL out to see what I had on hand. Then  I went over to Pinterest to check out my Pinboards for inspiration! My “FALL-oween” board is where I collect all my favorite ideas for fall and Halloween, but I also have numerous fall and Halloween quilts and quilt block ideas collected on my Quilts of Autumn Pinboard.

The beautiful and inspirational “Black Cat Crossing” fabric line from Maywood Studios!

Vintage inspired black cat wand by Crepeconfectionary on Etsy

Vintage inspired black cat wand by Crepeconfectionary on Etsy… Click HERE to go to her shop!

Batik Dresden Plate block that I made a few years ago!

Batik Dresden Plate block that I made a few years ago!

Because of the Black Cat Crossing fabric, I knew I wanted to create something special for this hop, something with not just a Halloween theme, but with a Black Cat theme, specifically!

My favorite Halloween cats are the nostalgic “scaredy cats”. You know, the vintage images of dashing and dandy fancy cats who wear hats or collars and have those wicked smiles! I found this adorable vintage-inspired Black Cat Wand by Crepeconfectionary on Etsy… it has the classic “scaredy cat” face I was looking for (just look at those EYES!) and the orange ruffle behind the Black Cat’s face reminded me of a Dresden Plate! I’d had made a Dresden Plate block years ago, so knew I could do it…

Here is the idea that popped into mind: Make a classic Dresden Plate block as the ruffle with a Black Cat face in place of it’s inner circle. I also have a Dresden Star pattern (click for a great tutorial), from Edyta Sitar, that I purchased some time ago, but had never attempted to make yet. I really thought it might work well with my idea of using a Dresden as the cat’s ruffled collar! Luckily I found the pattern last month while cleaning and organizing my craft room… You can purchase the Dresden Star Pattern and/or acrylic templates at Laundry Basket Quilts.new applicants Collage

I must admit that before beginning, I was a bit intimidated by the Dresden Star pattern,
but the instructions were very easy to follow! I think the large striped petals came out rather well. I played around with different colors for the ruffles. Originally I thought I’d use the Jack
O’Lantern print from Northcott, but the scale just didn’t work out. The orange I used simply disappeared! In the end, I went with green and purple for the smaller points of the Dresden Plate collar. The striped fabric worked out just as I had hoped it would, but it took some fussy cutting to get all the stripes “exact”! As you can see in the collage photo of their construction, I had to trim off a small bit of black from the back that was showing through as a dark shadow.stripes CollagePlate Collage

The center of the Dresden Plate, the Black Cat’s face, was made using a fabric called Shadow Play by Maywood Studio. I designed the cat’s face using images of some of my favorite vintage black cats. I had to be careful to make the face the right size to fit completely over the center of my completed Dresden Plate, too! I used Fusible Applique to attache the features to the face, but then I hand appliqued the face to the Dresden Plate. The pupils of the cat’s eyes are buttons! Last I hand stitched the whole thing to a 12.5″ square of the same purple fabric that I used in the small petals of the Dresden Star.

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Here are the links to the other blogs in today’s hop:

On the Banks of Frog Creek

How Art You?

Cucki Stitching Cove

Dancing Moon Farmstead

Life in the Scrapatch

Their works are AMAZINGLY BEAUTIFUL, so please be sure to visit each of their blogs!!!

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Ironing Board Cover

new ironing board coverIn reworking my sewing/crafting room, I noticed that the cover on my small, table-top ironing board was in poor condition. Luckily, I had seen a recent post shared on Facebook of a fellow blogger’s tutorial for making one! Crazy Mom Quilts is the name of the blog and if you click on the picture of her project a link will open in a new window taking you directly to her tutorial! I didn’t follow her example exactly, but rather used it as a starting point and just went from there. Mine turned out okay, but hers is MUCH better, so when I make a new cover for my full-sized ironing board I will follow her instructions more closely. In truth, I followed hers “from memory” last night as our Internet access had dialed-back so as to essentially be non-existant. Oh, the joys of country living are many, but crappy Internet service is my bane!

