Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Witchy Stitchy Blog Hop

Lets start with I LOVE HALLOWEEN.  When I lived in NJ I had  a town house where we had 300 - 400 trick or treaters every year.  I now live in a retirement community and there are none. So I am very thankful to Carol for running this particular hop that keeps me smiling for the holiday.

My first idea was to use this piece that I stitched last year that I found on  Elizabeth Coughlin Designs  posting from last years hop. She offered this wonderful pattern and I fell in love and had to work it up immediately.

My problem with it is that I didn't want to do something with it that was only going to be seen when I pulled out my Halloween stuff.  So these guys have taken up permanent residence on my idea wall where they will remain and where I get to see them everyday.  My wall is behind my ironing board so we get to chat several times a day as a general rule. So Thank you Elizabeth.

But I have come up with several hauntingly adorable quilty pieces to share with you all today.

I recently participated on IG in the #teenytinypinnieparade where we made a teeny pincushion daily from  Sept 15 to Oct 6.  Suggested size was under 3 inches and participation was as many or as few of these addicting little things as you wanted to make.

I made  26  Pinnies   these 3 were Halloween based.





Just plain cute

I have a niece who is crazy for the scary and whose birthday is in October so when I found this fabric I knew what I would be shipping her birthday goodies wrapped in.

So far we have the bag, one of the /easy-peasy-drawstring-backpack-free-sewing-tutorial that I have made so many of.  A girl can't have too many totes can they and theme based is better, right.



Inside the tote among other things is a matching zip pouch.

When I went to find the little pouch for pictures I found that it had gone for a visit with the other pups in my teeny tiny pinnie basket. Since they are now friends I will probably send one of them along too.

Next up, we had an addition to our family this summer.  So while I was on a roll with my Halloween fabrics I figured the little guy would appreciate a Holiday bib. Yes I am crazy about this fabric.

And now on to the main event.  A few weeks ago while playing with the embroidery machine, I wanted to master using the IQ design feature of downloading  a coloring book JPEG file and converting it to embroidery.

We are big Disneyworld attendees and go for an annual  visit for Halloween to their Not So Scary Halloween  event. The fun part of this party is that you can get dressed up or not and you get to Trick or Treat all night.  There are candy stops all over the park and you can stop at each of them as many times as you want to stand on line (it is Disney after all).

So I took my coloring book page and made myself a candy bag as a test and when that worked I made myself

a matching tee shirt.

We attended the event last week.

As you can see, by my standards, it was a success. MJ on the other hand loved the fireworks and the parade led by the Headless Horseman. Different strokes for different folks. ( But I got to bring mine home with me, Ha Ha)

Well I hope you had a wonderful visit and got some fun ideas to run with.  Please do yourself a favor and stop by and visit all of the other ever so talented participants in this hop all listed below and again, thank you Carol for all you've done to make this yet again another super fun event.

October 7

October 8

October 9
October 10

October 11

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

My Favorite Quilt Block Blog Hop - How about TUMBLER BLOCK

I love the idea of having a favorite block.  For years I loved star blocks of all kinds but one day maybe 2 years ago I fell in love with the Tumbler Block. I have no idea what triggered it but I am still running with it.

This Flag and several other of my tumbler pieces can be found here

Last summer I participated in a Christmas in July Hop Tumbling Toward Christmas where I posted 4 different tumbler projects that I made for gift giving.

This Halloween Quilt  and a couple of other examples can be found here.

But my absolute favorite Tumbler Block creations are my Coasters which can be found at the bottom of the post

So all of these pieces made it very difficult to come up with something new for this hop.  I first went to a work in progress.  

These little tumblers are part of a leader/ender project.  Didn't think I could get it to the size I wanted by the start of the hop

I am currently dabbling with Sashiko and thought I'd see how it would work , not so much.

