Monday, July 27, 2015

Cheap and Easy Homemade Laundry Soap

 I have something a little different for you today. I have been making laundry soap for a few years now and today was the day I needed to make a new batch. I thought I would take a few pictures and share the recipe with you.

It is very easy (takes about 10 minutes) and cheap. This batch is around $8 and will last many months. I make 3 batches a year.
Does it really work? It does. It will get your clothes clean and odor free.

large bowl
cheese grater
container for your soap
old teaspoon
wooden spoon

-2 bars of Felt Naptha soap. Grate it up using a cheese grater. 
-Box of Borax. Half of the box. Save the rest for your next batch (I poor the powder outuntil it feels like half)
-Box of Arm and Hammer Washing Soda. Again,  half a box

Mix together in a bowl. Sometimes I have added a few scoops of Oxy Clean (or Biz).

Fill a container and pop in a tablespoon you aren't using (you can pick up all the tools from a thrift shop) . All you need to add to your washing machine  is one teaspoon (I use a front loader. Not sure that makes a difference).

This recipe makes a large batch and I keep what doesn't fit in my glass container in an empty oatmeal tube.

That's all, super easy and inexpensive

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Using Those Teeny Scraps

 My mom is the hardest person to buy for.  I always have my eyes out for a new little something to make her. Because she lives in another country, and shipping is ridiculous, I give her Mothers Day and Birthday presents when I see her on our annual visit.

I have been keeping this box around for a project for a while and my brain cells made a gift-box connection.

It is the perfect container to add some fun sewing related bit and bobs.

What You Need:
wood box (I believe this box was a cigar box)
spray paint (optional)
Modge Podge
fabric scraps

How To:

-spray paint the inside and lid sides of the box. Let dry between coats. I applied 3 coats. This step is optional but adds a nice pop of color

-iron and cut fabric scraps into various sizes. My scraps came from a pile of scraps no wider on one side than 2.5" (those scraps get cut into 2.5" squares)

-apply a layer of Modge Podge on a small area. Lay a scrap on top and add another layer of Modge Podge on top of the fabric. Keep going, working in small areas, adding more scraps, slightly overlapping each piece. You may get some fabric fraying. I picked those string bits off as I went.

-dry overnight. All done!

This project only took about 30 minutes. I am now on the hunt for wood boxes with lids. It makes a great gift box and can then hold treasures

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Baby Pink Hexie Quilt

 I just can't seem to quilt hexies. This is my 3rd hexie quilt (I think) and I am working on my fourth. I really enjoy relaxing by hand sewing these hexies.

 I have tried glue basting and I like how fast the process is but I don't like the result when I take out the papers (the edges need to be fussed with and ironed).

 I gathered up all my pink scraps/stash and sewed up a bunch of hexie flowers.

  I quilted by sewing in the ditch and finished it off with a hand sewn binding. I machine washed and dried the quilt and it crinkled up nicely.

 Quilt Particulars:
-tutorial to make hexies and a larger version of this quilt here
-grey fabric is a Moda solid, Fog
-flower centers is by Lori Holt, Vintage Happy
-1" english paper pieces
-42 flowers
-294 hexies
-grey squares are cut 6.25"
quilt finishes 36"X42"

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Log Cabin Super Finish

 I really love this quilt. My main quilting style is scrappy and this is certainly is scrappy. I started with a 2.5" square for the middle and attached 2.5" strips (low volume to one side and brights to the other) and trimmed as I went.

A close up of some of the prints I used. It used up a bunch of scraps. I hand quilted this and sent it off to a friend's daughter.

I have a goal of giving away 8 quilts this year (ones I have already completed or old unfinished quilt tops I finish). I am up to 4 so far and have plans for another 3 this summer. So close.

