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Successful Celebration

Tuesday, January 14th, 2020

Last week I did get the tea cozy made for my daughter-in-law. But totally changed all my fabric & design plans. I came across a quilting challenge I could not resist, so changed my plans to meet the rules of the Project Quilting 11:1 Challenge – Notably Numeric. Read all about what I came up with for the challenge here.

We opened our home to a dinner party given by our son & DIL in honor of her 30th birthday. We had 22 happy people in our home!  DIL loves to cook for family and friends so she prepared and served the meal at our house. Son & DIL are currently refinishing the oak floors in their home, so could not host their own party. Their floors are lovely, BTW! And so is their newly remodeled kitchen with beautiful Amish built cabinets.

I made a tea cozy and apron from a vintage table cloth. If you followed the link above you’ll see I’m reposting photos -

Both the tea cozy and apron were gifted to my DIL along with great grandmother’s tea set.

Flip side of tea cozy. Simple wavy lines quilted on my Featherweight. It was my first time to quilt on the FW and it worked like a dream! I used fusible batting, Aurifil thread.

I’m so tickled I had time to make the apron.  Upon opening the apron, she put it on and kept it on for a while. I think she liked it (wink wink) along with the other gifts.

Last To Do List:

  1. Make Tea Cozy by Friday night to gift to my DIL. ✔️ Done!
  2. Maybe work on an apron? ✔️ and done!

To Do List:

  1. Finish up Vintage Truck for son & DIL for their 1st wedding anniversary on the 19th.
  2. Back to Bat Moon Rising quilt

Linking to To-Do Tuesday hosted by Home Sewn by Us.

Happy New Year! 2020!

Wednesday, January 1st, 2020

Straight into the new year – it’s Birthday Season for my 2 grands, and also for my newest DIL. Plus January brings the 1st year Wedding Anniversary for my eldest son and his lovely wife!

I have a little appliqué in progress for my son and DIL. She loves vintage. Owning a vintage truck is on her bucket list. When I saw Buttermilk Basin’s vintage truck pattern, I just had to make it for her!

I’m still looking for the right background fabric. This piece still needs a lot of stitching to finish it up. Then framing.

I plan to make an apron for my DIL for her birthday. I did some digging in the fabric stash today and did find something I think will work. That will be next up. Photos coming.

What do you have new going on in 2020?

Last To Do List:

  1. Finish quilting and bind Christmas Countdown quilt.  ✔️ see it here
  2. Enjoy Christmas with family!  ✔️

To Do List:

  1. Finish wall hanging for DIL & son.
  2. Make apron for my DIL.

Linking to To-Do Tuesday hosted by Home Sewn by Us.

One Monthly Goal – December Finish

Monday, December 31st, 2018

December Recap

My goal was to make several gifts for Christmas gift exchanges with my quilty friends.

I found several fabric ornament tutorials and made these:

and these

and these which I started after Christmas. I’m jumping ahead for 2019 Christmas!

They need button centers and ribbon for hanging.

Plus I started and completed 2 Christmas stockings for my 2 grand children.

And finally! I bound Chic Country for my grand daughter’s birthday! Which we will celebrating tomorrow. Sew Kind of Wonderful pattern.

With just these bits of sewing completed, along with Christmas gatherings, Church, time with family & friends, I’m pleased with how the month of December has played out. I hope you also had happy celebrations with family and friends and are looking forward to a Happy New Year!

Linking to One Monthly Goal.

Christmas Prep

Tuesday, December 18th, 2018

One of the gals in my quilting group thought it would be fun for each of us to make fabric stars to exchange at our December meeting. Here are the stars I made.

You can find instructions at Geta’s Quilting Studio.

I also made these stars for another gift.

I found a link on A Spoonful of Sugar for these folded Hexagon Ornaments – take a look at her pretty ornaments! Angie’s Bits and Pieces has a great Youtube showing how to fold the hexie star ornaments. She is using them as flowers on a quilt. Christmas Star Ornaments or Flowers, they are pretty used either way!

