Sep 18, 2012

Gluing 101

Greetings.  It's rainy and dark today, still fairly warm but that will change tomorrow.  I gave in to Fall crap and bought a pumpkin.  Well,  I bought more than one and also a few mums.  They're out front and I'm liking the lime green sweet potato vine with the orange.  Yes, I'm still hanging on to summer plants including the marigolds here.  I usually pot some in yellow and orange and when fall rolls around, I try to pass them off as mums.  Close enough.  But I couldn't pass up the beautiful rust ones I found for $3.99.
I know this will probably get a few (or more) stitchers upset, but I was working with glue today and thought I would show how I close seams when I choose not to stitch.  First off, I didn't take a photo of the actual amount of glue.  I spotted the red/brown Dove chocolate bag and lost my train of thought for a moment.  A tiny amount spread evenly is all that you need of Liquid Stitch.  I've tried other fabric glues but still prefer this brand since it's very tacky and grabs quickly.  Even after several minutes, you can still reopen if needed to adjust. 
When you close the seam and press gently, if you don't have batting or interfacing behind the fabric it will sometimes grab the outside layer. There will be a little indentation like this.




Pinch the seam and kind of roll the fabric until it's loose and not attached.  You won't hurt the glued seam and you can easily pinch it shut again if it should come open.  So here's the seam.
If stuffing is not to the edge, take a long strong and sharp needle and insert at an angle into the fabric.
Twist or rotate the needle towards the seam.  I also do this for corners when needed.  The needle grabs some of the stuffing and moves it to the area.  Not a lot, but enough to fill any voids.  It's usually not necessary when using the thick batting because it will stay in place right to the edge.  You already know this, but I'm covering all the bases. 
Now you're probably wondering what the heck I was gluing. 
By now, you know that I can never leave well enough alone.  In fact, I started making a few more.  I just love fabric.  I've been buying fat quarters in such beautiful prints, but they are not something I would use on the backs of more primitive stitchery, so I'm working on pincushions.

And on this day, 75 years ago, Dominic wed Stella. My Aunt Kay, dad's sister, is next to mom, and mom's sister Jenny is in the middle. They were married 65 years when dad passed.


So that's it. I'm making smoked pork chops with mom's scalloped potatoes from scratch.  You know how it was - no one ever measured - so it's usually different every time.  No cheese in these, just the milk, flour, butter, onions, and black pepper.  So good.
Welcome to new followers!  I thank you all for reading and wish you a wonderful day.
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25 comments:

Vickie said...

Awesome wedding photo Marly. 65 years!! Hooray! That is fabulous.
I love your pincushion. GREAT colors.

Tracey said...

What a neat wedding photo! I have one of my grandparents I still need to find a frame for. Thank you for this post- I had never heard of Liquid Stitch- I am definitely going to check it out because I am sewing machine-challenged. I can hold my own but this would come in handy for ornaments - for that little hole left at the top where you turn it right side out. :)

Plumruncreek ♥ said...

That's my kinda supper! YUM! It's gloomy here too,reminds me of what's coming. HA!

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cucki said...

Beautiful wedding photo ..
Your pin cushion is so cute..lovely material color xxx

Deb said...

Wonderful wedding picture Marly. I love photos of family members from long ago. I've been going through mine and love looking at the way that they used to dress.

I just love your pincushion!! It's so adorable with the strawberry hanging from the button. Very creative!!

Ann said...

What a beautiful wedding picture and 65 years? WOW.

I will have to try some of the Liquid Stitch...although I'm sure I will make a complete mess, as I always do when I use glue :(

~Ann

Greyhaven Pines said...

Liquid Stitch sounds like my kind of finishing! :) I will look into it.

Marly, would you kindly share what program (or whatever) you used to get the three photos in your blog header? I'd like to try that but have no idea how.

Thanks!

Joyce

basketsnprims said...

