Wednesday, April 29, 2015

A Big Finish...

Woohoo!! 

I finished the patio chair cushion covers for Kim!  Click here to read what I had to say about it back in the beginning...when only one set of the four was finished.

I am so, so pleased at how they turned out...exactly how I wanted them to!  The most important thing, though, is that Kim and Brett are happy with them.
 



I had a bit of fabric left over, so I made covers for 2 little pillows (measuring 10x20 inches) that Kim keeps on other outside chairs.  I made simple envelope backed pillow covers, but I put the opening at the very end - instead of in the middle - of the pillow.  That way, the pillow has no real front or back...either side can be showing.


I must consult my list to see what's up next...stay tuned!



"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.". Jeremiah 29:11

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Playing, Part II...

Sometimes playing around produces something worthwhile, but sometimes not.  Fortunately, this play session was fruitful!

In the previous post, you saw the 2 1/2 inch zippy (which actually is closer to 2 1/4 inches).  It wasn't quite what I wanted it to be...and it certainly was not quite big enough for anything worthwhile (though the ice cream treat money sounded good!).  

Back to the drawing board.  And, this is what I came up with.

It's a bit larger (at just over 2 1/2 inches) than the first one.  And, I squared the corners.  My ear buds fit in this larger zippy, which is sort of what I was aiming for.

I am happy.


"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.pie". Jeremiah 29:11

Playing...

I've been keeping my nose to the grindstone.  Well, not that much, but I have been getting things done.  3 of the 4 sets of Kim's patio chair cushion covers are done.  As predicted, each one takes a bit less time than the one before.  I am feeling good about how they're looking.  So, with only one more set to go, my mind has already moved on to the 'what's next' possibilities.  Ya know? 

I had made a few of the round ear bud cases when I wondered why they had to be round.  Well, round is definitely cute, but a square case would work just as well.   So, last night, I made a square one.  Size does matter, of course, and though this is dang cute, it's too small for any practical purpose.  Two and one-half inches of square cuteness...


I guess I'll be working on this idea a bit more.

How about you...what are you working on?



"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.". Jeremiah 29:11

Monday, April 20, 2015

In the Mail...

You've heard me say before that I love receiving packages in the mail.  That excitement has not diminished one iota.

In today's mail, I received a package from my sister, Julie.  She asked me to make a few things for her using these fat quarters from Joann Fabrics (and no, the florals will not be mixed with the puppy prints). 

And, on Saturday, I received my April Gathering of Anna Maria Horner fabrics.  12 fat quarters... 9 cotton prints, 2 cotton solids & 1 cotton voile print.  Love them all!


I will never complete my list of things to sew, will I.  But, hey!  No complaints about that! 

Hope you are having a great Monday!


"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.". Jeremiah 29:11

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Tis the Season...

Apparently, it is the season.  The season for new patio chair cushions!  Donna did it...click here, and Nicole did it...click here.  

And, now...I am in the process of doing it.  My friend, Kim, commissioned me to make patio chair cushions for 4 chairs.  She wants them to be removable so she is able to launder them.  She purchased eight 36" zippers, and 7 yards of outdoor canvas fabric and sent me on my way!  I have the first set (seat and back) completed.

Before...

After...


I knew how I wanted to put them together, and knew it wouldn't be difficult.  But, I was working it all out as I went along, which is much more time-consuming than working with a pattern.  I placed zippers on the back edge of the seat cushion (on the back cushion, that would be the bottom edge) and extended them down the sides for easy on/off. 

The main piece of fabric covers the cushion from the back (or bottom) edge, wraps around the front edge, and covers the other side of the cushion to the other side of the back (or bottom) edge.  The corners all turned out nicely...


All seams were double-stitched and all raw edges were overcast.  Working my way through the first cover took a good amount of time.  Although the measurements were different (the back is thinner and not square), the second piece was easier and I got it done much more quickly.  Now that I know it all worked out...they fit like a glove!...and the numbers are all written down, it should be a snap to complete the other 6 pieces.  I imagine by the time I get to the 8th cover, it should take but a few minutes to complete!  ~grin~

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And, for today's dog fix, here's a photo of Kim's dog, pretty girl Tahoe...

 Have a great rest of today!


"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.". Jeremiah 29:11

Friday, April 17, 2015

Best Ever!

 Bonne Maman Strawberry Preserves...the best!  Ever.

And, when empty, the jar makes a darn cute container for your fabric strawberries (or sewing bobbins, basting pins, etc.)...

 Happy Friday!  Have a great weekend!



"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.". Jeremiah 29:11

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