Saturday, January 10, 2015

FNwF January 2015

 I got a late start last night on Friday Night with Friends, but I did make it into my sewing room where I started this new Valentine's door banner. I have a wider door banner for Valentine's day, but it blocks the windows in my front door and makes it hard to see who is knocking at the door. This size, 11.5 x 30.5 inches works better. I decided to take my inspiration from those favorite candy conversation hearts. My hearts say: ALL MINE, LOVE YA, and HUGS & KISSES. The real candy hearts have red writing on them, but I think black will show better on my door. Here is the link to see what everyone else accomplished for FNwF http://stitchingcubbyhole.blogspot.com.au/2015/01/fnwf.html
 This week, I also worked on some more blue--albeit light blue Medallion Log Cabin blocks for part of the Rainbow Scrappy Challenge 2015.
 This one is more aqua
 and this one is moving into turquoise. Here is the link to more RSC15 inspiration http://superscrappy.blogspot.com/2015/01/scraphappy-saturday-still-feeling-blue.html
 I bought some plastic cases to organize all my 2015 scrappy projects. They were $5 each at Joann's and are really made for scrapbooking, but I think they will help me to stay organized and they are roomy!
 My iron has been slowly dying and I have really not wanted to break down and buy another one. But after ruining two pieces of white fabric with brown water this morning, I broke down and ran to Target. I used to be a huge supporter of Rowenta irons, but they are not the quality they used to be! I did decide on buying their low end model because Target had it on sale for $45. I am curious to see how long it will last. It is not very heavy duty, so I might end up just using it for my mobile sewing center. I am contemplating asking for an Oliso for my birthday this year, but even those don't have the best reviews and I am not sure which model it best for quilting. If anyone has iron advice I would love to hear your opinion!
Shannon over at Modern Tradition Quilts http://moderntraditionquilts.blogspot.com is sponsoring a Charm Square Sample Quilt Along. The quilt is going to be about 60 inches square and uses two print charm packs and either two solid charm packs or a solid you cut to 4 7/8 in. squares. I had these two charm packs in my stash and I think they will make a great tablecloth to go with my Fiestaware dishes. I just need to find a background fabric. I will hit my LQS and see what I can find. The first block sewing directions won't be posted until next week, so I have a little time. Join us it looks like fun!!!
My Valentine's door banner is ready for embroidering and I am still hand quilting my Journey of a Quilter BOM project (hopefully done with it in another couple of weeks). The two football playoff games this evening and the two tomorrow will give me lots of time for Slow Sunday Stitching. Get some more inspiration here http://kathysquilts.blogspot.com

42 comments:

  1. Lovely blocks. Your door banner is cute.

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  2. Candy hearts! I always liked to eat those even though they don't have much taste.

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  3. Those hearts look so good. The black stitching will be fantastic.

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  4. What a sweet banner! The black stitching will look great!

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  5. really nice medallion log cabin blocks--i didn't have many of those medium blues either! I went down a darker road..lol..I really like those storage boxes--they look big enough for 12" blocks even Will have to check out JoAnnes...hugs, Julierose

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  6. I have also had iron woes. After going through several very expensive irons that didn't hold up, a couple years ago I got a nothing-fancy iron from Vermont Country Store. If I remember right, it was $29.95. It does not do steam, which I have found I really like because there are no holes on the sole plate - makes it great for applique. It looks a bit old fashion but has been a real workhorse for not that much money. When I need steam I either mist the piece with water or I get out my 20 year old Black & Decker.

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  7. I've heard that if you use distilled water in the new irons, it wrecks the electronics and they leak. I use a spray bottle so I've never checked it out. You might want to just to find out if it's true. CDahlgren at live dot com

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  8. I love the Valentine door hanger. The colors are perfect!

    Eat your Fruits and Veggies by Pat Sloan is so cute, I don't have it...yet. I agree it will make a pretty table runner.

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  9. Lovely blocks. Your valentine banner is sweet.

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  10. Lots of great projects on the go. Such a good idea to get that Valentine banner ready in time for February.

