Sunday, February 7, 2016

A Trio of Scissors Cases

The Tulip Scissors Case is a free pattern on Craftsy by CloBird. It was rated as a novice project and while the instructions and photos are very good and clear, I struggled so much with the dang zipper!!!! I have made 100's of bags with zippers and never had a problem with a zipper like I did with this scissors case. You see, you need to remove the metal zipper pull and stop off the zipper and you end up using one half of the zipper, which gets folded in half and then you need to feed the metal pull back on the 2 ends of the zipper. And that's where the problem is trying to put back the metal pull onto the zipper teeth. The first side seems to go in a lot easier and faster than the second side. I worked for more than 30 minutes to get the zipper pull onto the zipper teeth! The teeth would start to pull away from the zipper tape and I had to trim the zipper teeth neat and tidy and try this again, and again and again, etc.... I finally had nothing left of the zipper teeth to put into the metal pull, so then I had to rip it out and re-do it. Which meant ripping out the top-stitching, then ripping out the lining and finally ripping out the zipper from the exterior fabric. Then starting over with a new long zipper sewing it to the exterior, then the lining and top-stitching again. I was cursing and getting so frustrated with this project!!!

While this is a very cute scissors case and there are 3 sizes you can make, I certainly would not rate this a beginner project, especially if this is your first attempt at sewing in a zipper, because you might not want to sew another zipper ever. I don't know if a particular zipper brand would have worked better or easier or if I had some bad zippers, but how would I have known this? While she does tell you to take your time doing the zipper, she doesn't tell you that your zipper teeth might separate from the zipper tape like mine did. I am sure it was easy for her to do, but I just want to warn you in advance that if you have never sewn a zipper before, don't start with this project. You need patience and time to get this to work. Maybe you will be lucky and get the zipper pull to work quickly. The first case I made was the largest one and that one went together much quicker. The 2 smaller ones took so much time and ripping out. Could I be the only one making these cases that had trouble with the zippers? Who knows? Maybe it's just me. I am glad this pattern was free, but I ruined a couple of zippers just trying to make these cases. Just wanted to give a heads up on the zippers. I won't be sewing any more zippers that I need to take apart first and then put back together later. It's just not my thing. Anyone else who made these scissors cases, did you struggle with the zipper? Just curious.

They did turn out cute and useful.
This is the largest size case and has a zippered top pocket to hold your largest scissors and there is a front and back slip pocket to hold your smaller scissors or other sewing tools.
Smaller scissors can go in the outside pocket and some tweezers fit nicely too.
You can put your scissors inside the zippered pocket.
Or you can put your scissors on the outside pocket or other tools like seam rippers or a small ruler, etc.
I made a zipper pull using beads and a scissors charm I had.
These are the 2 smaller scissors cases. The one on the left is the Baby and the one on the right is the Passport. On these 2 cases I decided to bind the 2 edges rather than sewing them like I did for the larger case and having to turn them right-side-out. It was a bit of a wrestle to turn the larger one with all the thick layers. Besides, after my zippers were finally sewn, I just wanted to be done with this project!
I added some scissors charms to the zipper pulls I made for these two cases also.
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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Six Fabric Wrapped Clothesline Bowls

I made 6 more fabric bowls. I used some scraps leftover from the patriotic fabrics I had to make the first bowl and I used scraps of fabric from the king size batik quilt top I recently made too on some of the bowls.
I used leftover fabrics from the patriotic banner I made plus some other scrap fabrics to make this bowl.

I used scraps of batiks leftover from making the batik king size quilt to make this bowl.

I used batiks scraps to make this bowl. Some were from the king size quilt and some were other batik scraps.

I used scraps to make this bowl too.

Here is another batik bow made from scraps leftover from the king size quilt, plus a few other batik scraps as well.

