Archive | November 2012

T.V. Tray to Upholstered Pressing Table

So, how many of you are quilters who are tired of twisting around every 10 seconds, scooting to the ironing board and back again, just to iron a little seam so you can move on!

Me TOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I was researching Pinterest the other day (okay, checking out all the cool stuff hour after hour!) and found a great tutorial posted by Elizabeth Hartman at Oh, Fransonn!.   She explained, in detail, how to convert a small folding wooden t.v. tray into a padded pressing table.

I followed the instructions included in Oh, Fransonn’s post, and YAHOO, I have a great little table that sits beside my chair!  No more twisting around and scooting back and forth to the big ironing board!  My cutting mat on one side, my little pressing table on the other, and I’m ready (and no excuses 🙂 )

Oh, Fransonn’s instructions were so clear that there’s no need for me to duplicate, but here are a few pictures of my little project.  You’ll notice that mine isn’t quite as neat underneath because I didn’t take the time to cut my fabric to size first (I should have though!).  However, even so, from the top it looks pretty good, and it works great!


But, regardless of how it looks from underneath, on top it’s perfect!!

Sorry about the mess – I’m working on a queen size scrappy quilt, and I tend to keep all the scraps out and about while I’m working.  It works for me at the time, and feels great when it’s all cleaned up!!

I’d love to hear about your projects!   Your comments and suggestions are always welcome!

Have a great week,


P.S. – I found my oak-stained TV Tray at Walmart for less than $9.00.  They also had the walnut stained table for the same price.


Kids and the Fabric Stash

What is it about kids and fabric anyway?  What’s the intrigue about baskets of small and smaller pieces of fabric?

Well, as an adult I see lots of little miniature quilt opportunities – that’s why I save every little leftover bit of fabric from my larger projects!

But for kids?  Who don’t sew?  They see – NINJAS!!!!!!!

Yesterday all three grandkids were here.  I went upstairs to quickly hem up a pair of pants, and all three gravitated up there to see what was up.  My granddaughter, who has ‘shopped’ in the fabric scraps many times, dropped down and started checking it out.  The boys followed, and pretty soon they were all decked out in NINJA headbands, wrist bands, belts, and eye patches!  My granddaughter decided to ‘dude-ette’ up her Ninja outfit just a tad with a little extra accessorizing 🙂

They had the best time helping each other find the ‘perfect’ accessory, they were all getting along, and best of all, I had a wonderful time being included in their fun.

Of course, we managed to do a few other things as well; can’t miss an opportunity to whip up a batch of cookies at Nana’s house (I love watching them bake together!)

And, they had to get a little energy out, so they went out for a little run!

A great weekend with the grandkids!!!!!  Just wish I could bottle that energy!

What kind of things do you do with your grandkids to keep them entertained while they are visiting!

Hope you have a great week!  I’ll be upstairs cleaning up the stash!   🙂