Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Small Kennel Quilts 2022


 I've kicked off my 2022 crafting. I've seen and heard over and over about 100 day challenges and decided to use the concept for myself  to start the year.  

I'm not sure if I want to committ to 1 per day for 100 days  or 100  over ? days.

They are Small Kennel Quilts for animal shelters in areas that are in need as in after the fire in Boulder or the Tornado's in the mid west etc. etc. This link will take you to additional information from Quilt Pattern Mag.  on the national group

In addition this is a 2 for 1 project for me because I am working the tops of these 12 x 18 kennel quilts solely from my scrap bin.  I  found some very large scrap pieces since I'm not one to cut my left overs into traditional sized blocks or stripes.  Trim from backs are amazingly big as in the white and navy polka dots 

So far I'm right on schedule. I tend to do my sewing after dinner. I have my batting and backing cut for the first 10.  Thought that would help keep me on track.  Time will tell.  I'll keep you posted.






Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Annual Virtual Cookie Exchange



 Thank you once again goes out to Carol of   Just Let Me Quilt  for coordinating this wonderful annual event.

For me this is the most challenging hop of the year as I don't bake, not even virtually.  

In addition to being a quilter I play at a lot of different crafts.  One of my favorites is etching glass. During the summer I saw on line somewhere an etched mason jar.  As you all know once you see something and start hitting buttons and reading and hit more buttons and reading you veer off the original track and end up at a spot that takes you in a totally different direction.  This particular journey took me to a no cook recipe that I immediately marked for this hop. 


It was for a no cook pumpkin pie  in an individual serving mason jar.  Yes I made this and yes the jar is not etched.  When I went shopping for plain jars the week before Thanksgiving there were none, only these pretty ones. 


When I offered to bring dessert for Thanksgiving for 6 people ( I needed to do a sample for these pictures) my hostess looked skeptical. Ok, she has known me for 30 some years and she always does dessert even when she does the dinner as she was doing on Thanksgiving. 

Apparently no one had any faith in me since in addition to my pumpkin pie there was an apple pie and a walnut coffee cake for the 6 of us..

The fun part is that you build the pie layers, put the lid on the jar and store in the fridge till you are ready to eat it. 


Crust

 
Cream cheese and whipped cream


Pumpkin
One of these layers also had pudding.

The pie was really easy peasy to make.  I don't even own a mixer and was able to get the desired result by hand. This is where I found the recipe   


 Then when you go to serve it you open the jar and add the whipped cream and enjoy.

And would you believe, she asked me to make them again for Christmas. HA

Thanks so much for stopping by. I wish you and your family the very Merriest of Christmas's or the Happiest of the Holiday you celebrate this time of year and a healthy New Year.

Please take time to visit the other cooks ;-} participating in this fun hop and maybe you'll find a few great virtual ideas.   For your convenience here is a complete list of the hop members. 

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

No Ring November - Mug Rug Blog Hop

 When Carla posted the notice for this hop my brain kicked in and I got the giggles.  So thank you Carla for not only coordinating yet another wonderful hop but also for putting me into such a fun mood.

I decided from the very beginning that I needed to design my own fabric for these little but mighty projects.

Mug rugs are a very important part of my daily routine.  I do get the occasional ring but I use them more to blunt the noise of smacking my mug on the table in the morning, waking up the house.

Well I did print my fabric and had a great time doing so.  I actually hated to cut it up, so silly.

One morning I got up and dug out some white largish scraps of fabric. 

 I then spilt some coffee into a saucer and dipped a few mugs into the puddle and then stamped them onto my white scrap. 

 I must admit I didn't foresee the amount of spread I would get or how light black coffee would appear on my fabric.

Next up, after supper that evening I repeated the exercise using red wine. 


Much happier with that outcome.  I will admit that I modified my approach using much less liquid for dipping.



I will admit that I should have had some paper towels handy for this process, but no, I had real need of mopping up what went through the fabric and picked up a cloth napkin, DUH


Thankfully it was a very busy napkin.





Picking out a Mug Rug designs was tough. Wasn't sure how big I wanted my Rings to be. Did I want my rings to look like I really needed the mug rug or did I want it to be just a fun use of home made fabric. 




Fun fabric won out.

Well this was another great event. I enjoyed it from the beginning and am sure I will continue enjoying it until I view and comment on the last post on the following list.

Thanks again Carla.

Please visit and enjoy all of the posts for No Ring November. Also please have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving Holiday. 

Friday, October 22, 2021

Ghastly Ghouls Blog Hop

 Welcome, welcome, welcome foolish mortals to this our Ghastly Ghouls Blog Hop being  coordinated by our lead witch, Miss Carol.

I've been blogging since March of 2011. One of the earliest blogs I participated in was The Ghastly Blog Hop in October of that year.  I was as extreme overachiever for that event.  I had something like 8 different ideas most of which were made in multiples and shown over and over again. (I've slowed way down over the years, this year only 5 different items, tee hee)


My favorite piece from that hop was this sweat shirt that I upgraded for the event with a fully lined pocket on the front and the sleeve for the cool NJ fall.


Or maybe it was the quilt.  Either way I still have them both and they come out to visit this time of year, every year.

Well when this Hop was announced I went hunting for my Ghastly scraps.  My niece who I mentioned back in 2011 had her birthday last week and I thought she might enjoy a new piece of Ghastly to celebrate with.  This is a Machine Embroidered piece using the free design from Kreative Kiwi


The design comes in 4 sizes and was really easy to whip up. This is the largest version.

