"Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor each morning, the devil says...."Oh crap! She's up!" Unknown

Friday, December 15, 2017

Pillows, Pillows Everywhere!

This year I decided to make some more
Christmas pillows,
primarily for myself, 
since I had just one.

Well....
pillows have been made,
And not just for me!

I've shared photos of the pillows
I've now given to some friends.



The five "Peace" pillows were given yesterday
to my friends in quilt club.
I have one more to finish for myself,
which may or may not get done before Christmas.


The other day I showed this photo of the
"Joy" pillows I made.




The letters were lost in the background of the pillows
and I wasn't thrilled with them.
Ann at Straythreads suggested I outline the letters in black.
What a difference this made!
Thank you, Ann!!



The letters stand out and can easily be seen.
These are ready to be given as gifts now, too.



A couple of weeks ago,
posted pillows she had made from dish towels.
Dish towels!!

Off to Target I went!
I found one of the towels she had used,
along with a couple of other towels as well.

Can I just say....
these pillows went together so quickly
and are just so cute!




 The towel for the pillow on the right was from the dollar section.
The one of the left was found back in the kitchen area.



As Sarah mentioned,
I took the bottom and side hems out 
and cut a 15" square from these.




 The backing is another kitchen towel.
This one came as a set with the "Peace"
dish towel.
I basically just had to cut the side hems off to get the
width for the backing.



Binding was from my stash.
I have two more gifts finished and ready to give.

And, of course, I bought this towel to make myself one, too!

This year has been the Year of the Pillow!
These have been quick and easy gifts to make
and so much fun!
 

Happy Quilting!
Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Finished Pillows

"The faster I go, the behinder I get!"

Does anyone else feel this way right now?
It isn't even holiday things with me.
It's all of the regular life things that still need to happen,
even though it's Christmas. 
I'm taking it one day at a time
and am enjoying the holiday season.

Yesterday I ran to get pillow forms so I could get these 
pillows finished and checked off of my list.
Four are finished and I have four more to go.




These have been really quick and easy to make.
There actually may be five more to make
because I'd like one for myself!



The letters were cut with the Go! cutter.
Quick, easy and accurate!


I did put zippers in the back in case the recipients
want to remove the pillow form for storage.

Onto the next batch!

And for those keeping track...
I have not even started clue 3 of the mystery quilt yet.
Maybe later in the week... we shall see.



I'm so excited!
My Christmas cactus is actually blooming at Christmas!
Woohoo!!

Peace to all today!
Happy Quilting!

Friday, December 8, 2017

More Pillows

On Monday, I shared a pillow I made for myself on my blog.
It went together so quickly
and adds a nice festive touch to my family room.

Well....
Tuesday I thought
hmmmm,
I could make several of these pillows for gifts.
I have all of the supplies except the pillow forms.
I don't have anything else that has to be made at this point.
It will be fun to share these with some friends and family.

Off to my Hidey Hole I went.
Fabric needed to be painted with Modge Podge.
(I used the Crafted Applique method for the letters and holly.)

So far five pillows are almost finished.


 I did run out of red buttons, so will be heading to the store.
The binding still needs to be sewn down
and the pillow forms added.

 


Pillows are a great way to practice free motion quilting!
The project is big enough to get some good practice,
but not too big that it is overwhelming.





I wish there was more contrast between the background fabric
and letters, but these are pretty.
 
 

I love the fabrics.

 

All of the painted fabric has been cut into letters, 
using my Go! Cutter and the Peace and Joy die.
There are enough words for six more pillows!
I better get sewing!




On another note,
my son-in-law,
who loves making things with his hands,
made a number of these glass pieces for their wedding reception
this past September.
They were on tables with votive candles in them.
He and my daughter gave me this one after the wedding
and I am thrilled to have it as a remembrance
of that wonderful day.



I knew I needed a flameless candle for what I wanted to do,
but, knew that I didn't want to be taking it out each time
to flip the switch on the bottom.
Then.... unbeknownst to me.... I found candles with a remote control!
At Tuesday Morning!
I had no idea they made such things,
but it's perfect for this!
AND.... it looks like a real candle.