Another difference between my project and the lovely tutorial is that I didn’t have any scrap batting to use and didn’t want to cut up a nice, new piece for this project. What I DID have was a package of Insul-Bright from The Warm Company. Which, in a way, is BETTER than just plain batting as it is “a needle punched insulated lining that reflects the heat (or cold) back to it’s source”. In this case, the heat of the iron is reflected back up through the fabric making the iron work better! Basically, I’m all about using what I have on hand as often as possible. I even re-used the elastic from the old cover as it was still in good condition.

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MY completed cover!

The fabric I used for my cover was a scrap end of 100% cotton decorator fabric, so it’s heavier than quilting fabric. For my binding fabric I used some light-weight denim, cut from thrift-store dress, as it was close in weight to the decorator fabric. Because of this heavier weight, I didn’t double it like the Crazy Quilt Mom did in her tutorial. If using lighter weight fabric I can see where this step is important! So my little ironing board is now smartly re-covered and doing it’s job better than ever! At some point I need to sit down and sew some valances for the windows in here… While sorting and purging I found some fabric that I think will work, if there’s enough of it for SIX windows, so stay tuned!

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A Few of MY favorite Blogs…

For my recent Around the World Blog Tour I had to link to the blogger who invited me and then link to three other bloggers who would be participating the following week. I had a real doozy of a time finding three who were interested AND had the time! In fact, I only managed to get TWO who would commit, in time, to doing this HOP. Many of my favorite bloggers had to politely decline –  mostly because they were simply too busy this time of year. Fall shows are starting and for many artists this is the beginning of their “holiday” sales time! Still, they are such wonderful artisans that I wanted to share their blogs with you. So here they are, in no particular order, some of my favorite blogs: (Click on their NAME and their blog should open in a new window)

 

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I first met Sondra through a Facebook group called The Outlaw Quilters. Although I’m not a member of that group any more, we’ve stayed friends via Facebook and even met up in person a couple years ago at the Dallas Quilt Show hosted by the Quilter’s Guild of Dallas. One of my earliest memories of Sondra’s blog was a chain-story that she started and the rest of us kept adding to. It was near Halloween and the story was about Fat Jack. What a BLAST that was. Sadly, WordPress “ate” the whole story when they did an update a few years ago… Tragic loss! Any way, as you’ll see when you visit her blog, in addition to her beautiful quilt creations Sondra has recently become quite the Tie-Dye artist. Her hand dyed quilt backs are phenomenal! Be sure to check out her FREE Giant Dahlia Quilt Tutorial, too.

 

 

Darcy Ashton

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I first became aware of Darcy when I purchased one of her early pattern books, Claire’s Cats, at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival many, many years ago. Over the years I have also purchased Grandma’s Bunnies and Bunnies and More. Shortly before Horsing Around was to be published Darcy and I become more personally acquainted via my sister, Jaci, and Facebook. In learning that Darcy was working on a pattern book with an equine theme I jokingly suggested that she MUST include a mule as well! For those who do not know, I’ve got TWO rescued mules that I adore and spoil.  Finally I got to meet Darcy in person right after Horsing Around was printed and now have an autographed copy! Oh, and there are, in fact, TWO mule patterns included in the book! In addition to her well known applique books and patterns, Darcy also does some beautiful work in felted wool. I particularly love her wool pincushions! She sells them on Etsy OR you can purchase her pattern on her website and make your own. I have several large plastic totes full of thrift-store wool garments that I need to felt so I can begin playing with wool, too!

 

 

Joy Tapley

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Not sure where to begin with how I “met” Joy… I know it was after we moved to Texas, so some time after 2007?!?! At the time, she was living up in Wichita Falls, just a couple hours north of us. However, I think we hooked up over Facebook first and later met in person at either the Abilene, Brownwood or Dallas Quilt shows… Who knows? I’ve seen her at all of them over the years! We seem to have so much in common that to me it feels like we’ve known each other for ages! Both her husband and mine are retired Navy Chiefs, so they have lots in common, too. One of the things I always loved about Joy’s quilt show booths was her bright cheerful fabrics from Amy Butler Designs, and FUNky patterns, from Indigo Junction by Amy Barickman! Joy always had stuff that simply wasn’t like what all the other booths/shops had. Her business is currently in transition, but her style is still very much modern and chic! One of Joy’s own unique designs is her Mini Monster Travel Pressing Board. These are amazing and I think I really NEED one! Contact Joy if you’re interested in purchasing one – or more – as they make great GIFTS!

