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Friday, July 2, 2021

July is Here Already

I frittered away the month of June, doing fun things like emptying boxes from the basement and attic and taking items to Goodwill.  I wasted valuable quilting time, trimming rhododendrons and geraniums after their blooms faded.  After the gardening chores were finished, it was so hot I couldn't bear to quilt in our stuffy non-air conditioned home.  It's still hot and humid, but it's time to sit next to a fan and quilt.  In an effort to finish at least one item, I am joining Elm Street Quilts' One Monthly Goal July Link-up.



It's a terrible picture, but the wide stripes are sweet little butterflies.   It's raining today so there's no chance of taking a better picture.  My goal is to quilt and bind this Quick Strippy baby quilt.  It's based on a free pattern offered on Mary Johnson's blog, Mary Quilts.  If you have never visited her blog, you really should.  She has lots of lovely free patterns.

I am linking up at Elm Street Quilts, in the hope that it will inspire me.  You can see all of the projects quilters are linking up for their One Monthly Goal for July at Elm Street Quilts.  If you need a little push, you can join in too.

Friday, June 4, 2021

2021 Hands 2 Help Finale

 We have been without internet for a week.  Although I missed seeing what was happening in the quilting world, I did accomplish the 2 goals I set for myself and completed a few others.  My goals for the week of  May 23rd were to complete another baby quilt for the Hands 2 Help Challenge  at Sarah's Confessions of a Fabric Addict blog and to make the Indian Star block from the 3rd installment of the Pieces of the Santa Fe Trail.

I completed the Indian Star block.


I completed three baby quilts for the Hands 2 Help Challenge.



This fun quilt used 5 and 2.5 inch squares of fish prints.  There are coordinating  tone on tone prints and a few surprises sprinkled in among the 2.5 inch charms.




The tops of the two other quilts were made last year and just needed to be quilted and bound.



I was very pleased with the star quilt.  I am usually a stitch in the ditch style quilter, but the pattern really pushed me to do more.


I'll be sending these 3 quilts along with one other and some bibs, pacifiers, stickers, markers, and colored pencils to Little Lambs.  I purchased 2 of their discounted UPS mailing labels that make it a bargain to send a package.  For $15.00 they will mail up to a 70 pound package.  


In addition I'm a sending a quilt to Quilty Hugs for Happy Chemo and a quilt top to Victoria's Quilts of Canada.





I am linking up with all of the other participants of the  Hands 2 Help Challenge  at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.  Thank you Sarah for inspiring quilters to help people who need a quilty hug.

I'm also linking up my Indian Star block with other quilters sewing along with Pieces of the Santa Fe Trail at Melva Loves Scraps







Sunday, May 23, 2021

Mission Accomplished

This is the third week in a row that I have actually completed my stated goals.  I think it's because my goals have been modest and we did not have internet service for three days.  The time I usually spend reading blogs was spent sewing.

I was able to complete a baby quilt that will be donated to Little Lambs through Sarah Craig's annual Hands 2 Help challenge.  I made the top last year, but it languished in the sewing room until this week.  When I was preparing the top to be quilted, I realized the light green gingham check, I chose last year for the backing, was too blah for the low volume four patch top.  I found a jungle animal print in my stash that livened things up a bit.

My attempt at an art shot was less than successful so I had to depend on my husband to display it. We were away last week and the quilt got very wrinkled on the trip back home.  After a spin in the washer and dryer, it will be ready to ship out.





My second goal was to make enough blocks to create a top from blocks I made a few years ago.  I needed more than my original estimate and wound up sewing 116 blocks.


They will have to ferment while I work on this week's goals.  I plan on finishing another baby quilt for the Hands 2 Help Challenge and making the latest block from the Pieces of the Santa Fe Trail Sew Along.  Melva, at Melva Loves Scraps has chosen the Indian Star block for the third installment of the sew along.  It would make a great block for a Quilt of Valor quilt.

