October 17, 2017

Moira: Finishes and a beginning

Found a laser cut kit (well really just the black applique seen here) in my stash last week.   And instead of just hiding it away again (there are 1 more like this and two coordinating ones hiding somewhere...), I decided to finish it up.

The black is one premade, laser cut piece.   And after having been packaged for yrs was a pill to get to lay flat enough to iron down.  I did raw-edge quilting around most of the edges on the black to hold it down and quilt at the same time.  Bound it in black kona.    This will be going up for sale.
I also decided what the theme of next years BOM was going to be.   The title of the BOM is going to be "Calico Zoo" and will feature 12 different zoo animals.  I drew up and made the first block (early for a change!) to see how it would look.   Have decided on 6 more critter for the zoo and thinking about what other ones to add to it to finish off the 12, and possibly a few extras.

This is all from scraps, and there are a couple of 3D elements in the block - the man and the ears.  In addition, the face is padded slightly..   I plan to write the patterns with two ways to make it - with or without the 3D elements.   And I'm hoping to have 3D elements in most of the blocks.

Final project for the weekend was this mini wall-hanging.  I remade the Navy bear for my wall-hanging, but that then left this block as an orphan block.   And instead of letting him languish in my stash I've finished him off as a 12" wall hanging. 

The red is a 1" cut flange and the binding was sewn at 3/8", so only about 1/8" of the red shows.    I like this look so i'm going to do something similar for the military bear wall hanging, but with the final flange being bigger. 

This will be sent off to my cousin this afternoon as a surprise gift.   The bear is named after her Dad, my Uncle Charles.  So I thought the fitting home for him with be with her.

October 10, 2017

Judy~A Few Finishes to Share

 Sorry to have been MIA for the past few weeks!  I have completed a few projects despite the craziness of the past month, however.

You remember this one, right?  Well, with the leftovers of the 21 colors I completed another hat, and it had even more ends to hide.  I couldn't quite follow the pattern exactly though. I think it's hard to see how they're related, don't you?

Then Nancy did a post on helical stripes, and so I tried it with dpns (double point needles).  It was fun, and I couldn't help wonder whether I could have used the technique on these two.  Thanks, Nancy!  It worked great on my little Christmas hat.

Meanwhile, I've been working on Nutkin for Dee's KAL.  It used to look like this:

(Did you notice my "bobbin"?  I finally found a use for all those bread closures! Someone else's cool idea)  And now it looks like this:

I am not using the short row heel though, and if I ever make this pattern again I will use an K1P1 cuff.  This stitch pattern is easy to memorize which is nice.

Our quilt group has made stockings for the local Ronald McDonald house for quite a few years now, and these two are my contribution this year. Quilting the fabric is what takes most of the time.  It looks like one is bigger than the other, doesn't it?  They are from the same pattern though, so I think my eye is tricking me.

We spent part of Saturday with these two.  They suddenly appeared wearing some of the things I made over the years.   It's fun to see them used!  Have a great week!

Angela ~ nothing

We have company we haven't seen in 5 years all week so with all the preparing for and now visiting, I have accomplished absolutely nothing.  But we are having fabulous weather and lovely times visiting.

Moira: More Bears

Finished the final two blocks of the military bears.  First block was this one for the Air Force.   This is Sterling and is named for a long time family friend who passed away several years ago.

 Second block made this weekend was this one for the Coast Guard.   He is named Nick in honor of one of my ex-students who is going into the Coast Guard.

And this is the layout I've got started.  The two-patches along the outside are what I'm thinking of for the border, with the same light blue used as the background filling in the remainder of the border.

Still to be done is to rework the the Navy bear to tweak his face.   Redesign is done, I just need to make the replacement block.  Once done I can put the quilt together.

And this is Jan, who at a quilt retreat and ironing the quilt that she is working on.

Susan: No Time!

I started back to college on Sept. 14 - don't ask, no good reason, just thought I'd see if I could still learn. I can. Can I drop out now? LOL I have almost no time for anything else, after I do homework and my part-time job, but I have done a LITTLE in the last month.

September Finishes - I was late with August, but managed September by the end of the month - Holly Cottage Christmas SAL:

I kept up with the blocks for the I Wish You a Merry QAL, too. Block 5 was the latest, finished just in time:

October work - I have about 4 feet left to bind on this humongous quilt:

That pretty much catches me up to date. Like I said, not much going on around here.

October 4, 2017

Come Join Our Group!!!!

I'm posting this to see if any of our readers or followers would like to join us at Tuesday Stitchers.

You can share any kind of stitching, quilting, sewing, knitting, crochet, embroidery, weaving, fiber arts of any kind.  Pretty much anything goes!

We post every Tuesday as you know.  You do not need a blog to join us but I will need an email so you are allowed to post.

Please comment below and I will contact you to set things up!  

October 3, 2017

Angela ~ New Project, A Journal

I saw some videos on making junk journals.  They intrigued me but honestly the ones that were being made were so full of fabric & lace it looked like a lace shop exploded.  And how and where would one actually do any journaling in it?