 

Pam Gracia

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Pam is another Facebook friend, but sadly, unlike so many others I’ve met via Facebook, geography has made it impossible for the two of us to actually meet (YET!) in person. However, in addition to regular Facebook “shares” and “likes” we often have very deep “private messages” about more than just blog stuff and art. As you will see when you visit her blog or Soft in the Head website, Pam’s art is truly unique and I love each and every one of her creations! Many of her OOAK pieces and patterns are Halloween themed, which is probably why I find so many of them to be adorably spooky! However, her lil’ mice are just amazing creatures, too. During one of her sales last year, I purchased a couple of her patterns, including Milo the Cardinal. I especially like crows and ravens, but I also like cardinals. Not only are they beautiful, but I like their peeping. My hubby’s grandmother had a great affinity for “red birds” as she preferred to call them, so I bought Milo’s pattern and put it safely away. So safe, in fact, that I cannot find it! When I do, I will make him and share him here for y’all to see… Just don’t hold your breath on WHEN that might be!!!

 

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Again, Ginny is a Facebook “friend” whom I’ve not yet met in person, but who inspires me greatly… I happen to know exactly how/when/where I met Ginny on Facebook, too, because it was through Pam Gracia! Pam often shares other artists’ work on her Facebook page, including their sales and Give-Aways. It was during a such a Give-Away that I first saw Ginny’s work. In this case, her adorable Snowmen! I love snowmen!!! Not only did I make a new friend, but I actually WON this adorable little snowman pictured to the right. I love him so much, in fact, that he is on permanent display in our living room and doesn’t get put away in March with all my other snowmen! Oh, and Ginny doesn’t do JUST snowmen, either. Her Good Witches are simply too adorable to describe! BOTH Ginny and Pam have their pieces featured over at the PFATT Marketplace. PFATT is short for “Primitive Folk Art Trinkets & Treasures”!

I hope you have enjoyed meeting each of these wonderfully talented artists and visiting their blogs, website, shops, etc. Personally, I find their art and blogs to be very inspiring! When you visit their blogs or Facebook pages, why not leave them a comment and let them know that you stopped by after reading about them here!?!?! I know they will love meeting you, too!

 

 

 

 

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Vintage Chick Feeder Pincushion

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Sew Many Ways – TUTORIAL!

I love making pincushions and putting them into interesting containers! I often find inspiration via Facebook and/or Pinterest. Somewhere I came across a photo of a pincushion set into a chick feeder. My brain stored the idea away, as is my habbit…  Some time later, while shopping our local thrift stores, I came across an adorable vintage feeder. Well I just knew it would work smashingly well as a pincushion!

Over at Sew Many Ways I found a really nice blog post sharing her version, including a full TUTORIAL, using a newly purchased feeder. You can click on her photo (at right) to go directly to that post. Below is a collage of the one I made using the old painted feeder I thrifted! A trick I learned from my mother was to put a bit of steel wool in the cushion to help keep your needles clean!chick feeder pincushion Collage

Oh, and speaking of thrifty, yes that IS an old shirt that I cut up and used for the fabric of the cushion. In fact, I have a whole PILE of old work shirts (100% cotton) that I’ve cut up to use for projects!!! Hmmm… maybe I’ll blog about THAT some day soon.

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Around The World Blog Tour!

