Sunday, January 15, 2017

My first block for RSC17

I definitely need to work on my string bins and bags. Yes my bin is too full, so I now have 3 bags in addition!!  For the first block in purples I decided to tape pages of a small phone book together making a 6" x 15" block and stitching my strings to it.  Here are the two I have done now.  I don't have a particular setting picked out yet as there are a few different ones I could do. So I may have to backtrack later to make more blocks of each color, I'll just play it by ear for now. I also don't have a lot of purple strings for some reason, and I love purple!

Linking with ScrapHappy and Oh Scrap.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

What does New Beginnings mean to you

Welcome to my stop on the New Beginnings Island Batik blog hop!  When we were asked to used the theme New Beginnings for our Ambassador project.  I immediately thought of spring and the new flowers coming up. A friend suggested butterflies, and since the Blog Hop Logo had butterflies I decided to fly with butterflies and flowers!   Once that was decided I wanted to use Lea Anne's flower and butterfly blocks from her tutorial(which you can find here at Podunk Pretties)  I emailed Lea Anne and asked if she would be OK with my resizing her flower block, she graciously gave me permission. Thanks Lea Anne for some great blocks!

If you were here at my blog last Thursday, and looking for my post- I apologize, the hop got pushed back a few days.

Here are the eight fabrics I choose for my 32" wall hanging.  They are from the Dotalicious group and should be coming to your quilt shops very soon.  If you don't see them ask for them!  They are so pretty and springy, and since it is winter time in the US we all want something fun to work with to pass the winter days.

 And a little of my quilting

It's been absolutely wonderful participating in the monthly challenges given to us my Island Batiks. And even more wonderful using there luscious fabrics!

If you want to enter to win some Island Batik fabric go to their blog HERE and enter using the Rafflecopter.  

Leave me a comment below to enter to win a pattern of your choice from my Craftsy Store. You must leave me your email addy or make sure you are not a No-Reply blogger in order to win. I will draw a winner on February 1st.

Here are the participants in the blog hop-be sure to check them all out as there will be loads of inspiration!!!  Participants may also have give aways on their blog.

Monday, January 9 – Coastal Mist
Stone Cottage Quilts

Wednesday, January 11 – Drizzle
Webster Quilt
Thursday, January 12 – Fifi and Fido + Happy Hounds
Mary Mack Made Mine
Quilting Affection
Friday, January 13 – Fresh Catch
Bejeweled Quilts by Barb
Monday, January 16 – Glowing Embers
Purrfect Spots Designs
Tuesday, January 17 – Lake Life
Freemotion by the River
Wednesday, January 18 – River’s Edge
Ark Angel Creations
Jennifer Sewing
Friday, January 20 – Blushing Blooms
Desert Bloom Quilting
Monday, January 23 – Gone Fishin’
Maria Michaels Designs
Wednesday, January 25 – Surf and Sand
The Patchwork Pearl
Thursday, January 26 – Twilight Blush
KISSed Quilts
Friday, January 27 – Happy Harvest
For Quilts Sake
Monday, January 30 – Jolly Holly
Kauffman Designs
Tuesday, January 31 – Frost
MooseStash Quilting
Wednesday, February 1 – Merry and Bright
Patchwork Breeze
Sally’s Quilting Corner
Linking to MCM, Freemotion by the River, Moving it Forward, Let's Bee Social, My Quilt Infatuation, Whoop Whoop

Friday, January 6, 2017

Stars and a Scooter

Continuing with a blast from the past-my blue/mauve collection left from the 90's.  While digging through my bin of blue and mauve's I found 18 star blocks all pieced, I added 6 more and some sashings. And why not use more of those fabrics for a piano key border and a pieced back!  Even if these are not current colors I think it turned out really cute! 

I decided to keep the quilting simple with just a large stipple so I can get this out the door to Project Linus.

And here comes the Scooter- A free pattern by Lindsey Weight at Fort Worth Fabric.  What a fun quick quilt to make up for baby!  This is the first done of the three I have pieced lately.  You could make this totally scrappy or a little scrappy(which is what I did). 

When it came time to take pictures, I mentioned to DH that I needed to come up with better ways to take pictures instead of just throwing the quilts on the deck or ground/snow.  He said how about the bright orange grandson's sled. Wow it worked perfectly for color!

An allover freehand flower complimented the orange outside border fabric.  

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Finishes for the New Year

I am starting the New Year off right with 3 finishes-well technically they were finished in the last couple days of 2016. However, they will count toward my 2017 donation quilts.

