Posts Tagged ‘Clothes’

Yep..Recycling Is The ‘IN’ Thing

September 22, 2010

Our mothers and grandmothers always looked for ways to recycle. It wasn’t that it was an ‘in’ thing…it was just a way of life…’making ends meet’.



‘Making do’.  We’ve become such a disposable society here that for a good long while, no one thought much of recycling. Then a number of years ago, folks decided that the landfills were getting filled up. And the oceans are being ruined with non biodegradable  products.  So recycling has once again started to become a way of life for many. 

Now, when George brought down a shirt that he decided he no longer wanted, my 1st response was to put it in a bag to donate. Yes, that’s a good thing to do, but then I thought. I’d had in the back of my mind to pick up some very inexpensive fabric that I could use for the backing squares for a string quilt and/or a crazy quilt (I’ve been accumulating selvage strips & lots of small pieces). Then I thought…heh, his off-white broadcloth shirt would cut up NICE for backing squares!! So, off it went to the sewing room & was quickly cut up into 8″ squares.  I appease myself for not donating it by the fact that it WAS fairly worn and there may have been a stain or 2 on it.

At any rate, I now have my backing squares at no cost. Gramma knew best…make do.



August 5, 2010
I Love Surfing....The Web!!

I Love Surfing....The Web!!

I love reading other Crafty Quilting blogs! Not only do I Tag Surf on my home site, WordPress, but I have just discovered that there are ‘Blog Directories’ , from which you have the big wide world of the internet at your fingertips to find concentrations of your favorite topic with just a few taps of the keyboard! I’ve included several buttons on the lower right section of my page for places you can go to see lots of other blogs. These are not subscription, but are free. I’ve added MY blog to their directories as well.

There’s lots of directories requiring paid subscriptions. For the person blogging to promote their products/service, this would perhaps be a good investment. But for those of us blogging to show off our ‘stuff’ & ideas as a kind of personal outlet, there’s no incentive to pay for ‘blog traffic’ But it IS fun to use to find more kindred spirits & see who’s doing what!

We all would like our ‘moment in the sun’…and the blog allows everyone the potential for just that. I know that many quilters enjoy some notoriety in ‘blogland’. These folk have worked very hard on their craft, and have worked on their blogging as well. These are the people you will find in my LONG list on the right. Some of them have selling venues of one sort or another. Whether it be an Etsy Shop, website, retail store or home based custom business, they’ve included a blog from which they can extend their love of quilting in yet one more direction. 

You find tons of tutorials on the internet. In all shapes & sizes & degrees of proficiency. Some folks have Youtube videos imbedded in their blog, others make PDF documents, others photo & write tutorials as posts. That’s another thing about crafters. Sharing what you do. In the past, craft would pass from one to another locally…at a quilting bee, in church basements, living rooms, craft stores. In this post-modern era we are more and more insular. I see many bloggers have virtual quilting bee’s, shop hops, get-togethers. We still basically just want to reach out to others.

It’s also very ego boosting when your site gets hits, or someone leaves a comment. And that ego boost in itself is tempting. How many hits did you have today? Did anyone leave a comment on my latest post? Guess it all boils down to…we just want to be loved and appreciated. Same ancient desire, just a new century.

Still Not Quilting, but…

June 17, 2010 least I’m doing something.  We have the upcoming nuptials of a friend’s son in a couple weeks. The bride & groom are doing a casual ‘beach theme’ sort of reception, so I won’t need anything too dressy.

I’d seen an excerpt on a blog about ‘broomstick skirts’ & have decided to try one.


Hemming Over 200" On The Machine...Thank God!

Hemming Over 200" On The Machine...Thank God!

I’ve gotten the skirt completed, but not washed & wrapped around a broomstick to dry yet. Will post the outcome of that soon. The fabric is a great batik I got at JoAnn Fabric’s… 30% off.

The shirt fabric is chartreuse…yes, chartreuse.  The skirt is so bold, it can take the intensity of the green, and there’s the identical color in the skirt in small doses so it really pops. The outcome will be revealed soon!!

Chartreuse Fabric

I’m hoping I’ll get this done tomorrow. Will post pics when I can.