If you’re new to my blog then WELCOME! Near the end of August  I was invited by Naomi Vela (all the way from the beautiful land Down Under) to join her on an Around the World Blog Tour. Naomi and I are both on a Facebook Group called Aunt Pitty Pat’s Show and Tell. We think that’s where she came across a recent blog post I had shared with the group.  My poor blog has a measly NINE followers, so I thought joining in would be fun way to share my blog and maybe meet a few new friends. Naomi  is a very talented artist  who’s blog is called “Made by Nomes”! Isn’t that adorable? Having a German mother, I happen to love gnomes and all woodland things… In fact, I have a pinboard called Gnomes and Shrooms! I seem to recall that Naomi has a great affinity for owls! Why not check out her Around the World Blog Tour post HERE?

As part of the blog tour we are suppose to answer a few questions and link to three blogs for you to take enjoy in addition to our own. Sadly, I could only manage to get TWO fellow bloggers to commit in time to include them in my post! I’ll introduce you to each of them at the end of this post. Be sure you check back in with them on September 15th to see THEIR Around the World Blog Tour posts!

What am I working on?

IMG_20140830_123722My top priority project right now is for my upcoming Halloween-themed Blog HOP. I don’t want to reveal too much as I want to keep that post exciting and FRESH! However, as a thank you for stopping by today, I’ve given y’all a little SNEAK PEAK at some of the fabric I’m auditioning for that project, which I’m designing as I go.

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Halloween-themed blog HOP

Sign-up is still open for the Black Cat Crossing blog HOP, so I haven’t been assigned my exact date yet. All I know is that it will be some time between October 20th and 31st. Why not FOLLOW my blog to be sure you don’t miss it? In preparation for being able to actually do ANY sewing project, I’ve had to totally dig-out my sewing/craft room from under the mountain of STUFF that’s been piling up in there for months. Please see previous blog posts about my hoarding horror story… During the sorting, purging, and organizing I’ve discovered more than a few buried treasures, including numerous UFO’s!!! I’m not allowing myself to starting any NEW projects as I’m hoping to get a few of these wrapped up – maybe before the New Year!?!?!

When and why did I start my blog?

I’m not really sure exactly why I started this blog. I’ve always enjoyed writing and photography… Friends and family seem to enjoy keeping up what’s going out here “on the farm”, too. I mostly write about our critters and projects, but basically there is no specific theme to my blog. I guess I just blog about whatever we’re doing and hope that someone finds it interesting or inspiring!

How does my work differ from others of it’s genre?

My crafting is like me – erratic and eclectic! For instance, I don’t do just sewing projects. I do all sorts of things and sometimes combine them, too. I have ADHD and as a result I get distracted very easily; hence the numerous UFO’s I mentioned earlier! Hubby often jokes that I should just make kits, and I have to admit that to some degree he has a point. I’m great at coming up with an idea, maybe it even started with a pattern or something I saw on Facebook or Pinterest. I assemble all the various bits and accessories, put them all together in a tub or tote of some kind and then move on to the next idea! For “instant gratification” I really enjoy altered art and re-fashioning things from thrift store finds. Here are a few examples of my favorites:

 

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Mabon Mother

Garden Whimsies!

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Pincushions

Homemade Hay Feeder

The woodland “doll” piece was for a fall challenge where we could only use natural/found objects in creating a doll. Mabon Mother is what I called this piece. I was quite pleased with how she turned out!

Who doesn’t love making Garden Whimsies!?!?! A couple of years ago I made several garden solar lights from recycled glassware. This lovely pair of large lamps were the pride of my garden until the goats got in there and knocked them over. I can probably fix/salvage them, but looking at them still breaks my heart, so they are tucked away in the corner of the back porch for now. The wind chimes are a set that I reconstructed after the original set fell apart. I loved the sweet sound of this set and so re-strung the chimes using nylon fishing line, a piece of drift wood and beach glass.

Oh, I also love making little pincushions, especially inserting them into unusual objects. Blame my mother…. her pincushion was made from a Lysol spray can lid! The shape of this little brass shoe ashtray just called out to me. I chose to make the pincushion part using fancy fabric in vibrant colors as it was made for a dear friend of mine who is a belly dancer. She sews all of her own costumes and loved this little gift. The little round pincushion is made from a soda bottle cap and left-over wool felt.

