Free Craftsy Classes

Free Craftsy Classes

Have you ever taken a class from Craftsy? I’ve purchased several of them and I’ve always learned new things. My favorite one was Anita Grossman Solomon’s class. She makes complex blocks so simple with just a few slices. Here’s the post I did after I took the class.

Going on through August 27, 2014, there is a list of 35 FREE Craftsy Classes. Just like the paid versions, these free classes are high quality tutorials. If you’ve […] Continue Reading…

Scrappy Brick Quilt Stash Buster

Bonnie K Hunter Fun With Bricks

This Scrappy Brick Quilt is a great way to use up scraps. Or do like me, buy more fabric to make some new scraps. And then I wonder why my scrap quilts never put a dent in my scrap pile. LOL Just because something has a lot of different fabric in it, doesn’t always make it a scrap buster, if the pieces are too small, however, this quilt will do it. The rails are narrow which […] Continue Reading…

Tumbling Blocks Quilt – Work in Progress

Tumbling Blocks work in progress made with Accuquilt GoBaby

I’ve always wanted to tackle a tumbling blocks quilt, but two things stopped me: ‘Y’ seams and cutting all those diamonds.

I have both an GO! Fabric Cutter and an GO! Baby Fabric Cutter.  I ordered the 4″ diamond die and it arrived this past week. I took Friday off of work so I could be with it.

I wanted the 3D effect for my blocks. The top diamond is light, the lower right diamond is […] Continue Reading…

Quilting Inspiration – Fast and Easy Basic Quilt Layout

Bluebird Park Quilt

I’m putting this quilt on my “To Do” list because it gave me the quilting inspiration to turn it into something slightly different. Similar, but not quite the same. More like rhyming.

When I saw it, the light bulbs in my brain exploded like fireworks. That’s how I know it’s going on my list to become one of my favorite quilt layouts because the possibilities are endless. Here are a few of my thoughts.

It’s highly adaptable to horizontal or vertical […] Continue Reading…

Zippered Wristlet from Selvages

Zippered Wristlet

I have a 3-day weekend to myself and got some sewing done. I made this little wristlet pouch from selvages. I didn’t take any pictures of the sewing process. I’m just horrible like that. I wanted something small enough to hold my cellphone various debit, credit, store cards when I’m not wearing pants… with pockets in them. Gotcha, didn’t I. LOL

Basically, it’s a quilt-as-you-go technique. I spray basted a piece of cotton batting to […] Continue Reading…

State of CA Employees – Get Rid of Wells Fargo Now!

golden1

If you’re a State of CA employee and are fed up with waiting for Wells Fargo to post your direct deposit, you’re gonna love this.

Let me give you the summary of why I made the switch from Wells Fargo to Golden1 NON-PROFIT credit union.

I get paid once a month at the end of the month.
If payday is on a Friday, I “might” see the direct deposit in my account on Saturday, but maybe not. […] Continue Reading…

DIY Dishwasher Tablets

homemade dishwasher tablets

I made these DIY dishwasher tablets from a recipe found on Pinterest. I have two words for it: EPIC FAIL It was the borax, Epsom salts, lemon juice recipe. This is the one I followed. I scooped the “dough” into level tablespoons and slid them onto plastic wrap with a silicone spatula. The held their shape amazingly well. PROS:

Easy to make
Set and molded up very nicely
Dried hard as a rock

CONS:

They SUCK

Save your money and don’t […] Continue Reading…

The Best Sewing Machine for Beginners

By Raden Payas

Sewing may not be a hobby for everyone but for those that wish to learn how to sew may benefit from a sewing machine that offers basic functions but with updated features that will help the user improve her craft. With so many sewing machine models and brands in the market, how does a novice sewer choose the best one? Which one is the best machine for beginners to use? Here is […] Continue Reading…

Mug Rug Leaves

Mug Rug Leaf

I made these mug rug leaves for Christmas presents. I’ve been working on them off and on for about a month. Today after our team meeting, I am going to present them to my other 11 co-workers. I had a gang of batik scraps and they were perfect for this project. The rectangular one is for my boss. She’s a prolific note taker so the Type typewriters fabric by Julia Rothman for Windham Fabrics […] Continue Reading…

New Sewing Machine for Christmas

Janome CoverPro 900CPX

Ladies, you WANT this machine for Christmas. It’s the Janome CoverPro 900CPX.

I got mine this past summer for giving t-shirts that professional twin-needle top-stitching finish. No one will know you made it yourself. Right out of the box, this machine sews like a dream AND it’s already threaded.

You’ll still use a serger for seams. The CoverPro is for hemming, however there is a chain stitch, too.