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Sunday, January 31, 2016

King Size Mondrian Quilt Top

I pieced this king size quilt top in a couple of days, but probably won't get around to quilting it for a while. I have to be in the right mood to tackle something this large under my sewing machine. I used turquoise, green, aqua, blue and purple batiks that I already had. Some of the batiks I used I found in my scrap bag, but most were fat quarters and half yards that I already had. I made this quilt in a queen size a few years ago for my son, but only used scraps for his quilt in any color batik I had. You can see his quilt here. This quilt is called Mondrian and it was in a book that I borrowed years ago from the library and I cannot recall the title or the authors of the book. The library doesn't have this book anymore. I am sure it must be out of print by now too. I hope to have this quilted and on my bed by next winter.
batik quilt top
Mondrian quilt top on my king size bed.

I bought 2 queen-sized wool battings about 10-12 years ago and I guess I was waiting for the right quilt to make to use it. I decided that batting finally needed to be used, so I made the quilt top, then had to piece the batting together to make it large enough. I found a perfect 108" wide backing fabric online in flannel and I don't need to piece that, yay! This flannel backing is from
The color in person looks more like minty green though, but it still goes nicely with my quilt top, since I have various shades of green, turquoise, aqua, blues and purples in my quilt top.

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Desire to Inspire

I am featured today at Henry Glass & Company, Inc. for the Desire to Inspire Challenge that I recently participated in. Please hop on over to Henry Glass and see what I created with the fabric I was sent and read a little more about me. Thanks!
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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Blogger Changes for GFC Followers

Hello my friends and followers. I read that Blogger was going to make some changes to GFC (Google Friend Connect) and only allow gmail followers now. This morning when I got on my blog I did notice that I had 13 fewer followers! Yikes, what happened? Then I remembered Blogger was making changes. About a year ago, I noticed followers who had Yahoo, MSN, Hotmail, etc. were able to make comments on my blog, but I had to read those comments directly from my blog, as they no longer were delivered into my email inbox. They weren't in my SPAM box either. The only comments that go to Spam now are no-reply comments. So if any of you fellow bloggers have noticed that you lost a lot of followers all at once, it's because of the changes to Blogger. If you did follow me by GFC, and Blogger removed you from my follower list, then I sincerely hope that you will follow me (or any other blogs you might have been following) by email or BlogLovin or whatever reader form that you prefer that is available. To make it easy for my followers, I do have a follow by email box on the right side and if you click on the BlogLovin woman, she will take you to BlogLovin where you can click to follow along on my creative adventure that way. If you are new to BlogLovin, you might enjoy seeing their format too. BlogLovin sends you email notification whenever a blog that you follow has posted, so you won't miss any of the blogs that you love.

I am not sure if those who have followed me without a gmail account will even know that I wrote this post? If they have removed all those followers, then they might start to wonder after weeks and months have passed why they hadn't seen a posting from those blogs that they were following. So I hope that those of you who do read this might let their friends who do not have gmail know about this change. Thank you so much.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

A Fun New Mystery BOM for 2016: Let it Snow!!!

Hello friends. I just found out about this new 2016 Block-of-the-Month that's also a mystery. It looks like fun and it's free too. It's Buttermilk Basin's Let it Snow Mystery BOM.  It is wool applique and the first block is really cute! Of course you could use quilting cotton or even flannel that looks like wool if you want to. This first block is ready to download. Then every month a new block will be revealed. So pop on over and join in the fun!
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Friday, January 15, 2016

Wool Sheep Gift Tag & Snowman

I made a sheep gift tag/ornament using some wool felt and appliqued it to a mitten shape. I put this tag on a gift bag of yarn. My knitting group does a yarn exchange every year and so I made this tag to add to the gift.
 I also made a little snowman using a sock and then knit him a hat and scarf. I added button eyes, a nose using rolled up fabric and sewed some star buttons on the front. I gave this snowman to the librarian in charge of the knitting group.
I added a couple of jingle bells to the scarf ends.
The snowman is filled with rice to weigh him down.
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