Wednesday, September 28, 2016

One Hour Top

This morning I woke up and decided I would make myself a new knit top! Sewing with knits is not my regular thing to do, so I went to Sew a One Hour Top by Fancy Tiger - Creativebug what a treat! The pattern is included and the video tutorial is excellent! The ladies know how to sew anything I think. If you have a serger (I don't know how to use mine) or a sewing machine the class shows you both ways!


You do need stretch or ball point needles to sew knits. I was advised to use polyester thread and it does help the thread from breaking! A twin needle is needed to get a nice hem! I need more work on twin needles but it is working. Here is my top with no hems yet!



Whenever I make a new pattern the first time I use knits that are not expensive. If the pattern is to small or hard, I don't have to feel the pain of tossing $30 or more in the give away pile.

Lets talk about strips on my 2x plus size body. When they go horizontal they make me look fatter! Vertically I think they look great, I turned this 4 way stretch fabric to make it vertical. As long as the pattern is not tight the lines look good. If the pattern is to tight I can print it off again (thank goodness for .pdf patterns), and add a little more room to my butt (did I just say that - yes)! I do not want a top that makes me look bigger than I am and you don't either! But luckily so far the pattern fits the first time. All that is left is the hemming! Gotta get back to work! Thank you for reading and go check out Creativebug - Craft Classes & Workshops - What will you make today? You can signup and get a free 2 week trial

Just so you know, I get nothing to recommend the site or class. I think I pay $4.95 a month for the use of the site like anyone would.


Saturday, September 10, 2016

September 11, 2016

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My heart is with the families of the victims of the vicious attacks on September 11, 2001. I don't want my family, my friends, or any one to forget how the victims died. They have to know this was an attack on Americian way of life. No one was excluded from this tragedy these men meant to kill as many people as possible. They did not care who was murdered!

Take a few minutes today to pray or send good thoughts to the victim's families! The victim's who survived are still suffering 15 years later! The 75,000 rescue workers who today are ill with conditions associated with the cleanup. I wish I could say something that would give them strength and peace and I pray God will grant them that.

Thank you for reading - Lisa


Thursday, September 1, 2016

Farmers Wife 1930s Ruby Block 89


Welcome followers of the Farmer's Wife 1930's Sampler Quilt Sew-along, I am Lisa the Official Blogger for this weeks block #89 Ruby! I am so glad that I joined this group that has grown to over 7000 people in less than a year with Fat Quarter Shop , GnomeAngel, Marti Michell, and the other FQS Bloggers. I have met so many wonderful people and been inspired so many times by the participants in the facebook group.

The beauty of the group is you can start anytime and go through the tutorials and posting! If you are not in the group, you can join all you need is the book to get started. There is a link under the book on this post to get it for $13.99!

Todays block and letter are on page 91! The letter title "We Took A Work Cure", tells of an older couple who left the farm and moved to town. They realize that the grass is not always greener on the other side. Returning to farm living. Life is harder in the country but it is rewarding work. Ruby block #89 is the perfect block to start with to learn Foundation Paper Piecing (FPP). Yes there are other ways to do the block, I agree but nothing has to really line up on this block and it comes out great!

Here are my past posts for the Farmer's Wife 1930s Sew Along to answer questions about tools and ideas to get the best results:

In The Boon Docks: Farmer's Wife 1930s Em 30

In The Boon Docks: Nellie Block 77 Farmers Wife 1930s

In The Boon Docks: Tools in My Toolbox - FPP Add-on


Ruby was fun to sew and I would say a difficulty of 1! You can find the FPP pattern on the CD that comes with the book under "Paper Piecing"! Each block on the CD is listed with it's name first then the number! Knowing both will save you some scrolling. Click on it and print it out! Then cut it, color, and sew.

The fabrics - I used "Pie Making Day", Brenda Ratliff, RJR Fabrics The thread for piecing is Aurifil #2600



In the photo above 1 are strips I first cut for FPP (11/2" to 2"). 2. Large enough scraps to continue to use. 3. Scrap trash.


I made my block two at a time with my precut strips I made!


If you are using the templates the conversion chart for Block 89 Ruby you can find it here: From Marti Michell Quilting Blog: Chart 66: Ruby, Block #89 in the Farmer's Wife 1930s Sew Along


The Farmer's Wife 1930s Sampler Quilt | by Laurie Aaron Hird for Fons & Porter/F+W; RRP $28.99 – click here to purchase it's on sale $13.99


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Thank you for stopping by and reading please come again soon! Lisa