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A Little Paper Piecing

It’s very obvious that I love coffee. So, it only makes sense to paper piece a coffee mug rug or coaster. This paper piecing thing is really fun. It’s different. Overall, I think I like it.

It 6 inches finished. So, I think it’s an oversized coaster. I picked it up from under the free patterns from this blog. It comes in different sizes too.

I like how the quilting came out. I like the modern lines and the piecing gives it an edge.

  The hardest part of paper piecing is getting the fabric to cover the space you are sewing. The angles can really mess me up.  I did try the mariner’s compass (also on, and it was a fail. A three time fail. Wow, all time record for me. I will get it. My hubby said maybe he could help with the labeling it or something. I could always get some help from my mother-in-law. So, I’ll get it. I must just be having a slow moment today.

This was a little contoured burp cloth. Pattern is here. Both sides are flannel.

A little matchy matchy for a friend’s baby shower gift. She loved it. This is a yard of two different fabrics sewn together and topstitched. It’s sewn in rows about every 6 inches to keep it from slipping. I tell ya, flannel is not my favorite to sew. It is stretchy. One tip to keep any fabric from slipping is give it a good starch.
Here’s some photos of our little family.
This is my son, Jared, catching some rays at the Pensacola Beach on Mother’s Day. We actually live  here. It’s like we are on permanent vacation. You would think we would all have better tans. Haha.
My daughter, Kenzie and her cousin, playing in the water. I tried to crop these photos and post them, but it wouldn’t let me upload them cropped onto blogger. I have no idea why. I am not a technical blogger at all.
On that note, I was excited that I added a couple buttons and a widget. I figured out, finally, how to add all the blogs I follow too. I did it with the help from some other blog tutorials. While I was making leaps and bounds I changed the look too. Woohoo!
We went to the blueberry patch for some picking. We did get a thunderstorm and had to wait it out under a overhang of a barn. It was just part of the adventure.

Look at those blueberries. I can taste the pie I made right now.

She is too cute.

We’re in one of those learning to smile stages. Still cute. The most awesome blueberry pie recipe is here. The only thing that I did different was 4 Tbsp. of cornstarch. The instructions said that the 3 wasn’t enough. It was great. It just takes about 2 hours to set.
This is one of me. I’m not at the sewing table. I was just about to go to dinner with a friend.  Just a few photos of what life is like around here. Let me add one of my hubby.
Here’s my handsome guys at my son’s pre-k graduation about a month ago.
I had to represent everyone. Now, I’m off to cook dinner. Blog at ya later.


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Our New Home

 These are the photos from the den remodel. We had to take it down to the studs. It was alot of work. It took 7 whole days from start to finish. It was some 14 hour days and lots of sweat.

 This is a huge room. There was some termite damage that needed repairs.

 This is us mudding the drywall that we put up in the den.

 Waiting for mud to dry took up a whole day. Then, you have to sand and restart the process 2x’s.

This is Jason on one of our breaks.
The ceiling was yucky, and this photo you can see where the paint has been and where it hasn’t. Next, we put in baseboards, framed the doors and windows,and began painting the walls.


This is what it looked like by 10:00p.m. I went ahead and painted the trim and baseboards the next day.

 Here’s the wall hanging I did the following week. It turned out really well.

Jason made a recess for my machine, and now I have this huge table extension. He is awesome.
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           I quilted it on the frame. I love this thing. All I can wish for now is a midarm.

The paint on the walls are done. Next is painting trim and baseboards. We have been so busy with the house. I am so glad that this room is done. I have my sewing stuff in there. Yay! The frame is set up for quilting. I even did a wall hanging and got it done in time for the house warming party. Hopefully, I will not have to do this again anytime soon. It is time consuming and just flat out exhausting. We got it done though, and it is beautiful. I have plenty of room for sewing and Jason has room for his office area. We just need some furniture. Well, blog at you later. 

Seams, tips, and cuts

I really just wanted to share today. I have been working on my quilt. I have a few helpful tips. When cutting the 1 3/4 pieces, lay the ruler down to cut at 3 1/2 and cut with the rotary cutter. Do not move anything but the ruler and cut at 1 3/4.This is a much faster way of cutting. If you can get a 1/4 inch foot, I would highly suggest it. I do not have one for my machine and getting the seam correct is really getting on my nerves. I have the setting now. I have used painters tape to mark my guide. Somehow, all the seams foot my stars are just lovely. The one that is getting me is the pretty chain. There are more seams there. I guess, the diagonal seam isn’t a problem on the star. Also, if you are going to cut the strip sets more than one at a time. Stagger the second set. This will make cutting easier. Another useful tip, on the strip sets, use the seam across the strip to line up and make the cuts. That’s all I got for today.