Battle of the Zipper

Elias Howe did a great thing when he invented the sewing machine.
In my opinion, he missed the boat when he got the first patent for a zipper in 1851.
Apparently, there were many inventors involved in the process of improving the invention of the zipper throughout the years.
They were all wrong!

I know.
Zippers have a purpose.
But boy, how I dislike trying to sew in zippers.
I have been successful with sewing in zippers on just a few occasions.

I was trying to add piping and a zipper to a small Christmas pillow.
This was to be my practice for using piping and a zipper on a large floor pillow.
After two days, numerous rip outs, and outbursts of colorful language, I now declare that I will never engage in attempting to sew in a zipper again.

Front (With Piping)

Back (Envelope Style)

I found myself talking to the zipper as I tried and retried to sew it in.
This is where the colorful words came out.
I viewed many videos that presented  “simple”, “easy” methods for sewing in a zipper.
It makes me feel like a dummy, but I just can’t get it.
So, I turned my energy into writing a poem to say farewell to the Evil Zipper.

Now, I feel better!

Before the Storm

Just got back from the new HEB grocery store in our area.
Everyone is getting ready for the storm.
I got everything we need.

  • Apple Pie
  • Vanilla Yogurt
  • Chips
  • Dip fixings
  • and a new quilt magazine

The new HEB has a BBQ restaurant within the new building.

Windmill Decorations

My new favorite place!

This morning, I did manage to put the piping on the pillowcase.
It is not perfect, but it is better than I thought.
Next step, the dreaded ZIPPER!

Christmas in August

Since I wanted to practice making a pillow with piping, I decided to use the first Snowflake block for the Quilt Along as the pillow top.

I stitched the white snowflake with gold thread.
There was just enough green and gold fabric left over for me to make a border.
I am not too happy with this, but it is just for practice.

I was successful in cutting bias strips for the piping, but my sewing machine was not cooperating, as I sewed in the cording.
The under stitches were loose.
I will work on trying to fix this problem tomorrow.
This is the second Snowflake block for the QAL. This time, I  only used six points.

The block needs pressing.

Blocks 1 and 2 of I Wish You a Merry Quilt Along

Celebrating the Solar Eclipse

Nations, like stars, are entitled to eclipse. All is well, provided the light returns and the eclipse does not become endless night. Dawn and resurrection are synonymous. The reappearance of the light is the same as the survival of the soul.
Victor Hugo

My sons started sending me images he was taking of the solar eclipse.
He had made his own box.
The people at his workplace had also made some viewing tools.
The best images came from these low tech tools.

Cloudy View from a Cereal Box

Better View from a cereal box

Tree Shade…Cool! This is my favorite image.

My sister sent this from Austin. A hole in a white paper homemade viewing tool.

View of the eclipse from my sister’s swimming pool porch.

Bella and the Solar Eclipse
Look at the eclipse on my sister’s dog fur.

I took this shot of the eclipse using an empty flower pot.

Here’s hoping that for our nation,  “the light returns and the eclipse does not become endless night.”

Taking a Break

This week, I started working on a new project.
I am piecing nine, 12″ blocks to make a top for a floor pillow.
This is my first attempt at a pillow this size, 30″ X 30″.
I have finished the appliques on the pillow blocks.
Now, I am studying how to make piping, and how to add a zipper.
I might try it out on a smaller pillow for practice.
For now, I have set it aside.

In the meantime, I decided to take a break and do some basic cross stitching.
A couple of years ago, I had bought some dish towels.
Mom and I were going to work on these together.
We never got to it, so I thought today would be a good time to start.
I drew some basic patterns on the printed coffee cups.
Nothing fancy.
Just something to do while I watch my favorite movies.

I still need to draw some designs on these remaining four cups.

Paper Piecing

Joining the #iwishyouamerryquiltalong was a good decision on my part.
This second block has prompted me to learn how to paper piece.
I am truly directionally challenged.
Backward, forward, turn, crease, fold…yikes!
I learn with visuals, and I studied many tutorials.
April Adams  sent me some links that helped me.
Abbie, from Sparkle On, also sent me some  helpful links and words of encouragement.
The piecing seemed simple enough, but it took me making two or three of the blocks before I got the hang of it.

Now, I am trying to decide what fabric to use for the other blocks.

Gold and White Snowflakes or Christmas Plaid

Any input is welcomed . 

This will have to wait until Friday.
Tomorrow is a traveling day.

Museum Day

Today, I took a break from sewing and spent the day with my buddies.
I had told my friend’s husband, Dave, that I of course expected another poem.
He did not disappoint.
Marti handed this to me as I got into the car:

We lunched at Schilo’s, a great deli that has been in San Antonio since 1917.
Nothing like an iced mug of root beer on a hot, August day.

We headed out to the Briscoe Museum of Art. This museum is housed in what once was the first public library in San Antonio. This building has very special memories for me. I attended an elementary school that was downtown. After school, I would walk to the library and spend a couple of hours there as I awaited my mom to get off work.
I LOVED this library. It has been ages since I have been in this building, and it felt so good to see what the city has done to preserve it.

This bronze statue is amazing.

The detail in this pink marble is something to see.

I love this Texas fiddler with his dogs.

Gorgeous Sarape

Beautiful Ceiling


My favorite! A donkey’s back-side.

Craft Day

What a great way to spend a Monday!
My granddaughter, daughter-in-law and I had a very successful craft day.
We started by exploring the contents of her new sewing basket.

There is nothing more fascinating than a retractable sewing, measuring tape!
Then we reviewed the contents of her new book.

She and her mom picked out projects they would like to do at a later date.
I started two different projects for them and explained the process.

My granddaughter did a great job on her first cross stitching.
She was very proud of herself.


After I made the dinosaur pillowcases for my grandson, I looked online to see what else I could find to make.
I found these free printable dinosaur cards  that I used for making a matching game.
Then I made a drawstring bag to hold the cards.

Drawstring Bag and Matching Game Cards

There was a free printout for making a book. I made a dinosaur emergent reading book for my grandson to start reading basic color words and popcorn words.

Emergent Reading and Color Book

My intention was to use a quilted book cover that I made from the pillowcase remnants.
Instead, I left the cover separate.
I made it like a postcard.
It might be easier to color and read without the cover attached.
He can hang the card up on his wall or place it on his shelf.

After I packaged these items to mail to my grandson, I thought of the online site,
Can Teach Poems.
I used this site when I was teaching.
Poems and songs are great tools for teaching reading.
Since I had already sealed the package, I emailed the site link to my son.

It has been a Dinosaur kind of day.
Tomorrow is Craft Day with my granddaughter and daughter-in-law.