Friday, August 28, 2015

It's Already the end of Summer, WOW

Looking back I can see that it's been a very busy summer both for crafting and adjusting to retirement. I just can't believe it's just about over. In the past 2 weeks we have had my brother and his wife down for a visit from Jersey and our old Neighbors down for a week, also from Jersey with whom we did a few days at Disney.

In the in between times I did a bit of sewing.  I know I was a little late on the triangular zip pouch wagon but I did manage to make one.

I think I made this one in about a half an hour.  I can't say that I will run out and make any more.  For me they just weren't  practical. I did fill this one with a gift card and mailed it off  to my niece. I also would have to do tabs on the zipper ends and I would need to do a finished lining.  All of my changes would make this an hour project and I'm not convinced it would be worth an hour of my time.

These are the Flamingos (Dude and Dudette) that my brother sent me for my new house. They held the welcome banner for my brother and sister in laws arrival.

I also managed to finish this quilt that has been donated to the local Honor Flight chapter through the Quilt Guild of the Villages. 

Shabby Fabrics has designed this pattern with Quilts of Valor in mind and offers a basic version of the pattern for free or a more colorful version for purchase.  I believe they also offer a kit.

It was a quick and easy pattern to put together. 

I also made another top in patriotic colors last week that I hope to finish this week and will post about it on another day.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Pets on Quilts 2015

Pets on Quilts 2015 kicks off today. 

Last year we lost Tinkerbell a couple of months prior to Pets on Quilts so I borrowed a neighbors dog to grace my quilt.

This year we are so fortunate to now have 2 rescue dogs as part of our family.

They don't do the picture thing for me yet.  It required a lot of pleading and holding tight to 2 leaches.

Nettie came to live with us in February, that's her on the left. Celie, her birth sister came to live with us in July after recovering from some major health issues.

This is a picture of the 6 seconds where they both sat down at the same time.

And this is the best of the 10 or so photos we took of them on the quilt.

This is definitely For the Dogs On A Quilt Category.

Monday, August 10, 2015

I'm Back with a couple of quilts and a little crochet

I can't believe I've not posted in 18 days. In all fairness I was back in Jersey for 5 of them.  Apparently I missed a lot of rain here in Florida.

I was in Jersey partly for business and partly for visiting with some friends and relatives. One of the friends, who is a  Knitter who quilts, and I went searching for yarn stores. Last visit we went to quilt shops because I'm a Quilter who knits. I found some lovely cotton/rayon mix to make a shawl. I got this far the night before I headed home.

My travel day home was a bit of a mess.  My noon flight was cancelled and my 5:00 flight didn't actually take off until 7:00.  It made for a lot of sitting and crocheting time at the airport.  Good thing I picked up that yarn and hook.  Life is funny that way.

This is it finished. I'm quite pleased with it.

This week I actually finished the quilt I've been working on since June.  I really need to do something about my attention span.  I get off track so easily.  This quilt is for the aunt of a very good friend. I've met her a few times and she is a lovely lady.  She lost all of her family quilts and afghans in a house fire.  Hoping this will give her some happiness this winter.

I love the hydrangeas in this print. It was so colorful and lent itself to working with lots of other individual colors.

This is the finished top made from the free pattern from Shabby Fabrics for Quilts of Valor.
It's around 59 x 73 a tad longer than my design wall.

Maybe I can it done before a new idea flies by that I absolutely must try NOW.

Leaving you with a doggie update

The girls recouping from a rough afternoon of  play and their daily trip to the park.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Christmas in July plus more pouches and a postcard

Yep, Christmas in July is what it says. This month The Quilt Guild of the Villages had a Christmas in July gathering expoing quilted Christmas ideas. They even had Christmas cookies.  There were some great ideas.  I came away with this one.

It is a reversible napkin

Here is my set of 4. 

Once I picked my fabrics and made a half circle template it took just over an hour to make the set of  4.

Sorry about the angle but this is what they open up to be.  It's an 18 inch diameter circle cut in half. I used freezer paper, my roll was 18 inches wide to start.  I would not recommend directional fabric.
Didn't think it through but you  fold these things at funky angles so your design gets a bit twisted..

Here are 2 different links for making them.

                                       I also made a couple more of the recessed zip pouches.

These were made from another JoAnns bundle.

Actually the same fabric designs as the green ones from last week but in grey.

Used some of the remaining green bundle for the lining.

Then I had a change of pace and took a class for making cards. 

A great evening .  We made 4 cards

in about 2 hours

A nice social outing.  Meeting new people and learning new skills.

OK now on to my fabric post card.  I actually made this card in June for a postcard swap.  I know it has been received so it is safe to post now.

The goal was to make a card that meant summer to you.  Watermelon says it all.

