Daffy's Stitchy Friends

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

July ORTs

I had to work on July 4th...a holiday here in the US. Not only did I have to work but I was training a new employee and it was Monday. I was simply too darn tired to post my Totally Useless Stitch A Long report!

It's New Moon time! Where are your ORTs?

Mine are nice, lots of scraps from sewing and a big pile from squaring fabric and cutting strips.

I tried my hand at a pineapple block and it came out excellent. Pictured here on my new design wall (I slapped it up there, unpinned, on Sunday and it's still clinging tight today!)

This was made with total scrap fabric...just whatever caught my eye as I got to that round. I must say, the Creative Grids Pineapple Trim Tool made this block very easy. I would never have been able to cut or sew as accurate a block as I did. It would take a while before I could do it without referring to the instruction sheet though!

Speaking of instructions...I had bought a pattern for a pineapple quilt and I had the instruction sheet that came with the ruler. I know I put them both together. I put them up in such a safe place as now I can't find them...losing things is so very rare for me. If you happen to run across them ~ give me a holler!  I ended up having to download the instruction sheet off the website, lol. 


Now it is YOUR turn...we want to see your ORTs! Leave a comment on this post with a link to your July 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!

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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Sunday Sewing

I am enjoying a quiet Sunday morning in my sewing room. While watching quilting shows that were recorded on the DVR I made some key fobs. I already have some finishes and it isn't even midmorning...

It is amazing to me how much I've learned over the past couple years. All the little simple tricks to make things look nicer that experienced sewists take for granted leave me agape when I learn. Like this little trick to join the strap ends leaves you with a loop...you just can't forget to put your clasp on first!

Look close...the fabric reminds you to stitch!

I wish every day could be so carefree.

Four of them finished...two short and two long. They make it so easy to find your keys in your purse! Another trick I learned to save my fingers and nails is using a staple remover to pinch key rings open.

Let's have a giveaway! If you would like a chance to win a "Stitch!" key fob leave me a comment below. Tell me, have you learned any new tricks lately? 

This giveaway closes at the end of July 2, 2016...so be sure to comment by Saturday at midnight! I will draw a couple of names and contact the winners by email. NOTE: I will need your email address if your name is drawn as a winner. If I cannot find a way to contact you another person will be chosen. Good Luck!

This giveaway has closed and the winners will be contacted shortly!

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Friday, June 24, 2016

I'm A Winner!

I'm terribly late sharing my good fortune to win this fabulous prize from Moda Fabrics! Way back in April I entered this giveaway and was flabbergasted to win it.

The book is Betsy Chutchian's newest, Classic & Heirloom Quilts. I haven't opened the little fabric bundles but I believe they are called "Layer Cake Bundles" ~ layer cake squares, 10 x 10 inches. Reproduction fabrics and quilts are my absolute favorite so this is the perfect giveaway for me to win! I still cannot believe I won this!

Included in this prize is a $50 gift certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop. I have been too busy with the craft room remodel to figure out what I want to buy. Should I mention the fact I will not be able to stop at a mere $50 so I need to save up my spending cash?

Big thanks to Moda Fabrics for their generosity...and their wonderful, exquisite fabrics.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Wanted: photogenic balcony, must be affordable

In late March I finished the top to my t-shirt quilt. It still sits waiting to be quilted. I cannot decide if I want to straight line quilt it myself or send it out to be long arm quilted. It's rather large to be doing it myself... ugh, decisions! Regardless, it needs a backing, which I still haven't pieced. I tore the craft room all to pieces right after I finished this top and lost my momentum on the project.

But the top is done!

I either need to make smaller quilts or buy a bigger bed. 

Maybe I could buy a balcony...

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

A Tiny Blue Box

Again, I am behind my time. I have all these posts photographed, written out in my head and even planned when they need to be posted. Do they get blogged? NO! This must stop!

The sweetest package arrived a couple weeks ago. I wasn't expecting anything and Dash was looking like, "What did you buy now?" but it turned out to be a RAK for me! Kim, of Wisdom with Needle & Thread is sending off RAKs at the speed of light! Look what I got...

Isn't that beautiful? Kim paints on porcelain, such tiny, delicate flowers! Wow, look at that gold paint. If you look carefully you can tell it's painted by hand. That is one steady hand! Kim also beaded this chatelaine for my scissors. The beads are heavy and so smooth they don't pull my hair. Isn't this the nicest gift?

Look how teeny Kim can paint. The inside of the box has a little flower too.

Thank you so much Kim, I love this RAK!

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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Pinch Me!

I mentioned to Dash how I wished I had more room for my quilting. 

The next thing I knew we were moving the home office into a small desk in the guest bedroom and the entire room was all mine. 

The room is only 10 foot by 10 foot with an extra cubby area that used to be the closet.

First up was the light. I asked Dash to get a florescent one with four bulbs. Dash said he picked out this one because it looked like quilt blocks. I love that man. No, you can't...he is mine.