Check out this awesome extra wide backing I bought for another UFO I want to finish. I just need to decide on how to quilt it
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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Granny Square Quilt

Schools out for summer!! I don't ever remember being this happy to be on a school break. Its been a good year but I am ready to have fun and sleep in (and by sleep in I mean 7:45, if I'm lucky).
I have been clothing sewing with a deadline for a while now and I am looking forward to getting back in to some serious quilt sewing.

This is a WIP (work in progress) that I finished up. Every January I hold myself to working exclusively on WIPs.  This pattern is called a Granny Square Quilt.

I had help making the blocks. The Modern Sewing Guild here held a block swap type of thing. Those who wanted to participate helped another quilter by making a few of their blocks. For my month I passed out  a baggie with colored and white squares and got back finished squares. I used a lot of prints from the designer, Aneela Hoey.

Most of my blocks are cohesive but the last few I pieced I made them a little more random and scrappy.

To quilt it I ditch quilted up and down each sashing strip. The binding is a fun red polka dot.

I have been trying out places in my yard to find the best spot to take quilt glamour shots. Not sure I have found it yet. I tried out hanging the quilt on our rabbit hutch here. No rabbits live inside. Wiley critters escaped. We currently have one rabbit who lives on our 2 acre property, a pair and their baby moved to our neighbors house (the neighbors don't mind), and another neighbor baby was re-homed.

You can find the free tutorial for this quilt here . You can also find no waste methods and tutorials for different size blocks. Pinterest is my go to search site.

Also, we are going to the Utah Shop Hop this week. I hope I can meet some new quilters and have a great road trip. Be sure to follow our adventures on Instagram and a recap here later.

You can find Heather on Instagram @thequiltbarn She will be having some great fabric destashes so be sure to add her to your Follow list

I am @tinyglutton

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Friday, May 29, 2015

Alice in Wonderland Backpack

My girls have a Disneyland trip planned for the summer and I just had to make something special.
Each girl also has several Disney Bounding outfits in the works. That's 8 handmade outfits. I think I can, I think I can....

I used Simplicity pattern 1388. The pattern was OK.  Not bad, not terrific. The drawings for the front pocket were a little confusing and I had trouble with the zipper gusset fitting. The upside was it only took 3/4 yard for the outside and didn't have many pieces.

The pictures show a backpack with nothing in it. The fusible fleece and light weight fusible interfacing seem sufficient. It is, however, empty so I hope it holds up when stuff is in it.

Did you see Heather has Gardenvale, by Jen Kingwell, in the shop?  I helped fold fat quarters and I am itching to make something with this fun fabric.
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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Scrap Jar Stars Guild Quilt

Last year our small Modern Guild swapped blocks using a free tutorial from A Little Bit Biased,  Scrap Jar Stars.

Each person was given one color (I was green), they made 12 of that color blocks, then we swapped and ended up with 12 different colors blocks.

I joined my blocks without sashing, creating a simple 4 patch. You can also add sashing a create a 9 patch block.  Trina decided to make her quilt bigger and is making more blocks on her own.

My green block.

There was a little trouble with differing quarter inch blocks (some blocks were up to a half inch bigger or smaller than others. I found I needed to use a very scant quarter inch to make the block square up to the stated size. It might be helpful to make a tester block first.

I machine quilted this one myself as I had easy lines to follow and it wasn't too big to wrangle on my home machine. And yes, one block was put together with a rotated section. I didn't fix it but kept it because it reminds me of the lady who made it.

I recently finished a king size quilt (I will share soon) and there was no way I was quilting that one myself. Heather did a great job and used a new to her pattern that worked out great.

Need a quilt quilted? Heather can also do your binding for you. Check out this page for details and great pricing. I know some people think a king size quilt would cost and arm and a leg but Heather's pricing scale is great.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Finished Modern Building Blocks

I finally finished my Moda Modern Building Blocks quilt. Today is lovely but very windy. No good for quilt photos. Inside photos it is.
 Under this quilt is an old one in rotation on my bed. The pattern is Hills n' Hollers by Denyse Schmidt. The fabric is an oop (out of print) line called Hope Valley (same designer as the pattern). It was one of the first quilts Heather quilted for me. It is a figure 8 pattern. Its one of my favorite quilting patterns.

