Monday, May 31, 2010

Fabric fortune cookies...

For the Smith Family Reunion. A Las Vegas theme.....40 fortune cookies. These are super easy to make--total time is about 5 minutes each (after the cutting). Mom is going to make cute little fortunes to go inside--"What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas" sort of fortunes.

So then Rebecca thought she needed some for her peeps at work. OK--9 more fortune cookies in bright, springy pastels. There are more to come...the Asian themed "thank you" ones for the teachers at R.J.'s school. I'll post those tomorrow. Tonight, time to cut some more fabric for my summer projects....

By the way, a great tutorial for these is on the Lady Harvatine blog...under "Half-Assed" tutorials. Honestly, they are anything but half-assed....and she is absolutely hilarious. Good luck!

Name quilt and sewing basket

Well, since the computer was in the shop for a tune up yesterday, I feel like I can post two completed projects. I actually have quite a few more, but I'll save them for another day. The first is my name quilt for my work. I did it "Lazy Gal" style....check out her blog for inspiration. I finished the binding last night...I will staple to the wall (that can't be worse that using pins, right?) in the fall...

You can't see it, but I hand quilted some little double fans in an embarrassing "4 stitches per inch" kind of quilting. Honestly, a drive-by viewing is all you get. It is about 3 feet long...I hate when the inmates can't remember my name...I'm not Ms. Rankin, honestly. So that will hang in my room next year (it is a UFO from last summer).

Next up was the lining for this little sewing basket. Yes, I know it doesn't look like much. But the fabric is from a vintage (Goodwill) shirt I found in Phoenix. I did pay full price, $4.99, but it was so worth it. This took almost all of one of the long sleeves. Hmmm...and the button is from my Mom's vintage button stash that she gave me last month. I now search for reasons to use bottons. Thanks, Mom.

I guess I could post that I fixed the saggy bottom in my little "carry to work, but maybe not, because it is too cute and I don't want to get it dirty" denim bag. Because I thought it was useless advice, I didn't make the fabric covered cardboard bottom for the bag. And it was saggy. Just a little duct tape, an old box and some fabric and my bottom is a little better.

But it is still too nice for work.

Anyhow, tomorrow we'll talk about fabric fortune cookies.

Saturday, May 29, 2010


Welcome to my new blog...Since I have few quilter friends (and I've bored the rest of my family with non-stop quilty talk for way too many years) I'm forced into the blog world so I can share my craftiness. I know from other quilters that if you don't have a good picture of a project, a picture of the pet, with a good quilty prop, will suffice. With that in mind, here is my dog Buddy trying to take a nap under my "I Love Syracuse" scrappy, made-from-vintage-shirts quilt. Buddy is a snuggly Chihuaha/Italian Greyhound mix that we rescued from the scary streets of Las Vegas last year. As often as I can, I will try to include him in my pictures. I'm off to cut selvages of all my stash...more tomorrow.