Sunday, May 31, 2020

Pincushion parade blog hop



Hi and welcome.   Today is the first day of the pincushion parade blog hop hosted by Crystal of www.daybrookdesigns.com.  I am so excited to be a part of Crystal's very first blog hop that she is hosting.

As a seamstress and quilter, I always need pincushions.   I use them at each machine and on my cutting table and at work.   I even keep some in the boxes of projects I am working on, so that they are easy to grab and go.

Today, I am sharing a very fun and easy pincushion tutorial with you.

You will need -
4 -  2 1/2"  squares
1 - 4 1/2" square
Some fiberfill or crushed walnut shells
Scissors
Thread
Sewing machine
Needle if You want to hand sew it.

Start with you 2 1/2" squares and sew 2 together, right sides together on one side.


Do the same with the last 2 2 1/2 squares.

 Now sew them together to make a 4 patch block.





Press.

Sew your square to your 4 1/2" square leaving an opening on one side to turn and stuff.  (I leave maybe 2" in the center of the seam open.)

  Turn right side out and stuff.  I like to use a knitting needle, a pen or pencil to help me stuff it.   I usually use fiberfill, as I have it on hand.

Sew the seam closed and you have a fun pincushion.



These make perfect gifts for birthday a , Christmas or I was just thinking about you and thought you would enjoy this.



 I have at least 2 more pincushion to share with you during this blog hop so I will be back later in the month to share with you.  

Please follow along with these other bloggers throughout the month.   Download the form below as a way to track which blogs you visit and which pincushions you make.  Be sure to share on Instagram and tag the blogger.    If you have trouble downloading you can go to www.daybrookdesigns.com and click on the blog to download it there.



Tuesday, May 19, 2020

It's cool to be square blog hop



Today is my day for the It's cool to be square blog hop. Thank you Carol @ justletmequilt.blogspot.com for hosting this hop and letting me join.   I was going to share a beautiful quilt I am working on, but it is not happening.  I have had to switch to hand piecing as there is no room in my house to sew right now.  We are under major construction at my house right now.    But man it will be nice when we are done.



So instead of sharing a quilt, I have chosen to share some hot pads.  Hot pads are a huge necessity at my house.  I love to cook and bake.



These hot pads whip up fast, and I am glad I had some already done. 


I put 2 layers of batting and 1 layer of insul bright in my hot pads to make them thick for outdoor cooking.  Cast iron dutch ovens get hot.

Here is a link to a tutorial I did on hot pads

https://kathyskwiltsandmore.blogspot.com/2016/03/basic-hot-pad-tutorial-today-i-want-to.html


I hope to get at least the top of my quilt done this week and I will definitely share it.  Here is a peek of the quilt I am working on




Please join these other bloggers to see what they are sharing. 

May 18

May 19

May 20

May 21

May 22

Thursday, May 7, 2020

One monthly goal - May 2020 - metro medallion

Elm Street Quilts





This month is a crazy month for me, as we are remodeling and my sewing room is a storage room for things.  So, my one monthly goal, hosted by @www.elmstreetquilts.com, is to get 5 blocks sewn together for my metro medallion quilt by @ www.sewkindofwonderful.com



I am going for 5 hoping to go for more to be done, but I will be hand piecing most of them as we have limited space right now.

Any sewing I do this month will most likely be done by hand. But, it will be nice to have the remodel done and feel like we have a new home.

You can see all of the goals for this month by following this link
https://www.elmstreetquilts.com/2020/05/one-monthly-goal-may-link-up.html


Linking up this week with
inquiringquilter.com for Wednesday waitloss
www.elmstreetquilts.com

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Scrap everything and sew blog hop



Hi and welcome to the final day of the scrap everything and sew  blog hop.


 When Pat @ www.lemontreesnippets.wordpress.com mentioned she was doing a scrappy blog hop I new I needed to join.

This is a pile of scraps setting by my sewing machine


Today I am sharing a couple of projects that are ongoing and long term.  Every quilter ends up with scraps, right?   And it can be hard to throw them away, especially since you know what fabric costs.

A few years ago I came across a really good site for using scraps and this lady has a system set up called the scrap users system.  You can read more about it at www.quiltville.blogspot.com.  Bonnie has a wonderful system and she even has free patterns available that uses scraps.  Through following Bonnie she has taught me that it is okay to even have your background scrappy.

So on to my projects.   This one is one that I am working on from a swap group I was in.  It is called the spider web block.




Thus one came from a website called https://susies-scraps.com/2015/01/27/crazy-little-strings-diamond-charms-quilt-block-and-tutorial/ .



Both of these blocks are basically the same, you just start with different sizes of foundation squares.

Another thing you can do with your scraps is an English Paper piecing project.    I love EPP.  It is very portable and fun to do.






Please check out these other bloggers who have posted throughout the week and see what they are doing with scraps.   You just may be inspired.

Wed. April 1
Lemon Tree Snippets
Thu. April 2
Quilting Gail
Fri. April 3
Beaquilter
Cynthia's Creating Ark
Sat. April 4
The Darling Dogwood
Quilting Jeanne
Sun. April 5
Kathy's Kwilts and More
Lemon Tree Snippets





Tuesday, March 31, 2020

April Monthly Color Challenge 2020

Welcome.  It has been a while since I last posted, but life has been crazy.  I hope you are all surviving the craziness of CoVid19.

Today I am part of the monthly color challenge host by Jen at www.patternsbyjen.blogspot.com.

This months color is one of my most favorite.   I love purple.   Some of my favorite flowers are purple: pansys, violets,  and lavender.



