Saturday, January 30, 2016

The End of the Blues!

Well, this is the last link up for January to the RSC (Rainbow Scrap Challenge) hosted by Angela at soscrappy. I thought I was done last week with all my blocks, BUT I found another one that I added to the list! I made a total of 29 blocks for the month!


This is the new block- Rainbow Twist. It is a 16" finished block. I will be using the same black/white print for the background in all of the blocks.

So here is a review of this months blocks:

12 String blocks

3 That Thirties Thing Blocks

4 Centennial Blocks
6 Pinwheel Blocks

1 Flower Block

Today I spent over 5 hrs hemming hubby's pants!! I hemmed 2 coveralls, 2 sweat pants, 2 cargo pants, and 4 pairs of jeans!!!
Earlier this week I made a card and a pair of earrings for our nieces' birthday.
I still need to practice making loops!

And I finally made some design boards (10) from Lori (beeinmybonnet) Holt's tutorial. I didn't use hot glue nor did I stitch up the 'binding'. I just folding the binding and pressed real well to have a crisp fold and use Aleene's Fast Grab tacky glue. I love Aleene's Quick Designer glue to glue EVERYTHING, but it is no longer available, so I tried this one and it works just as well as the Designer glue. I'm happy with the way they came out and have already put a couple of them to use!!

So that's it for this week. Linking this post to soscrappy. Be sure to check it out.

...........Sew till next time.........



Saturday, January 23, 2016

A very productive week

I hope I can keep this momentum all year!! I have so many things on my to-do list and I feel I'm off to a great start!!

I will be linking to SoScrappy for the RSC today, so be sure to check out all the blogs posted there, as well as Angela's, to see everyone's progress this past week. I am done with my blues for the month. Not to say I DON'T have any more blues, just that after making my 26 blocks, I have to move on to other projects!!

I made the Blue Flower block this week. Connie, at Freemotion by the River, has the free pattern and tutorial. I thought about making 2 per month, but decided one was good!! I hand appliqued the flower and am happy with the way it turned out. I will change the flowers a bit in each block that I make.

Well, I added a couple of other blocks to the challenge! I need to put blinders on because I want to make everything I see!! I started out making 12 8" strings blocks, then 6 9" Pinwheel blocks and Connie's 12 1/2" Flower Block. I added That Thirties Thing from Quilters Cache in order to use up more strings!! I made 3 this week.

Each block is 4 sections and it is paper pieced.



Then I found Centennial at Wombat Quilts. This is the cutest 6 1/2" block!! I stopped at 4!!! This is also paper pieced.

And here they are on point!

Aren't they the cutest!!

I tried to print out the patterns using telephone book pages. Please, don"t try this at home!! What a mess!! I got crumpled paper with ink ALL over!! I had a super large tablet of blank newspaper paper, so I cut those down to use. And I also used some artist tracing paper. Love that stuff. So easy to tear off.

Oh, and I'm not done yet!! I made this for my nephew's truck for his birthday.

It's a bag that holds a plastic trash bag!! I found it here. Sorry, I was in a hurry, so I didn't get the best pics!!

That's it for this now. Thanks for stopping by!

........Sew till next time.......




Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Trying to play catch-up!!

I was a bad blogger last year. I started AND finished so many projects and never wrote a word about them. So now, I will be playing catch-up!!

I'm sure many, or all, of you have heard about the Row By Row Experience that was going on last year, from June to Sept., nationwide and in Canada. I won't go into detail, but but you can check it out here. It was a lot of fun collecting row patterns and some kits. I went to a lot of shops and I wanted to support each and every one that I stopped in to. So if I bought the kit, I TRIED not to purchase anything else, but if I wanted just the pattern, I bought a couple of fat quarters and maybe a notion or 1 yd of fabric. Well, that was my thought process until I got into the shops!! I ended up with way more fabric than I planned!! I just wanted to help do my part in keeping them in business!!

Anyway, my daughter, the teacher (not a quilter) went into shops also and got some rows and kits for me to make for her!! She wanted each row made into a separate quilted wall hanging. I finished the first one in November!! It is a row from Portland, Oregon! You'll be able to read the info I put on the label. I started this while on a 3 week trip to Lancaster, PA. I brought "Peachy" with me and she was a hit with the hotels cleaning ladies!!

My 1950 Featherweight is in there, but I forgot to take a pic!!!
Starting bridge construction. I did hand appliqué.

Almost done! The trees are paper pieced.

It's all quilted and ready for the binding. I always bind my quilts by sewing the binding on the front side and then hand stitch to the back.

