Tuesday, April 7, 2020

To Do Tuesday #12

What a week it has been!  The goal I set for this week was to work on two quilts. Want to see how I did on that goal?

1. I wanted to make more blocks to go with these-  DONE

I planned on making the reverse of each block. I was like the energizer bunny, I just kept going and going and before long I had enough for a lap size quilt. They are now sewn into columns.  This will be a donation quilt for Hands2Help hosted by Sarah at Confessions Of a Fabric Addict.

2. To work on a lap quilt using this strip pack- DONE

This strip pack became this quilt top.  I showed you a pile of trimmings HERE.  Those were what I had to cut off each and every strip in this pack.  They were more like 2.75" strips.  Not going to work. So they all were trimmed to the correct size of 2.5".  What a pain but worth it in the end. 

This is a pattern called Simplify by Cluck Cluck Sew.  And let me tell you it was simple but oh so fun.  And so very quick.  I made mine a throw size which is 62" x 70". 

So what should my goals be for this week?  

1.  Sew the blue/yellow columns into rows for a completely pieced top. 

2. Make a sunflower table runner, I have the petals made so it needs appliquing, piecing, quilting, and binding.  

3.  Sew some 6 of the red/gray string blocks.

I feel pretty accomplished this past week, now let's hop over to HomeSewnByUs and check out everyone's progress.  Wishing you all a great week, stay sane, healthy and keep on sewing!

Friday, April 3, 2020

AccuQuilt and Quarantine Quilting

During this stressful time in the world with COVID-19 quilters can still stay inspired while most of us have to shelter in place the best we can.  AccuQuilt wants you to know they are there to help us out.

Quilters are resourceful and as we care for one another and our families during these challenging times, the AccuQuilt team wants to help you be inspired, get involved and stay connected. They are building a community of quilters and sewists and we're all invited! They have tons of resources whether you're looking for free patterns to work on or want to help sew masks for healthcare workers. Click here to read all about their #QuarantineQuilting efforts

And did you see that AccuQuilt now offers dies that speed up the process of making fabric masks!!  In several different sizes too.  Here is one of them. 

Go Medit

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

To Do Tuesday #11

Wow that nasty head cold knocked me down for over two weeks. And then of course after feeling better I had several other things to do and quilting took a back seat.  

The last To Do Tuesday goal for me was to get better...DONE!

So for the coming week I have two goals.
1. I dug out these blocks that I started sometime during 2019.  So the goal for these is to make more for a lap size quilt. 

2. Work on blocks for a quilt I started last week using this strip pack. It's all cut out so it's pedal to the metal. 

Linking with my friend Roseanne for To Do Tuesday.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

New project started

It always feels so good to start a new project don't you think?  I happen to have purchased this 2 1/2" strip pack back in January when I attended an Accuquilt event in Yuma, AZ at Bonnie's Fabric on Wheels.  The pack was on sale for only $15, plus they gave us a coupon to spend in the store after the presentation.  Now I couldn't just turn my back on it could I?  Of course not!  I had no idea at the time what I would use it for.

I had told my Accuquilt contact that I was going to attend and she told me I needed to introduce myself to Pam Heller the educator presenting it.  So glad I did, it was great meeting Pam, she even introduced me as an Accuquilt Go! Getter to the other attendees.  Pam had three different subjects she was sharing, I was only able to attend one.  This presentation was Beyond the Basics of die cutting.  It was fun to meet a few of the other attendees and just immerse myself in the quilt world for the afternoon.  Did you know that if you attend an Accuquilt event you have the opportunity to purchase a very special die that is not available to buy elsewhere.  This time it was the Arkansas Traveler, it looked so neat but I didn't get it, kinda sorry I didn't now.

So what am I making with this strip pack...stay tuned!  I have it cut out at this point. Don't you just love a cute trimmings photo:)

Even though what I am making is done with this precut strips you could certainly make it with scraps.  In fact I might make another someday doing just that.  I am teasing by not telling you I know, but I will say it is simple but looks harder. 

Have a safe healthy week!

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Morning Star table runner with Accuquilt

This morning on the Accuquilt blog I have a tutorial for this Morning Star table runner.  With all the trying times right now, hopefully this sunny yellow will put a little sunshine in your day.

As a Go! Getter accuquilt provided me with their fun morning star die which is pretty new on the market. It is a BOB, block on board die. This means you can cut the whole block with one pass.  So quick and easy to do. You only need three twelve inch blocks and some borders to whip up one of these.

Please hop over to the Accuquilt blog for the directions. If you make it I would love to see it.  Tag me at Vickiscraftsandquilting and tag Accuquilt also.

