Monday, July 25, 2016

Holiday Happenings in July-Island Batik


July has us Island Batik Ambassadors working on a Holiday project. Not a problem for me as I love making Christmas table runners. I worked with the Holiday Happenings line from Island Batik. Here are my strip sets all cut way back in June.

They traveled 4000 miles with me on vacation. I had packed my sewing machine and a few projects and this was the first one I worked on. Of course after the piecing I had to wait until we returned home to quilt it as I quilt everything on my Nolting long arm.  Aren't those fabrics just gorgeous!


If you are a follower of my blog you have seen me make round wedge toppers before. I have a tutorial of how I did mine here.  Or you can find it under the Tutorial page on the tab at the top of my blog.



All finished and on display for pictures on my patio table in July, now that was a bit out of place, LOL

Working with Island Batik's on this wedge topper was wonderful. As you know Batik fabrics don't have a lot of stretch so this topper presented no problems in laying nice and flat.

If your local shop doesn't carry Island Batik fabrics be sure to ask them to!



                                                     

Linking with MCM, Freemotion by the River, Let's Bee Social

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop

July 14th-July 25th there is a very fun Christmas blog hop happening. When Sarah @ Confessions Of A Fabric Addict asked if anyone would like to participate I jumped at the chance. I love decorating and making things to display for the Holidays!

Today is my day to give you an idea for Christmas, maybe it is a present for yourself or a gift for someone else. But it sure is a happy project, how could you not fall in love with this snowman runner!  It's no secret I love to decorate with snowmen for Christmas, but you can keep him out all winter too, what a versatile project.  And I will have the pattern for sale in my Craftsy shop soon.
It is 18 1/2" x 41 1/2", with a little piecing and a little applique.

Edited to say---The pattern is now up in my Craftsy Shop!







And for a little more Christmas inspiration, here are a few of my other decorating ideas.


You can click on each picture for a larger view.



I am sharing the day with fellow blogger Jennifer @ inquiringquilter, so be sure to check out what she has for you also.  You might also want to check out Sarah's each day too as she is having a quilt along that doesn't require a lot of time but turns out oh so cute!



So be sure to check out all the other fun ideas at the following bloggers.


July 14th:     Sharon Vrooman @ Vrooman’s Quilts
                    Carole Carter @ From My Caroline Home

July 15th:    Yanicka Hachez @ Finding Myself As An Artist
                   Chris Dodsley @ made by ChrissieD

July 16th:     Marsha Hodgkins @ Quilter in Motion
                    Leanne Parsons  @ Devoted Quilter

July 17th:     Tonia Conner @ All Thingz Sewn
                    Selina @ Selina Quilts

July 18th:     Lara Buccella @ Buzzin Bumble
                    Soma Acharya @ Whims and Fancies

July 19th:     Joanne Harris@ Quilts by Joanne
                    Suzy Webster @ Adventurous Applique and Quilting

July 20th:     Vicki in MN @ Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting
                    Jennifer Fulton @ The Inquiring Quilter

July 21st:     Michele Kuhns @ Crayon Box Quilt Studio
                    Jan Ochterbeck @ The Colorful Fabriholic

July 22nd:     Alla Blanca @ Rainbows. Bunnies. Cupcakes.
                     Zenia Rene @ A Quilted Passion

July 23rd:     Joanne Hubbard @ Everyone Deserves a Quilt
                    Paige Alexander @ Quilted Blooms

July 24th:     Carolyn Jones @ …by CJ
                    Tisha Nagel @ Quilty Therapy

July 25th:     Susan Arnold @ Quilt Fabrication
                    Beth Sellers @ Cooking Up Quilts
                    Linda Pearl @ One Quilting Circle


Linking with Freemotion by the RiverLet's Bee Social, NTT, Whoop Whoop, Fabric Frenzy Friday

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Camper closet organizer

Before we left on our month's long vacation, I knew I needed more organization in my clothes closet in the camper. I decided to make a custom size cloth organizer much like the purchased shoe holders.
I, however, did not use it for shoes, it held my socks and underwear. It was perfect for that!! And I used some of the $1 yd fabric I bought last spring from an estate sale. I layered the backing, batting and front piece and quilted it. Then I added the pockets and bound it. I made a casing at the top and we inserted a piece of wood into the casing and screwed it to the door.

