Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The first quilt I ever made

My First Quilt 
I made this quilt 17 years ago, back in 1998.  I had no idea what I was doing.  My grandmother had taught me basic sewing but we hadn’t starting making quilts together yet.  This was back before youtube or video tutorials.  I found a book by Marsha Mccloskey  Quick Classic Quilts. I read thru it, went to Joann’s and picked out some print fabrics, muslin, a rotary cutter and mat.  I tried to match the fabric prints to the picture and did pretty well because darn it sure looks like the picture.  I don’t think I could do that now. 

Friday, June 26, 2015

Couple more totes

I made a reversible tote bag with one side made from selvedges.   It is easy to make selvedge “fabric” by just sewing strips of selvedge to muslin.

Front Back Reversible Side
reversible selvedge tote selvedge tote reversible selvedge tote

This tote was made with a free pattern from sew4home Click here for pattern
I love the Tula Pink fabric so just had to make one.  I know, I know, I’m supposed to see ‘beyond’ the fabric the pattern is made in…

tote bag

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Swimsuits and Text

 gina martin quilt

Can you tell I am obsessed with text fabric?  I thought this would be cute for Jennifer, sorta like laying on the beach and reading.   I used some leftover fabric from her beach tote and some new Gina Martin Sanibel.  The pattern was only .99 at Hancock’s of Paducah  Click here for free pattern   Cute Cute, Easy Easy! 

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Liquid Gold

We had fun extracting Geff’s first big ‘crop’ of honey today.  Thought you may enjoy seeing the process that got these pretty jars of glistening gold honey to the countertop. 



The hardest part of the process is taking care of the bees and getting them to the point of having extra honey.  Geff (a.k.a. the bee hoarder) has really come a long way in keeping strong, healthy, organically maintained hives.  He doesn’t use chemicals or pesticides in his beehives.

Nothing bad for you in this honey.

Friday, June 19, 2015

East Tennessee and Whistlestop Shop Hops 2015

Whistlestop Shops


There were 2 Quilt Shop Hops (Whistlestop and East Tennessee) running simultaneously and of course Karen and I tried to do them all!  What were we thinking, 22 quilt stores in 5 days?  I never want to see a yard a fabric again, unless it’s that “oh wait I still need it!”  fabric.  You can see the complete list of shops on my earlier post http://www.sewingwithrascal.com/2015/05/2015-quilting-shop-hops-in-tennessee.html    (P.S. I have a problem, I just bought 2 yards of fabric online from Mountain Creek while writing this)