Thursday, March 21, 2013
Potting and Pillow Making...
I have a lot of Euphorbia of different types. Most look like some form of cacti, but they aren't. I like them better than the native cacti for the porch. They don't have mean prickly needles sticking out all over.
A lot of them, I have had so long that I don't even remember the name....
This is one such plant.
I bought the main stem that you see behind Tessie years ago. It has to be re potted every year or two. It throws out babies all around it's bottom and they can be separated from the main plant and simply put in dirt to grow. For about 6 months, they are minis.
There are a lot more where these came from...It's a very prolific plant. A lot of my Euphorbias are like that. Very easy to start new plants.
I am, by no means the best gardener around. I have killed off a lot of plants in my time. But the Euphorbia seems to be a variety that I get along with.
So, Tessie will have some cacti in her house for a while.
The brown crockery bucket, with the two plants is one that my dad had when he was little. I think that his dad passed it to him. I don't know how old it is, but I imagine it is 19th century or early 20th. See. Love of miniatures is inherited...
It mainly gets used for making regular sized pillow covers, once in a while a bit of patchwork or other crafty project. I really should leave it out where it will make me want to sew. Nope. Strike that. I know what closet it is in if I really need it.
Anyway, I wanted to do some black and white pillows for the cottage. I thought you might like to see the assembly line method, if you don't already do it this way. I learned the technique from Judee Williamson many years ago when I took one of her bed classes.
Rather than cutting out individual pillows and doing little fiddly sewing, we learned to do them in strips.
If you are using a single piece of fabric, with a fold at one edge, you need to stitch a narrow seam along the fold. Otherwise your pillow will look like a bag. You want a nice knife edge on all four sides.
If you want all of your pillows the same size, you do it like the front row here. I folded the fabric strip wrong side out. Stitched along the fold. Then I turned under the top edge of the fabric on either side. If need be, you can pin it. in place. Mark where you want the seams, leaving a half inch between one pillow and the next....In other words, two pillow seams, half inch space that will be cut through, another two pillow seams, half inch space....You can keep going like that for as many pillows as you need to make. This is especially good for doing a set of bed pillows...Two or four at a time. They will all turn out the same size. The ones in the back row will vary in size.
A lot of times I use salt, but I found this bag of coarse sand in the floral department at Walmart yesterday.
As soon as Zar finishes pushing into place on the work board, I will start filling pillows.
She's not a lot of help when I comes to moving things....The zapping is totally forgotten...
Anyway, I will have lots of pillows to show you tomorrow. It takes a while to turn and stuff them. I am not going to make you wait whilst I do that part.
See you tomorrow, with finished pillows.