Of course there is always a mug rug to fall back on

I then went to the Tumbler box and dragged out a bunch of cut tumblers that I keep on hand and looked at them for a couple of days. And then as so often happens, in the middle of the night the idea for a quilt popped into my head.

This was a quilt as you go project.

I don't generally name my quilts but Tumbling Tumblers just seems to fit.  This quilt will be going to a Veteran at a Veteran's day program given by the church where CFMQG meets monthly.

And last but not least is this little mug rug which meets my commitment to include an embroidered item in every blog this year.  This little guy was a test item on several levels.  The flower and leaves are  a coloring page downloaded onto my machine and converted into an embroidery design.  Then I added a tumbler block as a flower pot.  It looked too plain so I then found a heart design on my machine to add.  Then since my sister is always concerned that she would ruin a mug rug with a tea cup "ring" I added a  layer of iron on vinyl to the top before binding. All in all a very successful test. The only thing I don't understand is how I'm related to my sister, she's concerned about Tea Cup Rings and I worry about wine stains (not).

So thank you Carla for coordinating another wonderful Hop Along Event and for once again making my brain hurt in such a wonderful way.

Thanks so much to all of you for stopping by and please take the time to visit all of the other wonderfully talented ladies participating this week.

My Favorite Quilt Block Blog Hop Schedule

Monday, September 9th

Tuesday, September 10th

Wednesday, September 11th

Thursday, September 12th

Friday, September 13th

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

2019 Online Quilters Meet and Greet

A warm welcome to all of my guests, both old, glad you could stop by and new, it's a pleasure to meet you. Thank you Benita for coordinating this event again this year and for all the work you have done in the backgroud including getting some fabulous prizes lined up. Link for the grand prize is  at the end of this post.

Click here for the list of participants

Benita's invite to participate in this happening was that we needed to include  a photo of us with our favorite quilt.  For me that was a problem since I generally love the quilt I'm currently working on and I generally give them away once completed.

                                            So instead, this is me with a very sentimental quilt.

This quilt was made by me 10 or so years ago with scraps from a quilting friend.  I had hip replacement surgery in late Novermber in NJ. I was very bored at home during recovery. Due to the weather conditions, wet possibly slippery, I was confined to the house by myself for great periods of time.  My sewing room was on the second floor and my new hip limited me to the first floor when I was home alone.  One of  my quilt buddies determined to help me stay happy decided that since I couldn't reach my fabric she would give me a kitchen sized trash bag of hers The bag was full of her scraps to play with.  

It was exactly what I needed I spent days in by kitchen sorting, ironing and cutting.  By the time I did all of that I  was able to use the stairs and my sewing room again and ta da a beautiful quilt that always makes me think of her even though we are now living several states apart.

  So here is a little about me. I'm retired.  I fill a large amount of my time crafting.  Mostly quilting but with some knitting, crocheting, needlework, card making and  macrame tossed in. The bulk of my work is given away.  Family, friends and charities are the recipients.

The city I live in is populated with over 125,000 retired folk wheeling around in golf carts.

I designed this little quilt for a hop  in 2014 right after we decided to retire here.

 We literally have over 2000 weekly events that we can participate in not including the golf, bowling and tennis.  Any and every craft you can think of has a group or several.  I am a member of the Quilt Guild of the Villages, Operation Shoe Box (goodie boxes for the troops)  Angel Snugs (hats and scarves for kids with cancer) and the TQPM Small Kennel Quilt Team (making Small Kennel quilts for animal rescue groups around the country)

I started to blog in  2011 as way to keep track of what I was doing in the crafting world while I was working full time.  Early on I started to participate in Blog Hop s The Ghaslies was one of my first.

 It was one of the best things I ever did for myself.  I have met so many generous and talented people  by way of blogging and blog hops. I know the exposure and the challenges presented forced me to grow in my skills and my creative imagination. 

I am the type of crafter who will try anything once. A Prime example would be the year before last  I tried glass fusion. 

