Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Where Flowers Bloom - Blog Hop

Where to begin?  Best to start with a great big Thank You to Carla who can be found at   Creatin' In The Sticks     for all the work involved in coordinating this 5 day EVENT. Then a thanks to all of the participating quilters who make this happening an EVENT.

Ok, so on to my offerings.

Over the years I have made lots of quilts with stars and hearts and trees but not much in the way of flowers.  Yeah, I have used floral material but not much flower construction.

A couple of mug rugs

A doll quilt

And my most favorite, these tulips

So when this hop came up I never gave it a thought not to accept the invitation. I must admit that  for me it turned out to be a bit of a challenge I hadn't expected.

I had a commitment out there for another doll quilt so that was where I started.

It just doesn't do anything for me.  Yes, it met the criteria for the hop but didn't pop for me.

So on to try #2. I had seen this funky flower using hexies that I thought I would give a try.  These placemats  would probably have been fine if I picked the background fabric during the day and not in the wee hours of the morning with bad lighting and a sleep deprived brain.  Actually looking at this picture taken on a sunny morning the green lightens up a good bit, maybe I'll use them on the lanai (probably not) 

Good thing that I really like the fabric I choose for the back because that will probably be how I use them.

And then it came to me.  I went back in time and low and behold my brain had a light bulb moment and screamed at me "Flower Power".    I googled flower power and found lots of fun ideas. Then I rummaged deep down in my stash for this cool tie dyed, kinda flowery fabric I've been hoarding for forever.

So here it is, my Flower Power Back Pack.  I love it.

Here's a look at the inside which I have constructed to be reversible if I so desired ( just had to add the bottom loops for the cord and finish off the bottom more neatly than my norm).

The reversibility was just a test. I wouldn't reverse this particular bag because I wouldn't want to damage my flower and peace sign with all of the junk I shove in my bag on a daily basis.

Well thank you so much for stopping by and joining me on this journey.  Please take a few minutes and visit with all of the other quilters participating in this hop.

 OH Yea, if Google is still being a pain in the butt, Thank you to all who have left a comment.  I will try and get back to you but we all know how that's going.

Here is a list of links for one and all of the participants just to make the trip a little easier for ya.

 so for now
 - PEACE -

Where Flowers Bloom Blog Hop Schedule

Friday, June 15th

Friday, June 1, 2018

Quilts for the Twins

Last week was Wish Upon A Star Blog Hop Week.  On Tuesday morning one of the posts that I read was Days Filled With Joy where Joy posted a Quick Star Tutorial.  The tutorial is for a lovely large star like this.

The tutorial is for a 36 inch square star, not a quilt.  You get to choose how you want to set the star into your quilt.

Tuesday afternoon I got a call from a cousin letting me know that she will be the grandmother to twins sometime in the next couple of weeks.  Perfect timing, huh.

Tuesday night I started quilt #1. Last night, 9 days later, I finished quilt #2.

The backing and background are relatively new fabrics but the orange and novelty fabrics were in my stash.

My finished quilts measured in at 50 inch square

I got each top done in about 4 hours. Great time if you are looking for a quickie quilt.

I used a 2 1/2 inch inner border and a 5 1/2 inch outer border. I thought that the star and fabric choices were busy enough to keep the borders simple.

I had a great time  working on this unexpected project.  I'm off to see what's on my actual quilting to do list.  I know there are a few Blog Hops on my horizon.  Need to go and check out their status. 

Happy June

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Wish Upon A Star Blog Hop

I made my wish and it happened.  Another hop. I love them, they're such a fun way to spend time with quilty buddies.  Welcome one and all.  Thanks go to Carol for this one where the only requirement was that your piece, no matter what it is, contains at least one star.
OK, my piece contains a hum dinger of a star.

I started this quilt last summer when a guild sister asked if some of the members could make a lap size/ afghan size quilt for the military members of the church where we hold our guild meetings. This would be an on going project.

I said yes and got the top finished within the week.  Got it sandwiched during the next week and then I hit a huge snag.  I do very basic machine quilting. I usually don't have issues so I generally never look at the back of the piece as I fly along.    HUGE mistake.  When I finished quilting the first half of the quilt I looked at the back as I flipped it to work the other end. OOOOOOPS.  The entire back of the first half of the quilt was ruffled.   I apparently broke my walking foot and never noticed.

I took the mess and folded it up for another day.

Fast forward to Carol's announcement of this hop.  It was just the push I needed to pull this thing out after 6 months or so and rip, rip, rip and then turn it into a wonderful gift for a Veteran.

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. 

This is the second or third time I have made this particular star quilt.  

Ok, as all of you regulars know, I am a bit of an over achiever.  I will admit that up until 3 weeks ago this quilt was all I planned on posting for this particular hop.  

Well 3 weeks ago I heard of a member to member class being offered by The Quilt Guild of the Villages.  The class was for quilts using the HST.

The class was on May 12 and one of the options was a Star Quilt, such wonderful timing. I was able to get the top completed just in time for this post. 

The quilt used the better part of 2 charm packs.  I chose a couple of sweet packs full of little boy stuff, you know, trucks and cars and planes.  The only problem with this quilt is that I don't have little boys in my life.  So this top will probably remain folded up unquilted  for  the time being waiting for just the right little boy to need it.

