Beach Cabanas and Hillibillies

We are ‘smack dab’ in the middle of summer, as Grandmother Lillian would say. It’s a hot and lazy time of year; best spent at the shore.

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Lillian Mae, Bathing Beauty, c. 1980

The nearby Bay and Ocean were my inspiration for this quilted cabana-themed table runner.  

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Cabanas are not used in our locale, so I had to scour the internet for images. From what I gather, “cabaña” originates from Spain and means “a small cabin or tent-like structure used as a bath house, especially on a beach or by a swimming pool.”

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Oh my goodness, we are such hillbillies. We just show up in our swimsuits, beach chair and blankets, drinks and snacks, sand buckets and shovels and have at it.  Buuuut, if  we did have a cabana, perhaps we wouldn’t cart home almost enough sand to fill a small sand box.  🙂 

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Have a good week! – – Joanne

Quilt #5 :: Scrappy 16-Patch Snowball

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Laurel, Glenn & Barbies, 1970-ish

My two sisters are similar, yet different. Naturally, the quilts I’ll make for each should be just so. My fifth quilt, a scrappy 16-patch snowball is for Laurel, the middle sista. 🙂  The blocks, binding and some of the backing are from scraps left from previous projects. I also used Kona Solid White and Michael Miller Kiss Dot Fog for the front border and back. I purchased the batting using a 50% off coupon.  Love saving $

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Quilt #3 :: Modern Log Cabin

I’m continuing my quilting education; just finished #3! Using large-sized blocks helped to make this basic modern log cabin quilt come together quickly and rather easily.

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I cut out strip pieces one evening and started sewing the next. All in all, it took about two and half weeks to complete. It really was THAT easy of a pattern.

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I’ve included the cuts of fabrics below, but I find that I rather determine the finished size as I work. So the list is actually an estimate.

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Fabric Cuts:

  • (1)  20 – 4”x4” white
  • (1)  20 – 4”x4” assorted fabric strips
  • (2)  40 – 4”x4” assorted fabric strips
  • (3)  20 – 4”x12” assorted fabric strips
  • (4)  25 – 4”x12” white strips
  • (5)  3”x55” white strips (approx.)
  • twin size batting
  • 2.5 yds. backing fabric

 

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I’m already planning my next quilting project (sickness?). Bu-u-t, I need to do a holiday clean up, catch up at work and paint trim work in the family room. Wants v. Needs. 🙂

Have a good week! – – Joanne

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nine-Patch Quilt & Dad’s Day

I hope Fathers everywhere were able to spend time with their families this past weekend.  Our family traveled to one daughter and son-in-law’s rural home to spend a lovely day outdoors. 

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A patchwork quilt is on our bedroom makeover wish list. An antique quilt was out of my range and I couldn’t find a store-bought one I liked.

So . . . I decided to learn how to make one. Definitely a labor of love/hate.

🙂 / 😦

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So how does one who has never made a quilt start?

A lot of Internet searching, quilt books and trips to guild stores for advice. I found an excellent video that explains how to create a quick and easy nine-patchwork quilt.

 

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The quick nine patch quilt method comprises sewing several fabric strips together vertically lengthwise, then cutting horizontally across the sewn strips which saves time and makes piecing so much easier.

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My quilt is rather large, so I was looking at approximately $250 USD to have it professionally machine quilted by the guild. Hmm. Hey, I might as well go all the way and learn how to machine quilt, right? I purchased a walking foot for my sewing machine and quilted straight lines and “stitch in the ditch.”

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I found The Little Red Hen Blog’s binding tutorial simple and easy to understand.

 

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It has taken me three months to make, I know it’s not a work of art, there are many mistakes . . .

. . . But, “somebody” likes it and I am stoked that I actually made a quilt!

 

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Have a good week! – – Joanne

Sewing Machine Cozy


I’m enjoying a ‘use-it-or-lose-it’ day off today. *happy sigh* A perfect day to catch up on small incomplete projects. In March, I posted about our Bedroom Revamp Plans.

I love the clean look of a white cotton matelassé paired with a patchwork quilt. Well, I found the matelassé . All that was missing was the quilt. I didn’t want a mass-produced quilt; yet I didn’t want to break the bank on an antique quilt, either. What’s a girl to do? Why, sew her own quilt, of course. While it is taking a little longer than I thought, I am so determined to complete this project. It will get done. I promise. LOL.

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clockwise: Coastal Living; I Didn’t Say Banana; The Sometimes Crafter; BHG.com


Because of my on-going quilt project, I now have quite a collection of fabric scraps. Hmm.
 My sewing machine needed a cover (cozy). What better way to practice learning how to piece and quilt? Now remember . . .  I’m learning. You’ll see my mistakes right away (hint: spools). 😕 But, I learned a good deal doing this little project:

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Dylann the Villain, Artist

As usual, I was looking for one thing and became distracted by another. 😉

This “other” was a painting by my youngest, Dylann. As I looked around, I saw her influence everywhere – and it made me happy with a smile. As I’ve posted before; my daughters are talented young ladies. Today I hope you’ll indulge me as I wish to share a few of Miss Dylann the Villain’s (aka Dyl Pickle, Pick) works.

Always loved the texture and soothing colors of this misty Crystal the Cat painting.

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Dylann outlined the sketch with white glue then added chalk and water colors.  Dylann was only nine, but she caught Crystal’s essence perfectly.

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When she was 15, she surprised me on Mother’s Day with my portrait.

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I was pretty blond back then (with my dark eyebrows) LOL. 🙂

She nailed my eyes and mouth well.

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Again, love the soothing background colors and the way hair blends in to blue. 

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I keep this little whimsical clay face in the Art Dreamspace.

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Another clay piece, this thrown bowl, sits on the TV room bookshelf.

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She recently completed a bright lap quilt.

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This from a girl who NEVER sews.

She chose the log cabin pattern and jewel tone fabrics.

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Not perfect, but not bad either for a first-timer.

Just like any proud mom; I could go on with a long-g-g list of her accomplishments. But these are my favorites.

I just KNOW you have precious favorite works of art by your children, right? Why not share? I know I’d love to see them!

Have a good week! – – Joanne