Monthly Archives: March 2010

Placemats, Table Graces

Last year I bought a pattern at Times Square Sewing called Table Graces. This is very easy and fun to do and will make a great wedding or house warming gift. I also think these would be great to do for each holiday. You could have a different set for Christmas, Thanksgiving and Easter. They do take a little bit of time to make so you won’t be seeing them on my Ebay site.  If you’re interested in a set, contact me for pricing.

I cut all my fabric out ahead of time. Of course I had to embroider mine so I sewed the fabric right to the stabilizer. This made hooping and centering the design very easy. Next I lay the back and front wrong sides together, placed that on top of the batting and sewed around the outside edge. I left a small opening to turn it right side out and pressed with an iron. I finished by quilting them in the ditch starting at the center and working my way out. I also stitched around the outside about 1/8th of an inch from the edge. This closed up the opening that I had when I turned it right side out.

After it was done I had a great gift. Even a beginner can follow this pattern. This is at the top of my list and a must buy for all quilters. Locally you can pick this up at Times Square in Quincy, IL or you can get it online at

Cornhole up date!

It’s going to be another big year for the cornhole game.  They now have their own song and video and coming soon is the cornhole movie.  Who would have thought that a game with little bags of corn would ever get so big.  I’m waiting for it to show up in the Olympics.  Thats right – “The US Cornholing team wins the gold!”  It’s way better than Curling, which is the worst Olympic game on my list.  It would be the only Olympic sport that would allow the teams to drink beer while they play.  “Today the US will be drinking Bud Light and Canada will be drinking Moosehead.”  YES, Canada has a beer called Moosehead.  I bet curling would be a lot better if they were allowed a beer in one hand and a broom in the other.  If the hockey teams played curling at least someone would get hit with a broom now and then.  That’s why I like cornhole – if someone isn’t paying attention just bean them with a bag….

It’s kinda like horseshoes.  You have two boards set up at a distance from each other.  Each board sits at an angle with a hole at one end.  Then you take bags full of corn and toss them, trying to hit the hole in the board.  There are rules and everything. For all the rules you’ll have to go to the ACA website.

I’ve been selling a ton of bags in my Ebay store.  I use the 350E to personalize them with anything your heart desires – maybe a person’s last name or a bar’s name like “Pete’s Pub”.   “The Corn Hole King” and “USA” are also big sellers.  The bags are made to regulation specs – 6″ by 6″ with 15oz of corn, double-stitched with upholstery thread.  You can’t buy bags like this at Walmart.

The college kids also use them as tag bags.  I shouldn’t have to explain this but I will anyway.  You run around trying to hit each other with a small bag of corn.  If you leave a bruise on someone you get points.  If it’s on his arm – 5 points, black eye – 30 points, butt – 40 points, groin – 100 points.  Yes, these are college kids – who else would make a game of trying to hurt each other?