Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Civil War Generals' Wives BOM - Month 11

This month's block is in honor of Ellen Mary (Marcy) McClellan.  Her marriage to General McClellan happened only after he proposed to her on nine different occasions over a span of about 7 years (and she rejected him all nine ccasions because she loved another man).  It is a rather astonishing story as to why she finally said "yes".  Sorry, but the material is copyrighted, so you must find other means to find out the rest of  the story.  :)

Block 11 - Ellen Mary (Marcy) McClellan wife of General George B. McClellan

Monday, August 27, 2012

Colorful Boy Quilt

Using this blog post, I stitched up a quilt top for grandson #1.  The fabric line is VeloCity by Jessica Hogarth for P & B Textiles.  There is a close-up of all those great prints in one of my previous posts.

Now I'm waiting for the Simplicity pattern sale to begin at Hancock Fabrics on Thursday so I can purchase a pattern for a jacket that I'm really excited to get started sewing.  I plan to have my new fall jacket completed next week some time (even though it is still in the 90's here).  That's as far as I've gotten on my fall sewing plans so far.  Do you have fall/winter sewing plans already, or are you like me, and you procrastinate until the new season is upon us?

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Sewing Machine Trading Cards Display

In an earlier post I shared photos of my vintage trading cards.  Sarah and Ashley gave me great suggestions on how to display them.  With their suggestions in mind, here is what I came up with:

I didn't want to invest a lot of $$$ in purchasing materials for the display, so I went 'shopping' around my house and found the supplies I thought might work.  I used an old bulletin board, fabric, extra-large ric rac, chicken wire (thanks to my DD), fabric scrapbook flowers, scrapbook papers, and clear acrylic cards.  The only supplies I purchased were the spray paint and the hooks from which to hang the frames.  I am very pleased with the final product and I plan to post a tutorial in the near future.

Now I must go put a couple small holes in my sewing room wall so I can hang this and give those lovely turn-of-the-century sewing cards the visibility they deserve.  :)