Tuesday, June 30, 2020

To Do Tuesday #24

It's been another good week, one of these times I will surprise you and get nothing done!

Here is what I committed to for the week:
I will continue to work on more table runners, I am thinking snowman and pumpkins ones. DONE✔
There might be a little more embroidery too. DONE✔
And of course I need to finish up my Sunshine blog hop project for Thursday so that is priority.  DONE✔

I stuck to my goals and first I pieced and then quilted and bound these two pumpkin table runners. This is a Bloomin Minds pattern that I added the outer border to as I like a little wider runner. These are approx. 14" wide now.  

And then I had a little squirrel enter my room and whispered in my ear that I should make this runner with a snowman instead of a pumpkin.  Well of course I listened to the squirrel;)  The snowman applique is from an older Bloomin Minds pattern.

One other squirrel that I would like to punch made me do this:(  I broke my favorite 1/4" foot for my Janome Skyline 7.  There might have been a few choice words that escaped my mouth.  After I calmed down I went off to Amazon and ordered another which should arrive on Thursday.  But don't fret I have another machine to use in the meantime.

You might have seen another project I finished already during the Sunshine Blog Hop HERE.

Then on Friday afternoon I decided to dig into a pile of cutoffs/leftovers from trimming backings.  This is two years worth of cutoffs from making tons of snowman runners. I had no idea at first how many backings I could piece together into a pretty backing with stripes for upcoming snowman runners.  I am amazed but from Friday afternoon through Saturday morning I pieced 16 of them!!!

The last finish of the week was on Sunday afternoon.  I was so anxious to get my redwork snowman all finished into a fun little wall hanging.  I love him!  This was the first time I quilted over any embroidery. Using Glide 40 wt. thread it worked fine to crosshatch right over him.  However I wouldn't mind trying the 60 wt sometime, I didn't have any white to try this time.

 Oh wait I forgot about Saturday afternoon and Monday's projects!  Oh gosh you must all think I am nuts with how much sewing I have been doing. But hey it takes my mind off things;) Piecing of these runners and stenciling the snowflakes. Okay that's it I am done!

But I want to share this pretty peach rose with you. I was able to capture it with fresh raindrops on it.

The goal of quilting and piecing more runners is on the list of things for this week too.  Maybe some more hand embroidery thrown in too.  And I'll have to figure out July's OMG project.

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Monday, June 29, 2020

Monday Memories #7

I've come a long way baby!  Here is a glimpse of the first quilt ever.  OMG I think it is ugly, but it is proof of how far I have come.  These were dresdens were made the old fashioned way by drawing around a template.  They were cut out with a scissors and appliqued by machine onto a sheet!  This was made back in the 70's.  I am almost embarrassed to show it but it is just proof of how much my skills have grown.  This was made for my first apartment.

These were made many years later in the 90's.  The patterns used were from various designers but I know a few were definitely from Debbie Mumm books.  Debbie's patterns are what got me really quilting in the modern day of rotary cutters, mats and rulers.  

All of these were made way before I had a longarm quilting machine.  Applique back then was made using a fusible web and I am pretty sure no machine applique was done on them.  After all they were made to hang on the wall and not get much wear and tear.  Any quilting that might have occurred were all stitch in the ditch on the sewing machine.

This quilt was made in 2003 several years before my longarm days.  I really wanted a bed quilt so after piecing the blocks and sewing into rows I learned how to quilt as you go on my domestic.  There was some quilting done which doesn't show in the photo. But I remember drawing a couple circles on the flower and a leaf shape for the leaves which I then used the domestic machine to stitch it. I was pretty proud of how flat the quilt was.  I never made another queen size quilt using that method as I thought it took too long.  

That's all the memories for this week my fellow quilters.  But I think I can scare up a few more for you next week. 

 I will leave you with my purple Clematis in it's current state.  It always amazes me how fast this grows back as I try to cut it back to a couple feet tall in the fall or early spring. You see the window in the upper left corner, that is my sewing room.


I'll be back tomorrow to show you my week's accomplishments I hope you will stop back again.

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Friday, June 26, 2020

June OMG is a finish!

I am delighted to have my June One Monthly Goal finished.  This quilt started out in February of 2019.  I was happily piecing along and then realized I didn't cut all of the quilt out and so it got put on hold.  Fast forward to last December when I finally had a bit of time to finish cutting and piecing it.  Back into the closet it went until i could figure out how to quilt it.

I figured that if I put it on my OMG list that I would finally get it done, it worked.  I chose to do a freehand all over swirl with feathers on my Nolting 17" FunQuilter.  It quilted up in no time at all.  I used Hobbs 80/20 batting and a medium gray Glide thread. 