A couple weeks ago I was digging around in my big stash of older fabrics. I really would like to get some of it used up.  They are from my bunny, doll, and bear making days for craft shows in the late 80's and 90's.  Ya think I might have over bought on those colors-well you'd be right!!  Well who would have thought they would be out of style in 26 years, LOL   Hmmm if I hung onto them long enough they'd be back in style, perhaps, hehe.

My friend, Jasmine, who blogs at Quilt Kisses came up with the Chunky Race quilts. And let me tell you these are fun, and oh so fast!!  I used 4" x 18" strips and used 49 of them, like Shannon did, in two of them. BUT the first one, I forgot to take out the 3 to add to the top when it was all pieced, and then I had a bit wider quilt, so I added a row to the top and bottom.

Freehand allover feather quilting.

A different feather freehand allover.

Can you tell I am having fun going through some quilting designs I have not done for a while. This is another fun all over design using a lettuc leaf feather.

And in the effort to use up even more of these blue and mauve older fabrics, I pieced the backs just enough to get them done!
And just so you know how crazy I am, I still have lots of blue and mauve fabrics to go through. I did cut for another Chunky Race quilt. Also 5" strips to make my own charms and I still have leftovers! I might not get through it all this year as I do want to move onto other colors, but I sure made a nice dent in that tub!  For older fabrics I think they made up really nice into these Chunky Race quilts.

The third pair of hand knit socks have been started.  Ramona alerted me to a one day sale on this Drops Fabel print yarn.  I immediately ordered 2 color ways since I had been wanting to try this self striping yarn. Fun!!! 

I feel like I am off to a great start for 2017, how about you?  Happy New Year to all of you and thank you for reading my blog and for comments you leave, I appreciate you so much!

Linking with Oh ScrapMCM and Linky Tuesday

Saturday, December 24, 2016

2nd RSC16 done and Christmas

Here is my second RSC 16 quilt all finished. It's a Moda Bake Shop pattern called Tropical Punch. Each month I pieced the block with the color Angela at So Scrappy picked for our Monthly RSC16 color.  In the end I decided not to put the sashing and corner stone in.

Freehand feather design quilted on my Nolting Funquilter. Yeah I have completed both of my RSC16 projects.

 My nutcrackers that I have collected over the years.

Our artificial pre-lit cashmere pine Christmas tree. I love the easy of the prelit trees and no needle droppings, LOL   No that is not another tree outside, it's the reflection in the window! Most of the ornaments are snowman or snowflake oriented.  The stockings I made several years ago and are paper pieced.  I am in need of a new tree skirt, now don't cha think a quilter should have a quilted one!!  I was an embroiderer before and that is the start of snowmen all around and then I gave up embroidery to quilt.
 Merry Christmas to each and everyone of you that keep reading my blog and leaving me some quilty love. You are all appreciated beyond words, you give me inspiration-more than you know. You keep me going and wanting to show you more of what I make.

Linking with Scrap Happy Saturday

Friday, December 23, 2016

Blog hop ahead and projects

In early January there will be an Island Batik Ambassador blog hop, so stay tuned. The Theme is...

 I am working on my project as my day is January 5th!

The second pair of hand knit socks are done and keeping my toes cozy!  I have also ordered yarn for 2 more pair, yes I am loving hand knitting again.  The second pair didn't take as long as the first :)
These are from Kroy sock yarn using a free pattern from Ravelry called Echo Beach Socks. The pattern has the grass stitch on the leg part, but, I decided to just plain knit it and it worked out just fine.

Another snowman display, this one is in our Family room above the couch.  I need another Christmas quilt-with snowmen of course!  I just bought a panel, so I hope to have that done by next year!

This snowman quilt is the one I used to hang on the rack above. It's all flannel and is residing in the Living room this year.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Plans and goals for 2017

In the past I have not really set a lot of goals or plans for the coming year. I just know, in my head,  I need/want to quilt a lot!  However this year I will write it down and see how it goes. Yvonne over at QuiltingJetGirl is having a planning 2017 linky party that I will join.

2017 Planning Party

 So for 2017 I want to make at least 10 wheel chair quilts, 10 neonatal quilts, and 10 small lap quilts-all for donations. Then there are the valances I want/need to make for our master bedroom. There are still several flimsies in the closet that need quilting-2 of which are older, some are newer.  I want to try to use more from my stash than buying, buying, buying, this is the hardest one for me!!!  Those are all personal goals.

