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Warm up by quornflour

Yesterday it snowed. It snowed a lot. Or enough at least to make it on to the top 5 January snowfalls in recorded history since there were records, or something.

Snow = shoveling. Shoveling = sore back.

A sore back that calls for a heating pad, which reminded me, I had told a friend I would make her a heating pad, so I did. Boy was it easy!

All you need is some scrap cotton, I used some extra cotton muslin I had laying around from one quilt or another, and some corduroy or similar.

You’ll want two pieces so that you can make a cover that is washable since you’ll be filling it with rice or flax seed, and well putting that in the washing machine would be gross.

You will also need 1 ½ Cups of dry rice or flax seeds, a sewing machine, scissors or rotary cutter and a ruler.



  • Cut the cotton to 11″x10″
  • Cut the corduroy to 16″x10″
  • Fold the cotton in half (right sides in if patterned) along the 10″ side and sew with a ½” seam around two open sides
  • Turn it right side out and sew around the same side using a ¼” seam
  • Fold the opening down 1″
  • Fill with 1-1 ½ cups of dry rice or flax seeds
  • Sew opening twice
  • Set aside
  • Take to corduroy and put in a 1″ hem at one end
  • Fold right sides together “hot dog” and sew two sides, leaving one short end open and turn right side out.
  • Put the rice bag in the corduroy bag and fold the extra length in to hold bag in place

Tada! You’re done. Heat for a minute in the microwave, or on a steam heater, I don’t advise heating on a baseboard heater, because that could start a fire. You can also keep this in the freezer for an icepack, but I will show you how to make a much better icepack another day.

 

 



Quilts to be made…like soon. by texaskillet

Kelli’s Confessional-

Yesterday I went shopping.  Yay for fabric shopping.  I bought an entire quilts worth out of the remnant bin.  With the surfacing of the word Mantique I figured that I might as well contribute to the legacy of Manly items by creating and this time FINISHING a manquilt.  I still have to come up with something coinable as a term but, I’ll get there.  First things first.  The fabrics:

   

 

Now… while I was there, I couldn’t possibly stop at that.  So I decided to perhaps for the first time EVER, make a quilt for my etsy shop.  No intended recipient, no newly hatched babies, no freshly married couples in bliss, no single guy friends that just need a special blanky, no kids who demand personal attention from their mother at every turn.  🙂 Here’s the fabric stack I chose(that I bought a YARD each of).  It was based in brown but for those of you who know me, Zis Iz Nawt a Zurprise!

  

  

  

A few additions that I found while stacking in the store for the quilt… I have opinions and one of them was that I must have these.

  

Ordered the two following beauties from Fabric.com .   This is the first order I have put in with them and I did it through Amazon, mostly for guaranteed easy returns if I hated it.  Interestingly enough I didn’t get what I thought I was getting, but I am still happy with it. 🙂  I blame the ADD and my inability to read anything in a room where there are other goings ons.  My curse, I am okay with it.

   

  THEN THERE’S THIS LIL’ SLICE O’HEAVEN:         

 

And on that note… I shall return with directions on creating the quilt, whichever random brain pattern I decide to go with. Now onto catching up with my programs.



Addiction by quornflour

My name is Felicity and I am addicted to fabric.

Given the size of my stash it should almost have a name. I love fabric. Primarily I buy cottons for quilts. I bought some new fabric today.

Fabric shopping is probably what nurtured the early stages of my friendship with Kelli.

We worked together and discovered that we were both quilters. Or at least we both had made a quilt or two in our lives and found that we really enjoyed it. So at lunch we would head out to JoAnn‘s and shop for fabrics.

When we started Kelli was purchasing quarters and fat quarters, a term I had never heard before, mostly because I still do not fully understand the value unless it is kitten face fabric. I convinced her that purchasing by the yard was far more advantageous. While I am not entirely sure that was the best advice, I to this day still purchase by the yard, and likely will until the day when purchasing by the bolt is manageable.

So now I have what is commonly referred to as a stash. It is all carefully folded and piled on shelves in the second bedroom. Sometimes I just stand in there and find inspiration.

When I pick fabric I have quilts in mind, even if they aren’t quilts that will ever actually be made, there is the people quilt, the green quilt, the brown quilt, the red and black quilt and so on. I prefer print that seem classic to me and basic. No crazy depth or batik.

Today I added to my stash, some light green fabrics that on a cold day like today seem so springy and happy. I was shopping for some 90″ muslin for the back of a quilt I just finished piecing, only to discover that the stores near me do not have what I need. Tomorrow I will head out for batting, which I also had lead myself to believe I had more than I did of and some muslin.




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