Friday, July 13, 2018

Tumbling Toward Christmas - Christmas in July Blog Hop and Giveaway

Please come Tumble toward Christmas with me.
My latest obsession, Tumbler Blocks

Welcome to Christmas in July.  Many thanks to Sarah over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict who is the  wonderful coordinator of this event, and if you visit her there you will find a fun Quilt Along to Go with the theme.

When this hop was first announced I thought it would be a great time to finish up this scrappy Christmas quilt that I started this past December before it had a chance to become a UFO.

I pulled it out and found that it only needed to be quilted.  Very odd, I even had it sandwiched which for me is the worst part of the quilting process.  So quilt and bind it I did.

I found out 2 things, 1st I found the reason for the status of the quilt, here is a close up of the reason.  Can you see the tiny stitches in this shot

I apparently was going to hand quilt it.  This is all I did before it got packed away. I only found the hand quilted block when I was machine quilting around it.

The 2nd thing is that I really, really do love tumbler blocks.  I had made a couple of tumbler quilts  and a couple of sets of placemats  in the not to distant past, and  I had started this quilt which just reignited this mini fire. is what else I whipped up for Christmas with tumbler blocks in the last month and a half (so far, pretty sure I'm not really done yet and I have 5 months to go)

A set of placemats

The quilt and the placemats were made using the Missouri Star 5 inch Tumbler Template which was designed to fit perfectly on a charm as well as a 5 inch strip of fabric. Oh by the way that giveaway mentioned in the Header,  I am sending the winner The Missouri Star 5 inch Template

Yes, it is backward in the photo.  It comes with a protective paper backing on its front. 
I want to share the obsession.  Honestly this is a great block to work with.  They also make a 2 1/2 inch version that also works well with precuts.

A mug rug

The mug rug was made using the Accuquilt Go 3 inch die.

And so far my favorite, a Christmas Wreath

Not sure if it will be a table topper

Or a wall hanging

Yes they are tumblers, hind sight says I shouldn't have rounded out the points so much but in the third picture I have pins pointing to the seams so you can pick out the individual tumbler blocks.

I don't own the Accuquilt machine and dies, they were borrowed from my guild chapter and a couple of generous chapter members

If you are interested in more of my tumbler obsession check out my previous post. The second half of it is pretty much all tumblers.

Well I hope you have had fun on this stop of the Christmas in July Hop.  The other presenters in the hop are listed below for your ease in visiting. I am positive you will find great ideas for the upcoming holidays in their posts.

Oh, I will be participating in another Christmas in July Hop in a couple of weeks, please stop by and see what else I've been up to (mostly non tumbler related) see the button upper right,

Thanks so much for stopping by and please, have a Very Merry Christmas. 

Oh yeah, to have a chance at the Template just leave me a comment.  No problem if you are international, I'll pick a name on the 27th.

Saturday, July 14th
Joy @ Days Filled With Joy
Selina @ Selina Quilts

Sunday, July 15th
Joanne @ Everyone Deserves a Quilt
Jan @ The Colorful Fabriholic

Monday, July 16th
Carole @ From My Carolina Home
Jamie @ L'Fair Quilts
Karen @ Tu-Na Quilts, Travels & Eats

Tuesday, July 17th
Sharon @ Vrooman's Quilts
Mary @ Made by Marney

Wednesday, July 18th
Karrin @ Karrin's Crazy World
Marian @ Seams To Be Sew

Thursday, July 19th
Christina @ Christina's Handicrafts
Sherry @ Books, Hooks, Sticks, etc.
Danice @ Homespun Hannah

Friday, July 20th
Kristi @ Confessions of A Fabric Addict
Wendy @ Pieceful Thoughts

Saturday, July 21st
Cindy @ Stitchin' At Home
Meloney @ Mel's Quilting Blog

Sunday, July 22nd
Anja @ Anja Quilts
Moira @ Quilted Snail

Monday, July 23rd
Brenda @ Songbird Designs
Amy @ Sea of Estrogen
Bonnie @ In Stitches With Bonnie

Tuesday, July 24th
Kathy @ Kathy's Kwilts and More
Summer @ Summer Lee Quilts

Wednesday, July 25th
Susan @ Quilt Fabrication
Brandy @ Pampered Pettit
Jean @ All Points of the Compass

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Seriously, July 4th already

Wow another 2 weeks gone and I don't know where they went.  Missed my mamogram appointment on Wednesday because I thought I had another week to go in June.  They were understanding, I got it done on Monday.

