Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Destashing Goes to LWR and Now On The Road

 Lutheran World Relief gets some more of my stash. Calvary Lutheran Church \Women of the ELCA (Richland Hills. Texas)  godshearthumanhands.org  have set a goal of 500 quilts and kits for the year to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. This will be almost double what we did last year but it is doable.  Here are two I completed before leaving on extended  Motor Coach trip
This is the end of the material used to cover some cushions many moons ago and some really dark green. Check it off the stash list.




I have had these floral fat quarters in my stash for ever. I really don't like to sew with floral so getting to move this on brings me a lot of pleasure. The pattern is a Villa Rosa Design, Cloud Nine. I got the pattern free during a shop hop a few years ago. It was the perfect fit for the floral and muslin I had. This is an easy, fast pattern and all the floral is now going to find a new home and make someone very cozy.

Charity sewing fills out nicely the need to move fabric I know is not in my future. If you have any 10"or10.5" squares of fabric you want to move on let me know, maybe we can help you with that.

Blessings as summer is in full swing and we are on the road for the next few months. I post fun facts about this at www.livinginarectangle.blogspot.com  I did bring my machine and a couple of projects, will see how that goes in the Motor Coach (RV). I always bring lots of handwork/applique but the first time for the machine. Hmmm we will see.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Behold, cube laid flat

Looking around to reduce stuff and the cube made so long ago for a challenge is just that, a challenge to do something with it.
Group with challenge finished...me and my cube
Seam ripper and a few minutes later it is laid flat. The blocks are quilted so something simple to reuse them is on the agenda. Yep, those nap mats for MQG is always a go to for blocks needing a new purpose. Stash diving for material to get the top done and voila a nap mat top.
Lots of color and just the right size.
Not too exciting however it will b used for good. I love when I can have double the fun with blocks. I also like that there will be a little less stash.
Happy Fourth of July, may you celebrate all we have and hold dear.  I am off to make a peach cobbler to add to our celebration. God Bless America and each of you.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Nap Time Quilts

Nap time at the Center for Transforming Lives daycare centers is a focus for our Modern Quilt Guild. I took some time to give thought as to what was in my stash to make a couple of nap mats. The fun panel and boy helicopter fabric was just waiting for a child to lay their head down for a nice rest.
 Echo quilting was the quick and easy way to get it done. I love the fanciful characters on this panel.

detail of fabric, a fun helicopter pattern. Blue camo was a perfect companion.
Front or Back?
Back or Front?






 It is great to use stash to do a quick and easy project especially when the projects will go for a great organization doing serious work in the community to lift up women and children.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Another Border on the Rainbow

It is nothing super earthshaking. It is a border. It is separation from what is next and while I have my concept of what is next it is only that. I must take the concept now and free form it into what I can see in my mind's eye. For now the rainbow quilt is this far along. I like how the V and Co Simply Color ombre from Moda  gave the deeper colors in the inner border and the lighter on the outer border.This fabric line is absolutely on of my favorites. Off to see if bluebirds will fly...


Saturday, June 4, 2016

Morning Coffee View and Discovery

Each morning I can I sit on my patio to sip my coffee and contemplate the world. My world from the patio gives visual as well as audible hits of what is out there. Miss Kitty (I know he is a he but all my cats are called Miss Kitty) sits with me and contemplates the world too.  Today the baby squirrels were going wild in the trees chasing each other, talking to each other and making the other fall out of the tree coming crashing down only to run back up and start the chase again. The crows were very loud calling to each other, the male red bird was chirping "all is safe at the feeder" to his mate and she came to eat while he stood guard. Rain has been going on for a week here so all is very green and foliage abundant. My and Miss Kitty views:


Kitty and me bringing in the day
 Then...looking across I see a white dot in the railroad ties and walking over I discover the most beautiful, delicate white mushroom...Wow, where does a white mushroom come from?


Really, really cool. 
Have a great weekend and my you find your magical mushroom. I am off to the sewing studio now to find some magic for sure. 

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Rainbow Border 3 - Geese Flying

My Modern Quilt Guild round robin quilt got its third border. Flying Geese!  Flying geese are not my favorite thing to make but I love how they look. I knew I wanted a border with them but could not see myself making a gob of them to ring around as a border let alone with any of the methods that never seem to work for me. Paper piecing seemed my best bet so off to the internet I go and found a wonderful pattern  by Patrice Trnka Adams and it fit the need perfectly. http://www.forestquilting.com/paperpiecing_free/paperpiecing_free_pdfs/flying_geese_placemat.pdf
I made each color run and then decided to keep it simple by using 4 of the runs.
Second border "color trail"




Testing the geese flight


Geese Flight now in orbit
I like the simple and easy flow and I'm glad I did not try and go overboard on the amount of geese. The clean lines make me happy. Wonder what I will put next? Borders are harder than one would think...hmmm...



