Sunday, June 10, 2018

Cleaning Experiment - Dried on Adhesive Goo

Sticky residue is a pain to remove on a good day. Forget it when you try to get it off after it's been dried on for months or even years! Sandpaper would do the trick but it's not always, or almost never, the answer because of the damage it does to surfaces.

Here's my window under my AC unit. That black stuff is adhesive left behind from plastic coverings from several winters of two sided tape that held it on the frame. 

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Has it been six years?

Actually, yes it has. Time has a way of slipping by. The last time I played music at church was in 2012. Life threw us a curveball and I lost the creative passion for a while. These things happen. Seasons of life wave in and out and there are times that one needs a break. I finally felt like I could do this again! It was like getting back on the bike and went quite well. I'm thankful that my parents got to be there. I'll still have to decide if this something that I'll take back up on a regular basis. But at least for today, it was a good thing.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Simple Donation Quilt Pattern

Seeing footage ofthe hurricane devastation in Texas these past couple of weeks is nothing short of heartbreaking. As a sewer with a healthy stash of fabric and thread, I thought of a way I can help. By making youth or lap quilts to donate! 

These quilts can be made bigger by adding more rows but this pattern is keeping quantity completion in mind. You can easily finish several a day. I think my record was 10 in one weekend. 

The lap size is nice for toddlers at home or in the car, or for adults to wrap around their legs or shoulders. Add a matching burp cloth with it and the set is even more useful for a baby!

Basically, the top is an exploded 9-patch. I sized it to fit nicely on a piece of flannel as the backing so you don't need to add batting. Sew down some lines to keep it together and you are done. Sasha likes them!

Let's get sewing!

Supply list:
Enough cotton fabric of 2 or more colors to cut nine 12-1/2" squares. If using 2 colors, you'll need enough to cut 5 of the main color and 4 of the contrasting color. 

Pre-washed flannel at least 45"x 40" to use as the backing fabric. Trim off selvedge edges. You could use fleece, minky or any other thick fabric. (No batting us needed for this quilt but you can add it if desired.) 

A sewing machine and thread. 

Rotary cutter, ruler, and cutting mat. 

Optional: a 12-1/2" square cutting template. 

How to make the quilt:
Cut 9 12-1/2" squares out of the cotton fabrics. Use the template if you have it. You can stack the fabrics to cut several at a time. 

Set up the squares in a checkerboard pattern. Sew together into one huge block and press. 

Cut the block down the center both horizontally and vertically to make four smaller blocks. 

Turn the blocks around until you have a look that you like. Sew the blocks together in the new layout. Press. This is the completed top. 

Set the top onto the flannel, wrong sides together. Turn the edges over twice, covering the raw edges of the top. Pin in place and sew around the entire top. 

Sew down some lines to hold the layers together. This can be simple, straight lines or FMQ stitches. Your choice! I kept mine straight in order to get them done quicker. 

That's it! They are ready to be packed and sent to those in need. Contact your local quilt shops or charities to get them where they need to go.