Thursday, April 5, 2018

30 blocks in 30 days quilt along and bloghop and #scrapvortex100dayproject

So if you haven't heard there is a blog hop going on right now.  Brought to you by  Carla over at creatin' in the sticks 

It is based on her December 2017 blog posts where she posted one simple 10 1/2 inch block per day for 30 days for her 30 blocks in 30 days quilt along. 

Each day in April will highlight the use of each block from December in this hop. For the hop I will be posting my use of block #27.  And yes, I will be posting it on the 27th.

I made all of the blocks in the quilt along and put them together into this quilt.

My block for the hop is the bottom almost left hand corner of the top picture.  Its the gold
and white block. Broken Stripes.

This quilt will be going to one of the organizations from this years Hands 2 Help Charity Quilt Challenge 2018 ( see the button ). It measures in at 50 x 60.

At the bottom of this post I am listing all of the participants for the Hop.  Start checking them out, there are some awesome ideas popping up.

I have decided to participate in the IG 100 day project.  I've hooked up with #scrapvortex100dayproject   It is being coordinated by @wendyfranczak  using the scrapvortex pattern from Amanda Jean over at Crazy mom Quilts  The link takes you to her posting regarding this project and the links to her original tutorials.

                                                                          This is day 1

This is day 3

I'm thinking at about a half hour per day = 50 hours which should give me a pretty decent size top at the end of 100 days.   I know I'll have days where I put in more time and days where I won't be near a sewing machine so I am keeping track of my daily time so I don't get totally off track.

When Amanda Jean first posted her Scrap Vortex quilt along back in June 2015 I had great visions of finishing a top but got caught up in other things along the way and instead of a finished quilt I ended up with very pretty placemats.  I'm hoping to do better this time. 

As promised here is the list for the 30 Block Hop

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

Friday, March 30, 2018

A Thank You, 1st Quilt Retreat and It's beginning to look a lot like Easter

I need to start this post with a huge Thank You to  Lynette of What A Hoot Quilts . She was the winner of my Rice Bag give away in February.  She sent me the most awesome thank you note in the form of a mini/post card.

Heck it's way better than the rice bag she got.  Thanks so much.  It's a treasure.

Last week I experienced my first quilt retreat.  What a hoot.  I spent Monday through Thursday with 17 of my Quilt guild buddies.

This is some of what I took.  I had no idea what I might need or how many different things I would like to work on. This photo does not include clothes.

I have been avoiding quilt retreats for several seasons because I didn't think I would like to be cooped up with the same group of people for any length of time.  You know, like having to spend too much time with family  ;-}

I'm glad to report that it was nothing like that.  There were enough people and space that it was just a giant sewing party.  We stayed at the  Luther Spring Camp and Retreat Center in Hawthorne FL.

Beautiful grounds for walking and thinking when you needed a break. Great porches for reading or making calls with out being bothered or bothering others.  Sewing at all hours of the day was amazing.  I think I made it to about 11 pm each night and one morning I was sewing at 7. I understand we had people sewing at 2AM,

Meals were served in the same room in which we were sewing so no time was lost if you were on a roll.  Or if you were in need of a snack.

When in need of a quilty break I found people knitting, beading, reading. I worked on some paracord bracelets and some knitting.

I accomplished a lot.  I made a quilt top that will be going to Canada for the H2H 2018 Challenge. Can't show it today as it is my  post for the 30 in 30 Blog Hop on April 27. Here is a little peek.

This top was started in October after a sew in with Amanda Jean of   Crazy Mom Quilts   It is her pattern Ladder Leap. I had the blocks done when the holidays arrived and they were put in a box and we all know what happens then.

I was so pleased that I got it completed on retreat. Pleased that is until I looked at the picture and noticed I forgot to put on the 2 outside green border strips.  I hope to get to them this week.

We also got some of our guild chapter project, Preemie Blankets for FHFC Nicu for the 4th of July, passed out for sewing. We brought home several completed Mini's (small are 11 inch square, large are 17 inch square) . We do 4 deliveries a year, Halloween, Christmas, Easter and the 4th of July.  The hospital arranges for the little ones to have professional photos taken for these holidays

I also started my Easter sewing of these Bunny bags.

