Recycle # 3: Thread Spool Fabric Necklace

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The moment I decided to switch to all cotton thread and fondled the spools in the craft store, I knew immediately what I would do with the empty yellow spools. I couldn’t wait for one to get emptied.

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Before long, I had 3 of them, then 4, then 7. I guess I was sewing faster than I realized. I started to collect them up in a plastic bag for when I had a couple hours to play around with a design.

I wanted to use all scraps. Since I had a HUGE pile of them in all different colors, shapes and sizes that I bought off of eBay.

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BUT I miscalculated the width and the strip did not completely cover the spool. So, I will use my “mistake” for something else.

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Starting over, I decided to use one of my pretty batik squares I recently bought.


Here’s what you need to make this necklace.

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  • empty thread spool
  • 5″ by 5″ fabric square
  • batting (a small piece)
  • tiny elastic cord
  • button (I ended up using a larger one)
  • hanging cord
  • needle and thread
  • scissors/rotary cutter

Here’s the process in photos.

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I didn’t take a photo of me sewing on the button. πŸ˜€

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I love how this turned out and already have the fabric squares lined up to make more in the future. I have lots of the satiny hanging cords. They came in a package of 10. All different colors.


This is a This Year’s Dozen original design. If you make this necklace, please link back to my blog post. Thanks!!

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Tee Shirt Quilt Progress and Barbie Pillowcases

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Slow going but I am making some progress. The fronts have been all over the place trying to balance the colors and the sizes.

This is my first time sewing with tee shirt material.

And Pellon. Ugh!! Don’t think I like it much. But I can’t imagine making this quilt without it. Would be unmanageable. It made a sticky mess of my ironing pad and coated the surface of my iron.

After figuring out what NOT to do, I pretty much got into a rhythm of pinning the t-shirt face to the interfacing, trimming around them, taking them to the ironing board. I was even able to lift and reposition, when needed, IF I caught the goof within seconds.

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The easy part, believe it or not, was sewing the fronts together. Like sewing on sponge.

The hard part? Cutting and trimming. If you make one of these, cut the largest area possible. Even if you think you won’t use the whole piece. You can always trim it down later as you fit the fronts together. I ended up with some 18″ length, some 17″. And thankfully mostly 16″ across. So I decided to go with 16″ across and recut as many as I could to match.

Anyone have an idea what to do with these strips? I’ll send them to you.

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Sad to say, but my flannel with the helicopters I had planned to use for the sashing and the back turned out to be a disaster!!

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It looked cute. I tried to make it work. I cut lengthwise and crosswise. It drooped. Sagged. Looked awful. So… off it went. Not sure what I will do with it. Maybe give it away.

I decided to go with this navy and white circles fabric instead. So far it is cooperating. I like it. My camera likes it!!

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Well….. that does it on where I am with my T-Shirt Quilt. These 3 rows sewn together.

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Two rows left to arrange, rearrange, change my mind 100 times more. πŸ˜€


Oh, BTW, I made the cutest pillowcases the other day. Out of Barbie fabric I bought several years ago. Royal blue, yellow. And hot pink, which is this Summer’s Craze Color.

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And also made one in lavender and purple. They all have french seams.

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I followed the pattern found here. Easy!!

http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/millionpillowcases/freepatterns/index.html

I like how they make up. Will probably make more.

Wednesday Is New STUFF Day!!

Want to see all the new stuff I got recently?

OK. Let’s go!!

First…..

Wrought iron quilt hanger with a heart. Found this on eBay.

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It fits my Dresden Plate mini quilt perfectly with a couple inches to spare. Now I have to either sew on hanging tabs in the back or make a hanging sleeve.


Books. I really loved the Jesse Stone movie series with Tom Selleck that I bought a couple weeks ago. Dark but mesmerizing. I love the characters.

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I so wanted to know what happened to Jesse after the last movie, No Remorse, that I bought all the books. I received these yesterday. Two more to come. I will start with the first book, Night Passage, and work my way through them all.


Thread.

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I recently switched to all cotton for sewing my quilt tops. Didn’t like it at first. Seemed to curl up around the sewing machine needle when I pulled on it. Figured out it was just the first few inches doing it probably from being wound so tightly around the spool top. I am trying some new threads too. Variegated and transparent. Will let you know how I like them.


