Archive for May, 2013

May 31st, 2013

Block Rock’n Week 7 – Morrison

by Julie Hirt

I can’t believe it’s already week 7 of Block Rock’n!   This one is the “Morrison”.

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You can decide if it’s named after Jim or Van. I’m fans of both, so it’s good either way!

This is my probably my favorite Doors song because it has some great memories associated with it.  When I was 16 my brother used to ride to school with me and we loved listening to People are Strange.

 

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Van Morrison has SO many great tunes – but I’m feeling this one today. I could listen to him all day.

 

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Before I stitched the final seam I played around with the placement.  Here are some alternatives for the Morrison.

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Kind of kaleidoscope-ish.
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May 29th, 2013

Thursday Threads

by Julie Hirt

Hello everyone!  Last week I introduced Thursday Threads and I’d love for you to join in.

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If you are Stateside, did you have a good holiday weekend?  We went went to Lake of the Ozarks (where I grew up and my parents live) for a nice long weekend. Lucked out and the weather was beautiful!

Unfortunately I haven’t done any sewing this week, but I was practicing free motion quilting on a quilt before we left.

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This is the first time I’ve ever planned what I want to do.   In the past I’ve just stippled or straight lined stitched. I took one of Leah Day’s Craftsy classes and want to practice some of those designs.

You know what?  I’m AWFUL at ‘traveling’ along the stitches. Ha!  I’m hoping I’ll get better with practice and I get this quilted up in the next week.

What are you working on?  I’d love to see any fabrics, sewing or quilty goodness.

 

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May 22nd, 2013

Thursday Threads – Linky Party

by Julie Hirt

I’ve been thinking about this for a little while and I’ve decided to host a weekly Link Party!

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Everyone loves a good linky party.  Well, I do anyway.  This is the first week so I’m starting this party early.

I’m hoping to see all kinds of things including:

  • Quilty Goodness
  • Sewing Projects
  • Fabrics
  • Tutorials
  • Sewing Supplies
  • Embroidery
  • Crochet

Pretty much anything related to sewing, quilting, fabrics, embroidery and I’m even up for some crochet.  Finished, unfinished, almost anything goes.  Show me what you got!  I just love seeing all the inspiration.

Rules:

  1. Please don’t link directly to Etsy stores.
  2. See something you like? Leave a comment!  Everyone loves comments.
  3. Link back here by adding a button to your site, linky page or link back to Thursday Threads in your blog post.


May 20th, 2013

Ready for a Game of Bags

by Julie Hirt

The bags our game came with were total crap so I decided to make some new ones.

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We tailgate a lot and usually play a few rounds of bags.  Some people call it Cornhole, but that just reminds me of Beevis and Butthead (I am the great cornholio!).

MATERIALS

 

  • Two 1/4 yard cuts of Duck Canvas in different colors (60″ wide)
  • Two 1/4 yard cuts of  cotton Team or decorative fabric
  • 8 pounds of beans, feed grain corn or plastic pellets
  • Scissors
  • Coordinating thread
  • Sewing Machine

We chose to use beans because we don’t like the dust the corn makes.  This is totally a personal preference and you can use whatever you want to fill your bags.

 

  • Cut eight 7″ squares from each color of duck canvas.
  • Cut four 7″ squares from each decorative fabric.

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To make a bag stack 3 pieces of fabric together:  Duck canvas, decorative fabric (right side up) and another layer of  duck canvas.

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Pin 2″ in from each side, leaving a 3″ gap marked for turning.

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Set your sewing machine stitch to TRIPLE stitch for durability.

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Sew from pin to pin and rounding the corners as you go. Use a 1/2″ seam allowance.

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Trim the corners being careful not to clip into the corner.

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Turn your bag to the right side and fill with 1 pound of your filler.  It will all fit but you may need to shake and squeeze it a bit.

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Fold the sides in on the 3″ gap and pin or clip in place.

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Be sure you are still set to triple stitch.  Shake all the beans to the bottom and move your needle as far to the left as you can and sew across the gap.  It’s a little bit of a tight fit but you can do it.

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Voila!  A nice and sturdy bean bag that is customized to your color preference.

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These whip these up pretty quickly. They make a fun gift for a sports lover, cornhole player or even to bring along to the park or a picnic. Kids love playing too.

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Duck cloth also comes in purple, pink and turquoise!  Not sure if my husband would appreciate pink polka dot bean bags though.

 

 

May 16th, 2013

Block Rock’n Week 6 – Marley

by Julie Hirt

Welcome to week 6!   Here is the “Marley” block (aka Three Little Birds).

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This may be my favorite block of the series, so far.  I actually had the name picked out before I made the block!  I knew I wanted to do something with Bob Marley and I love the song Three Little Birds.  Then I had to figure out a block.

The other blocks don’t really match their namesake, but this one made sense to try.  I also like how the center makes a 4 pointed star.

Rise up this morning
Smiled with the rising sun
Three little birds
Pitch by my doorstep
Singing sweet songs
Of melodies pure and true
Saying, “This is my message to you-u-u”

 

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Hope you enjoy this one, see you back in two weeks for week 7!

 

 

May 15th, 2013

Circles Quilt

by Julie Hirt

Here is my appliqued circle quilt.  I finished it up last fall and posted it on Flickr.

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Never got around to blogging about this one because I’m not really a fan.   Loved the concept and the reproduction print fabrics, but my choice of the  blue background just killed it for me.  Maybe I would have liked it with modern fabrics on gray or white?

Not even a fan of the quilting!  I should have done something different. Straight line (at least this straight line) is just not for me – I love the crinkly look of heavier quilting.

I gave it to my 4 year old niece and I think she likes it.  If anything, it will be a good outdoor play quilt or picnic quilt for her.

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Simple to make:

  • Choose your circle size (these are 5″) *
  • Cut up some squares (these are 6.5″)
  • Stack ’em up and stitch them on
  • Arrange however you want and sew, sew, sew!

Approximately 54″ x 60″

To stitch them on I just placed a circle on a square, pinned it in the middle, then zigzag stitched around it.  Went pretty fast! No fusing paper or hand stitching.

* Cheater, cheater, pumpkin eater. I bought these pre-cut off Etsy!  If you have a fancy schmancy fabric cutting machine (I don’t), this would be perfect.

Now go sew something!

 

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