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Thursday, December 29, 2011

A new friend and some other stuff

I love vintage sewing machines! They are functional works of art and I continue to be amazed by them. I was at my local Goodwill looking for something completely unrelated and a young guy walked through and said "Where do I put this sewing machine?"...UMMMMMMM....WHAT...

It was in a case and I just about jumped the poor kid to ask if I could see. He put it down and this was what was inside :o)

It was $15.99 and I had a 20% coupon...HAPPY DANCE!!!!! She works perfectly but needs a good cleaning and a few new bits. 

The second thing I came across was some much needed storage for my sewing room, I have stuff EVERYWHERE and this china cabinet is perfect for the space and again who does not LOVE a good deal with a 20% off coupon!!! Some white paint and new is just what I needed!

My sweet girl is now looking like a young lady with her first hairstyle! SO...NOT...READY!!!!!!

And finally, someone super sweet sent me some FABULOUS fabrics for Christmas {thank you Sara } and I am hoping to have a project finished up tomorrow to share.  Michael is leaving in the morning so I am trying to spend all the time I can with my sweet guy!!!! It has been so nice to have my sweet son home!!!

Hope you are having a GREAT week :o)


Tuesday, December 27, 2011

On the third day of Christmas :o)

On the third day of Christmas there is a WINNER of the Aurifil thread and Moda Lollipop charm pack!!!!

gill said...

I'm a happy follower!

I will be contacting you later today via email!!!!!


Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!!!!

 I wish that all of you and your families have a very Merry Christmas!


Saturday, December 24, 2011

A happy little Christmas Eve bundle

I was very happy and surprised when this made it to my house this afternoon! It is the giveaway I won from Heather at Olive and Ollie. Man, that was FAST!!!! Thank you so much Heather!!!! Katy is already claiming some of the fabric as hers :o)

I do not have any of these fabrics which makes it super fun!!!!

And I took a break from ironing my son's shirt to flip through the book and I can see some projects I really want to try. Hopefully Santa will bring me an abundance of time or at least some more coffee ( cream and sugar please)!!!!

Thank you so much Heather for a great giveaway and for taking the time to send it so quickly during the busiest time of the year!

Kim :o)

Friday, December 23, 2011

Baking in sensible shoes

I finally completed my cookie baking yesterday. I tried some new recipes from America's Test Kitchen 2010 Holiday Cookies book that I had purchased last year and just did not get around to using.

I pre-made all the dough on Wednesday and had them rest overnight while I rested watching Midnight In Paris. Beautiful costuming in the movie made me reflect on how DULL my clothing choices tend to be on a daily basis.

So back to baking...

I had to pull out the MUST wear apron that my G-ma gave me years ago and I wear it every year when doing the Christmas baking/cooking! Notice the sensible shoes...UGH! At least they are RED! And I did remember to wear my glasses when reading the recipe. Did not want to mess these up like the gnocchi.

I was lucky enough to have some help in the kitchen with the rolling of the cookies which was very nice

Powdered sugar HEAVEN. Adam asked if he could just have a spoon and this bowl.

This was the first round... Hazelnut Chewies

The second round was Cherry Cheesecake, can I just say...OMG!!!!! These NEED to leave my house!!!!

When I was gearing up for the next round our babysitter came by to say hello and I asked if she could take a pic of me and the kids. Since there is the huge age gap I do not have the opportunity to have more than two together at one time. This is what happened and it was the oldest one that was the goofball!

This was the best one.

The third round was Chocolate turtles, the carmel ended up being too hard but the cookie part was delicious!

Finally, whew! I made my favorite cookie, simple and the perfect coffee cookie... The Mexican wedding cookie ( the book calls it a Russian wedding cookie). Little puffs of heaven!

Then I boxed some up and off they went!!!!

This morning my feet are sore and I decided that next year when I get my Martha on I will not be wearing my boring sensible shoes but these!!!!! I think I can rock the apron and stilettos too :o)

Have a great day!!!!

Kim :o)

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Attention to detail {a review and a giveaway}

If you have ever been in the military, been married to someone in the military, or just known someone in the military you have probably heard how important  "attention to detail" is to everything. There is a thread company that also has high standards for it's product line.  The company is Aurifil  and I have been lucky enough to have been able to use this fabulous thread for the past couple of weeks to see if it really is wonderful and I am happy to report that it is all that and a bag of chips!

Here are the projects so far...

Today I am finishing up these stockings for the kids

The table runner I made last week, even through burlap and batting no issues!!!!! And no I STILL do not have ornaments on my tree :o)

I used it on my Bernina 440 to play a bit. My Bernina has hiccups with some threads when I do free motion quilting but...

