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Monday, February 2, 2015

2015 January ~ Rag Quilt for Baby Hunter

Hunter on the flat unraggy side of the quilt, looking Cute as a Button!

I have been a little behind with my sewing as a few of my closest friends know and when a baby is born in the family, what better excuse do I need to make something right?  I decided another rag quilt was in order but with lots of fun colors and it was going to be made with flannels so it would be super soft since for a baby.  I washed it with a Color Catcher and dried it twice before gifting it to him to get the fluffiness to start and to collect a bunch of loose strings.

So Hunter is now 5 1/2 months old and he is growing up on the west coast with an awesome set of parents who are going to teach him all the fun and exciting things that he can possibly do outside like fishing, horse back riding and jetskiing.  His daddy even made the crib and changing table they use for him everyday.  This little guy (ok, not so little) will have such a loving upbringing with the fabulous parents he has!  His mom Jenn even took some pics with him on the rag quilt and said I could post them here to share on my site!

Pic before being washed.

Pic after being washed 2x and dried 2x and ready to be shipped to CA =)

Here is a link to the first rag quilt I did back in May.  Also if interested I used Aurifil thread throughout for the piecing and the quilting, you can find some here on Amazon.  

Hugs & Smiles, Tiffiny ~ Smilie Mommy

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014 December ~ Baltimore Ravens DIY Memory Board

I can finally post the pictures of this cute memory board I made for a Baltimore Ravens Fanatic in my family since she has received it now for Christmas.  You can see the other memory board I made here that has more of a tutorial that I posted a few weeks ago. 

Let me know what you think in the comments below.  

I used 16x20 canvas boards like this but you can use any size you would like depending on the size you want to fill and other things besides canvas boards you normally paint on.  This is just how I did it.

Hugs & Smiles, Tiffiny ~ Smilie Mommy

Thursday, December 11, 2014

2014 December ~ DIY Memory Board Tutorial

I made this diy french memory board for a dear friend last week and I can now share the pictures since Santa brought it to her house early. =)  

The colors worked out perfectly for her sewing room, so I was really pleased with how it turned out and how much she loves it as well.  I used a 16x20 art canvas with two layers of 1/2" batting hot glued onto the art canvas frame to get the loft I wanted to achieve under the fabric. I would highly suggest buying an electric stapler like this one here on Amazon  it saved me so much energy I would have used with just a manual staple gun going into the back of the wood frame. I also chose a thin ribbon, I wanted the fabric to be the highlight where the ribbon and cute buttons were just the right touches to finish it off.  This was the first one I ever made, I would definitely make these again.  Let me know what you think. 
Here is a link to the newest memory board one I made in the Baltimore Raven's theme.

Hugs & Smiles, Tiffiny ~ Smilie Mommy

Monday, October 6, 2014

Digging up Some Sweet Potatoes Today

Update:  October 25, 2014:  I will post many new pics soon but with the help of my two sons and a friend of my youngest over the huge mound was concurred and 3 different potato varieties were uncovered.  I still think there are more hiding in the dirt mountain, we found about half of a wheelbarrow full of potatoes!  So nothing to complain about that is for sure!  =) 

Yield of Sweet Potatoes from one plant!
This morning I went out determined to find sweet potatoes in my gigantic hill where they were planted and after several attempts of digging holes like a blind squirrel we finally went to the local hardware shop for a big potato fork thing that looks like a shovel but with the fork on the end (hehe, nice description, I know).  Then I managed to easily find some yummy sweet potatoes in the huge potato hill in our yard.  My plan was to cook some up for dinner tonight but I keep hearing I should cure them before eating them to bring out the sweetness and to help them last even longer. Anyone else starting to pull up their sweet potatoes?  I would love to hear how you cure yours, please leave comments below.
I have plenty more to dig up, enough for all my friends =)
Hugs & Smiles, Tiffiny ~ Smilie Mommy

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Quote about Personal Growth by Tupac Shakur with a Beautiful Photo of Tulips

“I want to grow. I want to be better. You Grow. We all grow. We're made to grow.You either evolve or you disappear.” 
― Tupac Shakur

I took this beautiful photo above during this past Spring 2014.  I call it "Tulip's View to the Sky"  

2014 May ~ Rag Quilt Pictures Finally From

I am finally getting around to posting pics of the rag quilt I completed in May.  Seems like summer break just started for my boys a few weeks ago but the reality is school starts this Thursday!  By the time it slowly sinks in that I now have a 5th and 7th grader, it will be time to be decorate the Christmas tree, ohhhh shhhhhhhh, I said that out loud!  

So this was my first rag quilt, now while it was a simple style for me, it was still my first time.  One thing I learned while making one that I didn't expect was that the piecing thread should blend into the fabrics I chose.  I was expecting the raggy cutting area to hide it more than it does.  So that is one thing I would suggest if you ever make one yourself.  Let me know if you have ventured into making one of these before.  The most time consuming part of it was the cutting every 1/4 inch of the seams.  

I hope to be back to posting more very soon.  I have several different projects going on at once right now, but that is always the way right?  =)

This picture shows the true colors of the rag quilt
The true colors are shown in the picture above =)

Saturday, May 17, 2014

2014 May ~ Progress on a Rag Quilt

Hello everyone!  My current project has been a rag quilt made with 100% cotton from my local quilt shops (LQS).  Most of you know that I always am wanting to learn new techniques and challenge myself.  This may not be the most challenging of my projects, compared to the quilt that has over 1300 triangles in it that I am still working on but it does qualify as a technique I haven't done before.  The reason I decided to make one of these is I have a friend that may want 3 rag quilts for her adorable grand-babies and I wanted to make one of my own prior to making hers so I would know ahead of time what are some things I should look out for.  She wants them to be really snugly and cozy so we were most likely using flannels.  This rag quilt still needs to be hemmed around all four sides and then snipped on the seams so when I wash it, it will be able to bloom and give off the cozy rag quilt look many love.  Let me know what you think  in the comments section below.  =)
Go here if you want to see the finished raggy quilt!

Hugs & Smiles, Tiffiny ~ Smilie Mommy