As I mentioned above, I’ve got goats… adorable, spoiled rotten goats! I found this old metal crate at a roadside sale and knew that it could be made into a hay feeder for them. Hubby helped me add the hinged lid, complete with “handle”. The lid keeps them from pulling the whole flake of hay right back out, which is exactly what was happening with the previous hay feeder! This one works really well, is easy to load and has cut down on wasted hay!

Why do I create what I do?

I create so many different things for around the house and around the farm. I guess most things I create are utilitarian in some way. Why shouldn’t the things we use every day should be beautiful as well as functional? I also hate to see waste, so that’s why I use so many reclaimed items in my projects, even using cast-off clothing in many of my sewing projects just like our fore-mothers did. Besides, I’m just too thrifty and dollar conscience to use $12 a yard fabric to make an apron or pot holders! I keep the better quality fabric for my quilts, table runners and wall hangings.

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In making this Sewer’s Chatelaine I re-purposed a denim vest that had lots of lovely pockets. I paired it with a soft plaid men’s shirt, using the collar for the neck piece, the pockets for more storage and then I lined the whole piece with it to make it more stable. I embellished it with a piece of vintage tatted lace at the neck and patch pockets, added a few mother-of-pearl buttons, and a small crocheted doily. I didn’t use a pattern, I just had this idea in my head on what I wanted it to DO and this was the result.IMG_20140830_132906

What do I hope to achieve in the near future?

Along with the project I’m designing and making for the aforementioned Black Cat Crossing Halloween-themed blog HOP, I’ve set a goal of having my entire sewing/craft room returned to “proper working order” by October 31st. I have to admit that it’s a pretty over whelming task, so I’ve been taking it in small steps, trying to work at just one corner or one flat surface at a time. After that there are the UFO’s that I mentioned, but in addition to them there are hundreds of projects waiting to actually be started! For instance, in putting like-with-like while I’ve been excavating my work space I’ve accumulated quite a stack of pre-printed projects and panels. I found two Halloween vests that are exactly the SAME panel. I think I’ll sew one up following the instructions and then create something totally different with the second one showing that you don’t always have to “follow the rules”!

 

Hmmmm…. Wonder if I can finish this Pumpkin Table Runner by the end of the month? I started it ages ago, back when I was still going down to Brownwood once a month for guild meetings, in fact. Instead of having a plain backing, my “plan” was to make Jack O’ Lanterns out of the same pattern and then make it REVERSIBLE! Check back next month to see if this UFO gets finished this year or not…

Other UFO’s include an adorable Horned Lizard I made a few years ago. I took a class given by the very talented Susan Cranshaw at the Abilene Quilter’s Guild Stars Over Abilene Regional Quilt Show. I finished the lizard itself, but then never did anything WITH it. If nothing else, he’d be cute on a shirt or tote bag! Speaking of tote bags, I think that’s what I was going to make with these Batik paper-pieced star blocks. I managed ONE block and then it got set aside! I found this finished block AND the remaining fabric while cleaning out my sewing/craft room.

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More UFO’s: Applique Horned Lizard, AKA: “Horny Toad” & a Paper-pieced star…

Now that y’all have read a bit about me, I’d like to introduce you to four very talented ladies:

These ladies will be doing their Around the World Blog Tour posts on Monday the 15th of September. Please make sure you pop over to their blogs before then and don’t forget to return on the day of their blog tour so you can see which bloggers they’ve tagged for you to check out!

I first met Doris Rice several years ago when I was making monthly treks down to Brownwood for the monthly Brownwood Quilter’s Guild meetings. Although the cost of gas, and other obligations, led to my dropping out of the guild, Doris and I have kept in contact via Facebook. Fortunately I still get to see her at local quilt shows, like Abeline and Brownwood, too! ‘Round these parts, Doris is known as the Quilting Queen and I believe you will agree that her her work is majestic!

