Friday, May 22, 2015

MQG QuiltCon Inspired Challenge

The challenge from the Modern Quilt Guild was to create something inspired by the quilts at QuiltCon this year.  It was great to review and renew the thoughts as one saw so many quilts (all inspirational or thought provoking) and think??what to do??

Inspiration: Words...


I decided to make something to hang in my sewing studio to inspire me to do what I  want to create.  One of my favorite punctuations is the ... after a word. I love those dots that leave it all up to the reader ...

My word creation:

On the design board

Got it "sandwiched" ready to quilt.

Quilted on my free motion Baby Lock Tiara

It is done.  I can fill in the dots now with ...

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Thresholds to Kids Quilts

I love easy projects and when I don't have to do the cutting all the better.  Several of my friends do the  Quilts for Kids.  The kit is mailed to you with all the material you need, all cut and ready to sew with a pattern.  You furnish the batting and sewing.  My pattern was the 4 strip Rail Fence.  I found it very relaxing to just sew and not worry about picking colors, cutting, or picking a pattern.  I kept the quilting simple and straight lines.  A few hours later it was a kid's quilt ready to mail back.  One more charity quilt completed for 2015.  Now to begin a design for the corner of my Vortex quilt.  I am thinking long horn for a Texas twist.  We will see!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

String Bean challenge with Pat Sloan

A quick post to show the quilt top and back I completed for the Pat Sloan challenge called String Bean.  I had all the materials in my stash so it was easy to sew up a few blocks.  Not finished yet as I will embroidery in the center of the blocks.  I am in the process of designing the patterns for the centers...circles, balloons, circle tree, stop signal circles, cherries, music notes...theme of things round.  I love the ease of this block and the blank canvas to do some handwork.

Quilt Top ready for center embellishment

Quilt back

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Windows and Chairs get a Redo

After 10 years of the same window treatment,chair cushions and pillows it is time for a change.  I challenged myself to keep it under $300.00 for the two sets of windows and the 8 chairs.  Bargain hunting began with going to Target, Tuesday Morning, Discount Linens, Bed Bath and Beyond and a few other places to search for drapes or sheets or something.  Found what I wanted at World Market and Pier 1 ...table runners, napkins and drapes at World Market in just the right pattern/colors, all on sale for 25% off and I had a coupon for another 20% off entire purchase.  4 table runners, one table cloth, 6 napkins and one table cloth for under $125.00 sent me through the Thresholds of Yes, this can be done.

Note: The "old" were the same for both my breakfast room and den
Here are the old and the soon to be yellow/white and gray window treatment in the breakfast room.

Two and half table runners later (used the forth as my table runner on the breakfast table) with 3" pleats every 19 inches with ties at the pleats the new set goes up.  I love table runners because they are already lined and unusually heavy enough material to hold the pleat well and yet give a little drape when needed and the cost is so cheap compared to a yard of material in today's world.  
 6 Chairs redone with napkins:

2 Chairs redone with cut from table cloth.  I have a lot of this left, so looking for what to do with that.  Thinking placemats, coasters, hot pads, oven glove  well later for this.

Then den redo:

New pillows (Pier 1) with coupon for 20% off and another 10% off for bonus day and drapes (World Market).  Ok so one chair has a blanket Mr Kitty likes to sit on. . .

with all materials and new pillows I spent well under my $300 budget and have material left to do other things with.  I love coupons and I love on sale.  All the redo took less than 48 hours and it has made Spring feel like it has entered the house while the flowers bloom outside too. 

What is your recent redos?  Bargains?  Spring into action and take on a project. 

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Socks Off the Needles

This pair of socks has tested my being "in the now" with a thread (that while beautiful) thins and breaks, twists upon itself and became so tangled from the center pull it forced me to untangle some, knit, untangle, knit....If the first sock had not already come off the needles I just might have abandoned the yarn and the socks.  The pattern is a simple ribbed, nothing fancy (at least that made it easier).  I can't find the yarn band so I can't remember what it is.  I love the color and actually the feel is great. 

So, another pair in the sock drawer and another on the needles.

And then my walk today took me down a street just up my hill and I found at the end of the street this:

A library...wonder who finds this hidden jewel?

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Threasholds in Spring and a free Spring pattern on Craftsy

The flowers, berries, and trees I see on my walk of a couple of miles each day.  Spring is opening up all round.

Also along the walk yard decorations
This happy group of bunnies really speak to Spring and I love this pattern on for a Spring Mug Rug or small wall hanging by So Sew Easy.  (the pattern is free).  Walk and enjoy your world as spring brings on sunshine and creative ideas.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Happy St Patrick's Day and Thresholds of My Irish

Sewing on my vortex today and wearing green....Thresholds to my Irish blood... my great grand "Irish Joe" Toland. 

Quadrants are done, working on applique for corners. 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Charity Quilts

Charily Quilts are my go to when I need to just sew and let go of any angst of what will be, pattern, color, and just let it all go.  Had retreat with my peeps and put into the bag charity quilts to sew along with another project.  I found it perfect on Friday night to sew and sew those 48 blocks together and just finish it while the wine and women talk flowed.

Another top in browns went together fast too.

Then another got done too. 
All the material was from stash and many of the squares were pieced to get the last "drop" from the fabric. 

I LOVE when stash leaves the house and will travel the world as a Lutheran World Relief quilt.  All the tops go to our  Women of the ELCA church group quilting to get sandwiched and tied so they can be ready for the truck taking them the weekend after Easter to the warehouse in Maryland before being shipped around the world.  This was my Lent "giveup" ...I gave up hoarding fabric that needs to go into the world and have cut a boat load of 10 1/2" squares to make more for LWR. 

"giveup" and give to others

Monday, January 26, 2015

Backpacks as a Threshold (and easy pattern)

A Threshold to the  world can be opened in many ways and education is one we can easily take for granted but education (especially for girls) is not so easy to obtain in some parts of the world.  I loved when I was young and it was time to get new school supplies.  I get the same feeling when I am making backpacks for Lutheran World Relief School kits and buying supplies to pack in them.  Each year my church inter generational project sees us bringing supplies, women/men sewing bags and children packing them.  This year I made 20 bags and bought supplies to donate for them.  Found sale material for $3.00 a yard and asked my local ACE Hardware to donate clothes line for stringing them and they did. Pic of two of them.  LUTHERAN WORLD RELIEF SCHOOL KITS  (Click to the Threshold)
The pattern for the backpacks is super easy and I have used it for gifts and made them for grands too.  I also made some for a women's retreat and they were a big hit packed with goodies. I love an easy pattern with a cute finish. 
Back pack pattern (click for pattern)