Fabric and Dried Lavender

This week lent begins. I open with some thoughts from the Sermon on the Mount. As we journey together towards Easter I will offer some thoughts to reflect on. I hope you will walk with me in scripture and prayer.

I searched my fabric stash and found a piece of lavender pin dot that was enough to sew my Easter jumper. I am not a seamstress. I have really bad memories of Home Economics. In 1960 a new self healing zipper came out and so did the back of the jumper I was wearing. How about a fashion show modeling a blouse with front facing buttons down the front – yes another cause for blushing, truly! So I avoid zippers and more than one button hole in my sewing. Well I had to come up with a solution because I really like wearing jumpers and folks who know I sew share fabric with me. My answer is “Two Tops”! This is how I do it. I cut out the jumper pattern. Next, I mark with a water erasable pen transferring guides. I cut out the front and back pieces. (This pattern did not have a separate skirt). I unpin the pattern and set aside the fabric. I then lay out the fabric for the lining. I pin the pattern pieces onto the lining fabric. This time I want only a top. I cut out the pieces allowing enough length for a hem. Taking the lining fabric to the sewing machine I hem the front and back pieces. Next the main fabric (the lavender) is sewn wrong up any darts, tucks etc. The front and back pieces are joined at the shoulders. The lining is also joined at the shoulders. Now lay out the front and lining wrong sides together and pin. You will stitch the pieces wrong sides together starting at the under sleeve across the top and down to the under sleeve of opposite side. Leaving the side and back open. Turn wright side out. Now you sew the side seams and the back seams. A hand turned hem completes the jumper. This technique works on one piece and top and bottom jumpers. JOY!

When we last visited I showed you a picture of a nest I found. Well there are so many wonderful ideas for Spring decoration that I got inspired. I decided to add texture to my nest. I had saved some dried lavender and a dried rose. I crushed these, painted the nest with white glue and began to add these to the nest. I even had a few feathers I could add. I am happy with the result. I used what I had and had fun. Joy!

Have fun and think spring! God Bless, Trudy

Spring Home Touches

“Forsythia is pure joy. There is not an ounce, not a glimmer of sadness or even knowledge in forsythia. Forsythia is pure undiluted, untouched joy.”
A. M. Lindburg

February draws to a close and my thoughts turn to adding touches of Spring to my home. In the kitchen I changed my table cloth to a blue fabric with yellow roses. I placed my favorite blue bottle in the window with the forsythia flowers. My valences and sink curtain are blue gingham.
I plan to use the old milk glass bud vase with the small branches from the back yard as a carrot tree as Easter nears. I made blue and yellow patchwork potholders. My tray has a piece of blue cloth with a blue and
white doily on top. These are covered with a plastic piece cut to cover the
inside of the tray. I found a picture of a nest with little blue eggs and put it
on the shelf Patrick made for me. I found a dear little bird at the thrift shop
and placed him in front of the nest. I hung a Miss Indy quilt. I will take a
picture so you can see. Miss Indy told me that the little stitched pansy was
her signature. I am thrilled to have one of her quilts.

This brings me to today’s topic. I share with you an idea to turn a plan pillow cover into a seasonal touch in the room. I stitched a chocolate bunny that I will button to the plain pillow front. I hope to make another topper for my pillow for summer. I will take pictures of the topper as I create it just like I did for the bunny. I will also change my old postcards for antique Easter ones. If you get to an antique flea market look at old postcards that were sent as greetings long ago. Imperfect ones are really affordable and truly delightful. I use the same frame and change them out. If you want one for Halloween that will be more expensive because fewer were sent. I really enjoy collecting them because they are affordable, beautiful and my entire collection fits into one small box. Joy! Have fun and think spring!
God bless, Trudy

  1. Place pattern on paper side of fusible web.
  2. Trace pattern and cut out.
  3. Remove bottom layer of paper and place onto fabric and fuse with iron to wrong side of fabric. Remove paper.
  4. You now are ready to applique by machine or hand and add finishing touches.

Spring touches about our home.