Several members saw them and asked for the link.  When I started looking for that tutorial I found tutorials for this Carrot

and this Cute little Chick

Which turned into this basket full of sweet treats when I got back home.

Well I think I'm all caught up. So now is the time to wish you all Happy Spring Holidays no matter which one you celebrate. In my house we will celebrate Easter and Passover.  Sounds like a food fest to me.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Small Smaller Smallest Blog Hop

Small Smaller Smallest is brought to you by Carol from Just Let Me Quilt  our fearless leader.  We thank you Carol for keeping our band of merry hoppers, hopping.

When Carol sent out the word about this hop I jumped in immediately.  I thought from the start that I would do 3 pieces, one of each size ( only had to do one small item to participate).  I thought I would maybe do something like a place mat for Small, a mug rug for smaller and a coaster for Smallest. All using the same type of design, say a house for example.

I started right away with the coaster. I had wanted to try to do some of the raw edge applique for awhile and this was a perfect opportunity.  I had an issue.  I think I liked the back better than the front.

Well at about the same time  that I was pondering my smallests direction I discovered that I needed something to make ironing seams open  a little easier.  I've seen the sticks covered with fabric, but me who is into tools, really couldn't justify the price for a stick wrapped in fabric and making myself one really isn't the type of sewing I wanted to do.

My brain had a flashback to high school sewing class where I kinda sorta remember using a tailors ham. Do any of you remember them?  Well I didn't see one at JoAnns or the local quilt shop so I Googled them.  There are several You Tube video's about them, their uses and their construction. Yes there were Tailors Hams available for sale too, but by that time I didn't care. I was now up for a new challenge.

                                         I found a nice size piece of green fabric in the stash.

I used wool to back the ham as is tradition.

One of the videos showed not only the making of a tailors ham but also of a tailors sleeve.  The video was called Ham and Sausage. 

Well I watched most of the videos, jumbled them all together and came up with my version of Ham and Sausage. I was able to make the tops match but I didn't have a piece of wool big enough for the back of the sausage.  So the sausage is backed with muslin also from the stash.

You get it, I now have a small and smaller.   In my readings I found that hams are not only backed with wool but are filled with saw dust. In one of the gazillion comments I read someone suggested using bunny litter which is made up of wood shavings.  While I don't have anyone handy who saws, I was able to find bunny litter in my nearest grocery store. Win, win.

The toughest part of this project was stuffing to the max.  I did pretty well on the Ham but the Sausage really needs to be opened and have a little more stuffing added.  It will work as is so it may never get fixed. 

I must say that this was  a really fun project to take on and I believe much more satisfying than covering a stick with fabric.

OK, so from the beginning I wanted to do 3 pieces for this hop.  I still needed a smallest.  Silly took over.   My brain started buzzing with the phrase "Green ham and eggs" but when I said it out loud it didn't sound right. I don't have kids or grand kids  so I had to do research on this next piece. Google straightened me out, it's  Green Eggs and Ham.

                                                                          Taa Daa

OK, it was silly but I really enjoyed making this over sized mug rug. It just makes me smile. 

I hope you got as much enjoyment from this stop as I had creating the goodies for it.

Please stop by and visit all of the other creative ladies posting today and if you haven't done so yet, stop in and visit all of the hoppers.  I'm listing them all here for your convenience.

March 5

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March 7

March 8

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Spread the Love

So I got up yesterday morning and started bouncing from blog to blog visiting various spots that sounded interesting. One of the stops was to visit Bernie at Needle & Foot to read her post  Spread the Love

It is a wonderful post about Amy Jandrisevits' work making "A Doll Like Me".( this link takes you to her facebook postings )  You need to read the post in the 1st link above as I can't do justice to the work Amy does. The facebook link is pictures I think, I'm not on facebook. The over view is that she makes dolls for children with physical issues. If a child is missing a limb, so is the doll.  If the child wears glasses, so does his or her doll.  They get a doll they can relate to " A Doll Like Me".

Bernie thought it would be a great idea that in the month of February  quilters who have the urge can spread the love ( again, explained in the 1st link ) by making doll quilts that can go with some of the dolls Amy is making.  You know the kind, 22 - 26 ish inches.  Not fussy about the relative size.

I loved the idea and opened some drawers and boxes and found that I had one for a little girl finished and folded up (24 inch square).  When I opened it I found blocks to make another tucked inside (maybe for next month).

