Monday, July 30, 2012

My Friend Hit a Milestone

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I know, when you see a car on a site it's her new Lexus, Cadillac or Jeep. 
Well, not me ! 

This is my friend, she's been my friend since 
May of 1993.
Yes, I said 1993
New off the show room floor

Geo Tracker

My little Geo Tracker


But, this past week she did it, she turned 70,000 original miles. I love it. 

I love this car !
This car has to be the funniest car in the world to drive, 
I just love this car ! 

I'll be driving this....until she will drive no more, 
or the rust catches up with us, on her and me.   

Happy 70,000   Will we make it another 70,000???
If she can, I can


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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Quilt Pattern Block of YOU

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Free Quilt Pattern Block

Red, White and Blue Quilt Pattern Block Tutorial

Finished size 14" x 14" 

If you need help with triangle piecing it's available under 

"Tutorials" on this site. 


Cut 5 Dk. Blue - 2 1/2" x 2 1/2"
Cut 4 Background - 2 1/2"' x 2 1/2"
Make a 9-patch for the center

Cut 2 Red - 4 7/8" x 4 7/8"
Cut 2 Background - 4 7/8" x 4 7/8"
Make Triangles

Cut 4 Lt. Blue - 2 7/8" x 2 7/8"
Cut 4 Background - 2 7/8" x 2 7/8"
Make Triangles

Cut 4 Background - 6 1/2" x 2 1/2"
Cut 4 Background - 2 1/2" x 2 1/2"

Piece as shown




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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Goodwill Chair Purchase and Re-Do

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 I love Chairs, 
I can't help it.... I do !  
I've just come to a point, it's just fine

old fifties chair
Re-Doing old fifties chair

This is my Goodwill purchase, $10.00. I wish you could have seen Husbands face when I said, "Will you carry this out  to the car?" Priceless

How to Re-Doing old fifties chair

It  had these wings on the sides

Re-Doing old fifties chair

Not very tall off the ground, love that ! 

old fifties chair makeover

Not hard to get the wings off, filled and sanded everything. 

Re-Doing old fifties chair

Leg before


Leg After 

Just a note
And NO, I didn't paint it, 
but wait til you see it with the new cushions, 
it would have been 
wonderful PINK ! 


fifties chair make over

fifties chair make over

I was thinking I'd have to get all new foam for the cushions, but I've had them laying in the HOT sun for a couple of days and they are going to be just fine. 

Re-Doing old fifties chair

Went to the fabric store and here's what I'm going with, let the measuring, cutting and sewing begin ! 



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Saturday, July 21, 2012

How to make a Tote Bag by The Quilt Ladies

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Happy Christmas in July

 Years ago I worked at the public library in Sioux City, Iowa. They had wonderful canvas bags for the home delivery patrons and I based my pattern on what I remember about them.

How to make a Tote Bag

The Quilt Ladies Bag

How to make a Tote Bag


Cut 18 squares  assortment of colors – 2 ½” x 2 ½”
Lay fabric and sew into 2, 9-patch squares



Cut 2 lining fabrics for pockets – 6 ½” x 6 ½”


How to make a Quilt Ladies Tote Bag

Put patchwork and lining good side to good side and sew with a 1/4” seam allowance across the top of the patch work.
Fold lining back press, and

How to make a Quilt Ladies Tote Bag

Top stitch along the edge just sewn.

How to make a Quilt Ladies Tote Bag

Cut 1 piece of fabric -  35” x 14”
Cut 1 piece of fabric – 35” x 3”
Sew together to form the bag.


How to make a Quilt Ladies Tote Bag

Cut 1 Batting 35” x 17”
Layer, batting and bag. Lay flat and press if needed. This is the time to quilt your bag, by hand or by machine.
How to make a Quilt Ladies Tote Bag

I machine straight stitched mine.


How to make a Tote Bag

Trim bag to = 34” x 16”



Cut 2 strips for the handles – 3” x 54”
Cut 2 strips of batting for handles – 1” x 54”
Press one edge of the handle in ¼” and the other edge press down 1” .


How to make a Quilt Ladies Tote Bag

Insert batting and fold fabric over, add top stitching.
How to make a Tote Bag Tutorial

How to make a Tote Bag Tutorial

Lay the bag out and place pockets, measure as shown above,
Measure pockets in place, fold the pocket down and pin, sew with ¼” seam allowance.



How to make a Tote Bag

Fold back up and press.



Add handles, making sure they do not cross, pin and top stitch. Stop stitch about 2 inches from the top. Do both pockets.







Extend handles out of the bag and fold the bag in half. Sew along the bottom and side seam.



Fold the bottom edge over to form a triangle, Sew side to side, trim. Do both sides.

How to make a Quilt Ladies Tote Bag



Cut lining, 34” x 16” and fold lining in half and sew along the bottom and side, leaving 2-3 inches open to turn bag right side out.



Fold the bottom edge over to form a triangle, Sew side to side, trim. Do both sides.


How to make a Quilt Ladies Tote Bag

Turn bag with the batting on the outside, insert lining good side to good side. Sew to the top edge using ¼” seam allowance.



Pull bag right side out,
How to make a Quilt Ladies Tote Bag Tutorial

Press top edge and top stitch.  Hand sew the lining opening closed.




Add top stitching across the handles to hold them secure.



The Quilt Ladies Finished Tote bag.


How to make a Quilt Ladies Tote Bag

Christmas in July 
re-post from 2011






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