Monday, June 19, 2017
Summer on the Porch and Other Things
This is our front porch. We purchased 6 of the trough planters and railing brackets at Fleet Farm.
3 planters in a mossy green that matches our house color, and 3 in medium gray to match Jon's Mom Betty's house. I filled them with purple and yellow wave pansies, short yellow marigolds, and bib lettuce.
Perfect spot for lunch time meal, usually a salad for me. Many times I sit at this rocking chair to do hand sewing projects--like sewing bindings on scrappy over-sized potholders.
All together I made 4 dozen oversized potholders last month. They sell well at craft shows.
100% cotton prints and batting, washable.
SORTING THROUGH FABRIC SCRAPS:
I spent the month of May downsizing and sorting through 4 Large Bins of Fabric Scraps.
Much of the fabric scraps I gave to a friend who weaves rugs, and I used leftover quilt blocks and cotton batting to build dozens of oversized potholders.
Multiply this pile of 2.5 scraps by 100 and you'll have an idea what 4 full storage bins of scraps looks like.
Ever Growing Piles of Scrap Fabric and Why They Grow:
As I finish a quilt project I always have leftover quilt blocks, and lots of 2.5" wide strips. The fabric scrap bins were getting ridiculously full.
I used the leftover quilt blocks --sewing padded purses and cell phone carriers that I sell at craft shows.
Often I combine hand stitched wool penny medallions for decoration
This is my design--I created the carriers with a large swivel metal clip-on to attach to the waistline, or at the neckline.
Back to the flower troughs--marigolds, pansies, and bib lettuce . . .
Its been a great year for munching, harvesting bib lettuce on the porch. I'll be using these trough planters many years and I can see already--they'd be great for planting fresh cooking herbs. Nice!
From my three planter boxes I harvested.
This is what I love to eat for lunch everyday. Lettuce with yellow peppers and bits of sweet onion, sliced white mushrooms, blackberries, two ounces of dill cheese, a few croutons, and not shown drizzle with dressing, a raspberry balsamic vinegar.
There is an amazing tea and vinegar store in Stevens Point called Diversi-Tea. Yummy. I've tried the strawberry, blueberry, but raspberry balsamic is my favorite! Great marinade for chicken too!
Second rocking chair - Front Porch
East Porch (summer kitchen entrance)
As I was planting the flowers--I labeled each trough planter with name tags, so Jon would take the just the gray planters I made up for his Mom Betty.
Actually the gray and green planters are difficult to see a color difference in the bright outdoor light.
SORTING FABRICS - LOST AND FOUND - REPURPOSE
Ok--back to my story about downsizing and sorting scrap fabrics . . .
Last week, I used some leftover quilt blocks to build a couple of padded purses. I was looking through the scrap bins hoping to find dozens of flying geese blocks I made back in 2013 for my Circus, Circus quilt.
After sorting and downsizing the bins for two weeks I didn't see any flying geese blocks. What??? I made dozens of them. Where are the flying geese blocks?????
The flying geese blocks were hiding in the BOTTOM of this basket, topped off with rolls of 6-8" lengths of 2.5" wide fabric strips sewn end to end.
I randomly selected four flying geese blocks and made a padded purse, then added more UFO blocks and leftover blue quilt binding . . .
First part of making a padded purse . . .
Featuring hand made polymer clay beaded zipper pull . . .
The best part of this purse is its padded exterior, and padded pocket.
Padding is a good feature when you want to carry and protect your cell phone. Underneath that pocket is a HIDDEN POCKET--a place to hide a passport, or folded receipts you don't want swimming around in your purse
I used only a small amount of those flying geese blocks for my Circus, Circus Quilt, 2013.
I cannot explain to you why I make so many extra blocks. The Circus, Circus quilt I made up as I went along--adding this and that. What I really wanted in this quilt was COLOR COLOR.
For me, the design process is--I get an idea, and build quilt blocks and use what I need, store the rest for other projects. Lately, I've been using a little bit of math to better plan my quilt tops and art panels for the backing. I'm attempting not to make too many extra blocks.
I used a few of those flying geese blocks to create front of this Navy Corduroy Upholstery laptop carrier. It was experimental, free motion quilting, and beading.
While sorting through scrap fabric bins I found one hunk of this upholstery fabric left--a fabric I loved and made lots of purses from. I was sad to see it go.
There wasn't enough to build a full purse, and certainly not enough to make cross-body straps. But I was sure I could combine other fabrics and build something fun! I added two cotton fabrics to the margins, free motion quilted it to a layer of cotton batting and decorative cotton living.
Built a padded pocket for the interior, with secondary hidden pocket beneath. Added hand made polymer clay beaded zipper pull, a wool medallion hand stitched with seed beads, and finished off with batik orange/yellow appliqued circles. This is a full meal, all the bells and whistles. Anything more and I would have ruined it. I almost did. Ha. Ha.
Hope you have a great day. Ugh, I have to do some laundry before I get to sew today. Bummer.
Drop me a line. Tell me about your summer . . . . please.