Recycle #8: Reorganizing With A Baby Changer

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No baby. But bought it anyway. Even had a little dust up with a pushy lady while staking claim to it.

A couple of weeks ago I saw this baby changer at the Salvation Army Thrift Shop. It was near the front and one glance and it was sold. I knew I had to have it. Not for changing babies. None at my house. But for organizing my quilted stuff.

Excitement overload!!

So off I went to find an employee so I could request a sold tag be taped to it. When I returned a lady was standing there with her hand on the railing, telling me she saw it the day before and had returned to buy it.

Excitement shifting to take-it-to-the-mat gear. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

I guess the don’t mess with me look on my face was a killer cause she backed off and said she loved it but didn’t have the money. Whew!! So glad. Happy ending. For me and my quilts. No news at 11pm time.

It was under $20 and has some scratches on the legs. But I dusted and washed it. To me, it is good to go as-is.

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Perfect place to store my completed items.

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I get to fill up these baskets.

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It also works great as a prop.

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There are a few things displayed there that you either haven’t seen or never did see the finished item.

Like this…

A Crib Bumper for my orange and yellow Ticker Tape Doll Set.

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And these. More Mug Rugs. It took me FOREVER to hand sew on the bindings. (My favorite task, yuck!!)

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Well, that does it. From baby changer to quilt rack.


This baby changer definitely qualifies as a recycle/repurpose so I added it to my Recycle Series.

Mickey Pillows, Snap Setter and Steam-A-Seam

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I have a confession.

I LOVE MAKING PILLOWS!!

Sometimes I think an octopus lives at my house. If you have been following my blog for some time, you probably think that too!! My focus changes by the hour. ๐Ÿ˜€

But I think I may have found my niche. Pillows.. I am really enjoying creating them.

Here’s my latest finished one. A Mickey Pillow. There are quite a few FIRSTS in this project.

  • Snap Setter
  • Steam-A-Seam 2
  • Applique
  • Loopy circles quilt design

Well… let’s get started………. Going to be a long post. You might want to run get some coffee and something to munch on. ๐Ÿ˜‰ LOTS of photos.

Making The Pillow Front.

Though I enjoy working with novelty fabrics, it requires a bit of fussy cutting to get just the right piece at the right angle for your project. I started off with a 6 1/2″ Mickey in the green Mickey fabric. Then added different fabrics to complement the Mickey colors. Log Cabin style.

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And ready to quilt the top.

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I made straight lines to quilt the fussy cut piece in the center.

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Added diagonal lines from the corners to the center square.

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Then decided to step out of my comfort zone and do some loopy circles. I had practiced them for two days and was positive I was ready.

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As you can see, it is easy to get boxed in… if you are following along with the fabric design. I quickly learned when to go left and when to go right.

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OK. That wasn’t so bad. Loopy circles finished. Two sections left. The areas top and bottom between the diagonal lines. Decided to go back to basics and stipple them.

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And now the front is quilted.

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You can better see all four of the quilting designs I used in this photo.

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Ready to make the Pillow Back.

Using the same fabric as I used in the top, black with tiny white dots, I started off with a simple fold-over design.

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I like the look of an envelope back but wanted to try something different this time.

Enter the Snap Setter.

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It works great. Just as the instructions on the packaging.

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Whew!! Still with me? Almost finished.

I wanted to fussy cut the word Mickey and add it to my pillow. So after a bit of Internet research I found the product Steam-A-Seam 2.

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Bought it, tried it, made a mess of the first practice one. Glue everywhere. I hadn’t followed the instructions correctly. Thank goodness I had the sense to not practice on my pretty pillow. OK, back on track. Ready to actually do it.

Touchdown!!

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All done. Finished and ready to stuff him. Pillow cover measures 18″ by 15″.

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Did I tell you how much I enjoyed making this pillow!! ๐Ÿ˜€

So much that….

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Yep, three more in the works.


If you want to know more about the Snap Setter, go here.

http://www.snapsource.com/faqs/howtosnaps.php

Making Room For My Fabric

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ONE IN. ONE OUT.

That is my new rule. So, when I go on a shopping spree and bring in 10 items, ten old things have to go.

Where are these books going? To my local library.

They will sell them at their book sales they have several times a year. I am helping them make a little money and at the same time reducing my tax obligation to Uncle Sam.

Some of the books, I hate to part with. But I don’t have any plans to reread them in the next ten years. (Too busy quilting.) And if I do, I can probably find them all on line. Somewhere. In some form. There are 50 of them. Actually there were just 49. I added one more. I like round numbers. Easier to remember.

So…. off they go… today. Hubby already loaded them in my car.

Now I have to rearrange a few other things and donate a few other things. To free up about 4-5 shelves on my bookcases. It will take me dropping “stuff” in the box and saying Bye-Bye. I know I can do it. ๐Ÿ˜€

To Make Room For My Fabric.

