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Aug 19 2013

Christmas Tree Skirts

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Here are the Christmas Tree skirts my mom, sister and I have been making. We still need to put binding on them. We are taking a break for a bit.
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Jan 28 2013

Weekend of Sewing

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I made myself get dressed on Saturday. Sometimes, when I want to sew, I don’t get dressed. I stay in my pajamas all day. I am working, assembly line style, on Valentine’s Day wall hangings. I keep thinking of more people that might like to have one. I am making 6 but am already thinking that I should have made one for my mom and my mother in-law.

It is Monday and that means getting book work for our business done or at least acted on. This time of year is full of filing W-2 forms and other tedious tasks. I would rather be sewing! or on the Internet with my buddies.

I’m taking a break to participate in More About Me.

Acting Balanced

Here are the Questions:

1. On a long road trip do you prefer to be the driver or a passenger? Or do you prefer to travel a different way all together?When traveling with my husband, I prefer to leave all the driving to him. He prefers it that way. I am lulled to sleep as we travel down the road.

2. Do you use a slow cooker? Favorite thing to make? When I cooked, I used a slow cooker. I made pork chops and sliced potatoes covered with mushroom soup.

3. Which type of festival would you rather go to… Wine and Food, Music or Sports? I would rather go to a sporting event. I can’t believe I am saying that!

4. What is your favorite fallacy? Put on your big girl panties.

and now for my question…
5. Do you prefer coffee or tea? I am a coffee drinker, all the way!

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Jan 15 2013

3 Simple Things to Make With a Scrap of Fabric

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It’s one of the pitfalls of being a crafter handy with a sewing machine – you constantly end up with scraps of fabric cut off from your larger projects. I may just bin the trimmings, but it seems so wasteful to be throwing away larger bits of fabric. I could save them to use in a patchwork, but occasionally the fabric just won’t fit with my color scheme. What then?
Here are a handful of mini-projects I’ve come up with to use up my fabric scraps, all of which can be done in an hour!

1) Pincushion
Is there anything more apt to make with scraps than a pincushion?
Simply cut out two same-sized squares of fabric, place the squares on each other with the insides facing out, pin and sew edges, leaving a gap to poke stuffing in. Turn the right way out, fill with your choice of fiber stuffing, and then hand-sew the gap closed. Add any adornment you want to finish – buttons, bows and frills look especially cute.

2) Coffee Cozy
Never burn your hands again on too-hot takeout cups – these make great gifts for coffee lovers too!
Simply grab a cardboard cup holder from your favorite coffee shop, undo where it’s stuck together, and use this as a pattern. Cut ¼in around the cup holder on 2 pieces of fabric and a liner fabric to insulate – fleece or felt works well.
Place the two fabric sides together, insides out, with the insulting layer below and pin together. On one end, place a thin elastic hair band between the inside and outside layer. Sew up, leaving a gap to turn the cozy the right way out. Turn the right way out, and then sew up the gap you left. Hand-sew a button onto the opposite end to the elastic loop, about 2 ½in in from the end.
Hint: Love the idea but no fabric scraps around? Try a knitted version!

3) Appliance Cord Tidy
If you’re always finding your appliance cords tangled up – even if you put them away with the cord perfectly wound up and tidy – this is a great craft idea for you. It secures the wire around the handle to keep it need and tidy.
Roll up your appliance cord around the handle, and then take a measurement around. Cut a strip of fabric this length plus 2 ½ in, and about 3 in wide. Fold the strip in half lengthways, iron, open it up, and then fold the two long edges into this center seam. Fold over the ends of the strip by ¼ in, and sew. Fold the strip in half along the crease, and then sew around the edges. Add a 2 in strip of Velcro to either end – either sew-on or iron-on.
Wrap around both cord and handle to keep together – great for irons, handheld electric whisks and even hairdryers!
What do you do with your scraps of fabric?

Estelle Page is a mum of two, interior designer and master crafter! When she’s not sewing a new pair of curtains for her ever-changing home, you can find her writing for Out There Interiors.