Merry Christmas!

Happy Quilting!!


Monday, December 4, 2017

Peace Pillow

For the past couple of years
I have had a thing for Christmas pillows.
There are so many lovely designs
and I want them all.
Until this year I had one Christmas pillow.
Why I have not made more is beyond me,
but this year I hope to change that.




One pillow made!
(I need to buy the pillow form.)
A while ago AccuQuilt had their "Peace", "Joy" and "Love" dies
on sale for half price.
I bought them, thinking they would make pretty pillows.
This went together very quickly and was fun to make.
Hopefully there will be a few more festive pillows made this year.



Clue #2 of "On Lingo Lake"
was released on Friday.
 You can find the clue information here

I have all of the Flying Geese sewn,
but only a handful have been trimmed.

 

I used the "Essential Triangle Tool" method
for making my geese.


 These piles are waiting to be trimmed.
No matter how careful I am in sewing these,
they always need trimming.


Trimmed and waiting!

Today I'm linking to Design Wall Monday
at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts,
at Quiltville's Quips and Snips.


Happy Quilting!










Friday, December 1, 2017

Tea Cosy

A few weeks ago my mom asked for a 
Christmas Tea Cosy.
She's having some of her neighbor friends over for a
Christmas Tea
and wanted a tea cosy to keep the tea warm.

I found a pattern on line and went to work last night.

This was super quick and easy to make!
I used the Crafted Applique method (book found here)
to add "JOY" and the holly leaves.



It's finished and ready to deliver to my mom.
(Please ignore the mess on my counters. It's going to be cleaned today!)

 


I might have to make one for myself
since I am a tea drinker.

Happy Friday!

Monday, November 27, 2017

I Succumbed....

Last year was the first time I participated in a 
Bonnie Mystery Quilt.
While I love my finished En Provence,
making a quilt with 4 million little pieces
is not really my thing.
(I know... I exaggerate a bit. :D)
I had done it once and that was it for me....

Until I saw the color palette for this year's mystery.
Oh My!!


"On Ringo Lake" uses my favorite colors...
aquas, turquoises and teals!

And paired with browns, oranges and corals.
Sign me up!
My nine patches are finished.

Yesterday morning I had to go to early church and 
as I was driving out of my neighborhood,
the sky was an aqua/teal color and the oranges
and browns of the trees just glowed.
I am excited about this quilt!

Here is a link to Bonnie's blog,
Quiltville's Quips and Snips,
so you can see other peoples progress.



Progress has been made on my totally scrappy 
Reproduction quilt.
I have sewn almost all of my cut HST's into squares
and then 9 patch blocks.
There are only a few HST's left and they are all greens.


There were enough squares to make 45 blocks,
so 42 of them are on my wall here.

The blocks will finish at 10.5" square,
so this quilt will be 63" x 73.5".


(I had to stand on a chair to take this photo)
I'd rather not add any borders to this quilt,
but I wanted it a bit bigger.

 

Once it's finished,
this will be donated for a silent auction.
Thankfully I have until April to finish it!

I'm linking up to Design Wall Monday at
Small Quilts and Doll Quilts.

Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Dribs and Drabs

Wow!
I don't know where this last week has gone,
but it's Thanksgiving week!
And almost the end of November!
And almost the end of 2017!!
Yikes!

I've been putzing around in my Hidey Hole,
but haven't had a lot to show for it.
(Does anyone else say "putzing around"? 
My grandmother said it and my mom does, too.
I learned "dribs and drabs" from another blogger
a while ago. Phrases like these make me smile.)

Anyway,
my Hidey Hole LOOKS like there is a lot going on in it
because of the piles,
but that's just what they are...
piles.

One of the things I've been playing with is the box of
half square triangles I cut from all of my
reproduction fabrics.
It's totally mindless sewing...
pair up two HSTs,
sew,
trim,
press
and sew into nine patches.
 


