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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Magnetic Pin Holder

I think I first saw this tutorial on Sawdust and Paper Scraps and have seen a few more tutorials since, but today I just wanted to share the pin holder I made for a friend and to address a couple of the issues I had when making my own magnetic pin holder.


First, the dish.  You can pretty much use any small decorative dish that you want, I found mine at a local thrift shop.  Just keep in mind that you don’t want the base of your dish to be to heavy or thick.  The magnet has to “attract” through the porcelain and you wouldn’t want the dish to impede the strength of the magnets.

Second, there are the magnets.  Most heavy duty magnets that you can buy at your local hardware store will do but if they are taller than the ridge on the bottom of your dish you might want to consider using neodymium magnetic buttons as another option.  Neodymium magnetic buttons are much thinner and just as strong, you may just need to use a few of these to get the job done.  I am using a heavy duty magnet I found at the bottom of my husbands tool box.  I am not quite sure why it is glued to a piece of metal, but it will get the job done, so I am using it.

Third, was finishing the bottom.  I was not content on gluing a magnet to the bottom of my dish and leaving it unfinished.  This is a gift after all and I wanted to have a more finished look.  In the original tutorial on Sawdust and Paper Scraps she used a candle holder to finish her bottom and made it into a pedestal.  I really like this idea but it only works with certain types of dishes and my dish was not one of them.  Also, I am afraid that an unfinished bottom would possibly scratch wood surfaces and this gift is for the top of a dresser to hold miscellaneous safety pins and such.  To fix this problem I used cork.  Cork can be bought at most craft stores and comes in different shapes, sizes and by the roll.  I am sure that there is a piece of cork out there to fit the needs of every dish.  I already have some cork by the roll so I will be using that.


To put together one of these magnetic pin holders it was very easy.  You will need a porcelain dish, E-6000 glue, magnets, and some cork.


After washing and thoroughly drying your dish, glue your magnet to the bottom of your dish, making sure you are gluing the magnet in the right direction.  You want to attach the pins not push them away. 


Then cut a piece cork to fit the bottom of your dish. Glue the cork to the bottom of your dish sandwiching the magnets in between the dish and the cork.


See doesn’t it look pretty now?   I hope you liked my magnetic pin holder and are inspired to make one of your own.  I will be linking this project to some of these great linky parties.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great week!

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Work in Progress Wednesday

What have I been up to?   Hmm let’s see… it feels like a ton, but really not so much.  Just a lot of the mundane family and house stuff.  We had a great 4th of July with family and friends.  Well, till my little one accidently burn his finger on a sparkler just as the fireworks were about to begin.  It was nothing serious but the poor thing was traumatized by the whole thing (as was I) and needed a little mommy love and a bandage, so we left early and missed most of the fireworks.  I felt like a horrible mom that it happened and that the other kids had to miss out, but I had to deal with the situation at hand and chock the rest of it up to a learning experience.   Note to self:  Next year NO SPARKLERS!  Mommy just can’t handle it.


Since then it has been all about entertaining the kids and keeping them away from the television and video games.  AKA, my sewing time, but I am not complaining because we are having a blast just hanging out and being in the pool.  Our summer can be best described by this article I read this morning, because yes my toddler just spent 2 days in the same outfit and the kids are in the pool as we speak instead of taking showers, but hey at least they are not in front of the tv.  Right? 


Even though the kids have been taking up a majority of my time, I have been able to get a few things done.  I made this cute little magnetic pin holder for a friend.  She is not a sewer but I thought it would be cute on her dresser to hold safety pins and such.  I really hope she likes it.  If your interested in how I put it together, I am in the process of writing up a blog post about it and hopefully it will be finished later today or tomorrow.


The other thing I have been working is a quilt.  Unfortunately I can’t share to much about it right now.  I know, I hate when other bloggers say that to, but since it is impossible for me to keep anything a complete secret, I thought I would share a little sneak peak. 

I will be linking this up to Freshly Pieced and her weekly Work in Progress Wednesday link-up. There you will find other talented quilters and hear all about what they have going on.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great week!

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Monday, July 9, 2012

Building Blocks with Friends - Jenniffier from Jenniffiers Sometimes Creative Life

Hi I am Jenniffier.

