Daffy's Stitchy Friends

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Empty and Totally Useless


I kept seeing Totally Useless Stitch A Long Posts and thought why? TUSAL isn't until next week...nope. It was Tuesday. I Totally...Uselessly...missed it. I've been too busy this last month. I haven't stitched a single stitch! My ORT bowl in situ:


Empty. So sad. This old wooden leaf bowl always sat by the telephone when I was growing up, filled with pens, pencils, paperclips, stray screws, and other pocket debris. Now it sits by my sewing machine collecting threads.


This is what I was creating last month and couldn't show. Aren't they cute? I made these potholders and oven mitt for my daughter, Jessie. She loves to cook! I found the fabric at JoAnn's and quilted it crosswise at one-inch intervals. The oven mitt is a free tutorial from Professor Pincushion.

What are you working on?

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xox

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Sew A Crinkle Flying Disc Dog Toy

There were so many questions and emails after I posted about sewing Molly some dog toys I decided to do a tutorial to show exactly how they were made. These toys have become Molly's all-time favorite fetching object. My favorite too, as they are soft and don't tend to break stuff in the house when you've made a bad throw or the dog misses her catch. These are also machine wash and dry so when they get all dog-spitty and nasty - into the laundry they go. You should see how excited Molly gets when I take them out of the dryer...it's like brand-new toys!


Supplies needed:


2 pieces of fleece, a few inches larger than your desired finished circle.

A sheet of plastic, you can use the clear inner liner plastic of a boxed cereal or crackers but I've been using extra-thick drop cloth plastic because it holds up longer.

A piece of cotton batting.

Matching thread.

Basting spray.

Pins.

Scissors, use your craft scissors not your good fabric ones because you will be cutting plastic.

A dinner plate or some other round object.

A marker or pen.

Sewing machine.


Cover your work area before you spray! If you are taking pictures with your cell phone, cover your iPhone too. TRUST ME! Basting spray is nasty on your phone.

Layer 1 piece of the fleece pretty side down and give it a dusting of the basting spray. Put the plastic sheet on. Spray the plastic then stick the batting on. If you are worried about the basting spray harming your dog just wash the toy before use. If you are REALLY worried you can skip the spray and just use pins. I use the spray because the fleece and plastic is really slippery and the spray makes it so much easier to sew.


Now center the round object on the batting side and draw your circle.


Put your 2nd piece of fleece pretty side up and put the sandwich you made on top with the batting part up. Pin these together around the outside of your line. Don't trim yet! It's much easier to hold all the layers together while you sew the circle if you trim after it's sewn.


Now sew around the circle you drew leaving a 3-4 inch gap and backstitch at the start and stop. Don't worry how neat your sewing is, this is a DOG TOY after all!


Trim off the excess. I leave a good wide margin for extra strength. I have to put my scraps up up high since now Molly knows I'm making toys and she will fish the scraps out of the trash! I guess they smell the same.


Carefully turn it right side out, try not to stretch the fleece out of shape. Make sure you get it all smooth and flat(ish) around the edges. Fold the edges on the open seam inside, mimic the curve as best you can. Feel free to pin it closed. I don't pin, I'm making a DOG TOY so I'm not too worried...


Next, top stitch around the outside, close to the edge. This closes the gap you turned it through and makes it lie flat. Feel free to do some fancy quilting in the center. I never have time because someone is usually whining at me to hurry up...


Finished! It's all soft and floppy with that delicious crinkly sound dogs love.


You can give it to someone who will love it. Molly grabbed this one, gave it a furious shake and spit it right out for me to throw it.

Molly often naps beside me while I sew, but if I am sewing a tog toy she is sitting, watching, and waiting. I can't resist making these for Molly...she loves them so much.

Thank you for visiting my blog today!
xox

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

A Totally Useless Secret

I'd show you what I've been working on but I can't because it's a gift. I can't spoil the surprise, even for the Totally Useless Stitch A Long! I can show you a few sewing ORTs though! It's the New Moon, what is in your ORT jar?