The piecing pattern is from Sparrow Studioz and is called Shuffle Quilt, it's a free download.  Easy but still a fun pattern to whip up.  I used a fat quarter pack that I had won a few years ago and added the navy blue yardage for the background. 

Thanks to Elm Street quilts for hosting the OMG, I'll be linking up over there.  Also at Tish's UFO Bustin,  Michelle's Beauty PageantPatchwork and Quilts and Cynthia's Oh Scrap since you could easily use scraps for the bricks.

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Shine On Me Sunshine

When Carla from Creatin' in the Sticks mentioned she was hosting the Stitching Sunshine blog hop I skipped right over and signed up!  Did you get it- I 'skipped' right over...okay maybe not. Here I will help you out...Now shine on me sunshine Walk with me world, it's a skippidy doo da day I'm the happiest girl in the whole U.S.A.  Do you remember who sang that song?  I'ts Donna Fargo.  There were so many sunshine songs that flipped through my head but that is the one that helped me pick my project for this fun hop.

I wanted a little gift for a friend so I whipped up this mug rug.  I found this cute pattern at Patchsmith that had the little pocket but with a butterfly applique.  I just tweaked it a bit for my project.  

I was thrilled to find a little piece of braid to enhance the little triangle pocket where you can insert a little yumminess.

My Janome Syline 7 helped me make this project.  You might remember I bought this machine a year ago when I went to the Road To California quilt show.  I have used it a lot for applique since.  But I had not tried the monogram capabilities yet.  It passed with flying colors.  Making this project brought sunshine into my quilt room and I hope it brightens your day just a bit too.  

My Primrose have been blossoming this past week so I snapped a photo to share with you.  

Thank you so much for visiting on my day of the blog hop.  Today is the last day of the hop so be sure to go to Carla's blog and sign up for a fun prize.  And be sure to visit all the other bloggers participating as there have been a bunch of wonderful projects to inspire you.  

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Launch Party Wednesday June 24th

 If you have thought about or are curious about an Accuquilt die cut machine you might want to check out the Launch Party they are having today.  They will be announcing the new and improved GO! Me Fabric Cutter Starter Set!  The event will be full of giveaways, special guests and inspiration! Be sure to register for the opportunity to watch along and win! https://events.accuquilt.com/gomelaunchparty”.  Hurry on over to register now and watch the party on Wednesday June 24th. 

I know I love my Accuquilt, I used it more yesterday to cut 1.5" strips, 2.5" strips and bindings at 2.25".  Over the weekend I was able to spend a little time cutting scraps with the 2.5" square die. It's a lot easier to bust through some scraps with it than a ruler!!

To Do Tuesday #23

It's crazy to think I have written 23 To Do Tuesday posts already!  I never used to make a written list, I only had lists in my head, but this seems to be working for me;)

So here is what I hoped to accomplish this week:  Work on five table runners. Guess what- I can give that a big 'ole check!!!  Yep done that and then some, oh my gosh it was a good week.  I can thank the weather mostly for that.  It wasn't all that great to do anything else.

Want to see the accomplishments?  Well of course you do, right? Most of these you have seen before in one form or another, or one fabric or another.

First I quilted and bound two of these, they are identical so I am only showing one.  And that is because I forgot to take a pic when I had them both out😜.  These were pieced over the winter.

 This is a new design for me this year.  I had a different watermelon one a couple years ago.  But thought I would try this out for the shop.  It measures 40.5" x 16".  The green and white rinds are made with the bias tape maker and appliqued onto the watermelon and background fabrics.  And just look at that we actually had real watermelon for the perfect photo op!

A close up of the quilting. 

You might have already seen the two patriotic runners that I posted on Friday so I won't show photos again, if you didn't see them you can read about them HERE.

On Saturday I joined The Inquirying Quilters facebook group called Saturday Sew In.  It's very informal but nice to get to know other quilters better.  Plus share inspiration of course.  I started off the morning by binding my OMG quilt.  Yes did you catch that I am done with it!!!  If you remember I was having a hard time deciding what design to quilt on it. I figured it out and quilted it on Friday. I love how it came out.  Here is a glimpse of it, you will see it's own post this week.

I pieced these two reverse S swirl runners on Saturday and quilted and bound them on Monday.

 Were you keeping track of the number of projects this is?  Seven table runners and one quilt quilted!

I promised you yesterday that you might see a little of a new project.  Remember yesterday I showed you pillows that I used to make with hand embroidery.  I have been chatting with a few of you that are hand embroidering and making me want to jump back into that too.  Well I took the leap and here is what I did so far.  When I used to make these I did them in different thread colors.  But I wanted to do a red work snowman and border with gray and the red and white checkerboards.  He is sitting on my gray wool mat but I think I will add another gray border.  I think this one will be a little wall hanging.  It felt so good to do embroidery again in the evening while watching TV. 

