You’re Never Too Old to Learn New Tricks

I’ve been sewing since I was in fourth grade.  My hobby started when the 4H leader came to talk to our class.  It was then that I picked out a booklet about how to make an apron.  With a little help from my mom I completed my first project and was rather proud of what I had made.  Sure wish I had kept that booklet and the apron I made.  It looked something like this one that I have of my mom’s.

Mom's Apron

Mom’s Apron


One would think that after sewing this many years I would know all the tricks and tips about sewing.  But, I learned three things in the last two days about sewing.

While substitute teaching in a high school FCS(family and consumer science)class during my hour long break I picked out some sewing books to glance through.


Correct way to sew darts

Lesson 1: Correct Way to Sew Darts

Thanks to Frances Baynor Parnell author of  Skills for Personal & Family Living I learned that I had been sewing darts wrong all these years.  I never did those three last stitches on the fold.

Correct Way to Sew on a Button

Lesson 2: Proper Way to Sew on a Button

This is not the way I always sewed on a button, but thanks to Parnell’s book I learned how to make a thread shank.  To make a thread shank you lay a toothpick over the button while sewing it onto your garment.  Then you remove the toothpick and pull the button up winding the thread around the thread at the bottom of the button.  Pull the thread through the shank and knot on the underside of the garment.  This gives room between the button and the other layer when fastened.



Yesterday I went to a Husquavarna sewing machine dealer to discuss some things about my machine.  After having my machine for about 4 years I learned that I had a machine foot D that was for sewing a blind hem stitch.  So now I can save lots of time when I hem since I always sewed them by hand.  I found this technique in the school book above that I found today.  So I am sharing one of the pictures with you in hopes you will learn too.



Lesson 3: How to sew a blind stitch hem


Whoever said, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” is mistaken.  I’m fairly old and I learned 3 things in two days about sewing.  I’m sure there are a lot more techniques I need to learn.  Let me know if there are any neat sewing tips you have.

Yes, I learned 3 new tricks in the last 2 days.

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The Mighty Dollar

To you men out there I know you wonder why women like to shop so much.  Well, you see, it’s like hunting is to you men.  You know the excitement you feel when you see that big buck out in the woods?  Well , we women get our rush out of finding a bargain.  Are you with me on this, ladies?  One of my favorite stores in Kentucky is called The MightyDollar where everything is only one dollar.  I hate to admit it, but I get excited when I can go shopping there.  Locations I know of are in Somerset and Jamestown.

If you go you can find some great deals on beauty items, household, craft supplies, paper goods, etc.  I’ve gotten good hair brushes, combs, and headbands in the beauty department.  Colorful utensils,  plastic ware,  and a giant fly swat are a few things I have gotten in the household aisles.    napkins

In the paper goods section I have gotten some nice matching napkins and paper plates.  (I got the place mats at The Dollar Tree which is another great place to get interesting things for $1.00.)


The craft section is great for scrapbooking items.  scrapbookscrapbook2I’ve bought glue, paint, paper, and stickers.



Here I’ve shown some scrapbook pages I’ve recently made from the craft section.IMG_8371 (2)enjoy the beauty

You just never know what you’ll find at The Mighty Dollar.  A couple of years ago we found this umbrella hat. We sure have gotten more than a dollars worth fun out of this purchase.                  Umbrella hat


So if you go to Lake Cumberland or Cumberland Falls stop by The Mighty Dollar.  Man, woman, or child should find something that interests them.   If you go, let me know what great item you find.Yes, living in Kentucky is a good thing.  We have Bluegrass, Horses, Beautiful Lakes,  Knobs, Mountains, Rivers, Good People, and The Mighty Dollar Store.


Check back next time to read more about what it’s like living in Kentucky.



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Smiles Scrapbook Page


I shouldn’t have walked down the scrapbook paper aisle at Hobby Lobby. You see, I’m a sucker for buying scrapbook paper. My stash keeps getting bigger and bigger.  But, I saw this beautiful combination of purple and green that I just couldn’t resist.  My habit(addiction) of scrapbooking isn’t cheap, but it’s better than spending money on booze or drugs.  I guess it’s how I get my high.