I took along extra pre-cut hexies to the party, thinking my friends would like to try their hand in making them. I was right, and they each folded up a hexie star and plan on making more for gift giving.

I’d like to try these ornaments next, time permitting. That little adventure might be waiting until next year!

The photo is from Through the Eyes of a Quilter Blog. You can find a how-to video on the post and some nice hints for creating these adorable ornaments.

Since I have nothing else to do – I’m adding 2 more projects to my week before Christmas. I’m laughing, are you joining in with me!? For several years I have planned on making new Christmas Stockings for our family members, and I have just not gotten around to doing so. Sunday, I decided enough! And dug through fabric, patterns, and internet for ideas and actually started 2 stocking for my 2 grand children! That is at least a start on the 7 stockings I’d like to make.

Here is the one, so far, for my grand daughter.

The Sing for Me snowman & cardinal pattern caught my eye. I used the bird pattern, reduced the size to fit the stocking. Grand daughter likes pink and purple, so Mrs Snowman got hat, scarf & mitten in those colors. Do you see the pink and purple tassel hanging off the hat? That was my daughter’s idea.

And this one is for my grand son, also in progress.

The moose will get a red scarf as he is to be a Christmas moose. I’ll also add evergreen trees. At least the stockings are both started!

Husband and I are hosting Christmas in our home this year. Everyone is to arrive at noon. We will have lunch together, then open gifts, then games and family fun!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! I hope you are enjoying the countdown and not stressing out!

How did I do on last week’s To-Do List:

  1. Side stepping again – finish up some little quilt gifts for gift exchange. ✔️ Little gifts all done and gifted at parties this past week.

This week’s To-Do List:

  1. Finish Christmas Stockings for the grands.

Linking to To-Do Tuesday and Linky Tuesday.

Sidetracked, again.

Thursday, November 15th, 2018

Lap quilt for a relative confined to a wheel chair.

Snowmen Tea Towels for a relative having hip replacement surgery. She decorates with Snowmen during the holidays – adding a little bit to her collection!  The lap quilt and 2 tea towels below go in the mail tomorrow!

Tea Towels for upcoming gift exchange.

Tea Towel for a friend’s birthday.

Tea Towel patterns are by the Wooden Bear. I found kits during a shop hop that included one tea towel, fabrics, fusible, pattern, and even buttons for the eyes. I bought 4 more tea towels, and added just a bit of fabric. The fabric amount in the kits were very generous. Having the kits sure added to making fast little gifties!

On my to-do list was FMQ Chic Country – I have about 1/3 of it quilted, with another 1/3  marked for the next step. Progress!

Dancing Stars quilt got set to the side to allow time to stitch up the gifts.

Do you have gift making on your to-do list?

How did I do on the last posted To-Do List:

  1. Continue paper piecing Dancing Stars ✗
  2. FMQ Chic Country ✔️

This week’s To-Do List:

  1. Quilting Chic Country
  2. Embroidery pumpkin

Linking to To-Do Tuesday and Linky Tuesday.

Paper Pieced Stars

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

Aren’t these pretty 6″ stars?

I’m loving the bright colors and the batik background.

I only spent one afternoon working on these paper pieced blocks, so I’m happy with getting 4 more completed.

Hemming dresses? Whose idea was that!? I pulled them out of the bag to discover they are all knits. And not just t-shirt type knits, but those silky flimsy types. I really don’t feel like I have enough experience with these types of fabrics to do a decent hem. I talked to my friend, and she said they are just sun dresses she wears around the house, so she is not too concerned about how the hems look. I told her I’ll take a second look at them and decided if I’m brave enough to attempt them.

After looking at them, and searching instructions for hemming on my Janome, I decided to give a hem a go. I trimmed off some of the bottom of one dress so I’d have fabric to play with. I even called my local Janome dealer to get advice. I set up the machine with proper foot and needle, and gave hemming a go. It looked ok. I hemmed 2 of the dresses, but  passed on the slippery poly/spandex one.

