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.

http://www.skiptomylou.org/2013/11/03/christmas-tree-napkin-tutorial-by-sew-caroline/

http://www.lynbrown.com/decorative-tree-napkins/


                                       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
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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.

Monday, June 15, 2015

New Scrap Project and some Knitting

I decided to join  in the Scrap Vortex QAL with Amanda Jean over at Crazy Mom Quilts. My biggest problem going in was that I had a minimal scrap pile.  I had gotten rid of all of my scraps before I moved in February.


These are my small scraps


and this is my box of longer scraps.
I did find a bag of scraps from a friend who dropped them on me before she moved that I have incorporated into mine. 


I did find that I have mostly scraps that are from 2 1/2 in strips my favorite size of fabric to work with so my pieces are going to be a little large.  This is where I started. I took a piece from the smaller box and a piece from the bigger box without looking and sewed them together


Trimmed them down, and  sub cut some


and ended up with this wall full for my week one.  We are in week two so I need to go back and start putting these together before week 3  starts on Wednesday.


I also managed to loom a hat for Angel Snugs to send to a pediatric oncology unit


and to whip up a couple of  knitted wash clothes for their annual fund raiser. 

On to a non quilt related note.  Nettie's sister got released from medical hold and we should have her come to live with us mid July.   We are having lots of company coming in the next 3 weeks and felt it would be better for her to come after the commotion has died down.  She is a very timid dog and we want her to start off  in her forever home on a positive note. She will be coming for at least one play date before her full time arrival.  

Friday, June 5, 2015

Little Letters and Placemats and Nettie

This weekend we are meeting our very good friends, grand niece, for the first time.  We have been family friends for the past 30 some odd years. To celebrate this meeting I made her a quilt.




 It is from the Little Letters Quilt Along that Temecula Quilt Company had last fall.  I just love this quilt for little ones.


I had this wonderful little flower print in my stash that I think went perfectly with it.

I was so happy when I got it finished and was ready to wrap it when I remembered this wonderful Easy Peasy Backpack Tutorial.  I was so excited with the idea and to be done before deadline that I got carried away with myself. I really need to slow down.



See the little mishap in the photo. Should have been through the loop.

The big problem was that the tutorial calls for knotting the ends of the strap strips.  I like mine nicely sewn together better than tied.  It would have been so much easier to untie a knot. Oh well. Ripper and I had a lovely chat while undoing a few stitches.




Here is the quilt all wrapped up and ready to go. I am really happy with the outcome and I am pretty sure she will be happy too.


This week at our quild meeting we had a mini class on making the Mile A Minute Quilt. It's the quilt where you use your small scraps to make blocks and then you make them into a quilt.  This version is when you use a long strip of fabric as a starting point to speed up the process.  It works quite well.



Here a couple of the blocks I made during the meeting.   I am currently participating in the  Scrap Vortex QAL with AmandaJean of Crazy Mom Quilts.  Her blocks are similar so I didn't want to make more of this new version at this time.


I used the blocks I made at the guild meeting to make a couple of place mats. I just knew if I didn't use them for something immediately I would toss them in a baggy and they would sit there forever.



I'm really thrilled with how they turned out.

Just an update on Nettie,  she has made herself at home.  A picture is worth a thousand words.




We gave her the recliner but she apparently felt she deserved bigger and better. She has not only taken over the love seat but the quilt as well.