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

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Show Your STRIPES Blog Hop

Welcome, welcome, welcome.  I'm so glad to be participating in yet another friend filled hop organized by Carla from Creatin In The Sticks  Thanks so much Carla.

I have, to say the least, had a very challenging couple of weeks.  On Super Bowl Sunday I had a zoom sew in scheduled with some quilting buddies.   I planned to complete project #1 and start / complete project #2 for this hop.  Instead, very early on I used my rotary cutter to slice into my left pointer finger nail bed instead of my fabric. More than anything else it was a bleeder. A bleeder to the extent that Michael decided I needed to go to the emergency room.     I am going to spare you the photos.    

Due to the size of the bandage covering the padding they needed (clotting/glue pad) to use I was not able to comfortably/safely use my sewing machine or rotary cutter.

Well I had wanted to make a table runner for Easter and I really didn't see why I couldn't make it totally without the machine.  I was more than capable to use my scissors, ruler/yard stick, pencil, needle and thread.  After all that's what I used when I started to quilt oh so many years ago.

The seams between the 5 blocks were the most challenging

All my stripes were hand appliqued in place.

I did get my improv striped runner done excluding the quilting by Sunday the 21st excluding most of the quilting.  I did quilt in the ditch between the 5 blocks just so I could get the binding done.
The binding is the backing rolled to the front and hand stitched down eliminating the need to fake another seam by hand.
My kitchen table is rather long and narrow. The runner is 5 foot long and 1 foot wide.

Project #2 was started right after this hop was announced.  I wanted to do something different. I decided I wanted to make a very subtle striped design on a piece of fabric.   

I love this stuff.  I purchased it originally from Harbor Freight with a coupon for under $10.  Yeah that's a lot of fabric for that money.   I wanted it for a table cloth for a picnic.  It washed up and ironed beautifully.   After the picnic I cut out the parts with the red wine stains and started to use the left overs for odd things, Pin Cushions, Mug Rugs, Totes and Zip Pouches, etc. I've machine embroidered and stamped on it .

I pick one up every time I notice them on sale or have a coupon.

I took a piece of the cotton canvas and 

added a built in machine stitch that gives the fabric a stripped effect. 

The problem was I didn't exactly know what I wanted to do with it.  I finally determined that what I wanted was a shopping bag.  Well on Sunday the 21st I plugged my machine back in for the first time in 2 weeks and started the bag using a food store bag as a rough guide.  Mine is way bigger.

Just how much fabric could this hold, hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

At the very last minute I remembered to add the stipes to the handles.

Yeah I  know I could have finished the quilting of the table runner but I really wanted to have 2 items in the hop and Easter is still a month away and the fabric was sewn and half cut.  

My finger is doing very well. Using the machine was fine since I'm down to a simple band aid but I still can't put much pressure on the finger tip so I'm not using the rotary cutter yet.  Maybe next week.

Lesson learned.  I hate doing stupid stuff when I have no one to blame but myself. Very annoying.


When I went out into the garage to take this picture I found I had several packages of the Cotton Canvas. For my giveaway I will be sending to someone in the USA (sorry but international mail is cost prohibitive) the package in the picture.  Just leave a note in the comment section that you'd like to be included in the draw that will be picked on Monday, March 1.

Here is the entire list of everyone who is participating in this event.  If you haven't visited those who posted on Monday and Tuesday, please do.   So many great ideas.


Show Your Stripes Blog Hop Schedule:

Monday, February 22nd

Tuesday, February 23rd

Wednesday, February 24th

Thursday, February 25th

Thanks for stopping by and thanks for any notes you may leave.  See you next time.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Hearts on Fire Blog Hop

Welcome.  This is my first Hop of the year and I'm so happy to be part of it.  Carol ( justletmequilt ) has, as usual, come up with a great idea for the group and we're running with it.  The guidelines were pretty simple  something with a heart that isn't Red.

When I signed up I went searching on line for a design idea. I found this on Clipart and instantly knew that was the design I wanted to use.

Next up was the what.  Preferably not a mug rug or pin cushion, my usual go to items when I don't have a plan.

While pulling apart my house for the holidays I came across a mini quilt holder that I haven't used in years and thought it would be a perfect showcase for this piece.

Then I set to work.  Several years ago I spent the month of August doing a block a day of raw edge applique and loved it.  Well you know how "they" say that to do any free motion work you need to practice, practice, practice. Taking a 2 maybe 3 year break in using a skill is not good.

