Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Stitching Sunshine

When Carla presented the Stitching Sunshine blog idea I was all in with an empty mind.  I was really excited to come up with something sunshiney/yellow.  Not a color I use often.  The problem I ended up with was that I lost the idea of sunshine and got stuck on the word yellow.

I needed to make a 1st birthday quilt for my great nephew and one morning I woke up with the idea "Yellow Submarine".  2 birds with one stone, right?


this is a close up of the smallest 2.5 inches long and the largest 9.5 inches long
This is also the only picture reflecting the true color of the water.


Each row goes in a different direction and decreases in size.


It was difficult to get all the rows in one shot.



I do have to admit that I love this quilt.  Hope the baby does too. The applique design is by  Alldayembroidery.com  .    The only minor problem with it is that half way through I realized that it was yellow and as far from sunshine as one could possibly get. 😉

So that was just the excuse I needed to make this postcard.  You know, redeem myself and add "SUN".


Apparently I was on a Beatles memory lane run. 


I had wanted to give Iron On Vinyl a shot on a postcard just to see if it was up to the rigors of the US mail.  I sent it to a friend and am waiting for an analysis of how it did.

Last but definitely not least.  I wanted to make a Birthday Card for a dear friend and figured that while I had all of those scraps out from the appliqued subs I would add her card to this Sunny/Yellow  hop.

My sister is into Iris paper folding and had this great design for the birthday cupcake.


I took the stencil and fudged my way through setting up the Happy Birthday on my Scan N Cut. 



Then I folded glued and taped my fabric to the back. 


No sewing therefore no stitches, so I don't even know if it actually qualifies for this event but I know it will be appreciated by all of you who are so good at doing what you need to do to get the job done.
And Happy Birthday June, hope you got the actual card before reading about it here.

So Thank you Carla for a great idea for making my brain work again while learning to live around this new normal.  

Please stop by and visit the other Sun Shiny participants and enjoy their ideas  and let them know what you think of their wonderful work.  Here is the complete list for your convenience.


Monday, June 22nd


Tuesday, June 23rd


Wednesday, June 24th


Thursday, June 25th



Sunday, May 31, 2020

H2H 2020 - Contributions

One of the small positives of being home so much of 2020 is the time available for sewing and very few quilting requests on my to do list leaving me wide open to quilt for others.

I was able to get a kick start on H2H 2020 in 2019
I got this quilt that went to Quilty Hugs done I think back in December.


I know I got the blocks done for this quilt that also went to Quilty Hugs in December.


This is just the back to the quilt above, I just loved it as much as the front.


This quilt went to Mercyful Quilts


This sweet little quilt went to Little Lambs Foundation for Kids


Our guild chapter had a "Baby Shower" a couple of weeks ago for a local organization The Childrens Home Society. Several of the members donated flannel and I made these 3 self binding receiving blankets.



I used the tutorials from Missouri Star and Fat Quarter shops


This final submission went to the same organization.  It's a quilt as you go using left over strips from other projects.


Thank you so much 
For taking all the time needed and the organization involved to make this annual event a huge success. Growing yearly by leaps and bounds.  If you aren't familiar with this event please click on the link and view some of the other wonderful quilts going to those who are in need of quilty hug.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Square

Last month a friend of mine asked if I could send her the cutting dimensions for the pieces of a 12 inch finished saw tooth block.  This friend is more of a knitter than a quilter. I told her sure and graphed a block, included the dimensions and sent it to her. 



A few hours after sending her the info I started to second guess myself and my speedily drafted block detail.  I figured that I should just make a block using my numbers just to be sure.


TA DA, my numbers worked and my start to this hops contribution was on it's way totally by chance.  I looked at the block for a while and wondered what I was going to do with yet another stray block.  At this point it was still a block in my head, not yet a square.

I don't think I thought square until I looked at the graphed version again.  That's when the idea to make it the center of a table topper for the summer hit me.



I looked at this larger square for awhile and decided that it wasn't going to fit anywhere in my house and most all of my friends and family already have RWB table toppers or runners already.



Well why not just go bigger.  I love how it came out. It's a 48 inch Square.

It was one of the easiest quilts I've ever put together and it was all from my stash.  I will probably do it again but looking at it in this finished state I would probably add a 2 inch border using the background fabric to make it float a bit before the binding.

Next up is what looks like what  will be a very long term project.  While routing around my garage I discovered several bins of scraps.  I opened one and discovered lots of strings of various widths.