I had a purchased regular size shoe organizer to use as a guide for the pocket sizes.  Usually you see them with clear pockets, in this case I did not want the contents to be seen;-)  Interfacing was used between the 2 layers of fabric for the pocket.  Then the raw edge encased with the strip of bias tape I had made on the cross grain of fabric.

In case you are wondering what that black thing on the wall behind the door is, it is a sun/light block out deal you put on your car windshield!  It works perfect to put it between the shade and the window make our bedroom dark so we're not up before sunrise!

Several of you said you would like to see more pictures of our vacation...

Colorado Rocky Mts.

The view every evening from our camper in Moab, Utah.

Red Rock formations are all over in Moab, Utah. This particular one was found in the Needles District of Canyonland Park.

We rented a jeep to drive the very scary high up switchback road of Shaffer trail and part of the White Rim trail in  Canyonland Park. 

That's all for today!

Linking to 






Saturday, July 16, 2016

Feeling a bit like Pooh Bear!

 I have read Pooh Bear's Grand Adventure to my Grandson's several times in the past 5 years. This past month I have felt a bit like Pooh Bear. You see my hubby and I have been traveling with our travel trailer on our own Grand Adventure this past month. We just got home last night from seeing the Colorado Rocky Mountains where we saw our first elk up close.


 Moab, Utah, oh the beautiful red rocks in Arches National Park.  Canyonlands National Park was admired also as we rented a jeep to do a very steep scary drive from the top to the bottom.



The Grand Tetons, such beautiful snow topped mountains.

Yellowstone National Park-we had only been in the park for an hour and saw our first of four Bear. We also saw herds of Elk, many Bison, Wolves, Coyote, Mountain Goats.


Being in the park for 11 days we drove almost all the main roads in the park. Our home base there was Fishing Bridge RV Park. On 3 occasions the Bison stood in the road right in front of our truck. Many waterfalls were seen and several hikes were taken. And many geysers enjoyed. It even snowed on the day we were leaving, thank goodness it didn't freeze on the roads.


The Big Horn Mountains, we enjoyed taking a few of the gravel roads after we parked the camper in Buffalo, Wyoming. We even got to see a glimpse of a moose!!! As we were driving my DH excitingly says  'It's a friggin' Moose'!!  I thought he was kidding me!  The picture didn't turn out very good. I wanted to see one so badly in Yellowstone and it never happened.

We have seen some awesome sights, but, another high light of the trip for me was to meet, for the first time in person, my bloggy friend Jasmine from Quilt Kisses.

We only had a couple hours but it was wonderful!!  Thanks Jasmine for letting us stop.  Jasmine is just as sweet in person as on her blog, no surprise I knew she would be, we got to meet her 3 boys too.  We had wonderful tour of her home and were greeted with quilts as soon as we stepped in the door. My hubby had fun counting them, but half way through he stopped, that's a lot of quilts, hehe!!
We loved seeing them all up close and personal! Before we had to be on our way she gave us some of her cute handmade greeting cards with frogs and butterflies.

We did have an hour hiccup on the way home yesterday, we blew out a tire on the travel trailer. DH didn't have a problem getting pulled over and stopped. While we were waiting for AAA to come out, DH couldn't resist trying to do it himself and he was able to get the spare on. Another guy did stop and offer his assistance so that was nice.

So much of the time we had no Wifi so I couldn't be online checking out your blogs and all your wonderful projects. And when we did have Wifi I could receive emails but I could never send them out on my laptop-I have never been able to send out no matter where we are when away from home. Does anyone have a suggestion of why and how to fix that?  So now you know why I didn't respond to your comments all month and didn't leave you comments on your blog!  I have a whole lot of catching up to do. But first tons of laundry and a camper to clean. I also have some fun posts coming up.  I might just sneak in a few more vacation pictures here and there also!