I want them all nice and neat. Folded and stacked in piles. Color coordinated. I don’t have bolts of fabric. Just yards and Fat Quarters. Lots of FQ’s. And it has gotten to be a chore looking for a particular print or color. I know I have it. I know I didn’t use it. But where is it!!

Time to organize my little Fabric Stash. Then it will be easier for me to create all the craft ideas screaming to get out of my head.

Is your fabric organized? How did you do it? Do tell.

My New Quilt Book… My New Ruler

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I saw this book during one of my Lookie-Lou sessions on the net. (I click on stuff until I find something I like.) I loved it immediately. So many quilt designs I want to try. When the book arrived, I flipped through it and realized to make the blocks per the instructions, I would need a special ruler. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

A 90 degree Double Strip Ruler from Creative Grids.

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I figured I could make the blocks on my own but certainly would take longer. So, OK, I do a search, looking for the best deal. Checked eBay, Etsy first. Then did a search with MetaCrawler (I love this search engine!!) Amazon came up. Yay!! They had the ruler. In two days, I kid you not, I had it in my hands. Super fast shipping.

The ruler was kind of pricey.

BUT…

I used my AMEX points to buy it. Who knew those points could really be useful. In the past, I redeemed my points for small kitchen appliances, office equipment, gift certificates. Even airline tickets. For some reason I felt if I didn’t use them, they would vanish. And most of the stuff I got, I gave away as gifts.

Now that AMEX has partnered with Amazon, I can buy stuff for ME. Things that I really want and can use. (If you haven’t signed up, go look into it. You may as well get something back for being a loyal customer.)

Anyhoo… back to the ruler. Here it is with larger details.

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As you can see from the photos, it hasn’t been removed from the packaging. Yet.

I will check to see which Idea Sandwich works best with the quilts I want to make. Going to be fun!!

Mickey: Love Patches

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It feels good to make something from my Fabric Stash. Fabric that has been sitting for years waiting for its owner to come up with a design and actually cut into it. Snip. Cut.

You want to hear something funny. I bought this Mickey fabric off eBay YEARS ago and didn’t notice the seller was out of the country (not USA) when I clicked on To Buy. It took over a month for it to arrive and by then I had forgotten all about why I had wanted it in the first place!!

I used some of it to make simple purses for little girls. But still had a lot left. It is not the best quality fabric. The thread separated in some spots. I snipped off the pulled away threads.

So that I could still use it and not have to do a lot of fussy cutting around the flawed areas, I added a “patch” here and there.

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Thus, Mickey: Love Patches was born.

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I liked it and said, what the heck!! Let’s add more!! So I added mustard yellow squares plus the ones that look like the Target ads. The black and white circles.

Patches, all except the black/white circles, have been zig zagged. Will keep fraying to a minimum.

Quilting was done with wavy lines throughout.

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I love how the back turned out with the zig-zagging detail.

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Mini quilt can be used as a doll quilt, a playmat. Even a table runner. Would be great as a wall hanging in a child’s room. A child who loves Mickey.

All cotton fabric, cotton batting. It measures 20″ by 24″.

Bittersweet… Quilting For Quilt #1 Is Done

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All Done!!

I finished the last of the quilting for Quilt #1 (Drunkard Path) this morning at 5:45 am. I had worked on it yesterday most of the day. Taking frequent breaks.

Most of the quilt was done with Free Motion Meandering stitches. Plus I did circles and straight lines to quilt the “pie” pieces.

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What saved my shoulders and arms from fatigue and pain was my new Janome extension table for my sewing machine. It supports the weight of the heavy quilt so I don’t have to hold it up. And it allows me to work with a larger quilting area, to smooth out the fabric before starting to quilt. It works great!!

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This is the last piece to be quilted. Before starting, I was overcome with joy and grabbed my camera to document the moment.

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You never forget your first. I certainly will never forget My First Quilt. It has character. I think that is what flaws are called. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Next… the binding. Already cut and ready to go on.

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More photos tomorrow.

Quilted Clutch Reveal Time

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The last time you saw this was when I was making my table runner. Using these same fabrics. In my mind I could see “clutch” and I was carrying it under my arm.

That vision stayed with me all through finishing up the table runner. I was thinking ahead. How many pockets? Sew through to the bottom layer? Or do all the sewing on the inside layer? Quilt top and bottom? How to combine the top to the bottom? Bias binding?

I had a lot of decisions to make.

I started off the same as when making the table runner. Same design. Though different placement of the fabrics. I was working with the last of the batch. And had to make do.

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I wanted the clutch to be sturdy, not flimsy and thin. So I quilted both sides.

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It took about a week for me to chew on how to proceed. All those questions I had asked myself. I couldn’t sew the top to the bottom until I decided.

