Sunset - June 2, 2020

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Little Scrappy Houses & Simplicity Bias Tape Maker - Part Deux

Well, I could say things have been quiet around Taylorsoutback lately, but that would not be true. It has actually been very busy with road trips of all manner...and stories for another time...

But first an update on my Simplicity Bias Tape Maker situation with the problematic 1/4" tip...I contacted Simplicity via email and connected up with a helpful staff person who gave various recommendations to try - all of which I had all ready attempted with no progress. They did send me a brand new tip to see if that would work...I had to chuckle when it arrived you think the packaging is a little overkill? It was safe and sound!

I will give it a try as soon as my back is better - moving boxes around and steering the 4 wheeler with the plow attached really did a number on my ability to stand or walk. Ouch!
I do have a growing stack of little scrappy houses - and started putting some rows together to see how they were looking. Just had to piece the main center house to build around it. We live in a log home with a dark green roof, green doors & window trim and stone accents. 

 (Note: - this quilt is turning out to be one filled with many memories - fabric exchanges with friends, fabric used in another special project. On the middle row of houses, third house in from the left, a piece of pink print fabric on the house is from the very first bolt we received when the quilt shop was getting ready to open - 1991. We numbered each bolt as it was unpacked and it was #0001. More of it went into the frame containing the 1st dollar the shop made on the 1st day.
 I admit it - I am a very sentimental quilter....

A fun road trip to Hazelhurst and Minocqua in Northern Wisconsin - with friends not seen often enough - a good day together filled with sunshine and clear roads. And a shopping bag containing some new fabric...

Auditioning sashing & cornerstones for my Civil War quilt blocks...

All for now - heading off to my comfy chair and a warm heating pad...

Wishing each of you a good week!


  1. Awww darn. I'm sorry you're back is hurting. Hoping your chair was comfy and you're feeling better now. Those scrappy houses are adorable!

    Happy Valentines Day!

  2. Hope you get to feeling better soon. Yes, packaging is a bit much sometimes. LOVE your houses, I have been admiring a few around blogland. Building around "your" house is a great idea.

  3. bummer on your back :( but you did give me a chuckle with that box! Overkill for sure...Hope you are feeling better soon.

  4. Ouch, Pat - a sore back is no fun at all. I'm glad you have such lovely things to work on, but I'll bet you are anxious to be back to your normal routing. Get well soon!
    PS I love, love, love my little house that is right here at my computer.

  5. You should do a tutorial on the houses, they are so cute. I have a a template from someone else although I don't know if it's the same one, close enough though. Wouldn't it be fun to do one of these making the houses the similar to those around you so it's "your" street(s), or in my rural case, ones close to me. If you knew them you could embroider the name of the people who live there or their address. So many possibilities.

  6. I love anything that has special sentiment attached! ;) You have had a busy week! Hope your back is feeling better soon. blessings ~ tanna

  7. Isn't packaging funny?
    I ordered a spool of silk thread and had the same thing.
    Love your houses~~
    pretty civil war blocks too.
    Nice that you framed the memory of the first bolt and $.

  8. Hope your back is better. I've been stitching again! I always forget how fun it is. Your houses look like fun as well. Take care, dear. xxoo Nancy

  9. I love your little houses. The best part about stitching big projects - apart from chosing the colours and fabrics - is weaving memories, both good and not so joyful, into one's work. I would very much like to see the finished work.

    I too have chuckled over your delivery box.

    ps I am having a giveaway which might be of interest to you. I just thought I should let you know.

    Have a beautiful week.


  10. Wow, you've really made progress on your houses! I love the story about the fabric from the first bolt.

  11. Of course you want to make things which remind you of past friends and activities. It's like writing a story by piecing it all together.

    Those houses are very pretty.

    Your whole life sounds so cosy and comfortable and happy. Keep at it and stay happy!

  12. Love your scrappy houses and I would love to have your clean basement. It sounds like you unplugged to do it. I can feel winter and the time to do those pesky indoor projects slipping away. Hope you're taking it easy now and feeling better.

  13. Oh Pat! Hope your back is 100% better! I love your scrappy house blocks and especially that you have those special pieces of fabric to work into it! (I wish that I had saved a bit of all the fabric that I used over the years for the clothes I had sewn for our kids!)
    I am off today so am visiting some favorite blogs.

    Blessings & Aloha!
    If you have some time, I'd love to invite you to see the progress our daughter has made in their little nursery :o)


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