Thursday, March 19, 2020

Quilt Qwazy Queens blog hop.

So have you been just laughing your butt off following this ever so fun hop? I view it as the very lite side of quilting. I open them first thing in the morning and enjoy with my coffee, great way to start the day.  So thanks so much Joan for coming up with this hop for us to follow/participate in. They say timing is everything and boy did we need something to laugh about this week.

Well once I signed up for this hop my first idea of something Qwazy that I have quilted goes all the way back to a blog hop many of us participated in back in February of 2013  Here are 2 of the pictures from that post.

I made this into a pillow for our mom when she went to an assisted living facility. The pattern is by Amy Bradley.

I know the picture is blurry but it shows just how accurate the pillow is in capturing sissie and me.  After our mom passed we realized as we were cleaning out her room that the pillow had gone missing.  I hope it went to one of her buddies and that one of them is still enjoying it.

Then I realized that I don't really make fun stuff on my own.  Where I mostly get my quilting chuckles is in laughing at my mistakes such as

Not paying attention and putting the batting on the outside and the backing on the inside of this pouch.  I originally thought that this was the only one I screwed up of the 50 I made.  I recently ran into one of the recipients and she had hers out and I realized hers also had the batting on the outside. When I apologized and offered to make her a new one she laughed and told me she thought I did it on purpose to give it a winter feel. Some people are just so polite.

While doing another project I used the stabilizer incorrectly and had the sticky side down  and it caught the bobbin cover and dragged it under the needle and I tried to sew through it for several stitches before I realized what the horrible noise coming from the machine was. Amazing that I got that many stitches done before the needle broke.

Ok so then I got really serious about what I could do specifically for this hop to make you'll smile and I remembered that when I first got my embroidery machine I tried all sorts of things that I saw on you tube.  This go round I could google something specific. The topic of my search was things to embroider on Toilet Paper . It was absolutely amazing how many ideas are out there for this topic.

This was my favorite.  

I did it in 2 different color ways

It is an amazingly easy thing to do. I think that the stitch out time was 4 minutes. You can use any embroidery design that fits a square of the type of toilet paper you have.  I am a Charmin user but many of the tutorials I read suggested using the very cheap stuff.     The cool part is that you can rip off the embroidered piece with a few extra squares on either end and store them flat for reuse at a later date by just rewinding on a new roll if you used a seasonal pattern or an event to celebrate. (or had an emergency need)

I have found that you can hide small gifts inside

I will be giving one of these away to someone who comments and who has a mailing address in the US . Just leave as part of your comment which one you would prefer. I understand that this could be a very valuable gift this week with all of the empty shelves in the stores.

Now thanks again to Joan of Moose Stash Quilting for coordinating this fun time for one and all and here for your convenience is a full list of participants for you to smile your way through.

Wednesday March 18

Thursday March 19

Friday March 20
Monday March 23
Tuesday March 24

All joking aside, I hope you are all doing well and taking care of yourselves and families.  Til next time stay safe and keep smiling.

Friday, March 6, 2020

Other Stuff - Using my Scan N Cut

Last year I got a Brothers Scan N Cut to use for helping me with some various quilting chores.  My local quilt shop has group classes monthly that I attend where they demo the different things the machine can do.  I then come home and do nothing because I walk in the door and put the bag containing the machine in the closet.  Out of sight as they say.  Last month I decided that I had to justify to myself the cost of the machine and dedicated a full week where I would not sew but I would scan n cut. 

So me, the Scan N Cut and Google worked together to produce all of these items. Google and You Tube really are invaluable sources.

Some of the items came out perfectly and some not so much.   The mug has a flaw where I stretched the vinyl on the visor so it adhered a tiny bit wiggly and the shirt above was done on a very loose knit shirt that I had a heck of a time making the design stick to. 

Mickey's ear got a bit sloppy because I didn't have the vinyl stuck properly to the mat and it shifted while cutting.

All in all I learned an amazing amount.

These cards on the other hand were flawless.

I was able to download SVG files from the internet  and  Use items in Clip Art.  I'm now following several new sites that share information some for purchase some free.

I love the fact that you can take these files and change the size up and down. the turtle on the shirt is about 9 inches across and the the one on the card is about 3

and how can use them such as tee shirt, note card and gift tag.

I also love the amount of detail that I can get.

And now back to the original justification for wanting one of these machines, you know, helping me with my quilting, tee hee, tee hee.

It did a wonderful job cutting hexie's from cardstock

So all in all it was a wonderful and very productive week. 

Monday, February 17, 2020

Color It Red Blog Hop

I had no problem at all signing up for this hop as I have an amazing amount of red in my scrap and stash bins just begging to be used and this year I wanted to actually make a dent (tee, hee) in both of those collections.

I will begin with an apology.  Sometime in January I saw a woven pin cushion  out there somewhere. I thought it was a great idea and filed it in my memory for a future to do.   

Color me Red sounded like a perfect opportunity for making it.  Pulled the fabric from my scrap bin and couldn't remember where I saw the darn thing.  I did hunt and I am sorry I can't give credit where credit is due.   Thank you Linda for the link to the pattern  The Sewing Loft

So I faked my way through it.

Took some pictures and now realize you can't really see how cute the concept is. The weaving is very loose so you can see the background and use the strips for holding scissors, clips and pins.

So this is the general idea of the pin cushion I saw but hers/his had a much better looking finish on the ends.  Again, so sorry.

In January, I had a give away.  The winner was Colette.
When given the choice of color for me to make her a pouch and key fob she said aqua or RED. she did not put the request in caps, but how perfect a choice was that.

