Saturday, October 31, 2020

Monthly color challenge November 2020

 Welcome to November.   Time just seems to be flying by.   

This month's color challenge is buff.   I am hoping that my color worked for this.  I have been trying to use  my stash as much as I can.

This is what Google says about buff: it is a light brownish yellow color.   

This month's color inspiration is the Buff breasted sandpiper.  

This bird is a small shorebird.  This species is brown above, and has a buff face and underparts in all plumages. It has a short bill and yellow legs. Males are larger than females. Juveniles resemble the adults, but may be paler on the rear underparts.

Now on to the block.   This is a very easy block to sew.    You can chain piece a lot of the block before you press seams. 

A couple of tips:  a real Time saver is to chain piece as many pieces as you can.    

If they are for different steps, as soon as you start the steps, pin a piece of paper to the 1st one with that step number. 

2nd tip -  is the 3 P's: press, press and press.  The blocks look so much nicer when you press.  

This block sews up very fast.  To get this pattern visit Jen's blog at Https://

This quarters sponsors and prizes are:

Patterns by Jen  2 different prizes:  1 pdf pattern 1 spool of Superior so fine 50 wt thread,

Island Batik - 3 1/2 yards assorted fabrics.  I love their batiks.   They are awesome to work with. 

Quilters  Dream - a 60x60 Dream blend which is 70% cotton 30% poly.   The poly gives it a bit of a poof. 

For the Love of Geese - pdf pattern

P&B Textiles -  fabric Bundle of over 60 fat quarters

Said with Love - pdf pattern

Warm Company -  warm and plush batting 45 x 60

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Dragonflys quilting designs

Monday, October 26, 2020

From the Heart blog hop

 Well, we are less than 2 months away from Christmas.   It is almost November and time to start thinking about neighbor gifts, office gifts and friend gifts. 

Hi and welcome to the 2nd day of from the heart blog hop. This hop is hosted by Carol at

I love to make handmade gifts for the people I love.   Hot pads seem to always be a welcome gift.    I know they are something I use a lot. 

Today I want to teach you how to make a basic hot pad.  For your hot pads you want to make sure that everything you use is 100% cotton.  The reason for this is that cotton burns and polyester melts. Also, make sure your thread is 100% cotton

Materials list
1 - 6 1/2 inch square of fabric for the front
2  - 1 1/2" x 8 1/2" rectangles of a contrasting fabric
2 - 1 1/2" x 6 1/2" rectangles
1 - 10 inch square for the backing
2 - 10 inch squares batting 100% cotton
1 - 10 inch square insulbright

You will take your 6 1/2" square of fabric and your 1 1/2" x 6 1/2" rectangles and on two opposite sides you will sew the rectangles.  Use a 1/4" seam allowance.  Once you have sewn the two short rectangles on, then press the seams towards the darkest fabric.

 You will now take the 1 1/2" x 8 1/2" rectangles and do the same thing.  Press towards the dark side of the fabric.

Now you have the beginnings of a hot pad.  Good for you.

Now, comes the fun part.  Layer and quilting the hot pad.  Sometimes I will free motion quilt them, but for this one I decided to just do a simple crosshatch with 2" squares.  So, take the top of the hot pad and mark 2" segments across the top and bottom.  Unless your fabric is directional it does not matter which side is the top.  Then turn the fabric 1/4 turn and mark again.  Now layer the top piece with the right side up, 1 square  of batting, insulbright (shiny side facing the front, so lay it shiny side down)  1 square batting, then your bottom fabric with the right side down.  (You have just made a quilt sandwich,  Good for you).  Begin quilting  at one of your markings and go all the way down.  Do on one side first, then 1/4 turn and do the same.  You will have some cute little squares on your hot pad.

In this photo you can see that one side has been 
done, and now I am doing the other direction

You are almost done with your first hot pad.  Good for you.  Trim all sides of the hot pad so front and back are even. Should be approximately 8 1/2". Now comes the binding  To do the binding, cut  2 strips of your fabric for the binding at 2 1/4" x 8 1/2" and then cut 2 at 2 1/4" x 9 1/2".  Take the 2 8 1/2" long pieces and fold in half lengthwise and press.  Stitch using a 1/4" seam to opposite sides of the hot pad on the front side..  Now, take the 2 remaining pieces and fold down a 1/4" on each of the short edges and press.  Fold in half lengthwise and stitch with a 1/4" seam to the two sides that don't have binding on.  Now you can do the next step by hand or machine.  It may get a little tough with the machine, so I suggest trying it first, if it is hard, then do this by hand.  You are going to fold the binding to the back and stitch it down.  

Now, your hot pads should look like this.  Yay!!!! great job.  

Please check out all the bloggers.    They all have some fun gifts you can make. 

I would love to see what you make for gifts from the blog hop.    Tag me at Kathy's kwilts and more on Instagram.  #fromtheheartbloghop. 

I love reading your comments.  Thank you for visiting and please follow my blog and my other social media. 

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Halloween Hoppers blog hop

welcome to the last day and my day to share on the Halloween Hoppers blog hop hosted by Marian at  

When this hop was announced I had big plans.   Unfortunately, those plans did not happen.  I was going to use these to make a fun wall hanging.

   We had done a  job at work with these and we had some extras.   They are printed on power stretch, which is a knit fabric, and I will interface them, like you would with a t- shirt quilt and then put sashing between them and borders and quilt them.   I hope to get them done and to my kids by Halloween.   If they don't get to use them this year there is always next year.   

  So, I remembered this little throw pillow I had made so I decided I would share this.  

I am not really a big Halloween person.   I was more into it when my kids were little. And then who knows what Halloween will be like this year.   

There are lots of fun projects and ideas, so please visit the other bloggers who are posting today and who posted Monday and Tuesday.   There is still time to make for Halloween.