Friday, December 3, 2021

Something different

I needed a little break from quilting.  Yes I can do other things besides quilt ๐Ÿ˜once in a while.  Tuesday afternoon I decided I wanted to play with my beads.  Ahhh it felt so good to finally get a chance to make a new bracelet again.  Plus I decided on which beads to order so I can make a few more using different designs.  This bracelet pattern is a free one from Deb Roberti at Around The Beading Table.  


These are from the same pattern, but the bottom two use a different bead so it gives a little different look.

Have you seen the cute snowman stitchery patterns at Pinker n Punkin Quilting and Stitching and guess what...they are free!!  Melisa is so generous with her stitching patterns whether it is primitive stitching like these snowmen or cross stitch. 


I have two done and she just came out with #5.  I will make mine into a wall hanging eventually. The lighting was terrible when I took these photos last night, but I stitched mine on bright white cotton fabric with red DMC floss. 



And back to quilting, using red batiks.  I should have this one done early next week.  In the meantime I have to set it aside to work on a custom runner for a customer.  


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Sunday, November 28, 2021

Snowflakes and Snowmen

Snowmen and snowflakes go hand in hand, you can't have one without the other.  While I am not ready for the real ones, I continue to make quilted ones.  


I always have leftover black and white polka dot fabric after cutting my buffalo plaid snowman runners. So I have been scheming to use some of them up.  The opportunity presented itself on Saturday for a bit of snowman fun!  The red and white checkerboards were already made from when I did a ton of THESE so why not use some up. The only thing that wasn't a scrap left over was the outside gingham border. 


So you might say I squirreled these together;) and it was fun. You might also say that I am really enjoying designing, OMG what happened to the old Vicki that never designed anything!  

I bought two new snowflake stencils, this is one of them.  This wall hanging measures at 17" tall and 24" wide and resides in my Etsy shop right now.  As for what I will do with the rest of my day, I have two hexie snowman toppers to make.  Have a wonderful Sunday.  

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Friday, November 26, 2021

Gingham Tree Topper

You might have seen one of these on my blog before.  This is the second one, the first one can be seen HERE.  This time I decided to cut the strips for the gingham smaller and finish out the gingham square with the darker pieces all around the outside.  The rest is the same.  


The original pattern is from Primrose Cottages on Etsy.  I changed it up by making my flying geese into trees and no stars in the corners. 




Next up was another of my Welcome Frosty wall hanging. If you are interested you can find the pattern in my Etsy pattern shop.


I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving day!  I am so thankful for all of you that read my blog! And now are you Black Friday or Cyber Monday shopping?  If I do anything it will be going to Jo Anns on Sunday;)

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Monday, November 22, 2021

Another panel jumped off the shelf and said 'Make Me'!  So I couldn't resist the sweet request, LOL.  I had made up the same panel a few years ago, so why not use the same concept for this one. 




After squaring and trimming the panel itself, the green border was the first to be added. Once the pinwheels, which finish at 4", were made I figured out what size the red spacers in between them needed to be.


Things just go smoother if you have already done them
 before, this was a pretty quick make.  

For the quilting, I did continuous curve in the red pinwheels along with straight lines in the red spaces. Ribbon candy in the green sashing and piano key in the outer holly berry border. 


















The hook swirl on the panel itself, I know you aren't shocked by that!  In fact I bet you could predict that;)  If it isn't broke don't fix it!





















Lest you think I never do anything besides quilting...

Hubby and I had picked and froze apples from our tree in September.  And last week we made apple butter.  It is usually a lengthy process, like all day.  This time, once the apples were mostly thawed I put them in the blender.  That way they did their cooking faster and the process was shortened by 4 hours. We don't use this very fast so we mostly put it in half pint jars which will all go in the freezer.  I probably will have enough for two years here.







Wednesday, November 17, 2021

My Day on the Mug Rug Blog Hop

It's time for another fun blog hop, No Ring November, hosted by Carla at Createinthesticks.  Since I am deep into making Christmas and Winter themed projects for the shop, I thought it only fitting I keep with that theme. I mean you all know I LOVE snowmen, right!  If you are new to my blog welcome and now you know I totally love snowmen too⛄. 