Kelly Watson and I met on Facebook. As it happens, I can’t remember exactly WHERE on Facebook, because she and I have so very much in common, including our LOVE of sewing/crafting, Vintage VW’s, ol’ farmhouses and CHICKENS! Check out her blog called Kelly’s Primitive Friends and see all the fun and exciting things she creates.

Hope you’ve enjoyed your visit here and hope you’ll be back to see what I’ve been working on. To “make up” for only linking to TWO bloggers instead of three I’m working on a blog post about MY favorite blogs! There I’m linking to at least FIVE crafty bloggers that I follow…

Happy Sewing

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End of August Sewing/Craft room update…

Just a short snippit today… I’m slowly chipping away at the piles o’ stuff up in my sewing/craft room and progress IS being made! I had previously set up two tables (inherited from my mother-in-law) butted together in the center of this half of the room to make up the core of my work island. As you can see, it is primarily used for rotary cutting and now has two distinct cutting areas. I read some where that the “ideal” height for a standing work station is the user’s belly button. So to achieve that height hubby helped me put 6″ bed risers under the legs of the two table. However, the tables have a beveled edge and with the risers there is now a gap between the two table. DO NOT PANIC! A half-sheet of plywood measures 48″ X 48″… The tables are 42″ wide, so the new top will extend past the tables by 3″ on each side while covering the gap in the middle!center work table Collage

Raising the tables gave me more room underneath, too! I can even fit a stool under there now. I just brought home that huge rectangular basket – seen next to the stool – after finding it at our local Goodwill for $5! It’s bottom is the exact size of the two sweater totes underneath. On the other side I stacked three vintage fruit crates that my father-in-law brought up to us on his last visit. He knows I love stuff like that! I staggered them so that I can access each one. Conveniently the back edge of the top crate rests on the table’s cross-bar so the whole stack isn’t the least bit wobbly, . I have all my different types of batting tucked into these three crates, with a large roll placed on top. The basket on top of the large green tote is filled with UFO’s…

My ironing station will remain low as it is positioned directly behind my sewing station and is used while seated. All I have to do is swivel and press! I believe if you look closely you can (hopefully) see that this little table is actually made from the cast iron base of an old treadle sewing machine with a cabinet door as it’s top. Snapped it up at a local yard sale for $10 several years ago.

On the other end of the cutting tables – opposite the ironing station – there are two metal tiered rolling carts with pull-out drawers. They, too, are butted together and I have a bit of pieced red home spun fabric on the top of them. Because they are unstable, even with the “locks” on the rollers engaged, I use the top mostly for display and the drawers for storing stuff. I believe you can see some lace trim on the wooden stands in the largest image of the collage. I’ve yet to go through their drawers. Maybe this weekend? That’s why the picture is so carefully angled so as not to show the UN-tidied area which begins at these two carts. It’s still such a MESS that seeing it could permanently scar some of y’all! Any way, when I brought my vintage treadle machine home a couple of years ago I rotated the carts so that the treadle could butt up against them (opposite the cutting tables) and the drawers now pull out towards me when I’m standing at either cutting area.

So this entire “center island” is made up of my vintage treadle, the pair of rolling carts, the two table that are my cutting stations and my ironing station. Hopefully on (or before?) October 31st I will be able to stand on this side of the room and take a photo of the entire sewing/craft half of the room without having to strategically crop the mountain of madness out of the shot! That is my goal, so stay tuned.

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A Hoarder’s HORROR STORY continues…

10297800_10202705236364503_8706805081292818205_nOkay, so if you missed my previous post, I’m a HOARDER… not just of fabric, either, but of many types of craft supplies… I’ve come to the conclusion that not only do I suffer from “Fornow Syndrome”, but also “Someday Syndrome”!!! Sadly, the two ailments are commonly found together in almost all cases of those who hoard craft supplies… For instance, I will often say things like, “I’ll just set this here FOR NOW because I might need it/use it SOME DAY”!!!  I’m sure it’s quite natural for creative people to want to have a variety of supplies on hand for when they are inspired by their muse, but there is a fine line between normal collecting and preparedness and HOARDING. Somewhere I crossed that line… Admitting that is the first step, right?!?! Taking responsibility for the madness I have created isn’t easy and now I’m struggling to get the resulting MESS under control! So I set myself a deadline of October 31st for restoring my sewing/craft room to a some-what usable condition. 2ee4d87f11c41e2689148026bbcc09dd