Sorry about the quality of these pictures and the problem of the gray washing out the other light colors but as with so many of you, we've really had nothing but clouds and rain, not exactly great photo weather.

Thanks for stopping in but now its time for you to travel on and check out the other posts for today and any you may have missed yesterday. I am including the list of all of the participants in this wonderful event.

Have fun and enjoy all of the terrific ideas presented by these oh so talented quilters.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

H2H Charity Quilt Challenge 2018 Wrap Up

It looks like the 2018 H2H Challenge has been a rousing success. I am posting my offerings for this event for Sunday's linky party over at Sarah's confessions of a fabric addict  Full details of this Challenge can be found by clicking on the link.

She is the energizer bunny for this annual event. This year she found 3 organizations for us to make quilts for.  If these organizations didn't work for any of us then a group of our choosing was fine.

The links  below will take you to my original postings where I have some detail on the background of these quilts.

This quilt went to Quilty Hugs for happy Chemo in Utah

This quilt top went to Victoria's Quilts in Ontario, Canada

This quilt went to Little Lambs Foundation for Kids, also in Utah

Thanks Sarah for all you do to help those in need.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Current Projects

I've been a very busy gal the last few weeks and figured I better get a post done before I forgot to document the finishes.

I do have several upcoming hops that I have been working toward so I can't post about them "yet" but in between hop projects I have managed to keep working away on my pieces for the #scrapvortex100dayproject

This is a photo of my first medium scale consolidation, 
had to do that so I  could use my design wall for another project that had a real dead line.

Once the wall freed up  I started on another batch of scraps.

This is the project that I needed my wall for.  It is for a WWII Veteran affiliated with the church where the CFMQG meets monthly.

Follow the link for the pattern Have Faith Quilt by Jamie Elfert and its tutorial. She generously provided it for the H2H2018 Challenge.

This will be turned in on Monday, at my next guild meeting.

Yesterday I received a request from  TQPM Small Kennel Quilt Team requesting 18 x 12 quilts for the kennel in Hawaii assisting with the animals affected by the volcano.  If you are interested in helping go to the link for more information.

Was able to knock out 5 and get them mailed out today.  

I'll be back on the 22nd with my contribution for the Wish Upon A Star Blog Hop. hope to see you then.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

My Day for the 30 Blocks in 30 Days Blog Hop

Yahoo it's finally here, my day to participate in Carla's 30 Quilt Blocks in 30 Days Blog Hop.  If you follow the link you will find tutorials for all of the blocks that are being presented in this Hop.

Carla put out an invitation to the participants to pick a block from her December sew along. This is my quilt from the sew along where I used all 30 blocks.

I chose December 27's block, Broken Strips. In this photo it's the gold block, bottom row, second block from the left.

When I chose the block I had no real purpose, therefore no clear goal.  Then Sarah over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict posted the organizations that would be participating in Hands to Help Charity Quilt Challenge 2018 and I knew a quilt using this block was coming.

You will notice that the pictures of my quilt are only of a quilt top.   For the organization that this quilt will be going to, Victoria's Quilts - Canada the contributions were requested to be
"tops only"  This request is intended to keep shipping costs down.

This picture was taken indoors due to weather.  It does nothing for the fabrics. 
I made the blocks and put the top together last month while at my first quilt retreat.  Should have taken the pictures there.  It was a beautiful location on a lake.  Hidesight is as they say 20/20

The out doors in the front of my house was just a tad windy and a bit shady.

Victoria's Quilts gets quilts out to people living with cancer.  I did my blocks in bright greens with blues and a slightly busy background fabric to keep it joyful and happy.

I tried taking pictures in the back of the house and the light was much better.

The fabric is showing up true to actual.  I just don't have a nice flat space to use in the back of the house but I am thankful the breeze let up.

I really enjoyed working with this block and making it my own with color choices.  

Thank you Carla for coming up with this different blog hop concept, it has been fun participating and fun to follow.  The creativity found in these posts is as always amazing.  Here is a list of the participants for the entire Hop.  Do yourself a favor and check them all out.

Project Designer

April 1st

Block 1- 4 Patch
April 2nd

Block 2 - Double Stuffed
April 3rd

April 4th
Block 4 - Dutch Door

April 5th

April 6th
Block 6 - Tacked Up

April 7th
Block 7 - Stripper

April 8th
Block 8 - Staggered

April 9th
Block 9 - Topsy Turvy

April 10th
Block 10 - Chunky Pinwheel

April 11th
Block 11 - Painted WIndow

April 12th
Block 12 - Broken Cinder Block

April 13th
Block 13 - Reaction

April 14th
Block 14 - Median Strip

April 15th
Block 15 - Center of Attention

April 16th

Block 16 - Bounce
April 17th

Block 17 - Sweet Sixteen
April 18th

Block 18 - Yeah Eights
April 19th

Block 19 - Weave
April 20th

Block 20 - Classic
April 21st

Block 21 - Spot
April 22nd

Block 22 - Cross Walk
April 23rd

Block 23 - Opposites Attract
April 24th

Block 24 - Possibility
April 25th

Block 25 - Camper Window
April 26th

Block 26 - Catching Z's
April 27th

Block 27 - Broken Stripes
April 28th

Block 28 - Stockade
April 29th

Block 29 - Dovetail
April 30th

Block 30 - Slow Tee