Saturday, April 27, 2019

How to Make an Under Door Sound Muffler

I am not a fan of wall-to-wall carpeting after many years with dogs and kids leaving their marks on it. In 2009, we removed all carpet and installed this beautiful gold ceramic tile, which I absolutely love to this day. It is made to last, easy to care for and always looks good. The only minor issue we’ve had is that sound can carry, especially with our high ceilings. It hasn’t been a real problem until recently when our home office became the grandbaby’s bedroom. 

This room is located in the ell of the house that connects the kitchen, dining, living room areas with the bedrooms. There is a good sized gap under the double doors on that room and noise seeps in  ... television, talking, the dogs running back and forth. During nap and bed time, Abby hears everything and wants to join the goings on. Can you blame her?

So I came up with an inexpensive sound muffler using two pool noodles from the dollar store wrapped in fabric. I used upholstery fabric that I’ve had for many years but large towels would work well, too.

I measured the width of the doors and cut each noodle slightly shorter using a serrated knife, then cut each one in half lengthwise. 

I laid a half noodle on either side of the door, flat side down, and wrapped a measuring tape around them to see how much fabric I’d need. I stitched the long wrong sides together into a sleeve and finished each end with my serger before turning right side out. You could do all of this with a regular sewing machine or even just a glue gun.

I slid the noodle halves into the sleeve, tucked the ends in around the noodles, and slid them under each door. 

The doors slide open and closed easily and, best of all, have cut the noise into that room way down. I love the way they look and the whole project only cost $2!

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Log Cabin Broncos Quilt

Football season kicks off in September and we are ready. I finally put the finishing touches and last stitches in my sweet Hubby’s Broncos quilt, which will be perfect for this Denver native and forever fan.

With orange and navy basic colors jelly rolls from and the log cabin pattern from Jordan Fabrics, this quilt was so much fun to make! My oldest daughter had also surprised me with Broncos fabrics from Joann’s that were great for borders and backing. The orange binding is also from Joann’s.

Quilting is free motion meandering on the log cabin blocks and straight line on the borders with gray thread.

I decided the busyness of the backing called for a simple machine embroidered label and, of course, my Handiworking label from Lilla Lotta.

Hanging out in his easy chair watching the games will be a lot cozier from now on! ๐Ÿงก๐Ÿ’™

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Heart Wreaths for Spring

Christmas decorations were taken down and stored last weekend during our granddaughter’s nap. For a solid month, Abby has played constantly with the musical decorations. There are four of them that sing, shake, jingle and howl, and her greatest joy has been getting all of them going at once while she dances around. She had just played with them that morning and, upon waking, she charged into the living room, screeched to a halt and gasped in shock. She was pretty sad that Christmas was gone. I had collected those musical decorations over a few years and have always enjoyed their joyful cuteness immensely. Until this past Christmas when Abby played the daylights out of them. There was palpable relief in the air when they disappeared.

Once our double front doors were bare, I went to the garage wall where hanging bags of wreaths and seasonal floral arrangements wait their turn. The heart-shaped grapevine wreaths I’d put together years ago came out of the bag looking so beat, it was time for a remake. After spending a few minutes on Pinterest looking for inspiration, I headed to Michael’s for supplies.

Once the tulle and old flowers were stripped off of the grapevine forms, I heated up the glue gun and grabbed some floral wire and wire cutters.

Because we need two wreaths for the double doors, I tilted them in opposite directions for balance. When I showed the first one to my Hubby, he immediately said, “It’s crooked,” and wanted to make it hang straight. Nope, I like the angle. 

It’s always nice to have something fresh and cheerful to enjoy after the sparkle of the holiday decorations disappear. Welcome, Spring!

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Hair Bow Organizer

There was some fun — and much needed — crafting going on recently that didn’t have anything to do with sewing. My oldest daughter decided to tackle the hair bow issue we’ve been having since her youngest, Abby, was born. We find random bows in every room of the house and I’m pretty sure we’re missing some because there hasn’t been a specific place to keep them ... until now.

Angie found this cool frame in the Michael’s clearance section, got some hot pink spray paint and ribbon, and put together this great organizer. 

After giving it two coats of paint, she cut 4 lengths of ribbon that stretched from top to bottom of the frame opening, spaced them apart evenly and hot glued them down. Another piece of ribbon was placed at the top for hanging.

It is so cute and so functional! Angie did a great job and whipped this organizer out in no time.

And speaking of cute, here are some of my favorite pics of Abby sporting hair bows.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Jelly Roll Jam :: Jordan’s Quilt

A sweet new munchkin was born in June and I am lucky enough to be his honorary (ornery?!?!) Great-Aunt.

I finally got the opportunity to make his baby quilt and try a pattern new to me made with jelly roll strips. This super easy, lovely quilt is a free pattern by Fat Quarter Shop called the Jelly Roll Jam and will make two baby quilts from a 40-piece jelly roll, plus yardage for backing and binding.

Wanting something with blues, I searched until I found “Charming” by Gerri Robinson for Riley Blake. I ordered from and, once I received it and looked through the prints, ordered backing and binding yardage from Missouri Star Quilt Co. I love how masculine some of these prints are ... makes me think of cute boxer shorts and our oldest granddaughter said her Bampa’s neckties.

My Brother embroidery machine was recently serviced so I was able to use it for the quilt label, which I framed with scraps and then pieced into the backing.

And a tool I picked up at Joann’s that really helped me fly through this project is a magnetic seam guide. Very good purchase at a great low price.

This quilt goes together quickly and looks wonderful. Love it for a sweet baby gift. Jordan, I hope it brings you comfort and warmth ... it was made with so much love!