Linking with NTTWhoop WhoopTGIFF, Put Your Foot Down

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

To Do Tuesday #10

I see I didn't even set a goal for this past week in last weeks To Do Tuesday post!  But in my head I knew I wanted to continue to work on the poinsettia wedges.  I managed to put together 15 flowers that will be ready to put on 5 table runners at some point later this year. 

It's a good thing that was the only thing on my mental list to work on as I have caught a nasty cold and haven't felt like doing much.  So my only real goal is to get better this week! 

Linking up with To Do Tuesday at Home Sewn By Us.

Thursday, March 5, 2020

To Do Tuesday #9

Even though I am two days late posting I still want to verify that I have sewed this week and completed two of my three goals.  I was away from my computer for a couple of days but I remained busy before that. 

1.  Snowmen table runners. Five all pieced. DONE!  If you are interested I have a pattern for these in my Etsy pattern shop.

2.  The red/gray string blocks. Sadly they didn't even make it out of the box:(

3.  If time allows start sewing the red wedges for poinsettia table runners. Yes, worked on!

Linking with HomeSewnByUs for To Do Tuesday.  Now I need to hop over and see what everyone else accomplished. 

Friday, February 28, 2020

Warm fleece blanket/quilt

Today I want to share with you a project I made back in December and discovered I hadn't blogged about it yet. It's my fleece blanket/quilt.

My method:

Layer two different fleece yardages together. I used 2 yards of a print peach fleece and 2 yards of a solid aqua.  Keep in mind I do this process on my longarm so I do not have to pin anything. I would think you could do this on a domestic machine, but I have never tried.  You would need to pin your layers together to keep it from shifting.  I cut one layer of the fleece just an inch shorter on all sides so that I can wrap the longer one around as to form a binding.

Here you see the binding happening. Wrap the longer fleece around to the short side and zig zag down. 

 All done and ready to wrap up in your cozy fleece blanket/quilt and sit by the fire and read a book!

There is my Friday Finish!  

Linking with:

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

To Do Tuesday #8

Hello my quilting buddies.  How are we all doing this week? Were you productive and get lots done?
I think I amazed myself with how much I really accomplished this week. It was more than I listed to do this week.

Here is what I set forth as my week's goal:

1. Finish the last border for the leaf table runners. DONE  I am happy to report that the strips were pieced, cut and sewn onto the 5 leaf table runners.

2. Start sewing the wedges for my Gobble It Up turkey table runners. DONE  Actually the wedges are sewn, turned, pressed and then turned into the turkey feathers.  Not only was that done, but they are also placed onto the background fabric and the borders all sew on six of these table runners!!  I was on a roll this week.

At the same time my Sister-in-law wanted to make one so we had a sewing day, here she is pinning her runner flimsy to the batting and backing.  We had a great time visiting and sewing.  You have to understand she isn't a quilter, but she does a lot of sewing of useful things like bags for their lawn chairs to carry on their ATV, and she makes all kinds of pouches and other accessories for their ATV.  She has sewn wedding dresses and bridesmaid dresses. So I was able to teach her a few quilting tricks along the way, I think she is doing a fabulous job on her Turkey table runner.

3. My third goal was to get a tutorial written for the Accuquilt blog, DONE.  But I can't show you it just yet.  So happy to have this done and submitted. I am not sure when they are going to post it, but think within the next 2-3 weeks.  I'll let you know here on my blog when it is available.  It will be using one of the newer dies called Morning Star.

For this week I want to work on:

1.  Snowmen table runners.

2.  The red/gray string blocks.

3.  If time allows start sewing the red wedges for poinsettia table runners.

If you would like to see what others are working on hop over to To-Do Tuesday at HomeSewnByUs.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

To-Do Tuesday #7

Yep I am a day late in posting my week's accomplishments.  I was on the road yesterday and didn't have time or energy left to do it last night.  But I am here now.

My goal list was very short this past week... to continue putting together five leaf runners. DONE!

At the beginning of the week they were just a pile of blocks. The blocks are sashed with 1" black strips and then four blocks sewn together, one of each color (green, gold, orange, purple).  All that is surrounded with a black with gold speckles 1" border.  The next step is to piece strips of each color together for a strip set and subcut them into 2.5".  That was also done.  Goal accomplished!

For this coming week I should have a bit more time. Here are my goals for the week ahead.

1. Add the pieced borders (so you won't have to see these again until after they are quilted)!

2. Start sewing wedges for my Turkey runners.  In this process I will be helping my Sister-in-law to make one also.  I will need to make several of these this year.  I ran out last year between local shows and Etsy.   

