One Monthly Goal – May 2020

May 4th, 2020

I was so close at completing my April goal, but then my machine did all the acting up you don’t want to see. Threads breaking, tension problems, eye lashes on bottom, tight stitches on top. I cleaned & oiled the machine, changed out the needle, rethreaded everything several times, replaced the bobbin, filled a new bobbin, changed out top thread. And it just got worse. This went on for 2 frustrating days.What was I missing? Finally I just walked away.

Several days later, I go tackle the problem again. Rethread everything again, put in a new needle again, work with top and bobbin tension again, and tada! It is finally running smoothly after an hour or so of fiddling! I have no idea what exactly was the issue with the machine, I’m just glad it finally cooperated!

My May goal will be to finish quilting  Curve It Up, pattern by Sew Kind of Wonderful.

Here are some close ups of a few blocks -

Rail Fence

Churn Dash

Saw Tooth Star. Blocks are 16″ square.

What’s left to quilt is the Saw Tooth Star above, sashing, and 3 borders.

Sure hope the machine is happy this month!

Linking to One Monthly Goal hosted by Patty of Elm Street Quilts.

Of Flowers and Owls

April 28th, 2020

This week I continued to follow along with Helen Godden’s Flower Power Quilt-A-Long. Here are the blocks.

Cone Flower, Block 5

Fuchsia, Block 6

Chocolate Lily, Block 7

Iris, Block 8

And the final block, Sunflower, Block 9. I plan on attaching them by the Quilt-As-You-Go method using Pauline Roger’s book.

I did a few more blocks on the Curve It Up quilt. Here is a sneak peek.

I’ve got to keep moving on this quilt. My One Monthly Goal for April is to finish quilting the blocks!

Hubs and I have been watching 2 Great Horned Owlets in a park near us. My son & DIL spotted 2 adult owls back in March. We all got curious and started looking for a nest. Hubs spotted a dead tree that would make a great place for an owl to nest. He was right!

Here you see one of the owlets in the nest.

Last week the 2 Great Horned Owlets flew up into a tree above their nest! One parent was in a near by tree! Photos taken with my cell phone through a spotting scope. So, not the best. But I’m super excited to share these with you!

Last To-Do List:

  1. Quilt Curve It Up – this was my goal for April. I better get going on it! ✔️
  2. Keep up with Helen Godden’s Flower Power Quilt-a-long. ✔️

This Week’s To-Do List:

  1. Finish quilting blocks on Curve It Up quilt
  2. Figure out how to stitch together Flower Power blocks quilt-as-you-go style

Linking to To-Do Tuesday with Home Made by Us.

A Change in Plans

April 21st, 2020

Goals changed for me this week when I was asked to take on a few unexpected tasks.

First I was asked to repair a friend’s bear. I had no idea what I was getting into, here is what the bear looked like when I picked it up.

The bear is missing the paw on the front right, and the paw on the back is starting to rip.

I dug in my fabric stash and found a mottled cream close in color. First I kind of criss crossed with thread to hold the stuffing in place. Then I doubled the cream fabric and placed a piece of batting under it, and stitched it all in place.

Not perfect, but better! That stitching was hard on the fingers! Note the back paw is repaired also, stitching showing.

My friend called during the several days I had the bear saying her other bears missed him. I assured her Bingo was making new friends and looking forward to getting home. I told her I’d share a photo of him with his new friends.

Bingo & friends.

Later in the week I was asked to make a few more masks. I used Pauline Rogers’ Sasher Tools to make the ties for the masks.

I bought this set and her Quilt as You Go book to work on a UFO.  They came in handy these past few weeks in making the binding type ties for the masks.

All done.

As for quilting, I kept up with Helen Godden’s new quilt-a-long, Flower Power.

Poppy

Daffodil

Daisy

Cone Flower. I’m using Vicki Welsh‘s hand dyed fabric. I’m enjoying these FMQ flowers. Sadly, I didn’t touch my Curve It Up quilt.

