Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Catch Up - Big Time

I knew I hadn't posted in a bit.  I didn't realize how big a bit it's been. So I apologize in advance for the picture overload, but if I don't get them all in now I'll never get back to them.

One of the organizations I volunteer with is Operation Shoebox.  This group fills bags with misc articles for our troops overseas.  The bags contain lots of goodies such a HBA items, puzzles, snacks note pads, hand knit hats, snacks etc.  Each bag also gets a hand written note.  A couple of months ago a request for blank note cards came out to the membership.  The request coincided with the release of CELEBRATION TIME  a quilt pattern by Carol over at Just Let Me Quilt. I took one of the blocks from this great pattern and shrank it down to card size and made several fabric  cards.

I showed the cards at a quilt quilt meeting and we decided that I could do a demo class at some time in the future (it's next week) .  I don't want to limit the idea pool to just fabric so I've also made up some more traditional card samples for the demo using card stock and my printer.

Back to sewing and my embroidery machine,  I signed up for a series of class at my LQS to make a Christmas quilt using the embroidered paper pieced blocks by  Amazing Designs

While the blocks are very nice I have discovered that I don't like to paper piece no matter what the type of method used.  

So after making these 6 blocks I've decided that I'm not going to make the quilt.  I will continue with the class since there is always something to learn about my machine and its many talents from both the instructor and the other members of the group.

So come July there will be a new baby boy added to our family .  My niece and her husband are having their first child and as any good aunt I have been sewing away for the newbie. After seeing several of the baby quilts I have made over the last couple of years, she requested this family of giraffes by Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts as  her quilt of choice. 


I then whipped out a receiving blanket using the tutorial by Jenny at MSQ.

And then just because I can and because they are so cute I made a couple of burp clothes using an embroidery design from Kreative Kiwi

Going back to Jersey I felt the need to upgrade my tote.  I have been carrying this
 Easy - Peasy Back Pack since last summer

So I classed up my look for the trip with this version

classic black on black

I made it reversible so that as soon as I got home I went back to being the retired fun loving me.

Since the baby shower was in NJ I had to find some hand work that I could play with while I was away.   I have been using an embroidery pattern set of Sashiko designs for quilting and decided to give Sashiko a traditional try.

So after some googling and you tube searching I started.  Having fun even if I'm not using the traditional colors.  For these items.  

I did order a traditional piece that I'm working on currently.

I've also been working on Small Kennel Quilts.  Due to the horrible flooding and now the wild fires requests have been coming in  at an alarming rate from across the country. More information can be found here

I have picked a couple of simple embroidery designs to use for the the quilting of these 12 x 18 pieces which speeds up my process.


And last but not least I'm working on a shawl.  Another hand carry around piece to work on in waiting rooms and at meetings.

That's all the pictures I have but I don't think it's all that I have been working on.  I will definitely have to pay more attention to the photo part of my creative process.

Until next time, take care.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

H 2 H 2019 in the mail

Today is mail day.  My 4 quilts for the 2019 H2H campaign  have all been sent out.

This one is on its way to Victoria Quilts Canada

The little fishes are on their way to Jack's Basket

My scrap box quilt is headed to Mercyful Quilts

Last but not least are my collection of planes flying directly to Quilty Hugs for Happy Chemo

Couldn't have found a more perfect  background for this quilt.

Thanks to Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict   for coordinating this wonderful event again this year.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Be A Diamond Blog Hop

Welcome to another fabulous hop thought up and coordinated by Carol from Just Let Me Quilt  Thanks to you Carol for all of the time and energy you spent on this fun event.

At first I was a bit timid about joining this hop because by first vision was of something like a Mariners Compass, so not my thing.  Carol assured me that I was overthinking the word diamond and I was just to have fun.

When it comes to Diamonds I have found the definition by quilters is a bit vague, broad and forgiving.

Pintrest shows lots of  "diamond" quilts that are squares on point.  I've done that.  This one was done for a dear very ill aunt back in February.

