Sunday, September 27, 2015

A Baby Quilt

My daughter loves to give her friends a baby quilt from me, especially when I can embroider the baby's name.
I chose Blooms & Bliss in 5" squares with Kona white and got the jelly roll for the border and one of the fabrics for the backing. I love simple piecing and then quilting....

 Besides her embroidered name, do you see the quilted hearts?? I do this totally freehand, no lines, no guide, just plain freehand and what fun!
 All the quilting is done on my home machine, I do not use a  long arm or guides for meandering pattern....
This shows you the backing. I use Superior Threads Kimono Silk to quilt now....I love this thread! It is understated and durable and unlike other silk threads I have used, this doesn't break.....
It is now folded and ready for pick-up to go to the baby shower.
Have a great day!! I am going to garden today as it promises to be cooler!! Yay!
Nancy

Saturday, September 26, 2015

In A Fall Mood

Even though the weather outside is frightful....88 degrees with 80+ % humidity, I still feel in a Fall mood. I've been looking at everyone else's decorating and feeling it was time...even with all our fans on.
So, yesterday, I went an bought a bunch of mums at Trader Joe's (they have the best prices!) And then some pumpkins there too....oh what fun I had....
I pulled out some of the decor I had stored away....and began. I'm not done. The tomatoes are gonna come out of their boxes and I'll put fun plant (probably mums) in and at Christmas, I'll plant something red!
 Ha! It's good to take pictures, one realizes that their doormat is off center! But other than that, I think it looks pretty Fallesque, don't you??


 This is the bird bath in front, some of the summer plants are dying back and setting seed, so I didn't want to pull them out yet, so I just added pumpkins and mums and some silk plants for color....
 Here I'm showing the tomatoes that are really done, Hubby says he'll help pull them out and then I can put mums there....like I did with the box in the back....
Happy Fall everyone!!! (Maybe this will make it get cooler and bring the rain!!)
Nancy

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Slipcovering a Wing Chair

Ok, so I blew it. I forgot all the little pictures!
But, I wanted to share with you what my daughter and I did yesterday!
We slipcovered the wing chair that my other daughter bought years ago at a garage sale and then sold to this daughter so she could have a chair in her new place!
It was extra beat up with the fabric ripping and foam coming out....since no one can afford to recover chairs....we decided to make a slipcover.
At first we were going to use dropcloths...but the brand that Lowe's used to carry (Blue Hawk) that was so very wonderful, they no longer carry. Instead they have some awful brand that isn't the same at all. Trust me, we bought one just to see. We always bought 6 x 9 dropcloths and washed them two or three times....and they'd be perfect.....not so anymore....This brand just gets worse with each wash...cheap, cheap....and they have a seam! (The old brand didn't have a seam).
Sooooo, we found linen.
YUp, linen at $8 a yard. Yup. We washed it once and dried it and then ironed a bunch. It is wonderful. Just the right look!
She chose a "natural" linen that is so pretty. Since her house is done in grays, I was worried with a beigey color, but in fact this linen has gray undertones that makes it perfect for the room and frankly, almost anything would be better.
We used  duct tape to go over the worst ripped areas of the chair and then got busy.
It took almost 6 hours and 5 1/2 yards of the linen...but it looks pretty good I think. No, it isn't perfect, but so much better.....
She just has to hem it to the length she wants... but It looks pretty good....
Hope you have a great day!
Nancy

Friday, September 11, 2015

Trying to Keep Busy in the heat

We've had several days of blistering heat and humidity. Just something awful!
I go around in the morning, before it gets too hot, and close the windows and drapes. It makes it dark and cavelike. I hate it. However, it does help especially with the insulation in the attic. But, our whole house fan has been delayed as we don't have enough vents in the attic and some carpentry has to be done to get a spot for the whole house fan to be able to fit.
Our usual contractor is out of town now for about three weeks, so that doesn't help at all. So, our neighbor contractor is gonna help to fix both problems....he seems familiar with these houses....so fingers crossed....
In the meantime, I try to keep busy, keep my mind off the fact that we are hot......
So, I ordered from Fabrics-store.com some neat linen fabric. It is almost a grain sack type fabric, though it is lighter....it is definitely "rustic" and appealing.
I washed it twice in the washer and dried it....as I am going for kitchen towels....
I am making a bunch for gifts....Christmas is coming y'all.....

 Here it is, all washed and dried and almost all ironed. It really scrunches up in the wash, so it needs good sprays of water and a steam iron and patience.....
I bought 6 yards of this fabric....plenty to make about 6 or more kitchen towels or 4-5 kitchen towels and a table runner. The fabric is 19 inches wide....
 I am using my embroidery machine which was doing fine....but by number four it started to get grumpy and didn't want to finish the laurel pattern....
Here is my pile....They will get hems on either side and be packaged up for Christmas.
So, there you have what I did get done today....not much.
Even our dogs are feeling a bit sick over this heat....no walks for days and I took them outside and just ran the hose over them.....Even Tucker decided that wasn't so bad....he even rolled in a puddle!
Stay cool Y'all!
Nancy

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Cleaning out the attic and putting in insulation

Yesterday, we finally did it!
Well, to be technical, we had it done!
You see, a few years ago, we had rats in the attic....
Many years before that we had the roof replaced.
We have lived in this house for 25 years, and are the 2nd owners of this house. The previous owners told us when we bought the house that they had had blown insulation in.
When our pest control guy came and checked out the attic and said it was "all clear",  and the plugged holes did the trick....he mentioned that there was a company he recommended that would completely clear out and vacuum everything from the attic, and replace the "blown in" insulation with R30 insulation. We hesitated for a few months, then with our intense hot days and humidity, we decided it was time. Afterall, the "insulation" up there was about an inch thick...maybe. Yeah, I'm not kidding.
We also plan on a whole house fan that can help with the heat buildup in the house....
So, we hired the guys our pest guy recommended.
They arrived on time at 8 am....




That was the busiest vacuum hose in creation! It ran for almost 8 hours! There was stuff under the stuff we knew about. They even found the box for the original Black and White TV anttena!
They didn't tell me much, just that there was lots of stuff!
 Picture a vacuum that reaches all the way into your attic and sucks out all that stuff! It was amazing!
Then they spent the time putting in fresh, clean and thick R30 batting up in the attic.....
Now our house is sealed and clean and ready for heat and cold!
Oh what did I do for 8 hours while the guys made it impossible for us to use the other rooms (that means my craft room)... I moved my little sewing machine into the kitchen and sewed there...
 A Christmas table runner for my daughter.....
 The backing.....
I finished the table runner and began a baby quilt (which I'll show later).....
Today, we are going to look at whole house fans and see if we can get one.....for cooler nights....
I hope you have a great day....
Nancy