BEAUTIFUL and no worries about skipped stitches!

I tried this thread on my sweetie pie old Singer 301...

and she LOVED it!!!!!

and this is the thread I used on this cathedral window pin cushion

Look at those beautiful stitches!!!!

I also am using it for the fishy friends quilt but I have to make time for that after Christmas.

The nice people at Aurifil sent along this set of thread so that you can try it too! And did I mention this thread is sexy? It is from Italy and I am also convinced that EVERYTHING from Italy is sexy,LOL!

and since it is hard to try new thread without having some new fabric I am also including this charm pack from Moda!


Sunday, December 18, 2011

On the sewing table today

Getting Bree's little bundle of goodness ready to ship!

I remembered that I have a library card and decided to find some inspiration, which was much needed when the great news of my water pump needing to be replaced was sprung on us yesterday!

This is an amazing book! Elizabeth Hartman has done a great job in giving very good advice and fantastic quilts! I highly recommend this book!!!!!!

Last but not the least by any stretch of the imagination...HOLY COW!!!!! I LOVE this thread!!!!! I have been using it on my most recent projects and there will be a post and something else...wink...wink so stay tuned :o)

Hope your weekend is awesome!!!!

Kim :o)

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Thank you so much and a WINNER!!!!!

Thank you everyone for entering the giveaway! Thank you Sew Mama Sew for another fab and fun Giveaway Day!!!!!

I had so much fun reading all the different things people do during the holidays. I still have to make my cookies and decorate the tree here but first I need to announce the winner...

Bree said...

My favorite holiday tradition is actually Black Friday shopping. My step-mom & I have been doing it for 15+ years, back when the stores first started making a big deal out of it.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Cathedral window pin cushion {tutorial}

I found a great way to try a cathedral window with one simple useful square! I wanted to make a gift for a sewing friend, a master seamstress you all know ( I am sure) and thought she could use a pincushion.  I know I seem to always need a pincushion and should probably make about a dozen of these for myself ;o)  

If after you try this one and decide you like it and want to take it further there are some great tutorials on {House} of A La Mode for a pillow and  hyena in petticoats for a whole quilt ( this is the one I was inspired by). 

You can also make a much larger version of this as a 16 in pillow for your sofa or chair , I made a tutorial for Pellon Projects and there is a FREE pdf with all the instructions ready to go! The Cathedral Window Pillow Cushion

Cut your solid square ( if you like a print) 10.5 inches

Cut your template, I used a folder I found in the filing drawer, to 9 inches

Cathedral windows are mostly folding and ironing. Now we will be doing the origami ironing. Fold the corner over the edge of the template and iron into place. Then repeat on the other three sides.

Next fold the edges down and press. Repeat on the other three sides and you will have...

This!!!!! Woo Hoo!!!!

Take the template out at this point

Fold your square in half and press

This is what it looks like if you fold one side back

Fold the opposite way and press again. When you open your square it will look like this

Time for more folding. Fold the outer corners in and press

It will look like this when all four have been pressed

Now do it all again. Fold each of the corners in and press

Done with the folding/ ironing part!!!!

This part is optional. I wanted to have the fabric in the center but you do not have to when you make yours :o) I cut a 4.25 in square and placed it in the center

When you close the doors it looks like this

A quick stitch in both directions to secure it in place 

Grab that scrap bin and start pulling out some of your favorites!!!! 

This is not perfect so you can just fiddle and put what you like. 

when you figure out what you like then place it in one side and fold over the side. It will almost naturally fall into a beautiful curve. If you feel like you need to pin it into place.

Starting at the top of the curve sew it into place. I like to use the center mark of my foot as my guide

Almost done!!!!

The backing is one piece of 7 in sq fabric ( I used a bigger cut in this pic but it is not necessary) cut in half. Se this together leaving a 2.5in gap in the center for turning later.

Center the block on top

Sew around all four corners

Trim the excess

Turn the cushion inside out and stuff!!!!! I closed mine using the magnifying glass and a blindstitch, which seemed pretty appropriate.

Add a button and there is a beautiful cathedral window and a wonderful quick gift!!!

I hope you enjoy making this as much as I did!!!! Sara, I hope you love your new cushion!!!!!

I have started a flickr group and would LOVE for you to share your pincushions {or anything else really}. It is for cathedral windows of all kinds! Hope to see your creations soon!!!!!!
Cathedral Windows Flickr Group

Linked to Finish it up Friday
Kim :o)
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