Saturday, August 1, 2015

Swimwear and a car update

 The pattern above is from Kwik Sew 3567, which is a sport top.  I made mine in swimwear fabric and 3/4 sleeves.  I want this to go over my one piece tank and my one piece racer back, also from a Kwik Sew pattern.  I can get in and out of the pool and not get cold, stay protected from the sun, and not offend neighbors or children.

 These bottoms were made from Kwik Sew 3239 in the same swimwear fabric.  My butt can get a little big, being a pear shape, and I also wanted some extra modesty butt coverings at times.  I wear these over my tank like a pair of swim shorts if I feel the need too.  Besides the 2 KS tanks, the sport top and the swim bottoms, I also have a bottom tie skirt from KS 3330.
 I forget to reorder my pictures.  I'm showing the inside construction of the sport top.  I used a sew and finish technique on my sewing machine.
My toes, and my Arizona Birkenstocks.

And, now a car update.  When we purchased our car, we bought it through a Honda dealer.  That dealer sold his dealership to a big multi used car dealership that has authorized Honda repair people.  After the last recall episode, I wanted to move away from that dealer and get fresh eyes on my situation.  Another recall notice came in and we moved up the road to a well thought of Honda only dealership.  The recall was sent out from Honda just to make sure everyone was sure to get their parts replaced.  This new guy took us over and sat into our car and explained to us that Honda did indeed replace the horn piece with the airbag attached because the other airbag was defective. * We thought this was the case, but the old multi car dealership was very confused and kept changing his story.
The next recall was for a gas cylinder.  So our car is perfect and if there is anything else he can do for us, let him know.  It felt like it was the first time we purchased our car.

I'm finishing up another project.  We think we may be losing our fridge.  Retire early and every major appliance goes.  In early retirement, there is no income, but that division of the company is closing forever.  We are also brushing off old sealer from our fence and putting on new sealer.  I'll try and remember to get a picture.  The brushed off fence looks great though.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Ironing Board Cover

My old ironing board is breaking through and rusting out.  I had 2 ironing boards, one I bought when I had my own sewing room.  I put one up in the attic and that's the one I brought back down.
 I used paper to mark the outline of the new ironing board and trimmed it.
 I cut 2 layers of quilting batting and serged around both layers.
 Then I took the old ironing board cover, pulled out the cord, flattened it, pinned it to fabric, cut around that.  I used some bias tape I had made for a quilt and sewed that on, ran the cording back through and put it back on the ironing board.
 I'm going to have to do some ironing and steaming and tighting to fit it.  This board had a sharp spot on it and I found it.  So I'm waiting for the bleeding to stop while changing band aids.
 Sweety Boo.
The box has finally arrived.  The Chemistry box came too.  He's got one of those count down to school starts on the computer.

I may wait till school begins to work on my valances.  I just don't want any mistakes and I'd like to think and plan a bit.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

1 2 3 Pool

Pool area. The bush in the back is going.  I'm exploring bedding choices.  



The Pool. 

Monday, June 29, 2015

Travel pillow

This is the finished binding.  I used a beginner binding instruction from a Better Homes and Garden quilting book.  This fabric came from Fabric Mart and was only about 20 inches wide, so it was really hard to use it for anything clothing wise.

 I made a pillow case for a travel sized pillow.
 I made a pillow protector for the travel sized pillow.  This is for a boy's bed.  It's small and good for additional neck support.
Our dog.  I'm currently waiting for the new Jalie pant pattern.  I'm hoping I can get some great pants to wear through next winter.  I also have a door curtain and some curtains to make.  

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Love at First Stitch and Kwik Sew 3364

 This scarf is from the book Love at First Stitch by Tilly Walness.  She has instructions for 2 different sizes and this is the smaller size.  I used a poly chiffon from JoAnns that I bought years ago.
 Some of the Kwik Sew patterns have sashes included in with the patterns and I used one of those patterns for this sash.
This is the poly chiffon and I waited years before I used it because I just didn't like the feel of it.  It seemed to ravel badly.  It did press reasonably well and sewed well.  I wanted to use all of this up, so I made 2 sashes of different lengths and 2 scarves.  They fold up nicely in my drawer and I have one less piece of fabric in my plastic container.  I used my Viking 960Q on these after letting it sit for several months and it acted wonderfully.  I love that machine,

My next patchwork quilt in progress and the weekend

I made another basic square scrappy quilt top.  
 I used a lightweight rayon/cotton batting from JoAnns and a muslin backing.
 I did a basic stitch around the squares for the quilting.  I just need to add some beginner binding and it's ready for the TV room.
 Some backyard snakes and some snails.

 We got the backyard beds weeded and mulched.  The other parsley.
 The garden so far.  We will add in stuff here and there.
My husband used up the last of the blackboard paint repainting my old blackboard  He also took my vacuum cleaner apart and cleaned it up for better suction.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Lamp redo

Years ago, my mother gave me an old Knob Creek lamp.  She said it was an expensive lamp.  I've google it, and it's an old upscale Ethan Allen lamp.  The bottom felt was going so I re did it,  I initially wanted it larger, but in the end, made it the same size.

 This felt came from JoAnns in the decorating dept.  I used basic Elmer's glue.
Finished bottom lamp.  Yesterday, my husband hung a big picture my mother gave me and I have set this lamp on an end table to help me decide what kind of lampshade I want.  I can't wait to get the lampshade now.  I think we are going to try an LED bulb for the lamp.

I have not gone near my sewing machines.  I apologize to any sewists looking for something sewing related.  I've been doing a lot of reading, thinking and researching, but I must be in a lull.