Monday, October 16, 2017

Memory Mon 68~ One Room Schools

 close to Millersburg, KY, USA
When I was born, folks were still attending one room schools in my neighborhood of Kentucky.
Every single one room school I've seen sitting out in rural fields are all built exactly alike.
By the time I started school, they had all been closed in our county and maybe the state by about 2 years.
The opening of a new elementary school in my neighborhood, closed several one room schools.
Like education usually does, philosophy came full circle in the late 90s & early 2000 in Kentucky,
with the Kentucky Education Reform Act (KERA)
by putting at least 3 grades together in one classroom.
Although, by that time, I'd already taught 2 grades in one classroom for many years.
Now that's a whole new set of memories.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Quilt Shot Block #99~ Checkers

14 ½ x 14 ½ inches
 2 inch strips

 For an 8x8, 8 strips were used.
 8 strips were cut 2 inches wide across.

 It was important to me that intersections matched.
Nesting intersections didn't always work.
Pinning was more accurate for me.

 12 x 12"
This block will actually be used as a board game for checkers.
So a 3 inch boarder border was added.

Related Post:

Quilt Shot Block #20~ 64 Patch

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Fun or Funny Fri Foto ~ Kentucky Covered Bridges- Johnson Creek

 Johnson Creek Covered Bridge
Blue Lick Springs, KY

Lat. / Long.: N 38.481927   W 83.978258
Built in: 1882
Truss Type: Smith

This was our second bridge to visit on Sunday, October 1, 2017.
See map below for our route.
 We've driven close by this bridge many times
as we traveled the 400 Mile Yard Sale on highway 68 yard in June for several years.

 On this day we happened upon a potluck dinner and 
celebration of 150 years of history in Robertson County.


 They graciously invited us to stay and eat, but we moved on to see more bridges before sun down.



Related posts

Fun or Funny Fri Foto ~ Kentucky Covered Bridges- Coville

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Thoughtful Thinking Thursday #110 ~ Cushioned Thoughts

A quick make and take at the Quilt Guild the other night.
 The first thought I had is I cannot use the long quilting pins.
Ouch.
Perfect for the small pins.
 My wrist pin cushion has a piece of cardboard to prevent the sticking.
Still thinking I'll use my wrist cushion the most.
The thumb cushion may go in my traveling sewing box?
What do you think?
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"THINK about it."

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Pencil Pouch

  To teach a class of multi-aged children the basics of sewing, we made this pencil pouch.
   












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Tuesday Tutorial
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 Due to time constraints and lack of cutting tools for 12 students,
preparation for class included cutting the pieces for the pouches. 
I had just been given a large bag of scraps of which included this 
denim looking print that I thought would work for both boys and girls.
 One end of the 2 pieces were sewn together and the other ends turned under and stitched.


 The stitched ends were overlapped
with right sides together as shown.


 Each long side was stitched by machine.
 Through the small opening, the piece was turned right side out.
A long knitting needle helped.
 Marked button.
The very first lesson for students was
threading and knotting a hand needle.
The second lesson was sewing on a button.
In this case it was a 4 hole button.
 
 After the button was sewn, 
I marked where the button hole should be placed.

 Students were shown how to make a buttonhole
 using the buttonhole attachment
 on my Brother machine.
This included using the attachment to 
determine size of button, which is not shown here,
and setting up the machine.
 (Above is the attachment for a Singer Quantum from the 90s)
It took about 6 class sessions to rotate all 12 students through 
the one machine I had available to make a buttonhole.
Meanwhile,
 I had had folded the piece and made a couple of hand stitches on one side
to start the "Whip Stitch" that was to be used down both sides.
As a student was waiting to make their buttonhole,
they could go ahead and whip stitch down the sides by hand.

 The student could pause the whip stitch
 and add the buttonhole at any time.
 
After all the Tuesday & Thursday 50 minute classes in September,
I'm happy to say all students finished their
Pencil Pouch!


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