Wednesday, June 17, 2015

One More for the Kids

Ok, got busy and did the next kid quilt because the Priority Mail box could hold it and since it is the same price to mail no matter how much is in the box it just seems right  to save money and mail them together. 



the theme of the quilt is golf because I had a novelty print of golf and shamrock (lucky clover) for the back.  I love that two more pieces of material are out of my stash and it will keep a child company.

Another Quilts for Kids
Another Charilty Quilt in 2015

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

OhhhLaLa, mon "Qult for Kids" faite et poste. C'est bon.

Another kids quilt for Quilt for Kids is in the mail  (see my first here  http://stitchesonmyneedle.blogspot.com/2015/04/thresholds-to-kids-quilts.html  )

I found the French themed  material fun especially since I have for the last 6 months been on Duolingo taking the French course.  It is a free language site and I have really enjoyed getting to know another language and learning a lot along the way. (I know poste needs an asterisk over the e but I cannot figure out how to get it there.) 

Fast and easy four patch with solid block.  Another charity quilt in 2015 done.  (already have another top ready to sandwich/quilt/mail).





Monday, June 8, 2015

Walking and waiting for Mojo to Open a Threshold

I would love to show you all the work I have done and how much I have been in my sewing studio but truth be told I have not really had the mental sewing mojo.  I am a bit stuck on a pattern for a longhorn for my vortex (looks more like a moose) so I have needed to step back a bit before I attack it again.  Here pics of the endeavor. 



















One thing I have been doing a lot of is walking and have been successful at putting in at least 4 miles a day some days more.  My walking in the neighborhood is really delightful and now Spring is once again changing the flowers along the walk.   Pics of the beauty
Me and my shadow go walking
nice mailbox


mimosa

roses

magnolia

Flags

Day Lillies

Dandalion

Cottonwood tree snow


Wildflowers

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...


So...

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 Craftsy.com 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.