All in all a very productive week.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Recessed Zipper Pouches - Celie has finally arrived

It's been crazy busy here for the past 2 weeks. Two different groups of relatives and friends from Jersey came to the sunshine state for a visit. Three nights and four days at Disney with a couple of the visitors to celebrate a 10th birthday and last but certainly not least Celie has finally arrived.

more photos of Celie below

I was feeling very quilty deprived so yesterday to get my feet back into the game I made Lola Pouch, made with the pattern by Svetlana/s.o.t.a.k handmade

OK so I actually made 2.  I had a bundle of 5 fat quarters from JoAnns that I have been hoarding for awhile now. I used 4 of them.

I believe that after making these 2 I have enough scraps from the 4 fats to make at least one more.

Looking at these pictures I can see that I was in a real frenzy about making something. I really need to press much better before I start to sew. 

Anyway what I loved about these pouches is the recessed zipper and the bound edges.

The way the zippers are sewn in you get a really wide mouth  to the pouch.

I also finished the top for the quilt I've been procrastinating over. Pulled some fabrics for the backing so I might get it sandwiched this weekend. Where have I heard that before.

For those dog lovers out there here are a few more pictures of the latest member of our family.

It took no time at all for her to find the sofa.

She has a very sad face. We are working on making her smile a bit more. 

They played hard and crashed.  I know they are really tired in this photo because they were on the floor and not on a piece of nicely padded furniture.

That's more like it.

We've had her to the vet for a meet and greet. She came with heavy duty medical issues. Her immune system is a wreck and she is resistant to most antibiotics.  She seems to be doing very well at  the moment and we hope to keep her that way.  She's had a very tough life in her not quite 2 years. We are hoping being in a stable environment with her sister (they are litter mates) will keep her on track. Wish us well.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Catch Up Post

Its been 2 weeks since I last stopped to do a posting. Looking back at the pictures on my phone I can see that I've had a few accomplishments

This is the Magnificent Moss Basket.  It is a free pattern on Craftsy. It is done in 2 strands of worsted weight yarn. The pattern comes in 8,10,12 and 14 inch Diameters.

This is my 10 inch basket.  The pattern is diameter specific but height is your choice. As is the option to add different colors in the middle.

I also made it in the 8 inch and then a 6 inch.  Once you do one basket changing the size to one that wasn't included isn't at all difficult.

The largest one took me about 4 hours and the smallest about 3.

Since moving in to the new house in February we still haven't finished with boxes or decorating. My guest room is still sporting a blow up bed and several brown, paper boxes.
This week we ordered up a couple of Murphy beds for the room. The boxes however still were a bit of an eyesore.  My short term answer ( maybe long term ) was to make slip covers for them from Home Dec fabric ( on sale plus a cpn at Joanns ).

I purchase the entire bolt of 9 yards.  I plan on making a couple of bed runners with it for when I have company and some 1 hour baskets for the shelves that come with the beds.  That should hold my guests clothes and I won't need to get drawers for the room. The baskets will also keep me from filling the shelves with my junk.

I also took a class on Modern Hexies sponsored by the Quilt Guild of the Villages and taught by Linda Hungerford

It was a great day.  I picked out solids in the same color as my box slip covers. I plan on finishing it for the quest room just not sure if it will be a pillow or a wall hanging. I'm waiting for it to talk to me before I do anything else. 

I also worked on my Scrap Vortex and got a post card off to Canada for a postcard swap.  Once I know it has been received I can post a picture.  I also did a little work on quilt that I am making for the aunt of a friend who lost all of her quilts and afghans to a fire.  That is now on the top of my to finish list.

To all of my US friends, please have a happy and safe 4th of July

Friday, June 19, 2015

More Place mats, Love-seat protection and my first 1 hour basket

If anyone asked what crafting I would be doing this past week after I posted my last blog I would have said finish a quilt top that is in progress or work on my  Vortex scrap blocks. Didn't work out that way.

On Monday I went to JoAnns armed with coupons and picked up some home dec fabric that I could use for furniture protection.We have a very active dog who is allowed full run of the furniture. (Bad parenting skills) The love seat is leather and is about 3 months old.  It is already showing signs of dog scratches. We tried covering the love seat with a quilt but its shear weight on the slippery leather made it fall off several times a day. I came up with this two piece idea that can be pulled off in seconds for company or for laundering.

  I had a little left and made a couple of pillows for the sofa.  

Who could holler at that face?

While I was at JoAnns I found this piece of burlap that worked up wonderfully for a summer catch all on the porch.  It too was on sale. This is the one hour basket that you can find the tutorial for free on Craftsy.  Really does get done in an hour or less.  

And last but far from least I managed to pop out 4 placemats. We are going to visit friends in their new home. They love placemats, so I thought I'd find a block that I liked and have at it.

I used some half square triangles with a white background and pale grey binding. The back which I forgot to photograph is white with grey lines in chevrons. 

All in all a very productive week. Maybe next week I can finish that quilt top I started.