Sunday, January 31, 2016

Sun Best ~ Dunlawton Sugar Mill Hydrangea

@ Dunlawton Sugar Mill Gardens
South Daytona, FL, USA


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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Quilt Shot Block #57 ~ 2016 Florida Breezes Shop Hop

Florida Breeze Shop Hop
Florida upper east coast
Passport was $5 before week of the hop.
Received a block kit from each place visited.
Won door prize at Cut Up and Sew, and they also included a magnet in their bag.
Thinking the puppy dog tape won't get lost, because
 Mr. G will decide he won't be caught with it.
Collected fabric for a Quilt of Valor project next month.
Added 2 more Row by Row, 2015 to my collection.
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Friday, January 29, 2016

Fun or Funny Fri Foto ~ Seven Seater Cycle

 @ Titusville, Fl, USA

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Thoughtful Thinking Thursday #32~ Dunlawton Sugarmill Garden Bench

@ South Daytona, Fl, USA






 

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Wordless Wednesday #157 ~ Sea Orange Beach Sky

Sunrise shots @ Cocoa Beach, Fl, USA
NOTE this is NOT a sunset.  It is a sunrise.
  Yes you don't usually see those colors at sunrise.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Sink Handle Shakers

 @ Cocoa, Fl, USA   old town
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Monday, January 25, 2016

Stitched Fabric Flower Cards

          I acquired some of my Mother's cards to use for birthdays, get well & sympathy and especially note the card is from my Mother if they knew her personally.  Sometimes I don't have a card I need, so I use scrap fabric to make them.  A set of them also makes a nice gift.
      I have posted other cards I've made on this blog.  Type in the word "card" in the search box to the right, or go to the Sewing Tutorials Page above to find them.
          Here's the run down of how I made these cards using some scrap fabrics I got on the HWY 127 yard sale last summer.



          Bought this Singer Quantum about a year and half ago via Craig's list. Under the dark cover, you can place a spool for use as a continuous bobbin according to the features list I read.  I thought that would be great for quilting!  However, that will only engage for embroidery.  A massive disappointment.  That would be a great feature for machines made for quilting, hint, hint.
       
                  Despite this let down and its age, I have enjoyed using this machine.  It stitches like butter.  Quiet and easy.  I haven't embroidered with it yet, but I have tried out some of the giant stitch patterns such as this flower that can be made in 2 sizes.  The stitches are beautiful.  I'm not aware of anything this size my Ellisimo can make.
Perfect size for a card.
Card is from half sheet of card stock.
After stitching the flower on scrap fabric & trimming,
 lightly use a paper glue stick to temporarily hold the fabric in place.
Center piece as much as possible.
This may require more trimming.
          Do a straight stitch on the edge to hold fabric in place. You can stop at this point if you have a fabric that has a nice frayed look. Stitch about quarter inch in, and fray.
          Here the stitch is as close to the edge as possible.  To help be more accurate, the inside edge of the open toe foot was used with the needle moved to the right. Easy to guide the edge of the foot along the edge of the fabric.
   On the inside front, place some more glue.

 Using the straight stitch as a guideline, place the piece of fabric to fit on the inside front.
 
Then choose a decorative stitch that doesn't create big holes in the card stock.

          After a couple of cards, I noticed how messy my corners were.  So, practice & decide the best way to turn your decorative stitch to continue the pattern.
 
It took some practice, & more trial an error.
 I never did do a great job keeping the stitch next to the edge.
          Trim off the turning stitches if you have them, take out fraying threads and move on, hoping the receiver doesn't have an eagle eye for mistakes.


        Blank cards come in handy for any occasion.
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       The envelope can be made from a template using one sheet of paper that works perfectly with this "half page" card. You'll find it @ http://houseofstirfry.com/chia/templates/A2env01.html . It will download as an image which will print on a full sheet of paper. Use that as a template to trace around, so printer ink doesn't need to be used. No resizing should be needed to print. I used the ruler & rotary cutter to cut out 6 at a time.  Use a glue stick to hold.

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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Sun Best ~ Giant Philodendron

@ St. Augustine, FL, USA
My first glance at these reminded me of the Elephant Ear plant
  which a lot of people in Kentucky raise outside in the summer.

The Elephant Ear grows from a bulb and doesn't vine/climb like this plant.
 Mr. G's sister said this is a Philodendron.
I'm glad they painted the building red, so the plant contrasts and its beauty stands out.
Mr. G did a great job capturing these plants.
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Saturday, January 23, 2016

Quilt Shot Block #56~ Midnight Mystery Comes Together- Quilt Top

So many beautiful Midnight Mystery Quilt tops have appeared on Facebook.
They are all beautiful.
Brought mine to Florida and got it together a couple of weeks ago.
       If you have kept up with this blog, you know this is a true scrap quilt being one of my Memory Quilts.
It is made from 3 of Daddy's shirts. When the Court House steps had to be made, I ran out of fabric and pulled one of Mother's Peddler Pusher pants which we call Capri slacks these days.



Seams, tags, pockets and such were kept.  In some cases I had to sew pieces together to make them large enough for a block piece.  So seams are randomly all over the quilt.

I have to wait till I get back home to quilt the top.  March 10 is the deadline.  Going to be cutting it close.

I'm sure glad I brought my machine and some work with me.
It's been a very relaxing experience.
Who knew the color scheme would fit right in.
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