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Week 10 – April 22 – 28, 2012 – Potpourri Air

These cute little air fresheners are the easiest and most fun to make.  Using a couple of 5” charm squares, a piece of tulle (wedding netting), a piece of ribbon, and your favorite smelling potpourri, you can whip these up in just a few minutes.  I made several of these and put them in different rooms in our new house.  For some reason, this new house just doesn’t smell “right” but I can’t put my finger on it.  Maybe it’s just a different kind of wood, the carpets, the water, who knows?  Anyway, these little air fresheners were just the thing to fix that!  Now the whole house smells just wonderful.


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Week 9 – April 15 – 21, 2012 – Bone Neck Pillow

Look another pillow!  What can I say, I like pillows.  Although I’m not one of those women who likes 15 pillows on my bed, but when I want a pillow I like to have them handy.  This one is especially nice to have on the couch when I lay down to read a book or to have in the car to put in the small of my back.


Making this bone pillow was really interesting.  It doesn’t have as much a “bone” shape as I thought it would.  I had hoped the ends would be a little bigger and a bit skinnier in the middle.  I’ll have to adjust the pattern for the next one.  The way the ends were sewn was fun.  There is only one pattern piece that makes the length of the pillow and those cute “boxy” ends.  I don’t think I put enough stuffing in it, so next time I’ll have to really cram it full of polyester stuffing.


And look at those fabrics!  Is that wild stuff or what?  That is left over fabric from making medical scrubs.  (nurses wearing this fabric is ok, but doctors, no, that’s not right)  There’s a place here in Indy that makes scrubs and flannel house pants.  A couple years ago I went to the factory and asked if they have any scraps.  Pretty bold thing to do, but what the heck, the worst that could happen is they would laugh and send me on my way.  Well, they didn’t laugh but they did point to the dumpster.  Seriously?!  Hum, so I put my purse and keys in the car (don’t want to lose those in the dumpster!) and went dumpster diving.  It really wasn’t that bad considering there was just a bunch of fabric scraps and general trash like boxes, newspapers, and empty soda cans  – I guess what I’m saying is there was no real garbage or dead bodies or anything like that.  Just stacks of fabric scraps that took a couple hours to sort through.  Apparently, they stack up lots of layers of fabric and use a long vertical saw blade thing to cut out the pattern pieces and they toss the scraps into the dumpster.  Ok by me – let’s go diving!






Family Quilt

Week 8 – April 8 – 14, 2012 – Curved Neck Pillow

Oh My Gosh!  Is this the easiest thing to sew or what?  This is like “Sewing 101” without the beginning “10” just “Sewing 1.”  I can’t believe I actually bought a pattern for this.  Ok, so there are other pillow patterns in the pattern packet, but good grief.


Cut out two pieces, wrong sides together, sew leaving an opening, turn right side out, stuff, and sew opening closed.   Use it while reading in bed, napping on the couch, or take on an airplane or the car while on a trip.  Totally easy and totally wonderful.


The only problem I had was the fabric I chose to use.  Not sure exactly what it is because I bought it off the remnant bin at JoAnn Fabrics.  (so that makes this project easy and cheap)  It’s really soft and cuddly feeling, like a minkie fabric (baby quilt fabric).  Back to the problem – since it’s so plush and fluffy when it’s cut there is lint everywhere!  What a huge mess!  I had to use my lint roller (see picture) to clean up the mess on the ironing board and around my sewing machine, plus I’ll have to vacuum, too.  I had to put the rest of the fabric into a bag so it wouldn’t continue to make a mess out of Wandaland.


A suggestion, not really a problem exactly, is that if this were made for a man it would probably have to have a bigger neck opening.  Same issue if making it for a child, adjust the size.  Modifying the pattern should be easy enough.  I’d also like to make it out of different fabrics, like to match pillows or a quilt.  For a child you could use juvenile prints, funky prints for a teenager, or Hawaiian fabric for my husband (not that he’s been there, but it would match his sailing shirts!).


And just think of making these for Christmas presents!  So for my family – be looking under the tree for yours this holiday season.


Neck Roll Pillow



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I’m back …

I may be back, but I’m not sure where all my stuff is.

We moved from Wanamaker, IN to New Palestine, IN.  Although that’s only about 8 miles away – moving is moving.  We were in that house for over 25 years and in that time you accumulate a lot of stuff and you get very comfortable.

The new house is great – boxes and all.  Most of the important stuff is put away – clothes, kitchen stuff, and all the furniture is where it should be.  However, my sewing room, aka Wandaland, is still unorganized.  If you know me, that’s a world stopper!  Things are in the room, but in all different places.  My old sewing room had two closets with floor to ceiling shelves, four bookcases, and a wall with four additional shelves.  My new sewing room has four bookcases, but they are on different walls – and that’s all the storage I have.  Except for the 30 boxes not yet unpacked.  So, in time, all will get unpacked and put where it should be.

Anyway, I have some catching up to do.  I’ve done some weekly projects but haven’t had the chance to post them – which I will do over the next week or so, that way I can get back up to speed.

I also completed a sports jersey quilt for a customer and it was such fun!  I’ll be posting pictures of that soon to.

So let’s catch up…