Monday, October 8, 2018

Small Kennel Quilts - Receiving Blankets - Dish Cloths

Hurricane Florence has done a number on small pets.  Requests having been coming in steadily since the storm for Small Kennel Quilts for all of the animals ending up displaced and in shelters.  I try and do 6 per request.

I find if I do them assembly line fashion I can knock them out at a little under 30 minutes each.  I am now in the habit of cutting left over batting into usable pieces for these quilts.  I also have several quilting friends who donate fabric and batting to me for this project.

These are the most recent finishes

The requests come through Quilt Pattern Magazine and Petfinder Follow the link for details and patterns and how you can join the team.

A few weeks ago a quilting friend mentioned a super simple receiving blanket video she saw on YouTube by   Missouri Star Quilt Co.     

Last week my neighbor mentioned that she had a brandy new, very early, great grand child and that in a couple of weeks she would be going north to a shower for him.  The perfect opportunity to give the self binding receiving blanket a try.

So cute and so simple

The first one took me about an hour and a half.

The second took 61 minutes start to finish.

You need to do a stitch all the way around where the binding is attached to the front to keep the layers from shifting.  On the first one I used a very slow to sew cute stitch  which added about 10 minutes to the project.  On the second one I just used a wiggle stitch.  # 4 on my Bernina.

The finished blanket measures in at about 34 inches square.

At my last quilt meeting one of the ladies was seeking a home for this spool of cotton yarn

One of the ladies at her table told her that I could probably crochet or knit something with it. Apparently I have a reputation.

She handed it to me and apologized that it was boring but that I could probably add some color to it.

The pattern was for a small and large wash cloth.  I started with the large and found it too big.  Posted them on IG and had a friend call and tell me that she really, really liked them.  Will probably use them for packing material for her Christmas gift.

I knew if I held onto all those scraps of color from a previous project  they would come in useful. Not sure who will find this set in their Christmas package. 

Not really sure what I'm up to next.  I do have several projects that should be finished and a hop or 2 on the horizon that I should give some serious thought to.  hmmmmmmmmmmmm

Until next time, stay happy.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Catching up on Quilty Projects

Searching for something in my photo gallery and just realized that I've been amazingly productive this past month in and around the Welcome to My House hop and should probably get these pics posted before I totally loose track of them.

Starting with my most current and working backward through my my photo gallery would be

#1 Zip Pouch

I had an idea to make a zip pouch as the packaging for my niece's upcoming birthday gift.  Somewhere in the past couple of weeks I saw a pouch with a really long zipper that turns into the strap. Never made note of where I saw this or how it may have been done.  Searched google and pinterest with no luck

So I'm very sorry that I can't give credit and sorrier still that I didn't have a pattern to follow for getting that zipper done.  I'm sure it could have been done faster than how I muscled through it.

It is the result that counts and I am tickled with it.  The raw edge applique pattern is from Minki Kim's new book Diary in Stitches    I also did some quilting using my Quilting foot for some practice.  You can hardly see it because I did it in black but from the back I can see how I'm improving.

#2 Small Animal Kennel Quilts

Requests are now coming in for help at shelters helping with overflow from Florence. These have gone to Tennessee.  The requests come through Quilt Pattern Magazine and Petfinder Follow the link for details and patterns and how you can join the team.

#3 Quilts for Heart Builders

Being retired with a considerable stash does allow me to help several organizations throughout the year.  I am on a Heart Builders team where I make quilt tops, some fabric is sent to me, some from my stash.  I do my top and forward it to my team captain for quilting and distribution to a childrens organization that has been choosen somewhere in the country.  I completed 2 last week, the first with the panel was fabric sent to me by the group. I added the beige border to make it a bit larger.

the second was made with scraps  and a little stash

#4 Disappearing 9 Patch

The scraps from this quilt were used for #3 above. I took a Member to Member class offered by TQGOTV.  Got all of the blocks done at the class and about half of the top. Came home and finished the top. It has joined the pile of tops waiting for inspiration to be quilted.

#5 Pin Cushion

This sweet little pincushion was made for a very supportive friend.  Another pattern by Minki Kim.

#6 House gift for New Home Owners

Good friends of ours moved into a new home here in sunny Florida earlier this month.  They have several sets of my placemats but I felt the new house required new place mats in their favorite colors and my currently favorite, tumbler blocks

and while I was at it a new table runner

and why not use the scraps for tumbler shaped coasters.

Yes, they were a complete success.

I feel much better now.  The reason I originally started to blog was to keep track of what I have done in my crafting (quilting) life.  Blogging has evolved to much more in my life but I still like to keep track.

I need to run a few errands but then back to the sewing space for work on the next postings. Yeah, I have several projects started and scattered around the room fighting for my attention. (don't we all)

Til next time.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Welcome To My House Hop

Welcome, welcome, welcome.

Come on in and have a seat, make yourself comfy.  Depending on the time of day that you are visiting would you care for a cup of tea, coffee, hot chocolate maybe a glass of wine?  Sure, feel free to use the mug rug,  that's why I make them.

Let me give you some back story on this one.  While looking through one of the several boxes of misc stuff for the these

I came across this stray house block.  It looked so sad and forelorn in with all the stray stuff. You know the hardware, rulers, pencils etc. etc. etc This box should not have had a stray block in it. It was also very fortuitous that it was a house block while I was working on items for this particular hop. I took it as a sign that I needed another mug rug.  One to commemorate this wonderful event.