Baskets.

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Too cheap to pass up. From JoAnn’s. $8 for the larger one. $5 each for the smaller ones. I am going to use them for fabric scraps. I can easily stack them if space becomes an issue.


Quilting supplies.

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Got my giant clips, my soapstone, my gloves, more rulers. And about 800 bent quilting pins. Do I have enough!!


Then got all of this for $12 from my brother-in-law’s Resale Shop.

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A huge picnic basket, 3 clocks THAT WORK, 3 curtain rods that I hope to use to hang my quilts. What a deal. Yay!!


And last… I saved the best for last.

FABRIC. OMG!! Please!! Someone stop me!! Please send the Popo. The Fabric Police. I need help. πŸ˜€

I got Fat Quarters, batik charms, Moda solids, novelty charms, flowers, butterflies, polka dots, circles and more dots, flannel. Even BABY themed fabric.

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This is the fabric I told you about. I am using it for the sashing and the back of my t-shirt quilt. Cute huh? Kind of kiddie but I like it.

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Well… That does it for my Shopping Sprees. I think I have done my part in getting the economy moving.

What have you purchased lately? Do tell.

Recycle # 2: Making A T-Shirt Quilt

I could kick myself!! Year after year, I have purged my closets and drawers of things I wasn’t wearing or had no intention of ever wearing again. Stuff too small or too big. Out of style, out dated. Too young looking. Too this or too that. A lot of those giveaways were tee shirts. Many from my old jobs.

Now I wish I still had them, since I am making a t-shirt quilt. I saved a few from our travels and those I didn’t want to part with. Such as Gucci and Titanic. I think I have enough to make a lap quilt.

First, I gathered them up.

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I immediately started cutting. Probably not the best idea. But I was anxious to see how the colors would blend and how I would arrange them.

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OK. They looked ok to me. So I took them off my design wall and tossed the cut pieces into the washing machine. I washed them with Shout Color Catcher, which BTW, is GREAT!! If you haven’t purchased it yet. Do go buy some. I was very happy with the result. No problems. Just look at the before and after sheets. Amazing!!

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Anyhoo… back to it not being the best idea to cut before washing. The edges curled. Big time.

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And ironing didn’t straighten the edges out. Oh well. Too late now. I am being careful not to burn my fingers as I unroll the edges as I iron on the facing.

That is where I am now. Ironing on the facing. Then I will trim the sections into squares and put them back up on my design wall.

I bought the cutest material for the sashing and the back. I was looking for something with a “travel” theme since most of the t-shirts are from somewhere. The fabric has helicopters on it. Close enough. And it has different shades of blue. Most of my t-shirts are navy so it should work out ok.

Feels good to recycle/repurpose these t-shirts. Not only will the quilt keep my knees warm, it will take me on a trip every time I look at it. Down Memory Lane.


(Did you notice these up there on my design wall? Be still my heart!!) πŸ˜€

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Quilt Top Is Finished!! Making A Piano Key Border.

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Did you know the trick in preventing your long fabric strips from starting to curve is sewing one strip top to bottom and the next strip bottom to top? Keep alternating as you add more strips. I read this somewhere. And it works!!

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I had seen these Piano Key borders on the net and really liked them. I cut mine 1 1/2″ wide to the WOF. (Now I am showing off, LOL!! If you don’t know sewer lingo, WOF means Width Of Fabric. I am learning sooo much.) Sewed the fabrics together and then cut them into 5 1/2″ lengths. There’s 65 keys per quilt side. For a total of 260.

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Quilt top measures 80 1/2″ by 80 1/2″.

It completely covers a full sized bed with about an 8″ hang. If I make this design again, I will add two more rows. 15 instead of 13 so it hangs down a bit longer.

My silly camera won’t reduce small enough for me to photograph the entire quilt top. I need to be further back to get it all but the room is too small.

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Now I am going to make a few pillow cases with the left over lavender and white polka dot fabric. And maybe one in the dark purple print.

My next project is in the washer. Will tell you about it tomorrow. πŸ˜€

Remembering The Titanic

April 15th, 1912.

99 years later.