Things continue to be chaotic around here. Between work and home I hardly have time to think! My blog is way too quiet lately. I'm almost to a little well-deserved vacation time and can hardly wait for it to arrive. I will be patient though, it will be over before I know it...

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We want to see your ORTs! Leave a comment on this post with a link to your May TUSAL post so we can come visit! If I hold a Totally Useless giveaway your comment will earn you an extra entry.

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Thank you for visiting my blog today!
xox

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Late and Totally Useless

Many apologies for this dreadfully late Totally Useless Stitch A long post. I know you have been patiently waiting for this post so you can link yours!

I've been awfully busy these last couple weeks with work, home and family stuff. My mother was in the hospital for several days but she is home now and doing much better. I was able to visit her last Sunday which brightened her considerably, myself as well!

I actually have a few cross stitch ORTs to share this month. I finished up a little project I had been working on since last year (the orange floss) and started a little bitty one from Victoria Sampler. I am hoping this means my mojo is returning...



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xox

Monday, March 23, 2015

The Ugly Quilt

Without a doubt, this is the ugliest quilt I shall ever make. 

I know most of you are thinking, "What's wrong with this quilt? It's fine!"


Some of you are thinking, "OMG I LOVE THIS QUILT!"


And a few of you are thinking, "Holy cow, how could you even stand sewing that awful thing?"


You see, the cream should be darker, maybe even black. The red could really be oranger...and the logo print is just all WRONG! 


See? There is an "S" missing between the O and the U. How can you even?

Okay, I admit it...for an Oklahoma Sooners fan, this quilt is awesome. But for an OSU Cowboys fan like me - well - it was painful to even purchase the fabric. 


Get a good look at the striped binding.


That binding was a Booger for a novice like me to create. Yes, that is Booger with a capital "B." It caused much hair-pulling, seam-ripping and blue-streak cursing, but I persevered and it came out almost perfect. 


My dad, the Sooners fan, enjoyed receiving this quilt for his birthday this month. Me, I was just glad to get the horrid thing out of my house! Hey, you can't choose your relatives, even if they are Sooners fans.

This post is very much tongue-in-cheek. I have nothing against the University of Oklahoma, or it's fans, Oklahoma State University is just better, that's all.

Thank you for visiting my blog today!
xox

Friday, March 20, 2015

Totally Useless First Day of Spring

Our March TUSAL falls on the first day of Spring! Are you enjoying a warm sunny day or cursing the never ending snow? It's lovely weather here in Oklahoma so it actually feels like Spring. Our average last frost isn't until mid-April so Old Man Winter could still have a few tricks in store for us but I'm hoping, hoping, hoping Winter is complete!

How are your ORTs looking today? I have two photos to share:


Here are my fabric trimming ORTs. The jar sits on top of my embroidery floss cabinet next to a flower frog filled with scissors and my iPod player. If Netflix isn't playing on my computer my iPod is blaring!


Then there are my thread ORTs...still just sewing ones. My cross stitch mojo seems to have evaporated. If anyone has seen it ~ I'd like it back! I've already used up an entire 10 pack of sewing machine needles. Good thing I bought a 100 pack on Amazon. Fern and I get along really well and I'm always finding more things to learn how to do with her! I will be back soon with another project...


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Wondering what a TUSAL is and why all these people are posting pictures of rubbish? Click here to learn more and join the fun!


Thank you for visiting my blog today!
xox


Friday, February 20, 2015

Molly Approved

Long time readers might remember me posting a year or so ago about sewing a dog toy for Molly that she ruined in 6 minutes. Last weekend I found the fleece I had bought to make dog toys with and decided to try again. I sandwiched fleece, quilt batting and cracker sleeve plastic and sewed crinkle Frisbee discs to make easy-to-throw toys. They were an instant hit. She loved them! Molly will play fetch until your arm falls off. The day after I sewed the toys I couldn't figure out why my arm was so sore. When I realized why I could only giggle.


