Sunday, May 30, 2021

H2H 2021 Challenge

This year there were 4 organizations  chosen for Hands 2 Help plus the option to make and donate to a local charity of your choosing.  Also a 5th option to make a quilt for a HOMETOWN HERO. 

One of my resolutions for 2021 was to work on some of the amazing number of UFO's I have collected over the years. I was able to use 4 of these pieces for the good of others in this Challenge.

This quilt went to Covered in Love.  A couple of years ago I made a version of this quilt using the pattern by Jamie Elfert for H2H.  I was away and made lots of the blocks while spending down time in a hotel room. In the UFO box I found a baggie of  the left over blocks. I actually put this quilt together and had 1 block left.  Follow the link for the pattern Have Faith Quilt by Jamie Elfert and its tutorial. She generously provided it for the H2H2018 Challenge.

This quilt went to Little Lambs.  It is made using a panel from 2005.  I don't remember buying the panel or where it may have come from but it is no more a panel it is now a wonderful completed childs quilt.

This quilt went to Quilty Hugs.  It was a finished top from a class I took a couple of years ago.  Why wasn't it finished? I was able to totally sandwiched, quilted and bind it in a weekend, DUH.

This unfinished quilt top is on its way to Victoria Quilts Canada.  This was the easiest of all of this years quilts since it was finished several years ago and only had to be stuck in an envelope.  OK filling out the post office form was a project (tee, hee) but Victoria Quilts doesn't need the quilts to be quilted.  They take care of that process in Canada to save us some coin on the postage.

I have picked a Hometown Hero and I was planning on making her quilt on Tuesday this week at a guild Challenge but found out today that the challenge has been postponed.  I now need to decide if I want to wait or make something else. My goal is to be done sometime in August either way.

Thanks to Sarah for coordinating this wonderful giving event.  It appears, already, to be another huge success. 

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Born To Be Wild Blog Hop

 Hello Hoppie Friends,

I'm so happy to be participating in another wonderful Hop  coordinated for your viewing pleasure by Carol from Just Let Me Quilt .

When I first signed up for this hop I made a note in my calendar for "The Jungle Hop" and from that point on Jungle ideas were all that I was tying to the projects I was considering.  I pulled all of the fabric in my stash remotely related to jungles, duh.

I did have one solid plan and that was for an Easy Peasy drawstring Backpack using some of my fun kid fabric stash.  My guild is currently working at making these bags for moms in a local womans shelter.  Some of the fabric that was donated was for kids and that got us thinking that the kids would probably need  some basics as badly as their moms.  

I've had this wonderful fun jungle fabric in my stash for way to long.  Yea,  2005  is what it really says. Time to put it to good use.

I usually make the front and back the same but got more mileage using the cuties just on the front and coordinating fabric on the backs.

This year one of my goals was to clean up some of my UFO's.  While looking for "jungle"fabric I found a great jungle panel in one of the bins.  I don't think I've done more than one or two panels in my quilting lifetime and have no idea where this one came from but it fit my version of the theme of this hop and will find a happy home with one of the H2H2021 Charities this year.

This panel had a date in the selvage of 2013. I believe that makes it a UFO.

Then last week we received our 2 weeks to go reminder about the "Born To Be Wild" hop

 and I realized that all that jungle thinking was behind me.     I am a lover of Clip Art and go there often for ideas .  So I typed in Born to be Wild and got an interesting mix of ideas that I thought may or may not work.

Since I had a very busy schedule over the past  couple of weeks I thought I might go with ideas for maybe pin cushions, mug rugs, placemats - you know the type of quickie things that are just plain ole fun to make on the fly. 

I found 2 designs that I loved. One I thought would make a great pin cushion and one a very sweet mug rug that I would enjoy waking up to in the morning.  

I started with the pin cushion while I was watching TV in the back ground.  Well I didn't size it very well when I went to print in out onto my fabric and instead of stopping and starting over I just kept with it. 

