Italian Roast Soap

Alex said we should plant she could make me soap:)

More on Lavender later. I only bring it up because that's what led to our experiment with
coffee soap....which turned out awesome!

After studying several Pinterest (Alex's Board) recipes for soap, I decided on the extremely simple combination of 3oz of my fave Italian Roast, grounds included, mixed with 1/2 container goat's milk soap blocks from Michael's Crafts.
Melt the soap in the microwave and stir in the coffee, just like making fudge.

 @ddrquilter says it looks like chocolate ice cream. It does!
Which is cool, but, any idea how I can get more coffee color in my soap?

And @Scooquilt is right, it does the trick for a nice scrubby soap to exfoliate, which is exactly what I wished for:)

Thanks, Alex, for finding a new craft for us to try!

Pocket Triage


Alex wanted a skirt with pockets.
No point shopping for anything like that, right?
So I added lining and pockets to Butterick 4686.
(Its the yellow one, View D, except ours is BLUE, of course;)
Butterick 7686-D
I hurried to get the skirt done so she could wear it to last day of school. And I did!
cut pockets in half, close to hand opening, leaving generous seam allowance.
Open seams 5/8".

Except, I should of had her try it on in stages. Alex is right, my made-up pockets are too small.
And lining fabric, while a good choice for dress-pant pockets,
is not strong enough to carry a smart-phone in a skirt. 
What to do?
cut larger pocket "patches" from fashion fabric
I needed to remake the pockets, larger and with stronger fabric,
hopefully without having to take apart the entire new skirt.
Here is how I did it:
Insert patches inside of pockets, right sides together, aligning with cut edge.
Seam and edgestitch pocket patch to original pocket.
With right sides together, stitch outside edge of pocket patches.
Turn over and edge stitch in the other direction- fastest way to make sure you haven't missed anything.
Finish with pinking shears.
Have you done this before?
If you have a better plan, please let me know below- I'm sure there will be a next time;)
Pearl supervises Pocket Triage

Home on the Range

Alex Golf Coach/School Librarian has been so wonderful - to our whole family.

 So I especially wanted to do something extra to remember her this Teacher Appreciation Week.

Where I come from, that means something homemade. Found a yard of cowgirl fabric in a vintage shop, and as I was musing about "Home on the Range..."
I decided QUILT MY GOLF CLUBS was a good idea.
You know, create something quilty,
like those ridiculous stuffed animal head golf club covers you've seen?

 It started out well enough.
Alex did some stitchery, of course:)
Decided homespun was the best choice for lining.

I quilted the cowgirl fabric.
1/8" zig-zag edge to make sure all layers got covered in seams.

All done! Early!! But it doesn't fit. Fun, but not functional. So...

Recut, refit, redesigned.....I lost track of how many times.
Only one "D" shaped seam, you wouldn't have thunk it so complicated.

Velcro Dot closure.
Far from the corset stay ties I had originally planned.

This adorable crochet edged bias binding is from Etsy,

Done. Wrapped at 5:00AM.
Will leave it to Coach to tell us if it is functional or fail:)

Remember this? Rainbow on the Ninth Hole.
Thanks my Twitter friends who always stayed with me
while driving the golf cart at Alex's matches.
Was fun chatting with you!

Quilters Gone Wild

Quilters Gone Wild
by Kitty Pearl
When stars are seven
And patches make nine
This is the time
The Wild Quilters ride.
On overcast Harleys
They fly like wild geese
 To the LQS
At the end of Main Street.
Then in a back room
Of bars on all borders
With jelly-roll cuts
They play strip poker.
By flames on their sew machines,
glue basting and faux trapunto,
In reckless embellishment
With buttons all over,
Living along
The edge of the block
A quarter-inch rule
Is the only law.
While snacking on layer cakes,
Bobbins and stash,
Cheating at scraps
The Wild Quilters laugh.
Then what do you know
As soon as they're done
They give 'em away!
Every last one!
Each masterpiece, mug-rug,
Tote and crib blanket,
The binding is set, so
"Let's make another!"
Three layers of fun
 Can't be undone.
Maybe a Wild Quilter
Has made you one?
Happy National Poetry Day,  ---Kitty Pearl

Strong Stitches

Alex stitched this for Grandpa's birthday.

Did I ever tell you, our Grandpa is a real weightlifter? Yes, since he was 14 years old.
Here are some of his early trophies from the 1950s:

This week is Dad's 74th birthday = 60 years of weightlifting!

Dad hurt his back earlier this year, and now he has a walker.
So I made Ale's stitchery into a patch pocket for a walker tote.
Just what every weightlifter needs:)

More Trick Triangles

Inspired by Sew Excited Quilts
Headed East & West
Thanks to @SewExcitedQuilts, this is the perfect block I've been hunting for my new
To make Headed East & West with Triangles-On-A-Roll paper, you will need:
  • 9 spaces of 60 degree triangle roll paper
  • 4 color 6.5" triangles
  • 5 background 6.5" triangles
  • 4 background blocks, 6.5" square (for corners)
  • 1 color 7.25" square
  • 1 background 7.25" square
The 7.25" squares are for the center patch Quarter-Square-Triangles, and yes this will make two center patches.  Do you know a more economical method for QST that is just as fast and accurate?
After cutting the triangles in half, you will also have two half-triangle background pieces left over. Again, all in the name of speed.
Pearl says, assemble as a 9 patch.
This block trims to a giant 18.5".
Thanks for introducing me to this fun block, Jackie!
Can't wait to make some more:)

Adventure of the Traveling Spork

Stitched a pocket so Alex can pack her fancy spork to school in her book bag.

Cute kitcheny fabric, right? With enough blue Alex will be pleased. My first adventure in oilcloth:) Of course I got this fabric from Modern June.
LUV her book,
Sewing with Oilcloth, It was everything I needed to be brave and dive into something new (albeit tiny), without wasting time on too many learning curve errors.  Thanks, Kelly!

Like this tip from the book for "ironing" oilcloth by parking it in the sun.

Actually, this picture is wrong. Not until I put fabric face down on the pavers, then it worked. Blowdryer also worked well for ironing out wrinkles in folded oilcloth.

I discovered stitching oilcloth is a lot like stitching jeans. It acts like a heavy fabric. That's why I went with top-stitching down the pocket flap instead of Velcro or whatever else. The stitching line, and the tapered ends, were the only nudges it needed to stay in place.

Also tapered the inside of pocket to make picking up spork easier. Probably could have gone lower/steeper in this cut. Hmmm....will have to ask Alex how this part works out.

I was worried that oilcloth would stick to my foot. (Yes, I know how weird that sounds! I also know that you know exactly what I mean;) Singer's 4 feed dogs did fine moving this adventure fabric, once they got started. So just like jean sewing,
  • Use a leader scrap to get things going and eliminate bobbin tangles on startup.
  • Reinforce corners with backstitching.

Any ideas what you can do with oilcloth scraps?  Sew cute! 
Do tell - hat have you tried?

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