Thursday, August 23, 2018

Fabulous Freebies Blog Hop + A Give Away

This is one of the most creative ideas I have ever been part of.  There are  27  Quilty types who have gathered their favorite internet freebie tutorials to share with you one.  This bonanza of information has been coordinated by Joan over at Moose Stash Quilting,  a big thanks goes out to her.

My Freebie Tutorial is the  Easy - Peasy Back Pack .  It came out in March of 2015. Since then I have made well over a dozen of them.  I have also been part of a group sew in with my guild  where I introduced members to the link. I think everyone who participated made at least 2.

My most recent (not) was this one made for the June, Where Flowers Bloom Blog Hop.


The pattern doesn't call for it to be reversible. Very easy to fudge so long as the straps you are using tie.

This is where you can find it every time I go out the door

The next few are in the order I made them, I think

These two look similar but if you look closely one has a cord for straps while the other has fabric, also the accent fabric choice is different.

There was a third of this pattern but it walked out the door within hours of its final pressing




Used as a Christmas Gift Bag

This one was made using prequilted fabric and a pocket was added to the outside.  I made this one while I was still living in Jersey, 3 plus years ago.  I was still using it on a very regular basis until the Flower Power one took it's place.

This one was made with this little Princess in mind.
This bag can me made of anything.  This one was made specifically around the puppy block Which is smaller than the original bag

The Flower Power bag was applique.  The Flower Power  bag was also made to be reversible.

This bag was made just to carry that matching quilt home from Florida to Colorado 

The next 4 pictures were taken at my sisters.  She is a great admirer of my work

this is actually how they are stored at her house ( on hangers not hanging off the kitchen counter )

I added the front pocket to this one too.

Last week my niece asked if I could give her the numbers to make this quilt block excluding the outer border. I worked up the numbers and then made the block to make sure I was accurate.

So what do you do with a 10 inch block the week before you do a post on bags, of course you whip it into one of course.  

This one is a little bigger than the pattern. 

I made the bag reversible and sent it off to my niece.

So now that you have followed along all this way I have only one more bag to show.
This one I timed to find out how long it took to make the actual bag.  I did it in 1 hour and 20 minutes with a cord strap.  If you are making a matching/coordinating fabric strap it would take a bit longer.

This bag will go to one of my visitors who leaves a nice comment regarding this wonderful hop.  

I will ship anywhere.   Just make sure I can contact you for a mailing address.

Oh yeah, I made this one reversible too.

We'll pick a name Sunday night.

Thanks for stopping by. If you haven't see a master list I am adding it to the bottom of this post. There are so many wonderful places to go and see.  Take a few minutes and visit one and all.

Thank you to all of the participants in this wonderful adventure.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Update on my Challenge and My Ongoing Affair with Tumblers

Be Warned - Today in a picture heavy  post.

Now on to my ongoing Tumbler obsession.

This quilt top measures in at 40 x 60.  It was made using 6 in finished tumblers.

This table runner  was made with 3 in finished tumblers

The table topper was also made with the 3 in finished tumbler, it is wonderful what you can do with left overs from other projects.

I liked the backs too.

I owe many thanks for the binding on the table runner to Linda over at  Flourishing Palms. Yesterday she gave a class at our Big Cypress guild meeting on No Tails Binding. My table runner was the example for the class. Linda was kind enough to do all of the lovely, clean mitered corners as part of the class so all that was left for me to do was the hand stitching to the back.  What a deal.  Her No Tails Binding is a great way to do a binding and if you click on the link above it will take you to the tutorial on her blog. 

In my personal challenge to myself for 30 Raw Edge Applique pieces in 30 days I'm doing pretty well. So far I only missed 1 day.

Yesterday I posted on IG my 17th block on day 18.

Pattern by Minki Kim

Pattern by Minki Kim

Doodles by me

Pattern by Minki Kim

Pattern by Minki Kim

This too is a pattern by Minki Kim. I changed sizes ( I love my printer)

Here is what I did with the large and the small, the medium one joins the other pieces for a final project.

I think the bunny was from clip art

Think that this palm tree was also clip art 

This adorable deer is a pattern from Gail Pan from 2016

more of my very limited doodle ability

saw a cross stitch idea that I adapted

I did do a bit more this week in the way of sewing but that will show up on the 24th on my day for the Fabulous Freebies Blog Hop.  See the button.  This should be a fun time for one and all.  The participants will be posting about freebie tutorials that they have found and loved and posting the links.  I've got plans to post pictures of most of the pieces I have made using my favorite and I'll even have a give away.  Please stop by.

Friday, August 3, 2018

New Month - New Challenge

Well not exactly.  I started this new personal challenge on July 28.  It actually started back in March, I had wanted to try raw edge applique.  I did a couple of pieces, liked it but had way to many other things going on to play.

Jump to the Christmas in July Blog Hop where I focused on Tumbler blocks.  I had a give away and wanted to include a note. I know awhile back I did a few cards based on crazymomquilts book No Scrap Left Behind so I took the card idea and matched it up to a tumbler and raw edge applique and got

Well I got a Christmas Popsicle with a star instead of a tree.  I'm sure Louise H.  will appreciate it once it and the other goodies arrive at her door.

I am now going out of order because I wanted to know if you knew that it was National Watermelon Day ?

 I found out when I opened Carla's blog createinthesticks this morning.  This is her design done by me who is pretty new at this process.
 and I wanted you to see it before you got bored with all the pictures that are coming up.


Back to my original .  What did happen was a gap in my list of to dos that needed to be filled.  I have been following several creative types, both bloggers and IG folk who have inspired me with their raw edge work.  Most specially Minki Kim @zeriano.

Well on the 28th I found a very simple applique design from the holidays that I had done in Red Work and set up my personal challenge

I decided that I would work on one small piece a day for 30 days.  My background pieces will be no larger than a 6 1/2 inch square.   

This is one of Minki Kim's designs

When it comes to how I am doing the raw edge work I have shifted back and forth between using a regular sewing foot with a tiny stitch length and FMQ, something I am very inexperienced at.

 I am pleased how this first attempt worked out.  Not sure what it's called when there is only outline work done and no applique.  These are also Minki Kim's designs.  She had bits of fabric in her versions.

He is a cutie that I found under clip art

This is a basic house by me.

Found these ladies out on the internet somewhere. They are tied with the little chick for first place in my heart. (so far)

This was today's block, another design by Minki Kim

So that's what I've been up to around my ususal Quilty, macrame, knitting and crocheting  stuff.  What's happening in your creative life.