For the business/craft sale side, I need to start earlier to make items, I picked up another craft sale for fall 2017, plus I am thinking of having one in our garage again. So I need to be on top of things sooner!!  Plus I want to write a couple more patterns to sell.  I would love to learn more about EQ7 also, which means I need more time to do that.  But with all that said I still am planning on doing lots of fun things with the hubster, our kids and the grandsons...hmmm do I really need to sleep???   Well we'll just have to see how it all goes won't we.

Linking to the Planning Party for 2017

Monday, December 19, 2016

Commissioned-3 identical runners

I was commissioned by a friend to make her three table runners. Two were to be identical in every way and the third identical in the pattern but with different fabrics.  We chose the disappearing nine patch as she needed them skinny, 14" or less and three feet long.  They have been done and delivered as of last Wednesday and she loved them.  While here she bought 2 more wall hangings and another runner, it was a good week for me and her house is going to look very festive as these were all Christmas items.

 Quilted with Glide thread on top and SoFine on the bottom with Hobbs 80/20 batting.

A close up of the quilting.

As a little thank you for her and another friend I made them these Christmas cards using a Hershey Miniature for the snowman.   I also made them these popular stars with some fun Island Batik fabric strips.

These were very fun to make and oh so quick and easy.  There are many tutorials on the net and some YouTube video's as well.

Our outdoor Christmas lights this year. Every year we try to do something different. I had the idea of using the chain link fence that surrounds our little garden as a way to hang some lighted snowflakes. It worked out perfectly because after dark when you  don't see the fence it looks like the flakes are falling. A lighted snowman, which you don't see well because it it sideways in this view, compliments the flakes.  The 3 trees in between the flakes and candy canes are made by wrapping light strings around tomato cages. 

Linking with MCM#52, and Freemotion by the River

Saturday, December 17, 2016

A finish for RSC16

This is the last time you all will have get to see this quilt. Each month since January (with an exception of a couple) I made a block with the color chosen over at So Scrappy.  This month was our finish it up month. I am happy to report I am totally done. I love how it came out.

The pattern is from Summer 2015 Quiltmaker's 100 block magazine.

I kept the quilting simple with an allover freehand swirl/lettuce leaf feather on my Nolting 17" Funquilter.

I had the perfect orange fabric in my stash for the backing and binding. So glad I have this one done.  Now off I go to finish up the second one.

Linking with So Scrappy and Oh Scrap.


I will leave you with another Christmas corner in our house on this cold in MN Saturday.   I love snowmen which I can leave up for longer than Christmas.  The word snow are those chipboard letters you can buy from Hobby Lobby.   Wishing you all a very happy Holiday season.

Friday, December 16, 2016

It's Giving Time

Tis the Season for giving and that includes us Island Batik Ambassadors. We were asked to make something to donate to an organization of our choice.  I have made many quilts to donate again this year with my own stash of fabrics, therefore I had no problem making another item to donate.

I chose to make a wall hanging using the turkey from my Gobble It Up pattern. The Island Batik fabrics I chose to use are these  gorgeous fall colored strips. They are just perfect for turkey tail feathers!

Gobbler, the wall hanging, measures 16.5 x 16.5 after I added a small border and half square triangles. 

Isn't he adorable!!  Gobbler will be donated to my local quilt guild. The fall of 2017 we will be having our quilt show which we hold every other year.  We members donate items to be auctioned off at a Silent auction. Part of those proceeds then get donated to a local organization of the guild's choice.  Always a worthwhile cause.

I hope you all are having a wonderful Holiday Season and I encourage you to make something to donate somewhere as it is a very rewarding feeling!

Happy Holidays!

Linking with Sarah, Crazy Mom, Myra and Fabric Frenzy 

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Progress times Three

I am pleased to present my next three finishes­čśŐ  Keep in mind  I had pieced this one over a year ago and it is just 36" square. Yes another neonatal quilt as well as the next two.  I love doing this size as it makes me feel productive and I can try out new patterns quickly!  I wish I knew what pattern I used, if you recognize it please let me know. 
 I freehand quilted the Dwirling design on it. 

 The leftover triangles which I believe are 30 degree triangles received a simple meander design. I did not have a pattern for the piecing, I just did my own thing.

 I love the striped binding.

A Moda Bake shop pattern in my own style. It is supposed to have background sashing between the rows, but, I was working with a limited yardage of white with yellow polka dots for my background.

Some simple organic wavy lines kept this quilt soft.
And here they are all ready to be dropped off with the three finishes from my last post.

Since it is the Christmas, season I am going to post one Christmas area or decoration in our home with each post until Christmas.  Here is Frosty the Snowman on our front porch.

Six inches of fresh fluffy snow in the backyard. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Linking with several linky parties on my left side bar this week.