I just had to buy this  great paper  since I loved, and it was 1/2 off.  Hobby Lobby always gets me with their 1/2 sales.  After all it just cost $1.25 plus tax.  So I came home excited to make a new scrapbook page.

As soon as I got home I searched through the images on my *Cricut Explore to find the perfect ones  for my new paper.  While I was in Florida recently at an HSN outlet I purchased an adapter to make my Cricut Explore wireless when using my iPad.  With it came a cartridge called Anne’s Flourish Cards and Embellishments.  That’s where I found the My Smiles quote and the frames to use for my new layout.

For the quote I used my gold Cricut Pen.


My layout is ready to add smiling pictures of my four grandchildren.  How do you like my new layout?


*About the Cricut Explore

Here’s a little overview about this awesome crafting machine called a Cricut Explore.  No, it’s not a machine looking for a certain kind of insect.  It is a cutting machine that will cut all kinds of shapes and images out of paper, card stock, vinyl, and even fabric.  From tiny images to images up to 24″ X 12″ can be cut.  You can even upload you own image and fonts.

There are all kinds of instructional videos on You Tube that could help you learn how to use the awesome machine.   If you have any questions about using the Cricut Explore feel free to ask me.

I hope you enjoyed reading about my scrapbooking hobby.  More to come later.?

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Barn Quilts

When I had my store Kuntry Bunkins up and running I made barn quilts for several people.  The ones I made were 4′ X 4′ or 2′ X 2′.

The board I used was called marine board plywood and came in 8′ X 4′ pieces that I  would have  cut into half or fourths.  Most of the ones you see on big barns are made of  two  8′ X 4’s to make an 8′ X 8′ barn quilt. Since  I didn’t have room in my shop to make ones that large I just

stuck with the 2 smaller sizes.

First I painted two coats of exterior paint on the front, back, and edges of the board.    This would end up being the color of the seams

(between the colors in the design).  Does that make sense?  Finding the design to use was time consuming because there are so many

interesting designs to choose from.  I printed  the design from the computer or just drew it out myself on graph paper.

The design on the board was made by using painters tape that was no more than 1 ” wide.  For me, this was the hardest part.

Painting the design the customer or I wanted was the fun part.  When finished with two coats of paint remove the tape and like magic you had a beautiful patchwork design.  Well, not exactly,  you had to do touch up where the paint seeped through the tape.  This was tedious

work.  I didn’t seal them, but you could because I thought the weathering would make them look rustic.

Pinterest_131105804951845756On this red and gold one I used a permanent marker to color in the black lines to separate the colors.moravian star



As you can see I used a different type of board on this barn quilt.  I like the look,

but it made the job a lot harder.  I think this board is

bead board.  Not sure how it held up outside or if whoever bought it put it outside.


Pinterest_131105803284687754  These first three barn quilts  are variations of  the Lemoyne star pattern.


Pinterest_131105804642702681                                               This barn quilt is a variation of the Ohio Star block.   A stencil was used for the star in the center.


Make a barn quiltI liked the way this one looks 3 dimensional.  The pattern is another Lemoyne Star pattern, just painted in a different way.  To make the design on the green section I just used a q tip with paint on the end.  The dot in the middle was to cover up a mistake, but I like the way it looks like a button.


Barn Quilt made by Mrs. B

Barn Quilt made by Mrs. B



This barn quilt is a design I created myself.  I first divided the board into 36 squares with the tape.    To make the larger square in the center I just took some of the tape off before I started to paint the design.  In order to make the triangles  I added some tape  to the squares on the edges.

A stencil was used for the willow tree in the center.







Pinterest_131105803708045167Another Ohio Star block pattern.








I hope this helps you to understand how you can make yourself a barn quilt of your liking.  If you have questions about how I did these barn quilts please ask in the comment section below.

Have a good day. Mrs. B

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