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

Thursday, March 14, 2019

So What's New

It's been a busy few weeks in my sewing room.  Still waiting for the new table for my embroidery machine but that hasn't slowed me down one little bit.

I have been diligently working on my piece for the All About Strings blog hop coming up the week of the 25th of this month.  Just some of the strings I have been using.

In and around those projects I have been doing some embroidery for Easter.  I got a great bunny embroidery pattern by Brenda at Song Bird Designs

I've tested him on a couple of mug rugs and have requests for a couple of placemats which I hope to get to in the next week or so.

I have a friend who asked for a small gift for a charity auction for which she is the coordinator.  I again used the sweet bunny, this time for the front of a basket. I made several FSL Easter ornaments and will add Chocolates just before her event in mid April.

We will be having a new arrival in the family this summer and I thought I'd give a Burp Cloth a try. My local quilt shop has monthly Kimberbell classes.  I saw this little fella and had to have him.

My quilt guild had a baby shower for a local organization that supports unwed moms and families in need with very small children.  I contributed these 5 quickie receiving blankets made using the Missouri Star Quilt tutorial with fabric donated by other members of the group.

Then I saw these adorable little bears on Kreative Kiwi Embroidery I just had to make a couple and then make them sleeping bags.

The shower was a great success.  I play with a wonderfully generous group of ladies.  They filled 10 cafeteria type tables with goods ranging from quilts, diapers, onseies, toys and games for kids 5 and under and on and on.

So just one more fun photo. Its  of my girls who are feeling neglected of late.  They have a bed in my sewing room but have now taken to napping in the living room with the dad where they get a little bit more attention than I have been showing them since the Machine arrived in December. Don't they look deprived. tee, hee

Well that brings me up to date excluding the upcoming hop. You'll just have to come back on the 25th to see those happenings.  Hope to see you then.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Show Your Wings - Blog Hop

Good morning and welcome to my day of the Show Your Wings Blog Hop.

So many choices to make for this hop.  All we needed to do was pick a wing any wing and get creative in a quilty way.

My brain and my embroidery machine were in their glory.  I had taken a class in January to learn a few of the fun things embroidery machines are capable of.  It just so happened that a lot of the class work was centered around winged things.

I'm just a little partial to the bees but not enough to make as many more as needed for a project.  I could have done as intended and made a pillow but that was a little too busy for my tastes.

Then I had an idea, how about finding an airplane design for play time on the machine. 

I found this lovely, simple, winged jet in a couple of sizes.  I wanted to keep it simple.  Just planes is 2 sizes.  The real problem would be how to set them.
The planes were all done from fabric scraps found in my various scrap bins. 

I was lucky enough to find the perfect background fabric at a local quilt shop. I then just did some really basic white sashing.  I tried it without the sashing but the skys were looking like an accident waiting to happen.

Just a simple white with gray circles for a backing with a red, white and blue star binding.

A little bit better view of the planes.

This quilt is intended for this years Hands To Help Comfort Quilt Challenge.

Including this photo just so you could see how well the background fabric matches the real world.

Well that's all I have to offer this go round.  Thanks for stopping by and thanks to those of you who have the time to leave a comment.  I do hope you have the time to visit with all of the other creators of winged things this week, I'm including a list so you can find them all.

Thank you Carol  over at Just Let Me Quilt for coordinating this amazing event.

Check out all the amazing bloggers who are participating:

February 18

February 19

February 20

February 21