Made the pocket first. Actually a double pocket I lined with interfacing.

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Next went on the magnetic closure. More Pellon. The thick kind.

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Only then could I sew the top to the bottom. I was feeling great about then. The end was coming into view.

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Another decision. How to form the clutch? That took a couple days of trying out different widths of binding. Single fabric. Folded fabric. Machine sew. Hand sew.

I went with a 3″ bias binding. Folded in half. Machine sewn on the bottom. Hand sewn on the top. The sides were kind of tricky. I made a sandwich with the bias binding, sewed them together and then opened them up to hand sew along the edges.

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The wine broach-like pin on the front came from JoAnn’s Drapery Department. I saw it and loved it. Looks so much better than the buttons I had planned to use.

The FRONT.

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The BACK.

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It’s a nice sized bag and measures 14″ by 10″. It can hold a little.

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Or a lot.

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Now I have to decide. List it on Etsy. Or keep it. I found one shirt in my closet I can wear with it.

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Ticker Tape Barbie Doll Quilt

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Well, you knew it had to happen, right!! That I would put my own spin on this.

I used a few larger pieces for this Barbie Ticker Tape doll quilt. In the corners and the center. I even “for real” quilted the center.

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If you have been following along with me on my quilting journey, then you know I HATE the hand sewing the binding part the most.

So… this time I tried machine sewing it on. With mixed results. I like the look but I think it would have been faster just to hand sew it. I had a problem getting the top stitched seam to “catch” the seam with the batting. Had to rip out the stitches, open it up to see the problem. Ended up cutting 1/8″ off on one side and redoing it. Then I added a second seam all around just for safe measures. I will probably machine bind again but just on small items.

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I bought this Barbie fabric I think on eBay, or maybe Etsy, a few years ago. Don’t have much left. I made a pillow and plan to make a larger pillow with the yard or so I have left.

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Look at this little cloth doll I found at the Salvation Army Thrift Store this week. I am fast becoming one of their best customers. She was only $1.99. Her colors perfectly match my little quilt. I was tickled to find her!!

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So… that is Ticker Tape Barbie. Next up, Mickey.

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Ticker Tape Doll Quilt Set

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Every few days I go on a Lookie-Lou Hunt. Looking for interesting posts and blogs on the ‘net. Sometimes it is just the photo that interest me. Click. Click. Click.

But what I mostly love to do is spend an hour or so browsing the archives of my favorite sites. Usually I will find Eye Candy to add to my ever growing To-Make-List.

This is one of my finds.

A Little Ticker Tape Doll Quilt by Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts.

http://sewmamasew.com/blog2/2009/10/scrap-buster-project-tiny-ticker-tape-quilt-tutorial-from-amanda-jean/

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!!!

So… it got moved right up to the TOP of my list. I had planned to make a doll quilt anyway since I had already purchased this doll bed/cradle on eBay a couple of months ago.

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I just hadn’t planned on making one so soon. But seeing those ragged edges was just too hard to resist.

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I followed along with Amanda Jean’s instructions. Even placing them similar to the way she did it. Some horizontal. Some vertical. Mine is a bit smaller than hers but I think it fits my little doll bed perfectly.

 

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And it is reversible. Two for One.

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It is quilted. Each fabric piece has been stitched on all four sides. Backstitched at the beginning and end. It will fray some but I am hoping after a washing or two, the ends will stabilize. It is all cotton and the batting is cotton.

After finishing it and LOVING it, my brain went bonkers. Idea Overload!! Can’t just have a quilt, now can you!! You need a matching pillowcase. So I made a new mattress with a separate pillow.

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Then off I went to the Salvation Army Thrift Store and found this ugly cute Cabbage Patch Doll for $3.99. It must have been really loved. She has lipstick marks on both cheeks. ๐Ÿ˜€

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And one last item. Something to carry it all in.

I created this bag by accident. I was trying to make a fitted sheet. When that turned out… crappy not quite right, I turned it into a bag. I am thinking U-HALL is a great name for it since the design looks like a giant “U”. And you haul stuff in it. (The UHAUL name is already taken by those truck rental people. So can’t use that.) How about Stars and Stripes? That name came to me as I was looking at the buttons and the striped fabric. But since I plan to make it with other fabrics, I’ll stick with U-HALL.

 

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If you make this little quilt, I would love to see it. E-mail it to me and I will post it on my blog. Try it. You will make more than one. (I did!!)

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Here’s another Ticker Tape quilt Amanda Jean made. This one measures 35″ by 46″. Go visit her site. I guarantee you will linger and be there a while. She does beautiful work.

http://crazymomquilts.blogspot.com/2009/09/ticker-tape.html


U-HALL is an original design by This Year’s Dozen. Please respect copyright laws and do not distribute, copy or post elsewhere without my permission. Linking back to this post is OK. Thanks!!