History has well documented what happened to the Titanic, its’ passengers and crew members. We all know she hit an iceberg on April 14 and sank April 15. Many, many books have been written on the subject. Dozens of documentaries and movies. Over 64 million search results on Google.

My obsession with Titanic began many years ago. With the December 1997 James Cameron movie. I didn’t go right away, wanted it to cool off a bit, for the crowds to die down. But even after a couple of months, it was still packed. People could not get enough of Old Rose and Young Rose on the big screen. And, of course, Jack. Eye Candy Leonardo DiCaprio.

There were thousands of people, sitting nose to nose, when hubby and I finally went in February 1998. There wasn’t an empty seat in the entire theater. I can’t remember if I spoke during the whole three hours. Or moved in my seat. I must have. I just don’t remember.

What I do remember is that I began crying when the ship split. It seemed so real. Like I was there as the tragedy unfolded. When the movie ended, few people immediately stood up. Most, like me, remained seated, staring at the screen. And we stared some more. I was stunned, speechless…

And that is when it began.

MY OBSESSION.

I was quickly consumed with all things TITANIC. I returned to the theater a few days later. And again. And again. The challenge for me was to try to make it past the “split” without crying. Nope, no, didn’t happen. Still plenty of tears. I think I saw the movie at least 20 times during its theatrical run. I lost count but I still have the ticket stubs somewhere. When the home version was released in VHS format, I bought two sets. One to watch. One to save forever unopened.

Over the next few years, my collection grew and grew. Once word got out that Donna LOVED any and everything Titanic, gifted items started showing up for my birthday, Mother’s Day, Christmas, etc. And I purchased quite a few things myself. At one point, I bet I could have won a Titanic Trivia Contest. I knew all the major details plus the minutia.

Hubby and I even traveled to Atlantic City to see Titanic, The Experience, authentic artifacts on display at the Tropicana Casino and Resort in 1999. What an experience!! I will never forget it.

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This is what my collection looks like today. Over 60 items.

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  • Books/Magazines
  • Movies in VHS and DVD format
  • T-shirts
  • Movie scripts
  • Posters
  • Framed photos
  • Toothpick holder
  • Puzzle
  • Memorabilia Trunk
  • Mousepads
  • Filmstrip Cell
  • Ship replica
  • Calendars
  • Stuffed bear
  • Metal sign
  • Notepad
  • Lanyard
  • Buttons
  • Keychain
  • Postcards
  • Christmas ornament
  • And on and on.

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Now I just add a few things here and there but mostly I am the housekeeper to my collection. Keeping it dusted and rearranged frequently.

This is the last thing I purchased. Just a few days ago. From eBay.

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It hasn’t arrived yet. When it does, I will make a spot for it and prop it up so the history lesson continues.

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New Purple Quilt And Piano Keys

Ever have something on your mind and you can’t stop thinking about it?

Well, that is what happened with this fabric I showed you about a week ago. I wanted to work on my UFO’s. And I wanted to cut into these purple and lavender fabrics. Cutting won out. 169 squares. 5 1/2″ each.

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I don’t know if this design has a name. Probably. But I don’t know what it is called. I’ll just call it The Purple Steps. Here are all of the squares up on my design wall. They take up just about all of the space. I had to use my step stool to reach the top. So far, it measures 68″ by 68″. Thirteen rows. 13 squares per row.

Mainly, I wanted to go with this design to test my “lining up” skills. To see if they had improved. I know NOT to IRON the pieces. Just lay the iron on the seams and not go back and forth. That has helped tremendously in not ending up with wonky fabric.

And I am being careful to keep the fabric straight as I sew with my quarter inch foot. No user errors!! I think I lined them up pretty good this time. I only had problems with a few squares.

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I even put sticky notes on each row notating which to iron left and which rows to iron right. This helped line up the seams properly. All squares are sewn together. I sewed a row at a time.

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Now…… I have to decide on the border. Or borders. I am going to do Piano Keys for one of the borders. Haven’t decided on which fabric to use for the second border. But I am leaning toward the lavender and white polka dots. I like the look. Bright and fresh encapsulating the darker fabrics. BTW, I decided to use the fuchsia for the back and a little bit of it to make the piano keys pop.

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I should be finished with the quilt top in a couple days. Then I can work on the recycle projects I have planned for this month.