Sunday, March 11, 2018

A Mixed Up Stitch in Time

     My weeks started with an entirely different project.  One that was full of pure scraps that take forever to cut. So, with a sudden limited time, I decide to put a stitch in to some shirt sleeve scraps that have been around for a long time. My husbands grandfather wore these shirts for over 20 years.  Yep, a long time.  I saw these little envelopes that would be perfect for chapstick or money.  Something I can

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Mini Pinwheel Runner

     I started this weeks Project Quilting challenge thinking about yellow.  As a young child, it once was one of my favorite colors.  Now it’s honestly one that I rarely use. 


     I went into my sewing room and took a hard look at my fabric cabinet.  I was lost at what to make and what to use.  My eyes wondered to the fabric yardage leftovers that used in last years Carolina Lily challenge.  I remembered I had a bag of matching scraps in my cabinet.  Going thru the bag I found a pile of triangles. 


     Finding the triangles started me sewing them into half square triangles.  They ended up squaring up to be 1 inch squares.  It then flowed into me trying out lots of layouts, all using more scraps.  It ended up looking best as a pinwheel layout with each pinwheel being a little 2 inch finished square! 


     The commencement to adding yellow in was easy with precut yellow strips that put the perfect inner boarder on my runner. I auditioned all the fabric and the peach fabric with yellow flowers looked the best! I added a nice wide outer boarder. 


     I backed it with plain yellow fabric to go with the theme.  I used yellow thread to do basic straight line  quilting on the runner. I was going to do an intricate pattern but instead opted for simplicity to complement the simple small blocks. 

     The binding was then done in a complementary yellow floral fabric, another scrap that ended up being just enough!! It finished out at 14x22. The perfect little spring runner! 

     I try so hard to make full sized quilts, but with the hours I’ve been working and school, it’s just not happening.  It is pleasant to make something for myself, since I really don’t ever do that!! 

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Out of my box

So I was bold and brave this challenge and learned to make a jacket.  Not perfect, but done!  It's made with a very soft flannel made for quilting,  I made it a little big to allow for shrinkage.  The jacket is not completely 3 layers everywhere so I decide to make a quilted flower to ensure an accurate qualifying finish for this project quilting challenge!

Sunday, January 28, 2018

     I started this project with no plan besides using my triangle ruler.  I went in my sewing room and looked directly at my overflowing scrap bin.  I knew then, it had to be made out of those.  Yep, I need to get rid of fabric and declutter. I am having some organizing issues!! 

     I started pulling out fabric and saw a bunch of florals.  Anything from modern to vintage.  Some I bought and some that was given to me.  The perfect fabrics to use in a scrap quilt together.  I decided to mix them with some white.

     When I started, I did not know who I was going to give this too.  After spending some of the first day cutting 8 inch triangles from scraps, I found out a friend that has always treated me as family had breast cancer.  She’s tall, so I cut more triangles.  Making the quilt finish at 72 x 72 inches.  This used up most of my larger floral scraps.  

     I sewed together the triangles randomly, then the rows randomly.  This is always a hard thing for me to do, but usually the quilts turn out awesome. 

     I sandwiched the quilt using some vintage fabric backing with a small scrap added on to make it wide enough.  The quilting is done with free motion quilting of loops in the triangles.  I think I have actually almost perfected this FMQ design!

     The binding I used was made out of some more scrap floral from the quilt.  Machine sewed for this challenge of course. 

     Finished on Saturday, but work was calling.  No time for writing or photography.  

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Ollie's Quilt

   Its been a long time since I have blogged.  School has taken over my life and honestly I haven't had too much time to write, much less craft.  Nine more weeks of school and I am hoping to have that time again. Project Quilting though is making me blog and quilt.

     The first project of the year is one I needed to get to anyway!  Just happens the first day of Project Quilting, My dear friend Wendy from High School delivered her first son, Oliver Benjamin Christmas!  I have been eyeing fabric for a while and had a pattern to go with it.  Well the pattern is unable to be located and I wasn't completely going with it anyway.  Yep, like most quilts, I don't fully go with the pattern and was planning to go in a different direction already.

     Since the theme of this challenge is "Hometown Proud", making a quilt for my hometown friend was just what I wanted!  I was born in San Diego, California and have lived in many places.  My current hometown though is Russellville, SC.  No real stores or even a light.  Just an awesome boat landing and post office are left.

     The fabric though matches the area.  The colors match the rural woods setting that is right on our local Lake Moultrie.  The biggest activities in the area are hunting and fishing (both things I love).  This is highlighted by the little deer prints on the tone on tone fabric. So the fabric collection just added to making it perfect for the hometown theme.  Its a Bella Collection pack from Pineapple Fabric Company.

     The block in the original pattern I was using for inspiration was the Shoofly block.  I almost changed this, but that hometown theme fell in mind again.  Being right off the lake and in a swampy area, the flies, may flies and mosquitoes are really bad. So I decided to go with the Shoo Fly block and add an extra name block!

     The blocks went together pretty quickly and I enjoyed embroidering my first ever name block!!

     I did a sashing around the blocks that matched my original theme quilt, using the precut strips and blocks in the fabric pack.  I wanted to do a multiple borders, but I just couldn't find multiple in the fabric selection I liked.  So I did only one.

     I couldn't decide how to quilt it.  As a boys quilt and the fact that I liked the basic lines of it, I did some straight line quilting.

     I did some extra lines around his name to stabilize the big blocks.

     Then I added some binding to match the center fabric and I was done!!!!

