Saturday, November 19, 2016

Time for Giving Thanks


Wow it's almost Thanksgiving.  Plans for dinner are set. Our very long time friends are having us over for the traditional Turkey dinner. Usually I make a hostess gift but they've been our friends for so long that they have at least one of everything I make. I am bringing the green bean casserole but I need to bring something else. Right now I'm thinking of really easy homemade fudge.

The Recipe can be found right here


 

In the mean time I have been keeping myself busy with several other projects.  The biggest of which I can't post yet.  It's for the Santa Sack Swap.  Needed to make a Sack and 5 gifts over the course of 6 months.  I'm done and they should all be in the mail with a few extras this week.  Just need to wrap all the pieces. Will post pictures once opened by my swap buddy.

I've also entered another postcard swap.  Same story, will be mailing it out this coming week. Can't post pictures until received.

Things I can post pictures of include these fun Para-cord bracelets.



These are for Operation Shoebox. One is included in each of the packed sacks for distribution to active duty members of the armed services.

This is a very mobile project and I have now got the making of the actual bracelets down to about 8 minutes a piece.


I do take some time on the weekend to do some prep work like measuring off the 9 foot pieces of cord and taping the ends which is not included in the 8 minute time.


The last step for completing these bracelets is to cut those tails off by burning them. I can do them for the bracelets I make for me but there are people at the meeting who do this step and I am happy to let them.  I plan on doing about 30 a week and like to have them set up in groups of 5 for travel.

A couple of weeks ago I took the travel bag to a guild charity meeting.  I took them out to work on and the gal across the table and I got to talking. She was working on a project for Christmas boxes for children internationally.



Well I committed to making 100 of them for next year for her. These will be a bit smaller and in fun colors.

Next up are the Susy bags. These little bags measure in at about 5 x 5  with a 36 in. ribbon strap.



They go to the local cancer hospital for women to use after breast cancer surgery.  I believe they are used to manage drainage tubes.

I also am making sacks for Operation Shoebox, they measure in at about 10 x 12.



The top has a channel sewn in for a draw string which someone else in the group inserts before the sacks are filled.

And last up for this post are my zip purses.  I found myself wanting a smaller bag for going out to dinner than the mini knapsack that I generally carry around as a purse .  It just needed to hold my phone, 2 pairs of glasses, my wallet and tissues. It measures in at about 9 x 10 and hangs just below my waist. It's lined and has pockets inside.

 


We went to dinner with friends to break it in. JB just loved the size. Apparently it's the second pair of glasses that are the problem with smaller bags.  I came home from dinner last night and made this one for her.


So far she loves the picture of it that I sent to her at 10PM. She'll get to test it out tomorrow.



Wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving, and a very productive holiday weekend.








Thursday, October 20, 2016

October 20th Already !!!!!

I started this post on October 10, where is the time going?

Before the quilty parts, Prayers are going out to those hurt in any way by Hurricane Matthew.  We were very fortunate here in our section of Central Florida.   No wind damage, no flooding and no electric outage.

OK on to the the quilty stuff.  So far this month I have made a couple of pin cushions for a Scrappy pin cushion swap.  I made the little one first and decided it was just too little for a swap. so I tried again on a larger scale.  My goal was to make a cushion  that could also hold clips.


I also added a little zip pouch that could hold some note cards that I made using my latest crafting toy, a Big Kick by Sizzix. It does great embossing.



Next week our guild is having a representative from Project Linus come for a visit.  The members of the group are taking part in a challenge using 1 or more 20 patch blocks in their quilts for donation.  Since my surgery was at one point scheduled for last week  I didn't sign up for the challenge.


Now that I'm fully functioning I decided to whip up a couple of "quilt as you go" quilts from my stash for the Project Linus collection.


I purchased this little girl flower fabric a couple of years ago. I got something like 10 yards in assorted color ways at 40 - 50% off at my local Quilt shop.


I've had these adorable little guys for at least a year.  Still have more in the drawer.


And there are always polka dots to be found for backing.

I timed making these quilts excluding the hand stitching of the binding and got each done in under 4 hours.  The hand stitching took almost that long.

I've also started doing some sewing for our local chapter of Operation Shoebox. They send goodie bags to our troops.  For the holidays they send the goodies in Christmas stocking with drawstring tops.  The group breaks the project  into steps.  My step is to make the channel for the draw string and attach the cuff to the stocking and then sew the stocking together.  I return them to the group and the next persons will snip the curves, turn them inside out, press and add the drawer string. 

I offered to do that step as part of my work. I was told Not To, they would prefer that I spent my time sewing and that a non sewer would take care of the next step.  That I shouldn't take work from someone else.  I just never thought of it that way. I guess I'm not normally a team player.  But  I do follow instructions. They gave me 25 to do and I'm done with 15 so far.    I will return the stockings they gave me with my step and only my step completed.  



