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How to Sew Using a PlayStation and TV

I promise I haven’t lost my mind… yet. But I did recently borrow my husband’s PS4 for a sewing project. Don’t run away, yet. You can too!

As long as there is a gaming system with internet or even a smart TV in your house, this post will apply to you. Are you ready? It has to do with our favorite “A” word… applique.

I do not have a light box, and they are quite pricy since they are only something that would serve a small purpose in my world. I cannot justify the price for the amount of time I would be using it, but I still wanted to get away with appliqueing specific images using a similar technique. That is when I realized my TV could be my light box. Once I realized that, I just needed to figure out a way to pull my image up on the TV.

Forewarning—Your husband might get home from work after you have been working on said project and ask what you have done to the TV.  After all, a huge duck on the screen might be a little strange. I warned you…

Now, let’s get down to it. If you have an internet-ready gaming system or smart TV, you can access the internet-I used google- to search for your desired image. I’ve always wanted a rubber duck bathroom, and it is happening now, so I needed a rubber duck quilt to hang on the wall (This might be the point I let you know that I have lost my mind…).

I found the place to search for a website through the PS4, I went to Google, and then typed in “Rubber Duck image.” Once I found the image, I needed to zoom in to get the right size for my quilt. This is where a larger TV might be needed depending on how large you’re wanting your applique piece. If you have a smaller-than-desired TV, you could continue in sections and move your fabric around. Although I was on a larger TV, my image was still not the size I wanted. I had to search, but to zoom in using a PS4, you click R3 (The right toggle button; press it down).

Once your image is ready, I carefully taped my fabric onto the TV, preferably the frame and not the actual screen, but I did need to lightly place a couple pieces of tape onto the screen. I am not reliable for any harmed TV’s while attempting this. Next, trace your image and continue with your desired applique method. You can trace the image onto freezer paper if you would rather not trace on your actual fabric. Also, keep in mind whether you need to attach your fusible interfacing first or if you are going to use that at all.

I was in a hurry, so I traced directly onto my fabric, cut the image out, and pinned like crazy until I knew my fabric wouldn’t move while I sewed it down.

I left the image on the TV until I had traced each piece of fabric. To clarify, I traced the entire outline in a yellow, feathered fabric. Then I put orange on the screen and traced the beak. Lastly, I placed a light yellow on the screen to trace the wing pieces. I also traced the different eye pieces.

This process worked well for my large applique piece. It might be more difficult to make it work for smaller pieces, though I think it would still be possible.

Now game systems aren’t just for the guys in our life (They never were, but we have more uses for them now!)


{For those of you who were guessing circles or bubbles from Instagram/Facebook, this duck has a bubbly personality!}

See you at the machine (or tracing at the TV),

Care



9 DAYS UNTIL OPENING!! 


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Come Fly Away With Me?

Today is all about borders. It is due time that I stop procrastinating on my border-less quilts. They are so close to finished; it is time they make their move to the done pile. 

First up: Merry, Merry Snowmen. I’ve sewn on the inner border, and I was going to move forward without any green since I was out and unfortunately the quilt shop was also out. Have no fear, I have found a similar fabric and will be using it in place of the original green. I just felt the quilt needed a hint more green to balance out the reds and neutrals.

 

Since I was able to find a green substitute, I will add a skinny green border and then finish off with my favorite- the red with tiny white polka dots. This will also be my binding. Sweet! One quilt down.

 

Up next is my purple and teal quilt. (I still need to figure out a name for this charmer, because purple and teal quilt will not cut it, any suggestions?) I want a small white border to finish off the points, then flying geese pointing outwards.

 

Remember how I had run out of fabric to repair my last block… I am still running low on fabric I used in this quilt. It is time to dig in my stash and hopefully come up with something that will work. If I’m not back in 5 minutes you might want to send in a rescue team. It is pretty scary in there. 

One of these WIP Weeks just might have to be devoted to reorganizing. We can wait until next year to worry about that though.  

3…2…1… I’m off in search of fabric.

Alright friends I have found a few contenders, time to fly away with the geese.


 

After the flying geese border, I will finish it off with a thicker white border and this quilt can join Merry, Merry, Christmas in the DONE pile!

After a week with little sewing, it feels great to mark unfinished quilts, “DONE”. 

