Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Update on my Challenge and My Ongoing Affair with Tumblers


Be Warned - Today in a picture heavy  post.

Now on to my ongoing Tumbler obsession.


This quilt top measures in at 40 x 60.  It was made using 6 in finished tumblers.


This table runner  was made with 3 in finished tumblers


The table topper was also made with the 3 in finished tumbler, it is wonderful what you can do with left overs from other projects.


I liked the backs too.

I owe many thanks for the binding on the table runner to Linda over at  Flourishing Palms. Yesterday she gave a class at our Big Cypress guild meeting on No Tails Binding. My table runner was the example for the class. Linda was kind enough to do all of the lovely, clean mitered corners as part of the class so all that was left for me to do was the hand stitching to the back.  What a deal.  Her No Tails Binding is a great way to do a binding and if you click on the link above it will take you to the tutorial on her blog. 

In my personal challenge to myself for 30 Raw Edge Applique pieces in 30 days I'm doing pretty well. So far I only missed 1 day.

Yesterday I posted on IG my 17th block on day 18.

Pattern by Minki Kim


Pattern by Minki Kim


Doodles by me


Pattern by Minki Kim


Pattern by Minki Kim


This too is a pattern by Minki Kim. I changed sizes ( I love my printer)


Here is what I did with the large and the small, the medium one joins the other pieces for a final project.


I think the bunny was from clip art


Think that this palm tree was also clip art 


This adorable deer is a pattern from Gail Pan from 2016


more of my very limited doodle ability


saw a cross stitch idea that I adapted

I did do a bit more this week in the way of sewing but that will show up on the 24th on my day for the Fabulous Freebies Blog Hop.  See the button.  This should be a fun time for one and all.  The participants will be posting about freebie tutorials that they have found and loved and posting the links.  I've got plans to post pictures of most of the pieces I have made using my favorite and I'll even have a give away.  Please stop by.


Friday, August 3, 2018

New Month - New Challenge

Well not exactly.  I started this new personal challenge on July 28.  It actually started back in March, I had wanted to try raw edge applique.  I did a couple of pieces, liked it but had way to many other things going on to play.

Jump to the Christmas in July Blog Hop where I focused on Tumbler blocks.  I had a give away and wanted to include a note. I know awhile back I did a few cards based on crazymomquilts book No Scrap Left Behind so I took the card idea and matched it up to a tumbler and raw edge applique and got


Well I got a Christmas Popsicle with a star instead of a tree.  I'm sure Louise H.  will appreciate it once it and the other goodies arrive at her door.

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I am now going out of order because I wanted to know if you knew that it was National Watermelon Day ?


 I found out when I opened Carla's blog createinthesticks this morning.  This is her design done by me who is pretty new at this process.
 and I wanted you to see it before you got bored with all the pictures that are coming up.

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Back to my original .  What did happen was a gap in my list of to dos that needed to be filled.  I have been following several creative types, both bloggers and IG folk who have inspired me with their raw edge work.  Most specially Minki Kim @zeriano.

Well on the 28th I found a very simple applique design from the holidays that I had done in Red Work and set up my personal challenge


I decided that I would work on one small piece a day for 30 days.  My background pieces will be no larger than a 6 1/2 inch square.   


This is one of Minki Kim's designs

When it comes to how I am doing the raw edge work I have shifted back and forth between using a regular sewing foot with a tiny stitch length and FMQ, something I am very inexperienced at.


 I am pleased how this first attempt worked out.  Not sure what it's called when there is only outline work done and no applique.  These are also Minki Kim's designs.  She had bits of fabric in her versions.


He is a cutie that I found under clip art


This is a basic house by me.


Found these ladies out on the internet somewhere. They are tied with the little chick for first place in my heart. (so far)



This was today's block, another design by Minki Kim

So that's what I've been up to around my ususal Quilty, macrame, knitting and crocheting  stuff.  What's happening in your creative life.





Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Merry Christmas (in July) Ho,Ho, Ho and a chance at a small Christmas gift

Welcome to the Christmas in July Blog Hop, joyfully brought to you by Carol over at Just Let Me Quilt . Another gathering of merry quilters wanting to share Christmas ideas with you in time for you to whip up a few for friends and family by Christmas in December. Thanks so much Carol for coordinating this event.

This is my second Christmas in July hop this year.  This one is Totally different than the last. This one is 15 + interpretations of the same item. Hopefully giving you some ideas for a quick and easy gift. Sorry but it is a little picture heavy.


It started with a conversation with a quilting buddy who is an Honor Flight Guardian.  She supports her guys throughout the year.  She mentioned that she was going to have a Christmas luncheon for 7 - 9 of them and their quests and was looking for an idea for a small token gift.

I suggested Mug Rugs +,  you know a mug with a mug rug and some treats and maybe hot chocolate or tea. We thought we would start them in the fall. Obviously I don't wait well and prompted by this hop, off I ran with the idea.

I love Mug Rugs. I think I love them because they come without rules.

There are no size constraints,


they can be bound or not,


 square or rectangular.


They can be plain (sorry I don't do plain ) or busy.


 They can be reversible or not, this is a picture of several of the backs


pieced, appliqued, or stitched.


A truly blank canvas to create on.

After a couple of lame starts we decided that what I would use as bare bones guidelines would be something with a Christmas front and a RWB back .  As close as I could get to no rules.


I had a few ideas floating around in my head and a few stray blocks that have been started and never finished and a couple of ideas that I found drawn in my notebooks.