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Jul 31 2012

Another Finished Quilt

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My sister has been visiting and while here, I have been quilting a quilt for her. I finally finished it.


It is a king sized quilt.

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Jun 18 2012

Ohio Roses and Ohio Star Blocks

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This weekend was a busy one! My daughter decided to clean out the shed. I’m not sure if she did it as a gift to her dad for father’s day or not but he was thrilled. She found things buried that I didn’t know we had! I now know we have a croquet set and a screened dining tent.

While I should have been catching up on paper work and reminding myself to get life insurance quotes, I was quilting. I finished a wall hanging for my mother in-law. She is from Ohio so I think she will like that this quilt is made up of Ohio star blocks and has Ohio roses appliqued all over it. This was my first major applique project. I think there were at least a zillion leaves on this quilt. LOL


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Dec 01 2011

Indiana Crossroads Treasury

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I was pleasantly surprised to find that my fish wall hanging was included in an Etsy treasury.

A commenter posted this song, which shall be, forever embedded in my thoughts.

Home for Me! In Indiana
Back Home Again In Indiana, by Ballard MacDonald

Back home again in Indiana
And it seems that I can see
A gleaming candlelight
Still shining bright
Through the sycamores, for me

The new-mown hay
Sends all its fragrance
From the fields I used to roam
When I dream about the moonlight
On the Wabash
Then I long for my Indiana home.

This song gives me goosebumps, especially when sung by Jim Nabors. He sings this song each year before the start of the Indy 500. This arrangement would be awesome if it could be reworked with an audio mixer to tweak the missed audible dynamics. Oh well, it is what it is and with the combined excitement of the race, it is enjoyable.

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Jan 28 2011

Mental Health Day

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My husband and I played hookey yesterday. At least, that is what it felt like. We had one of our employees work in our store and we headed towards Indianapolis.


I, recently, made a table runner that has become very popular with my readers over on my sewing blog, Kreated by Karen. I needed to buy more fabric and after checking fabric sites online and getting wrinkles on my forehead, I decided I needed fabric therapy. I have not been fabric shopping, except to Joanne’s, for weeks! If you know me, you know that is a miracle.

One of my favorite fabric stores is Always in Stitches in Noblesville, Indiana. They have so many finished projects on display. I love their choices of colors and am always inspired after visiting their shop. I can’t wait to start sewing! I did get my fabric and have enough to make runners galore! LOL

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Oct 25 2010

Christmas Projects

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I was in a panic last week. I was in the middle of making purses when my sewing machine went on the fritz. Luckily, I purchased it from a local dealer and was able to have their repairman look at my machine. I am not sure how it happened but a small piece in the bobbin holder was bent and kept me from putting the bobbin in correctly. It only took a minute and he had my machine working again. Sigh of relief!

One of the ladies in our quilt guild showed us how to make cute little coin purses using an old tape measure. The tape is cut into pieces and used as tension rods at the top of each purse. The purses open by pulling on the prairie points sewn on each side of the purse and snap closed from the tension of the tape. I made mine using Christmas decor fabric. I am thinking I can sell them as gift card holders.



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Oct 22 2010

Mom’s Feeling Pressure

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How many of you think your kids have to have homemade costumes? My kids had those cheapo ones from Kmart. My daughter was the cutest little Glo Worm and not a bit concerned with over the counter diet pills that work. When they got older, they used their imaginations and made their own costumes. Yes, I did buy capes and face makeup. My son was Urkle one year. Do you remember Urkle? If you’re looking for a quick and easy costume for your kids, Jo-Ann Fabric Stores has simple ideas for no sew costumes.


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Sep 14 2010

Large Quilt Block

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There is a momentum of sorts, going on in the quilt world. Some have made it their mission to put quilt blocks on barns. Have you seen them? Eleanor Burns, the quilter with her own television show, has a book on the market with pictures of the many barns around the country that have been adorned with quilt blocks.

I decided that I would make my mom a wooden quilt block that she could hang on the side of her shed, which happens to be shaped like a barn.

With a few paint brushes, a box cutter, marking tape and paint, I created this.


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