That lasted from early October through Christmas. I am like a bull in a china shop and working with glass wasn't for me. Everyone on my list got something for Christmas made of glass and then I gave away all of the stuff before it became permanent fixtures in the craft space.

This past year I invested ( with a very hard push from my biggest fan, my sister) in my first embroidery machine.  

I really didn't think I would like it but all of the people I know who owned one loved theirs.  I got mine the week before Christmas and lets just say that it was a good thing that the tree was already up when the machine got here cause I was locked in my room with her and didn't really appear for days.  

 I did silly, yes that is a roll of toilet paper 

serious gifts,  this is a gift card holder  the first week, Bless YouTube. 

I am still doing some kind of embroidery at least 4 times a week.  The shop where I got her has terrific classes all the time and the staff is always ready and willing to help with any and everything.

Last but far from least I am the mom to 2 fabulous rescued Bulldogs.

Celie and Nettie are sisters who were found abandoned in Miami.

The photo at the beginning of my blog is of Tink who crossed the rainbow bridge several years ago.  She too was a rescued Bulldog. All wonderful girls that we are blessed to have in our life.

Now for the the chance to win the Great Grand Prize

Thank you for stopping in for a visit.  Please visit again.  I still participate in about 10 blog hops a year. All of them some sort of challenge to my creative abilities. If you are new I hope you will check out some of my past posts and hopefully find some ideas to try.

Monday, August 19, 2019

All Caught Up

I believe that this post brings me up to current on projects.  Yahoo

This throw has been waiting for months to be quilted. It is a disappearing 9 patch and it has disappeared to my sisters bed. She saw it on the shelf and thought it deserved a better life and to be loved.

I have been dabbling in Sashiko lately.  Mostly I have been following traditional designs.  I thought it would be fun to do my own thing.  I rummaged around an found a chunk of a cheap cotton canvas drop cloth I originally used as a table cloth. After a couple of uses on the table and a few wine stains I started to chop it up and use it for various projects

This was a perfect project for this type of work.
Since Sashiko is based on mending and reusing/repurposing I thought I was close to being on track.

 I drew 2 lines and several stars on the canvas and went at it.

This was a watch TV or sit in a doctors office kind of project.  The lines are just to keep me on track not to keep the stitches even just generally straight.

This is the type of drop cloth I use.  I pick them up at Harbor Freight periodically.  They wash and dry beautifully.  That's 4 ft by 12 ft and I paid under $10.  Can't loose at that rate. I'm pretty sure I paid $7.95 with a coupon.

And this is the end result.  I did line it so that I could use it for any and everything without damaging the stitches from the inside.

Just some added cuteness.  Yes she is on a pillow, but it is her pillow (for a change) not mine.

My local guild chapter periodically has project meetings.  Last week 2 of our members did a hands on demo of a tutorial found on MSQ

I made mine a bit larger than the demo but for me it will be a more useful size.

You make the tote part as one long unit that folds in half and gets side seams and a boxed bottom quilting as you go.

I showed a friend and she asked me to make one for an upcoming Honor Flight event that she will use as part of a gift basket.

So I made hers in Red, White and Blue.

They took me just under 4 hours each to make.

I then made zip pouches from the left over scraps. I used the same quilt as you go principle for the fronts as I used on the tote

The backs were just left over chunks.

The pattern I used is an In the Hoop pattern from 
Easy Zipper Bag 2

It contains 6 size variations.  I took this picture on the cutting mat so you could see 3 of the sizes. Lets call the pale colored one number 6, it's the largest.  The next one down would be number 4 and the bottom one is number 3.  My number 5 left with my sister and I haven't gotten to numbers one and 2 yet.  They are fully lined and have no raw edges.  Very quick and easy to whip up.  You just have to close the turning seam on the inside bottom. I hand stitched mine but the pattern suggests using some type of tape.

Well I believe I am all caught up for the moment. Looking forward to checking back with you all soon.  In the mean time take care.