Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Footstool cushion

The finished cushion.  I think this was probably a recliner stool.  I put the finished stool in front of my maple boston rocker and it's too big for that, but seems to go well with the oak rocker we got from my husbands work.  When you work so many years, you get to pick a gift from a catalog, and I chose this Kennedy rocker from the Troutman Chair Company.
 I used a upholstery/drapery fabric I got long ago   from a Big Box store when they had a more formal fabric dept.  I've also made a glass top table skirt in this fabric, and I currently have a chair cushion for the rocker in the same fabric cut out.
The buttons are from a kit and I covered them myself.  The cushion I'm not so pleased with.  It's a polyfill cushion and not a foam cushion from JoAnns.  I love the product, but wish I had gone with the foam instead.  I wanted to redo the buttons.  I think I got the tension off a bit, but the long upholstery needle made a loud puncturing sound and I and my husband were worried we would rip the fabric destroying all the work I had done.
 The side view.  The little stool will have a new life.  My husband loves putting his feet up on it (in socks) and the boys love pulling it up to the TV for a closer look.

Hello.  I'm off to visit a pair of Texas Spiny lizards on the other side of the back yard for dinner.  
My youngest stood spell bound watching the lizards fight over a grasshopper, each had a part of it in their mouths.  The only picture is in his head.  He's sending this one their way.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


I am stalled.  I'm in the middle of a pair of pants and don't have the correct color zipper.
I did try a pincushion from Sew Everything Workshop by Diana Rupp.  That book is lots of fun.

 I'm stalled in my cushion.  The pattern is marked and ready for the next step, but I need a zipper and covered button kit, and the foam seat cushion.  I even have my cording ready.

I've even made a quilted pot holder from Crafty's Quilt As You Go class, but I need to add a backing and binding.  I made a 12 1/2 size and rounded off the edges.  I plan on using it for larger pots and pans.  If it works out okay, I think I will make a few more for the holidays coming up.  I'm trying to go to the other fabric store more, and it's way out by the mall.  

Thursday, July 17, 2014


I should have taken better pictures.  I don't always have my laptop on and our new desktop computer has been crashing lately.  Windows 8.  It's been a real pain.

There are times in our alley way someone will set something out with a Take me, I'm free sign.  I had seen a foot stool setting out for maybe a good week or a little longer.  On the 2nd or 3rd day of rain, I sent a kid down to bring it back.  Being a boy, they generally don't have a problem with it.  The stool is maple wood in a maple finish with a Town Square Hillsboro Tx 1983 on the back.

I vacuumed the cover all over and took it apart.  I'm hoping to make a new cushion for the stool.  It will be a great TV stool for the den. 

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Saturday Drive

Texas Spiny Lizard.  Just in case you've never seen one.  We've seen some gecko's, but not as many as years past.  
They bob up and down when they are mad.

Friday night on the news, there was a quick blurp about the new highway being built over the lake and the 35 Express project.  This fall my son was supposed to be going to the state college up the road and taking Dart which has a stop at the college.  He decided to take a few last courses with one of his favorite teachers in one of his favorite subjects and get one more degree.  We told him that would be fine if he paid for it.  He got a job this summer and paid for it.  So we are driving him up the 35 express to the little college again.

Saturday morning, we get up and turn on our computer and Explorer 8 crashes and will not come up.  My husband and I decide to  put some gas in all of the cars while the boys work on the computer.  It's still not up, so we decide to go to the home improvement store to buy some home improvement things.  It's still not up, so we decide to see whats on 35 express and take one of the cars that's not seen highway driving in a while.
 The parking lot of the little college.  It soon will be very full.
 The baby cows grew up!!

 While we were in the area of several stores selling sewing machines, we decided to visit them.  I don't think I will have the same difficulty trading in my 960Q for an upgrade that I was having with my 936 Huskylock serger.  That was not pleasant at all.  So, with 8 or 9 days left on my listing, I ended the Ebay listing early.   There is another machine I am interested in spending some time with at the stores to see how we would get along.  I got a lot of watchers on the machine but no offers at all that I could say.  One wanted me to give the machine away for a very small amount and I pay the shipping but I declined.  That will not help me pay for the new machine.   I thank everyone for taking an interest though.
On the way back home, I got some picture of the new highway being built over the lake.
It's the same on the other side, but all the pictures I got had bushes and trees covering up the work.
The roads don't look bad at all.  I was worried about some crazy lane fixes, but there are none.  We got back from the drive and the computer was still not fixed.  It took until that night.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Style Arc Barb pants