Oh well, looking back, I have been busy. My sister needed to take her dog to NJ and although she (the dog, not my sister) weighs in at 10 pounds she is rather leggy. So that she could be a bit more comfortable on the plane we designed and whipped up a doggie tote.

We designed it so that the sides could unclip and give her a few inches of stretch room for those legs.

It worked. I,m really sorry I didn't get a picture of her in it.

I also made Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts  Easy as Pie Quilt using the tutorial in the link.  It is a great scrap buster. I need to put some time aside to get it quilted.

I'm also working diligently on my Christmas in July blog hop contributions. No Photos yet.  I'm gonna be way ahead on my Christmas quilting commitments because I'm not only participating in one C in J hop, no, I'm in 2.  Check out those buttons to the right.

I took a great improv class and as soon as I get caught up on several other projects I'll finish it.

I made several Small Kennel Quilts for the Franklin County, Florida Humane Society for small Animals displaced due to wild fires.

playing with tumbler blocks

And this weekend our guild chapter had a whole day sew in.  We got together from 10 AM to 9 PM.  We all brought something to share for lunch and then ordered in pizza for anyone who wanted dinner.
Great way to spend the day. Great fun, good people.

I have been on a tumbler kick lately and I got this pattern from MSQ that I wanted to make at the sew in.  Our chapter has an Accuquilt Cutter and one of the members loaned me her Tumbler Cutting Die for a 6 1/2 block. Making this a quick and easy project.

It measures in at 41 x 56

I decided that if I had more time I would like to make my big star quilt in RWB.  This is how far I got with that. without borders is's a 36 inch square

Just in case I got both of those tops done or I got bored I brought along the parts to start making a rug. This is how far I got with that idea.

Didn't even open the box.

So when one of the gals in the guild saw how obsessed I was with tumblers she lent me her 3 1/2 inch tumbler die for the accuquilt cutter.  I had the cutter in my possession until noon on Tuesday. So from Sunday am till Monday pm armed with 2 tumbler block dies I produced a few blocks

same pile different angle, I think these should hold me for awhile

I've already started using some of these

This one is made with the smaller blocks and a modified setting so it could hang down.  This piece measures in at 20 x 28

It's currently taped to the front door
Once I get it finished this is where it will hang.

Until the 14th when I do my first Christmas in July hop, (Hint, hint my post will contain a few more tumbler blocks :-} ) enjoy the holiday and summer. Stay safe and have fun

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Where Flowers Bloom - Blog Hop

Where to begin?  Best to start with a great big Thank You to Carla who can be found at   Creatin' In The Sticks     for all the work involved in coordinating this 5 day EVENT. Then a thanks to all of the participating quilters who make this happening an EVENT.

Ok, so on to my offerings.

Over the years I have made lots of quilts with stars and hearts and trees but not much in the way of flowers.  Yeah, I have used floral material but not much flower construction.

A couple of mug rugs

A doll quilt

And my most favorite, these tulips

So when this hop came up I never gave it a thought not to accept the invitation. I must admit that  for me it turned out to be a bit of a challenge I hadn't expected.

I had a commitment out there for another doll quilt so that was where I started.

It just doesn't do anything for me.  Yes, it met the criteria for the hop but didn't pop for me.

So on to try #2. I had seen this funky flower using hexies that I thought I would give a try.  These placemats  would probably have been fine if I picked the background fabric during the day and not in the wee hours of the morning with bad lighting and a sleep deprived brain.  Actually looking at this picture taken on a sunny morning the green lightens up a good bit, maybe I'll use them on the lanai (probably not) 

Good thing that I really like the fabric I choose for the back because that will probably be how I use them.

And then it came to me.  I went back in time and low and behold my brain had a light bulb moment and screamed at me "Flower Power".    I googled flower power and found lots of fun ideas. Then I rummaged deep down in my stash for this cool tie dyed, kinda flowery fabric I've been hoarding for forever.

So here it is, my Flower Power Back Pack.  I love it.

Here's a look at the inside which I have constructed to be reversible if I so desired ( just had to add the bottom loops for the cord and finish off the bottom more neatly than my norm).

The reversibility was just a test. I wouldn't reverse this particular bag because I wouldn't want to damage my flower and peace sign with all of the junk I shove in my bag on a daily basis.

Well thank you so much for stopping by and joining me on this journey.  Please take a few minutes and visit with all of the other quilters participating in this hop.

 OH Yea, if Google is still being a pain in the butt, Thank you to all who have left a comment.  I will try and get back to you but we all know how that's going.

