Thursday, December 1, 2016

Scrappy Corded Centerpiece Tutorial

     Recently I decided to dig into my HUGE "bowlie strip" bucket and make myself a centerpiece for my kitchenette table. It turned out great and I LOVE it!!! I also decided to do a tutorial on how I made that you can make one for yourself. :0)

 Pull out colors of 1/2 inch strips of fabrics. You can make this color coordinated if you all yellow and blue, ....or red, white, and blue....or Christmas colors. Me, I like scrappy. So...I just randomly pulled from my 1/2 inch strip basket. And you will need a CLOTHESLINE. Like in the picture above. It needs to be soft like fabric NOT hard like plastic. Or your machine will hate you....and you will need a glue stick.

You need to grab a glue stick and a variegated thread. A variegated thread works best on a scrappy project. If you are doing a Color themed project you may want to choose differently.
Now lets Begin..... Take one strip, your glue stick, and the end of the cord and place them in your hand like the picture. Place a dab of glue on the tip of the cord. Now fold the right side of fabric over the cord and tuck it around the cord. Then bring the top of the fabric down onto the cord.
It should look like this when you are done. Essentially all you are doing is wrapping the end of the cord so it doesn't show in the project. 
Now from will glue a little ...wrap a little....glue a little.... wrap a little.... The object here is to NOT see the cord. So you don't need to wrap it so close that it will take forever...but don't wrap it so far apart that every time the cord can see white cord.
I usually get myself a very good amount going before I start. This allows the glue to dry. And it allows me to keep working longer and not stopping to wrap as well.
 Here is a picture of me wrapping my first color. I only put glue for about 2 inches then wrap about 6 inches.....then glue 2 inches and wrap about 6 to 8 inches again. So, glue is NOT all the way down on the cord. But when I lay this cord down... nothing moves because things have been glued.
 Adding the next color strip - The Left photo is BAD a big NO-NO!!!! Do not add your next strip straight on like that. Your strip will NOT wrap around the cord at all. Trust Me!!! LOL!!! 

The RIGHT photo is the correct way to add a new strip on an angle. Take your glue stick and dab the edge of the new strip of fabric before you add it. Then place it on top of the old color (overlapping) press it on. Then start wrapping again....glue...wrap....glue....wrap....glue....
and don't forget to glue at the end of each color strip...or fabric piece.

Okay...Lets SEW!!! 
We start by making a tiny tight coil.
This is the trickiest part of the whole project...cause now you have to get this little guy under the needle AND hang onto it...but it can be done. 

If you have to do a few practice passes...that is fine...I sure did!!! Just cut off the ugly. Re-wrap the end and start again. 
Set your machine up for a ZIG-ZAG stitch. Because you want to stitch into both sides of the cord that are touching. That is how this project stays together.

You are starting your ZIG-ZAG up where the Left fingernail is.

 This is where I have learned to find tools to help me. As you can see I have started my ZIG-ZAG...and I have a Purple Thing on one side and and plastic thing on the other because my fingers just can't get in there..... but these tools can. You just need them until the piece is big enough for you to get a hold of it.
And here we are with it much bigger. Now to explain the Photo. I am a Righty!! So, the LEFT PHOTO is how I also start my coils...I can't seem to start them any other way...Believe me I've tried!!! So, once my project gets to big....(as you can see at some point its going to hit the machine) I will stop...pull it out and fill it over and then continue stitching and my coil can now get as big as I want it to. Because I put the same thread in my bobbin ...I can flip my project and it will look the same on both sides.
I will leave about a 4-5 inch tail of fabric on the coil that is NOT sewn ....STOP...and start to wrap...and glue again.   In the above photo...this is really to close to get your hands in the and wrap around that cord. I will put about 10 colors before I start again. That the time I start to sew again.... the glue has dried at the top... and by the time I sew to the bottom it has dried.
Now to end your coil....
Cut off your cord. Have at least 6-8 inches on fabric left to wrap on the end.
Glue the edge of the coil and wrap the cord... and then continue the wrap into an even smaller wrap.
Until it is teeny tiny.
Press it up against the centerpiece and continue your ZIG-ZAG.
As it gets close to the tiny tip you created you will need to use a tool to help again. Your goal is to catch the tip in the stitches.
 Just like That!!!!
And BAM!!! You are done!!!  YEAH!!! And if you noticed ....if you put the same thread in your bobbin there is no difference from the top or the bottom.

Now that you have a cool AWESOME centerpiece. Why not my yourself some coasters?!!
Or, a Table runner...all you need to do is start with a long "U" center and work around that like you do this centerpiece.