I'm normally not much for scrappy quilts,
but I like this one.
The nine patch blocks were placed on the wall
as they came off of the pile.
Once all of the blocks are made,
I'll even out the colors that pop.



 Looking at something like this
makes me think about all the fabrics
we as quilters have at our finger tips.
These are just a drop in the bucket compared to
what is available.
 


This stack is ready for stitching.


While looking for a piece of Christmas fabric the other day,
I found a pile of HST's I'd cut from corners
making a tree skirt.

 

They are now little candle mats
or mug rugs.



Nothing fancy,
but they will add a little color to the table.






This my absolute favorite Christmas candle...
Fresh Balsam from Bath and Body.




Happy Quilting!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Metro Rings

This year we were issued a challenge in my
History of Quilting group.
We were to challenge ourselves to make or finish something
we've been putting off
 or to learn a new skill.
My challenge was to make a curved block.
I've been quilting for 15 years and have never made a block
with curves, except with hand applique.

A friend told me about the
Quick Curve Ruler
and I found a pattern I liked that used this ruler
and began to collect fabrics.

(After being folded up and in a bag, the top needs another good pressing!)

There were a lot of steps to making this block
between the sewing and cutting, sewing and trimming
 and sewing and squaring up, etc.




I found it difficult to get a consistent distance between the arcs
and the corner pieces,
but once the blocks were all sewn together,
they don't stand out that much.




I would use this ruler again and would
purchase one of the patterns again.
The directions were very detailed and easy to follow.

And I LOVE the turquoise and gray together!

Now I need to decide if I'm going to add a couple of borders.
I'm thinking of a solid gray stop border and a wider turquoise print outer border.
I'll need to go fabric shopping, though.
Darn!

I linking up to Design Wall Monday at
Small Quilts and Doll Quilts.

Happy Quilting!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Prepping...

It's been quite a while since I haven't had a quilt or project
that I needed to make.
The December baby quilt is done and the next one isn't needed until March.
I'm not making any quilts for Christmas gifts this year.
We've pared our list way down,
so there aren't as many gifts to get or make.
I do have a couple of quilts tops that need to be quilted,
but I'm not in the mood.

I'm taking this opportunity to prep some quilts to be made when
the mood strikes.
Reproduction fabrics are not my favorite,
but somehow I ended up with a cabinet full of them.

Last week I took the time to iron all of the fabrics
and roll them up,
ready to be cut.


 
I wasn't kidding when I said I had a cabinet full of reproduction fabrics!




At the end of last week I began cutting.
I have a Go! Cutter and, while there is a bit of waste
using this, the time saved is so worth it.


 

I decided what shapes I wanted to use,
cut the large pieces of fabric into smaller pieces
that would fit onto each die
and began to cut....



4 1/2" HST...

 

Flying Geese Parts



More Flying Geese Parts
for a different quilt

 

Pieces for Log Cabin blocks....
over 90 of them!

I have a few more pieces of fabric to cut and then that job will be done.

Now I have an empty cabinet!


You know I had to play a bit in between cutting!


One down,
who knows how many to go!



There will be a lot of these made, too!

Now to clean up my mess!

Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Crickets....

I am here, but am having internet issues.
The internet is very, very slow and photos won't load.
I will post again once this issue is resolved.


In the meantime...
Happy Quilting!

Monday, October 30, 2017

A Quick Table Topper

A couple of weeks ago a
friend gave me a charm pack.
A few days after that I needed something
mindless to do,
so I decided to use the charm pack
in a Cathedral Window table topper.




I cut some yardage into 5" squares for the 
"window panes"
and laid out the charm squares for the background.

After a couple hours of sewing,
I had this...


I didn't have enough charm squares to make it 
symetrical,
but I like it anyway.
A friend saw it over the weekend and loved it.
It is now on her kitchen table!


Mindless sewing is the best!

Here is the link to the Tutorial
in case you are interested in making one!

I'm linking to Design Wall Monday
at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts.

Happy Quilting!