Next up is the reason I was in the box of stuff in the first place.  for the past month and a half I have been working on lots of small pieces of raw edge applique/stitch art / sketch applique/free motion applique (it seems to have many names).  Not  quite an obsession more like taking a night class. Along the way I saw many fun ideas for using these tiny pieces.  One that I loved is decorative key rings.

I drew a house a couple of months ago and thought this would work into a key ring perfectly.  A little trial and error and low and behold key rings.  I don't think they would hold up in my purse but they are cute. Probably should have looked for a you tube version for durability but I'm happy.

yeah, that last one isn't a house but its just so cute and if I put my golf cart key on it, it should last forever since that never goes inside my purse.

A couple of weeks ago   Carla over at Creatin'in the Sticks  posted her Merry and Bright Christmas House Ornament. It drew me in and  I had to do it and I had to do it immediately.  I may have overstuffed my first house but other than that it was a very easy pattern to follow.  Of course it would have been better if I actually followed all of the pattern.

 I was on such a roll that I skipped over the part that clearly explains the attachment of the hangy  part.  So instead of being an ornament mine will now be a very festive pin cushion. 

Once I realized that I made the mistake I decided on a do over.

We retired to Florida so I thought I'd make my house look like it belongs here

This is from the back and the far side of the house

Carla's attention to detail is wonderful.

Last but not least is my quilt of the raw edge applique blocks that I mentioned earlier. It started several months ago with this block , don't know why.  I had been looking at it on the wall and decided it needed to be something. Now its a sweet little pin cushion.

I did one block a day for 30 days, pretty much the month of August.  The quilt wasn't intended for this hop but the rules say that your good so long as there is a house somewhere in the piece.  My quilt has 2.  One is the base for a couple of the key rings

 the other just another misc block  among many misc blocks. Since it fell into the guidelines I figured I'd run with it.

 Several of the blocks I used were from Minki Kims latest book Diary in Stitches and some of her older patterns.  I also used  a pattern from Erin Cox's book Sweet Tweets and that little deer is a Gail Pan design from 2016 that I've loved since the first time I saw it.

Well I am sorry that your visit to My House is over but I wouldn't want you to miss any of the other places to go and people to see that Carol has so graciously invited to participate in this event. Thank you Carol, I kinda feel like I 'm attending one of those parties where you go to one house for appetizers then one for salad, then the next for the entree and another for dessert.  All with excellent cooks  ;-}

So here is the list of excellent cooks.  Have fun visting them one and all.

September 10

September 11

September 12

September 13

September 14

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Fabulous Freebies Blog Hop + A Give Away

This is one of the most creative ideas I have ever been part of.  There are  27  Quilty types who have gathered their favorite internet freebie tutorials to share with you one.  This bonanza of information has been coordinated by Joan over at Moose Stash Quilting,  a big thanks goes out to her.

My Freebie Tutorial is the  Easy - Peasy Back Pack .  It came out in March of 2015. Since then I have made well over a dozen of them.  I have also been part of a group sew in with my guild  where I introduced members to the link. I think everyone who participated made at least 2.

My most recent (not) was this one made for the June, Where Flowers Bloom Blog Hop.


The pattern doesn't call for it to be reversible. Very easy to fudge so long as the straps you are using tie.

This is where you can find it every time I go out the door

The next few are in the order I made them, I think

These two look similar but if you look closely one has a cord for straps while the other has fabric, also the accent fabric choice is different.

There was a third of this pattern but it walked out the door within hours of its final pressing




Used as a Christmas Gift Bag

This one was made using prequilted fabric and a pocket was added to the outside.  I made this one while I was still living in Jersey, 3 plus years ago.  I was still using it on a very regular basis until the Flower Power one took it's place.

This one was made with this little Princess in mind.
This bag can me made of anything.  This one was made specifically around the puppy block Which is smaller than the original bag

The Flower Power bag was applique.  The Flower Power  bag was also made to be reversible.

This bag was made just to carry that matching quilt home from Florida to Colorado 

The next 4 pictures were taken at my sisters.  She is a great admirer of my work

this is actually how they are stored at her house ( on hangers not hanging off the kitchen counter )

I added the front pocket to this one too.

Last week my niece asked if I could give her the numbers to make this quilt block excluding the outer border. I worked up the numbers and then made the block to make sure I was accurate.

So what do you do with a 10 inch block the week before you do a post on bags, of course you whip it into one of course.  

This one is a little bigger than the pattern. 

I made the bag reversible and sent it off to my niece.

So now that you have followed along all this way I have only one more bag to show.
This one I timed to find out how long it took to make the actual bag.  I did it in 1 hour and 20 minutes with a cord strap.  If you are making a matching/coordinating fabric strap it would take a bit longer.

This bag will go to one of my visitors who leaves a nice comment regarding this wonderful hop.  

I will ship anywhere.   Just make sure I can contact you for a mailing address.

Oh yeah, I made this one reversible too.

We'll pick a name Sunday night.

Thanks for stopping by. If you haven't see a master list I am adding it to the bottom of this post. There are so many wonderful places to go and see.  Take a few minutes and visit one and all.

Thank you to all of the participants in this wonderful adventure.