See you at the machine,

•Care
 

**If you like the Merry, Merry Snowmen pattern by Bunny Hill Designs, it is available here.**
 
 

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A Hidden Fairytale

There is a fairytale hidden within this quilt and it is one of the greatest gifts I have ever received.
 

Today is My Love’s and my wedding anniversary. That means I have been the owner of this quilt for two years now. You see, I was raised by an incredible family and extended family. A nursery worker turned babysitter, turned sister, turned neighbor and her actual sister have carved away a piece of my heart I never want to have back. I have had a room in almost all of their houses, and I always have a machine calling my name when I am at their house. Though we were once neighbors in a small Oklahoma town, they now live in Kentucky and I try sneaking away every chance I get.

 One of my “sisters” made me this quilt and it does the best job of describing who I am. My Love and I like Disney- we could be called fanatics, but I try to tone it down on occasion. We got engaged at night in front of Cinderella’s castle and my family surprised me. The clock on the tower depicts the time our wedding started and the picture is of us going to our first prom- we have been dating since High School. My sister designed this quilt for us and I love it.

 

Since we are on this topic, I thought I would share a little more about our family. We both grew up in a small Oklahoma town but after we got married we moved about an hour away to a larger town still in Oklahoma. We love it here. We have two four-legged babies named Kylie Belle and Nala Jane. Nala Jane is our baby child. She just turned ONE five days ago. In an attempt to control the puppiness she has been going to classes and slowly learning all kind of things. Kylie Belle is the older, wiser pup who is already trained in Quilt Modeling. You’ve seen her before showing off quilts and I can guarantee that is not going to be the last. 

Nala Jane is sitting, Kylie Belle is laying

Well I don’t want to bore you with the nitty gritty of life so I will leave it here for tonight. Now you know the core people in our little family- My Love, Nala & Ky. I’m sure you will learn more as we go. 
I know this post was lacking in quilt awesomeness but I just had to share the quilt made by my sister, and I thought it was about time I brought you all up to speed on who lives under this roof (besides the machines). 

See you at the machine, 

Care

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It Isn’t Too Early For a Little Christmas, Right? 

I asked my Love if I could put one of the Christmas Trees up last week. I thought it was a simple question, but it was most definitely met with a stern (but loving), “No.” Well okay then, I guess I will go sew on my Christmas quilt while I wait for the world to get on my level.  
Christmas decorations for Halloween should be a thing; although, I really do love fall and Thanksgiving. Having Christmas decorations up before Thanksgiving would not take away from the holiday, but instead it would just add to it. This is all how I felt before I realized putting Christmas decorations up now would mean they would be up for over three months, and at that point they would need dusted. I’m not a fan of dusting, so I will wait until a more applicable time to start decorating. Say, right after the dishes are finished from Thanksgiving dinner. Sounds like a fabulous time to me, only 96 more days to impatiently wait. 


Until then, I will have Christmas cheer with my snowman quilt where nothing needs dusted and no one can tell me “No” to decorating early. Plus, French General fabric is not Christmas fabric and these shapes could be confused for anything. They just look somewhat like snowmen, but that can be our little secret. 


Last weekend I was able to finish sewing the details onto this quilt and the snowmen (or blobs or interesting shapes if we are hiding that this is a Christmas quilt) really came to life. Deciding borders has been a small challenge. After all the time and work it took to complete this quilt, I thought we were for sure working with something King-size or larger. However, I was mistaken and my finished quilt sans borders was about 50” x 54”. My goal is to have a “couch quilt”; I want all of my quilts to be used often and loved well, so this little guy needed a few borders.

About these borders; I picked one fabric, a feather-like design with hints of red and tan, that I loved so I knew it would make an appearance. I also liked the light green that was speckled throughout the quilt and the red with tiny white polka-dot fabric held a place in my heart. Three fabrics—should I use them all?… One?… Two?… Time for an audition. 

I think I have settled with varying sizes of all three fabrics for a pretty good sized border. I believe they will finish the quilt well, and then I will be off to rent the longarm and finish this in time for Christmas. As a procrastinator of epic proportions, I cannot believe this quilt is actually close to finished. Someone remember this because it won’t happen ever again often. 

Hopefully I haven’t spoken too soon…

See you at the machine,

Care



If you missed working through my appliqué journey for this quilt, check out the last blog post.  It was a journey alright… 🙂 

Also, if you would like to purchase this Bunny Hill Designs pattern (which I love!). You may do so here