How did I do on last week’s To-Do List:

  1. Paper piecing Dancing Stars. ✔️ 6 completed
  2. Continue FMQ Chic Country.  ✔️ progress was made, lots more to go
  3. GOT to hem those dresses!  ✗ & ✔️ did 2 of 3, and passing on the third.

This week’s To-Do List:

  1. Continue paper piecing Dancing Stars
  2. Continue FMQ Chic Country
  3. Road trip with friends to a quilt shop north of us.

Linking to To-Do Tuesday and Linky Tuesday.

EPP English Paper Piecing!

Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

No, I really didn’t get sidetracked! I am just finally caught up on a year long project and decided to share the progress!

These pieced hexies are for my Temperature Quilt. I didn’t get all the fabric together until February. Since then, I have been trying to do two hexies a day to get caught up to present. I reached that goal this week! I have all the hexies pieced through today. But I still need to get caught up on stitching the daily hexies together into months. January is under way, left side of the photo. Each hexie is showing the low temp of the day in the two outer pieces, and the high of the day in the middle.

Another EPP project that I’m finishing is prepping for a class at my local public library. I’ve put together kits for each person to make a little rosette. And now I’m working on a few simple projects to show what you can do with the rosettes.

I need to stitch this rosette down to the fabric. It will be displayed in the 5″ hoop.

And for my To-Do list for this week, I did finish the purse made from a man’s suit.

I’m calling it the Midtownman Purse, that was the tag inside the suit. There is black ribbon stitched under the Midtownman tag, wrap the ribbon around the center buttons as a closure for the purse. I left the strap/ribbon long, which can be shortened to fit the build of the gal receiving this purse who wanted it as a crossbody purse.

How did I do on last week’s To-Do List:

  1. Sandwich baby quilt. ✗ Hmmm. No, but I did buy a batting for it today.
  2. Finish purse. ✔️ Ready to deliver this Friday!

To-Do List for this week:

  1. Sandwich & start quilting baby quilt!
  2. Work on UFO – Dresden Plate Table Runner.

It’s been a crazy week with my son and his family living 2 hours away but driving up to house hunt. After staying with us Thursday – Monday, they drove home late Monday just to get a call from the Realtor that a new listing will be available to look at Wednesday morning. They are driving back up tonight! Phew! I hope they find their dream house soon!

Linking to To-Do Tuesday and Linking Tuesday.

Suit to Purse

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

I was asked to make a purse from a suit, something a graduate could wear under a graduation gown. With no further instructions, off I go to find my creative juices & get this thing under way.

Part One: Cut apart the suit!

My plan is to use a leg with the cuff as the body of the purse. I’m going to embellish it with part of the lapel, sleeve cuff, and the Midtownman tag. Cording will be made using the Midtownman ribbon from the inside the waist band. I’ll add the inside breast pocket to the lining for the purse. I’m not sure if I’ll use the blue sleeve lining or something from my stash to line the purse.

I think I’ll use buttons and cording for a closure. And I also need to figure out a shoulder strap. But there is still lots of suit fabric available to play with a few ideas. Maybe belt loops will come into play at some point.

Part Two: Construction! Here is how it is all coming together.

I wish I would have photoed the lining with the breast pocket before stitching it inside the purse! I still have a way to go on construction.  Lining is not yet complete, closure not started other than the buttons attached in center of purse, and I am still puzzling over a shoulder strap. I think it looks far better in person than in the photo, so don’t be harsh with me! Thank you!

I hope you have had a productive week!

How did I do on last week’s To-Do List:

  1. Working on the other baby quilt (newest great niece quilt.) ✔️ Top done! I’ll show it later this month once quilted.
  2. Start order for a purse. ✔️

To-Do List for this week:

  1. Sandwich baby quilt.
  2. Finish purse.

Linking to To-Do Tuesday and Linky Tuesday.

Quilt Shows and Retreat!