Photo with my cat. Cats and quilts go together.
I deviated from the pattern. I didn't use all the blocks. I mostly skipped the biggest ones. I  ran out of steam and large scraps. I really wanted to use up scraps and the bigger blocks required more.
I added in a Lori Holt Bee in my Bonnet Birthday Cake Block (bottom right) to round out my puzzle piecing layout. The cake is a free pattern. You never know when you are going to need a cake pattern. Am I right?

I added a skinny pink inner border and a texty, low volume outer border. The borders brought the size to a large lap quilt.

This January was my third annual Finish All Your Dang UFO's month. I did pretty good, maybe even better than previous years. I will share some more of my finished UFOs. When finished they either go on one of two piles: giveaway (family/friends or charity) or sell. I have reached the point of having quite enough quilts of my own.  This one will go to a family/friend.

Do you have a bunch of UFOs? Maybe a bunch of quilt tops that need to be quilted? You can mail the top and backing to Heather and she will help make those UFO's in to finished quilts. Her prices are great and she has all kinds of batting to choose from. The cost to mail back your quilt is very reasonable too. Check out some options HERE

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Scrappy Fabric Card Tutorial

Hello everyone, I have a fun, and very quick tutorial for you. I had a pretty pile of left over rectangles from quilt project and I didn't want to throw them away.

What to do with them? I am in a few swaps on Instagram and I thought a pretty card set might be a fun gift to add to my packages.

I bought my cards here. The quality was great (and I couldn't beat the price). I tied 5 cards with a  vintage fabric measuring tape (or scrap of ribbon).

My cards came open (not folded yet) and I left it that way until the card was done. Cut your scraps into 3 strips sized to your card. I adhered each strip with a light spray of 505 Spray Adhesive and a little pressure on the card.

Sew each rectangle down close to the edge of the card.

Flip your card over and trim the fabric hang over. Yes, my ruler is broken. I just can't get rid of it.

Fold your card along the middle line and press with your finger. All done. Be sure to include the envelopes with your card sets.

As you can see I left the loose strings on my cards. I think it adds to its character but you can trim them neater.

Are you on Instagram? I am. And so is Heather. She will be holding several massive fabric destashes on her account so be sure to follow her and pick up great deals on out of print, hard to find, and new fabrics at great fabrics. 

You can find Heather's destash account under thequiltbarndestash
Her quilty projects are at thequiltbarn
And you can find me too at tinyglutton

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Vintage Grandmother's Garden

It always makes me happy when I can see a quilt top come out from a box (or closet or grocery bag) and get finished. It has fulfilled its quilt destiny. Now this quilt can be used and enjoyed.

Whether its a family piece or something you scored at a thrift shop you can see your quilt top to the finish line.

This quilt top was quilted using a tiny stipple. This pattern gives quilts a crinkly vintage feel. Small quilting like this also helps hold together hand stitching, old thread that may have become a little brittle, and ensures it lasts for generations.

This is my favorite block, the tiny blue and pink flowers remind me of Bachelor Buttons, my mom's favorite.

Heather is having a special on this Tiny Stipple quilting pattern. You can mail or drop off your vintage or brand new quilt tops and she can set you up.  This small stipple is normally 2 cents per square inch and is on sale for 1.5 cents per square inch during the month of February. This applies to any quilt dropped off or postmarked during the month of February.  Quilts can be dropped off at the store on the following days between 10AM - 5 PM

  Wednesday, February 4th
  Saturday, February 7th
  Wednesday, February 11th
  Wednesday, February 18th
  Saturday, February 21st can call Heather at (208) 420-3484 to make an appointment.  She lives so close and doesn't mind at all!

Click here to print off an order form to mail in with your quilt top and backing. Heather can also bind your quilt for a small fee.

Click here to read her policies and tips for preparing your quilt to send.

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