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Lamp Shade DIY and Queen Pillowcases – Guest Room’s Ready!

I decided when we moved in that I wanted to design the guest room around an existing comforter we already had.  It’s a black background with silvery-gray design throughout.  For color-splashes I chose citrus green and grape.

I started the room by putting together two bedside tables that will also serve as small dressers.  I generally depend on my husband for these projects, but he’s so busy on outdoor stuff that I decided to give it a go myself.  It took about three hours, but I did it.

 

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I purchased two lamp bases, and two plain off-white lamp shades.

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I wanted dress up the shades with some fabrics using the black, green and purple motif.

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Here’s how I trimmed them out:  For the first layer, I cut a 2-inch wide of the black/white fabric. Using a seam ripper, I picked away at the threads until I had about 1/2″ of frayed threads across the top edge.

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Before I attached the fabric to the shade, I folded over 1/2″ on the bottom edge and ironed in order to have a clean edge showing.  I then hot-glued the frayed fabric around the top edge, with the frayed part up above the shade edge.

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The next layer was the citrus green.  I cut it 1-1/2″ wide, folded in half and ironed it smooth.  I hot-glued that along the bottom edge of the black fabric; the raw edge is in the center.

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The last layer, the purple, was cut 3/4″ wide; I folded in half and ironed, and then I used a pinking shears and cut the raw edges so that it ended up about 1/2″ wide when flattened out.  It was sort of hard to pink in a straight line so I had to fix a few areas, but it turned out pretty good.  If you don’t have a pinking shears, you could just cut in a wobbly line down the edge in order to give it interest!

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So, here’s how the lamp shades turned out!

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I also made two queen pillowcases using the same fabrics as the lamp shades!  I’ve made these before and blogged about them here, so I won’t go through that again!  Have you ever made your own pillowcases?   I love having being able to make unique pillowcases to brighten up a room!   Here is the finished product!

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Although the room isn’t quite finished, it’s definitely ready for company.  I have a headboard that I got off Craigslist that I need to refinish, but that’s a project for another day (week, month).  I hope you’ll come back to see it finished!

I hope you come visit All Around the Mulberry Bush again!   Have a great week –

 

Linda

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

She & Me Designs – Re-opening!!!!

Did you know that SHE & ME DESIGNS has re-opened on Etsy?  My daughter-in-law and I opened the store almost two years ago and we LOVE making aprons, quilts and pillows for kids and adults!!!!!!!!!!!

Here are just a few pictures of some of our special items –

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Want a custom quilt????  Special colors?  Special design?  Want a name added?  Just ask  –  we’ll be happy to work with you!

Independence Day – Thank you!!

Happy 4th of July everyone!

Every country has its traditions, and for the good old USA, it’s all about the 4th of July! Picnics with family and friends, sparklers and fireworks at night, it’s all about celebrating! Celebrating our freedom! And nothing says freedom to us like our flag!  Our beautiful red, white and blue flag!

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Doesn’t she make you feel patriotic (and darn lucky)???  Does me!!

Being a quilter I decided to make my own version of the American Flag – 12 little mini-flags sewed up into one wall hanging!!  Very easy to do – each individual flag is paper-pieced on a sky-blue background using a variety of reds, whites, and blues and sewn into a 12-patch.  The flags are bordered with blue star fabric and has two matching fabric hangers.  The wall hanging has a place of honor all year long and reminds me every day to appreciate our lives and always be thankful for everything being a US Citizen guarantees us!

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Thank you so much to all the men and women, current and past (including my own brothers, husband, son and daughter-in-law) who have served our country in the Armed Services!  Our freedom came at a heavy price paid by so many.  I pray for the safety of those currently serving!

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Happy 4th – stay safe!

Linda

Creating Sewing/Crafting Space in the RV

We are finally settled back into our RV and staying at a very nice RV park in San Antonio. It was a long move (mostly because I tend to start packing months ahead, so we are living in boxes ‘forever’!) but it’s done and over with!

When we moved into the rental a year ago I posted pictures of  the wonderful (and organized) sewing room.  That room was a wonderful sewing space!

I thought I’d update it with pictures of my new sewing ‘area’; a 6′ wide x 3′ deep corner in our RV. It’s where the recliners SHOULD be but for now the sewing has taken over.