It took me a while to decide on exactly what I wanted within the snowman mug rug category though.  And then one day it dawned on my that I needed a snowman mug rug for myself, can you believe I don't have one already!  The itch to play with cotton rope has now been scratched;)


The process starts with making a spiral with your cotton clothesline rope then stitching a + through the center with regular stitching to hold it together.  

Keep on spiraling the rope while you zig zag, around and around you go until it is as big as you want. Mine came out at 6.5".  I ended it by tucking in the end and zig zagging over it. 


If you don't want a mug rug use it as part of your snowman display.  OMG I just thought about making them smaller and using as ornaments on your tree!!!!  Or how about gluing a magnet to the back for a refrigerator magnet.



After it's all stitched I painted on the eyes with the end of a dowel rod dipped in black paint.  A smaller rod was used for the mouth.  The nose was painted with a terra cotta color.  If it is used as a decoration you could glue on buttons for the eyes and mouth and a felt nose.  I hope you enjoyed my little project. 

Please check out the other bloggers today for more fun mug rugs! 



Monday, November 15, 2021

Could you resist this cutie


Watch out I am on another panel journey!  This panel has 4 of these cuties on it, this is the second one I have made.  You can see the first HERE


The panel part is only the snowman with this little green border around him



And then I added the snowflake border, black and white checkerboards, pinwheels, the black/gray marble border and finished it off with the snowflake outer border.  I didn't have the perfect green(for the pinwheel) to match their green border, but I got close. 





 

Mug Rug Blog Hop starts today!

Today is the first day of the No Ring November Mug Rug blog hop.  There is sure to be some fun inspiring projects in this hop.  Perhaps you will find something you need to make for a Christmas gift.  I'll pop in on Wednesday to show you my project. 

                                       


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Friday, November 12, 2021

Red Truck in a Wreath

It's always a fun day when you get to start something new isn't it.  Wednesday I declared a day of fun working on one of the new panels I just purchased a couple weeks ago. I am a big fan of red truck decor so I couldn't resist this panel.  

After trimming and squaring it up I added the black/gray marbled border, throw in some gingham and it's all coming together.  But wait it needs some more color.  Okay, so whip up some green and red flying geese units and top it off with an outer border of the black/gray marble.  


 And then to transform it with some quilting, always another fun step for me.  



 I Couldn't resist pulling it all together with the striped binding. 



 Luckily I had pieced two of these table runners a while back.  A gal bought one and wanted another.  All I had to do was quilt and bind the second one.  These are made using the creative grids pineapple ruler.  Inspiration from a Cottage Rose pattern.



I was out of my Snow Dudes table runners so I pieced and quilted another one of them this week also.  Never a dull moment, LOL


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Monday, November 8, 2021

Crazy busy week

I found the perfect backing for my snowmen table runners.  It is 108" wide, at Jo Anns and I had a 50% off coupon, I bought 90 inches of it.  For these runners I cut the wide backing down to 45"x108" and pinned the 45" sides to the long arm.  Earlier in the week I cut and pieced 6 table runners in three different styles.  And then I became a quilting machine. All 6 were quilted in a day, that was a full day and I was tired at the end.  


Next came the applique, better to applique a bunch with the same thread color and then change to the next color. But I was getting sick of applique and couldn't quite finish them all. So, I decided to just stop doing that and finish up  three of them as I needed to replenish ones that sold in the shop.  I know I keep talking about items selling, I am just thrilled to bits that people love my quilted items and keep coming back for more!  Never, ever did I dream it could be like this.  I mean I hoped I could sell some here and there but it's more than that.  And I thank each and every one of you that has cheered me on!


These are the three I totally finished and now I have their mates to finish when I need them.  In the meantime onto the next;)


It's getting close to Thanksgiving!  We have anywhere from 21 to just a couple at a time. This is part of the 21 trying to get a drink from our pond in the backyard 15 feet from the house!