The first border was on before my brain realized that an 8 inch plus square may be just a tad large for a pin cushion.  In for a penny,  I decided to just add another border and call it a mug rug. By the time that was on it was dang near placemat size.

I really did want to make this design into a pin cushion so the next morning I started over and viola I got a pin cushion.  The total pin cushion is just slightly smaller at 5 inches square, than the original print out.

I still had the one design that I did want for a mug rug.  Isn't he the cutest fella.  I'm in love.   

Can't think of a sweeter way to start my day than with him at the table.  He is so sweet that I want to share him with one of you. As you can see there are 2 of him.  Make a note in your comment if you are interested in being in the drawing to win one of them and let me know which one, the light grey border or the dark grey border. He's little and lite weight so I will send him anywhere.  Oh, and I have no idea how washable he may or may not be.  I printed him out on my HP printer with HP ink and heavily heat pressed him onto the fabric.

I hope you enjoyed your visit to both of my interpretations of yet another terrific hop. Please take some time to visit all of the participants in this fun  hop that I have listed here for your viewing pleasure. You will be so glad you did and the ideas to add to your to do list will blow you away.

Monday, April 19, 2021

Kitchen Stitchin Blog Hop (and a Give Away)

Thank you Carla for this wonderful idea. 

When Carla announced this hop I felt it was a no brainer that I sign on, after all I make kitchen goodies all year long.  The problem was the "what".  I started a list and it contained all of the basics. Problem with that was I wanted to do something(s) that weren't all that basic.

A couple of these ideas have shown up on my posts before but these versions are new just for this hop.  

First Up are my faux paper towels.  These came to be in my kitchen about a year ago when paper products were in high demand but no where to be found.  At that time I found an old king size flannel top sheet and cut it into 6.5 x 11.5 chunks.  I folded the edges in about .25 inch and zig zagged in place.

The picture shows the Bounty towel that I used as my guide  next to a cut piece (1 of 12) that I found still in my UFO box, and a finished one that I have been using since last March.

 I  use these for just about everything. I now only use paper for things that are greasy,  floor related or dog related.  

I keep them on my counter is a basket I found in my garage and 

they have their own laundry basket where they share space and weekly laundering with my dish towels and cloth napkins.
I have cut my paper towel usage at least in half over the year.

Second on my list is my new favorite.  A Dish Drying Mat.  This is a wonderful quick gift idea. For Christmas one of my quilty friends made me one.  With it she included  this link for the youtube video she based my  mat on. Instead of batting these mats are filled with foam. The one she made was filled with Bosal and the one I made is filled with Pellon Flex Foam. Of course since I opened mine a day before Christmas it gave me time to make a couple as gifts and to share the link with a couple of my  quilty friends. Each and every one of us have made and gifted away several of them and they were received happily.  

I made this one for the gal who made mine.  As we are all too familiar with the concept that you make and share a goodie and then don't have one of your own I thought she would be a great target for my Kitchen Gift Idea for this hop.  

Front and Back

I think that this mat with matching dish towels is a wonderful and very useful hostess gift idea. If you wanted a slightly larger gift add matching pot holders or bowl buddies.  I knocked out the mat and towels on a rainy Sunday afternoon.

My third and last item for this hop was the most fun and just a little bit challenging because I've not seen it done before so I had to logic it out on my own.

Do you remember when the candy bag zip pouches came on the quilting scene?  Well at that time I got the idea that I could do something else with the concept like make a placemat. So 3 - 4 years later I was finally ready to give it a try.

 So the other day I gathered together these items  A couple of McDonald's plastic carry out bags,  a roll of iron on vinyl, a sheet of large card stock and my quilting cutting and ironing stuff.

This became a learn as you go project.  The bag is only placed on the card stock so when laying the vinyl on top things started to shift and things started to stick to things. Lots of swearing, and giggling and learning involved.

for anyone interested the bag is about .5 inch smaller than the card stock on all sides.  the card stock ended up about .5 inch smaller than the vinyl on all sides after ironing it all together and trimming.  It may have been easier to do with out the bag on the back but I really feel it was well worth the effort.

