A Few “Ta-Dah” Moments… Class, Bunting Set, Wall Hanging

And in no particular order…..

Ta-Dah!!!

I finally hung the first quilted item I made. My Dresden Plate wall hanging. It’s been so long. You have probably forgotten. I sewed a black polka dot sleeve on the back.

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My Cold Connections class yesterday was FABULOUS!! I really enjoyed the instructor. What talent!! She teaches at several places including a Community College. I learned three ways to add a rivet, one way to “staple” metal together and used a Flex Shaft power drill to punch holes in metal.

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Also more sawing of metal. We worked with copper and brass.  In the last few minutes of class, I quickly added extra holes.

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Don’t know what I will do with these pieces.  I will figure out something. It was all hands on. My favorite type of class. I learn better when I am actually doing the work.


I created this Pillow and Bunting Set. I had July 4th on the brain.

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You see bunting flags and triangles everywhere. So I decided to make up my own version. Using fabric, clear vinyl and cut up little pieces of yarn. (A perfect way to use up all that yarn just sitting.)

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I pieced together some burgundy, blue and mustard fabric to make this patchwork pillow. I quilted the front and made an envelope back.

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The pillow form is recycled. I took an old toss pillow not being used, was just being stored, took it apart, used the stuffing to make a new pillow form. The fabric is the same fabric I used to line the patchwork pillow cover. I have eight more pillows I can recycle.

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Here are more photos. The pillow back. The bunting backs.

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😦

My sewing machine died!! It stopped on me when I was stippling my first quilt. I already had about half done. Got through another 12 inches or so and the stitches started to come apart. I did everything any sewing machine owner would do. Rethread, changed the thread, changed the bobbin, cleaned out the bobbin case, removed the bobbin holder, cleaned out under it and all around it, changed needles (several times, different color tips). I did everything I knew to do. Still acting ugly!!

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So.. my Janome now sits in the front passenger seat awaiting a trip to the repair shop. The last time I took it, they had it for 3 weeks. I sure hope it isn’t that long this time. I will go through sewing withdrawal. I will have to drag out my little Sew Petite. And try to sew on it. The foot does not raise up very high, so no way to quilt anything on it. Just straight sewing. 😦

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A day without crafting!! No way!!

Maybe I will make up a few jewelry pieces. I have a couple coiled wire ideas. And I need to macrame a couple of plant hangers. This downtime may be good for me. Give me a break from sewing. Get a couple of patterns done. Get some of the many things I have made listed on Etsy. Now THAT is something I could do!! Should do. Will do.

It Is Off To Cold Connections Class, I Go

Guess what I will be doing later today. Actually this evening. It’s a night class. 3 hours.

Learning how to connect metal pieces the “cold” way.

With rivets, for sure, but not sure what else. I’ve been doing a bit of research on the Net today. Read quite a few articles on the technique and watched a couple videos. Just in case the instructor asks what we know about Cold Connections. Don’t want to appear stupid!! Now do I. 😀

This is a class at Armstrong Tool and Supply that I have had my eye on for about a year. I kept checking the schedule but never saw it during the month I checked. Until recently. I saw it. Signed up. Paid. And kept my fingers crossed another student would sign up. They won’t hold the class with only one person. Well, as luck would have it. Another person DID sign up. There will be two of us learning this awesomeness.

They told me to bring tools… so I am taking my hammer, several pairs of pliers, set of files, scissors, safety glasses, Klutz Glove, ruler, wire cutter, hemostat. I put nail polish on each piece so they will know which tools are mine. Look at my tool box. Cute, huh? Got it at Michaels. (I think. Maybe JoAnn’s.)

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Can’t wait to get to class. There are so many things I would like to make.

But for sure it will be little things, like this pocket change I found as I was out walking. I would love to make a bracelet or something out of them. As a reminder that sometimes I DO get out of the house. Out of my crafty chair.

This is over a 2-3 year period of out-and-about.

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Anyhoo, back to my class… Hopefully we will make something I can proudly stick out my chest as I am showing it to you. Later tonight or tomorrow.


Here’s a couple of Cold Connection pieces I LOVE!!

Isn’t this beautiful!! From Susan Lenart Kazmer. I HAVE to get this book.

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http://www.susanlenartkazmer.net/publications.htm


This is another bracelet I would love to be the proud owner of. Maybe one day I will have the skills to make it.

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http://www.jewelrymakingdaily.com/media/p/987.aspx


Here is where I went to search for Cold Connections. The videos are listed in there too.

http://www.metacrawler.com/info.metac.test.b5/search/web?fcoid=417&fcop=topnav&fpid=27&q=%22cold+connections%22