If you want a golden rule that will fit everything, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.William Morris.

Monday, July 7, 2014

What's Up Monday

I have been busy outside of the home that I wasn't able to do much sewing today. 
But here is what I have up on the wall waiting for more blocks to be completed. 
Its going to be a full size quilt which will need 30 blocks and I have 20 done.
The pattern is one you use a Jelly roll plus some for the sashing and borders.

The pattern used is one that is from Sager Quilt. Every other month they have a meeting called Stash Busters where they give a free pattern and we come back two months later with our quilts we made using what we had in our stash. This one I have used only what I had in my stash.
I want to share the pattern here. 

I have up also are the blocks to the new 30's club quilt. Its a Lori Smith pattern Lily's Garden

I noticed that I hadn't appliqued the bottom right block when I took this picture, it's done now.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

My Sunday and Stitching

 It has been a perfect day to relax and enjoy some piecework. The temps are in the 90's with humidity to go along with it so its been an inside day.
Was doing some sewing on the machine for awhile earlier but I'll show that tomorrow.
Then some appliqueing, something I haven't done much of for sometime. 

Have 12 blocks completed out of 42

Here is my stack of ones that need to be stitched down.
I like to press my edges under and then use glue to attach the pieces to the background. Its water solvable and does a quick and great job of keeping them attached until I can get to them.

Then I switch to crocheting when I need a break from stitching.

Started the bag Wednesday and I'm close to being done but I'm not sure if I have enough yarn. Think I'm going to have to see what in my stash that will work and look good.
Hoping your Sunday is going as well as mine.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Thursday, July 3, 2014

sew a grocery bag

Not the best picture, sorry
It does look a lot better

I was looking back to when I had made a grocery bag from an empty chicken feed sack. 
It's hard to believe it was 3 years ago and that I forgot the 3rd anniversary of the blog.
I'm going to have to think of some cool way to celebrate.
It's been awhile since I've done a thank you giveaway
Until then back to the bag.
Now that is what I used but if you have a cat food, dog food, bird seed or other livestock bag that is made from that woven like plastic they make them out these days, will work just as well and make very interest pictured sides.
Here is the directions on how I made mine

Till next time

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

A Crochet Market Bag

source Lion Brand Yarns

I had made a bag like this a couple years ago but had given it to my daughter so I do not have completed one to show.
Like I had posted yesterday for Plastic Free July here is a pattern for a crochet market bag.

I'm using Peaches and Cream cotton yarn and a free pattern off of Ravelry.
Just started it this afternoon and it's a quick one to work up. Could go quicker if it was not for the carpal tunnel in my right hand and crocheting is harder than knitting for some reason.

I went to take this picture and my new kitten "Bob" had to help again, he is very helpful.

Now if you do not crochet you can get reusable bags at most grocery stores or reuse the paper sacks that are used in some stores. There are some in my car at all times, but have to admit there are times I've ran into the store and forgot to grab a bag or two. Have to make a conscious effect to keep it a habit. But one well worth it.

Now for what I just finished reading/listening to.
The other day I was listening to our local NPR and there was an interview with an author of a series of mystery novels that are set in 1910 - 1920's . It's of a mother of ten in rural Oklahoma, Alafair Tucker who is the main character. Well being that it is taking place not far from here sounded like a fun one to read. And it was, its an easy read but entertaining. I'm going to start the second one tomorrow. 

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First in the series

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 I also want to share a picture I posted on Facebook on my two year old twin grandsons who I refer to as the "little dudes"

Life could be no better than at 2 and so full of happiness with a long future ahead

may we all be so happy

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Over Half Done

From the title you probably thought I was going to show a quilt or knitted item but I'm referring to the year. Here it is July 1st. Can you believe it, half the year gone.
I did want to share with you that it is 

That's right
A few year back this started in Australia and has now become global. It is a conscience awareness of our use of plastic. The use of plastic is so common, most of us overlook how much we do use.

So there's a Challenge
The challenge is quite simple. Attempt to refuse single-use plastic during July. 

"Single-use" includes plastic shopping bags, plastic cups, straws, plastic packaging...basically anything that's intended only to be used once and then discarded. If refusing ALL single-use plastic sounds too daunting this time, try the TOP 4 challenge (straws, plastic bags, plastic bottles & coffee cup lids).

The rules
  1. Attempt to refuse single-use plastic during July.
  2. Remember it's not going to be easy! It is a challenge, not a competition so don't worry about being perfect.
  3. Collect any unavoidable single-use plastic you buy. Keep in a dilemma bag and share it with us at the end of the challenge.
  4. It's up to you regarding how long you participate. You might decide to go plastic-free for a day, a week, a month or longer! However long you choose will still make a contribution.

Why you should participate
  • Apart from the small amount of plastic which has been incinerated EVERY piece of plastic which was ever produced still exists on earth somewhere. In the first 10 years of this century MORE plastic was produced than the entire last century!
  • Australians send 1 million tonnes of plastic waste to landfill each year.
  • Americans discard about 33.6 million tons of plastic each year, but only 6.5 percent of it is recycled and 7.7 percent is combusted in waste-to-energy facilities, which create electricity or heat from garbage.(source http://blogs.ei.columbia.edu/2012/01/31/what-happens-to-all-that-plastic/)
  • Do your part to make a change.
  • Why use something for a few seconds that is going to spend the rest of your life trying to break down in landfill? We really need to change our habits.

For more info you can go to http://www.plasticfreejuly.org/ or do a search of your own on google for other info on the topic going plastic free.

My thoughts are that I would take the challenge and like suggested I will collect what I do use and save till the end of the month and do a show and tell.

But until than I will share throughout the month ideas, patterns and other finds on how to replace or use less plastic.

You up to the Challenge with me.
hope you do and leave a thought in comments 
I love to hear yours.

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