Monday, January 23, 2023

Shades of Blue Challenge

 Thank you Carla for coming up with this fun challenge.  I knew I wanted to make a quilt for a Christmas gift.  Yes I am running very late but I didn't know exactly what kind of quilt I wanted to make.  When this challenge was announced it sounded like a wonderful answer to my drawing a blank on an idea and pushing me forward. 

When Blue was announced I was talking to a few quilting buddies on a zoom sewing session and they suggested the Gumballs quilt from Stitchin' Heaven would be a great 1 color quilt. 

It basically called for various fabrics in one color family. I have a rather large stash collection so this worked out perfectly for me for this pattern.

There are 30 12 inch blocks. Each block has 4 HST , 1 four patch and 6 pieces of fabric in various sizes.

I didn't think it through before committing. I really don't like to trim HST and this quilt called for 120 of them.   To be honest I only trimmed about half of them and fudged the differences. Once they were done the rest of the block construction was pretty easy peasy.

The fun part of quilting this quilt was the company on the lawn across from my sewing room window. 
These are sand cranes which are very popular visitors here in The Villages.  They don't usually come onto my street. Usually we see them on the roads by the golf courses. So it was very pleasant watching them meander around for well over an hour.

Getting a quilt finished less than 12 hours before it is over due to be photographed is not always an easy job.  Yes it was a beautiful sunny moment but the wind was crazy.  I took the first shot without being able to see the quilt in my view finder,  by the time I turned around to try again and yet again the wind had quite a party.

Moved to the back of the house with my assistant where we had much less wind and less sun. The colors from the front are pretty much right on the money pictures in the shadows of the house and hedges not so much . 

The backing is a wide backing fabric that was very pretty and very soft to the touch.

Well this makes for 2 items coming off my to do list.  My last Christmas present of  2022 and the first challenge of 2023 YaHoo!!!!

Thank you for stopping by for a visit.  I hope you get a chance to visit the rest of todays participants and those taking on this challenge for the rest of the week.  For your convenience below is a list of everyone taking on the challenge. 

Creatin' in the Sticks<>
Desertsky Quilting<>
Selina Quilts<>
Just Because Quilts<>
The Joyful Quilter<>

Tuesday, January 24th

Kathleen McMusing<>
Den syende himmel<>
Karrin’s Crazy World<>
Artes de Paula Louceiro<>
Days Filled With Joy<>

Wednesday, January 25th

Just Let Me Quilt<>
Kathy's Kwilts and More<>
Quilted Delights<>
Quilt Schmilt<>

Thursday, January 26th

Ms P Designs USA<>
Lianne Makes Stuff<>
Quilting Gail<>
Elizabeth Coughlin Designs<>
Words & Stitches<>
Just Sew Quilter<>

Sunday, November 13, 2022

Music hop

Hi there. This post will give you a teeny tiny bit of my background. So here we go....I think of myself as a good big sister  and aunt etc. etc. I am a very good and supportive friend and I am in a very loving lifetime reationship. I am a lifetime crafter who will try any craft at least once but mainly a quilter.  I believe mainly a quilter due to the support of this group. I've been hanging out and learning from so many of you for I believe, more than 10 years.  But the key information you need to know from me today is 


So, welcome to my day at the Music hop

I really can't carry a tune at all. Friends and family shut me down on a regular basis when exposed to my attempts so figuring out what to do for this hop was a wee bit of a challenge. And then the obvious answer popped into my head.

As I previously mentioned 

I can't carry a tune in a basket

I haven't made a throw pillow in ages and this one went together with no issues until the very last minute when I went to put the pillow in and realized I never got one.  So for these pictures I stuffed my pillow case with batting scraps, not exactly the look I was going for but it hits the nail on its head.

I used the same fabric on the back that I used for the background for the basket.

I loved how it turned out and I so enjoyed running with a silly idea.
Below find the list of all of the participants in this hop. I'm looking forward to lots of great ideas and additions to my to do list from this very talented group..
Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, October 17, 2022

Gremlins, Goblins and Ghouls OH My Blog Hop


Gremlins, Goblins and Ghouls OH My Blog Hop

Welcome to my day to celebrate with you our Gremlins, Gobblins and Ghouls  Hop.

Several years ago in the 2018 Peek a Who blog hop I came across this Halloween embroidery by Elizabeth Coughlin Designs called  Jack Make - Dos   and fell in love.  

I completed one as a pillow for a friend. Then did one for me which I got embroidered before the change of seasons but never finished it into something for me.  

Instead it has been keeping me company on my incomplete projects wall.  

Probably got more of my attention there than being put away in the Halloween decorations box.

Well this hop gave me timely incentive to give these guys a life of their own.  

I really love them framed instead of in a place mat or mug rug, and I think in a frame they will stay out for a much longer time frame, maybe the whole year, we'll see.

While I'm still quilting (knocked out 4 quickie toddler quilts for day care) and doing a little  hand stitching, I am having fun using my cutting machines.  I have done a few Halloween themed pieces and have a couple to share that I feel fit in with this hops theme.

Both are greeting cards.  The pumpkin is an SVG I found on line and just cut it from HTV and ironed it onto a blank card.

The great design of the haunted house is from Cricut Design Space. It's a pop up card.

Well I hope you enjoyed your visit with me and the others who are on todays schedule.  For your convenience I have included the entire list of participants for the week below.

A big thanks to Joan  our fearless leader  of this and so many other great hops, from Moose Stash Quilting.

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Queen of Gadgets

This months fun hop is all about our favorite quilting gadgets.The  hop is being coordinated by Carol from  Just Let Me Quilt     Thanks so much for another fun time.                      .

My favorite gadget is a wooden binding-winder that can be found at Sawyer Creek Artistry     

I got mine at a quilt show in Dayton Beach a couple of years ago. I actually picked up about 10 of them but at least 5 have been gifted over the years.  

I have checked the link and see that they are still making them and that you can request them in different widths to accommodate your favorite binding.

During covid I was part of a group making hundreds of masks.  I found that these wondeful binding holders were really great for holding stuff other than binding, such as miles of elastic

I know I also used them to hold yarn for color changes while making hats but can't find an example for this post but figure you can get the general idea looking at the elastic.

And then of course there is the fact that it is made to hold binding.

They are great for binding storage.  These 2 are great examples.  You can see the width and get a good guess as to the approximate length of your left overs.

I do have a few more favorite gadgets but the following 2 are in my opinion way up on my list.

2 seasons ago on Super Bowl Sunday I ended up in the emergency room because I tried to cut off my pointer finger tip with my rotary cutter.  Thankfully I failed. Several of my quilting buddies suggested the suction cup ruler holder.  I personally thought at the time it was a bit much but I have come to love mine.

And then there is this wonderful ruler that cuts in 1/2 inch increments. Makes cutting strips so easy and so much more accurate. And I know that this is a quilters hop but I have been known to use my quilting gadgets for things other than quilts.

These photos are from our Virtual Cookie Exchange   from 2015 showing just how versatile this ruler is

I used it with a pizza cutter to cut perfectly square pieces of fudge.

I hope you have enjoyed your stop here and all of the previous stops.  I know I have already started an Amazon list for this coming weekends order of goodies. 

Here is a complete list of all of the hoppers who are participating this week.