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Thank you, God, for a very patient husband who puts up with all this sewing mess!   The fabric, the batting, the ribbons and laces, the patterns, the threads – it’s all on top of or under the table!  It’s not the ideal….but it works.

Thanks to this little sewing space, She & Me Designs (Stacy’s and my Etsy store) continues to post new quilts and aprons for sale!    The little girls pink rag quilt in the pictures will be posted there soon!

I hope this encourages you to sew or craft no matter what space limitations you have – it can be done – maybe not the way you would prefer but at least you’ll have the satisfaction of creating to your hearts content!!

Take care, and have a great day!!

Linda

Embroidery Sewing Machine – which one?????

Like many girls of my generation, I embroidered (by hand) pillowcases, aprons, and tea towels for my hope chest. Unfortunately by the time I married, embroidered things were out of vogue, so all those beautifully embroidered things got little use. Sure wish I still had them, now that they are coming back into style.

Rather than embroider by hand now though, I’d rather have an embroidery sewing machine so that I can work on special projects and get them completed faster! Especially now that we are getting requests at our on-line Etsy store (She & Me Designs) to personalize kids aprons, blankets, pillowcases and tooth fairy pillows!   I’d love to be able to accommodate those requests!  I’d also love to make some special personalized things for my grandkids!  I know they’d love it!

Cute as these are, I’d love to add a little embroidery embellishment!

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I’m in the ‘research stage’ of checking out embroidery machines.  I need to keep the costs down (less than $500) and of course I want as many bells and whistles as possible and the most dependable machine available.   Not asking for much, am I 🙂

So far my biggest requirement is a large ‘field of embroidery’; i.e. the dimensions of space to embroider on.  I’d like to be able to embroider a name about 2″ x 6″ on an apron bib or pillowcase top, so I need to find a machine that holds a hoop big enough to do that.

So far I’ve watched a YouTube video on the Brother HE1 Embroidery-Only Machine, and also read owner reviews, which were mixed.  Although this machine seems as though it would do everything else I want, it only has a 4″ x 4″ field of embroidery, and a lot of comments indicated the embroidery designs were disappointingly small.  So unfortunately that one is crossed off the list, although I sure liked all the features as well as the free designs available to download from the Brother website!

So, before I research a bunch more and just get all confused, I thought I’d ask your advice!   Do you have an embroidery machine?  If so, what type?  Do you LOVE it?  What are the best features?

I’d sure like to hear from you folks that do embroidery and have a machine that you just wouldn’t part with!  HELP!!!   Please!

Thanks a bunch – and have a fun, creative weekend!!

Linda

PS – She & Me Designs  is running an Easter sale on kids aprons through Sunday night, March 17!   Take a look and see if there’s something you’d like!  All prices on aprons include free shipping to anywhere in the lower 48 States!

 

Moving – AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It’s been a wonderful year living in this huge house!!!

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As you may remember, 18 months ago we moved from Oregon to Texas, lock – stock – and barrel!!! The move was so that we could live near our son, daughter-in-law and three little and growing grandchildren. We desperately wanted to be a part of their every-day lives, more than part-time grandparents, and being in Oregon made that impossible!

So, we boxed and loaded everything up, and headed on down.

We decided to live in our 5th wheel for a time until we figured out where we wanted to live. That got old after about 6 months, so we rented a beautiful nearly-new home in a very nice subdivision. We moved in, I unpacked EVERYTHING as if it was our forever home, and enjoyed the home immensely!

Unfortunately, the year is up, and instead of staying the home we are heading back into the 5th wheel. This time we’ll be on the road a lot, traveling around the states and staying in California and Oregon for extended visits, so it won’t be as difficult – I hope:)

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It’s 38 feet long, which sounds big, but when you’re trying to put your sewing room and myriad sewing projects in it, it gets a little crowded!  🙂

This time it’s more difficult – I’m ready to settle down in my own home. I want to decorate, and paint, and do some DIY projects I’ve found on Pinterest!  But, the packing has to get done!  I’ve gotten pretty good at getting rid of a lot of ‘unnecessary’ things – but there still seems to be an awful lot of stuff! Wish me luck – in 4 weeks we’ll be moved out so I better get on it

Do you have some moves under your belt? What do you do to make them less stressful (short of hiring movers to do all the packing and moving)? (or is that just plain impossible?)