I'll be linking up with Sarah to "Whoop" along with other quilters who have something to share this week at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

Sunday, May 16, 2021

Making A List

 I've been frustrated with the lack of finished quilts coming out of my sewing room.  It seems like every time I look for something in my fabric closet, I find unfinished items that divert my attention from what I should be doing.  Bonnie, from In stitches with Bonnie, suggested that I make a list of things I wanted to accomplish for the week.  I decided that my previous failure making lists was that I tended to add too many projects.  My list for this week, included just two projects.  I planned to make the second block of the Pieces of the Santa Fe Trail quiltalong at Melva Loves Scraps. The Double Nine Patch block is now completed.


The second item on my list was to complete a quilt for the Hands 2 Help Challenge hosted by Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.  The Eye Spy quilt has 48 novelty fabric squares including, mammals, sea creatures, birds, all kinds of food, boats, sports figures and sports equipment, as well as insects.  The back will make a great play mat with roads, a fire station, airport, and a construction site.  It's fresh out of the drier and looks crinkly and cozy. The quilt will be going to Quilty Hugs for Happy Chemo.





Since making a list worked so well this past week, I've made a list for the coming week.  I plan on quilting another quilt for the Hands 2 Help Challenge and piecing additional blocks to complete one of my UFO tops.  I will be linking up with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict to "Whoop Whoop," about my finishes.  This week is especially exciting at her blog.  In addition to the weekly finishes posted, there are also quilts completed for the Hands 2 Help Challenge.  

Thank you Bonnie for your suggestion to make a list.  Hopefully, it will keep working.



Sunday, May 9, 2021

Some Days Are Just Like Christmas

     While searching in my fabric closet for potential backing fabrics, I found a plastic box hidden amongst the piles.  When I opened it, I was pleasantly surprised.  Inside, I found blocks in various stages of completion.  The blocks were made up of 1.5 x 2.5 strips.  Inspired by the 2021  Table Scraps Challenge at The Joyful Quilter, I decided to use the scraps to make table runners.  



The runner with the yellow binding is 16 by 32 inches and will be used on my maple sewing machine cabinet.


The runner with the pink binding is 20 by 36 and will be placed on the wooden desk  where I am currently using my Viking Sapphire machine.



The backing used for both runners is Michael Millers, Geisha's Puzzle.  I have no idea when or why I bought it.  It is very bright and busy, but it will work well sitting beneath my sewing machines.  I still have some blocks left. They may be made into placemats.

As if one box of blocks was not enough of a surprise, on a second diving mission, I found more.  There were two partially finished tops and a pink Ghiardelli candy box filled with partially and completely finished blocks to match the quilt tops.




I added a few rows of blocks to one of the tops to make it lap size.


I also finished the last of the doll quilts and the matching pillow.  The four doll quilts and pillows will be placed in the mail this week.


This week, I hope to make the Double Nine block which is the second block of  the Pieces of the Sante Fe Trail Sew Along at Melva Loves Scraps.  I also plan to work on finishing one of my quilts for the Hands 2 Help Challenge at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

I'm linking up to "Whoop, Whoop," with some of my favorite quilters at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

Have a pieceful week. 



Sunday, May 2, 2021

The Drought May Finally Be Over

 After having a productive few weeks, I feel like a field sprinkled with rain after a drought.  It wasn't a soaking rain, but it did produce a few signs of life. 

Melva, who blogs at Melva Loves Scraps, is hosting a quilt along called Pieces of the Santa Fe Trail.  It's a bit unusual, in that, the inspiration for the blocks is based on the memoirs of Marian Russell who traveled the Santa Fe Trail.  I really enjoy reading the snippets of Marian's book that Melva posts with each block.  If you are a history buff or you just enjoy quilt alongs and sampler style quilts, you should visit her blog.

After I chose my fabrics, I realized that one of them was directional.  I was determined to keep the fabric facing in the correct direction in each part of the block.  I managed to be consistent while sewing the Kit in the Korner block, but I didn't notice that the fabric was oriented incorrectly in the block itself.