Friday, April 22, 2016

Finished UFO

Last blog was the Bag It Tag It of a few UFOs to take to the girl's retreat weekend. I always over estimate how much I will get done so the bags yielded only one finished. The opening of the bag is the easy part and then the hard part of remembering what I intended to so with the contents. Had to get my mind wrapped around the vision from over a year ago and what I thought I might have when finished.

 I had seven star blocks from our Modern Quilt Guild block of the month I have blogged about in 2014. I had a crisscross pattern I thought gave a good grid. stars 12.5 unfinished/grid blocks 12.0 unfinished as lay out began it was the coping strips that had to be set in and everything fit somewhere. This is always my favorite part of the process when I have to use math and visual to get a finished product. Fun for sure. After much setting, sewing, not liking, ripping, setting, sewing and finally happy with the look the top is complete. Quilting will be fun as it gives a lot of lines to play with.




looks wavy at top but that is design board waffle. It is 47x60 and will be fun to finish. Now to open the next bag of UFO delight. Hope each of you reading this have a fun and fabulous UFO bag to open.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Bag IT Tag IT Ready to Sew

Putting it all in the bag makes an easy pull for those UFOs in my studio. Ok I must confess that this was part of my studio clean up finds. Cleaning the fabric cubes some UFOs were hidden in the back but at least they were with all the fabric and pattern. I can get distracted by another project and they must run and hide from me? Note to UFOs, you can run but you can't hide forever. Here are two I found hiding. Now I know why I saved those zipper bags from the sheets I bought, they are so wonderful with a pocket in the front of the bag to put the pattern and super roomy. These two are going with me this weekend for the girl's quilting retreat weekend. I now have other bags created to put cut ready to sew charity project pillow cases; cut ready to sew Lutheran Worth Relief (LWR) school bags;  LWR cut and ready to sew 10.5" blocks for quilt tops; and who know what else will need a bag.  Organization is a wonderful thing (as we all know) and organized takes less space in the cube... just a little more time to get the organization started and continued. It's a good thing.
This was started for a paint chip challenge...orange





























































































  
This was selected to use some 12" star BOM 
                                                                                       




Monday, March 28, 2016

Catching Threads

A little thread catcher is always handy so I made some to have as a quick gift for friends.  I then started thinking of all the things one could "catch" and came up with this list
  • Pistachio shells as you eat them
  • Put on your desk to hold Staples that you remove from papers with the staples puller
  • Put in cup holder and catch Starbucks to go cup plastic plugs
  • Put by machine to catch binder clips as you take them off
The pattern was from the internet blog Fabric Therapy and was mostly hand sewing. I did some modification to do a bit more of it by machine sewing.
Pattern: http://fabrictherapy.blogspot.com/2015/02/a-tutorial-sweetest-little-thread.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed:+blogspot/MJYPq+%28FABRIC+THERAPY%29

 



 My Machine Sewing changes:
  I made the bottom by sandwiching the circle and sewing on the machine


Cut two circles from medium weight cardboard (mine were some old postcards I had laying around) glued batting on each of them them glued them together

Put glued bottoms on fabric

Sandwiched

Used zipper foot to sew around bottom

Nice and easy

Pinked round  Bottom finished



  Followed pattern and used Pringles "can" for the inner ring.  After sewing the side I then folded up in half and inserted the ring.
Folded in half, ring ready to insert

Inserted ring
Then sewed the top together on the machine and hand stitched ring in place. (I did sew one of the rings on the machine, but was just too fiddly making my hand sewing oh so much quicker. )

Top matched at seam and clamped

Ready to sew together

(sorry lite is wonky) Sewing top

Top sewed all ready to slip in bottom and finish


Finished off by hand sewing the bottom in.


Ready to sew in the bottom


Now have a few that will make great gifts for crafty friends and others.

Still thinking of other things one can catch in this handy fold down tread catcher.
Behold it can catch M&Ms.
All ideas welcomed!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Bunny Snack Table Runner

It is Spring and with the turn of the season also comes for our family the Easter season.  It is always a time of sadness for what our world caused for the one we call Lord to endure but greatest joy as to what our God gave us in the resurrection of our Lord.  No matter a person's belief there is still the beauty of Spring with the budding of a fresh new world after a sleepy Fall and Winter.  The Easter Bunny also has a big job of getting the eggs delivered and candy and gifts.  Bunnies can get hungry what with all the hopping so we leave snacks to keep the bunny going.  Jelly beans, cookies, carrot cake, chocolate...well most anything sugary yummy and we want to make sure the bunny can see quickly where to hop and snack.  To ensure the bunny sees it I made a giant carrot from the pattern All People Quilt  (After seeing how cute I made 4 more for my kid's families and my BFF)  A big plus with this project is I got to use a lot of orange fabric scraps and using scraps is always a good thing. 

Flip & Sew Carrot Table Runner

http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/quilt-patterns/table-runners/flip-sew-carrot-table-runner

Stash for orange fabric

Strips all cut ready to sew

All done - one of five I made

back looking good for this quilt as you go pattern

one already delivered, three to be mailed and one stays with me...the Bunny needs a place for snacks here too.