I've never tried liquid stitch, your pincushion is fabulous. I love that wedding picture, I have such a fondness for old pics.
pam

Margaret said...

lol! Funny thing is I tend to do the same thing with the recipes I had to figure out from my mom and grandmother. I just throw things in and have no clue how much of things I use. :D Love the pic of your parents. So cool that they were married 65 years before your dad passed. Thanks for passing on your gluing technique too. Very interesting!! I'm always open for new things. :D Pretty pretty pillow you made!! Love the strawberry on it!

Kaisievic said...

Love the wedding photo and those scalloped potatoes sound yum! Love your finished duty pink and brown pincushion.

Primitive Stars said...

Hello Marly, mmmm, can I come for supper, sounds so yummy. Love the old photo to, wonderful family. Glad you gave in to Fall, it looks really good, yey pumpkins!!!! Charming pincushin, your a talented gal. Blessings Francine.

Barb said...

How wonderful to have that photo. How fortunate they were to have that many years together! I also think the liquid stitch seems like a great idea.

quiltygirl1 said...

I love the wedding photos and your tricks you share with us. I must buy liquid stitch for the future. I am still to "start".

Chris said...

Yea!! fall crap!! Love the pumpkins and mums. The marigolds are great and as long as they look so good I would leave them too.
Your pincushions are lovely.
What a beautiful wedding pic. I wonder what colors the bridesmaids wore? Thanks for sharing.

Marilyn said...

What a great picture and memory!
Marilyn

Mugwump Woolies said...

Beautiful wedding photo...sixty five years is truly remarkable! Love the pin cushion and the glue tutorial...always up for learning new techniques... especially ones that save time!
Robyn

Shirlee said...

What a beautiful wedding photo! Thank you for sharing the gluing hints but you know what? Every time you show how easy-peasy it is to do some sort of finish, I try it & it looks like crap. If only we were neighbors ... I would come clean your toilets with the hope that you would do a few finishes for me : )

pj said...

Marly, I love to read your blog. It always makes my day! The wedding pic is a treasure! Thanks for sharing and your tips are always so great. I think the trick to your finishing is just patience. I am so challenged with any finishing that it makes me nervous. I could handle "glue" maybe! :) Have a great day!!!

pam in iowa

Keeper of the Crowes said...

What a treasure that photo is! Your mother is so beautiful and so young!!! Reminds me of a great black and white movie!! Dinner sounds wonderful. Love to join you!!!
Linda

Carol said...

I almost bought some of that Liquid Stitch the other day at JoAnn's, Marly...next time I will and will give it a try. I'm afraid my glue would end up oozing all over the place, though, knowing me!! Love the way your pillow turned out--such great fabrics you find. Where do you usually get them?

Hey, I think you might actually be softening a bit in your dislike of fall! Your pumpkin looks great there with your yellow mums (ahem, marigolds!!).

Loved seeing the photo of your parents--don't they look so young and hopeful? I'm glad they had so many good years together...

Raggedystitcher said...

Your pincushion is beautiful..I never thought of glueing...I have always sewn. I am sure that glue would work well too. :) Hope you are enjoying your day!
Raggedystitches,
Louise xx

Anne said...

I love your gluing finishing skills! Your pin pillow is adorable! What an amazing family photo! Didn't they all look so dignified and dapper back then?

TheCrankyCrow said...

They don't let me play with glue here either. :o( Love the little pinkeeps though - Ya know, I think I have a serious pinkeep problem.

Yay on the pumpkins! I've been looking, but they're hard to come by this year with the drought in these parts....Found a few last week, smallish and funky-shaped and $6 each. Yikes.

Wonderful photo - Your mom and Aunt Jenny look so much alike - both beautiful. Do you look like them? Sept. 18th is also my mom and dad's wedding anniversary....They didn't make it 65 years though....my dad passed when he was only 50....but had he lived, they would have been married 64 years this year....

Hugs ~ Robin

Suzanne said...

Your finishing skills with glue are amazing. If I tried with glue it would get everywhere and I would probably glue my stitching to myself somehow.

Great photo!

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