These placemats have already been gifted to a friend who shares my love of McRibs.

Ok so I don't know if this counts as number 4 or 3.5 but here goes.  
A couple of days after finishing the placemats my brain had another major twitch.  I was thinking about making one of these placemats for my great nephew who is 2.  When trying to figure out what I wanted to use for the design I thought a coloring book page would be fun.  

Then I thought that maybe it would be more fun if it could be colored over and over again.  I was so excited to give this a try that I forgot to lower the setting on my iron down from cotton which caused a lot of puckering of the vinyl on the outside edge. I will use this one to test different types of coloring tools before trying it again. Oh, and up to the time of ironing it was easier to just stick the vinyl to the cardstock. Once I master the coloring part the next one I will just print different designs  on front and back of the card stock.

I'm thinking GIVE AWAY,  I think I'll make a seasonal type drying mat for one of you who leaves a comment.  Just let me know what holiday / season you might like a drying mat for.  I'll pick a winner Sunday evening 4/25/21

I'm done now.  Please stop in and visit all of the greatly talented and creative folks participating in this hop.  The variety of ideas will just knock you over and fill your must do list.  I'm thinking Christmas gifts (may be) getting completed very early this year.  Here is the complete list for your viewing pleasure.

Monday, March 22, 2021

                                                     Welcome, welcome, welcome to the


Thank you Carol of Just Let Me Quilt for inviting us all to splash and play in the sand,  sun and salty waters. 

I have 2 new projects made to share with you on this hops opening day.

This hop coincided with the birth of the latest addition to our family.  Our beautiful little girl was born last week.  I asked her mom if she wanted anything in particular for the baby's first quilt.  She picked the quilt pattern LUCKY DUCKS from Cute Quilt Patterns . Absolutely perfect for this hop that she didn't even know was coming.

This is the mama duck.  All of the ducks had 3D bills and wings.  My niece asked that I stitch them down.  So I attached them according to the pattern and then appliqued down the edges. I also appliqued the eyes on.  I personally am not into buttons on quilts for babies and toddlers.

Lighting left a bit to be desired.  The wings are all different shades of yellow to the duck it's on but the same as one of its siblings bodies. 

My second project was based on a tutorial I found on  Sew Can She  a couple of weeks ago for a "quilt as you go " technique that I had never tried.  It consists of using strips of fabric, the tutorial used 2.5 inch strips of fabric and strips of batting and you end up with a quilted reversible quilt.  Click on the link, her explanation and video are very clear.  

I wasn't ready to commit to a whole quilt.  Not one to waste an opportunity I decided that if I did a test piece  using 6 strips of fabric for the front and 6 different strips for the back I could test the technique and make a set of placemats by just cutting the sample in half. 

Can't believe that I have no picture of the base strips sewn together , DuH.

Since I didn't have a home in mind for these placemats pulling fabric started out kind of iffy and then I tripped over these turtles hanging out in my stash begging to come out and play.

                              and remembered the theme of this hop and ta da sky, Sand, and Salt.  

I used 2 strips of each color for the front of the placemats and used alternating strips for the back.


                                       The flip side will be wonderful for summer barbeques.


Over the course of the past year I did complete 2 other quilts that I feel fit this hop perfectly.  The first one was made for the big brother of the newbie's birthday.  

I believe that these subs are hanging out in a lot of Salt water.

Then there was this cutie that I saw and had to have my tumbler fish fix.  I realize it's not quilted but that is intentional.  It went to an organization in Canada that takes quilt tops and finishes them up there for various charities.  They would rather that our shipping costs go to getting tops to them than for batting and backings.  I love that concept.

So there you have my visions of Salt and Sun. I hope you have enjoyed your visit here and that you will find the time to visit all of the rest of the participating quilters who will be sharing their wonderful Sunny and Salty ideas with you this week. Here is a list of links for all of us for your convenience.

March 22