The first issue I had was that I am using a different machine now than back then. This one is more computer driven.  I could not figure out how to drop the feed dogs.  I massaged the entire machine for 10 minutes hoping to find the button.  Then I spent a ridiculous amount of time trying to read and find info on the machines on screen computer manual.  Seriously in total it took me 30 minutes to drop them only to discover I had pretty much lost the skill. 

I will admit that as poorly as my stitching was I really loved the finished piece.  It didn't work well in the mini quilt holder so I found it a spot on my sewing room wall.

 I am not a quitter.  I wanted to use this pattern for this hop. Ta da.  I came up with another goal and switched up and did the stitching by hand . I'm out of practice at this too but I'm happy with the end result.

Again, what to do with it.  I exchange hand made gifts with several friends for Christmas.  One of the  gifts I received this year was this great dish drying mat. 

She included this with the pad just in case I wanted to try it on my own.  Yeah we've been friends for a long, long time and she knows me well.

This is a wonderful concept.  I have a store bought one of these that I have used for several years but it was just boring black.  It did it's job and that was really all that was required and when not in use it was in a drawer.  

My new one consists of 2 layers made from a jelly roll with a piece of foam in between. You can use a solid piece of fabric or a pieced block.  Just know it will get wet and will more than likely need to go through the washer occasionally. The best part of making it is that you can make it any size or shape that you want depending on the space you have available.

Using this idea and my heart design and some of  the Pellon foam I had in the closet I came up with this drying mat.

Well that sums up my contribution to this fun hop.  Here is the entire list of participants. Please take some time and visit them all you will be so glad that you did.

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

2021 - 1

 Happy New Year

One of my top 3 resolutions for this year is to post a lot more often here on my blog to keep track of what it is I'm doing in my quilting (crafting) life. Another of the resolutions was to finish some of the UFO's I have putting aside in "The Box",  maybe not all but hopefully many.  

So lets begin.  I did take a baggy out of "The Box New Years Eve starting the new year on the right foot. 

 I did intentionally take a very small project so I could have a great feeling of accomplishment. These are mug rugs I started maybe 2 years ago for a demo I did for my guild.

Ya Hoo, 1 down and about 18 or so to go

I have also started another project.  It started as a Leader/Ender project solely to use the triangles I keep acquiring while making masks.  

from triangle to 3 1/2 inch unfinished squares

They will be used in making the REMAINDERS quilt using the pattern from Amanda Jean Nyberg's book NO SCRAP LEFT BEHIND. I did make a quilt using this pattern a couple of years ago and just loved it.

I have also pulled my fabrics for the upcoming hop  Hearts on Fire  see that button up there on the right.  The requirements for this hop are to include some kind of heart and it can't be RED.   I realize that one of the choices in the picture looks red but it is in actuality a really great orange. Trust me on that.

Retirement has given me great opportunity to belong to several organizations that do a lot of charitable/fund raising crafting throughout the year. This year I want to keep track of how much of this type of thing I am doing. So every non hop post will end with a list of the regularly made items that I have done and turned in since the previous post. The list will include the following:

I do a lot with Operation Shoe Box, an organization that sends goodie boxes to our troops. I work with  3-4 different groups within the organization.  I make macramé bracelets that are included in the boxes. I print note cards with Patriotic themes that others hand write notes in for each box that goes out the door.

I work with their fund raiser group who make goodies to sell to raise money for shipping these boxes out. For them I make masks, zip pouches, key fobs etc.  Anything small that will tempt someone to donate to the cause. 

Another group is Abundance of Love who make yarn items for Hospital patients, hats, scarves, and items to sell for shipping costs. I crochet hats.

And then there is my Quilt guild chapter.  As a group we do preemie quilts for one of the large Orlando Hospitals.  We make these tiny, 11 or 17 inch squares, that are very lightly quilted themed quilts for Easter, 4th of July, Halloween and Christmas. The hospital schedules first photos for these occasions for these little ones. Our quilts are wonderful backdrops and memories for their first holiday photos. We also make dog/cat beds for the local animal shelter.

Throughout the year TQPM sends out requests for small shelter quilts for shelters in need.  Usually because they are covering for areas with major natural disasters such as fires and floods. More information can be found on this project at the link.

January 1 through January 5

  • bracelets                 30
  • masks                     16
  • zip bags                    2
  • key fob                     0
  • print cards              24 
  • crochet hats              0
  • preemie quilts           0
  • small kennel quilts   0
  • dog beds                   0       

Well I think I am off to a positive start on my resolutions for 2021.  Hope that it continues for a few more months at least.  Hope to see you in a couple of weeks at the Hearts on Fire hop.  I post on January 20.

Stay safe, stay healthy.