Hand Spinning Wool

Hello. Today I introduce you to my spinning wheels; Jenny and Patience. Mr. Pat bought Jenny for me before we were engaged. My Dad was reading
his evening paper and when we arrive home bringing in the wheel, he hid
his amusement behind the paper. Mr. Pat and my Dad both took me to festivals to learn how to spin. Years later as a young family we participated
in groups recreating the fur trade era. Patrick had a skunk skin hat, Mr. Pat
had buckskins and I wore a prairie dress and poke bonnet. We camped in a
Sioux lodge. Picture if you can an old station wagon with lodge pole pines
on the roof, our gear in burlap sacks, my wheel, and us in our outfits. It made quite a picture I am sure. What a great time we had!
I encourage you to watch a good demonstration of spinning with a hand spindle. The one on yarn.com is great. My drop spindle came from
fibermillbob.com and was very affordable. If you have an old spinning
wheel be sure to oil the old wood. I use lemon oil. Many old wheel are not
complete. If you are considering investing in an old wheel, search for clear
pictures of complete wheels so you will recognize if a part is missing. To be
of use the wheels that you sit at need three bobbins. I was able to find a
woodworker to make Jenny bobbins using her original as a pattern. You
see when you spin, you only spin one strand at a time. I spin two full
bobbins and then put an empty bobbin in and ply the two strands by
spinning counter-clockwise. This makes a yarn that you can knit with or
weave with. Wool is a true miracle fiber and a gift from God.
God bless,
Miss Trudy

Thinking about Love

Today I will share some ideas for showing your love and remind you how very much God loves You! Truly!

“Lift up your face to God.” Job 22:26 Now Job had a quite a face to lift up to
God. It was red, festered, teary, grieving. He had seen sorrow and he got the tee shirt of misery. Yep! His friends were commiserating about his woes. Almighty God heard their moaning and he stepped in to ask Job a question and it was a doozy! Ready, Where were you when I made the world? Kind of puts things in perspective doesn’t it? Wow! I have been sharing how much I enjoy my writing books. The last two scripture quotations are written near the photo of me and my dad.
It was our last dance together. “Because you are precious in my eyes and honored and I love you.” Isaiah 43: 4. I prayed for my dad. I knew he was in God’s hands and I knew he was going where there would be no more sickness and his bride was waiting with God to welcome him. “Love never ends.” 1 Corinthians 13:8 I hope these thoughts warm your heart this cold January day.

I have also begun to create my valentines and some pretties for Valentines Day. Patrick took close up photos so you could see what I have been doing.
You know I enjoy crafting with old greeting cards, well I cut out a heart
pattern using the back of a card. Then placing the pattern on the front
I cut out hearts. I made a dozen different cards with glue, paper scissors and the fronts and backs of old cards. Joy!
I also made hearts using cross stitch, another was made with buttons and felt and the last was a hand stitched into a crazy patch heart. I started with scraps of fabric and placed the first piece in the center. I continued to add scraps until the piece was the size I wanted. Do not cut this pieced piece of cloth. Make a pattern a heart and use it to draw on top of the pieced fabric. Now embellish with embroidery, lace and buttons. Mine even has a blue bird pin. Now you cut out the heart shape and cut another piece of fabric using the heart for a pattern. I blanket stitched the two heart pieces wrong sides together. You can then and finished by sewing a pin or a ribbon on the back.
Lastly, I am using a grape vine wreath to create a special anniversary piece
which I will hang on the front door. I promise to take a picture when it is
done.
Oh, here is the web site information for 58,000 e books I was talking about.
https://en.wikpedia.org/wiki/projectgutenberg.org Enjoy!
Blessings and warm hearts,
Trudy

Piecing Thoughts and Dreams


The colors – blues, rusts, and lavenders radiate from the center of the quilt outwards. The play of lights and dark’s remind me of the sunlight and shadows that dappled the old porch floor where the quilt design emerged
from a jumble of fabric triangles.

This quilt would not exist if years ago someone hadn’t taken the time to share. They took the time to give me their knowledge and enthusiasm. I was taught how to sew. I learned to express my deepest feeling with needle and thread. I have sewn grief, prayers, love and joy to create a heart gift that speaks for me of my deepest feelings.


