Tuesday, September 10, 2019

My Favorite Quilt Block Blog Hop - How about TUMBLER BLOCK

I love the idea of having a favorite block.  For years I loved star blocks of all kinds but one day maybe 2 years ago I fell in love with the Tumbler Block. I have no idea what triggered it but I am still running with it.

This Flag and several other of my tumbler pieces can be found here

Last summer I participated in a Christmas in July Hop Tumbling Toward Christmas where I posted 4 different tumbler projects that I made for gift giving.

This Halloween Quilt  and a couple of other examples can be found here.

But my absolute favorite Tumbler Block creations are my Coasters which can be found at the bottom of the post

So all of these pieces made it very difficult to come up with something new for this hop.  I first went to a work in progress.  

These little tumblers are part of a leader/ender project.  Didn't think I could get it to the size I wanted by the start of the hop

I am currently dabbling with Sashiko and thought I'd see how it would work , not so much.

Of course there is always a mug rug to fall back on

I then went to the Tumbler box and dragged out a bunch of cut tumblers that I keep on hand and looked at them for a couple of days. And then as so often happens, in the middle of the night the idea for a quilt popped into my head.

This was a quilt as you go project.

I don't generally name my quilts but Tumbling Tumblers just seems to fit.  This quilt will be going to a Veteran at a Veteran's day program given by the church where CFMQG meets monthly.

And last but not least is this little mug rug which meets my commitment to include an embroidered item in every blog this year.  This little guy was a test item on several levels.  The flower and leaves are  a coloring page downloaded onto my machine and converted into an embroidery design.  Then I added a tumbler block as a flower pot.  It looked too plain so I then found a heart design on my machine to add.  Then since my sister is always concerned that she would ruin a mug rug with a tea cup "ring" I added a  layer of iron on vinyl to the top before binding. All in all a very successful test. The only thing I don't understand is how I'm related to my sister, she's concerned about Tea Cup Rings and I worry about wine stains (not).

So thank you Carla for coordinating another wonderful Hop Along Event and for once again making my brain hurt in such a wonderful way.

Thanks so much to all of you for stopping by and please take the time to visit all of the other wonderfully talented ladies participating this week.

My Favorite Quilt Block Blog Hop Schedule

Monday, September 9th

Tuesday, September 10th

Wednesday, September 11th

Thursday, September 12th

Friday, September 13th

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

2019 Online Quilters Meet and Greet

A warm welcome to all of my guests, both old, glad you could stop by and new, it's a pleasure to meet you. Thank you Benita for coordinating this event again this year and for all the work you have done in the backgroud including getting some fabulous prizes lined up. Link for the grand prize is  at the end of this post.

Click here for the list of participants

Benita's invite to participate in this happening was that we needed to include  a photo of us with our favorite quilt.  For me that was a problem since I generally love the quilt I'm currently working on and I generally give them away once completed.

                                            So instead, this is me with a very sentimental quilt.

This quilt was made by me 10 or so years ago with scraps from a quilting friend.  I had hip replacement surgery in late Novermber in NJ. I was very bored at home during recovery. Due to the weather conditions, wet possibly slippery, I was confined to the house by myself for great periods of time.  My sewing room was on the second floor and my new hip limited me to the first floor when I was home alone.  One of  my quilt buddies determined to help me stay happy decided that since I couldn't reach my fabric she would give me a kitchen sized trash bag of hers The bag was full of her scraps to play with.  

It was exactly what I needed I spent days in by kitchen sorting, ironing and cutting.  By the time I did all of that I  was able to use the stairs and my sewing room again and ta da a beautiful quilt that always makes me think of her even though we are now living several states apart.

  So here is a little about me. I'm retired.  I fill a large amount of my time crafting.  Mostly quilting but with some knitting, crocheting, needlework, card making and  macrame tossed in. The bulk of my work is given away.  Family, friends and charities are the recipients.

The city I live in is populated with over 125,000 retired folk wheeling around in golf carts.

I designed this little quilt for a hop  in 2014 right after we decided to retire here.

 We literally have over 2000 weekly events that we can participate in not including the golf, bowling and tennis.  Any and every craft you can think of has a group or several.  I am a member of the Quilt Guild of the Villages, Operation Shoe Box (goodie boxes for the troops)  Angel Snugs (hats and scarves for kids with cancer) and the TQPM Small Kennel Quilt Team (making Small Kennel quilts for animal rescue groups around the country)

I started to blog in  2011 as way to keep track of what I was doing in the crafting world while I was working full time.  Early on I started to participate in Blog Hop s The Ghaslies was one of my first.

 It was one of the best things I ever did for myself.  I have met so many generous and talented people  by way of blogging and blog hops. I know the exposure and the challenges presented forced me to grow in my skills and my creative imagination. 

I am the type of crafter who will try anything once. A Prime example would be the year before last  I tried glass fusion. 

That lasted from early October through Christmas. I am like a bull in a china shop and working with glass wasn't for me. Everyone on my list got something for Christmas made of glass and then I gave away all of the stuff before it became permanent fixtures in the craft space.

This past year I invested ( with a very hard push from my biggest fan, my sister) in my first embroidery machine.  

I really didn't think I would like it but all of the people I know who owned one loved theirs.  I got mine the week before Christmas and lets just say that it was a good thing that the tree was already up when the machine got here cause I was locked in my room with her and didn't really appear for days.  

 I did silly, yes that is a roll of toilet paper 

serious gifts,  this is a gift card holder  the first week, Bless YouTube. 

I am still doing some kind of embroidery at least 4 times a week.  The shop where I got her has terrific classes all the time and the staff is always ready and willing to help with any and everything.

Last but far from least I am the mom to 2 fabulous rescued Bulldogs.

Celie and Nettie are sisters who were found abandoned in Miami.

The photo at the beginning of my blog is of Tink who crossed the rainbow bridge several years ago.  She too was a rescued Bulldog. All wonderful girls that we are blessed to have in our life.

Now for the the chance to win the Great Grand Prize

Thank you for stopping in for a visit.  Please visit again.  I still participate in about 10 blog hops a year. All of them some sort of challenge to my creative abilities. If you are new I hope you will check out some of my past posts and hopefully find some ideas to try.