Since I'm not really sure about picking the color Aqua/Teal I made her a best guess pouch and a red pouch because you know, it's Red month.

Well at that point I was covered for this hop. Then The Quilt Guild of the Villages had its BiAnnual quilters Market event where I picked up (among other things) the Creative Grids Scrap Crazy 8" template set.

I was able to turn this top out in 2 days.  The red in the blocks is from scrap.  The border and binding came from stash.  The black/white fabric is new.  My local Quilt shop had a great sale on its wide for backing fabric and I fell in love with this one.  I purchased all that they had. About 9 yards of wide or if you look at it the other way 18 plus yards of 45 wide fabric.  A really big increase to my stash.
Finished the quilting and binding the following weekend (mostly between the adds during super bowl) and now have the second quilt for H2H 2020 ready to go.

This is what happens when you turn your back on a windy day.  This is the picture of the back.

And last but not least

Operation Shoebox (goodie boxes for our troops) sent out a request for sewers who could whip up some of these wine bags that they use for fund raising. They did not supply the wine but they did supply the pre cut fabric and pattern.  Yes they supplied me with RED fabric this week. 

With the fabric chosen and precut the bags only require about 10 -12 minutes each of my sewing/pressing time. I'm now committed to one of packet of 5 pre cuts a week. (so this week, the pack they gave me contains 7 in spring florals. Timing is everything.

So this is just the first day of this hop so kindly brought to you by Carol over at Just Let Me Quilt 
Thank you Carol for coordinating yet another wonderful hopping event.
Please give your self a treat and stop by and visit all of the other hoppers, you will be so glad you did. For your convenience here is a complete list of people to visit this week.

February 17th
Selina Quilts (you are here)

February 18th

February 19th

February 20th
February 21st

Friday, January 24, 2020

The Winter Blues - Blog Hop

Welcome to The Winter Blues Blog Hop.  It is kind of a Blue day since it is the last day of sharing terrific projects with Blue as their focus.  Another great idea brought to us by Carla of Creatin In The Sticks  So a big Thank You for another round of fun and ideas to add to our to do lists.

My quilting goal for 2020 is to make better use of the boxes of scraps and drawers of stash fabric taking up space in my home.  Yes I will continue to buy new but I really need to focus on using up some of what I have.  Therefore every blog hop I participate in this year will have at least one thing in it made using scraps or stash or both. 

 So to kick off the 2020 blog hops I have made a couple of zip purses using stash fabric.

These pouches were made for a zip pouch swap I participated in earlier this month.  Once my swap partner let me know that she was open to getting her pouch in any color I was on a Winter Blues roll.
 I made 2 pouches because I made them on my embroidery machine and that just felt like I was cheating.  It is a design I got from Designs by JuJu

So now I have a question for you.  When does a scrap become a scrap?  This key fob was made with a piece of left over fabric from the fat quarter used to make this pouch.  So does it qualify as scrap or just stash because it didn't get as far as the scrap box only to the end of the cutting table. hmmmmmmmmm

I think I'll give one away (pouch and key fob set) on Monday AM (1/27/2020) to one of you who leaves a comment.

Several of my quilting associates have been making these vinyl covered candy bag pouches. Well when it was suggested that we included other small items for our swap partner with our pouch I felt the need to go out and find a candy bag that not only had individually wrapped candies inside but that was also blue.

I was tickled that I found this one.  The only problem was I didn't take into account that the bag was tall and thin making the zipper opening a bit small.  Yeah I know I could have done it on the side but.
After it was finished I did check and it will hold a rotary cutter just fine.

Before I knew that I could make blue pouches I got started on a blue scrap quilt using this super simple block made up of 2.5 X 4.5 pieces.  I love the quilt   but it is depressing that it didn't make a dent in my blue scraps.  

This lovely piece is made of stash fabrics.  It is the back of the scrap quilt.  I'm not sure which side I like more.

This quilt will go to Hands 2 Help 2020 Comfort Quilt Challenge this spring.

If you haven't already, do yourself a favor and drop in and visit all of the other participants in this wonderful sharing of Winter Blues ideas.  Here is the complete list just in case.

Thanks for stopping in and visiting.  Hope to have you back again soon.

Monday, January 20th

Tuesday, January 21st

Wednesday, January 22nd

Thursday, January 23rd

Friday, January 24th

Saturday, December 28, 2019

Christmas 2019 Incoming

I love Christmas.  I love making and giving and I'm not adverse to receiving.   I have a few old friends who I exchange handmade items with every year and I generally make some type of small gift to send to family with their main gifts. My next post will be dedicated to the outgoing but this posting is dedicated to the lovely homemade gifts I have received this year.

My friend B got a lovely Bernina from her hubby for Christmas a little early,  just before Thanksgiving.  She made this wonderful pillow for me on it.

It came with this great matching ornament that was ridiculously hard to photograph. This picture just doesn't do it  justice.

my friend P made this beautifully hand quilted table runner.

and included in the package were these amazing buttons.

I love them.  For the time being I am going to pin them to my design wall and just admire them. One of these days I'll come up with a plan for them but it will have to be a very special project.

I also exchanged goodies with some local friends. 

I love FSL and received 3 beautiful FSL ornaments

And then there is this very cool snow
globe.  Can't wait to try a few of these on my own.

Then there are the quilty thoughtful gifts from those who are not the crafty type but who really, really know me well.

Gift cards to my favorite quilt store in Wildwood, FL

a just a wonderful quilty gift from a quilt buddy

The small wool ironing mat.  I already own the large one but this one is 10 inches square and fits right next to the machine or the mobile cutting mat. Perfect for the many small projects I like tinkering with.

My thanks to all of my quilty buds.

Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.