Monday, January 22, 2018

Upcoming - Put a Little Love in Your Heart

Coming soon is a super fun Blog Hop, brought to you by Carol over at Just Let Me Quilt .  It will be all about quilty items with at least one Heart contained in it. Right now I believe there are 35 + participants. Can't wait to see what this talented bunch comes up with.

I'm posting on Feb 7.  I am currently working on my Heart item.  I thought, just as a warm up, I'd post a couple of items I have made over the years that would qualify.

The item doesn't have to be big.  Here is a mug rug that I made for a friend who was recovering from surgery. Originally posted in August 2012

This one is from my December  2011 post.  It has hand stitched hearts.

How about this row quilt from September 2012

 Or a table runner from July 2016

Well you have the picture.  It will be a super fun few days, all heartfelt.

I did find, while looking for examples, that I have done a great many more quilted pieces with hearts than I would have guessed.  Several I forgot about until I clicked past them. When we get a bit closer I will include a list of links of all of the participants.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Post #2 for 2018

Not too bad, 2 weeks between posts.  Better than I've been in some time.

I want to start with a couple of pictures of my Christmas gifts from my crafty friends.
My friend P is a knitter first and a quilter second.  This year I got a lot of knitting from her and a tiny bit of quilting.

First is the phenomenal knitted table runner with snow flakes.  These were what made my Florida Christmas, White.  Here are 2 Pictures of it. 

My first thought was that it was a scarf, heaven forbid that I read the note that came with it telling me it was table runner.

Then there is the fun Flamingo Sun Glass holder, I just love it.

And last but not least is the set of coasters that match the Quilted Place-mats she made for me last year which match the Quilted Table Runner  from the year before.  It is amazing how far scraps can go.

My friend B, made me a scrap fabric wreath for the second time.  The first one apparently disappeared during my move from NJ to FL.  She kindly, with just a bit of verbal abuse, made me another.

 We have been making each other gifts for the better part of 40 years.  Visiting either of our homes during the holidays gives a running list of what we've been doing in the way of crafting for all of that time.  Some very lame items and some beauties. All made and given with love.  Over the years we have postponed holiday celebrating til a gift was completed.  One year I was late to a holiday party at her home because I was finishing her gift between the family brunch at my home and cocktails at hers. 45 years of friendship, can't beat it.

Now back to my handy work.

First up are the blocks made for the #venturamodernquiltguild who are making quilts for the victims of the Thomas Fire in Ca.  Sent blocks and prayers.

Up to 18 of 30 blocks in 30 days. definitely started using scraps.

My sister requested some vinyl zip bags for travel.  This is the start of the first of  four.

Last year closed with a biggy.  I  got my first new car in 8 years.  It's a Rav4.  I got it on the 30th, my  birthday.  MJ thought I needed to catch up with technology.  I think he might have been right. I am having a great time with it.  The color is Aqua, which is a sparkly darkish Aqua in bright sunlight.  It changes color based on the light.  Sometimes its a beautiful Navy and sometimes jet black.  Let me tell you it is a bear to find in a parking lot when you don't know what color car you're looking for. : }

I think that gets me up to the minute. Hope to get back before month end.  Take care.


Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year

Happy New Year

One of my goals for 2018 is to blog a bit more regularly. This is my official start. The other goal is to work my scraps and stash, both of these collections are ridiculous.


Some of the Scrap Problem

I 'm kinda following along with Sarah over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict. she is doing  Scrap Attack 2018  Her process is clearly explained if you go to the link. I already have projects that I need to get done on a time line that I will now be using my scraps for.(scraps mostly and stash probably for background). So I will not be following her process for deciding when to do what, but I will now use scraps which was not my original plan.

Looking at the scheduled list below I will get at least one scrap project done a month if I stay focused.

My goals so far for the year look like this: (those in bold print are now designated scrap/stash projects)

January - 30 Quilt Blocks in 30 Days
February - Put a Little Love in Your Quilt
March - H2H 2018 #1
April - H2H 2018 #2
May - H2H 2018 #3
May - Guild Presentation Samples
June - Christmas in July (I hope we're doing that again)

Veterans Quilt for the Church - Sandwiched, needs quilting
Remainders Quilt - Top complete
Christmas Tumblers - Hand Quilting Big Stitch Started
Ladders Quilt - Blocks are completed
Black and White - Mini Tumblers
Knitted Shawl - Started
Knitted Hand Towel - Started

Bracelets for Operation Shoe Box
Plarn Mats for the Homeless
Projects for the FHFC NICU
     Preemie Gowns
     Preemie Quilts
     Hearts and Hide My Eye Covers
Small Animal Shelter Quilts

Some of my UFO's

FHFC Preemie Project

 Current Plarn Mat in Progress 

Cut Plastic Bags for future Mat

As we can see I am ready to hit this new year running.  As soon as I hit the publish button for this post I'm heading to my room to start cutting some of the scraps for the 30 blocks in 30 days quilt.

As other projects come up and are posted on my blog I will note if I used scraps, stash or new fabric. This will hopefully keep me on both tracks, a couple of postings a month and Scrap work.

Now that I have committed in writing to these not too difficult goals  

I wish you and your families a Happy and Healthy 2018.