Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Warm Bottle Quilted Cozy

Necessity is the mother of invention. My daughter was having bad cramps, which of course led to a google search for natural remedies. Before I knew it I was looking at old fashioned water bottles. They are rubber and ugly so naturally, I wanted to make a cover for it. Have you looked up warm water bottle cozy? There are so many hand made, knit, crocheted, recycled sweater and quilted cozy's out there. 
The best tutorial that I could find said to trace the water bottle (they very in size a little) and make your own pattern. You might want to go a little less contoured at the neck of the bottle, as you can see in the picture. I found it helped when it came time to shove the rubber bottle in. I went with an eight pointed star for the front.
You basically make a mini quilt complete with batting and backing and quilt it. Then I placed the template that I made over it, and cut it out leaving a half inch seam allowance. I only used a 1/4 inch seam allowance when I sewed the front and back together, but the extra 1/4 inch leaves a little wiggle room when getting the bottle into the cozy.
The back was the same process, except it has two overlapping pieces. Cut each piece about two inchs longer than half the length of the bottle. Add some binding to both pieces, then sew the front piece to the back pieces right sides together. It really is that simple. I was able to finish two from start to finish at a sewing day.

Fill with warm water and cuddle with it under a quilt - yum! It can also be used with cold water for a sore back after sewing one for all of your friends :) Let me know if you make one, I would love to see it.

Friday, January 9, 2015

It feels good to knock those cobwebs off of the blog and get back at it!

Over the past few months I've been relying on Instagram to keep in touch with you all because it is so easy to just click a picture and post. I have missed the blogging world though. How have you all been? What have you been up to?

Now that I've dusted off the blog, it is time to tackle the sewing room again. I want to move things around, unfortunately it is a domino effect type of thing. I ultimately want to move the cabinet from the sewing room into my bedroom to store my husbands clothes. This will free up some space in the sewing room as well as the hallway built ins that he is currently using to store clothes. The only problem with all of that is I need to move the treadmill out of my room. That takes man power that I don't have right now. Especially since there are stairs involved in that move. In fact, it may have to go out the front door and around the long way to live in the basement. Cold temps with snow make that a little less pleasant than it has to be. 

Have you seen the Blocks From the Past Quilt Along that is going on? It isn't too late to join.  In fact, I have just joined and need to start my blocks. Week 7, I will be sharing my tips for making three of the blocks. So be sure to check into it and check back then.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Last Friday morning I was avoiding my local fabric store and the sale that they were having because I don't need any more fabric. I'm on a use it up kick and am trying to finish all of the unfinished projects that I have laying around.

Of course when Marion and Natalie invited me to go along with them, I couldn't refuse. I did show restraint and only bought a couple of things...

The sale fabric was $5.55 a yard, so I bought three half yards.
This little bag is what I'm really excited about.  It was one of those fill the bag for $3.  As long as you can get the bag closed, you can stuff as much as you can get into the bag. 

 Look at all of that! The yellow dot in the back was a half yard of fabric. My secret was to roll the fabric. There are some fun colors to add to my stash, or I may just use it all together on one quilt. All that for three bucks! I even had money left over to go to lunch with the girls :)

Monday, April 7, 2014

Kitties chase away the blues. They really do. Felix here has his doctorate in psychology. 

 If you are the tiniest bit upset he'll climb up and push his face into yours. If you step on a fuzzy, feathery, wet toy or pony tail holder at the door of your room, that's just little Feli leaving you a present.
Depression, anxiety? A little bit of meds and a whole lot of kitty. He has been such a blessing from above sent to our family. Sara rescued him from the shelter, but I think he might be the one doing all of the rescuing around here.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Borax Bonus

So remember that old dish cloth that I was using to cover my food processor with? It had seriously just come out of the dryer. I was cleaning up after I had made laundry soap and wiped the counter down. When I rinsed the wash cloth, the water was grey. The counters were also freshly cleaned, so I'm guessing that all of that dirt was still in the wash cloth. Gross! That just goes to show how much better the homemade stuff is.

Anyway, I've been using the Borax to clean with (the outside of the box has a ton of info on how you can use it to clean). Then i got a wonderful, awful idea.

Wet cloth and Borax in hand, I headed to my bathroom. I live in Utah and we have hard water, which leaves hard water stains everywhere. I do have a brand new, never installed water softener downstairs, but that is a story for another day. I've tried everything on the hard water, the best thing that I've found is The Works at the dollar store. The smell overtakes me and I end up giving up. A streaky tub and a headache are all I have to show for it.  

No judging...here is my tub streaks and all. I've darkened the picture a little so you can see them better.

 Close up of the streaks - regular lighting

Wiped off with the wash cloth.  No scrubbing. You can still see streaks below where I didn't wipe it.
Seriously! No scrubbing. No smell. No headache.  Of course I jumped right in and washed out the entire tub - not! (jr. high flash back). That is a job for another day. I wonder what else I can use Borax for.