Friday, September 30, 2016

Creative Sewing Space and some Show and Tell

A few weeks ago a quilting friend of mine sent me a photo of a very expensive rack that you can set up next to your sewing machine to aid in supporting a quilt while you quilt it.  It was cute but way beyond my budget even if I had space for it.

The idea was great though.  It was using clamps and bungees to support the weight of a quilt.

I sew in a closet.  I have the spare bedroom for my sewing space but I share it with the dogs.  My dogs are bedroom trained instead of crate trained. So while I have total use of the room most of the time, when we go out the dogs go in.  It's a great space but I find that I like the fact that they can't get to my machine and pins etc. etc. etc. when I'm out.


Well I took the basic idea and hung clamps attached to bungees from the wire shelf in my closet that's above the machine.  It works really, really well.


Finished quilt front and


back.


Both of these quilts were made for the local Honor Flight program.  This quilt was made using the pattern  idea from  Mary  who is involved with the Heart Strings Quilt Project.  She shares her patterns and pattern ideas for use for Charitable projects.  I loved this  idea.  It was quick and makes a perfect Honor Flight quilt.


Back.

Several members of my guild are also aiming to use the pattern for this project. Thank you Mary.

Monday, September 12, 2016

1st Stash Builder - Heartbuilder Project

I've been doing rehab for my knee by sewing by little heart out.  Yes I can sew with my left foot but I prefer sewing with my right.  So I am using both feet as energy allows. Physical Therapy right?

I choose my kick off project to be a couple of quilt tops for the Stash Builders - Heartbuilders  project.  Please click on the link to find out about this great organization.

They supply fabric for the quilt top and you can use just what is supplied or add to it as you choose.  I ended up adding to the fabrics and was able to make 2 tops.


I seem to have a new addiction to tumbler blocks. I love them and this top came together over the course of a weekend.  I'm actually working on another tumbler project that I can't show until  couple of months from now since they will be part of a swap.


The red fabrics are both heart patterns. Not my normal go to choice.  A friend suggested bow ties and I found that they weren't a bad place to start.  I ended up with enough left over fabric to do the tumblers with some additional fabric from the stash.

I have also made a decision on my Quilt 365 project.  I started the project on Jan 1 and was gung ho  for the first 3 - 4 months. Daily most of the time and then around mid April it became a job instead of relaxing. I took the bag of blocks out this weekend and did a couple and decided that I will bring the count up to 180 and then stop.  I need to do an official count but I know I'm over 100, my best guess is about 125.  

I realized that I do some kind of crafting every day. I have a project journal where I keep track of what I want to do and what I have accomplished on a daily basis. Most days more than one type of crafting. Some of the projects I am currently doing include knitting, crocheting, stitching, card making and mostly quilting.


Tuesday, August 30, 2016

I'm Back - Almost

I am very happy to report that my surgery was a whopping success.  My knee was replaced on Thursday at around lunch time and I was walking the hospital halls by 7 PM.  Had my first PT at 10 AM on Friday and was on my way home by noon.  Absolutely amazing. Was able to walk around the block on Saturday.

I've been walking around in pain for a couple of years, it's just unbelievable the difference the surgery has made. Yes I do have the pain of the surgery healing but that's nothing compared to the original pain.  I am actually going for daily walks again.  OK, enough of that.

Thank you all for your prayers and support.


While in recovery mode I haven't been able to focus on anything for any length of time and until yesterday I was afraid to touch my rotary cutter.


What I have been able to do are these little crocheted facial scrubbies.  They take about 10 minutes to make.  And there are no sharp instruments to loose track of or stick myself with.  



I am making them for a fund raiser for the local Angel Snug Chapter.



Just before surgery I knocked out a few other items that I wanted finished before surgery since I didn't know how long it would be before I'd be able to use my machine again.


This baby quilt went back to NJ for a friends first grandchild.



This was just the most fun QAL . The Cross Cut Block  QAL with all the directions were brought to us by Debbie over at A Quilters Table 

IG links are #crosscutblocks  and #crosscutquiltalong
Check them out, you won't be disapointed.


And then I participated in another postcard swap. Again, coordinated by Sheila over at Sheilas Quilt World
I made  this flip flop card for my partner in Australia. Loved it so much that I made 2 more, one for Sheila as a thank you for coordinating these great swaps and one for a friend who collects post cards. 

Ok, I started this post on Saturday, it's now Tuesday morning.  It appears that my ability to focus is still not where it needs to be.  I guess I won't try driving for a few more days. ;-}

Summer here in the US is just about done,  everyone here please have a safe and happy Labor Day Weekend.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Big day tomorrow

By this time tomorrow I should be strutting my stuff with the help of a new knee. Yahoo!
Was originally scheduled for November  then October then next week.  On Friday I was offered a spot that opened up on tomorrow's schedule.  Needless to say I jumped on it.
Spent the last several days juggling appointments and dog care but I'm ready.
If you have a minute I would surely appreciate a small prayer.