Last To-Do List:

  1. Quilt Curve It Up – a few more blocks  ✗ Didn’t touch. :-(
  2. Follow along with Helen Godden’s Flower Power Quilt-a-long  ✔️

This Week’s To-Do List:

  1. Quilt Curve It Up – this was my goal for April. I better get going on it!
  2. Keep up with Helen Godden’s Flower Power Quilt-a-long.

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

Chicks, Bunnies, and Flowers

April 14th, 2020

Last week, with Easter just around the corner, I switched from mask making to Bunny and Chick bag making for my two grands.

Here is the fabric I used, and a free online pattern I found.

Pink will be for a bunny, and the yellow will be a chick.

Bags constructed, but not filled with candy. I decided to line the bags. I used a Pigma marker to draw the chick eyes & beak and bunny eyes, nose & mouth.

Filled with candy, aren’t they cute!?

Now I’m hopping down another rabbit trail. Helen Godden announced a free quilt-a-long on her Facebook page. I’m following along on her Flower Power free motion quilt-a-long. She will be demonstrating FMQ on 9 different flower motifs.

Tulip. I’m using hand dyed fabric from Vicki Welsh. I think Helen is showing a different flower motif ever 2 days.

And, I actually sat down and stitched 2 more blocks on the Curve It Up quilt! I’ll show pictures later. I do have to go back and do background, which I think I’ll do once I have the pieced blocks quilted.

How is your week going?

Last To-Do List:

  1. Finish treat bags for Easter  ✔️ finished and delivered!
  2. Quilt Curve It Up – a few blocks  ✔️ 2 blocks!
  3. Still have organizing to do in the sewing room!  ✗  And still do!
This Week’s To-Do List:
  1. Quilt Curve It Up – a few more blocks
  2. Follow along with Helen Godden’s Flower Power Quilt-a-long

Linking to To-Do Tuesday hosted by Home Sewn by Us. Go take a look at what everyone is doing!

I-Sew-lation

April 10th, 2020

This week has been about making masks. I had a request for masks from a gal who has been relocated to the ER to work with people coming in with anxiety and stress. My daughter also wanted masks, as did my two daughter-in-laws. One is a hospice nurse and is only given one N95 mask per week. Plus I made & mailed some to a trucker friend, and of course other family members.

Also made 2 kid size masks. I thought my 5 yr old grand would like a mask for her doctor kit, and then thought 2 yr old might feel left out.

I’m switching to making a few Easter gifts for my grands. I found some adorable tutorials for bunny and chick bags.

Listen to the Birds Sing has this cute Bunny Pouch tutorial

Stitched has a different cute Bunny Bag.

Make It Love It has a fun Chick Bag.

I’m going to make the Bunny Pouch for my granddaughter and the Chick Bag for my grandson. Hubs braved the grocery store and bought some treats that we will put in the bags.

My son and daughter-in-law have done all our grocery shopping for us since the Stay at Home order, so this was a big deal for Hubs to venture out! He wore his mask, wiped down the cart, and sanitized his hands once back in the car. Then once home, shoes stayed at back door, he wiped down all the groceries before I put things away and wiped down the counter, door knobs, etc. His clothes and mask went in the washer, and he took a shower. Over kill? Don’t think so, since we have medical ppl in our family who recommend doing all the above.

Since I don’t have quilting to share this week, I thought I’d share this find -

See the old rusty bike? Wow! Does that bring back memories! I have no idea who took this photo, so can’t give credit. My Dad had a bike like this, painted red. Do you see the seat over the front tire, and the one over the back tire? My brother would ride on the back. There was another seat welded on the handle bars, that’s where I sat! I’ll have to ask my brother if he remembers. Can you imagine! No helmets or other safety precautions back in the 50s!

Till next time. Have a Blessed Weekend!

Last To-Do List:

  1. Continue making masks ✔️
  2. Quilt Curve It Up ✗
  3. More sewing room organizing. Maybe books are up next. ✗

This Week’s To-Do List:

  1. Finish treat bags for Easter
  2. Quilt Curve It Up – a few blocks
  3. Still have organizing to do in the sewing room!