To that end, this weekend I spent many L-O-N-G hours up in my sewing/craft room, excavating the piles and unearthing a few treasures in the process! Lots of PURGING going on, too… no need to organize what you no longer have. Some is going straight into the trash while other items are going to the Yard Sale pile or directly to the local thrift store. In preparation for my upcoming Halloween-themed Blog HOP I’ve also been pulling out all my Halloween fabrics, pre-prints, panels and patterns. I’ve specifically been looking for my Dresden Star pattern by Edyta SItar at Laundry Basket Quilts and late last night I finally found it! It was tucked into a basket with a couple dozen other patterns and then buried in the corner. I also found an “Easy Dresden” ruler that I didn’t even know I owned and the pattern for making a Thimble/Tumbler quilt from Shaula at Feathered Star in nearby Clyde, TX. I knew I had the Thimble/Tumbler pattern, but hadn’t set eyes on it in about TWO YEARS!Found Treasures

I have SIX totes full of wool garments that need to be felted. I don’t want to get rid of them, but I also don’t want to go to the laundry o’mat and spend the day there processing them until this fall, when it’s cooler! So “FOR NOW” the totes have been relocated to another room. I wanted to move my White 77 table closer to my main sewing table and I still needed to make room for my Singer 99 table! The Singer 99 table has been sitting in the middle of the floor, right in front of the wood stove, ever since I brought her home. Before putting it in the newly cleared space I cleaned it and conditioned it. I learned what products to use for this over at the Treadle On website when we brought home my treadle a few years ago. I ordered the Howard product through our local Ace Hardware.
Before Collage

AFTER CollageHere’s the cleaning and conditioning line-up: Murphy’s Oil Soap, Old English Scratch Cover for Light Woods and Feed-N-Wax by Howard. Use them in THIS order and follow the instructions on the label! IMG_20140824_192123

Once the Feed-N-Wax had soaked in, and I wiped it off again, the table was almost ready to go into place. Before I moved it, I took snapped some pix of the inside and underside of the piece. I’m going to share this pix on the Vintage Sewing Machine group to see if I can learn anything more about the numbers under it and if I’m correct in my thinking that the one set of brackets was to hold the Owner’s Manual or not. inside CollageLastly, here is the progress I’ve made in the sewing/craft room. The two vintage sewing table are side by side where the six totes of wool once were and my main sewing table is now CLUTTER FREE and ready to use! The “Lost Treasures” were found together in a basket (under a collapsed pile) in the corner to the right of the wooden file cabinet.

progress Collage

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Hoarder of SEW much more than just FABRIC!

BLOG HOP!

Click HERE to see the details of the blog HOP that I signed up for…

In attempting to get started on my project for the WICKED Blog HOP that I signed up for I’m now having to face the reality that I’m a hoarder of SEW much more than just FABRIC!!! I’m a hoarder, period…

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Here is photographic evidence of what my once beautiful sewing/craft room – Hubby now calls it my craP room – once looked like! See how light and airy? See the wide walk way around the center work island? When we brought my treadle home (almost three years ago) we placed her in front of the two rolling carts seen here in the center. Well NOW you cannot even see the treadle… she is BURIED! The entire open floor space between the wood stove and treadle is a wall of STUFF almost four feet high!!! HELP!!! Oh, and for those of you not-so-secretly wishing for a larger work room, remember this: Bigger isn’t always BETTER! Sometimes it’s just bigger and it becomes a catch-all storage room, especially if you are like me; a self-cursing, not-so-wicked witch who suffers from “Fornow Syndrome”. Maybe you’ve not heard of it!?!?! Sufferers are often overheard saying things like, “I’ll just put this here for now…”. 340024_2349241962938_1240943158_o