Yes, my bed is covered with a sheet. Dog hair. Muddy footprints. 


She hasn't torn them up yet!


They crinkle as she bites and shakes them!


Yup, Molly approved dog toys. Go Mom!

I sewed a few extra for gifts and I have plenty of fleece to make a lot more...in between stitching and quilting projects.

Thank you for visiting my blog today!!!
xox

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Totally Useless Time

This past month flew by in a frenzy of sewing, which Totally Uselessly filled my quilting ORT jar! It's the New Moon! Show off those ORTs!


My last post showed you Jessie's quilt...the minute I finished that one I had to get busy making one for my mother to have it in time for her birthday, which was on Monday. I gave it to her on the weekend and she was tickled...pink. 


Speaking of pink - you would not believe how difficult it was for me to choose fabrics for this quilt! Mom's favorite color is pink...my least favorite. I don't mind pink toenails, lipstick or a scarf but it would be the last color I'd pick to go in my house. Mom's house is pink, how does my dad stand it? I think I dithered in the fabric store for an hour and a half thinking how hideous any of the pinks would be...finally I spotted this floral. Done deal. It turned out lovely.


I will say again, I rock binding. Even when it's pink.


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xox

Monday, February 9, 2015

A Birthday Quilt

My daughter had her 27th birthday on January 16th. We went to visit, had a lovely dinner and I took her to the fabric store so she could choose fabrics she liked for a birthday quilt.


She wanted a watery green-blue theme. Her favorite colors.


The very next day I started cutting squares. I did not tell her I was making a rag quilt, one that would be finished in a jiffy! Once I had all my pieces cut, 81 batting-sandwiched squares, I started sewing.


I laid them all out in the pattern we designed together. Then, I turned all the blue "wave" squares going the same direction! I didn't even really notice they were "directional" until I looked at the photo!


Pinning all my rows together. The silver bowl is my pincushion, a magnetic car-parts bowl stolen from Dash's garage. He says he wants it back. Over. My. Dead. Body.


One thing I don't like about most rag quilts is a lack of binding. Binding makes them look so "finished" so I added binding. Besides, I think binding is my favorite part of quilting! I then started snipping the seam allowances. Lots of snipping. I had to wear band-aids to keep from blistering.


On February 1st, I had a finished quilt! 2 weeks! I tossed it right into the washer and dryer. Good night, it's turned sideways in the photos. Hard to tell the top on a square quilt!


Photographed sideways or not, it turned out lovely!


The binding just went on smashingly. I love binding!


The quilt ended up to be 78 by 78 inches square. A nice snuggle-on-the-sofa size. Happy birthday, Jessica!

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xox

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Short N' Sweet but Still Totally Useless

It's the New Moon! Do you have your ORTs sorted? My first TUSAL post of 2015 comes to you from my ironing board where sits my giant new ORT jar for my quilting obsession ORTs along with my usual jar that has been emptied for the new year. 


Lots and lots of quilting ORTs! The small jumble of red in there is threads from practicing my quilting skills on potholders. I am NOT showing those efforts ~ I need much more practice! I promise, there are three orange ORTs in my little jar, I actually stitched a bit but not a lot. 

The blue and green fabrics my jars are sitting on are the fabrics my daughter chose for the quilt I'm making her. It was her birthday last week (#27) and we took her to the fabric store and out to dinner. Her dad joked she had five minutes to find fabric and be darned if she took that long! She must have really had a strong image of what she wanted because she picked these out lickety-split. I'm now hard at work on her present. Having a blast doing it too!

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We want to see your ORTs! Leave a comment on this post with a link to your January TUSAL post so we can come visit! If I hold a Totally Useless giveaway your comment will earn you an extra entry.

Wondering what a TUSAL is and why all these people are posting pictures of rubbish? Click here to learn more and join the fun!


Thank you for visiting my blog today!
xox