Monday, August 19, 2019

All Caught Up


I believe that this post brings me up to current on projects.  Yahoo

This throw has been waiting for months to be quilted. It is a disappearing 9 patch and it has disappeared to my sisters bed. She saw it on the shelf and thought it deserved a better life and to be loved.


I have been dabbling in Sashiko lately.  Mostly I have been following traditional designs.  I thought it would be fun to do my own thing.  I rummaged around an found a chunk of a cheap cotton canvas drop cloth I originally used as a table cloth. After a couple of uses on the table and a few wine stains I started to chop it up and use it for various projects


This was a perfect project for this type of work.
Since Sashiko is based on mending and reusing/repurposing I thought I was close to being on track.

 I drew 2 lines and several stars on the canvas and went at it.


This was a watch TV or sit in a doctors office kind of project.  The lines are just to keep me on track not to keep the stitches even just generally straight.


This is the type of drop cloth I use.  I pick them up at Harbor Freight periodically.  They wash and dry beautifully.  That's 4 ft by 12 ft and I paid under $10.  Can't loose at that rate. I'm pretty sure I paid $7.95 with a coupon.


And this is the end result.  I did line it so that I could use it for any and everything without damaging the stitches from the inside.


Just some added cuteness.  Yes she is on a pillow, but it is her pillow (for a change) not mine.

My local guild chapter periodically has project meetings.  Last week 2 of our members did a hands on demo of a tutorial found on MSQ

I made mine a bit larger than the demo but for me it will be a more useful size.


You make the tote part as one long unit that folds in half and gets side seams and a boxed bottom quilting as you go.


I showed a friend and she asked me to make one for an upcoming Honor Flight event that she will use as part of a gift basket.


So I made hers in Red, White and Blue.


They took me just under 4 hours each to make.


I then made zip pouches from the left over scraps. I used the same quilt as you go principle for the fronts as I used on the tote


The backs were just left over chunks.


The pattern I used is an In the Hoop pattern from 
https://www.designsbyjuju.com/
Easy Zipper Bag 2


It contains 6 size variations.  I took this picture on the cutting mat so you could see 3 of the sizes. Lets call the pale colored one number 6, it's the largest.  The next one down would be number 4 and the bottom one is number 3.  My number 5 left with my sister and I haven't gotten to numbers one and 2 yet.  They are fully lined and have no raw edges.  Very quick and easy to whip up.  You just have to close the turning seam on the inside bottom. I hand stitched mine but the pattern suggests using some type of tape.

Well I believe I am all caught up for the moment. Looking forward to checking back with you all soon.  In the mean time take care. 




Sunday, August 11, 2019

Catching up


I need to slow down on my sewing so I can catch up on my posting.  Several years back I started to blog to keep track of what I was creating.  The problem now is to remember to take the time to do that.   Oh well.      

I'm still fabric weaving.  I tried out expanding my board to do a table runner and was quite pleased with how it turned out.  This one measures in at about 13 x 38.  


I think I will do this again but I will probably go a bit wider.

I also started a set of place mats for myself.  Got 2 finished before jumping onto something new, as in something with a deadline. 


This is the quilt made with the clock running out.  This baby quilt is from the pattern REFLECTIONS by Suziquilts.  Great pattern to follow, well written, quick and accurate.


The gray protion is a Winnie the Pooh print.  The only request by the mom. 


I used Winnie for the backing and the gift bag too.   I finished it the morning after the baby was born.


My sister splits her time between Fl and NJ.  Her recent stay in Fl consisted of dreaming up things for me to sew. She has a very creative brain that she feels the need to share with me.


In the last post I highlighted several designs by Joy of Days Filled With Joy  Sissie thought that the designs would make lovely lunch size placemats.  She was, as ususal, correct.



We then tried some mug rugs using the line design option on my embroidery machine. First these palm trees and flowers


then this Celtic design.

While perusing my stash as I was sewing  she found some scraps from way back when.  These Ghastlie scraps go back to one of my first blog hops if not the first.  So many of you who have been following me also participated in it. Ghastlies Blog Hop   Such wonderful memories.  I've learned so much from being part of this blogging family.


 Any way back to this post, we whipped up a couple of lunch mats


and a few mug rugs.      

There are a couple of more things done but I think I will take a break now and try again for next Sunday.   Til when ever, take care.


Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Joy, Joy and more Joy

Welcome back to my second post for the 12 Days of Christmas in July blog hop.  Because I am an over achiever, Sarah offered to let me split up my Christmas goodies over 2 days.  It took no time at all for me to say yes and for me to divide my projects between 2 days.





This hop stop is full of Christmas Joy.  Specifically, Joy of Days Filled With Joy.  You may be familiar with her work as she is part of this hop and posted on  July 16.  She does beautiful hand embroidery. Some sweet and simple some a bit more complex. All beautiful.

This month she is offering 3 of her sweet simple Christmas designs for free. You can find them at the link above in her Christmas in July Stitchalong.

I will admit that I have done some hand embroidery, mostly redwork, but since I got the embroidery machine I am having as much fun converting patterns to machine stitching as I ever remember having doing it by hand. With Joy's permission I have taken her 3 designs from her stitchalong and played with several  ideas I had using the machine.

I am not a creative person when it comes to drawing but I have a vivid imagination when it comes to applying others drawings to things.


First idea was taking one of the designs and doing a card.  I embroidered her first design of the month directly onto card stock then set it with some background card stock.  I must disclose from the get go that each design is supposed to have dots in the ric rack element.  I could't get that to come over into my machine.  The dots did add a lot to the block.  You will notice that in a couple of my ideas I tossed in words to make up for them.


Second pattern was released so I went with another card.  This one I embroidered onto a piece of canvas and proceeded to fray the edges.  Attached that to the base card with double sided tape.







When this hop was first mentioned I responded to Sarah's request of what we might be doing with "Christmas Ornaments".  I found that Joys designs lent themselves beautifully to stuffed ornaments.  I substituted actual cord for the design element cord and they were ready for hanging.



When I was thinking of making my first card using  canvas I used a rather large chunk.   When I took it out of the hoop I realized it was big enough to make a small draw string  Christmas gift bag. By the way, the canvas I have used for several of these items is a drop cloth from Harbor Freight. I originally purchased it to use as a table cloth.  After washing it I realized it was a great (cheap) item for quilty things.


Last summer I did a throw quilt of blocks that I constructed using raw edge applique. I really like the outcome of blocks done that way and thought I would give that a try here without using the embroidery machine function.  I did find that I'm a bit rusty. Like everything else it's a skill that needs regular practice which I haven't been doing.

I'm not sure what I want to do with this piece.  I used a large enough piece of fabric to make another bag but I'm not exactly sure yet.

Last but certainly not least I wanted to do something using all three designs.  Last winter I attended a quilt show and found this wonderful mini display piece.  After much searching I found it buried in a drawer and as I hoped it was perfect  for displaying all 3 of Joy's designs.



So my thanks to Joy for her patterns and inspiration. I've had a great couple of weeks playing with them and exercising my brain.

Thanks also to Sarah for this outlet for my play.

Below is a list of all of  the other players in this hop.  Please stop and see what each and every one of them are up to. You will be so glad you did.

Also below is the form for a chance to win the lovely  FIGO fabric fat quarter bundle.

Sunday, July 14th

Monday, July 15th


Tuesday, July 16th


Wednesday, July 17th


Thursday, July 18th


Friday, July 19th


Saturday, July 20th


Sunday, July 21st

Monday, July 22nd


Tuesday, July 23rd


Wednesday, July 24th


Thursday, July 25th



And remember, too, there's a giveaway!  FIGO Fabrics has donated a fat quarter bundle of their new Christmas line, Wintertide...


...and one lucky reader will get to take it home!  All you have to do is fill in the form below with your full name and email address (don't worry, I won't use it for anything beyond notifying you if you win!).  Entries will close on Tuesday, July 30th, and I'll announce the winner here on Wednesday, July 31st - New Year's Eve in July!



Be sure to click "Submit"!!
  







Thursday, July 18, 2019

HO HO HO - Welcome to The 12 Days of Christmas in July 2019 Blog Hop

Welcome, welcome, welcome.   It is so nice that you are able to join us for the annual event coordinated by Sarah over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.  Again this year, if you stop by her blog you will find a beautiful Christmas quilt pattern to work on NOW.  Thank you Sarah for everything.

