Monday, April 19, 2021

Kitchen Stitchin Blog Hop (and a Give Away)

Thank you Carla for this wonderful idea. 

When Carla announced this hop I felt it was a no brainer that I sign on, after all I make kitchen goodies all year long.  The problem was the "what".  I started a list and it contained all of the basics. Problem with that was I wanted to do something(s) that weren't all that basic.

A couple of these ideas have shown up on my posts before but these versions are new just for this hop.  

First Up are my faux paper towels.  These came to be in my kitchen about a year ago when paper products were in high demand but no where to be found.  At that time I found an old king size flannel top sheet and cut it into 6.5 x 11.5 chunks.  I folded the edges in about .25 inch and zig zagged in place.

The picture shows the Bounty towel that I used as my guide  next to a cut piece (1 of 12) that I found still in my UFO box, and a finished one that I have been using since last March.

 I  use these for just about everything. I now only use paper for things that are greasy,  floor related or dog related.  

I keep them on my counter is a basket I found in my garage and 

they have their own laundry basket where they share space and weekly laundering with my dish towels and cloth napkins.
I have cut my paper towel usage at least in half over the year.

Second on my list is my new favorite.  A Dish Drying Mat.  This is a wonderful quick gift idea. For Christmas one of my quilty friends made me one.  With it she included  this link for the youtube video she based my  mat on. Instead of batting these mats are filled with foam. The one she made was filled with Bosal and the one I made is filled with Pellon Flex Foam. Of course since I opened mine a day before Christmas it gave me time to make a couple as gifts and to share the link with a couple of my  quilty friends. Each and every one of us have made and gifted away several of them and they were received happily.  

I made this one for the gal who made mine.  As we are all too familiar with the concept that you make and share a goodie and then don't have one of your own I thought she would be a great target for my Kitchen Gift Idea for this hop.  

Front and Back

I think that this mat with matching dish towels is a wonderful and very useful hostess gift idea. If you wanted a slightly larger gift add matching pot holders or bowl buddies.  I knocked out the mat and towels on a rainy Sunday afternoon.

My third and last item for this hop was the most fun and just a little bit challenging because I've not seen it done before so I had to logic it out on my own.

Do you remember when the candy bag zip pouches came on the quilting scene?  Well at that time I got the idea that I could do something else with the concept like make a placemat. So 3 - 4 years later I was finally ready to give it a try.

 So the other day I gathered together these items  A couple of McDonald's plastic carry out bags,  a roll of iron on vinyl, a sheet of large card stock and my quilting cutting and ironing stuff.

This became a learn as you go project.  The bag is only placed on the card stock so when laying the vinyl on top things started to shift and things started to stick to things. Lots of swearing, and giggling and learning involved.

for anyone interested the bag is about .5 inch smaller than the card stock on all sides.  the card stock ended up about .5 inch smaller than the vinyl on all sides after ironing it all together and trimming.  It may have been easier to do with out the bag on the back but I really feel it was well worth the effort.

These placemats have already been gifted to a friend who shares my love of McRibs.

Ok so I don't know if this counts as number 4 or 3.5 but here goes.  
A couple of days after finishing the placemats my brain had another major twitch.  I was thinking about making one of these placemats for my great nephew who is 2.  When trying to figure out what I wanted to use for the design I thought a coloring book page would be fun.  

Then I thought that maybe it would be more fun if it could be colored over and over again.  I was so excited to give this a try that I forgot to lower the setting on my iron down from cotton which caused a lot of puckering of the vinyl on the outside edge. I will use this one to test different types of coloring tools before trying it again. Oh, and up to the time of ironing it was easier to just stick the vinyl to the cardstock. Once I master the coloring part the next one I will just print different designs  on front and back of the card stock.

I'm thinking GIVE AWAY,  I think I'll make a seasonal type drying mat for one of you who leaves a comment.  Just let me know what holiday / season you might like a drying mat for.  I'll pick a winner Sunday evening 4/25/21

I'm done now.  Please stop in and visit all of the greatly talented and creative folks participating in this hop.  The variety of ideas will just knock you over and fill your must do list.  I'm thinking Christmas gifts (may be) getting completed very early this year.  Here is the complete list for your viewing pleasure.

Monday, March 22, 2021

                                                     Welcome, welcome, welcome to the


Thank you Carol of Just Let Me Quilt for inviting us all to splash and play in the sand,  sun and salty waters. 

I have 2 new projects made to share with you on this hops opening day.

This hop coincided with the birth of the latest addition to our family.  Our beautiful little girl was born last week.  I asked her mom if she wanted anything in particular for the baby's first quilt.  She picked the quilt pattern LUCKY DUCKS from Cute Quilt Patterns . Absolutely perfect for this hop that she didn't even know was coming.

This is the mama duck.  All of the ducks had 3D bills and wings.  My niece asked that I stitch them down.  So I attached them according to the pattern and then appliqued down the edges. I also appliqued the eyes on.  I personally am not into buttons on quilts for babies and toddlers.

Lighting left a bit to be desired.  The wings are all different shades of yellow to the duck it's on but the same as one of its siblings bodies. 

