Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Dress your Table

Quick and Easy to Make this cute utensil caddy,  All you need is a 6 inch diameter flower and two 14" circles of fabric.
Layer your circles right side together and stitch the edge leaving about 3-4" opening for turning. Turn right side out and top stitch the edge sewing your opening closed and press .
Now fold your circle in half and stitch right down the middle, Next fold the other way in half and stitch down the middle again.
And that's all there is to it !  Make them to match your table setting, red white and blue perhaps for summer holdays, Black and white for a dressier look, A friend hand painted my flower pot to match the fabric so let your imagination fly!


Always Quilting ,
Teresa

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Spinning Star Singles

Making a ton of half square triangles?  Spinning Star Singles can help!
Make eight half square triangles at once!  Simply layer two 6 inch squares of fabric right sides together and pin a star single on top and sew following the arrows, cut apart and tear off the paper!  Easy as 1 2 3 !
I make a stack of these whenever I need to use up fabric and I have an extra  rotary cutter specifically for using with paper so I don't use the one for fabric cutting,  Comes in pretty handy especially when you are making 120 of them!
Comes in different sizes too, so pick the one size you need, I basically use the 2" finished alot.

Always Quilting,

Teresa



Saturday, April 9, 2016

SPRING CLEANING


 With the change of the seasons is when it's time to air out my quilts and get them ready for storage for the summer months,.or vice a versa ..  I hang mine out on a day the air is crisp and fresh, usually mid morning when the sun isn't too strong yet,  Then carefully fold them on the bias and put them into a cotton pillowcase.  If you always keep your quilts stored the change of seasons is a good time to take them out and refold them a different direction to prevent crease and fold lines and use rolled and crumpled up acid free tissue paper in each fold.  I do keep quilts once they are a pillow case in a large colored -not clear_rubbermaid tub, I have never had any problems storing them this way but the tubs are in a normal temperature room, not a hot attic or damp basement. I make a little sachet for each tub of my homemade herbal insect repellent recipe, This works perfect for dresser drawers and closets too--

1/2 cup cedar shavings
1/4 cup of each of dried lavender,lemon verbena, mint, & rosemary a few dried rose buds or petals
2 TBlsp each of whole cloves,cinnamon,nutmeg, lemon peel,& bay leaves
2TBlsp of orris root powder
5-10 drops of eseential oil lavender or lemon or cedar or pine
Mix all ingredients together and store in a tightly covered jar for one week
then put into cotton muslin sachet bags or pillows and I place these in the bottom of each tub, and on the floor or on a hanger in  my closet and one in each dresser drawer.

Always Quilting,
Teresa