Pinwheel Shortcut Tutorial – Using Charm Packs

For this, you’ll use 5″ precut squares.  The print I used is a Riley Blake flutter pack and the white is Moda.  Here is a great source for charm packs.  I will be using a jelly roll for the fabric between the squares.

Click here, to see the images for this post in an imgur gallery.

1 Line up fabric

I’m not a fan of the quarter inch foot, so I choose to measure and adjust the needle position to where I want it.  I also use a post it to guide the 1/4″ mark in front of the needle.  This helps me to turn the corner at the right time.

2-1 measure needle

2-3 sew edge

2-5 sew edge

You’ll sew all the way around the outside of the square, with right sides facing each other.  Use a 1/4″ seam allowance.

2-6 check square

Cut the sewn squares on the two diagonals.

3-1 cut diagonal

Be sure to cut directly corner to corner of the square.

3-2 cut diagonal

Here’s a set with the cutting complete.

3-4 cxheck diagonal

It’s remarkably easy to mess the cutting step up, so be careful.  Take your time.

9-2 error

Take each triangle and iron open, iron the seam allowance toward the print or darker fabric.  A wooden iron can speed this process and save you from lots of getting up and down.

4-1 open squares

Finish all four.

4-2 open squares

If you plan to put this away and pick it up later, be sure to group corresponding pieces together.  Keep the sets of four organized.  They might not fit together if you mix them up.  These Wonder Clips are great for long term storage, where a needle would stretch and distort the fabric over time.

4-3 store squares

When you are ready to make your square, set out your pieces in the order you want them to be sewn together.  I suggest drawing a template or making a practice square so they all match in the end.  In my example, I forgot to do this.

9-1 error

When you sew them together, you will want to nestle the seam allowance together and make them fit together with the right sides facing each other.  Sew the top two as a pair, then sew the bottom two.

When you pull up a corner, you should see a straight line.

5-1 open squares

What to do:5-2 line up and sew

What not to do:5-3 line up and sew

Iron the seam allowance toward the dark side.

5-4 iron check rectangles

Once both rectangles are sewn and ironed, you’re ready to put the square together.  You’ll see where the seam allowance will be on the bottom of the top rectangle and the top of the bottom rectangle.

5-5 check rectangles

You’ll use the nestle method again to put the rectangles together.  You want to make sure that all of the lines are lined up, so that the points will meet in the center of the square and the lines will be straight.  This is more easily demonstrated than explained.

I like to pin the bottom two corners in place.  When you sew the rectangles together, watch where the point is.  If you’ve lined everything up, you can sew right next to the point and when you open it, the points will line up.

6-1 line up and sew

Check out the front and make sure you like what you see, if you need to seam rip, do it now.  The back of the square will look somewhat like this.  Keep in mind, iron the seam allowance to the darker fabric or the print in this case.

7-1 open and iron

when you open the seam it will make a mini-pinwheel in the center.  Iron this down first, then press the seam allowance down in the right directions with your fingers.  turn the square over and press with a hot iron.


Here’s what the center should look like.

7-2 open and iron

And, here’s my work in progress shot…  It’s a big improvement from two days ago!

10 work in progress


Breakfast Faux Quiche

I made a Faux Quiche the other day and it was fantastic!Image

What you’ll need:

  • Casserole Dish or Pie Plate
  • Spaghetti Squash
  • Eggs – 6 for a pie plate, 8 for a casserole dish
  • Splash of Milk
  • Meat of your choice: Ham, Bacon or Sausage (Cooked)
  • Veggies of your choice: Mushrooms, Bell Peppers, Onions, Tomatoes
  • Cheese – however much your want
  • Olive Oil, Salt and Pepper

Preheat oven to 400° F.

1.  Cook the Sqaush

Cut the spaghetti squash in half long ways and remove the seeds.  Cutting it can be difficult, so be careful.  Brush the squash with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Place flat side down on a pan and bake for about 40 minutes or until easily pierced with a fork.  Check out this blog for picture instructions.  Use a fork to remove the “spaghetti” from the squash into a bowl.  This squash will be used instead of a pie crust.

Lower the oven temperature to 350° F.

2.  Prep the Ingredients

While the squash is cooking, cook up your meat if you are using uncooked bacon or sausage.  When it’s complete, drain the grease and set it aside.

Whip up the eggs and a splash of milk in a separate bowl with a fork. Set this aside.

Chop up your veggies.  I just added what I had in the fridge or things that were going to go bad soon.  You can saute them ahead of time or put them in the quiche raw.

3.  Put together the Quiche

Take the spaghetti squash and press it into the dish to resemble a pie crust.  You should use about half of the “spaghetti.”  Make sure to press it up on the sides of the dish.

Spread the veggies and meat evenly on the spaghetti squash.

Sprinkle cheese over the ingredients.

Stir the eggs one last time, pour them over the ingredients.  It will look similar to this:


4.  Cook the quiche for about 40-45 minutes.  Make sure to check the center and make sure it’s solid, otherwise it’ll be soggy and runny.

Here are a couple pictures of this cooked.  Note: It will look fluffy at first and as it cools it will fall.



So sorry guys, I’ve flaked out on this blog for a while.  I’ve had a lot going on in my personal life and blogging didn’t seem as important.  I have been working on some fun stuff lately.  I made a surprise gift for my bro and sister in law.  I can’t wait to give it to them when they come visit.  Then, I can share it with you.  (I’m not sure, but I think family might be the only people that read this). 🙂  I have another couple things in mind to make.

In the mean time, I adopted a dog.


Said dog has destroyed more than a few things, while still being cute and sweet.  I think I love her.