3. Start writing up my Accuquilt tutorial on the new Morning Star BOB table runner. I finished the runner a couple of weeks ago. 

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

To Do Tuesday #6

Another week has rolled around so let's see what everyone has accomplished this past week.  You can check everyone's progress at Roseanne's To Do Tuesday linky party.

My goal for this week was to hopefully sew blocks for five leaf table runners. Whoo hoo I met my goal.
It was a really windy day for the photo so I had to hold them down with this little rock😏.  Enough blocks for five table runners with four colors of leaves for each one makes for 20 blocks for the week.  Not bad considering I had lots of other fun things to go do this past week.

I know it is not fall leaf season, but working ahead on fall and winter things for my craft shows is always a good thing.

This coming week is another busy one for me so I will keep the goal simple this week also.

1. Put the blocks together and get started on the pieced borders.

Linking with To-Do Tuesday.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

LoveCrafts review

I think it was November perhaps early December that an online store called LoveCrafts contacted me to see if I would be interested in doing a review for them.  In exchange they sent me a set of these beautiful fat quarters and an Olfa Endurance blade. 

LoveCrafts has something for knitting, crocheting, Cross Stitch and now quilting!  They were quick to send it and it came in a cute pink package.  I wish I had snapped a pic of it for you. But I was not thinking about the package, I wanted to see what was inside!!  

The Endurance blade by Olfa was put in my rotary cutter in mid December and is just as sharp now as it was then and I have cut a bunch of fabric.  The fat quarters are by Windham and were very nice to work with. 

Here is what I made with them.

LoveCrafts has a 20% off sale on most things right now.  They are a global community for makers everywhere. Check them out and see what you think. 

Linking with Midweek Makers

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

To-Do Tuesday#5

Wow this is To-Do Tuesday #5 for me already!  Every time I wonder where the time goes, bing, bang, boom here we are in February. This week I didn't get as much time to sew but I squeaked in with my goals met.

Here is the list of what I wanted to get done and the outcome of that.

1. Work on a table runner using these aqua fat quarters by Windham from the Love Craft online shop.  DONE

I needed a skinny little table runner for the entertainment center in our camper so I thought this would be the perfect use for them.  Since the decor in the camper is brown I wanted to liven it up a bit with the aqua.  I happened to have this leaf print brown fat quarter in my stash and there are aqua leaves in it. A perfect combo.

Usually I longarm quilt everything but this time I decided to employ the wonderful walking foot in my Janome Skyline7.  Easy to install, easy to use.  After layering my matching brown backing, Hobbs thermore batting and the runner flimsy I made fast work of squiggly lines down the length of the runner.
 Here it is at work;)  The shelf under the TV quickly becomes a catch all space and I wanted to prevent the wood from getting scratched.

2. Make 5 of the red and gray string blocks pieced on phone book pages.  DONE

And here are all of them together. I am really really liking how this is looking.  

3. Finish a donation quilt.  DONE
I talked about this UFO in last Saturdays post.

Alrightee then, what should I work on this coming week.  

It's gonna be a busy two weeks ahead so I am only going to list one thing I want to get moving on this week.

1. Start piecing my fall leaf table runners. I hope to get the blocks pieced for 5 of them. 

Linking up with my blog quilting friends over at HomeSewnByUs for To-Do Tuesday. 

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Diamonds from HRTs UFO

Clicking another UFO off the list or shelf in my case.  Last summer I wanted to make another project using HRTs (half square rectangles).  I have made a couple table runners( HERE with this method and loved the process and results.  The tutorial for this block can be found HERE.

As I mentioned I wanted to make this last summer, well I got started with these 3 blocks and then other squirrels jumped in the front line and this squirrel got shoved to last place;)

 Fast forward to the end of December and I found myself with a little time. So I decided I would make a few more blocks. Once again more squirrels ran to the front of the line and pushed and shoved this little guy to the back again.  This week I said 'Okay enough', let me put this flimsy together.  Those other squirrels heard the determination in my voice and backed down, LOL.

These fabrics were given to me by Henry Glass for a few projects in one of their Desire to Inspire challenges a couple years ago.  After completing the projects for them I had leftover fabrics.  I will use them for a couple donation quilts.   When placing the border fabric I wanted the barns facing the interior of the quilt so the little sheep in the background fabric could always find their way to the barn;) 
Such a fun quilt with fun fabrics. Off to the 'to be quilted' pile for when I am in that mood. 

Linking with Tish for UFO Busting.