Monday, September 30, 2013

Lap Quilt

First a disclaimer; I am NOT a quilter. I keep thinking back to the day that an acquaintance asked me, "What can't you do?" At that time, the answer was, I can't spell and I can't cut hair, everything else is requisite to learning how." I have added quilting to that list. So why in the world did I even attempt to create this quilt? I was introduced to paper piece quilting many years so and I just had to try it. Oh my word, I cannot get everything even and straight, a requisite for paper piece quilting.     
I got this one project (that is the Mount Timpanogas Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, located one mile from my home) completed about 2 years ago and I swore that I would never do another one. Meanwhile, I turned that quilt square into a pillow top, put it in a plastic case and it has just sat in the top of my closet. Then some things, very happy things, happened in our lives and I decided to make that lone 12"x12" quilt square the center of a lap quilt, to give to MHD for Christmas.
 I bought fabric which you can run through the printer, and then sew the picture onto a project. I printed off two pictures one of MDH and myself and one of all of our family which were with us on that special day. I used the fabric which I had used to create the pillow cover, then I added more fabric to make it lap quilt size. I have a friend who has a quilting machine and she machine quilted it for me. I hand hemmed the edges down, and it is done.   Now it is sitting in a box in the top of my closet.   I am doing my best to make this a complete surprise for MDH.  So if you know him, please do not tell him about this quilt or show him the pictures.  Thank you!

 

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

DIY Fitted Crib Sheets

This last Sunday our granddaughter made us great grandparents, 8 weeks early.  Kaylee and Sophia each weigh less than 3 pounds.  They are healthy but very tiny.  We went through this once before when a grandson was born 7 weeks early, and he weighed just over 3 lbs.  Well, when we went to see the new little ones at the hospital, the other grandparents and great grandparents were all shook up about things that were not ready for the girls to be here.  One of the things mentioned were sheets for the two cribs.  Well I know how to make them, they are easy.  So I went home bought fabric and made 4 sets.  They are white, so that they can be bleached as needed.  This is how to make fitted crib sheets. 
Supplies:
70” x 45” (178cm x 114 cm) 100% cotton materials (buy 2 yards and preshrink it)
2 yards (183 cm) - ¼” (6mm) elastic
Sewing machine (not shown)
Thread (not shown)
9” x 9” (23cm x 23cm) square piece of paper
Iron
Scissors
Straight pins
If you haven’t, already, wash and dry the material, for this preshrinks it, so that it will not shrink any more, when washed again.  Next I took the iron and on “cotton” heat ironed the fabric so that the edges will be flat and easy to work with.  To make the next part easier, I fold the four (4) corners of the soon to be sheet together, one on top of each other lined up as evenly as possible.
Next cut a piece of paper to be 9” x 9” (23cm x 23cm) square.  I put the paper on top of the corners as evenly as possible.
Using the square as my pattern, I cut out all 4 corners at once.
Now comes the part, where you grab the two sides left over from the cut out square corner and pin them together from the edges to the center of the cut.
Sew this closed with a ¼ inch (6mm) seam.
Repeat with the other 3 corners, making sure the seams are all on the same side of the sheet.   
Now fold down the edge of the sheet, ¼ inch (6mm), and sew this edge down.  This does not need to be perfect because it will be under the mattress and will rarely be seen.
Final step: change your sewing machine to a zigzag stitch, then starting on one of the corners, on the inside of the sheet, place the end of the elastic and tack it down by running the stitch back a forth a few times.  Then holding down the fabric, stretch the elastic as far as it will go and zigzag it to the edge of the material.
When the material goes past the sewing needle, the elastic relaxes and gathers the material. Stop as need to re-stretch the elastic and keep going until you get to where you started.
I don't have access to a crib so I don't have a picture of it on a crib. Sorry about that.
This is how to fold this sheet, so that it can be stored on a shelf until needed.  Lay the sheet out on a flat surface the elastic side up and in the middle. 
Fold it in half length wise. 
Then fold it in half, bottom to top
and fold it in half one more time.  Now it is neat enough to be put on a shelf in a linen closet, or where ever it is you store sheets.  Enjoy!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Robins- Days 14 and 15

I took this picture yesterday, but I didn't get it published until now.  These guys are almost as big as their parents.  So much for day 14.

This afternoon I took my camera out for my daily picture.  I got no closer than I ever had before, when all off the sudden all 4 fledglings panicked and fled the nest.  They glided to areas away from me. Almost immediately the Mom and Dad started dive bombing me.  I in turn, fled to the house with my arms over my head and no new picture. 
A little while later I got a picture of this one, on the grass outside my back door.  As soon as they saw me, the dive bombers returned and I stepped back into safety.  Very interesting.
 

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Robins- Day 13

You can't even see the 4th one, its under there somewhere.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Robins- Day 12

They are bursting out of the nest.  We saw them earlier being fed by Mom and Dad, but couldn't get the camera out in time for a good picture.  Flight is just around the corner.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Robins-Day11

  Bigger still, there is barley any room left in the nest.  The little fluffy feathers are being replaced by feathers which will allow them to fly.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Robins -Day 10

Boy they have grown.  They are so big they can't lay on top of each other any more.  Their eyes have been open for days now and this is the first time I saw one of their three toed feet.