On the door-way wall I built a design wall. It is six by six foot. I followed this tutorial to build the wall, click here. For my friends that don't quilt, a design wall is a place to hang blocks to see how they look, it's made with flannel so the cotton blocks kind of "stick" to it or can be pinned in place.

In front of the design wall is my pressing station. It is indescribable how awesome this thing is. The top is 62 by 24 inches. See all that storage? It rolls very easily, even on the carpet. I can't take any credit for the genius of this idea...click here to see how it's made.

I learned how to make elastic casing sewing the ironing board cover. I nearly made it too tight to put on! This is the tutorial I followed, click here.

This view shows how much of my design wall is still usable when the ironing station is in front of it. My cutting mat, rulers and a four foot folding table are leaning against the wall at the end of the unit. I haven't decided if I want to put up a pegboard to hang stuff on or what so there it sits until then.

To the left is the doorway.

I learned to sew lined curtains to match the pressing station. Curtains are surprisingly easy to create! I used this tutorial, click here. The fabric is a Kansas Troubles print called Clara's Garden.

I added a second bookcase for more storage. I'm sure things will change over and over until I work out the most convenient place for everything. 

You've seen my computer cubby before. The sewing desk is right behind so I just turn the chair around for each task. Lots of storage above the desk too. 

Every time I look in my craft room I think I'm dreaming. I think I'm way too excited about having it! It seemed to take forever to get everything together, made and put in place and now that it's done I don't know what to do. What to create next? I bet it doesn't take too long to come up with something! 

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Sunday, June 5, 2016

ORTs. Two For One

It's a Bargain Sale this New Moon! I am so sorry for disappearing without warning. I have been completely unable to reach the desk where I stitch and blog. The entire room has been torn asunder the past several weeks as it undergoes a bit of renovation. Here are a couple of photos on a rather straightened up day.

Most days it was much, much worse.

I am seeing the light at the end. Which is good. It's been weeks since I have done any crafting. I am becoming rather cranky about it.

I promise to be back with some awesome photos when Dash and I finish the re-do. I think you will like what we've been busy with!

My ORTs for June are the ones I collected for the May Totally Useless Stitch A Long. Remember I was sewing a purse? That was the last thing I crafted before all hell broke loose and my room became unlivable. It turned out totally sweet!


Now it is YOUR turn...we want to see your ORTs! Leave a comment on this post with a link to your May and/or June TUSAL post(s) 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!

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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Totally Useless ORTs

It's the New Moon...time for our Totally Useless Stitch A Long posts! The waning moon was awesome these past few days. The crescent was HUGE and hung low in the early morning sky. I admired it every morning as I drove to work. So beautiful!

I'm very pleased to have a few cross stitching ORTs in my little jar. It's been quite bare of late.

My sewing ORTs are abundant. I really got after one of the Charm packs and sewed and trimmed and sewed again. All this activity made some pretty ORTs for my bowl!

I meant to take some progress photos but I got so involved...I forgot. Whoops! This is the outside panel of what will become a purse. The wide black section in the middle is what will be the base (bottom) part. I still need to quilt this to the batting and sew the lining and strap. Maybe I will remember to take progress pictures? I get carried away!


Now it is YOUR turn...we want to see your ORTs! Leave a comment on this post with a link to your April 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!

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Saturday, April 2, 2016


The general consensus should be to not let me loose with a debit card. This pile is most of my recent stash buys. I do quite a lot of my shopping online these days but I have ventured out a time or two lately. I got a great deal on an Olfa rotating mat. Several charm packs and matching yardage. A Creative Grids Pineapple Trim Tool ruler and the pattern to go with.Orange Aurifil thread. A couple of on-sale fat quarters and to top it all off a fat quarter bundle of Moda's new Bees 'n Blooms by Kansas Troubles. I'm tentatively thinking of doing a pineapple quilt in the Bees 'n Blooms.

Not pictured are some new Creative Grids rulers, a 16.5 square and a 6.5 by 24.5 rectangle. I am going to replace all my standard rulers with the Creative Grids, they are soooo nice! Unless it is a specialty ruler, I will never buy another brand. 

The charm packs pictured are hoping to be turned into purses. I get quite a few compliments on my handbags! Purses are fun and easy to make and you will never meet another lady carrying your bag, lol. I'm hoping to have some photos for you soon.

Have you been stashing lately? Let us see!

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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Finery Revisited

This WIP hasn't seen the light of day since 2012. It somehow awoke and started calling out every now and then. I finally dug it out just to get it to shut up! In the course of searching for the safe place I put it I may have awoken a few other WIPs as well...

Here is Finery of Nature with a few more stitches added:

Three years ago I was using the lightbox to stitch this. I need to get it out again. This black fabric is a booger to see. The lightbox is on the shelf in the basement. I'm just too tired to go downstairs and get it!

Do your old WIPs wake up and cry or am I the only one haunted this way? Do you even have any neglected WIPs? I think for most of us that might be a silly question! Why not dig through them and see if one wakes up? Then you can post about it and show us!

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