It's a finished wall hanging! This was made from a kit.

I made a strip pieced back with a corner label and hanging sleeve.

Here is a closeup of the label.

That's one row down and I didn't count how many to go!!! All the patterns and kits are in a 12"x12"x4" box. And it is full!! I do have 2 more almost finished and will be posting them when done.

Did you catch the Row by row fever last summer? If so, did you make a quilt from them? I would love to see yours!

Linking to Freemotion by the River.

.......Sew till next time....



Saturday, January 16, 2016

I'm joining in......

......the RSC (Rainbow Scrap Challenge) 2016 at SoScrappy. I have wanted to do this for at least 4 years, but never followed thru. I've seen so many beautiful quilts come out of that challenge, so it was time for me to jump in with both feet!!!


I started looking for blocks in Dec and had to whittle the 10 I found, down to 3!!!

My first choice was to make String/Selvedge blocks. This is what I have to work with! This closet is in our office and half of it is filled with my fabric overload!


These bins are STUFFED with strings and selvedges! I wash EVERY piece of fabric and cut off the selvedges before it goes in my sewing room!! I have got to get these bins under control because I refuse to get rid of them!!! For the last 3 years I have been making a Selvedge quilt to donate to my daughter's school (she's a teacher in Hillsboro, OR) for their Outdoor School Program and it has not made a dent in these bins. But I keep trying!


So this week I made 12 blue blocks. And I only took a pic of 4! Oh, well, I'll show them all off next time! These are 8" unfinished and I am using my favorite paper----old phone book pages!! Thanks Bonnie Hunter!!



The next block I found on At the Corner of Scrap and Quilts. I still don't know the name of it. If anyone knows, please enlighten me! I drew it up on EQ7 and I am making 9" blocks. Made 6 of these blue beauties this week. I just love this block. Be sure to check out Chantal's blog. She just put her quilt together and it is amazing!!

Here are my blocks for January.


The last block I have chosen to do this year is from Connie at Freemotion by the River, her Flower Block. I haven't started that one yet, so hopefully will get it done by the end of the month. I plan on making only one a month, but I may change it to 2. My total blocks now are at 19 a month, so what's one more!!! I told you I jumped in on this challenge with both feet!!

I am linking to SoScrappy. Take a few minutes to check out the other blogs and you might get hooked too! till next time.......



Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Allietare is a TOP!

Well, that took longer than I was hoping, but it's finally a top!! I hope to get it quilted this year, but for now, it's not that high on the priority list.

I LOVE this quilt. And it's made entirely from my stash!

Thanks to Bonnie Hunter for another great mystery! I don't know how she does all that she does and still finds time to do this mystery for her blog followers. She is a powerhouse!

I am linking to Sew Fresh Quilts.

UPDATE: I am linking to Quiltville for the final, I think, Linky party!! Be sure to check out the others. Some real beauties! Thanks again, Bonnie, for a great mystery!

........Sew till next time......



Sunday, January 10, 2016

My word for the year is.............

.........PRODUCTIVE. One week into the new year and it just came to me. I was just reviewing my planner and found that I only worked on Allietare, Bonnie Hunter's Winter Mystery, despite making a list of the other things I wanted to get done this week. I will continue on Allietare today, but tomorrow I will start on a small sewing project. It's a birthday gift and I am already a few days late with it. Plus, I wanted to make 3 different blocks for the RSC 2016 and start on the 365 Day Challenge!

I will check back next Sunday and let you know how "productive" I have been. Have a great week!


.........Sew until next time.....


Thursday, January 7, 2016

It's all coming together........

.......until I realize that I am 2 blocks short! How in the heck did that happen? Guess I should have counted them!!!

I am very happy with my color choices. I will get the 2 blocks made tomorrow, then start sewing the rows together.

.....Sew till next time.......



Tuesday, January 5, 2016

It's been way too long :-((

Why can't I get in the habit of posting on a regular basis? I sew at least 5 days a week, therefore I have a lot to show, but I just don't make the time to post. That has got to change this year. The reason for this blog in the first place, is to have a record of what I make!

I have been busy with Bonnie Hunter's Winter Mystery, Allietare. I love this pattern! Here are my first 2 blocks. I changed her red for my purple and her gold for my orangey gold! And my gray is much darker than hers, but hey, it's all from my stash, so I just went with it!! I am sewing the rest of the blocks together today, so hopefully have a completed top in a few days.

I am linking to Freemotion by the River. Check out Connie's site to see more projects.

............Sew till next time.........