I have an awesome patio now, just in time for 1000 degree weather.  🙂  I’ll have to have a separate post to show the whole process.Image

I also had eye surgery, but I don’t think you want to see those pictures.  🙂

Well, here’s a before:

In the mean time, I’ve bought a fancy shmancy new serger and a used embroidery machine.

Think of a serger that threads itself, switched to rolled hem without any tools and does a cover stitch, and countless things I also don’t know how to do yet and you have my Baby Lock Evolution.  I made the gift for Caleb and Thalia pretty much completely with it.

The embroidery machine, which is all packed up and ready to go for its checkup (two weeks is too long, what will I do?) is the Brother Innovis 4000D.  I think I’m really going to like it.  Also, I got a LOT of thread for a great deal and made a new friend from Craigslist.  I have so much to learn!

I’m excited about things to come and what these new tools will mean for my little business.

I finally posted some ready to ship items of etsy, let me know if there’s anything you like!  The prices just might be negotiable.

I will be more present in the future.  🙂


My Craft Room (in all its glory)!

This project has been years in the making and in recent past, months in the making.  I’ve always wanted a space that it easy to use and maintain where everything has a place.  Not much to ask, right?  Well, my dad is awesome and it’s done!
Craft Room Before

First, I emptied out the entire room, which was FULL to the gills.  I ended up with piles of stuff all over the house and a giant horde in my guest room.
Don’t judge me please!

Then we did some measuring and all that good stuff and dad got to work.  I was outside building a lean to for my mower.  I wasn’t much help to him on this project. 
Craft Room Before
desk building

Then, once it was built it became my huge project.  I had to do the wood putty/caulk/sanding/painting.
desk building
Caulk is trickier to use than you’d think.
desk building

I first painted it with wall paint, then I thought that’s probably not going to last very well, so then I put a couple of extra coats of Porch and Deck paint on it.  Then I learned that you can’t use polyurethane on white paint.  Or on latex paint.  It was yellow and made the paint bubble in places.  Very disappointing.  I was hoping for something with a harder finish, because paint gets scuffed so easily.  I never did find a great solution, so I painted over the topcoat I used and I’m left with a scuffed desk.  Oh well.
Desk Finishing

Also, he broke his cardinal rule and built me drawers! They are great!
Desk Finishing

Once it was painted and deemed finished, then I realized how icky and dark the closet was, so I emptied it out too and painted it white.
Closet paint
Closet paint

Then I spray painted my dresser for this room blue.  Valspar has some awesome colors, thought I wasn’t entirely impressed with the quality of the paint/sprayer.  It’s finished nonetheless, and I LOVE the color. I’ll post some tips for painting this dresser next time! Tape and trash bags is a good hint of what I’ll have to share.
Dresser Before
Craft Room After

Then my mom came over and helped me get my house back in order.  We got the room all clean and beautiful.  I am donating a bunch of stuff and I threw away so much stuff.


Craft Room After
Craft Room After
Craft Room After
Love the storage for my buttons!
Craft Room After

Oh, and here’s the guest room to prove I really cleaned! 🙂
Clean Room After

Seven Essential Sewing Skills, from Sew, Mama, Sew!

I am planning on leaving Pinterest.  I read their Terms and Conditions and I found I am not comfortable with them and the potential lawsuits they could cause.  So instead, I’ll be blogging more!  This post from Sew, Mama, Sew! is awesome!  There are a lot of tricks I’d like to have up my sleeve or improve on what I can already do.  For her comments, please go to:  Seven Essential Sewing Skills  I have also included the links she posted.  Next up, is my craft room remodel.  hopefully it will be pretty much done tonight!  It seems like it’s been forever!  I can’t wait to share!

1. Prewashing your fabric
Pre-Washing Your FabricThe PrewashPreshrinking Fabrics: Methods and Mishaps

2. Taking Your Measurements – I’m going to read this one particularly, because my top half is much smaller than my bottom half and I almost need to wear petites.  AKA… Patterns never work for me.
How to Take Measurements
Measuring and Choosing your Size

3.  Pressing your fabric
The Art of PressingPressing FabricPressing Tools

4. Seam Finishing
Seam Finishes Simplified
How to Sew a French SeamSeam Finishes: Turned and StitchedSeam Finished: Bound Edges

5. Sewing Zippers – another great resource for this is How to Sew a Zipper Pocket from
Guide to ZippersInstalling a ZipperInstalling an Invisible ZipperInserting an Invisible ZipSewing a Vintage-Style Lapped ZipInserting a Hand-Picked Zipper

6. Buttons and Buttonholes
How to Make a ButtonholeHow to Make Hand Worked ButtonholesBound Buttonholes: My Favourite MethodHow To Sew On A ButtonHow to Make a Buttonhole on a Baby Lock, Bernina, Brother, Janome, Pfaff or Viking + a Bartack Buttonhole

7. Hemming
Tips + Techniques for HemsSerging a Rolled HemHemming with Seam BindingLace-Trimmed Lining: A Pretty TouchHemming a Skirt

Knit Look Ribbed Hat

I am terrible at knitting.  I love the look of knitted things though.  So what’s a girl to do?  Find a new pattern and give it a try.  I tried Knit-Look Ribbed Hat by Amy Depew. I was a little worried about trying it and one of the rows was super tricky for me.  Normally I can zone out and follow a pattern.  Row 3 of this pattern had me tearing out stitches 3 or 4 times.  I finally drew a diagram that helped.  🙂  I am super happy with the results!  Here it is!  And now it is off the a Breast Cancer Treatment Center in honor of Kayla at Fussy Gussy‘s mom.  So glad she is cancer free!  If you ever want to donate a hat to breast cancer fighters, contact Kayla!

Knit Look Ribbed Hat