When the word went out that we would be Christmasing in July again this year I knew what I wanted to work on.  I had just downloaded Simply Snowmen Redwork from Designs by JuJu   for my embroidery machine.  My brain went into overdrive for several days and these are the resulting projects.


The first thing I worked on was a sweet little Christmas card.


Next up, when a quilter and in doubt, make a pin cushion.



Looking at it before stuffing it I thought it was so cute that I decided that the snowmen would make a great set of coasters.  OK are there any Dr Who fans out there?  Is it just me or does the little fella on the bottom right have a major resemblance to a Darlek ?  OK maybe it is a bit much a Darlek with a heart, but....


Got them finished and decided that they needed a little pizzazz so I figured out how to add circles and designs to the original pattern and viola.



So originally I was done creating for this hop at this point.  But then I came across a posting by Mister Dometic on Fabric Weaving.  Looked like fun so


I had always enjoyed making woven potholders as a kid so I had a great time.  I was gifted the actual pot holder in the picture but I did make tons of them as a kid, honestly.


I dug out some Christmas scraps and tried my hand at a couple of potholder/hotpads.   Granted I had no problem weaving but I need a bunch of work on their finishing.  I do improv pretty well. Also known as faking it so they are gift worthy.


Well then I thought I could make something a little bit bigger so I started to make a set of placemats. The first one was great. A good size placemat at 12 x 16



A few days later I made the second one.  It went together great but just didn't look right.  I was having so much fun I accidentally made it 2 inches wider.   12 x 18 is just a bit too large for me for a placemat. So maybe instead of  1 gift set of placemats I now have 2 gifts of small table toppers. Sounds like a plan to me.

Well that's it for today but I'll be back.  I hope I gave you some incentive to start with your Christmas creating.  Remember it doesn't have to be big. It doesn't even have to be red and green.  Just from your heart,

Thanks again Sarah and every one else who is contributing to the success of this annual event.

Here is a list of all of the other participating quilters who are creating for your pleasure this year.  Don't miss any of them.  They are all terrific crafters with wonderful imaginations.

Also below is the form for a chance to win the lovely  FIGO fabric fat quarter bundle.

Sunday, July 14th

Monday, July 15th


Tuesday, July 16th


Wednesday, July 17th


Thursday, July 18th


Friday, July 19th


Saturday, July 20th


Sunday, July 21st


Monday, July 22nd


Tuesday, July 23rd


Wednesday, July 24th


Thursday, July 25th



And remember, too, there's a giveaway!  FIGO Fabrics has donated a fat quarter bundle of their new Christmas line, Wintertide...


...and one lucky reader will get to take it home!  All you have to do is fill in the form below with your full name and email address (don't worry, I won't use it for anything beyond notifying you if you win!).  Entries will close on Tuesday, July 30th, and I'll announce the winner here on Wednesday, July 31st - New Year's Eve in July!



Be sure to click "Submit"!!
  







Sunday, June 30, 2019

A Little Crochet, A Little Sashiko and A Little fun on the Embroidery Machine

I've been keeping myself busy with a variety of projects.  When I went out of town last month I started a crochet project because it was easy to work on on the plane and in the hotel.




I used 2 skeins of yarn that I found in my stash to go with a pattern I had on hand.  I would have liked it a bit larger but this worked out just about perfectly.  I did have to modify the last row.  When I did it the first time I was about 50 single crochets short.  Ripped them out and finished up using slip stitches instead.


I've also continued doing some Sashiko projects.



No goal for them, more like busy work.  These too were started on the trip with no sewing machine access.


Last week I took the piece from above and made it into a zip pouch.  In the process I broke a needle sewing in the zipper into 4 pieces.  

And then there is my machine.  This month I took a one on one class at the store where I purchased the machine.  (Sharkeys Sew N Vac, Wildwood, FL) They offer an amazing support system for their customers. I learned how to take a line design and convert it into a machine embroidered piece or a machine applique piece.

Last summer I used many of the ideas in Minki Kims book Diary in Stitches  to do my raw edge applique quilt.  Now I have mastered how to use them on my machine for a slightly different look.


This one from last August


This one from last week


And this one from this week for a friend. also from her book.






I've also been working on several other items both embroidery and basic sewing.  They will be available for your viewing pleasure on July 18.  My day for the annual 12 Days of Christmas in July blog hop brought to you by Sarah over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hope to see you then.