My second project was based on a tutorial I found on  Sew Can She  a couple of weeks ago for a "quilt as you go " technique that I had never tried.  It consists of using strips of fabric, the tutorial used 2.5 inch strips of fabric and strips of batting and you end up with a quilted reversible quilt.  Click on the link, her explanation and video are very clear.  

I wasn't ready to commit to a whole quilt.  Not one to waste an opportunity I decided that if I did a test piece  using 6 strips of fabric for the front and 6 different strips for the back I could test the technique and make a set of placemats by just cutting the sample in half. 

Can't believe that I have no picture of the base strips sewn together , DuH.

Since I didn't have a home in mind for these placemats pulling fabric started out kind of iffy and then I tripped over these turtles hanging out in my stash begging to come out and play.

                              and remembered the theme of this hop and ta da sky, Sand, and Salt.  

I used 2 strips of each color for the front of the placemats and used alternating strips for the back.


                                       The flip side will be wonderful for summer barbeques.


Over the course of the past year I did complete 2 other quilts that I feel fit this hop perfectly.  The first one was made for the big brother of the newbie's birthday.  

I believe that these subs are hanging out in a lot of Salt water.

Then there was this cutie that I saw and had to have my tumbler fish fix.  I realize it's not quilted but that is intentional.  It went to an organization in Canada that takes quilt tops and finishes them up there for various charities.  They would rather that our shipping costs go to getting tops to them than for batting and backings.  I love that concept.

So there you have my visions of Salt and Sun. I hope you have enjoyed your visit here and that you will find the time to visit all of the rest of the participating quilters who will be sharing their wonderful Sunny and Salty ideas with you this week. Here is a list of links for all of us for your convenience.

March 22

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Show Your STRIPES Blog Hop

Welcome, welcome, welcome.  I'm so glad to be participating in yet another friend filled hop organized by Carla from Creatin In The Sticks  Thanks so much Carla.

I have, to say the least, had a very challenging couple of weeks.  On Super Bowl Sunday I had a zoom sew in scheduled with some quilting buddies.   I planned to complete project #1 and start / complete project #2 for this hop.  Instead, very early on I used my rotary cutter to slice into my left pointer finger nail bed instead of my fabric. More than anything else it was a bleeder. A bleeder to the extent that Michael decided I needed to go to the emergency room.     I am going to spare you the photos.    

Due to the size of the bandage covering the padding they needed (clotting/glue pad) to use I was not able to comfortably/safely use my sewing machine or rotary cutter.

Well I had wanted to make a table runner for Easter and I really didn't see why I couldn't make it totally without the machine.  I was more than capable to use my scissors, ruler/yard stick, pencil, needle and thread.  After all that's what I used when I started to quilt oh so many years ago.

The seams between the 5 blocks were the most challenging

All my stripes were hand appliqued in place.

I did get my improv striped runner done excluding the quilting by Sunday the 21st excluding most of the quilting.  I did quilt in the ditch between the 5 blocks just so I could get the binding done.
The binding is the backing rolled to the front and hand stitched down eliminating the need to fake another seam by hand.
My kitchen table is rather long and narrow. The runner is 5 foot long and 1 foot wide.

Project #2 was started right after this hop was announced.  I wanted to do something different. I decided I wanted to make a very subtle striped design on a piece of fabric.   

I love this stuff.  I purchased it originally from Harbor Freight with a coupon for under $10.  Yeah that's a lot of fabric for that money.   I wanted it for a table cloth for a picnic.  It washed up and ironed beautifully.   After the picnic I cut out the parts with the red wine stains and started to use the left overs for odd things, Pin Cushions, Mug Rugs, Totes and Zip Pouches, etc. I've machine embroidered and stamped on it .

I pick one up every time I notice them on sale or have a coupon.

I took a piece of the cotton canvas and 

added a built in machine stitch that gives the fabric a stripped effect. 

The problem was I didn't exactly know what I wanted to do with it.  I finally determined that what I wanted was a shopping bag.  Well on Sunday the 21st I plugged my machine back in for the first time in 2 weeks and started the bag using a food store bag as a rough guide.  Mine is way bigger.

Just how much fabric could this hold, hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

At the very last minute I remembered to add the stipes to the handles.

Yeah I  know I could have finished the quilting of the table runner but I really wanted to have 2 items in the hop and Easter is still a month away and the fabric was sewn and half cut.  

My finger is doing very well. Using the machine was fine since I'm down to a simple band aid but I still can't put much pressure on the finger tip so I'm not using the rotary cutter yet.  Maybe next week.

Lesson learned.  I hate doing stupid stuff when I have no one to blame but myself. Very annoying.


When I went out into the garage to take this picture I found I had several packages of the Cotton Canvas. For my giveaway I will be sending to someone in the USA (sorry but international mail is cost prohibitive) the package in the picture.  Just leave a note in the comment section that you'd like to be included in the draw that will be picked on Monday, March 1.

Here is the entire list of everyone who is participating in this event.  If you haven't visited those who posted on Monday and Tuesday, please do.   So many great ideas.


Show Your Stripes Blog Hop Schedule:

Monday, February 22nd

Tuesday, February 23rd

Wednesday, February 24th

Thursday, February 25th

Thanks for stopping by and thanks for any notes you may leave.  See you next time.