Wednesday, July 11, 2018

HOW I Can Make a Difference

It is that time of year where we are preparing to leave on our 4 month RVing trip. It is overdrive time to get my charity sewing rounded up and ready to move out the door. So today I did that and ended up with:

Lutheran World Relief School Bags -- 22 of them just need to get the "rope" to make the ties

10 small pillow cases for Cook Children's Hospital to take to Mid Cities Modern Quilt Guild for charity project

14 Three Yard Cuts for Lutheran World Relief Fabic Kits. Each kit has 2 3 yrd cuts and 2 spools of thread.
It is the icing on the cake that all of the items here were from my stash. Yes, all those 3 yrd cuts were from fabric over time I had bought on sale that I had imagined may be used as backs, but when they just sit it is time to move them to where they can do the most good. There will always be more sale fabric for backs. I can imagine a woman learning to sew and maybe start a business that would help to give her independence and income rather than sitting in my stash.  The is HOW I know I can make a difference.
Check this off the pre RVing trip list.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Scraps and Small Work Together

Design is all about being flexible and going with change as it presents itself. Vision can make one do a little sewing that is little parts. Working on a secret round robin project has me now doing 2"squares with 1" snowball corners. Originally I envisioned these would be 4.5" squares with 2.5" corners but as things progressed I could see that just did not look great and so this is now it...but could it all change again? NO, well maybe.
These are one inch and cut from scraps that luckily I will have just enough to eeeek out what I need.

All for these XandO cuties but still working on design of the entire concept - it could all change again?     
 I love doing this kind of quilting where you have to dig deep about what you know about a person and how you want to show love to them through your work. It is challenging and fun. FUN


Saturday, June 2, 2018

Weekend Sew

My BFF and I had a weekend together and we of course decided to get her Dog in Sweater quilt by Elizabeth Hartman done. (My DH was off motorcycle tripping with oldest son). My BFF did not want to tackle this quilt by herself as she has not been quilting very long and had not even opened her machine for a year. We studied the pattern, went to two quilt shops and brought fabric then set our plan in motion. The pattern is "easy" from a construction point but detailed and not to be cut without identifying each and every piece A through like DD (that is the alphabet and then alphabet again.) A lot of pieces, a lot of sticky notes. She chose the small quilt that has 4 Dogs in Sweaters size about 45x50 (don't have the pattern here so just my memory of size). The real point is the four dogs are the focal and there are a lot of snowball corners A LOT OF THEM...1" snowballs (letter R) did get us talking like a pirate ARRRR. A couple of  days cutting and sewing about 6 or 7 hours each day got her done (a few breaks for eating and drinking in this). Yes, the cutting took a while and wine afterwards to reward ourselves. But the finish was great and it is a fun pattern to do with a BFF.
AND two of her four dachshunds were there to make sure it met their approval.

Our entertainment on the TV was the French Open. Love tennis and the FO was a perfect backdrop for our project.


Friday, April 20, 2018

HOW nice is nature



Taking a break and found this lovely plant in my driveway as I was walking to The Rectangle to get ready for our trip a few weeks ago. It is a lovely white/green shade and delicate. A weed I guess but too beautiful to be left unnoticed.
HOW wonderful nature is with color, form and beauty.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Coasters in Spring Colors

It is Spring with the birds singing, the rain coming and eye opening color showing up to take away the quiet of winter. New coasters are needed (the old Spring coasters have been washed too may times and seem faded and not so quite bright).
I won in a raffle just the right look for my Spring coasters and it would take another something out of my stash and into the world.

My go to pattern is here https://stitchesonmyneedle.blogspot.com/2017/06/making-patriotic-coaters-easy-peezy.html

How I love to use my stash.
Now it will be brighter under my glass...