This block is very easy to do.   It has flying geese and hsts, which I absolutely love to do.   One of my tips for you is to make sure you press your seams.  You can either press open or to 1 side.

I looked up the meaning of the color purple and found this:
The color purple is often associated with royalty, nobility, luxury, power, and ambition. Purple also represents meanings of wealth, extravagance, creativity, wisdom, dignity, grandeur, devotion, peace, pride, mystery, independence, and magic.

Purple is also made up of two color families red and blue.   


This quarter (April - June) has some great sponsors that you can win prizes from.   So how do you enter to win?  So glad you asked.   Each of the 3 months go to Jen's page at www.patternsbyjen.blogspot.com, to get the pattern and to link up at the end of the month and you will be entered.  

So who are these great prizes from?

Cherrywood fabrics @www.cherrywoodfabrics.com
PBJ @www.patternsbyjen.blogspot.com
Island Batik @www.islandbatik.com
Quilters Dream Batting @www.quiltersdreambatting.com
www.fortheloveofgeese.com
www.quilterchic.com
www.saidwithlove.com
www.warmcompany.com

Please check out these other bloggers and see how they made their blocks
 Jen @  https://patternsbyjen.blogspot.com/2020/04/april-2020-monthly-color-challenge.html

Mona https://kywhittakercreations.blogspot.com/2020/04/2020-monthly-color-challenge-april-blog.html
https://www.purplemoosedesigns.com/?p=4263

Jen https://faithandfabricdesign.com/2020/03/april-color-challenge-with-pbj.html

Roseanne http://homesewnbyus.com/honeycreeper-april-challenge-color-block/

Joanne
https://joanne-everyonedeservesaquilt.blogspot.com/2020/03/april-color-challenge.html

I am in the process of doing a couple more of these blocks.   I will post them later in the month.

Remember to visit Jen @ www.patternsbyjen.blogspot.com to get your free pattern.





Friday, March 6, 2020

Dust off an old book blog hop





Today is my day for the dust off an old book blog hop.   I was excited when Bea at www.beaquilter.com posted this.   I started looking through my books and most of those are relatively newer books.  Then I remembered some quilt magazines a friend gave me.   So I looked through those.  I found this one from 1994.  It is called Traditional Quilter. 





I found 2 projects in there that I wanted to do. 

The first was an article called the versatility of the Hexagon.  It takes you through the steps of drawing a hexagon.  I never did learn geometry in high school.  Now I find it would be helpful.    I had a hard time drawing the Hexagon shape for EPP so I was glad I had some I could use.





I liked the little flowers made from hexagon so I decided to make one. 



I now need to applique it on to my background  by hand.   I think this will be a pillow.   The background is a 14 1/2" square.  I am doing a blanket stitch using 3 strands of DMC embroidery floss.  I put spray basting on the back of the Hexagon flowers and out it on the background piece.   Then I safety pinned it for added protection.



The 2nd project was a pattern called Windblown Tulips.



I love tulips and decided to take this pattern and position the tulips in a different way.  I am currently appliquing these in place using a blanket stitch and 2 strands of DMC embroidery floss.   To put these on the background fabric I used heat and bond.  I still need to add my leaves and my stems will be hand embroidered.



As I was trying to get these projects done I got hit with a sinus infection.  All I have wanted to do is sleep.  I guess that is a good thing, but you don't get a lot done.

Be sure to check out Bea's blog post for some fun giveaways. You can find her at www.beaquilter.com

Please visit my blogging friends to see what they have done.
March 2
March 3

March 4
March 5
March 6




Sunday, February 16, 2020

Color it red blog hop

Hello!!!!!



Welcome to the first day of the color it red blog hop.   This blog hop is hosted by Carol at www.justletmequilt.blogspot.com.

When this blog hop was first announced I knew exactly what I was going to do.   I have had this quilt ready for quilting for some time now, and thought it would be perfect.


Some of the ruler quilting I am doing. 



Well, life happens.  Work happens. And I was putting in extra time at work.



I seriously thought about just emailing Carol and telling her I just couldn't do it.  Then I remembered these heart blocks I had made.


 Original plan was to make a wall hanging and machine quilt.  Well, for some strange reason hubby and I had been discussing when we were going to remodel the upstairs.  Some rooms had new carpeting in about 22 years ago, and some have not been upgraded in the 25 years we have lived here.  We ended up going to a home show and because hubby had today off he scheduled a home energy audit.  Dang.  Better get rid of stuff.  I had to ban myself from the sewing room to get things done.

So I decided to hand quilt this.  I worked on it every chance I got.  I had hoped to get binding on it yesterday, but to no avail.  But it will be done this week.





This pattern is a free pattern from Allison at www.cluckclucksew.com. please check out her site as she has some very cute patterns.

As for the dejunking of rooms, closets, etc. I am down to 2 rooms.  1 is my sewing room and 1 is the file/office room, which I currently have some sewing and quilting stuff in.   My sewing room was remodeled about 5 years ago, but I thought if I need to put other things in there, I really only want to organize it once.

So Carol I am sorry I did not get completely finished.  I am really trying to be more organized.  Organization is not my strong point.


I have started working on this one.  I decided feathers on the heart would be fun. Currently my feathers are drawn in and I will start quilting today at lunch time.


Just a quick recap:

Pattern is from Cluck Cluck Sew
Quilting was done by hand with no markings.  I just free handed it all.
Please visit these lovely bloggers throughout this week.  They always have something fun and inspiring to share.

February 17th

February 18th

February 19th

February 20th
February 21st