I am a teacher and I live with my two German Shepherd dogs and my loving husband. I blog over at Jenniffier's Sometimes Creative LifeI started quilting in my teens, but took a long break to go to school and become a teacher. One day I decided to start quilting again. It was intended to be a way to de-stress and to have something to define me other than being a teacher. After reading lots of quilting blogs and getting back into quilting I decided to start blogging too. My blog is a place where document my sometimes creative life, often it is about quilting, but sometimes it is about photography, cooking, gardening, and my life in general. Oh yeah and sometimes there are other random ramblings and sometimes it is kinda quite over there because I like everyone else I get busy with lifeIn addition to writing my own blog, I am also the leader of the Sacramento Modern Quilt Guild, and often write on the blog over there. 

I am super excited to be sharing a fun tutorial with you today. Today I am going to be sharing a tutorial for a Modern "string" log cabin block. This will be a two for one tutorial. It is a mixture of the classic log cabin block and modern string quilts. 

Modern "string" log cabin table runner up close

Ok, so I know that looks like a lot of little pieces all sewn together, but before you run away, let me tell you something. I love the look of little string piecing, but I have very little time for quilting so I figured out a way to make it go quicker using strip piecing. I kind of got the idea from Gwen Marston's Liberated Quilting. My mom went to a retreat with her and she was making strata, which is putting lots strips together and cutting at an angle. I used the idea to help me create this block, but put my own little twist on it.

So let's get started. First you will need a pile of strips ranging from 1 1/2" to 2 1/2". This block is a great way to use up your scraps. Or of course you could just cut 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 inch strips of your fabric of choice.

Tutorial for Modern "string" log cabin block.

Then we are going to take them and sew them together.

Tutorial for "String Quilt"

After you sew them together, just finger press and just keep going. Don't worry if the length are different. We will use the longer pieces again later. 

Tutorial for Modern "string" log cabin block.

Keep going until it is at about 12 inches long or so. Give it a quick press and then take it over to your cutting mat and trim it up. Save the longer pieces. They can be use to make another strip pieced block.

Tutorial for Modern "string" log cabin block.

You are going to want to make at least two of these to make the four blocks. If you want to make more blocks make more strip/string pieced blocks. 

Now here comes the fun part. Cut each of those strip/string pieced blocks into 1 1/2" strips. 

Tutorial for Modern "string" log cabin block.

Make sure you turn it on it's side so you are getting just a little bit of each string. 

Tutorial for Modern "string" log cabin block.

Now that we have our "strings" it is time to cut the other pieces. For first block you need a 4 inch square and a 3 inch strips. For the second block you will need a 7 1/2  inch square. You blocks should turn out 8 inch finished. 


Let's start with the first Modern "string" log cabin block. This is just like making any other log cabin block. You are going to start with your middle square and sew on one of your "string" pieces to one side.

Tutorial for Modern "string" log cabin block.

Then trim and press.

Tutorial for Modern "string" log cabin block.

Then take your extra part of your string that you just cut off and sew it to the next side.

Tutorial for Modern "string" log cabin block.

 If your "strings" have become too small just set it to the side and grab one of your longer pieces.

Tutorial for Modern "string" log cabin block.

Sew, trim, press repeat until you go all the way around.

Tutorial for Modern "string" log cabin block.

Now it is time to add you 3 inch strips in the same manner. Start on one side sew, trim, press. 

Tutorial for Modern "string" log cabin block.

Then keep going all around until you have your finished block.

Tutorial for Modern "string" log cabin block.

Now it is time for the second block. Take the 7 1/2 inch square and your 1 1/2 inch string strips. You are going to do the exact same thing as the blocks before. Start on one side and sew the string to your square.


Then sew press repeat on each side.

Tutorial for Modern "string" log cabin block.

If your strings are too short you can sew your left over pieces back together to make a long enough string strip.

Tutorial for Modern "string" log cabin block.

Well there you go, two modern "string" log cabin blocks.

To make the cute little table runner, make two of each  block, then sew them together, add a long scrap batting and backing.

Tutorial for Modern "string" log cabin block.

And you too can have a darling modern "string" log cabin table runner for your house.

Modern "string" log cabin table runner.

Or of course put a lot more of them together to make any size quilt you want.  Now that you know how to make this style block, you could change the sizes and personalize it just for you.

Thanks for letting me visit over here. It was a lot of fun to share a project with you. If you have any questions, want to see more tutorials, or just want to see what else I am up to come visit me over at Jenniffier's Sometimes Creative Life.

Thanks Jenniffier, what a great block.  I love that this block utilizes those left over fabric scraps that we all have stashed away, and I am always a fan of a white background.  It gives your table runner a bold modern look. 

Thanks for joining us for another edition of Building Blocks with Friends. If you are interested in showcasing your block here, just let me know, I would love to hear from you.  

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