Million Pillowcase Challenge & Missouri Star Quilt Co.

I am not sure if Grace and Noah like making pillowcases or watching the video by Missouri Star that gives instructions more. This was taken earlier this year when they started their pillowcases for this challenge

Missouri Star Pillowcase TutorialNoah knows how to bring up the tutorial by himself and knows where to fast forward to the part where I get confused.

Not only did they finish these pillowcases from spring, they also finished another pair. Grace and Noah's 4 pillowcases Here is Grace with her pillowcases with Noah being a tease. Grace's 2 pillowcasesAnd Noah, all boy!Noah's 2 PillowcasesThey are quite proud and their sewing skills have improved. They both wanted to start a quilt so there is more to come.

Enjoying them on the Journey, Jackie

Making Fabric with Selvage Edges

I collect my selvage edges, crazy yes, but fabric is fabric. I have made several small type items in the past from selvage edges. A tote bag, lanyard, coasters, name badge, ornaments and a quilt.

For larger projects, instead of cutting my strips into the size they need to be, I just sew the longer strips together until I the desired size strip. This section is about 14 x 26.

Since I want my squares to be 4 inches finished and on the diagonal, I used a 4.5 inch ruler, placed diagonally on the fabric. I then take a ruler that will span the diagonal length and place it along the square ruler.

05-DSCN6608I cut along the edge of the long ruler. 04-DSCN6607Next I cut along the other edges of the square ruler, each time using the larger ruler as my cutting base. Normally I wouldn’t separate the pieces, it just helps visualize where the cutting lines would be. 07-DSCN661306-DSCN661008-DSCN661409-DSCN6616Continue in this manner until you have cut as many blocks as possible. 10-DSCN6618 11-DSCN6620 13-DSCN6622

In addition to the blocks you will have corner pieces and smaller blocks from the edges of your “fabric”. 12-DSCN6621These will eventually get pieced into a quilt like this one. These are perfect quilts for children, picnics or outside. Selvage Edge QuiltHere is what I have so far, 4.5″ and 3.5″ squares.

Selvage Edge CollageI’m working on “making fabric” while camping this week.

Do you use your selvage edges?

Working with the throw aways on the Journey, Jackie

Week in Review, October 26, 2014

This week was spent getting ready for our camping trip and here is a picture of the projects I gathered to work on while away:

Camping DrawerThe bins are stacked several deep. Remember I have ADHD so several projects is a must. No critical projects, just for play so there are no time stressors in the piles.

What is missing is this fabric for along with some coordinating fabrics. I have searched high and low for it. What’s doubly frustrating is I had left it out so I could pack it. This is for placemats for my son and I thought maybe if I was in a planning mood, it would be good to bring along.

Wine Fabric

I also prepared for our yearly work craft fair, which I said I would not do this year. This is me “not doing” it. :) Craft Fair 2014

I did manage to finally finish this up. This is the project I’ve been working on for months. At the last-minute I put it in our work craft fair (above) and it was one of the first things I sold!

Winter Embroidery Mini A commissioned project. The colors are off in this picture so the embroidery doesn’t show up correctly. Katelyn Reilly BagsSo this was me, not doing much. On the Journey, Jackie

P.S. If anyone finds my missing fabric, please let me know.

Reversible Chalkboard Placemats

These are super simple, fast and make a great gift. They finish at 12×18
Happy Birthday Placemat


* Chalkboard fabric (12 x 18 piece)
* 1 piece of backing fabric 14″ x 20″
* 1 piece of pocket fabric 5″ x 10.5″
* Walking foot
* Heavy duty needle (jeans or size 18)
* Matching thread
* Optional: fusible webbing 1/4 inch wide or wonder clips

Chalk Board pieces

The pocket:

  • Fold your pocket fabric right sides together and sew along one edge

Chalkboard Pocket

  • The edge you choose will be based on what you want to show on the front pocket
  • Preview your fabric, making sure the raw edges fall along the edges of the placemat
  • Turn right side out and press

The placemat:

  • Place your backing fabric wrong side facing up on your ironing board
  • Place your chalkboard fabric wrong side down on top of your backing fabric
  • You can choose to do this with your chalkboard fabric right side up, just be careful not to touch the iron directly on the chalkboard fabric when pressing
  • Center it so you have about an inch of fabric on each side
  • Fold the fabric up to the chalkboard fabric and press to get a good crease
  • Fold in again 1/2 way to make a half-inch wide bindingFirst Pressing
  • Press well to get a good crease
  • Turn your chalkboard fabric to face up as shown below
  • Using 1/4″ fusible webbing or wonder clips hold your pressed binding in place
  • Make sure you put your pocket in place with the raw edges along the chalkboard fabric edges so it will be covered by binding when sewnChalk board with pocket and fusibleChalk board with pocket and wonder clips