The pattern has the option to add a pocket for a gift card.  I have made a couple that way but when I went to add it to this Ghastly gift box I didn't have a scrap of fabric that I could get to match my front or back choice and I didn't want to take away from them.  I included the gift in an envelope. It worked.

While I was in the Kreative Kiwi site I tripped over another freebie. This one was for machine embroidered redwork haunted houses.

Couldn't pass them up.  There are 10 diffferent designs. Each worked up in 3 - 4 minutes.  I stitched them all out without a plan. They were all so cute I needed to make something using them all.

I can't decide what I want to do with it, table runner or wall hanging.


Fun fact about this runner is that I didn't have the oomph to hand stitch the binding down.  It is currently being held in place with Elmer's glue.  My best guess is so long as it works it will never be hand stitched.

And then because I can never do one of something and these were so quick to stitch out I had to try a couple of my more traditional quickie projects.

Again no oomph so the opening on the mug rug is also closed with Elmer's help.  

And of course what collection of mini projects would be complete without a pin cushion


The opening on the pin cushion is closed with a pin (not the first and surely not the last that I complete that way).

And then last but not least are my Halloween greeting cards. 




Stitched the designs directly on the card stock.  Then added the Happy Halloween in permanent vinyl and colored in the bat and moon with colored pencils.

I now live in a huge retirement community and have gone from 400 trick or treaters to 0.  I am considering  my ideas in this hop as my idea treats going out to you my new trick or treaters. Please have fun pondering what you can do with my ideas and the ideas of all of the participants.

I am gathering all sorts of ideas for future projects on this hop.  Here is a list of all of the players. You'll be so glad to visit them all.


OCTOBER 18

 

Creatin' in the Sticks

Inflorescence

Samelia's Mum

Songbird Designs

Ink Torrents

 

OCTOBER 19

 

MooseStashQuilting

Just Sew Quilter

Quilted Delights

Websterquilt

Patchouli Moon Studio

 

OCTOBER 20

 

Scrapdash

Homespun Hannah's Blog

Elizabeth Coughlin Designs

Karrin’s Crazy World

 

OCTOBER 21

 

Kathy's Kwilts and More

For The Love Of Geese

Quilt Schmilt

Words & Stitches

Home Sewn By Us

 

OCTOBER 22

 

Just Let Me Quilt

Quilt Fabrication

Selina Quilts

Ms P Designs USA




Wednesday, September 22, 2021

I'm Falling For You Blog Hop

 Hi everybody and Special thanks to  Joan of Moose Stash Quilting our wonderful coordinator for this fun hop.

I am participating in this hop but not with what I had hoped to make.  Last month I had what I thought was a brilliant idea for the term "Falling"  It was so brilliant that I drew it up and left it on the kitchen table and looked at it everyday and smiled. I knew exactly what fabric (I thought )I had in my stash. And felt I could knock it off  in a couple of hours.

So as we all know, the best laid plans of a quilter don't always work the way we hope. And wow is time just flying by.  I set September 19 as my sew day for this hop and I did manage to keep my calendar clear.   So mid morning with my diagram in hand I headed to my stash. 

The fabric I thought I had wasn't where I thought I would find it except for one piece, My cloud covered sky.  Ok so I had to make a quick switch from my falling snow ball that grows up to be a snowman.  I stared at my stash and hoped for something to jump out at me.


And low and behold the leaves popped out to join my sky.
My new vision was to have some falling leaves land on a pile of leaves.




My new issue was that the leaves on the  pile of leaf fabric were a little too big to go with my falling leaves.  So since I was aiming for a wall hanging I decided to shrink down my leaf size using my printer and some muslin. I took it down to 85% of the original size.


I added some aging grass


And now my leaves are Falling For YOU.

Since this hop was announced I had 2 fun things happen that fell nicely under this hop heading that I thought I would share with you cause everyone needs a smile.


I live in Sunny Florida. While it is not as hot as lots of the rest of the country we are currently at 90 plus degrees for over 100 days so far this year.  That generally means air conditioning and ceiling fans.  I love this whirly gig quilt while it was easy sewing it was a pain in the butt to get the colors placed correctly both color and angle.


I was using a very cinchy flannel backed vinyl table cloth and someone turned on the ceiling fan. Definitely Falling For Me



And last but not least yet another heat related item for this hop.
Yes that is a spoonful of  melting chocolate ice cream. my chin is at the tip top of the picture and that white knot is my waist.  Covered a lot of territory.


This is not the spoonful that fell.  This is the spoonful that followed 15 minutes later after the major clean up.  I'm guessing I was being punished by the powers that be. 😉😉

Thank you for stopping by. I do hope you have enjoyed the visit, I know I enjoyed having you.
For your hopping convenience I have included all of the participants in this event.  Those who have already posted have offered some very great ideas and beautiful work and I just know that the rest of the group will offer the same.

 
Take care and have fun.

Monday September 20

Creatin' in the Sticks

Samelias Mum

Quilting Gail

Vroomans Quilts

Quilt Schmilt

Tuesday September 21

Just Let Me Quilt

Just Sew Quilter

Days filled with Joy

Kathy’s Kwilts and More 

The Morning Latte

Wednesday September 22

Elizabeth Coughlin Designs

Beaquilter

Inflorescence

Selina Quilts

Sew Many Yarns

 Thursday September 23

Karrins Crazy World

Words and Stitches

Patchouli Moon Studio

Karen’s Korner

That Fabric Feeling

Scrapdash

 Friday September 24

QuiltFabrication

Ms P Designs USA

Lianne Makes Stuff

Quilted Delights

MooseStashQuilting


til next time...

Keep on Stitchin'