I did take my sewing machine with me and several projects which I did work on some of them. We had a couple of 'chill' days to relax, one of them was raining all day so I was glad to have my work with me.

Don't forget about this blog hop that is going on right now. My day is July 20th. Our host is Sarah at Confessions of a fabric addict, she is also posting a quilt along to go with the hop.


Here is the list of participating bloggers:

July 14th:     Sharon Vrooman @ Vrooman’s Quilts
                    Carole Carter @ From My Caroline Home

July 15th:    Yanicka Hachez @ Finding Myself As An Artist
                   Chris Dodsley @ made by ChrissieD

July 16th:     Marsha Hodgkins @ Quilter in Motion
                    Leanne Parsons  @ Devoted Quilter

July 17th:     Tonia Conner @ All Thingz Sewn
                    Selina @ Selina Quilts

July 18th:     Lara Buccella @ Buzzin Bumble
                    Soma Acharya @ Whims and Fancies

July 19th:     Joanne Harris@ Quilts by Joanne
                    Suzy Webster @ Adventurous Applique and Quilting

July 20th:     Vicki in MN @ Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting
                    Jennifer Fulton @ The Inquiring Quilter

July 21st:     Michele Kuhns @ Crayon Box Quilt Studio
                    Jan Ochterbeck @ The Colorful Fabriholic

July 22nd:     Alla Blanca @ Rainbows. Bunnies. Cupcakes.
                     Zenia Rene @ A Quilted Passion

July 23rd:     Joanne Hubbard @ Everyone Deserves a Quilt
                    Paige Alexander @ Quilted Blooms

July 24th:     Carolyn Jones @ …by CJ
                    Tisha Nagel @ Quilty Therapy

July 25th:     Susan Arnold @ Quilt Fabrication
                    Beth Sellers @ Cooking Up Quilts
                    Linda Pearl @ One Quilting Circle


Friday, July 8, 2016

Do you ever wonder

Do you ever wonder what else your blog friends do besides what is on their blog?  For instance mostly I blog about my quilting, but, what else do I do?

One example is I love to bead bracelets! These are just some of what I have done recently. The first two are from free patterns online called Silky Stacker found at Around the Beading Table.  The blue one is a purchased Etsy pattern by Wescott Jewelry called Demoiselle Bracelet.  Notice it has hexie's!! Is it any wonder why I had to make that one :-0 
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Here are my other purple ones- yes purple is one of my favorite colors to wear.  The second one from the top my friend gave me several years ago and that is what got me started. 

Just a little more insight as to who I really am, LOL

Monday, July 4, 2016

Happy 4th of July

Back in May I won these fabrics from Beth at Cookin up Quilts during her Blogaversary. Beth provided a cute little patriotic mini quilt tutorial on her blog to use the fabrics with.
 I borrowed Beth's picture from her blog as I forgot to take a pic before cutting it up!! Beth I hope you are OK with that!

 When it arrived I knew just where I would put it -on my red front door!! It makes us look so patriotic doesn't it!  I love it Beth, thank you so much!!

A little close up

And a little closer for the quilting;-)  In Beth's tutorial she appliqued WELCOME on it, I ran out of time so I skipped that part.

Happy 4th of July to all my blog friends old or new!!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Save the Date-Christmas in July Blog Hop


So yes summer is here and it is getting toasty out there. And here I am thinking about Christmas, specifically, decorating for Christmas.  But I am not alone, there are 26 of us creative bloggers doing the same thing.

Sarah over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict is the genius behind getting us all together for a Christmas in July blog hop, July 14-25th.  Each day there will be 2-3 bloggers showing you a project that you can use for decorations or a gift. Sarah is also doing a quilt along during our hop.

My day will by July 20th.  I am pretty sure all of us have a Christmas fabric stash. I know mine is pretty big, I love making Christmas quilty stuff.  This little guy might just make another appearance!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Helping out the economy!