I used a couple of blocks to practice some machine quilting, this one around the ornaments is an example


I had been working on my scrap votex quilt so I had a lot of scraps out and about begging to be included, added on as backings, borders or bindings or as the main focus of the rug.


So I assume that by now you have a great idea for a quick and easy gift for pretty much anyone.  Add a mug and some fixins and you can make a gift for any price range you may need. Toss in a gift card.  Make a Zippered pouch it can be tucked into.  Just have fun with it.

One last thing.  I had my sister stop by to check all of these mug rugs out and explained to her what I was aiming at.   She started to go through the stack of stuff I was using and found 2 stitched pieces that were going to be post cards last year or the year before and a machine stitched piece I had done a few months ago.    Before she left she had me do all 3 of them into mug rugs for her.


Thanks for hanging in there and I hope I gave you an idea or 2.  If you leave a comment I will be happy to send you one of these cuties. I'll pick a name on the 28th and you can tell me which one you might like (excluding my sisters, they are already long gone).  I will be happy to ship internationally.

Please take a few minutes and visit all of the other participants.  It will be so worth your while.

Wishing One and All a Very Merry Christmas

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Tumbling Toward Christmas - Christmas in July Blog Hop and Giveaway

Please come Tumble toward Christmas with me.
My latest obsession, Tumbler Blocks


Welcome to Christmas in July.  Many thanks to Sarah over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict who is the  wonderful coordinator of this event, and if you visit her there you will find a fun Quilt Along to Go with the theme.

When this hop was first announced I thought it would be a great time to finish up this scrappy Christmas quilt that I started this past December before it had a chance to become a UFO.


I pulled it out and found that it only needed to be quilted.  Very odd, I even had it sandwiched which for me is the worst part of the quilting process.  So quilt and bind it I did.

I found out 2 things, 1st I found the reason for the status of the quilt, here is a close up of the reason.  Can you see the tiny stitches in this shot


I apparently was going to hand quilt it.  This is all I did before it got packed away. I only found the hand quilted block when I was machine quilting around it.

The 2nd thing is that I really, really do love tumbler blocks.  I had made a couple of tumbler quilts  and a couple of sets of placemats  in the not to distant past, and  I had started this quilt which just reignited this mini fire.  So...............here is what else I whipped up for Christmas with tumbler blocks in the last month and a half (so far, pretty sure I'm not really done yet and I have 5 months to go)

A set of placemats





The quilt and the placemats were made using the Missouri Star 5 inch Tumbler Template which was designed to fit perfectly on a charm as well as a 5 inch strip of fabric. Oh by the way that giveaway mentioned in the Header,  I am sending the winner The Missouri Star 5 inch Template


Yes, it is backward in the photo.  It comes with a protective paper backing on its front. 
I want to share the obsession.  Honestly this is a great block to work with.  They also make a 2 1/2 inch version that also works well with precuts.

A mug rug



The mug rug was made using the Accuquilt Go 3 inch die.

And so far my favorite, a Christmas Wreath


Not sure if it will be a table topper


Or a wall hanging


Yes they are tumblers, hind sight says I shouldn't have rounded out the points so much but in the third picture I have pins pointing to the seams so you can pick out the individual tumbler blocks.

I don't own the Accuquilt machine and dies, they were borrowed from my guild chapter and a couple of generous chapter members

If you are interested in more of my tumbler obsession check out my previous post. The second half of it is pretty much all tumblers.

Well I hope you have had fun on this stop of the Christmas in July Hop.  The other presenters in the hop are listed below for your ease in visiting. I am positive you will find great ideas for the upcoming holidays in their posts.

Oh, I will be participating in another Christmas in July Hop in a couple of weeks, please stop by and see what else I've been up to (mostly non tumbler related) see the button upper right,

Thanks so much for stopping by and please, have a Very Merry Christmas. 

Oh yeah, to have a chance at the Template just leave me a comment.  No problem if you are international, I'll pick a name on the 27th.


Saturday, July 14th
Joy @ Days Filled With Joy
Selina @ Selina Quilts


Sunday, July 15th
Joanne @ Everyone Deserves a Quilt
Jan @ The Colorful Fabriholic


Monday, July 16th
Carole @ From My Carolina Home
Jamie @ L'Fair Quilts
Karen @ Tu-Na Quilts, Travels & Eats


Tuesday, July 17th
Sharon @ Vrooman's Quilts
Mary @ Made by Marney


Wednesday, July 18th
Karrin @ Karrin's Crazy World
Marian @ Seams To Be Sew


Thursday, July 19th
Christina @ Christina's Handicrafts
Sherry @ Books, Hooks, Sticks, etc.
Danice @ Homespun Hannah


Friday, July 20th
Kristi @ Confessions of A Fabric Addict
Wendy @ Pieceful Thoughts


Saturday, July 21st
Cindy @ Stitchin' At Home
Meloney @ Mel's Quilting Blog


Sunday, July 22nd
Anja @ Anja Quilts
Moira @ Quilted Snail


Monday, July 23rd
Brenda @ Songbird Designs
Amy @ Sea of Estrogen
Bonnie @ In Stitches With Bonnie


Tuesday, July 24th
Kathy @ Kathy's Kwilts and More
Summer @ Summer Lee Quilts


Wednesday, July 25th
Susan @ Quilt Fabrication
Brandy @ Pampered Pettit
Jean @ All Points of the Compass