I pulled a couple of handfuls


trimmed the pieces down to 1 to 1 1/2 inches wide



Then I started a new long term project of crocheting a square . I have no idea what my goal here is  but this is what happens to your mind when you are on shut down. 


This is how far those 2 handfuls got me. OK it's not exactly square but close enough for a mindless project.  I  measure it currently at about 17 inches give or take.  It counts for this hop right? And in the end that's all that matters.


At this point I want to thank Miss Carol from  Just Let Me Quilt  for hosting this hop and thanks to all of the hoppers for giving us some fun stuff to focus on during this lock down.   Here is a list of all of the players.  It will so brighten your day and theirs if you drop by check out their projects and leave a sweet note.

Please continue to stay safe and out of harms way.

Sunday, May 10, 2020

What did you do during Lock Down?

Wow I didn't realize that I haven't been doing any posting.  Quite shocking to see that my last post was in mid March. While I haven't been posting I have been pretty productive during this stay at home time.  WARNING  This will be a rather long and photo heavy post.

One of the things I found out about myself during this time was that I used  entirely too much paper product.  While toilet paper is a major necessity, paper towels and napkins not so much. First hit was to go back to cloth napkins.  I used them for years.  Stopped around when I retired. 


  I had yards and yards of this great fabric so I knocked out 18 cloth napkins for regular  daily use.



Next on the hit list were paper towels.

I took a flannel sheet that was hanging out in the closet taking up space ( I live in Florida and don't use flannel sheets anymore) and cut it into 6.5 x 11.5 sections and made 4 -5 dozen faux paper towels.  


I just did  one fold and some zig zaggy top stitching  to neaten them up.


They live on my counter where the paper towels used to reside in a sweet basket.


They even have there very own laundry basket that they share with the napkins and dish towels.

I still use some paper towels for things that are very greasy ( don't want that in my washer) and things on my very doggie abused floors.  


So for Easter I was able to give embroidered rolls of paper towels to some close friends  without  purchasing anything.  In fact I still haven't had to purchase any paper towels and probably won't need to for several months.

Like so many of my quilting buddies I've been mask making ( over 100 to date ).  I have family in hard hit NY and NJ  and sent the first few batches there, then to friends, neighbors and to several organizations in my area through our quilt guild.   


This was my first and only of this type of mask.  Just wasn't comfortable making the pleats and all that bias tape.


Switched to these and never looked back


This group was made from kits from our local Quilt shop picked up curbside.



And then my personal favorite, the Ghastlies


I also spent some time with my ScanNCut.  One of my great accomplishments was taking this picture 


And turning it into this jig saw puzzle


and this shot into


this puzzle.  I've done this now for 10 photos as gifts for several friends.  They are printed on 8 x 11 labels affixed to cereal boxes and then cut.  About 100 or so not very thick pieces as in a normal puzzle. Just thick enough to put together and enjoy.

While on the topic of my ScanNCut I also did some cutting of Iris paper Piecing designs 




for my sister to play with during lock down. 


And then I did a tee shirt for my niece that I had in the to do pile for a couple of weeks before lock down. Trust me, it is the front of a tee shirt.

On to sewing,  my sister loves hats and  the Easy Peasy draw string bag so I spent some time making her some goodies.


This is her reversible hat with matching masks ( or a coordinating bra ;-} )

And her hat with matching back pack


And just for kicks and giggles and because I had a bunch of this fabric I made her some hot plates


and pot holders


Cause everyone needs to have a hat that matches her kitchen.

I've done 5 tops, 2 have been completed the other 3 are in waiting.  


This was the first top done and the smallest of the group.  It is currently set up to be finished next. we'll see if that happens.

Number 2 will be posted on the 20th as part of the "It's Cool To Be Square" blog hop brought to you by Carol over at Just Let Me Quilt from the 18th to the 22nd.  And yes that one is completed.

The third quilt was also suggested by someone in my guild I think. 


It was supposed to be scrappier but I really liked that black leafy fabric and the blue corner stones.


So while it's not scrappy it is all from my stash.


And it is completed so what more could I ask.

And to wrap up this long post are these just too adorable pup tops


They are from Sew Fresh Quilts pattern DOGGO.  I love her patterns.  I think this is the 5th or 6th one of her patterns  I have done. I also know that I have done each one more than once.

I am sure I've done some other stuff but these are my highlights.  Til the 20th please stay safe and keep out of harms way.  Go Craft something.