I'll be back with an update over the weekend. Thanks, Selina

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

And The Winners Are...........

The winners of my 12 Days of Christmas 2016 Blog Hop are:

Michelle of Crayon Box Quilt Studio who won the Pot holders


Monica of I Can Quilt 2 who won the Hand Towels


Notes have gone out for mailing addresses.

And now just a final thank you to Sarah for all of the time and hard work she put into organizing this fun event and for the Christmas QAL

Sunday, July 17, 2016

My day - 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop



Welcome to day 4 of the 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop.  We have been prepping for this showcase for months. So, so glad that Sarah over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict had this wonderful idea and gathered us all in for this summer rush.

The photo above is a warm welcome using my version of the quilt that Sarah is doing as a quilt along each day of this hop in 1 hour increments.  I was priviledged to be a tester and Yes it is very doable in 1 hour segments. Her tutorial is spot on to follow.

I have a collection of small quick gift items.  I use them not only as Christmas gifts but also as hostess gifts throughout the year.  Even though these are all being presented in Christmas fabrics there is no reason not to make them, for example, for your Thanksgiving hostess in fall fabrics, there is plenty of time. So lets get started.  Oh and if I used a tutorial I have the link in the title of the item.

The first item on my list would be the ever popular 1 Hour Basket  


After all you need something to put all these goodies in.  This basket can really be whipped up in an hour. When making multiples at one time they go even a bit quicker.



Now this wrapper for a bottle of wine takes about 20 minutes to sew up. It is as simple as it looks. A tube of fabric with a ribbon in the side seam and a boxed bottom.  It's all in the fabric.


                                        

This little envelope contains


a gift card, again great for any occasion.



This is a fun gift that I started making this year,  coasters made with coiled rope and some fabric scraps.  


Takes less than 15 minutes per coaster to make. Made the little  Catch All Tray  just the right size to contain them.





This Hexi pattern for the Pot Holder / Hot Pad was new to me. I really enjoyed making them.  I list them as / Hot Pad because I forgot to put the traditional hanging pot holder loop on and didn't notice until picture time.



Last but not least are my dish towels/hand towels.  


All depends on where you hang them.  These are another under an hour project. 



In some of my pictures you will see assorted holiday candy tins or  a box to keep with the  Christmas theme. I live about 10 minutes from a Russell Stover Warehouse store.  It's huge and the selections are endless. We just had to go this week cause I needed Christmas props. Oh yeah, not only do they sell candy but they also have an ice cream stand.  Wowzer.




This is the background quilt for lots of the shots. It is a very enlarged  Swoon Block (king size) that I made in the summer of 2012 for the first Christmas in this house. This particular version of the block is an 80 inch square before the borders. Can't find the posting of the finished quilt. The front side of this quilt is made of 16 regular size scrappy swoon blocks.

And keeping with the theme of this event I am linking you to a post I did last year for another fun hop that has my tutorial for the Quickest Easiest Fudge Ever


I hope you have enjoyed your Christmas visit. I enjoyed having you, so much so that I am having a give away. I am giving away both the Pot Holders and the Hand Towels to 2 of my visitors at the end of the Hop.

Here is a list of all of the participants in this wonderful hop.   So many great ideas with so much time to get them started  for Christmas.

Merry Christmas,     Selina

July 14th:     Sharon Vrooman @ Vrooman’s Quilts
                    Carole Carter @ From My Caroline Home

July 15th:    Yanicka Hachez @ Finding Myself As An Artist
                   Chris Dodsley @ made by ChrissieD

July 16th:     Marsha Hodgkins @ Quilter in Motion
                    Leanne Parsons  @ Devoted Quilter

July 17th:     Tonia Conner @ All Thingz Sewn
                    Selina @ Selina Quilts

July 18th:     Lara Buccella @ Buzzin Bumble
                    Soma Acharya @ Whims and Fancies

July 19th:     Joanne Harris@ Quilts by Joanne
                    Suzy Webster @ Adventurous Applique and Quilting

July 20th:     Vicki in MN @ Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting
                    Jennifer Fulton @ The Inquiring Quilter

July 21st:     Michele Kuhns @ Crayon Box Quilt Studio
                    Jan Ochterbeck @ The Colorful Fabriholic

July 22nd:     Alla Blanca @ Rainbows. Bunnies. Cupcakes.
                     Zenia Rene @ A Quilted Passion

July 23rd:     Joanne Hubbard @ Everyone Deserves a Quilt
                    Paige Alexander @ Quilted Blooms

July 24th:     Carolyn Jones @ …by CJ
                    Tisha Nagel @ Quilty Therapy

July 25th:     Susan Arnold @ Quilt Fabrication
                    Beth Sellers @ Cooking Up Quilts
                    Linda Pearl @ One Quilting Circle