     Now to get ahead with my schoolwork so I am ready for next weeks project quilt!  Oh and photos are of the last day of our snow  In my 25 years plus in SC, I have never seen snow stay on the ground for 7 days!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Week one of Chickens!


   I bought 5 chickens last Thursday, March 2nd.  The weather for the last week has been warm during the day and cold at night, in the 30's and 40's.

     For the last week, we have kept them in Camden's Kennel on the back porch at the French doors with a heating lamp.  We covered the kennel with a towel each night to help them stay warm.  Every night, we changed the chux in the bottom and gave them new food and water.

     The guy at Rusty's feed said to try and feed them nothing but the chicken feed till they are about 6 months old and start laying.  They seem to be eating it well! In just a few days, I think they have doubled in size.

     I think Camden is playing mother hen with them.  She usually sleeps with us,  but instead she has been staying at the window by the chickens.  We even moved her pillow there.  During the day,  instead of going to the neighbors like usual,  she has been staying on the porch by the chicks.

     We have let a chick out to see what she will do.  She actually licks them and uses her nose to push them where she wants them to go.  It's kinda cute and I hope she stays that way.

     They are getting big so fast that Frankie pulled out an old raccoon cage for a safe new home.  Wade helped us put a light in it to make sure they stayed warm.  We added extra siding to box in the back and floor to help with warmth.  I then found a broken fishing pole and put it in there for them to use as a perch.

     They have been there a few days.  They are growing and look happy!  Will keep you updated on the adventure soon!

Quiltcon 2017 Day 2

 On Day 2 of Quiltcon, instead of my sister finding a spot to knit, She enjoyed the Quiltcon with me! We started on the opposite side of the building then I did on day one.  We looked at some awesome quilts and entered a raffle.

     We then saw the activities at the Cotton and Steel booth.  I made a quick lanyard and she made a headband.  Some of my favorite parts of Quiltcon are the activities!!   And I got a few pieces of  selvedge!! I love how thick the Cotton and Steel fabric was.  I am not sure if I own any of their fabric right now, but they definitely have a new customer!!  The machines they had at the booth were Berninas. I don't think I have ever sewed on one, but was instantly comfortable sewing (I don't want to fall in love with anymore machines)!

     While there I fell in love with the Oliso Pro Iron.  One of the ladies helping at the Cotton and Steel booth took me down to Augusta Sewing Center booth where they were being sold.  Since one of my 2 buying goals was a new iron, I marked one off!

 I also bought some Cotton and Steel fat quarters while I was there.

     Caught back up with Amanda, we then visited the ink and arrow booth where we got a cute free bag and a pattern. I fell in love with a purse they had there and knew I would hunt it down before I left.

     We then made our way into the booths, where I stopped at Villa Rosa designs and got some more fabric from her $1 every 6 inches bin.  This a photo of what I picked up there in two days of bin shopping. This is really an awesome selection of quality quilt store scraps.  I fell in love with the owner Jessica.  She is actually from the same area that my family is from in California!

After walking past several times and watching two demos on this ruler, I decided to buy the quick curve ruler by Sew Kind of Wonderful.

We did a lot of T-shirt shopping.  The first day I saw so many I liked and sent this text to Frankie.  I think Amanda and I will both get a bunch of smiles from our quilt sayings!

Amanda and I found this cool purse pattern by Aunties Two.  The guy at the booth had a quick demo.  We both loved it and I knew I could make one.  Never made a purse before, but there is always time for a first!  And maybe two!!!

Amanda looked at the bits of yarn they had and this awesome yarn bowl and then left and went for her peaceful Savannah time!

After watching another demo, on this awesome table runner, I had to buy the creative grids, easy curve ruler!

After buying the big ruler the day before I recieved the free little ruler as a gift.  And they included a guide of all the rulers that Creative Grids carry.

I fell in love on day one with these kits at the Craft South booth.  The kit includes a skirt pattern, elastic, ruler and enough fabric to make one.  I bought 2.  One for me and another for a friend who teaches at my Alma mater whose theme is the foxes!

I then sat down and ate my apple with some of my friends I met up with.  Across the table I saw my dear friend Nancy sitting with Alex from Aurafil threads.  I knew she didn't know who he was, so I interrupted his lunch and made Nancy take a photo!  She knows him now!

Here is the pattern for the purse that I fell in love with earlier.  I bought 2 extra of the kit layout.  Who knows,  Maybe I will make 3!  And the hunt for fabrics to use has begun!

I love this awesome bag I got from the Riley Blake booth! It represents the bright colors I like of their fabric collections!

I then found this awesome Kaffe Fassett fat quarter bundle!  I think I will make Amanda's purse from it!

And then I saw this Aurifil Thread that I loved that matches Victoria Findle Wolfe collection and I got that too.  It kinda matches the fat quarters I bought!!

I found this fabric set from Pineapple fabric that I think I may make my purse out of!  It has these little hidden deer in it!  Just a country girl thing.  Also 2 extra pieces of fabric at an awesome price.  I need to remember them.  All of their painters solid are priced the best I have ever seen.  The shelves full I saw yesterday are gone.

At the end of the day, I decided on this quilt pattern for the baby quilt that I bought fabric for!  I think I am just going to do the doe and buck.  Its all foundation paper pieced, so please pray for me!

     Just before leaving,  I stopped at the Quiltcon booth.  They were sold out of shirts my size, so of course I bought other stuff.  Including a Koozie for Frankie!

Sorry for these posts being so late, but having a photo loading issue.  One more Quiltcon post and I will be done!