Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Cool Mornings Make Yard Work Time

     I love these cool mornings. It was about 460 at sun up. Cool air is great for yard work and getting new plants in the ground. I have been outside most mornings so less sewing has been accomplished.
Here is a new bed planted. 

     Granddaughters have enjoyed using the new doll clothes.

They have also spent time sewing.  When I was cleaning out a drawer, I found a preprinted Halloween witch doll with friend.  I did the prep work and the girls enjoyed sewing the Halloween decorations - Lily with assistance.

Mattie is becoming quite the sewer and even designed and hand sewed this whale for a school project. 

Enjoy some time sewing or quilting.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Pink Scrap Blocks and Doll Clothes

     The color for this month is pink. I have made several pink blocks and have one more set ready to sew.

I am anxious to sew some into a quilt top and finish a quilt. Instead of the whole rainbow I am considering the “Scraphappy” idea in her blog post of Spring Cleaning  to use 2 or 3 colors in a quilt – whether analogous colors or complementary or some other plan.  
I’m linking up with SoScrappy .  

      I also spent a day sewing doll clothes. My granddaughters each have an American Girl doll.   Two 18” AG type dolls also live at my condo and the girls love to play with them all.   The dolls share outfits; however, since we added a doll, I decided more outfits would be good.  I have wonderful scraps from sewing for the girls or scraps from friends.  They made great outfits.

I also used an old tie dyed t-shirt to make a doll t-shirt. 

Enjoy some time sewing or quilting.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

September Finish

     Instead of playing with more orange scraps, I worked to finish the quilting on my low volume quilt. 

I had fun quilting a different FM motif in each border. 

In the outer border I tried a new motif from Angela Walters called "Ferny". 

I even turned the corner without too much difficulty.  I plan to use this motif again. 

Enjoy some sewing or quilting this weekend.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Appliqued Double Wedding Rings

    Some time ago I adopted a bag of old pieces labeled for a Double Wedding Ring quilt. 
The cardboard templates for some of the pieces were included and a few arcs were sewn together; however, there was no center melon or center.

    I decided to use the already made pieces and sew a few more to be enough for a comfort quilt. I created a freezer paper template and then a no-melt mylar template.  I brushed liquid starch along the edge first and then turned the edges over the template and pressed.

 After laying out the design, I used a blanket stitch to applique the pieces to a background fabric. The arcs don’t form a nice circle but an interesting shape.

    Monday I spent the morning on yard work and made a dent on trimming back hedge.  
In the afternoon I finished the blanket stitching on arcs. I am considering whether I can use some of the pieces for a border. Many more precut pieces remain in the bag I adopted.  

Enjoy some sewing or quilting time. 

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Fall Mug Rugs

      This morning on her blog Jacquelynne Stevens shared fall project ideas.  I was inspired by this tree pillow. 

Instead of making a pillow I made a couple of mug rugs. 

I think the design would also make lovely placemats. Maybe later.
   Check out the other fall projects.  You may find some you want to try. 

Enjoy some sewing or quilting time. 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Strip Quilt Finish

      I used the stormy day Monday to quilt.  I am glad this quilt is finished and it may be used as a QOV.  It meets size requirements. 

Don’t look too closely though because I made a rookie mistake when putting it together and is not my best work.  I did not cut all the column strips the same length before sewing them together so you probably know what happened.  One side slightly bowed.  Lesson:  cut all column strips the same length just as you would when adding borders. 

      I used an all over quilting motif that I have not done much.  I call it a swirl echo. 


Hope you and family are all safe from Irma.  Enjoy some sewing or quilting time. 

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Finished Low Volume Top

     I have not had much time this week to play with September orange scraps; however, I made time to finish the low volume quilt top.  Right now it measures 54” by 60”.  Wish I had made a few more blocks to make it a little longer, but I like the interest the borders and cornerstones add. 

 That is one more top on the pile to be quilted.

   This quilt top generated lots of low volume scraps of which I hope to put some together for a few more improv blocks.  If you quilt, you know how scraps multiply.

Enjoy some sewing or quilting time. 

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Playing with Fabric

     I was pleased to see orange as the color for September in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  I had already looked through my stash of scraps cut into units I want.  I found a few orange but had to raid my stash for larger pieces to cut some strips for more orange.  I made 2 orange wonky star blocks with 4 ½” squares 
and 2 blocks with orange 2 ½ by 4 ½” bricks. 
I am looking forward to having a nice collection of rainbow blocks for some rainbow comfort quilts.  

   Playing with orange was a nice distraction since I have not been interested in sandwiching a UFO for quilting.  I have worked on a couple of projects, not focusing on one.  I made more low volume blocks, enough for a small lap quilt.  I plan to add a breaker border and then a scrappy pieced border so it will finish at 48” by 60”.

