About this blog

I am Amy, but here on the web I go by A.J. Dub. And hey, I like to craft!
Sometimes things turn out well so I will share with you how I did it.
Sometimes they don't turn out well and I will share that with you too!

Friday, April 3, 2015

Pinwheels on the Playgroud baby quilt

A WIP that lasted almost 2 years (first fabrics purchased 8/12/13) is finally complete. It took longer than that if you count the first top made for this baby. It is in the wash as I type and I will deliver it this afternoon.


I designed this one myself. I knew I wanted to do pinwheels and it had to have robots because our husbands worked for a robotics company so that was kind of a running joke amongst the wives. It was called the robot quilt through most of it's creation. I recently came up with Pinwheels on the Playground.
I found Funbots by Anne Kelle for Robert Kaufman to use for the focus fabric. The pink is Remix Polka Dots Pink also by Anne Kelle. The background is Kona White. The yellow is 2 different polka dot fabrics, one of which, the small dot, I no longer have the selvage for so I can't tell you what it is. The large dot is Fashion Plate by Barbara Jones for Henry Glass. I had to use 2 different yellows, because when I was doing the math, I miscalculated and when I went to get more, it was gone, so I had to substitute.

The backing fabric was very different from what I planned but I really love it. It is from the "Glamping" line by Mary Jane Butters for Moda. (side note: I love her Milk Cow Kitchen line!)



I used my newish Brother machine to do the quilting. I did free motion in the white areas with a few hidden messages and used decorative stitches to do the yellow and pink areas and also to attach the binding to the front. I did a bias binding since this is going to be a very used quilt (I hope). (I used Gene Black's Bias Binding Tutorial for cutting the strips.) I always have trouble meeting the ends of my binding and I used to use Pam's tutorial but the pictures aren't showing up. I was still able to use her directions though and got through it with only 1 seam rip. I have learned not to trim until I fold it back up to see if it is right. :)

I am super happy to have this done and even more happy to be able to deliver it.


 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Some crafting catch up

I have done a little crafting lately, both sewing and paper crafting. Now that my home is more livable, I feel okay spending more time on my hobbies.

I have been using Instagram a lot to share project I have been working on. I forget to post things on Flickr these days.

December:

I wanted to make a gift for my fabulous Grandma for Christmas. I thought the Open Wide zipper bag from Noodlehead would be perfect since she travels a lot. She also likes southwest stuff and I had some fabric I bought a while back that was just right.



Then I could not find my toiletry bag when I was packing so I took a moment (ha!) and made one for myself, in a larger size. I love it!



While in Utah, I made a port pillow. My dad was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in November. He was getting chemo and radiation in December and had a port* in his chest. They can be very uncomfortable, especially when wearing a seat belt. My dad apparently frequently removed his seat belt when going to his appointments because of this. I found a couple of tutorials (here and here) for port pillows and made him one (as well as a couple more to donate to the chemo center). He used it while I was there and told me it helped.
These are made with charm squares and finish up about 4 1/2" x 4 1/2".



I also finished the baby quilt that our Young Women had tied for a baby in our ward. I had made the top a while ago. I donated it to the group along with binding. They tied it at church one Sunday during their lesson. Then I brought it to my mom's during Christmas break to trim and bind it.

 



 January:
More cord wraps. Some really big ones for extension cords and some regular ones for regular cords and a couple of short ones for my earbuds and charging cords.


February:
 Valentines!
I have been following a Stampin' Up! gal on YouTube, Wendy Cranford and she made a really cute little candy bar pocket for a valentine. I made one like hers which was not great, and then went my own way a bit with them color-wise.


Blue for my boys.

 
Pink for my girls, some teachers and the gals I Visit Teach.


 And throughout January and February I have been alternating quilting on the robot baby quilt and piecing this Trip Around the World quilt I started at a historical textiles class given by Leah Zieber at Fat Quarters Quilt Shop. I used fabrics from a fat quarter stack I had of Tidbits by Kari Ramsay for Henry Glass.  It was really hard to do the strips. I could not keep them straight, even using my walking foot and marking my machine with a tape guide and pinning the heck out of them and starching the heck out of them.
That said, I still like how it turned out. Very pretty.


 And that is my 3 month summary!
Have a great day!

