Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Working on WiPs

Several years ago I joined a quilting forum called Quilting Around the World. I was really active and joined in the conversations and did a few swaps but I got a little lax last year. On this forum if you don't post each month you're considered inactive and your membership is closed, so I accidentally went inactive last year. They send out emails to remind you but I guess I missed it. No worries, I just rejoined again. The only thing is you start back at the beginning.  This forum like most gives you a rank title based on how many posts you post. Oh well.

Anyways... One of the quilt-a-longs we are doing this year is the year of UFO/wips. You list 12+ projects that have been forgotten and you want to finish them this year. Each month 2 numbers are drawn (one main project and a bonus project) and based on your list those are the two projects you work on. You can win prizes (I've won twice woohoo) if you show progress or finish one of the drawn projects each month.






One month my main project was this apple core quilt that I made using Thimbleberries fabric. I made the top years ago when I was trying out the new Go! cutter apple core die. It's put away at the moment but it is a small quilt good for a table runner or a baby stroller. There's a few wrinkles but overall it turned out alright. I am much better at sewing curves now so I think I might need to make another.



Here's the back. The binding is just a gold that I found in my stash that seemed to match. The back might be a Thimbleberry also but I'm not sure. I bought a mystery box of scraps and all these fabrics were in there. I remember the apple core pieces had the selvages still on them.



Another UFO I finished was these placemats. If I remember correctly I was making bags with these black and white fabrics but my daughter saw them on my design wall and wanted them for placemats. I can't argue when one of the kids (okay grown children) want a handmade item for their house, right? The backing fabric was something my daughter fell in love with when I found it at a thrift store several years ago. I bound them in red because red is her favorite color. I made her a black, white, and red quilt about 8 years ago that she absolutely loves.








Wednesday, June 14, 2017

It's Plaid - the graduation quilt

This handsome devil graduated high school in May. Cocky little brat. He's my youngest and most challenging child. He thinks differently than his older brother and sister. I had to change my parenting techniques several times while he was growing up. He has always loved to debate so I wasn't surprised that he took debate classes throughout his high school years. He challenged everything even if he didn't care about the topic. He won many discussions with me because he is such a good debater. It's hard to say no when the other person has all the right answers to make it a yes.




This is a picture of Mandy and Robbie. When Mandy graduated in 2009 he wore her robes so they did a remake of that pic. Robbie is 6'4" so poor Mandy is drowning in his robes.






















Robbie has been wearing plaid shirts and shorts since middle school. I took several of his outgrown shirts and cut them apart to make a graduation quilt for him.





   


I used Forest Bricks from Mary Quilts. I've made this pattern a few times and I always like the finished quilt.




















I even had a little helper.





Miss Mocha loves to bury herself in clean clothes. Anytime she sees a pile of clothes (or fabric) she dives right in.





This last picture is when I was playing with the layout. Everything was going fine until I realize not all the blocks were going in the same direction. When I was sewing the tiles into blocks of four I didn't think it would matter how they were stitched together. I thought since it's square that if one way didn't work then I could just spin it and it would work from that direction. Nope. I figured that wrong so I had to unsew about a third of the blocks.



Tuesday, June 6, 2017

New Pillows for the Kiddos


My two oldest kiddos, okay adults, moved out earlier this year. I decided their couches needed some pillows. I made the forms from an old pillow a couple months ago but never got any farther. I decided since they were having a Memorial Day cookout I should hustle up and get the pillow covers made. I dug into my red, white, and blue scrap bin and came out with these:




One of their couches is a dark blue so I think these work really well for that couch. The other couch looks like something from That 70's Show lol. It's brown, orange, and gold or something similar. It's a sleeper sofa and only cost $5 from the thrift store so for now it works just fine.



I thought a log cabin pillow cover might be fun. I was going for a bit wonky but I don't think I wonked it up enough. It just came out like a rectangle but on a square pillow form. It's okay, it still works as a pillow and brightens up the living room so all is good.




I do like this patchwork version. These two projects didn't even make a dent in my red, white, and blue fabric scraps.


The backs are just a solid blue that I found in my stash. They are simple envelope style covers. I think it will be fun to make different covers for the holidays or to represent what my kids love. Since the next holiday is the 4th of July these covers will still work so I'm ahead of the game ;)







Monday, May 1, 2017

YouTube update

I recently purchased some room darkening/heat blocking curtains. It was less expensive to purchase the longer curtain panel and cut it down to fit two of my windows. Come hang out with me while I shorten and hem my new curtains.







Also, my latest podcast episode is available. I've been working on a few different projects these past two weeks. It's Spring allergy season here in SW Florida and my eyes do not look happy.



Tuesday, April 4, 2017

April 1st podcast available


It's the beginning of the month so it's time for a new podcast:



My machine has been in the shop for a cleaning and an oil change for the past two weeks so not much sewing to show this time. The weather has been changing so it's been a migraine kinda day so you'll have to excuse my less than enthusiastic nature this week.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

A new hobby?


I love watching videos and podcasts over on YouTube. YouTube likes to make suggestions based on things you've watched previously or things you've searched for recently. I've been getting a lot of suggests for weaving. I've always had a love of weaving ever since I saw a weaving loom demonstration back in elementary school. It was one of those giant floor looms that the pioneers used to make rugs.

YouTube suggested hula hoop looming. I don't have a hula hoop and I don't plan on buying one but I do have a beautiful handmade (not by me) wooden loom meant for loom knitting hats. I purchased this from a Yahoo group that I was in years ago but I never did use it. 



I wanted to see if it would work like a wagon wheel or hula hoop loom. I cut up some old t-shirts and gave it a try. I knew one of the warnings was do not pull the long strips of t-shirt too tight in the center because it would cause the center to bow out and form a bowl. Unless you want a bowl of course.



Yep, I pulled too tight. lol


I didn't bother finishing off the warp pieces because I wasn't planning on keeping this. It was only to see if I liked the feel of this type of weaving.


It's not bad but I feel that for this loom the white t-shirt warp pieces should be thinner. Maybe just a strip and not an actual loop. Also, this style of weaving is great for a coaster but it isn't a rug. My next experiment will be braiding a rug. I love a huge oval braided rug. I also want to try twining a rug but that will have to wait until I can either make or purchase a loom.

Have you ever made a rug?

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Podcast Episode #7

I started a crafting podcast over on Youtube a few months ago. I talk about what crafting projects I've been working on for the past two weeks. I've decided on a bi-monthly format where I post a new podcast on (or around) the 1st and 15th of the month.


Sunday, January 29, 2017

182 Day Solstice Challenge

I decided to join the 182 day Winter Solstice challenge that Pat Sloan is hosting. There is a blog for the patterns and a Facebook group to show off your blocks. The blocks come out every Wednesday and we are six blocks in so far. Plenty of time to catch up if you want to join.

No surprise that I'm going scrappy with my version.

 block 1


block 2


block 3


block 4


block 5


block 6

Block 5 is supposed to have a basket in the center but I'm not sure if I will add it or not. Some people don't want to do applique but I love applique. I'm just not sure about the basket. While I was sewing the block, I kept thinking that it needed a bird in the center instead. We'll see what I decide as time goes on.

I haven't been sewing precision blocks in awhile so it took me a few times to find the 1/4" on my machine again. I might need to make the first two blocks over again so they fit accurately into the quilt.

Looking forward to Wednesday...