Today I managed to uncover the flat surface of the center work tables. I’d like to say I did it just by wiggling my nose or waving my magick wand, but it doesn’t work like that! Frankly, I didn’t have a choice in the matter. I went through my stash yesterday and had pulled out all the Halloween-themed fabrics I could find. I wanted to lay them out to take some pictures to show y’all what I had to work with for my project, but the work tables were full of STUFF. I ended up spreading the fabric out in the living room on a groovy old chair! a5a8c66daed4d4511a1e4048cf65abe8

Notice that there is NOT a photo showing the current disheveled state of my sewing/craft room!!! It truly is too much of a GRUESOME HORROR to show… If it wasn’t open to the office/dining room I’d lock the doors and hang up a DO NOT ENTER SIGN like this:10297800_10202705236364503_8706805081292818205_n

Because I have such a large stash, including plenty of Halloween fabric, I chose not to pull out all my fall colored fabric. Please believe me when I say that if I need some blenders I know I have them… some where… Naturally I would prefer to just order the entire Black Cat Crossing fabrics from Maywood Studio, but I’m working on a very limited budget these days!

Oh, while cleaning off the table tops I was surprised to find a couple of Halloween panels that I cannot recall having purchased! Unfortunately, I’ve yet to come across the Dresden Star pattern that I know I have and want to try making. I spent HOURS looking for it last night! The search for the missing pattern led to even more tidying of my work space… If push comes to shove, I might just have to sew up some of the panels and pre-mades, but I really want to work on this idea I’ve got brewing in my head! stash collage

I would like y’all to please be my witnesses and know that I am hereby setting up a personal challenge to myself to have my sewing/craft room put back to rights by Halloween! Naturally, it won’t be exactly the same as the “before” pictures you saw up above… in addition to Madison, my vintage treadle, I’ve also added Liberty, a  vintage Singer 99 (in her original table) to my collection!!!

PS: I need to do some blogs posts about my vintage sewing machines and tell y’all about that beautiful chair hubby salvaged and re-made to go with Madison, my treadle!

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fabric swatch hoarder

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Upcoming WICKED blog HOP!

Click here to learn more about the HOP itself!

Sew we quilt has a WICKED Halloween themed blog HOP coming up in October and I’ve decided to sign up! I haven’t been assigned a date for my post, yet, but I’m SEW excited to be participating because this will be my very first blog HOP ever! I hope you will all join in. I asked for my date to be as late in October as possible and as soon as I know what date I’ve been given, I’ll post an update here.

Another reason I’m SEW excited is because Halloween is my favorite time of year… I don’t think of it as just a holi-DAY because it’s much more than just October 31st that I love! As kids are heading back to school, I’m already thinking of Halloween… In fact, when I was a kid (many more years ago than I care to think about) I’d have my new school clothes all lined up in the front of my closet and would already be working on my Halloween costume right about now!!!

On Pinterest I have a Pinboard titled “FALL-oween” and that’s where I collect all my favorite ideas for fall and Halloween. I have kids/toddler costume ideas on my For the WEE ONES  Pinboard. Currently, my favorite ADULT costume ideas run towards Steampunk Inspirations! Lastly, I have numerous fall and Halloween quilts and quilt block ideas collected on my Quilts of Autumn Pinboard. That’s where I’ll be heading to look for ideas on what to make for the upcoming blog HOP!

Black Cat Crossing fabric from Maywood Studio Fabrics!

Black Cat Crossing fabric from Maywood Studios

This wickedly fun blog HOP  is inspired by the amazingly beautiful Black Cat Crossing line of fabric from Maywood Studio Fabrics. I’m absolutely IN LOVE with this fabric! Alas, my current budget doesn’t allow me to purchase any new fabric… good thing I’ve got a HUGE STASH of fabric, including lots of lovely fall/Halloween fabrics! I’ll be digging them out to see what I have on hand as I think about what my project for this WICKED blog HOP is going to be. I think I’ve got a few UFO’s that I’ll try to finish up, too!

 

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