  • Sew along the fold through all your layers
  • I start at the top of the pocket and then around the entire edge of the bindingChalk board sewing pocket

You are done!Chalk board with chalk Chalk board with silverwareChristmas done early on the Journey, Jackie


Fall Postcard Swap

I again participated in Sandi’s postcard swap, Our theme - fall. I’ve been waiting all year, as I had an idea in my head of what I wanted to do. Well, a very general idea.DSCN8466

I have a couple of drawers filled with wool, fabric embellishments and roving and this was the perfect project to use them.2-DSCN3289

What thrills me the most about this, is the result came our far better than I had hoped. 
DSCN8464The idea wasn’t fully formulated in my mind, but as I started adding elements it all came together. Wool Fall Postcard

My swap partner was Kim and I received this darling postcard in the mail this week:

Fall Postcard from KimHer stitching was wonderful as you can see in this close-up:Fall Postcard from Kim Close upI love seeing the creativity of others and in this case, receiving. Thanks Kim.

Celebrating fall on the Journey, Jackie

Sharpie Marker Scarves

This was an experience. Let’s just say I was crazy enough to give a 4 and 6-year-old permanent markers to play with. And here are the results:

Spoiler Alert: Wendy, if you are reading this stop now.

Markered ScarvesThe above results, became this below.

DSCN8888This project will be our November’s Mini Retreat project, but I will not be able to attend so I decided to give it a try anyway. My directions are based on what I understood and amended to what I did with Grace and Noah.


  • Silk scarf (mine came from Dharma Trading Company
  • Freezer paper
  • Sharpie pens
  • Rubbing alcohol (91%)
  • Spray bottle
  • Plastic gloves (whoops forgot)
  • Drop cloth (I did mine outside)

Iron scarf to the shiny/wazy side of the freezer paper, I taped mine to a table I wasn’t worried about. I also moved all fabric projects away from the area. Remember I am working with children. Taping it helped keep the paper in one place to make it easier for them to color. Scarves ready to colorChoose one or two colors of Sharpies and go to town. Ideally the more you color the deeper your results will be. It was hard to get Noah to concentrate on just coloring all over. He wanted to draw. I promised to take lots of pictures of what he drew so his mom would be able to see his pictures. Otherwise he wasn’t willing to let the colors run. Noah's scarf drawingGrace just enjoyed the process. I think she has the advantage of only being 4.Grace Coloring her scarf

Fun in watching what happens when you just put the marker tip on the scarf and watch the circle grow.Marker Circles Ready for the next step, which we did the next morning. I figured it would be safer for them to do in their pj’s in case any marker got on their clothing. Markered ScarvesNext step, put the alcohol in the spray bottle and then spray your scarf. I held the scarves up to make it easier for them to spray. This needs to be done outside. Grace with Sprayed ScarfNoah's Sprayed ScarfI also collected the “dye” and alcohol in a bowl beneath the scarf. I knew that they hadn’t applied enough color, so I let the scarves soak a bit. Squeezed them out. Suggestion, have paper towel and towel handy.

Soaking Scarves TowelHanging to dry. This didn’t take long. Hanging to dry Press your scarf well to set color. I’ve been told this part is critical.

Grace’s scarf, purple with a bit of teal. Grace's ScarfNoah’s scarf, red with some orange. Noah's Scarf

Even though more color would have had a better mottled look, I think these came out wonderfully. I have two more scarves so they will be able to do it again. These are a Christmas present for mom.

Crafting on the journey, Jackie

P.S. You might wonder about them keeping it a Christmas surprise.

Their dad sent me a text. Apparently mom asked what they did all week at our house and Grace started to talk. Noah said, “Dont tell her about the s-c-” Dad replied, “Don’t spell it!” Noah apparently thinks his mom can’t spell. :) Priceless.

Week in Review October 19, 2014

My personal sewing/quilting/creative endeavors were limited to cutting up these strips to mail off to someone:Darla's Strips

Marking this elastic in one inch increments to be used for marking a quilt top at equal distances without having to do the math:Elasitic measurement

Adding a binding, trim and embroidery to this baby quilt for a customer (hummm does that count towards personal sewing?).Madison Baby Quilt

The rest of the week has been busy with 2 of my grandchildren. Every night they asked to sew, but more on that later. Grace and Noah with Fabric strips

So how do you capture in pictures the productivity of time spent with loved ones?

Spending time with family on the Journey, Jackie