 You can even do Purses, and Bowls.

This is a very fun project. When ever I cut into new yardage I always take a 1/2" cut to true up the edge... this strip goes straight into my "bowlie" basket (which is huge)

I hope you enjoyed this Tutorial... Have fun!!! 

Sunday, November 27, 2016

100 days 100 blocks...Thats a Wrap!!

WOW!!!! I can NOT believe that I made 100 blocks for 100 days and posted them everyday for 100 days faithfully and NEVER missed a day!!! (on Instagram) WOW!!! 

I have to say I am pretty impressed with... well...ME!!! LOL!!!!! :0)
I don't usually stick to stuff like that. I'm a bouncer... I get bored very easily. I bounce from one project to the next...lots of starts. You could effectively call me a Craft TIGGER.
Here I am setting all 100 blocks on the floor near the stair case. So, I can climb the stairs and get a great picture. Hubs decided to snap a picture.

Ta-Da!!! 100 ....6" blocks from Tula Pink's "100 Modern Blocks". This was a Sew-A-Long on instagram. Over 500 people made blocks every day for 100 days. I made mine with Kaffe Fasset fabric...and Kona solids. Now I just need to decide how I'm going to put them all together. Ha!!!

But, One thing I can say for sure is one HAPPY quilt!!!!

....and that is just the way I like them!!!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Cayman Art Journal Love

 I went to see my Lovely Bestie Emily at here Cayman Island home a month ago and I'm just now writing my blog post about it. But, I have decided to keep this post simple and of few words..... just share the beautiful all we really did was stick to the house. We did art, watched movies, napped, laughed, art, napped, danced, and laughed!!! It was very relaxing. We did go to Rum Point one day but that was it and we spent the day relaxing on lawn chairs in the sun and drawing in our journals.... and we had a few!!!
So please enjoy these pictures...they pretty much speak for themselves...

I'll start with the most amazing sunrise I have ever seen....
Emily and Me :0)
Mr. Beans

I always bring home a shell that I have doodled on.

Emily made this crocheted afghan. LOVE!!!

My room for the week :0)


                                                          art play time
                                                     Rum Point and Mudslide


I made a new art journal before I came... It is my Flower journal...all things flowers will go in it.

          Emily made my 5 them!!! The are the colors of the sea!!!

          Currently my favorite photo of my vacation...and now my screen page when I turn on my computer.!!! LOL!!! NO FROWNING ALLOWED HERE!!! Love it!!!
        Well, that's it for this post...thanks for stopping by...have a blessed day!!!

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Just Cause :o)

I'm pretty sure if you have followed me for any amount of time you know that I LOVE my Fur-babies!!! Well, every once in a while I get a good pile of photo's and like any silly parent want to show them off. So, here is your cuteness overload for the day.   :o)
Bella and Daisy fresh from the groom.

The groom is such a trying experience...must take a nap!!!
Mother and Daughter zonked on my Son.
I watch movies when I sew... this day I was watching Maleficent. And little Jasper decided that he needed to get a front row seat. He was there for the whole movie. He went from laying down to sitting up...and sometimes he would get right on the TV to smell it or swat it. LOL!!!

I can NEVER sit empty lapped. There is always an animal or two...sometime three in my lap. I'm just grateful the BIG-Girl doesn't like couches!!! 
Momma Zoey...she is 12 now...and her age is showing...she is slowing down considerably. She has a heart murmur and the Doc says there is nothing that can be done in one so old. My heart will shatter when she passes. She has been with us a super long time. 
Silly Boy Jasper!!! I guess he's trying to say something "Hey you...stop playing on this thing...and feed me!!!!" LOL!!!!

and then finally my favorite Big-girl coming in for a 5 minute hug!!! I love it when she does this!!! If my phone is near I will always grab it and snag a selfie. Bella loves to hug and be hugged. She will sit with her head like this for at least 5 minutes and not pull away. Often times with her eyes closed... and she sighs too. My heart fills with love for this dog every day!!! She reads my emotions more than the others. She is very protective...she doesn't like me to be sad, upset, angry, and God help the person who scares me!!! LOL!!! I've only had one other dog in my life that I would consider my best friend in the whole world. My Boston Terrier Missy...who I lost after 12 years. That has ever come close to comparing to her...and that would be my Big girl Bella.

"Dogs are Not our whole life, but they make our lives Whole." Roger Caras

Thanks for stopping by to see my fur- babies!!!
Looks like I need to add Jasper's name to my good-bye tag...LOL!!! and a paw print!!! 

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