Kindness given long ago surrounds me now with color and warmth in the
form of a quilt. Think of this blog as a collection of cotton fabric scraps given to you. You spill the contents out and begin to sort the scraps that appeal to you. Colors of life experiences, interests, beliefs and gratitude are
spilled out in front of you.


At the center of all these is the dominate color of me. love. I am a daughter of God and of Albert Groff. I am a wife of 50 years and a mom. I am comfortable with this time in my life. I have peace, time, joy and great love. As you read the scraps of thoughts that I write to you, discover the ones that add beauty and richness to the quilt fabric of your life. It is my prayer that you will use these to express your true self. Use whatever medium stirs your soul. Create and grow. Discover what enriches your faith. Share
the blessing that is you with others.

Joy!
Trudy

When a woman’s about twenty,
With a baby about two,
She begins to wonder what the years will do.
Baking a cake for a community affair
She pictures herself with silver hair.

Carrying her efforts to a church nearby
A huge truck salutes with an air horn’s blare
Which confection he is complementing
She just couldn’t care.

Acknowledgement is made with a lady like wave,
But the thrill of impropriety is saved,
Put by against what the years will do.

Trudy Groff Costello

Christmas Crafts for Kids

Yarn Pom-Pom Snowman
Materials:
1 large and 1 small yarn pom-pom
Black felt for hat
Scrap of felt for scarf and face
Cotton balls for arms and legs
Directions. Make pom-poms and glue together. Glue on features and scarf. Make a hat and glue onto snowman’s head. Glue on cotton balls.

Folded Butterfly
Materials:
1 piece of white construction paper for butterfly wings
1 small piece of black construction for butterfly body
Poster Paints
Eye dropper (These are available at a pharmacy)
Directions: Fold the piece of white paper in half. Draw the butterfly wings with a pencil. Cut the paper into a rectangle leaving the wings to cut-out later Open the paper and let the children use the dropper to drip droplets of the paint on one side of the paper only. Now fold the paper and press with the flat of their hand from the center out to each end. Slowly open the paper and set aside to dry. When dry, refold and cut out the sketched butterfly. Cut out a body from black paper and glue to center of the insect.

Pressed Flowers
During the spring and summer pick the flowers buttercups, queen Anne’s Lace and little Johnny-Jump-ups. The leaves of the queen’s lace are feathery and press well. Add some to the flowers. These are not endangered, but never pick all the flowers from one spot. Leave some to reseed. Place the flowers and leaves face down between the pages of a book. Place a heavy book on top. 

These can be used to make beautiful cards, small pictures or to decorate a special Invitation like wedding or anniversary. Frame in a 5” by 7” frame. I drew the outline of a heart of on a folded piece of card stock then filled the center of the heart with the heads of pressed buttercups. It made a beautiful wedding card. For Christmas these could be glued to clear plastic ornaments then finish by painting the ornament with a white glue and water solution. Using card stock draw the shape of ornament then paint or color the ornament. When the ornament is dry, cut it out and glue some pressed flowers onto it. This will make pretty Christmas tree ornaments. I would protect the flowers by covering the flat ornament with clear contact paper.

Hand Prints
Materials:
A scrap of material cut out to 12 ½” by 14 ½ “. Hem three sides and then
Make a casing for hanging at the top. This can be sewn or use the product stitch witchery.
A sponge paint brush and poster paint.
A luncheon plate and a pencil to draw a circle.
Paint the children’s hands and let them press their hand onto the fabric circle. Vary the direction of each hand print around the circle and make a wreath. Their thumbs can be painted to make berries on the hanging. Even a single hand print, framed with name and date can make a special gift.

A Snow Scene
Materials:
White card stock.
Poster or water color paint and brushes
flowerets from Queen Anne’s Lace
glitter and scraps of colored and white paper to make a snow man.

Directions: Using an almost dry brush have the children paint the top half of the paper for sky. Use colored paper scraps or cut outs from old greeting cards and create the scene. Place droplets of white glue in the sky and put a floweret into the glue. If you don’t have flowers, use white glitter. Use white glue and the stiff brush to make the snow on the ground and sprinkle with glitter. Sign and date the art piece.