Gotta add in a purple posie for your viewing:)

I will continue to work on more table runners this week, I am thinking snowman and pumpkins ones.  There might be a little more embroidery too.  And of course I need to finish up my Sunshine blog hop project for Thursday so that is priority.  

Have a great week and don't forget to go check out some fellow quilt bloggers progress at Home Sewn By Us linky party for To Do Tuesday

Monday, June 22, 2020

Monday Memories #6

Many years ago I used to do a lot of hand embroidery.  Night after night I would watch TV and stitch away.  It was so relaxing, I just loved doing it.  I turned all my stitchings into primitive pillows.  The stitching was done on tea dyed muslin and then bordered with homespuns.  They were also backed with a homespun and stuffed with polyfil.  They were mostly Christmas, Winter and Fall designs. 

The stitchery patterns were purchased from various designers, Chestnut Junction was a favorite for sure.  Recently I have been envious of some of you stitchin' away.  So I might just have started something.  I might share it with you in tomorrow's To Do Tuesday post!

There were other designs I stitched too, but I guess I didn't take photos of them or at least I haven't found them.  These were taken in 2007.  Fond memories of good times;)  If you have been following my Monday Memories or if this is your first time, I thank you for letting me share the many different things I used to do before quilting took over my life(in a good way!). 

Please come back tomorrow to see what I have accomplished this week. 

Today is the start of the Sunshine Blog Hop.  My day is Thursday so I better get busy!


Thursday, June 18, 2020

Patriotic times two

Just a quick photo of another of my stars and stripes table runners as I have shown several of them already.  But this is for the record that I have been busy and productive this week😊

There is that cute striped binding!  So many times we all get to shaking our head at ourselves for the amount of fabric we have in our stash.  Right now I am so very thankful for having the foresight to buy a lot, hahahaha.  Seriously I feel really lucky and happy when I can walk to my closet and pull out what I need to complete a project.

For the last month I have wanted to make a patriotic version of my reversed 'S' swirl runner.  However every time I looked at my patriotic fabrics I just couldn't put my fingers on the right combination of prints.  Of course they needed to be red, white and blue and I needed to have 5 different fabrics.  And bingo yesterday I looked again as I was putting some others away and I found the combination I liked!

I quickly cut out the size of strips I wanted, stitched them together and cut the wedges.  In the morning I was able to sew them together and quilt with the overall freehand hook swirl on my long arm and got it bound.  Both of these runners are now listed in my Etsy shop.


We are enjoying our Calla Lilies so much, they are so tropical looking.  Only four open so far but there should be a few more.  I lost a few of my Calla's over the winter.  

I hope you are having a great week.  Tomorrow I start quilting my June OMG quilt!!!
This was my first trial of using the new blogger.  I didn't find it too difficult.  One just has to hover over each item to see what it is for before you need it!  I hope this posts alright😛 and everyone is still allowed to comment!

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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

To Do Tuesday #22

Here's the list I hoped to work on this week.  Four out of five, not bad in my book.
  1. Piece and quilt a pineapple table runner-DONE
  2. Piece another GE designs runner(like the one I showed last Tuesday)- DONE
  3. Decide on the quilting design on my OMG quilt- :(  Not Done
  4. Frankenstein some battings- DONE and used, but no photo was taken but they are in the runners I quilted this week. 
  5. LOL, put another sunflower on the list-DONE
 Pineapple runner

GE Designs runner

I guess instead of actually doing the #3 project of deciding on a quilting design for my OMG I quilted and bound the following three runners!  

Another delectable Mountains, this uses a different blue than the one I did for last weeks goal.

This delectable mountains has wider mountains, not sure I like that but I hope someone will.  It has a bit of an antique look with the tanish background.

I wanted to get another cupcake runner done for the shop. Before I could get to it a gal messaged me asking for the pattern.  I don't have a pattern for it(maybe someday) I said.  But that I was planning on getting a finished runner in my Etsy shop soon.  She watched for it and snatched it right up!

And I was able to get another sunflower runner finished.

I might have started chasing a squirrel too...

How about some real flowers to look at. For a few years this iris was just leaves.  Last year for the first time it produced one or two blooms.  This year we have had about ten blooms but not all open at once.  It is just the deepest prettiest purple. 

My to do list for this week will be to make 5 table runners, I don't which ones yet:)

Linking with To Do Tuesday at HomeSewnByUs.  Now I need to go check out some of the other participants and see how they did with their goals.  Good luck on the coming week!