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

One Monthly Goal – April 2020

April 1st, 2020

Here’s my plan for April. I pulled out an oldie.

I made this quilt as a class sample back in 2014 using the Curve it Up book by Sew Kind of Wonderful. I never quilted it. Back in January 2019 my sister-in-law said she would love another quilt from me. So I showed her some finished tops. She selected this white, blue and yellow Curve it Up top saying it would like nice in her guest bedroom which is painted yellow. She wanted it to fit a queen size bed, so she purchased the marbled yellow for an outer border.

So now you see how far behind I am in finishing this quilt for her! I just keep letting other things hop in front of it. I better stop doing that and get ‘er done!

When I pulled the partially quilted top out, I found I have quilted just 3 1/2 blocks. Above is the 4-patch block with only 2 sections quilted. I have a ways to go!

Wish me luck! And creativity for how to quilt each block!

Linking to One Monthly Goal hosted by Patty of Elm Street Quilts.

Sewing at Home

March 31st, 2020

After some cleaning and organizing, my sewing room is looking better, but still has a long way to go. I’ll continue working on this throughout the month of April. Hopefully it won’t take that long!

Look! You can see the cutting mat now!

Plus the shelves above the cutting table are cleaned and better organized. And …

the inside of the cabinet is cleaned out and organized.

Last week one of our local hospitals put together kits for making masks, asking for experienced sewists to volunteer to make the masks. It was announced to pick up the kits between 9am-6pm last Wednesday. Little did they know there would be a line of willing volunteers waiting for 9am. All the kits where claimed by 10:00am! Sadly, I didn’t get a kit.

After watching this video and reading this article, I pulled out batiks, and started to make masks from supplies I have on hand.

Since Batiks are a tighter weave than quilters cotton, I thought it would be a good choice for the masks. Also, there is a pocket in the back if the person using the mask would like to add filter material into the mask. I used Double Fold Bias Tape for the ties. One package has 4 yards of bias tape, which I cut into 4 – one yard pieces, which is enough for 2 masks. I had enough blue for 6 masks. I used pipe cleaner for the wire nose piece. After constructing the masks, I put them through a gentle washing cycle, and also dried them in the dryer. They held up well, with only  1/8″ shrinkage.

When I stopped by my son’s house to give him and his wife each a mask, he told me the CDC announced that they do now recommend everyone to wear masks in the US if leaving your home. The Stay at Home order will be in place until at least April 30th. If you need to grocery shop, etc. you should be wearing a mask to protect others, which will also protect each of us! I’ll be making more masks!

I’m switching to this Batik and red & pink Bias Tape for the next set of masks, using what I have on hand.

Leah Day has a YouTube showing how she is making masks. I changed it up just a bit by sewing wrong sides together eliminating the need to  turn the mask right side out, I’m not using elastic, but simply sewing the bias tape on the sides. Which I figure makes the mask more a one-size-fits-all. I’d hate for the elastic to be too tight or loose on someone. I did use Leah’s instructions for sewing in the pipe cleaner nose piece & leaving an opening so a filter can be slipped into the mask. I am going to fold in half a 12″ pipe cleaner for extra strength on the next set of masks instead of cutting the pipe cleaner in to 6″ pieces.

I stopped by my other son’s house, his sweet wife is a hospice nurse and is seeing Covid-19 patients. She is issued one N95 mask a week. We talked about tying a homemade mask over her N95, which is another reason why I started making the masks. She liked the fit of the one I made, liked the way the nose piece bends to fit snugly and liked the ties over elastic. I pray the manufacturers can up their supply for the demand on these much needed N95 masks for our medical community serving us during this pandemic. That is just one of my many prayers!

I’ll continue sewing masks. My DIL thinks her coworkers will want them also. I said I’ll make them but will need more bias tape! Oh, and just incase anyone is worrying about me stopping by my sons homes, I stayed outside, we talked through a screen door at both homes! No one coughed or sneezed!

Stay home people! Wash your hands! Wear a mask if you must go out!