*With appreciation to all the teachers that have shared ideas with me over the last 30 years!
JOY!

Just a Thought

I was able to complete the items I had wanted to make for the front porch last night and I thought I would share some pictures. Both of the small pillows use the strip piecing technique that I demonstrated on Dec.14th. They both start by placing the first piece in the center of the block with the second piece directly on top and continue to flip and stitch. I found a piece of scrap book paper and I glued to the mat of my strip piece tree. I am happy with how it turned out. I will take a photo of the tree also.

While my next batch of bread rises, I checked out some resources for you. I have been saving canceled stamps for veterans for years and this would be a good time to save the stamps as the Christmas cards arrive. I will provide a website and the address to send the stamps.

I looked into sharing old greeting cards. St. Jude’s Ranch has stopped its program and is no longer accepting cards. Some suggestions I read suggested contacting nursing homes, senior centers, and church Sunday school programs. Be sure to ask first.

As I was doing this it came to me that sending a hand made card from a child would also be a really nice thing to do for veterans or seniors living in nursing homes. A phone call could answer the question of where to send them or if the center is nearby maybe you ask if you would be allowed to hand deliver them.

Time to put the bread in the pans. Tomorrow I hope to have ideas for gifts children can make. God Bless, Trudy

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  • Christian wife of 50 years
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  • Experience presenting “Parents as Teachers” curriculum
  • Opened and directed a Christian Child Care center
  • Preschool Teacher of children aged 2 to 5 years.

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  • Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Recognition and Certification of Achievement Maryland Child Care Credential Level Five

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Machine Piecing With Fabric Strips

Friday, December 14, 2018

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Machine Piecing with Fabric Strips
I enjoy sewing very much and I am a happy scrap saver. I have a pretty box just for scraps.  In this box are often strips left over from other sewing projects.

Today I will show some ways these strips can be used to create a variety of items. The first item is a pillow cover. I used red and white strips, a piece of batting and left over
muslin to make a pillow top and an envelope back. To create the diagonal pieced top
I laid the first strip centered diagonally on top of the batting square. The batting was precut to the size I wanted the pillow top to be. Now lay the next fabric strip on top of the first with right sides together. Now, sew down the length of the strips allowing a ¼ inch seam allowance. Finger press the second strip to the right side. Continue adding strips to both sides of the center strip until the piece is the size you want. I added borders by sewing white strips to the two sides and then to the top and bottom.

To create a pillow back you need to cut two pieces of fabric that are the same width as the pillow top, but 2/3 the length. Press the length pieces to make a hem ¼ inch across the top of each piece and sew. Now to assemble. Lay the pillow top, face up. Lay the two backing pieces with the hem sides in the middle of the pillow top wrong side up. The hems will overlap each other near the center of the pillow back.  Now, sew 5/8” Inside all four sides of the pillow. You will be sewing through the top, bating, and the back two pieces. Trim each corner and turn right side out. Insert a pillow form to complete your pillow.

I made the table runner the same way as the pillow top. First cut your backing the length and width you want the runner to be.  Cut a piece of batting to fit. Lay the batting on the top of the backing with the backing wrong side up. I began adding strips from the middle out to each side. I trimmed the completed top and then using strips I bound the edges.

The heart was pieced onto a piece of muslin. I started in the center adding strips to each side.  When the muslin was covered, I used the heart templet I made out of cardboard to cut the pieced piece into the shape of a heart. This can now be backed and sewn to create a heart ornament or it could be appliqued onto something.

Lastly the little tree. This will be a framed in a 5×7 picture frame. Cut the muslin base this size. Now you can strip piece sewing as directed above or you can fold a small seam allowance to one side of the second piece and put glue on this. Glue the folded side to the center piece. Continue adding glued strips from the center out till the muslin base is covered.  I went to www.firstpalette.com and found a tree templet.  I printed this out onto cardstock. I centered the tree measuring the cardboard to make it fit the 5×7 frame.  I poked a hole in the center of the tree with my paper cutting scissors and cut away the tree shape. This I then placed on top of the pieced work.  It is now ready to frame.

Hope you enjoy piecing with strips of fabric.
God Bless, Trudy