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Sunday, August 10, 2014

My Little Tin Sewing Box

I made something today that I thought I'd share.  I saw another one online that someone made and decided I had to have one too.  Luckily we had this little vintage cigar tin laying around the house and it was perfect for what I wanted. 

So I thought I would share a few notes in case anyone wants to make one.  First, the tin is very flimsy and bends easily so I had to be very careful.  The tin measures 5" x 3 1/2". I cut out batting and fabric with pinking sheers and glued them in both the lid and bottom with Aileen's craft glue.  I then trimmed the edges by gluing down coordinating ribbon.  I also glued a ribbon with a button on top of it for stability in the lid and this is to tie down my small embroidery scissors.  I sewed a heart pin cushion with the wrong sides together, cut the edges with pinking sheers then cut a slit in the back to stuff it.  I glued this to the inside of the lid near the top so the lid would close easily.

I wanted to make the outside a little fancy so I glued down a yo yo on the lid with a decorative button.  The only thing I sewed on this project was the pin cushion and small needle book. 

You can see all the stuff I have in it and if I leave out one spool, the safety pins and buttons I can carry small fabric pieces to hand piece.  

I really enjoyed making this and plan on making a few more. I'll keep one in my purse and one in the RV.  

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Saga Of The Lost Quilt

Last September I sent a quilt top off to my long arm quilter.  It was to be a Christmas present.  I always sent a check along with the quilt top and she would cash it right before she mailed it back home to me.  Well the check was cashed in October and the quilt never showed up.  I emailed her a dozen times, left messages on her cell phone and finally sent off a letter by snail mail. All I wanted was an explanation.  What happened to my quilt? But I never heard anything back.  I felt sure something bad had happened to her as she has quilted several quilts for me in the past and I never had a problem getting my quilts back.  

Thinking the worst, I didn't want to bother her family and so basically wrote the quilt off as a loss.  But early this month I found her facebook page and saw where she had posted recently!  Well, now I was mad and fired off a nasty email to her telling her to return my quilt or I would be forced to take action.  And still I heard nothing.  Then I had the brilliant idea to enlist the help of some wonderful quilting friends.  By putting pressure on her and basically saying that her reputation in the quilting community would be ruined if she didn't return my quilt, they forced her hand.  My quilt was returned last week and I'm so grateful for my quilting buddies. Just goes to show you, never underestimate the power of a woman with her needle.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014


Here's the third Botanika block all finished.  I like the way it turned out.  I suppose I should embroider some antennae on the butterfly but that can come later.  I'm currently taking a break from applique and working on some African Folklore embroidery blocks.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Botanika Block 3

I'm nearly finished with the third Botanika block.  Here's a picture showing my last back basting pieces.

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