The block above shows my flowers/artichoke shapes facing up.  The block below shows the flower print upside down, but in the correction orientation in the block.  My block will just have to be Kit in the Opposite Korner.


I promised two of my favorite little girls that I would make doll quilts and matching pillows for them.  Four of the quilts are finished.  Three of the matching pillows are stuffed and waiting to be hand stitched closed.  I'll post the fourth quilt when its matching pillow is finished.  All of the doll quilts are made from scraps.




The Joyful Quilter created a Table Scraps challenge in January.  The challenge is using the colors issued for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge at So Scrappy.  Any quilted table covering can be made for the challenge.  The covering can be a table runner, topper, placemats, candle mat, or mug rug. I didn't have a need for a table topper/runner in the colors being used for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge this year so I have started making quilted toppers for various surfaces using a rainbow of scraps.  I started making bow tie blocks for a doll quilt and enjoyed it so much, I made a topper for my clothes dryer and one for my laundry room hamper.  The topper for the laundry hamper is made with 2.5 inch squares.


The topper for the clothes dryer is made using 3 inch squares.

The color for May is red.  I would love to have a table topper or runner for Valentine's Day so this month, I'll be using the  Rainbow Scrap Challenge color.

Like many quilters, I enjoy reading blogs, seeing pictures of quilts, and being inspired.  Since I rarely finish anything, I don't feel compelled to post the projects I work on that will probably never be finished.  My lax attitude has kept me from acknowledging the lovely things that other bloggers have done for me.

 I enjoy reading Pat's blog over at Life in the Scrapatch.  Once upon a time, in the not so distant past (November, 2019) Pat celebrated the 10th anniversary of her blog by giving away a Riley Blake magnetic pin catcher.  I was lucky enough to be the recipient and I use it every day.  Pat has some wonderful free patterns and tutorials on her blog that you should definitely take a look at.  She has a free pattern from the Disney Mandalorian series that features the baby Yoda eating bone broth.  If you have a Star Wars fan in your life, this is a MUST.


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For the first time this year, I actually have something to Whoop about.  I'm linking up at Sarah's Confessions of a Fabric Addict to whoop along with all of the other fabulous quilters.  I've also linked up for Oh Scrap! at Quilting is more fun than Housework.


Sunday, March 28, 2021

 I Quilt, Therefore I Am.  

If I don't blog, does that mean I don't have anything to say or show.  I haven't been able to motivate myself to post since the finale of 2020's H2H (Hands 2 Help) Challenge hosted by Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict last June. The Hands 2 Help Challenge for 2021 has started and Sarah has posted the lovely prizes that will be awarded to participants.  It's not too late to participate,  The sign up form and information about the charities requesting quilts and the sizes needed are at Sarah's blog, Confessions of a Fabric Addict.  Last year, one hundred seventeen quilters took part in the challenge,  With your help, this year, the numbers will be higher.

Like most quilters, I spent a lot of 2020 making masks for our extended family.  Unlike many prolific quilters, my quilt production slowed down dramatically.  I only pieced one "Fishy" baby top. I'll be quilting it for the Hands 2 Help Challenge.


My creative juices started flowing again at Christmas.  A three and a half year old girl at our church needed a present and I was happy to provide it.  

I found a sweet baby doll at Target, but the outfit she was dressed in was ugly and poorly made.  She deserved better.



First, I made her a dress and some diapers.  Next, she needed a place to sleep and a quilt to keep her warm.  It was only a week before Christmas and I wasn't able to order a doll bed that would arrive in time.  I found a basket and made a mattress, quilt, and pillow so she would be comfy.











Finally, she was ready to travel to her new home.  I had enough fabric strips left over to make 2 more doll quilts and matching pillows.  One for my granddaughter and the other for a niece.  It was a great way to get motivated and get back to quilting.  My motivation now will be to complete some quilts for the 2021 H2H Challenge.