Saturday, July 20, 2013

Gotta love a baby quilt in action !!


He's definitely a whole lot cuter than the quilt ;-)

Hope you're having a great weekend!

All the best
Lisa

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Office baby #2

Here's the quilt for Office Baby #2.


Momma wanted primary colors, so I found this sweet Dr. Seuss print set at my LQS and supplemented it with some solids.

 

The back is pretty simple, letting the cute alphabet print think for itself.

I used Crazy Mom Quilt's chevron tutorial which can be found here.  Love that tute ... makes it SO easy!

This quilt is the companion to the pouf that I made for the baby's old brother and posted here.

Momma reports that dada slept with it the first night ... I think I would consider it a success!  

Hope everyone is surviving the heat.  

All the best,
Lisa

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Patio chair seat covers


I found a great bistro table and chairs set on Craigslist for our patio at the cabin.  We have a fabulous deck that faces west and overlooks both Hood Canal and the Olympic Mountains.  But as we found last week, sometimes it's just too hot to sit on the deck that faces west until the sun goes down.

There's a small patio in the garden on the east side of the house ... where we keep the grill.  It makes for a perfect sunny spot in the morning for breakfast, or a great afternoon spot to stay out of the sun (and heat).
This table and chairs (4 of them) are from a restaurant that went out of business.  I wanted to make seat covers.  I found outdoor fabric on sale at JoAnns this week and was able to leverage a 40% off coupon for the 1" fill.

I looked on line for a tutorial, but didn't find anything particularly helpful.  So I just traced the outline of the seat on paper and then used that to cut the 1" fill and the top and bottom fabric.

Stitched the seat cover together with the wrong sides together, turned them right-side out, stop stitched around the edges and then stuffed them with 1" fill.  
They were pretty simple to make, all 4 took less than an hour.

The back is a coordinating solid fabric.
We'll be taking them out to the cabin this weekend ... looking forward to breakfast in the sun!

Hope you had a good weekend.

All the best
Lisa

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Nope ... it's not a quilt ...

We both run.  John's retired, so he runs mid-morning.  I work from 9 to whenever, so I run whenever I can get it in.  What this means is at least two loads of laundry almost daily, just for running.  What it also means, apparently, is a BIG electric bill -- nearly $300 for the last bill that covered 2 months (and we don't have air-conditioning).

Hence the post ...

When we were in Europe the last two times, we rented apartments in 4 different cities.  Each apartment had a washer and a wonderful drying rack that held nearly 2 loads of laundry.

I have looked casually for the rack back here in the U.S. since our last trip over, but with the arrival of our latest electric bill, I started looking a little harder and found this wunderkind on Amazon.  We purchased 2, one for the cabin and one for the Seattle house.

What's different about this rack from the ones that I have seen back here in the US, is the extension arms on either end.


These fold out and nearly double the drying space ... creating a great deal of horizontal drying area vs. the ones I've seen here that are more vertical.


While I would say that it's not quite the quality of what we found in the rentals in Europe, with care, we should get a few years worth of quality (cheap) drying with these and at $24.99 each (I am Prime, so free shipping), that's not a bad deal considering what the electric bill's been running.

I just thought I would share, for those of you who are looking for a year-round drying solution (easily sets up in a spare room, bathroom or hallway) to either save money or be kinder to the environment.

Oh ... btw, we find the best way is to take the clothes off when they are still a teeny bit damp and run through the dryer for about 10 minutes.  That takes a little bit of the stiffness out of them.

Hope you are having a great weekend.

All the best,
Lisa

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Pouf !!!


There are 4 women I work with that will be giving birth within 3 months ... yup, I work in a very fertile Marketing department ;-).

You saw quilt #1 yesterday (circles).  Quilt #2 was completed today and I am just waiting for a little sunshine to photograph it in.  Quilt #2 is for Katherine who is having her 2nd baby -- she's expecting a little boy who will be big brother to Owen.

This pouf is for Owen.  I can't remember where I actually saw this to begin with, but I saved the link to it on Pinterest (don't you just LOVE Pinterest???).  Then she has a link to a tutorial.

It's pretty simple to make ... and only takes 1 yard of decorator weight fabric, piping, poly-fil.  Must admit, I was a bit perplexed by the poly-fil and what to do with it, as it was the first time that i had ever used it ... but I worked my way through it.

It took about 2 hours to make the first one, but suspect I could whittle it down to <90 for="" minutes="" next="" one.="" p="" the="">


It's pretty spongy ... perfect for a kid to sink into ;-)

Here it is in a chair to get a bit of perspective on size -- the finished pouf measures ~16" wide by 8.5" tall.


Hoping Owen and mom like the new pouf !

A little more than halfway through our week out here at the cabin ... enjoying the beautiful space that we get to call our second home.  This is a photo of the garden on the back side of the cabin. 




Happy 4th!

All the best,
Lisa

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Still learning ...

I got a new sewing machine (another post for another day) ... but apparently I am still learning about stitch adjustments ...


So conceptually, I like the mix up of circle and straight-line quilting ... the stitch adjustment challenge, actually created a little more like sheering than just quilting ...


This is for a woman I work with who is having a little girl in August.  While I would love it to be perfect ... I am also appreciative of the fact that "perfect" is in the eye of the beholder ;-).


The back reflects the quilting design a little more.

I've now sorted out the stitch tension ... so the next effort will be better ;-).

We're spending a week out at the cabin ...


And so far ... it's been AMAZINGLY relaxing!

Hope you're having a good week!

All the best
Lisa

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