Oh, and by the way, Happy Valentines Day to all of you!!! I hope you have a wonderful day!

Linda

Quilted Granny Squares – Squared!!!! (Part 1)

Let me just start by saying that I LOVE to quilt!  The fabric selection, putting the fabrics together, touching them (yes, I said touching them!!), and then finally putting it all together into a quilted project.  LOVE it!!!!

When I quilt I almost always paper-piece – which means sewing the fabric directly onto a paper pattern, sewing the pieces together, and then finally removing the paper after the entire quilt top is finished.  For me, this method is much simpler than the traditional quilting method of sewing the fabrics together which requires being more accurate than I’m apparently capable of!  I tried it years ago – I wasn’t good sewing straight 1/4″ seams!

I recently suggested to my daughter-in-law that I’d love to make she and my son a quilt for their bed, and she  took me up on the offer.  She’s an avid Pinterest user and quickly checked her Boards and found several quilt patterns that she loved and that would look great in their bedroom.  After some deliberation she decided that a Granny Square quilt was the winner!  Her inspiration was from Angela at Cut to Pieces. The quilt that Angela posted is beautiful!   My daughter-in-law loves color, and is open to use of all kinds of fabric, so that opened up all kinds of possibilities.

I may have mentioned in the past that I love fabric!!!!!!!!  And I have tons of it on hand – hundreds of yards of it – florals, solids, stripes, metallics, blenders; you name it I’ve got it.  So this Granny Square quilt is the perfect opportunity to use up some of the stash.    (Picture below is just a small portion but look at all the wonderful colors!!!)

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I got busy – I pulled out tons of the fabrics and starting cutting 2-1/2″ wide strips.   I know that I cut WAY more fabric strips than this quilt will need – I tend to over estimate – but I figure whatever is leftover will be used in some other project.

Then I had to cut all those strips down into 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ squares!  Tedious!  For awhile I  tried to cut two strips of fabric (8 layers of fabric) but with so many layers the fabric tended to slip around under the ruler.  I was concerned that the cut square wouldn’t actually be square (and it turns out that some aren’t), and throw off the seam allowance.  I finally changed to cutting only four layers of fabric (one strip) and that worked out better.  I now have BAGS and BAGS of squares!  LOTS of bags.  At least they are separated by color.

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Each Granny Square consists of 5 central same-color fabrics (i.e. pink), 8 same-color fabrics (i.e. blue), and 12 neutral color fabrics.  We decided that our neutrals would be off-whites and tans, all different, to add more interest to the quilt.  No matchy-matchy 🙂

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I sewed together my first Granny Square, matching seams and sewing the first two fabric squares together making sure to use a ‘scant’ 1/4″ seam allowance.  (‘Scant’ = a few threads less than a full 1/4″).  After all the squares were sewed together, and the rows sewed together, I pressed it very carefully being careful not to stretch the fabrics.  Time to ‘square up’ the Granny Square.

Well, apparently I wasn’t careful enough!!!!!!   All edges were straight except one!  For some reason one edge ends up off-square.  I’ve made seven more squares – some are okay and some are off-square.  If I use those off-square Squares, the rows will not be even and the quilt will be ‘cock-eyed’ (cock-eyed is not a quilting term but it certainly explains the situation!)  Note the corner in the next picture where the edges don’t meet up.

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See the un-even corner? All corners need to match up!

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PIN! PIN! PIN! Make sure all seems match up!

The last Granny Square I made (the 8th Square) came out perfectly.  I was very careful to only use squares that were 2-1/2″ square, made sure to use scant 1/4″ seams, and it seems to have worked.  So now I know, no more zipping along – quality vs. quantity!

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Part 2 of this 2-part series will be completed when the quilt is completed – probably not for quite a while.  This particular king-size quilt will need about 100 of the 9″ squares – so I have quite a way to go  being very careful to sew precise seams.

Based on the few that I have completed though it will be beautiful!   I can’t wait to see the finished product!

Have you tried a Granny Square quilt yet?  Did you use a variety of colors, or was it a ‘color-coordinated’ quilt?  Would love to hear all about it!!

More soon,

Linda