    I also added the red border on this improvisational star inspired by one I saw on “Sewing with Nancy” a year or more ago.
I want to add another pieced border of white and dark blue.  I am still deciding what I want. I would be interested in suggestions or ideas.

Enjoy the Labor Day holiday weekend and hope you find some sewing or quilting time. 

Monday, August 28, 2017

Playing with More Neutrals or Pastels

    Saturday was the last Scrap Happy Saturday post for August neutrals and I found some of the links inspiring.  For some time I have loved neutral (low volume) quilts and have been planning on making one.  The link for Libby at Life on the Hill blog shared photos of a couple of neutral Gypsy Wife quilts by Linda and Jo Ann. I fell in love again and was inspired to pull out my neutrals and start cutting.  

In this photo they appear more pastel than neutral.  I better call them low volume instead.  Whatever; I plan to make more in a different size and fit them together.

       I also took time to make an 18” doll apron and matching oven mitt.

Enjoy some sewing or quilting time. 

Saturday, August 19, 2017

A Finish and Scrap Playtime

      I finished the koala quilt.   
I love it and I’m so glad Ruth let me test her pattern.  I added the scrappy quilt-like rows at the bottom and the borders finish to at 44 by 56”.  It will be a great gift for a child. Ruth will be offering the pattern in 2 sizes in her Etsy shop.

     I also pulled out neutral scraps to play.  I made a couple of blocks. 
I’m not sure what they should be called.  I added one to the rainbow of made blocks. 
I want 3 more rainbow blocks for this to make a small lap quilt. It needs an orange, pink and one other color. You can see what others are doing for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge at the Scrap Happy Saturday post. .

     I still struggle to finish projects without starting something new.  I added the final borders to my second “CircleBack” top ( from Cozy Quilt Designs), bought a backing and it now waits in the que for quilting.  

Enjoy your weekend and some sewing or quilting time.  

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

More Quilting Progress

      I have not pulled out another of my UFOs to quilt but I am busy quilting on smaller projects.    I finished quilting this sample for the “Learn to Quilt” class at JoAnn Fabrics.  This quarter I’m teaching the Hugs and Kisses blocks.  I used simple walking foot quilting to show how a beginner might finish the quilt.

    I have started the quilting on my Kenny Koala quilt for which I tested the pattern by Ruth of Charly & Ben’s CraftyCorner  .  I added the bottom scrappy squares and borders.  I think he will be a great gift for a young person. She is planning to sell the pattern on her website.  After quilt group at church today, I will get back to work on quilting him.

    My church children’s ministry coordinator asked a couple of members to make fidget bags for the children’s activity worship bags. They are essentially a maze made with fleece and a marble.  They would be a good small gift for a child.  You can find a tutorial here.  I also used this maze generator to create the paths for more interest. 

 I hope you enjoy some sewing or quilting time.  

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Wonky Stars Finish

    I love the free piecing of wonky stars.  My latest wonky stars quilt is finished and ready to be a  church group comfort quilt.
Here is close-up of some of the quilting.

You can find out more about how I make the wonky stars with this tutorial. 

     I’m out to do some yard work before the rain comes.

Enjoy your weekend and I hope you enjoy some sewing or quilting time.  

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Quilting in Progress

      My bright wonky stars top has been sandwiched for several weeks and I am finally making good progress on the quilting.   All that is left is to meander the white areas.

 I quilted a continuous line FM design in each star.

     After a couple of hours of quilting today, I needed a change so I pulled out blocks to finish from a recent JoAnn Fabrics beginner class that I taught last Saturday.  The latest beginner blocks are Hugs and Kisses.  I decided to put 6 together into a small lap quilt as a sample.

Hope you enjoy some sewing or quilting time.  

Monday, July 31, 2017



    I spent a weekend in the mountains with a sister and helped work at her local quilt guild show in West Jefferson, NC.   I enjoyed the short visit and the show even though it involved work. The guild website has photos from the show and several past shows that you can enjoy. 

 The show was not judged this year and gave 3 viewer’s choice ribbons from the first day of the show voting. I took a few photos because I like the pattern or technique but they were not ribbon winners.
Always love crumbs.

I thought this quilt pieced by Doris Phillips was made of an interesting retangular block.

This quilt appears to be a Laundry Basket applique design although the label did not say so.  Maybe someday I will make one.

    The local art doll club had a booth with the vendors and my sister sold a couple of her large art dolls as well as smaller ones.  Here are some photos.

 She is my sister but I think she is very talented. 


Hope you enjoy some sewing or quilting time.