ScrapHappy – for July 15th

I just found out today is the anniversary of the ScrapHappy group of creative people who use it up and make something wonderful from what is left for scrap.  We have also grown by four new members too!  Please be sure to follow the links below to see what all the others have created this month!

Today’s item is in my estimation a prototype.  I read a lot and get most of my books through my local library using Overdrive.  The books are chosen from those available digitally through my library, and then I download them from Amazon onto my Fire tablet.

(I must mention this service is available for free, and that even if you don’t have a fire tablet, or other reading device you can also use your computer.)

Anyway, back to this month’s effort for scrap happy.  I recently made some box valances for the windows in my new studio…

and there was about 1/2 yard of fabric left.  So, I layered it with batting scraps,

quilted it, trimmed it, sewed it into a tube, then sewed the ends in opposing directions at top and bottom after stuffing it well.  All to make a little pillow for my Fire!

It holds the tablet at the right angle for reading and saves my hands from holding it for hours.  (arthritis)  It also prevents neck strain from rolling my head forward to get a good angle to read when it is flat in my lap.

  • So, is it perfect?  No.
  • Does it do the job I created it to do?  Yes.
  • Is it more comfortable on my lap than the lint roller I had been getting by with to hold it up and keep it from sliding away on my lap?  Absolutely.
  • Has it offered some free motion quilting practice?  Yes!  Again not perfect, but I think the random stitching works OK with the loud, large print of the fabric.

All in all it was a fun project, used up total trash from my quilting closet, and I can now read comfortably.  Mission accomplished!

Please do visit these other lovely scrap users to see what they’ve created this month

Kate Gun, TittiHeléneEvaSue, Nanette, Lynn, Lynda (me),
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, JanKaren,
Moira, SandraLindaChrisNancy, Alys, Kerry, Claire, Jean, Johanna,
Joanne, Jon, Hayley and Dawn

NOTE:  Overdrive is available for every platform and device for free HERE

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A car paint video? Really?

When I was a teen and wanted to learn to drive my father made me his “gopher” and taught me how to change a tire, the oil, and other necessary skills to keep my car running healthy.  These were the direct teaching he gave me, but there were many other observed lessons in just watching him work for others.

My best memory is of him taking two wrecked Porsche bodies and removing the front from one, and the tail from another, then putting them together to make a whole and attaching it onto his friends frame.  Much sanding, painting, buffing, painting, etcetera went into the remake of his friend’s Porsche.

When he was done his friend was very pleased and dubbed the car his Glazed Tomato!  It was very red, and very shiny.

So why am I talking about this?

Because this morning I happened upon the following 29 minute video about the finishing process this fella went through to make his car as smooth and shiny as the Glazed Tomato.  WOW!  All those tools, all that fancy new miraculous tech and coatings to make his car look as good as my dad did by hand in his garage at home.

I think it is safe to say my dad didn’t get paid enough for all his attention to detail.

The Boogie Beast

I didn’t talk about it, but last month almost to the day, we lost Neville.  He was our little kitty from the Mountain Farmlet.

Neville was aloof

This morning almost a month to the day Lil’Bit has vanished.  If she does not come home we will not be getting another kitty.

Lil’Bit required much attention

Some sort of Boogie Beast is making the circuit in its nightly hunts and none of us on our little street can keep kitties anymore.  I am guessing fox or coyote as there is never any evidence left behind.  This will be the fourth kitty to have vanished and as you may recall Smoky and Clause just disappeared overnight too.

RIP kitties

Scrap Happy: needful things

Posted a day early for June 15, 2015

It is that time of the month for using up scraps and making something fun and/or usable!

It is Scrap Happy Time

These fabric scraps were strip pieced and the resulting new cloth was then cut on the diagonal.  Next I used it to practice my free motion machine quilting… I have no skill so there will be many more small items made in my future (pot holders, mug rugs, coasters and more).   I want to get this talent mastered!  However, I was frustrated when I got my mini quilt assembled, and then had to let it sit for two months til I could find my sewing machine.  It actually wasn’t lost, but it definitely was not set up for me to use and I surely didn’t have the time.   Today I made the time to turn the little mini quilt into a case…

Not a glasses case but the contents certainly help me to see!

This case holds a magnifying lens so I can read the fine print when shopping without blowing my vision out.  Close work and fine print cause my eyes to go fuzzy and as time goes by it happens more quickly and lasts much longer.

So, the case holds the lens in my purse and prevents it from getting scratched.  My magnifier is at the ready for price tags, product contents and instructions, etc.

That strange reflection is only one light, but oddly  it is triplicated on the lens surface.

Now I don’t have to be embarrassed by asking other shoppers to read for me.  😉

At home I have two very powerful magnifying ring lights, one stationed at the machine and the other on my cutting table.  For reading my Kindle tablet enlarges the text quite nicely to avoid eye strain.  My eye Doctor doesn’t seem to find anything to worry about in this situation, but I truly do worry about it.  What if it becomes permanent?

 

Please do visit these other lovely quilters and see what fun items they have made!

KateGun, TittiHeléneEvaSue, Nanette, Lynn,  Lynda (me),  Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, JanKaren, Moira, SandraLindaChris and  Nancy