1 Down, 3 To Go

And, here’s the finished quilt, wonky seams, wobbly top stitching, uneven binding, and all.

Finished Quilt

The binding is not perfect.  I tried really  hard, but somehow it never seems to come out even for me.  But hey, it’s done.  I didn’t do much actual quilting.  Just followed the blue strips lengthwise down the quilt.  That’s all that is “needed” to keep the batting in place.  I asked Lois if she wanted anything more elaborate, and she said no.  So I just left it simple.  It does look pretty cool, though.  And, it’s queen sized!  I used a queen size sheet I had kicking around my house (I hate flat sheets!) and only had to trim a couple inches off to fit it.  Actually, the binding itself is another old sheet!  One from Lois.  The blues don’t match exactly (the twin was a bit lighter than my queen), but hey… you can’t beat free!

I have learnt loads from this quilt, and the next one will be improved.  It was just back luck on Lois’ part that she got stuck with my first attempt!

In the previous post, I had a comment requesting some detail shots (see, I do pay attention!) So, here you go.

Square with shirt buttons.

Square with shirt buttons and corner of pocket.

That gives you an idea of what I did to show that these were real shirts, not just pretty fabric.

Some of you have heard the story of my sewing machine.  It’s an old Kenmore machine.  It’s my grandmother’s machine, from around the time of her marriage, in 1949.  I don’t know if it was really that early, but it’s at least 50 years old, for sure, probably closer to 60.  Anyway, I had to have the electrical cord replaced the other week because the insulation was literally disintegrating in my hands.  It’s a fabulous machine, and sews like a dream.  I had it serviced at the time of the cord replacement, and when I got it back and started sewing again, I seriously had to check twice to be sure that it was actually stitching, because it was so smooth!  I didn’t originally inherit it when my grandmother died.  My sister has a couple of degrees in fashion and costume design, and does a load of sewing, so she inherited it.  I was living in England at that time, anyway, so it wasn’t a conflict of interest!  But this last year, since moving back to the US, Lois offered to let me have it, since she has another machine.  So, I’m very grateful to my sister for sharing the wealth!

Anyway, here’s a photo of the quilt on the machine.  It sits in this awesome cupboard that lets the machine drop down, and fold away.  Seriously, every machine should come with that feature!  It makes storing/using the machine so much more practical.

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Little Love Notes

So, in creating my template for the ikle envelopes,  I made another envelope!  Now what to do with this envelope?  Well…  What about making it into an….. ENVELOPE!  Shocking idea, I know.  But in this case, it’s the envelope for a Bitty Love Note.  I’m going to give this one to my sister.  She’s my best friend, and it’s been a tough year, month and week for her!

A little surprise for your pocket.

For tiny reminders of love!

I cut the lining paper by tracing the envelope on the back.  Then I cut smaller than the pencil marks.  Once I got that done, I cut the background paper to 1/4 inch smaller than the size of the envelope.  And the white paper to 1/4 inch smaller than that.  And then I cut the hearts.  They’re so tiny!  Seriously, a challenge to cut.  I also stitched them on, since they look so sweet stitched.  And, of course, you knew I had to ink the edges.

All of these are leftovers from a previous project.

Airplane Ticket

My sister’s mother-in-law sent my sister a heartfelt letter saying how much she hated that they live so far, and that circumstances were such that they couldn’t visit more often.  So my sister and her husband decided they’d buy her a plane ticket for the summer.  A brilliant idea!  However, since they have to coordinate schedules, they won’t have anything  physical to hand her.  This is where I enter the picture.  My sister does not scrap.  At all.  She appreciates it.  Just doesn’t have the interest in doing it herself.  Anyway, she asked if I’d make a cute ticket to give her.

So, here’s what I came up with!

I’m really pleased with how it turned out 🙂  Hope you like it as well.  If you’re interested in making your own, I’ve made a template.  You can find it Here.

Anyway…. I’ll show you the card I made later in the week, during the Blog Hop I’m participating in over the weekend.

Happy Scrapping!

Lovebirds of Paradise

You hear about ‘cat’ and ‘dog’ people, but there’s more than that,of course. In my family, we’re ‘bird’ people. So, when I saw these cute mirror birds by Heidi Swapp, I had to get them for my sister’s album!  It took me ages to figure out what to do with them, however.  Normally I’m pretty good about not buying it if I don’t have a specific LO to put it on.  But, I knew I’d be able to use it; somehow.  As I was working on the album, I finally came up with a great idea for a LO to use them on: Lovebirds of paradise.  I wish I could have used the purple/orange/green colour combo of a real bird of paradise, but the only coulor options for the Heidi Swapp birds were pink/clear.  So I dug out some PP (patterned paper) from my stash (American Crafts), and matched up some CS (card stock) to bring it all together.  The title is cut off my Cricut, Opposites Attract.  The flowers are also from my stash, but I’m afraid I’ve got no idea who makes them.Honeymoon Lovebirds

A Scrapblog You Ask?

What is a Scrapblog?  It’s a place for me to post and share as I wander through my photographic life journey.  I’ve got a lovely blog here where you can find out what’s going on in my non-scrapping life.  This way I don’t have to bore my non-Scrappy friends with details of my Scrappy life.  I will be putting more than just scrapbooking projects up here.  Anything that I’m hand crafting (ex: my calligraphy pieces) will also get displayed.

So, lets start.  Since February I’ve been working on my Sister’s wedding album.  She got married 5 years ago in August.  Why the delay?  She never got me the photos!  I’ve been working at it since the day the photos arrived, thank you very much.  And between February and June, I was scrapping in a foreign country!  Funnily enough, that foreign country is my native country.  See, I’d been offered the chance to go to my undergraduate university and teach for a term.  That was too good of a CV building opportunity for a lowly PhD student to miss.  So I packed up my house, rented it out to some Uni friends (only responsible ones, obviously) and moved from England to the United States.  I really spent 6 months in a rather peripatetic state.  My lovely extended family offered me places to sleep, but you know how it is.  None of it was home, even my sister’s house, though that was closest.  Long story short (too late!) I had a wonderful time, but it made for difficult scrapping conditions.  So most of what I’ve accomplished has been done in June-October.  Oh, except that I spent 3 weeks of June in Germany/Netherlands.  And 2 weeks of September in Russia.  And most of July flat on my back with the worst sinus infection since I lived in Chile!  Yep.  Lots of good reasons to not have completed the album.  However, I’m getting close!  And you’ve no idea how excited I am.  I’ve finished all the LOs (Lay Outs) about the wedding and the reception(s) and I’m  just left with the Honeymoon, which really isn’t that many at all.  The end is visible!

Some particular gems of the collection (click on a photo to see the close up):