Today has been a pretty slow and lazy day at our house. I guess I was exhausted because I went to bed at 10 Saturday night and didn't wake up till 9 this morning. Since my back wasn't aching and I didn't feel crippled from being in bed that long, I guess I needed the rest. Still with this dog gone sore throat - I had hoped all that extra sleep would have chased it away, but nothing is ever that easy I guess.
Once I got a sufficient amount of coffee in me, I made us a nice brunch and we sat around and read the paper and took it easy. Finally I did decide it was time to shower and dress and take care of the last load of laundry - all good laziness must come to an end.
Then I headed into my sewing room to tackle the project that I wasn't sure if I'd be able to do. Yesterday I talked about the twister tool and the Jack O Lantern pattern. I'm making the small version that uses 2 1/2 inch squares, then when you use the twister tool the squares are 1 inch and when finished the wall hanging is about 14 inches square. Well I wasn't sure if the whole cutting process and then the tiny blocks were going to work for me. I also wondered if I'd go blind trying to work with them. Neither has happened.
Here is the pattern:
Isn't he cute!! Here is what he looks like with just the first row cut out using the twisty tool:
You can see the pumpkin face at this angle for sure, but not as cute as what he'll turn into. Here is the first row cut out into tiny 1 inch squares:
Here is the twisty tool and the tiny rotary cutter that has to be used to do the cutting:
What I'm saying here is it's a fun pattern and it's going to be so cute when done, but I will NEVER make one this small again. They have a twisty tool for use with 5 inch squares, that I believe is more my speed and I will probably do one using that next time.
I read a lot of blogs and one on them - of course you know I can't remember who so I can give them credit, posted about a liquid starch that you mix with water. It's called Sta Flo. I got mine at Walmart for $1.97 and as you can see it's a good sized jug:
No dyes, no scents and wow does it crisp up your fabric. I spray it on and let it sit for a few minutes and then take my hot steam iron to it. I LOVE it. I mix it half water, half starch and it's perfect. And a lot cheaper than the other products out there that I just don't think starch that well. Oh and it doesn't leave a residue either. Give it a try if you get a chance - if you don't like it, you're not out a lot of money!!
So that's my Sunday, not super productive, but fun. Tomorrow I get a haircut and I'm pretty shaggy and in need of one.
Happy Stitches and Hugs,