Sunday, May 31, 2020

H2H 2020 - Contributions

One of the small positives of being home so much of 2020 is the time available for sewing and very few quilting requests on my to do list leaving me wide open to quilt for others.

I was able to get a kick start on H2H 2020 in 2019
I got this quilt that went to Quilty Hugs done I think back in December.

I know I got the blocks done for this quilt that also went to Quilty Hugs in December.

This is just the back to the quilt above, I just loved it as much as the front.

This quilt went to Mercyful Quilts

This sweet little quilt went to Little Lambs Foundation for Kids

Our guild chapter had a "Baby Shower" a couple of weeks ago for a local organization The Childrens Home Society. Several of the members donated flannel and I made these 3 self binding receiving blankets.

I used the tutorials from Missouri Star and Fat Quarter shops

This final submission went to the same organization.  It's a quilt as you go using left over strips from other projects.

Thank you so much 
For taking all the time needed and the organization involved to make this annual event a huge success. Growing yearly by leaps and bounds.  If you aren't familiar with this event please click on the link and view some of the other wonderful quilts going to those who are in need of quilty hug.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020


Last month a friend of mine asked if I could send her the cutting dimensions for the pieces of a 12 inch finished saw tooth block.  This friend is more of a knitter than a quilter. I told her sure and graphed a block, included the dimensions and sent it to her. 

A few hours after sending her the info I started to second guess myself and my speedily drafted block detail.  I figured that I should just make a block using my numbers just to be sure.

TA DA, my numbers worked and my start to this hops contribution was on it's way totally by chance.  I looked at the block for a while and wondered what I was going to do with yet another stray block.  At this point it was still a block in my head, not yet a square.

I don't think I thought square until I looked at the graphed version again.  That's when the idea to make it the center of a table topper for the summer hit me.

I looked at this larger square for awhile and decided that it wasn't going to fit anywhere in my house and most all of my friends and family already have RWB table toppers or runners already.

Well why not just go bigger.  I love how it came out. It's a 48 inch Square.

It was one of the easiest quilts I've ever put together and it was all from my stash.  I will probably do it again but looking at it in this finished state I would probably add a 2 inch border using the background fabric to make it float a bit before the binding.

Next up is what looks like what  will be a very long term project.  While routing around my garage I discovered several bins of scraps.  I opened one and discovered lots of strings of various widths.

I pulled a couple of handfuls

trimmed the pieces down to 1 to 1 1/2 inches wide

Then I started a new long term project of crocheting a square . I have no idea what my goal here is  but this is what happens to your mind when you are on shut down. 

This is how far those 2 handfuls got me. OK it's not exactly square but close enough for a mindless project.  I  measure it currently at about 17 inches give or take.  It counts for this hop right? And in the end that's all that matters.

At this point I want to thank Miss Carol from  Just Let Me Quilt  for hosting this hop and thanks to all of the hoppers for giving us some fun stuff to focus on during this lock down.   Here is a list of all of the players.  It will so brighten your day and theirs if you drop by check out their projects and leave a sweet note.

Please continue to stay safe and out of harms way.

Sunday, May 10, 2020

What did you do during Lock Down?

Wow I didn't realize that I haven't been doing any posting.  Quite shocking to see that my last post was in mid March. While I haven't been posting I have been pretty productive during this stay at home time.  WARNING  This will be a rather long and photo heavy post.

One of the things I found out about myself during this time was that I used  entirely too much paper product.  While toilet paper is a major necessity, paper towels and napkins not so much. First hit was to go back to cloth napkins.  I used them for years.  Stopped around when I retired. 

  I had yards and yards of this great fabric so I knocked out 18 cloth napkins for regular  daily use.

Next on the hit list were paper towels.

I took a flannel sheet that was hanging out in the closet taking up space ( I live in Florida and don't use flannel sheets anymore) and cut it into 6.5 x 11.5 sections and made 4 -5 dozen faux paper towels.  

I just did  one fold and some zig zaggy top stitching  to neaten them up.

They live on my counter where the paper towels used to reside in a sweet basket.

They even have there very own laundry basket that they share with the napkins and dish towels.

I still use some paper towels for things that are very greasy ( don't want that in my washer) and things on my very doggie abused floors.  

So for Easter I was able to give embroidered rolls of paper towels to some close friends  without  purchasing anything.  In fact I still haven't had to purchase any paper towels and probably won't need to for several months.

Like so many of my quilting buddies I've been mask making ( over 100 to date ).  I have family in hard hit NY and NJ  and sent the first few batches there, then to friends, neighbors and to several organizations in my area through our quilt guild.   

This was my first and only of this type of mask.  Just wasn't comfortable making the pleats and all that bias tape.

Switched to these and never looked back

This group was made from kits from our local Quilt shop picked up curbside.

And then my personal favorite, the Ghastlies

I also spent some time with my ScanNCut.  One of my great accomplishments was taking this picture 

And turning it into this jig saw puzzle

and this shot into

this puzzle.  I've done this now for 10 photos as gifts for several friends.  They are printed on 8 x 11 labels affixed to cereal boxes and then cut.  About 100 or so not very thick pieces as in a normal puzzle. Just thick enough to put together and enjoy.

While on the topic of my ScanNCut I also did some cutting of Iris paper Piecing designs 

for my sister to play with during lock down. 

And then I did a tee shirt for my niece that I had in the to do pile for a couple of weeks before lock down. Trust me, it is the front of a tee shirt.

On to sewing,  my sister loves hats and  the Easy Peasy draw string bag so I spent some time making her some goodies.

This is her reversible hat with matching masks ( or a coordinating bra ;-} )

And her hat with matching back pack

And just for kicks and giggles and because I had a bunch of this fabric I made her some hot plates

and pot holders

Cause everyone needs to have a hat that matches her kitchen.

I've done 5 tops, 2 have been completed the other 3 are in waiting.  

This was the first top done and the smallest of the group.  It is currently set up to be finished next. we'll see if that happens.

Number 2 will be posted on the 20th as part of the "It's Cool To Be Square" blog hop brought to you by Carol over at Just Let Me Quilt from the 18th to the 22nd.  And yes that one is completed.

The third quilt was also suggested by someone in my guild I think. 

It was supposed to be scrappier but I really liked that black leafy fabric and the blue corner stones.

So while it's not scrappy it is all from my stash.

And it is completed so what more could I ask.

And to wrap up this long post are these just too adorable pup tops

They are from Sew Fresh Quilts pattern DOGGO.  I love her patterns.  I think this is the 5th or 6th one of her patterns  I have done. I also know that I have done each one more than once.

I am sure I've done some other stuff but these are my highlights.  Til the 20th please stay safe and keep out of harms way.  Go Craft something.