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Sunday, January 08, 2017

Project Quilting Season 8


Happy New Year! Project Quilting Season 8 was launched January 1 with the challenge theme "8 is Great".  Here's my interpretation. 



I've been fairly obsessed with foundation paper piecing lately, so I drafted some simple blocks with 8 points or pieces. The exception is the star which I wonky pieced. The dots and funky shape are just for fun! This piece measures 20 x 17 inches. I got some good free motion quilting practice in, too. All the entries can be found at Persimon Dreams. I'm also supposed to add that I'm in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

I've only had a couple of other finishes since May. This is a quilt I made for our grandson. All the blocks are paper pieced and took me forever! But, anything for the little man.


Pattern credits: Whims and Fancies, Schenley P, Bubble Stitch, Forest Quilting and ProtoQuilt. The link to the rabbit pattern is no longer active.


This quilt was made for my niece Shelly's wedding. I found the tutorial at Tamarack Shack and used some of the Kaffe Fassett fabrics I'd been hoarding.



This block on the back of the quilt was made by my mom (my niece's grandmother). In the center of the flower I appliqued a circle from dad's overalls. Shelly and her grandma were pretty close, so I was happy to add that little extra hug.


I have one more project in the works and here's a little peak of that one. Be careful, Helen! Don't hurt yourself playing with that fly. #lazycat


Here's hoping for a year of health, happiness and maybe some more frequent blogging! 


Thursday, May 26, 2016

Hands 2 Help

Here's my offering for the Hands2Help quilt drive sponsored by Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict. Sarah always goes above and beyond to make this a fantastic project. I found this adorable and free (yay!) pattern at Craftsy by Katie at Swim, Bike, Quilt.  It was easy and fast which is a good thing since the deadline was looming and I had forgotten all about it. Menopause brain...that's my story. 



And the back...

I was able to pull everything from my stash, including a little Marcia Derse and Lotta Jannsdotter.

This quilt is going to the Happy Chemo project spearheaded by Emily at Em's Scrapbag.

I haven't checked out the rest of the quilts yet, but I have no doubt they're fabulous as always! See them here.


Here he is again... my favorite little man sporting what his mother calls an autohawk. The quilt in the background was my dad's baby quilt. Pretty sweet:)


Sunday, March 06, 2016

Project Quilting Challenge 5, Through the Eyes of a Child


The inspiration for this week's challenge is children's art.  I wasn't able to find any artwork from my daughters' days in school and this little man isn't quite ready for a paintbrush. (But, he has the hat!)

I can't stand it!

I could have borrowed an image from elsewhere, but that didn't seem quite right. So, I thought about my own experience with art 50 odd years ago and could only come up with one memory...the bean rooster.  You know the one. 

Something like this...no image credit available.

Someone's dad (quite possibly my own) cut out plywood rooster shapes and we were put to the task of embellishing them with a variety of beans. My 10 year old self hated every single minute of it. 

Anyway, this is my little quilty rendition of the bean rooster. It's raw edge applique adhered with MistyFuse and stitched with monofiliment thread. Totally more fun than the original!  

12 x 11 inches on funky IKEA fabric!

Go to Persimon Dreams to see all the creative entries and to vote. (For me, if you want...wink, wink!) I'm also linking up to Whoop Whoop Fridays at Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Show Off Saturday at Sew Can She. Thanks to both for supplying the link-up!






Sunday, February 21, 2016

Let's Go!

Project Runway Challenge #4 - "I Need a Vacation!" Due to procrastination issues, I needed a quick little project for this challenge.


"Let's Go!" luggage tag measures 14 x 9 inches. I even found a real buckle to add without taking apart anything we use. No danger of accidentally descending trousers. Here's the link for this challenge. There are always really fantastic entries!

I did a little grandson sewing.


The boots tutorial is here and the hat tutorial is here. Pretty easy and so cute! The quilt they're sitting on is also for him and needs to be finished. I have a quilting plan in mind so no more excuses!

We spent last weekend in Colorado visiting our daughter and son-in-law. She and I fired up the old Kenmore to do a little pillow sewing for her couch. Fun! 