Style Arc recently let everyone sign up and get a free pattern, the Barb pants, plus 2 other sizes near the one you choose to boot.  3 whole pant patterns!!  I chose my size and got the downloads right away, but my mail system crashed and I was very upset.  Not only were the Barb pants gone, but everything else!!!  My son was able to recover we think all the mail.  I had to use a few other emails I rarely use to try and get the Barb pants resent, as the original ones were corrupted.
 I went to the Style Arc website to see what kind of fabric they recommended and found something close to that.  This is a stretch woven with a 4% spandex amount.
 I had a bit of rear gaposis, so I pinned out the amount at the back seam.  I then halved that amount and split it into 2 for 2 darts about 4 inches in from the seam line.  This took care of the gapping.
I then pinched that amount out of the waist band.  I added in the optional elastic inside the waistband.  I like the pants overall, but Style Arc pants, or this style anyway seems to have a shorter rise than Kwik Sew or Jalie (although I haven't lined up patterns and compared).  I will have to wear these around and see how I feel about them. I think maybe a tiny wedge added in to raise up the center back over my bum, and some side seam narrowing would do the trick.   Overall they were very easy to download, put the pattern pieces together and sew up.  I'm so pleased about that.  I thank them very much.

**I do think a slight, very small wedge added in would be helpful.  I am a 5'5 pear, at my heaviest, 147, with all the weight in the lower half.  The back pulls down slightly, but not bad at all.  The Barb pant sits lower on the waist than I have been sewing in the past.  The elastic I added in was measured exactly to my lower waist measurement of 33.  I needed to go in an additional 1 to 1 and 1/2 in with the back dart from the outer side seam to get it centered more over my rear.    I may also contour the top of the waist piece in a bit more.

I did get a few compliments from the family, so not a bad fit.  No pulling, or tight smile lines.  I may pull out my stretch denim and make another pair.

I really thank Style Arc again.  Nicely drafted, quick to make up, and comfortable.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Kwik Sew 2811 and bugs

A quick pair of pj pants.  I wanted to do this pattern as a set, but that will have to wait.  I needed a quick pair or 2 or pj pants.  We have all the boys living at home right now, the dog is on a diet, and June bugs are big at night.  They are her favorite.  In and Out, in and out.  As soon as the June bug hits the back pavement, she's on it.  Crunch, crunch.  We tell her no, but she's not listening and she doesn't need to go out that much for bathroom business.  Rant over...

I made some great night gowns, but I also wanted some pj pants.  I made these a mixture of Medium and Large.  My bottom measures 42 firm right now, and the ease in the Large is 46, so I'm trying these out.  The waist borders on Medium and Large, so the elastic pulls the fabric a bit.  The fabric came from Fabric com 1.95 sales some time ago.  It's all cotton.  The drawstrings are attached to elastic and I like this.

I'm going to wear these a week or so, and see if I like this size or scale down a size or a half.

Monday, June 23, 2014

McCalls 4244

My youngest son wanted some new pj shorts for bedtime.  He did not want a set, he just wanted some shorts.  After a haircut, I went next door to finally face that our Hancocks is in fact closing, and look for some pj short fabric.  

This fabric was not my first choice.  I had my first choice in my arms when I saw a table with a bunch of bolts marked way down.  It's an all cotton quilting fabric. It was the only piece that seemed more boy related than the rest.
 I've had this pattern for some time, so it was time to try it.  I traced the small men's shorts.  The waist called for 2 pieces of 3/8's elastic and a drawstring to go through the middle casing.  I was completely out of 3/8's elastic and was not sure if I wanted to buy some for an untested pattern.  So I used 1 1/4 inch elastic and no drawstring.
 The full boxy view.  The 1 1/4 elastic worked just fine.  One pair has a car machine embroidered by my 960Q,and one pair some bicycles to tell back from front.

I love that these are more boxy and give more coverage.  We unexpectedly loved the print.  The lightweight quilting cotton is very soft and comfortable.  I'm glad I only traced the pattern.  I'm going to keep it in my current box for more boy pjs.