So I poked around my own junk and made a trip to to Dollar Tree & Walmart for a few things. And this is what I made:

It does have some buttonhole stitching on the front and its covered in flannel fabric.
The cover I removed from an actual book, which was boring and I wouldn't read it again anyway.
I used all sorts of paper and fabric, washi tape, stickers and whatever I had.  I created lots of pockets and left plenty of room to actually write in it.  
Walmart had Christmas ornaments out already and they had this cool mini antlers ornament.  I took the jingle bells off and only used one antler.  I think it turned out pretty cool!
I'm going to put it up for sale on Ebay and see what happens.  I will probably make some more in the future, it was that much fun.  I always loved making collages in art class and this was similar to me.

Moira - New projects and progress

Got the baby quilt that was to have been a commission fused onto the background (fabric was prepped when it was cancelled).
Satin-stitching around the appliques has not been done yet because with over 200 spools of blue thread, I don't have the right shade of blue for the whales........argh.......lol.....

This one will be listed for sale either on ebay or etsy as to be completed (quilted) after personalization (first name) has been added.  Hopefully it will sell quickly. 

Next up was working on the military bears.   I completed the Navy bear, but am not completely happy with the way it looks, so I will be tweaking his face so that it looks better.   (His muzzle is too big in my view.)

Still to come are the blocks for the Air Force and the Coast Guard.

And after all of that is done I might redo the army bear, because of the way he is saluting.   Technically saluting with the left hand is ok, but it is not the norm.  So I may reverse the pattern to where he is saluting with his right hand which is the proper way to do it.

Did get the four setting blocks completed.  And everything is pinned to my design wall.

The blocks were an exercise in frustration because my math was wonky......12" divided by 4 is not 4".....lol....First pass at them I ended up trying to make 16" finished blocks to match up with 12" blocks.   Trust me - that does not work out well!

Not only did I have to do a bit of frog-stitching and tweaking the design for the blocks so that I did not have to make more blocks, but I also  ended up with too many blocks/block sections because I did not count properly....ooops.  Oh well, at least I had enough fabric. 

The extra block sections are earmarked for a pieced border for the quilt that I'm pondering on.

September 26, 2017

Moira: New Block Designs

Progress this weekend included finishing up three new teddy bear block samples.   All of them will be new patterns, the two military ones though will not only have individual patterns but also one or more quilt patterns containing all of the blocks.

The first military block is Clark, and he is in the Army.  Clark is named for the oldest son of a longtime friend back in Phoenix.

The second of five planned military blocks, is Jerry and he is in the Marines.   Still to come is the Navy, Coast Guard and Air Force.  Jerry is named for a long-time friend who was in the Marines.

The final Teddy bear block for this weekend is Sherry.   She out walking one of her dogs, and is looking good in her tunic and leggings.   She's sporting a new purse and a stylish headband.  Sherry is named for a long time friend (and Jerry's wife).

The final thing I've made progress on this weekend was getting the top 3 rows sewn together for this commissioned quilt.   And I've already got a quilting plan in mind for the quilt.....woohoo.   that is where I usually struggle.

September 19, 2017

Cyra - An assortment of projects

Finally I managed to get a stitching update done.

3 freeform crochet scrumbles going towards making a headband.

I went to another felting workshop where I made these two gorgeous flowers 
(plus a caterpillar which wandered off before the photo shoot).
These flowers will have stamen added when I get 'a round tuit'. 

And.... just for something completely different.
A 6.5 inch long crocheted oval doily.

And the miniature 'scene' with the miniature doily on the dining table.
Nice cuppa tea anyone?

Happy Stitching

Moira: Making Progress

Made progress on several projects this past weekend thanks to the commissioned baby quilt being cancelled.  Will make it at a later date though because I think it will be a really cute quilt.

First project I did work on was the flamingo quilt.   I added a pink with white polka dot for binding and that is now sewn down and the quilt is finished.

Used a bright tropical floral type print for the backing.

The next project I worked on was baste and quilt this scrappy kitty quilt.  The quilting on it has been finished and I just need to bind it.   Fabric for that has been pulled and I plan on putting it on this evening.

I was also able to get the blocks trimmed to size and the sashing onto them.  I'm contemplating whether to add a final border of the same mottled green that the blocks are made from or to just bind it in the green at this size.   Currently it is 45" square.  Am leaning towards finishing it w/o another border.

Someone I know will be making an embroidered label for me.   And I will be sending it out to be quilted for me.

September 12, 2017

Judy ~ Missing Once Again But with a Few Finishes

Sorry to be out of the posting loop, but we've had a busy sunny summer, and we've been outside in the yard as well as traveling a bit more than usual. We have recently returned from a trip to Minneapolis to visit my sister, and while there we stopped at our niece's new yarn shop which is named after her grandmothers. (You can read about our trip on my blog if you wish.)


This hat is made with a kit from that shop.  It was a fun knit but sure had lots of ends to hide! (There was enough yarn for another hat, but I'm still hiding those ends.....)

