Sunday, February 7, 2016

Lumpy futon turns into comfortable couch

Finished Couch

Futon Frame

Foam to be cut to size

Cutting foam with electric cutter borrowed from Hubby's work

Cut foam on frame

Marking and cutting pattern on fabric

Pieces laid out for sewing

Making Piping


Perfect piped corners

inserting zipper to back panel

Finished Project

Thank you for viewing my photo journal about making couch cushions on our futon frame. It was an enjoyable experience and I am very proud.  I think marking and cutting pieces took about the same time as sewing. All in all it was a 10 hour project.
We have a comfortable couch that people want to sit on and it looks great in the space. A durable and machine washable fabric. Also the cushions double as gymnastic mats for the kiddos.

As Always,

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Food Saving

I live in Boston, MA and we have a business here called Fair Foods and what they do is take food that the grocery stores can't sell and they sell it for two dollars for a very full grocery bag. 
One of their drop offs is down the street from me and I try to go every week to see what they have available.  This last week I got a bag with new potatoes, a bunch of onions, a bunch of bananas, and a big bag of mixed greens. Often times you can buy bulk items: cases of tomatoes, green beans, bags of onions, clementines, etc.
Because a lot of this food hasn't been refrigerated it is ready to eat when I get it. But who can eat a bag of onions! So I will cut up the onions to freeze, blanch green beans and freeze, or can tomatoes for example. 
I mostly like to dice my onions but you could slice them in long strings if, say, you did a lot of stir fry. 

I had 3 quart bags of diced onions

You can also see some of the bananas I got. My daughter loves them so we generally get through them in time however this week was a little much. So a double batch of banana bread was made. 

The other thing I like to do is save soy sauce packets. No I don't need to, but I don't like to waste either. So into my fridge bottle they go. These four packets only came to about 1/8 of a cup but I will get handfuls with my takeout and it does add up. 

As Always, 

Half Square Triangle Quilt (HST)

My niece Nicole will be graduating from high school this spring. It is her turn for a quilt. I hope she likes it. She is bright, and fun with her own style so I hope this quilt reflects that uniqueness.
13.5" blocks with a 5" border

will become part of the backing
Now for a name? What do you suggest?

As Always,