Recently I attended the Minnesota quilt show held in St. Cloud, Minnesota this year. I really enjoyed seeing all the quilts, some really great inspiration!  I was hoping that there would be something new in the vendor booths to really grab my attention, but nothing jumped out at me and pulled me in.  I do have a lot of gadgets/rulers so I suppose it is no surprise;-)  However, I still managed to help out the economy, LOL.

                                            Look at this cool panel I found of barn quilts!!  
  
   A few patterns and a Christmas panel.

I did find Heather's new book Trendy Table on table runners which I wanted to get. Some fabric jumped into my bag too along with a couple patterns.  And then DH let me stop at a couple fabric shops on the way home.



We camped for a few nights up there and were able to get in a couple nice bike rides and a couple walks through a huge and gorgeous public garden along the Mississippi river. Here are a few pic's of that.  A big variety of Hosta's mixed in with Peonies, Lupine, Roses, Lilies. So peaceful.




I have never seen a white Peacock before, have you?

Monday, June 13, 2016

A new pattern using Island Batiks



I have a new pattern for sale in my Craftsy shop!  This Modern Circles table runner was designed using the gorgeous Island Batik fabrics from a variety of their lines.


It's no secret that I am loving being one of their 2016 Ambassadors;-)  June's theme is Modern, it could be any size we desired.  Modern Circles is 16 x 42 and uses both piecing and applique. It's very quick and easy to make. So fun to make with these great colors.  Did you notice I made a pieced binding? I varied the length of the strips so that when the ends met you wouldn't have to be exact on the length for it to look great.


I used Hobbs Batting 80/20 with a layer of 4 oz. poly on top of that. Threads consisted of Aurifil and Superior King Tut. By doing some dense and some looser quilting the result is a great texture.
The background quilting is my version of Nemeshing that was developed by Bethanne Nemesh of White Arbor quilting.  This was the first time I tried Nemeshing, I admit I was a bit scared to start it, but I sure love how it came out!  I did use my purple air erasable marker to draw in the main curly cues and feathers so I was able to get them exactly where I wanted them. This was quilted on my Nolting Funquilter 17".




                                                            Here are the fabrics I used.
                                                 
                                                     And for the background-love the dots!

You can find the pattern in my Craftsy Shop here.



I will be linking up with:
MCM
Freemotion by the River
Quilt Story
To-Do Tuesday
Let's Bee Social
NTT
Fabric Frenzy Friday
Can I get a Whoop Whoop

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

My back porch blooms

Lea Anne over at Podunk Pretties is having a quilt along with her free pattern of her Back Porch Blooms.  They are just adorable and I had to join in and get the information here
                                                  


I began my search for fabrics in my stash of course. Thirties fabrics are what I wanted, but I just couldn't come up with the right combination. So off I went to Hobby Lobby to see if they had anything that might go with my 30's. But no, I couldn't find what I wanted.  But, in looking around, I found this brown print and cutie orange polka dot. Before long they jumped into my hands and said I know you have red and green at home to complete your project. Well yes indeed I did!

Came home and cut them right out, sewed them up and here is what I came up with. Gosh you guys these are fun, quick and easy to do!  I have another one planned(more fabric jumped into my arms at Hobby Lobby).


Here it is on our new patio table. Last year we were storing our daughters table and I used it for many of my quilt pictures. We loved having a table on the deck and ate out there a lot last year. So when she wanted it back this year, I told my DH we needed to get one and he agreed. So last weekend we finally found what we wanted-well close to it. I really wanted brownish tiles but this one only came in grey. We can switch out the tiles if we want to.  Friday June 3rd. was my birthday, DH brought home flowers and I thought it was appropriate to display them with the new runner on the new table!
               

I had fun of course with the quilting

Not sure if I like this V border design, just a variation from piano keys.


Top view of my flowers because they are so pretty!

Hop over to Lea Anne's and check out what others are doing. She is having a linky party today so we can show off our projects! Thanks Lea Anne:-)

I will also join in a few other linky parties on my left side bar. So much inspiration out there, isn't it just wonderful!