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017
Two weeks ago I went on a quilt retreat with several quilty friend. We visited the 43rd Annual Topeka Quilt Show & Sale.
(photo from Eden Worship Center Quilt Show)
This is just a small show where all the quilts, finished or even just tops, are for sale for charity. Small, but packed with over 1,000 quilts for sale! Plus there were 6 vendors. After perusing the quilt show, we held our own little retreat at a friend’s lake cottage. Sewing time!
Next, we did the Shop Hop held in conjunction with the Shipshewana Quilt Festival.
(photo from The Quilt Shop at Essenhaus)
The Shop Hop was a full day of driving to 7 shops and also stopping to visit a little quilt show put on a Noble Nimble Fingers quilt guild – I hope I got that name right!  I traveled with a wish list and found several fabrics I wanted to start 2 new quilts.
We had two more full days of sewing before heading home! I made progress on the Facets quilt. And headway on the Fence Rail Star quilt. Each night after supper, we took a relaxing pontoon ride on the lake. And several nights one of my friends and I enjoyed leisurely walks around portions of the lake. All in all it was a very relaxing yet productive time!

Will you be heading to any quilt retreats or shows this summer?

Projects this week:

I finished a table runner. I hoped to quilt up 3 table toppers in June, but only finished 2. This is the second one completed.

The pattern is from Upstairs Hobby Room, pattern is Whispered Dreams from Sandy’s One Block Wonders BOM series.

For the quilting I did some ruler and walking foot play.

Today I finished a little project for a friend. She had asked if I could patch her ripped eye glass case. She gave me a blue print to work with. The leather like fabric was ripped where the magnet fastener was attached. I opted to use the old case as a pattern and made a new case for her.

I added a card board insert for stability, and also fused interfacing to both layers of the fabric.

I used a sew on Velcro closer instead of the metal magnet. My friend was very pleased with the results!

 

How did I do the last To-Do List?

  1. Continue quilting In Box Jaunt Quilt-Along, floral quilting in sashing, then setting this one aside for a couple of weeks.  ✗
  2. Helping adult kids with their new home to get it move-in-ready. That should about fill my week! ✗ Sadly this trip got cancelled. New dates set!
  3. Touch Monkey quilt if there is time.  ✔️
To-Do List for this week:
  1. Fence Rail Star quilt – sew wonky star points.
  2. Starting new project – Sew All Around Quilt Along – pattern: On the Wave by Gosia Pawlowska. Make templates, and maybe start cutting fabrics.

Linking to To-Do Tuesday and Linky Tuesday.

Yes, I know it is Wednesday! I’m behind on life right now! Husband has come down with Bell’s Palsy. He is doing well, on meds. We are hoping and praying for a speedy and complete recovery. I have a pinched nerve in my back and will be seeing my doctor Friday. You know the saying, “when it rains, it pours.” That seems to be our life right now.

Sweet Mint Table Runner

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

Sweet Mint is a pattern by Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts. A few years ago while working at a LQS, I demoed the Sweet Mint templates showing how to cut and sew the pieces together. But I never finished the project! Last month I pull out this UFO, finished the top as a table runner. This past week I completed the quilting and binding. Yippie! a UFO checked off the list!

 

Quilted, and binding made from scraps.

Last week I spent some time teaching a friend how to make pillow cases using the Burrito Method. We used a Serger though, instead of French Seams. Much quicker!

Shown are just a few of the 24 pillow cases made. These will be going to the charity Case for Smiles.

How did I do on last week’s To-Do List?

  1. Complete next step in the In Box Jaunt Quilt-Along.  ✔️ Sandwiched and SITD quilted.
  2. Sew up May block for the Sit Down Free Motion Quilters BOM.  ✗ Didn’t touch this one.
  3. Quilt Dresden Plate table runner as part 3 of my OMG. ✔️ Completed!

This week’s To-Do List:

  1. Part 4 of my OMG is to quilt another table topper – Jolene Star.
  2. Thursday I meet with my Curvy Quilters group. I’ll be working on more improv piecing for the Facets quilt.
  3. Enjoy time with family. I don’t think I’ll be fitting in any more sewing/quilting this coming week.

I’m linking to To-Do Tuesday and Linky Tuesday.

Oh! And this was a fun surprise this morning! My last week’s post about poor tension was featured on Connie’s blog Freemotion by the River.