I'm linking up to Whoop Whoop Fridays at Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Show Off Saturday at Sew Can She.



Sunday, February 07, 2016

Project Quilting Challenge #3 "Thread"


Project Quilting Challenge #3 is "All About that Thread". 
I very cleverly named it "Stitch"! 
(38 x 10 inches)

(apologies for running into the side bar>>>>)

The little quilt below that I pieced in 2011 would have been perfect, however, the project you enter needs to be made completely in the week the challenge is issued. 




So I made some new letters and thread spools and put it all together.




I typically like to hand sew bindings, but for these small projects, I've been experimenting with machine binding using the blanket stitch and other decorative stitches. That's some hand dyed orange...love it!


After looking at the photos, I may go back in and add some more quilting to fill it out a bit. 
Buzz on over to Persimon Dreams and see all the entries and vote if you are so inclined. I think voting opens this afternoon sometime.

In other happenings around the DJ empire, handy hubs (aka Dude) fixed a sewing table for me. I had all but given up finding a suitable table to cut a hole in, but made one more pass through Goodwill and there it was! It 's a solid wood computer desk with a keyboard shelf. After cutting the hole, he repositioned the shelf to make it the proper height for my machine. 


After fitting the cut out piece to go around the machine, it was ready to test drive with LOVE letters. I was on a letters roll.


Works wonderfully! I made two of these into wall hangings and sent them to our daughters. 








One more thing to share. This little man needed a bear helmet, right? (Pattern here.) Oh, those toes!



I'm linking up to Whoop Whoop Fridays at Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Show Off Saturday at Sew Can She.








Sunday, January 24, 2016

One Trip Around the Sun : Project Quilting Challenge #2

It's Project Quilting time again! My goals for this year are to beef up my free motion quilting skills, use fabric I already have and to push myself creatively. Challenge #2  is "Seasons" and although my intent was to stretch a little, I kept coming back to the predictable. So, here is "One Trip Around the Sun".


The center is foundation paper piecing with New York Beauty patterns found here. All the fabric was from my stash including many batiks and hand dyes. The diameter is 21 inches.

Winter is quilted with tiny mittens and snowflakes. Lori at The Inbox Jaunt has the cutest quilting motif tutorials.




Spring has a leafy vine.


Summer is quilted with a chain of flowers.



Fall is a beautiful orange batik and quilted with little apples in honor of our brave leader, Kim Lapacek, whose family owns an apple orchard.


And a peek at the back...busting the stash!



Thanks for reading! I'm linking to Project Quilting Season 7, Whoop Whoop Friday at Sarah's and Show Off Saturday at Sew Can She






Saturday, January 09, 2016

Let's dust this thing off...


Hello there! It looks like the old blog needs some updating, but for now, meet the new man in my life. He's so cute, he needs his own portrait quilt, right?


Since my last post (over two years ago...what a slacker!) we've acquired a new son-in-law, bought a house and were blessed with a grandson. I sorta like him.

We moved into our house about a month ago and I now have the space to resume a more normal sewing life. It's downright palatial compared to the RV we've lived in for the last three years! In celebration, I'm participating in Project Quilting again. (Thanks Kim!)

The first challenge is "Confetti". Our daughter and son-in-law revealed the gender of this cutie patootie by putting blue confetti inside black balloons and the grandparents-to-be and assorted others popped the balloons. Seemed like a logical inspiration for this challenge.

This little portrait started with a posterized photo printed on fabric.


An easy way to print on fabric is to use full sheet shipping labels like these:


Just press the label to your fabric, trim to size and send it through the printer.

That gives a nice foundation to lay out thousands of tiny pieces of fabric. Okay, maybe hundreds...a lot anyway.  It's similar to paint by number which is cool when you're not an artist. (Is that cheating?) I used a light coat of spray adhesive to adhere the fabric "confetti" and quilted it free motion style with clear thread both top and bottom. The whole process was actually much easier than I thought it would be which translates into more fun for me! Yay!




The link up for Project Quilting is here. Lots of nifty things to see. 

Thanks for reading this far...it's good to be back!

I'm linking to Whoop Whoop Friday at Sarah's blog and Show Off Saturday at Sew Can She