Here is a list of links for one and all of the participants just to make the trip a little easier for ya.

 so for now
 - PEACE -

Where Flowers Bloom Blog Hop Schedule

Friday, June 15th

Friday, June 1, 2018

Quilts for the Twins

Last week was Wish Upon A Star Blog Hop Week.  On Tuesday morning one of the posts that I read was Days Filled With Joy where Joy posted a Quick Star Tutorial.  The tutorial is for a lovely large star like this.

The tutorial is for a 36 inch square star, not a quilt.  You get to choose how you want to set the star into your quilt.

Tuesday afternoon I got a call from a cousin letting me know that she will be the grandmother to twins sometime in the next couple of weeks.  Perfect timing, huh.

Tuesday night I started quilt #1. Last night, 9 days later, I finished quilt #2.

The backing and background are relatively new fabrics but the orange and novelty fabrics were in my stash.

My finished quilts measured in at 50 inch square

I got each top done in about 4 hours. Great time if you are looking for a quickie quilt.

I used a 2 1/2 inch inner border and a 5 1/2 inch outer border. I thought that the star and fabric choices were busy enough to keep the borders simple.

I had a great time  working on this unexpected project.  I'm off to see what's on my actual quilting to do list.  I know there are a few Blog Hops on my horizon.  Need to go and check out their status. 

Happy June

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Wish Upon A Star Blog Hop

I made my wish and it happened.  Another hop. I love them, they're such a fun way to spend time with quilty buddies.  Welcome one and all.  Thanks go to Carol for this one where the only requirement was that your piece, no matter what it is, contains at least one star.
OK, my piece contains a hum dinger of a star.

I started this quilt last summer when a guild sister asked if some of the members could make a lap size/ afghan size quilt for the military members of the church where we hold our guild meetings. This would be an on going project.

I said yes and got the top finished within the week.  Got it sandwiched during the next week and then I hit a huge snag.  I do very basic machine quilting. I usually don't have issues so I generally never look at the back of the piece as I fly along.    HUGE mistake.  When I finished quilting the first half of the quilt I looked at the back as I flipped it to work the other end. OOOOOOPS.  The entire back of the first half of the quilt was ruffled.   I apparently broke my walking foot and never noticed.

I took the mess and folded it up for another day.

Fast forward to Carol's announcement of this hop.  It was just the push I needed to pull this thing out after 6 months or so and rip, rip, rip and then turn it into a wonderful gift for a Veteran.

This quilt was made using the pattern  idea from  Mary  who is involved with the Heart Strings Quilt Project.  She shares her patterns and pattern ideas for use for Charitable projects.  I loved this  idea. 

This is the second or third time I have made this particular star quilt.  

Ok, as all of you regulars know, I am a bit of an over achiever.  I will admit that up until 3 weeks ago this quilt was all I planned on posting for this particular hop.  

Well 3 weeks ago I heard of a member to member class being offered by The Quilt Guild of the Villages.  The class was for quilts using the HST.

The class was on May 12 and one of the options was a Star Quilt, such wonderful timing. I was able to get the top completed just in time for this post. 

The quilt used the better part of 2 charm packs.  I chose a couple of sweet packs full of little boy stuff, you know, trucks and cars and planes.  The only problem with this quilt is that I don't have little boys in my life.  So this top will probably remain folded up unquilted  for  the time being waiting for just the right little boy to need it.

Sorry about the quality of these pictures and the problem of the gray washing out the other light colors but as with so many of you, we've really had nothing but clouds and rain, not exactly great photo weather.

Thanks for stopping in but now its time for you to travel on and check out the other posts for today and any you may have missed yesterday. I am including the list of all of the participants in this wonderful event.

Have fun and enjoy all of the terrific ideas presented by these oh so talented quilters.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

H2H Charity Quilt Challenge 2018 Wrap Up

It looks like the 2018 H2H Challenge has been a rousing success. I am posting my offerings for this event for Sunday's linky party over at Sarah's confessions of a fabric addict  Full details of this Challenge can be found by clicking on the link.

She is the energizer bunny for this annual event. This year she found 3 organizations for us to make quilts for.  If these organizations didn't work for any of us then a group of our choosing was fine.

The links  below will take you to my original postings where I have some detail on the background of these quilts.

This quilt went to Quilty Hugs for happy Chemo in Utah

This quilt top went to Victoria's Quilts in Ontario, Canada

This quilt went to Little Lambs Foundation for Kids, also in Utah

Thanks Sarah for all you do to help those in need.