I also finished two other projects: socks for our grand son in his requested color and a shawl that I started in the last century and had to restart because I couldn't remember where I was in the pattern sequence.  (That should teach me not to procrastinate, right?)

Also, if you've been impacted by the recent hurricanes or wildfires, please know that you've been in my thoughts and prayers!

Angela ~ A Little Start

I managed to get the base lines sewn which the embroidery will go over.  And the circle with the cross in the center is the only actual embroidery I did this past week.
Darn allergies make it hard to see in the evening which is when I typically do embroidery.

Moira - Finishes and Starts

 Finished off the scrappy snail this past weekend.    There are 651 - 2" finished squares in this quilt. 

The green squares used up less than half of the ones I had cut from scraps the weekend prior.  Another quilt or maybe two of them, is in the future for the rest of them.  I've got another couple of graphed designs ready that need 2" finished squares to make, just need to cut the remainder of the fabrics needed for them.

Next critter quilt though will be a panda I think so that I can make a dent in the bag of solid black scraps.
Started doing so prep this weekend for the next scrappy quilt and I pulled a bunch of small pieces (fat-eight's and smaller) of various WOW's from a tote to cut up in 2.5" and 3.5" sizes.  While doing so I found a stack of 12 already cut and marked 10.5" COC squares.

I decided I didn't want to put them back in the tote, so I also pulled a couple of scrap pieces of fabrics I had in the stash and put them together to make 9.5" HST's.  Trimmed them up and now have them together in this quilt top.  I have 4 more of the shoe print/COC HST blocks that did not fit in the layout, so I'm going to use them as part of the final border layout.   Just need to play with the ideas that i have for that before making a final decision on the layout. 

And the next commissioned project for me has come in as of yesterday.  this is the sketch I've received from the customer.  Fabric has been pulled from the stash and I'm in process of enlarging the anchor pattern.   Will have it put together by next week's posting because I've got a short turn-around time on this one.

September 5, 2017

Angela ~ MIA

Sorry I've been MIA for the last 2 weeks.  I've been busy organizing my room, or at least trying to.  I did get all my embroidery threads organized, I had a good sized box full of random threads.  I also organized the broken jewelry pieces I've picked up or were given to me.  Some things I repaired and put up for sale on Ebay.  The rest got taken apart for useful beads, donated if it was plastic for other crafters and then the rest was organized in plastic drawer thingys.
I cut some scrapbooking paper to fit the front of the drawers and it looks really nice now.  The one on the left holds the junk jewelry, the center hold sewing threads & sewing tools, the one on the right holds various papers for the printer.
You can see my 5 boxes of embroidery thread in numerical order but I have another of the odd threads and a small bin with the specialty threads like silk, rayon & metallics.
There's a layer of nothing but beads that still need to be sorted in the bottom of this drawer ^^^^^.
This drawer hold possibly fixable items.

On the other end of this shelf is my bead containers, all 21 of them, mostly full.  Although there is 1 empty one.
Re-labeling them and stacking them sideways saved me more space, yeah!  Beads are sorted by color with one box of miscellaneous mixed stuff, mostly seed beads I am not even going to try to sort.

OH, I also got my bathroom painted this past weekend!  Hopefully I can do some more work on the bible cover this week.

Moira - Holiday weekends are made for sewing

Love having long weekends and being single because all of that means that I can sew to my hearts content.  

One of the projects I worked on is actually for me - I know shock of shocks...lol.   All blocks are now finished for my hankie butterfly quilt.  I used 8 hankies in the blocks.   The center block is a very lightweight linen fingertip towel that I folded to fit the block and then appliqued down.
Closeup pic of one of the butterflies resting on the fabric I'll be using for sashing.  I'll be binding with more of the green fabric.

Backing will have 4 more hankies that didn't work for butterflies on the front appliqued to it.   One of them I'm going to send off to an online friend to embroider the label onto.   Will have to back it with some fusible interfacing to make it work for the embroidery.
I then added the top and bottom borders to this quilt.   Thinking about adding a final border around it to add a little more size to it.
And after cutting a bazillion 2.5" blocks from my green scraps with no discernible difference made to the amount of scraps that I have, I've started piecing the next critter quilt for sale.   This pic shows the first 16 rows together - halfway done.  from here up is a mainly the WOW background, so it should not take as long to piece as this part did.   (Some of my WOW's are in strip-sets for faster piecing.)
And the last major thing that was accomplished this weekend was to get my sewing room cleaned up.  That started with my sorting and putting away these scraps......these all came out of the over-stuffed brown basket you can see on the shelf below and a couple of shopping bags.   All were put away (well the greens were all cut up into 2.5" squares) and the basket emptied once again.  Unfortunately I realized that in spite of the scrap quilts I've been making lately, I have actually lost ground because the totes are almost to full to put the lids on....oops.....must sew faster.

And here is a pic looking across my sewing room.   I can actually get to the totes of my thread now without risking life and limb trying to step across piles to get there.  Till have work to do but progress is being made.  =)