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  11. Lots of lovely work going on at your place. Love the storage boxes.

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  12. Lovely hearts and blocks!
    Have a wonderful day!
    Hugs and love from Portugal,
    Ana Love Craft
    www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

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  13. Great idea with the Valentine banner. Love those tubs to put projects in. They are a great size for quilt blocks.
    Irons are not fun. I have wasted money on a lot of expensive ones. Now i buy the cheapest and strangely have found they last the longest. Doesn't make sense!

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  14. What a "sweet" idea for a holiday door banner. Lovely light blues too. I go through a lot of irons too, but finally stopped putting water in them. They last much longer and I use a spray bottle when I need steam.

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  15. What great projects! I really like the candy hearts wall hanging; it is so sweet!

    Keep up the good work.

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  16. Oh you tempt me with a fun sew along ;)
    Enjoy your embroidery today!

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  17. I'm starting to have problems with my Rowenta as well. I think next time I'll just go for a cheap iron and use it til it dies. I've used the oliso iron in classes. Didn't like it for applique because those retractable feet would catch on the pieces and wrinkle them up instead of pressing them flat. That has just been my experience, so take it with a grain of salt!

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  18. Love your Valentine door banner!

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  19. Love your projects! I like the idea of using those boxes too. As for irons I went thru the same thing. I follow Bonnie Hunter and she gave the tip of never putting water in any iron. Keep a sprtiz bottle near by instead. No more iron problems! I also discovered learning to use a dry iron more is a plus as you will have less distortion in your blocks. Hope this helps!

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  20. Those brown stains might be removed. This happened to me once and I was told to use peroxide that was diluted with water....takes the stain right out!!BEWARE on coloured fabrics though!
    As for irons...I love my TFAL. It doesn't shut off and aren't too expensive.But I have seen through others that some of the cheaper ones are great and put the expensive ones to shame! Good luck finding one!

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  21. I need a new iron too, for the same brown water marks. I like your blue log cabins.

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  22. Love your valentine door banner!

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  23. You are doing a beautiful job on your door banner. What fun!

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  24. I love your Valentine's banner. I wish I could hang one on my front door, but my house faces south and anything you hang on the door or in the windows fades quickly even with an overhanging front porch. I love that charm pack. Great fabrics. Can't help you with the iron. I just have a basic no name.

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  25. Your Valentines banner is lovely and so are your blue blocks.Have glue on my iron so am no help there!!

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  26. What a pretty Valentine's banner. I love the colors you've used.

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  27. Love your door banner Tanya.

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  28. I so relate to your iron dilemma, Tanya. My 20-something year old (cheapo) Black and Decker died last year, and I haven't found a satisfactory replacement yet. I'm currently haunting he thrift stores for a good, old one. I'm liking your turquoise log cabin.

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  29. The conversation hearts are really sweet!

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  30. Lots of progress at your place. Love the banner! I don't know what I would do without my B&D. It's been such a great iron. I invite you to link to WIPs Be Gone - ends today Midnight. Know the readers would like to read about your work.

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  31. Love that Valentine banner, it's super cute!

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  32. What a fabulous Valentine's banner! Love it!

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  33. Cute Valentine's Day project - we call them Love Hearts in the UK! Your log cabins are sweet too! Thanks for linking up to #scraptastictuesday

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  34. This was a fun post to read and see. I like how you tape them to the door for a nice photo.

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  35. The door banner looks lovely!

    My iron quit on me again a couple days ago. I bought this one last year and it's a Rowenta (It was the third one for me). They seem to have all the same problem, the water leaks from the sole plate after a few months to a year. They are very nice but unfortunately they just don't last, they are junk. No more Rowenta!

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  36. You are going to laugh...I picked that very SAME charm pack to work with for my Saturday Sampler!!! LOL!!

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  37. Your door banner looks great :)

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  38. Love those Log Cabin blocks: I especially like how big and chunky they are! Thanks for linking up to Building Blocks Tuesday last week.

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  39. Great log cabin medallions (I recently got some of those same plastic containers, they're the perfect size!)

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