 * Implantable ports or port-a-cath. A catheter connected to a port is surgically inserted (tunneled) under the skin of the chest, or sometimes the upper arm, by a surgeon or radiologist. You will receive either local anesthesia or be consciously sedated. Unlike the other two types of catheters, a port sits entirely underneath the skin. You may be able to see and/or feel a small bump in your chest or arm, but you won’t see the tip of the catheter outside the body. Before each “access” or needle insertion, the skin over the port may be numbed using a cream. When treatment is given, the skin is cleansed and a special needle is inserted through the skin into the rubber seal. This allows blood to be drawn or treatment to be given into the catheter that is connected to the port. (http://www.cancer.net/navigating-cancer-care/how-cancer-treated/chemotherapy/catheters-and-ports-cancer-treatment)

 

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Tasty Thursday: Auntie's Sugar Cookies


I am sharing this again because I am making these again for my kids for Valentine's Day. They are my very favorite Sugar Cookie (although Otis Spunkmeyer's Butter Sugar Cookies are a close second). This recipe is halved from the original (shared here) and I added vanilla and butter.

Here is a recipe card you can download.

 Amy’s Auntie’s Sugar CookiesFamous Mormon Recipes - Adapted by Amy W

3 1/2 cups flour
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup sugar


1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup butter (room temp.)
1/2 cup milk
2 eggs beaten
1 1/2 tsp vanilla


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
    Sift flour, baking powder, and salt. Cut in shortening and butter. Stir in sugar.
In a separate bowl, mix milk, eggs and vanilla. Stir egg mixture into flour mixture. (If dough is too dry, add milk 1 TBSP at a time.)
    Roll dough onto floured surface and cut out shapes (1/4” thick dough works best). Place on un-greased cookie sheet (or line a cookie sheet with parchment paper) and sprinkle with sugar, (omit this step if decorating with frosting). Bake 10 minutes or until edges are golden brown.
 *These bake up soft and light at 1/4" thick.
The thinner you roll them, the crispier they will be.


I use the Wilton's Buttercream Frosting Recipe when I frost these cookies.

 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Insert witty title here

Wow! Life is just busy! I have not had a lot of time to sew or blog lately. I have been somewhat active on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, since they are mobile. I have been busy with band stuff, and dentists and orthodontists and doctors, and kids' school stuff and church stuff. The only things I have stitched the last few weeks were a needle book for the band sewing kit, a Halloween t-shirt for the tooth fairy costume, those cord wraps for my husband and 10 band tunics (plus a couple of tunic repairs after the first dress rehearsal).

A photo posted by @amyjodubya on

Tunics I helped make and my silly girl modeling for us. This is the best photo I have, unfortunately.


I am itching to make something lovely and useful for myself. To do that though, I have to un-bury the cabinet where my fabric is stored from behind a stack of boxes. We have been in the new house for a little over 2 months I think, and we still have boxes EVERYWHERE.
Even though this house is a bit bigger than our apartment was, it is still small. Our 2 car garage in the apartment was essentially a storage unit for everything that would not fit in the living space. Here we are required by the HOA to park our car in the smaller garage that also has 3 built in cabinets in it taking up more space which creates a storage problem.
So, I have spent what free time I have unpacking and purging and tossing and unpacking and organizing and cramming and tossing. I am mentally exhausted from it all and it is stressful living in this cluttered, cramped environment.
So, the thought of trying to move stuff to get to my fabric overwhelms me and I don't sew. I miss it. A lot.
But it really is, most days, just too much for me to attempt.
On the bright side, I have been able to read a few books. That always relaxes me and I can escape for a little while.
Here's to hoping I find my will to find my fabric sometime soon!



Sunday, October 19, 2014

Power cord wraps - SUPER SIZED!

Saturday night I got this text from my husband, who was at work: "How hard is it to sew two pieces of Velcro back to back?"
Since he works with a lot of heavy equipment my answer was: "Hmm depends on how stiff it is."
 (Actually it said "stuff" not "stiff" because it auto-corrected, but that is beside the point.)
I knew I could do it fairly easily because that is what the power cord wraps are.
He got home and I showed him the wrap and it was pretty much what they were looking for. We headed over to the office and took some measurements and a couple of hours later I had these.


The white one is one of the regular sized wraps. It keeps my sewing machine pedal cord all neat and tidy.
This is 2 inch wide Velcro.
Cutting measurements for these wraps are 21" long for the soft part, 6" for the ribbon (7/8 wide grosgrain) and 5" for the rough part. They were cut to fit exactly for a specific part. If you want to make these for large cords or hoses or whatnot, you can adjust them to fit your needs. You can refer back to the Cord Wrap tutorial for written instructions. (I have pictures taken for the tutorial, but have not had time to get it updated.)