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Monday, November 1, 2021

Fabric Acqusitions

 Friday I took a trip up north a couple hours, I took a friend long for some much needed chatting/ear bending time while shopping.  Yes shopping, fabric stores and quilt shops.  I felt the need to replenish a few quilt panels for fall for next year. You will have to tilt your head for the one on the left:0  But won't they make great little wall hangings?  It will be hard not to dig right in but I need to concentrate on Christmas/winter items right now. 


One more beauty, the fall wreath grabbed me too.  But then onto Christmas with a red truck in a wreath, on no I wasn't going to pass that up even though I have plenty of Christmas/winter panels to use. There might have been some yardage in red and greens bought too, but I already folded them and put them away. They were just staples to replenish the stash.


And then I finished up this cardinal panel wall hanging.

Everything from the gold out I added.  


Just look at that cardinal eyeing you!


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Sunday, October 31, 2021

I thought I was clever

 I felt so clever, but more on that in a minute.  

A few years ago I was making tons of these snowman table runners that had the red and white pieced checkerboard.  And then I switched to using red and white striped fabric to make them quicker.  Recently I had been thinking about the shoeboxes that held the leftovers. Upon digging them out I discovered a lot of checkerboards left and lots that were even strip pieced already.  So now I am on a quest to use some up!  Sorry no glamour shot of this one, it was late last night and I wanted to snatch the photo before the light faded



Here is the clever part...the backing.  Remember a couple winters ago I was make these red/gray string blocks on phone book pages?  The strings were all from trimming up gobs of snowman table runners.  My intention was that I would make a quilt of them some day.  But...an idea popped into my head last week of using them for backings on these snowman table runners. It would be decorative, a way to use scraps up and save me $ in the end. I will be using up several more of the string blocks in future backings. 


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Thursday, October 28, 2021

Timber!

 It's timber time says this Gnome family!


I just couldn't resist these little cuties any longer.  While we were in Spearfish this past August we took a little trip to Belle Fourche, South Dakota.  It was there in a packed little quilt shop that I found this panel and couldn't pass them up.  I think I got two.  
 
I used the asterisk block in the four corners, because I thought they looked like snowflakes.  You can find the asterisk block at So Scrappy.  I flanked the black and white gingham with a tone on tone red.  A pretty quick make and still so festive.  Did you notice my little Gnome doll (left center)?  He was made by a friend a couple years ago and is made on an empty yarn cone. His beard is part of a mop and his hat a stocking!


I like to put a split hanging sleeve on smaller wall hangings that way you only need one nail in the center.  And here is another hint, if you ever hang a quilt and the bottom doesn't stay flat against the wall, add a little double stick tape to the wall and press your quilt to it.  

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Monday, October 25, 2021

Snowman and a Truck

 Who could resist this adorable face!  He is one of four snowman faces on a panel called Imagine Snowmen from Fabri-Quilt.


After I trimmed up the center with the snowman I added the green and black stripe to begin the framing.  Next came one row of one inch finished black and white checkerboard.  Above and below the checkerboard you will see a green with white snowflake fabric, that was part of the panel also. I bordered the whole piece with a second set of checkerboard followed closely by a red 2" finished border.


I couldn't resist using the black and white stripe for the binding. My Alaska customer came back to snatch this little guy right up! At least we know he won't melt up there, ๐Ÿ˜  More panels will be used up this week!  How about you, what are you working on this week, starting a new project or finishing one up?



Up next the truck panel.  I love anything red truck lately, I learned to drive stick shift in red truck back on the farm. 

The framing of this one starts with the marbled black/gray next to the truck panel followed by one row of red and white checkerboard.  My accuquilt dies make it easy to do them and also the flying geese. While attaching the final border of the black/gray marble I thought it was to plain so I decided it would need a few stenciled snowflakes. 


This one is heading out to Kansas today!  Okay I am heading back to the sewing room now:)