Wednesday, April 1, 2015

3 posts in one day

My third post today.  I'm feeling great today.  Spring is in the air.  Ok we still have snow on the ground and they are calling for more flurries this weekend, but the temperature is just around freezing so it could be either snow or rain.  It's April which means any snow we get will not last.  I  got into a crocheting mood last week and decided it was time for one of my Baby Face dolls to have a new outfit.  If you are not familiar with  the Baby Face doll just do a search on google and you will find them.  They are one of my favorite dolls they were made by the same makers that made the cabbage patch dolls.  They were only released in 1990 and 1991 and they have different faces showing different moods.  Like so sorry Sarah, so happy Heide and so on.  There are not many patterns for clothes for these dolls, there are some sewing patterns for them but I'm not good at sewing clothes. I picked up my crochet cotton and decided to see what I cold make.  Here is her first outfit.

Then I decided she needed a St Patrick days outfit, so out came my green crochet cotton.

I have had this little doll around for awhile and she/he not sure which is a mechanical doll that crawls. She has been sitting around in this ugly outfit for awhile.
Well had to make her an outfit so I got my knitting needles out and followed a pattern I had in one of my books and voila.

Oh No hubby can count

Opps Hubby can count he counted the number of sewing machines I have and counted 17.  He keeps telling me I can only sew on one at a time.  I tell him he only can wear one pair of underwear at a time but he owns more than 1.  Ok so  not 17 but then sewing machines are much more fun.  I bought a Necchi sewing machine a few weeks ago that was advertised on Craigslist for $80.00,  No I have Singer and White but no Necchi and this one is a supernova, She sews like a charm and the gentleman I bout her from is a retired airline mechanic and now loves the vintage sewing machines and will repair any I have for next to nothing.  He just loves the old machines.

its Christmas or a featherweight

yesterday was even better than Christmas.  I look threw kijiji alo just to see what sewing machines are there for sale, and by chance there was a featherweight for sale.  A feather weight here in Montreal are rare and they are always at least $250.00.  Well low and behold there was a featherweight for sale for $150.00 and 5 minutes away from where I live, well lets just say it was in my house within a 1/2 hr.  Oh and of course I had to negotiate a little so only paid $130.00 for it.  I  got it home plugged it in and threaded it and away she went, she is in perfect condition.  I even checked the bobbin winder and it worked perfectly too.  Case in good condition and 2 keys with it.  I absolutely love this machine.  It looks like a toy machine is only 6 lbs and sews like a dream.

Her name is Calli as I bought her on Caledonia street

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Tis the season

That time of the year when we love red and green.  We get all our Christmas decorations out and display them around the house for a few days.  Of course we also start to look for other things we can make for Christmas.  This year I found this great youtube video on how to make Christmas trees using 2 1/2 in squares,  well now since I love making hexies I have tons of little squares.  Here is the link for the video on how to make them 
And here is some I made.

I spread  them around the house, just to add a little Christmas cheer here and there.
I also found a kit of felt that I had bought years ago that made snowmen cutlery holders and decided it was time to make them.

Then it was time to make some napkins, so off to the fabric store.  Scored on this fabric, and just shredded the outsides to make pull a thread pull another one .

Now of course they needed to be folded like Christmas trees, did a search on youtube on folding napkins and voila ....

Now just waiting to set the table for Christmas morning, have to find my Christmas placemats and will use my cross stitch tablecloth for dinner.

Now that you have seen my Christmas crafts head on over or back to Bonnie Hunters blog to see what others have done.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

a great idea downsized

I love hexagons!  love cutting the papers out, the material basting and hand sewing I  have 2 hexagon quilts on the go and little baggies all over.  Then I saw this post ...

I thought what a great idea, using tool cases to hold hexagons, so for $8.00 all my hexies are now organized.

tray on top inside  holding the baggies
partly finished hexies in bottom

in the top papers and thread which will become .....

Well one group of hexies are organized anyways the other hexie quilt is still in a bag.

Monday, November 10, 2014

A beautiful Monday morning

Monday morning!!! Doesn't mean much theses days as I'm still off work.   I am getting a lot of sewing and knitting and rug hooking done.  I love my crafts, every day I get to work on something I love doing.  I found out that I can get the feed dogs on my Singer 15-91 to drop, which means I can do free motion quilting on it. 
Up till now I have either had do hand quilt my machines or I could do parallel line quilting on one of my older machines.  But now I can free motion quilt so to see if I liked it I pulled out my first quilt top I made.  I made this quilt top about 2 years ago when I first started quilting, back then I just wanted to learn to sew.  One summer I cut out all the pieces with scissors pen and ruler and sewed them together.  I learned a lot that summer about using machines and needles and thread.  The top then sat in a drawer for years, I never wanted to take the time to hand quilt it, so when I found out that the 15-91 could do free motion quilting I pulled it out and though well instead of throwing it out might as well try free motion quilting on it.   Here it is...

I used a sheet that I had bought at Value Village for the backing.

I like how it turned out and so does hubby and the 2 little dogs seem to like it too.
The final test, my Buddy wouldn't even wait for me to finish taking pictures to test it out.  It has his stamp of approval.  So I guess this means I can do some more free motion quilting and finish some of the quilts I have sitting around

Sunday, October 19, 2014

some times

Some times I think I should of been born at least 60 years before I was.  I love old houses old cars and the idea of living on a farm.  I love the idea of recycling things.  I think most of all I love the life my grandmother lead.  She  use to be a mid wife for a doctor in her younger days, she ran a boarding house, was a foster mother, and raised a family, and taught me to love knitting, crocheting quilting she never could get me to love cooking though.  I am lucky, I live in the house my father built about 8 years before I was born, and I mean he built, wasn't a contractor involved like now.  This house had 8 of us living in it when I was young 3, brothers, my mother father and my grandmother and grandfather.  There is only my hubby and I now living here, 3 floor, with 3 bedrooms.  Now you would think that there is plenty of room, but there really isn't it contains "stuff" from over 60 years.  Some of it is priceless to me.  Here is a picture my grandmother painted when I was just a child.
I remember watching my grandmother paint when I was around 5, but not after that.  I do remember her making this peteitepoint for my parents,  it has hung on the living room wall for over 20 years.
It doesn't look that big here but it is.  She worked on it for years, on this large frame.

My 2 male dogs, they certainly don't keep the couch neat, ok we blame it on the dog, but it's really hubby that leaves it like this.