This one was done for H2H Challenge 2019.  Yes it is only a top because that is what Victoria's Quilts Canada  has requested.  They have quilters in Canada who will complete the tops sent to them.  Sending them only tops is so much cheaper to do then send quilts including batting and backing.  A win win.

Taken indoors

Taken outdoors in the wind. Ignore the rocks holding it down for the shot.

Deep down I still felt that I really needed to challenge myself with what I think of as a traditional diamond.  I found a block on pintrest that fit my vision.  

Then I turned it into a paper pieced pattern. I don't like to paper piece.  I have  taken several classes and I still have a real problem with perspective. But I really felt that I needed to paperpiece it to do it right. I did feel that I could do 1 block if time wasn't an issue. It took me over 2 hours to do this 8 x 8 block, but it was just what I wanted when it was done.  A very bright and cheery diamond mug rug.

1 of my goals for 2019 is that  a part of every hop I  participate in this year includes something I did on my embroidery machine to justify its existence in my life.

I found the perfect Diamond for this hops goal.  The pattern is from Curtsy Embroidery I love it.  Yes Carol,  I did have fun.  Thanks again.

****  Extra, Extra  ****

I finished the above post on Thursday last week.  Thursday night I was working on another scrap, string quilt (see my previous post)  and was looking for a machine embroidery quilt pattern to use on these blocks. Designs by ju ju had some great SASHIKO inspired quilt block patterns. I found this one and had to do a quickie "whatever" just to share it on this hop. Her patterns come in 4 -5 sizes and I was interested in the largest so that is what I stitched out  9.5 x 9.5.  I rolled the extra backing to the front for binding.

I got a piece a bit bigger than a mug rug and a bit smaller than a place mat. I'm calling it a breakfast mat for the time span of this post.

Just love it.


Below is a list of all of the participants in this hop.  If you haven't visited them yet, please do.  It will make your day.

Thanks for stopping by and thanks to those of you who have left a comment, they are the best part of being part of a hop.

Monday, March 25, 2019

All About Strings - Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to day one of the All About Strings Hop.  Thanks to Carla at Creatin' in the Sticks  for once again taking the time to corral us all together for sharing of ideas, this time ideas All About Strings.

I've never been clear about the difference between strings and strips of fabric. When I tried looking it up I found that I was not alone in my confusion.  The guide line I choose to follow was a piece of fabric narrower than 2.5 inches that does not need to be consistent in width over its length.

A few months ago a quilting buddy handed me a bag of her scraps intended for stuffing of dog beds that is a standing project for our guild. The scraps looked awfully big for that project and I asked her if I could repurpose some of them for another charity type project.  No problem so long as I took them out of her space.

This is just some of what I found after I trimmed them into strings.

I had 5
 goals when I started this project:

1) Use up those donated scraps
2) Use my embroidery machine for the quilting of the project
3) Learn a new skill
4) Have a finished quilt for the H2H 2019 Challenge
5) Have a completed string project for this hop

All of the blocks I made were from scraps.  The only scraps I used that were not from the original bag were the starter pieces for each block. Those pieces were from the trim from the backing of my last quilt.


  After using my machine to quilt each block individually (goal #2)before joining them together

I then used  Leah Day's  Quilt As You Go tutorial to assemble the quilt. (goal #3)

This will be going to one of the H2H 2019 Charities.

I am happy to show you the completed project that successfully met all 5 of my goals.

Last week I took a class on making Half Log Cabin blocks.  I may have made a traditional Log Cabin block when I first started to quilt but over the years I have mostly done the block where you added odd sized pieces as you go around much  like the quilt above..

This class took a 2 inch strip (string) and you sewed onto it pieces of 4 blocks in various stages of completion.  So for kicks and giggles I am adding the quilt top I made to this posting as a second string  project,

The picture reflects true colors, Black and White novelty  prints with little pops of color all from my stash.

Now I want you  to go and visit the other posts for today for this fun hop.  I am including a list for your easy access.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit and for taking the time to leave a note, they are so apprecitated.

All About Strings Blog Hop Schedule

Monday, March 25th

Karrin's Crazy World

Tuesday, March 26th


Wednesday, March 27th