A little more digging and I found a 26 inch square for a little boy.  I think I made this with left over blocks a couple of years ago and was waiting for someone to have a baby that I could add borders and finish it up for.

Fate works in strange and wonderful ways.

The rest of the week was spent prepping for the Small, Smaller, Smallest Blog Hop where I will be posting on March 7, and I finally sandwiched my 30 blocks in 30 days quilt.  Maybe I'll get it quilted this weekend.

Have a great week and go check those links.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Coming Soon - Small Smaller Smallest

It's only 3 weeks away.  What you may ask.  Why the Small  Smaller  Smallest Blog Hop.  It' coming March 5 and running through March 8.  See the button over there on the right top.  That's what I'm talking about.

Ok so I'm starting on my projects today.  Well I actually started awhile ago but what I was working on wasn't doing it for me.  Then by total accident I came across a whole new project that will fit the SMALL title perfectly.

So I gathered together what I need, interesting huh.  Can you guess what's coming. I will begin to construct after I have breakfast.  So that's the what I will be doing today. 

This is what I've done this week.  This is the 30 blocks in 30 days quilt top that has been hanging on the design wall for the last couple of weeks.  This week we had work done on the ceiling fan in my sewing room. It works really well now and blew several blocks off the wall so I figured it was a message to get the top sewn together.

   It measures in at about 50 x 60.  I thought it would be great using different scraps for each block. Well on a block by block level that was great. On a quilt level it was a logistical nightmare to put together. I didn't want to sash and it has a lot of white.  I am pretty happy with the outcome and I did do it all with scraps.  

I don't machine quilt really well so I usually use a thread color that melts into the fabrics. This time I am going to give it a shot using threads of various colors to break up the white.  

Well it is way past time to eat and get started with my SMALL project.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Put A Little Love In Your Heart - Blog Hop

Thank you, thank you, thank you Carol over at Just Let Me Quilt for coordinating this very fun blog hop.

I signed up thinking I'd make one or two new small pieces for this Hop.  I have several quilted pieces from the past so I didn't see the need to do anything big. HA !!!!

So this is my start up piece.  I am a mug rug person.  Mainly I use them to muffle the noise of my cup bagging down on the table first thing in the morning.  I must have close to a dozen of them that I rotate through on a regular basis.  

Some are holiday or season specific and some just for a happy (and quiet) start to my day.

Then I started to see several quilts pop up on social media made up of individual squares put together to make a heart.  While they were cute I really didn't want to hunt down or create that many squares from my scraps and stash, and I am all about trying to use of scraps and stash for 2018.

So at 2:00 am, my best time to have eye opening ideas I determined that I could get a similar result if I just used strips.

Got up and did a basic draft (using my mug rug to silence the cup and sugar wafer noise) of what I had in mind.

Next I went to my scraps and stash and successfully took the idea from paper to fabric.

Waited for the sun - shows up the wicked folding job, but the colors are closer to true. The quilt is actually almost a square. The pictures all make it look a lot more rectangular than the 50 x 53  it actually measures.

Bedroom floor doesn't do the colors justice.  (I am a quilter, not a photographer)

Love the back.  Both the backing and the background fabrics are from backing specific fabric.  The kind that comes 108 inches wide.  I think it is a super buy for the money.  I have lots of strange size chunks of it in my stash. Just perfect for this type of project.

And last but not least are these wonderful little Rice Bags.

They did not start out as an intentional item for this hop.  I had a request for a path, from Donna, to my original tutorial on making them.  That tutorial was posted on a blog that no longer is in existence. And my original information was on a computer that no longer functions.

So the other day when I went to recreate the tutorial for the rice bag with the removable cover  I pulled heart fabric for the cover and added it to this post so that I could offer one of them as a giveaway.  Is that serendipity?  

Anyway, I would love to send a rice bag to someone here in the US.  I'm sorry to have to limit the offer but I have found out the hard way that Rice is extremely expensive to mail outside of the country. Just comment and I'll pull a name on Friday 2/9 after 6 PM EST.

So that's it for me for this go round but there are lots and lots of us participating in this hop. Here is a full list so you can check everyone's Heart felt contribution

Thanks for stopping by.  Hope you enjoyed the visit.