Last To-Do List:

  1. Clean and organize sewing room! ✔️ Progress made!
  2. Select one UFO to work on  ✔️ I pulled out Curve It Up which I started quilting last year. It is a Sew Kind of Wonderful pattern and will go to my sister-in-law when finished.
  3. or make much needed masks (local hospital is putting together kits for making masks and asking for volunteers with sewing experience. I’ve requested a kit, but not sure how many they have or how many have volunteered. I find out tomorrow, Wednesday.) ✗ Kits went fast, and I didn’t get one.

This Week’s To-Do List:

  1. Continue making masks
  2. Quilt Curve It Up
  3. More sewing room organizing. Maybe books are up next.

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

One Monthly Goal – March 2020 Finish!

March 25th, 2020

In 2019, I followed along with Jacquelynne Steves, Happy Little Things BOM. I choose to use hand embroidery for the flower in the center of each block. I used scrap whites for background fabrics for the flowers.

The rest of the quilt was pieced using a Fat Eight pack of Carolyn Friedlander’s Friendlander line of fabric. This was purchased from Crimson Tate quilt shop in Indianapolis, IN. Finishing this quilt was my OMG for March.

Scrappy binding using up bits of the fabric pack.

The back is pieced from the fabric pack too!

Quilt measures 30″ x 36 1/2″.

It’s my new Spring quilt hanging in my living room.

Linking to One Monthly Goal hosted by Patty of Elm Street Quilts.

 

Poor label-less Quilt

March 24th, 2020

When you think you have finished a quilt, and then find the label in the mess on your cutting table!

Yes! this happened to me this morning!

I thought I was ready to take a final photo of Bat Moon Rising. But first, I was looking for something on my cutting table. I admit it is a mess. Actually my sewing room is a mess. Started projects & UFOs are out of control! Of course I found things I forgot I even had purchased! And when picking up that blue bag in photo above – there was the bat label that was supposed to be on the already bound Bat Moon Rising Quilt!! Gah!

So, sew, time to attach that label! Then photo the quilt!

44 1/2″ x 48 1/2″ adapted from Sew Kind of Wonderful’s pattern Bat Moon Rising found in their book Mini Wonderful Curves.

Back and label.

All that said about my messy sewing room, I think I should take this next week to get things under control! Clean out, organize. Then maybe pick one unfinished project to work on.

I hope all are calming down and learning how to navigate through the Covid19 pandemic. Hugs and prayers all!

Last To-Do List:

  1. Project Quilting 11:6 Challenge – finish and post ✔️ Finished and posted.
  2. Bind Bat Moon Rising  ✔️ Bound & ready to pack & ship.

This Week’s To-Do List:

  1. Clean and organize sewing room!
  2. Select one UFO to work on
  3. or make much needed masks (local hospital is putting together kits for making masks and asking for volunteers with sewing experience. I’ve requested a kit, but not sure how many they have or how many have volunteered. I find out tomorrow, Wednesday.)

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

Project Quilting 11:6 Vibrant and Vivacious Challenge

March 22nd, 2020

For the Vibrant and Vivacious Challenge I selected a pattern and ruler I had purchased a few years ago, but never used.

Pulling fabrics & getting it all cut is always fun.

 

Pieced and spray basted. There are orange curtains in this room, so the color is not exactly correct in the photo.

I used a piece of clear vinyl to place over the quilt and then drew out some ideas for the quilting using a dry erase marker. The marker wipes right off so you can use the vinyl repeatedly. If you look in the above photo, you can see I sewed binding around vinyl to finish it off, 18″ square.

I used a variegated green Guttermann thread I had on hand to quilt the leaves. I used Aurifil gold, 2147, for the center checker board.

Binding is made from batik scraps from center of quilt, and also others on hand.

I used a Grunge yellow for the back.

I’ve enjoyed the challenges! This was my first year to join in! Nice that I happened upon the challenges the first week of this season and could do all six! Thanks Kim and Trish for hosting!

Linking to Project Quilting Season 11.