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

Monday, November 5, 2018

Christmas Ornaments 2018

For the past few years
my sister's family and mine exchange
Christmas ornaments on Christmas Eve,
while eating Chinese food at our mom's.
Some of us make our ornaments
and some of us purchase them.
It doesn't matter,
because laughter is always part of the evening.

Since we are into November already,
it was time for me to get my ornaments started.

I have a fair amount of wool felt and decided to use it for
this years ornaments.
Pinterest is a wonderful place for ideas!



 One niece loves butterflies.




I need to stitch the backing in place and remove the pins. :)
This one will be for either my mom or my sister.

 



This is the Sign Language symbol for "I love you."
I have a great niece and a great nephew
who will be receiving these.

 


There are a few more to make before I am finished with
this year's ornaments,
but I have started!
 
I'm linking to Design Wall Monday today.

Happy Stitching!

Friday, November 2, 2018

Knitting and Tie Blocks

With things being rather chaotic and MESSY
at my house,
I've been knitting more in the evenings.
It doesn't add to the mess that's already here.
After I'm finished for the night,
the project goes back into the bag
and clean up is done.

I started knitting this shawl with just one strand of yarn
and quickly realized that it would not work.
It was torn out and I started knitting with two strands.
This is much better!
 



 The cable and decorative stitching going down the side
are easy and fun to knit.
I think I'm about half way finished with this one.





Here is the link to this shawl pattern,
Anisah


On one of our trips,
I started knitting a pair of purple socks for my older daughter
with the tiny feet.
These are purple and gray,
but it's dreary here today, 
so the colors aren't showing in the photo.

 



This week I've been able to make more of the
Flying Geese blocks from the
recycled neck ties.

 


This quilt is coming together nicely!
 This will not be the final layout.
As the blocks get finished,
they are added to the design wall.

 


My friend had a couple of fun ties
and this was one of them.


Happy Friday
and
Happy Quilting!
(or knitting!)

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Where Did October Go?

Here we are at the end of October already!
Fall has arrived,
although the leaves in my area are turning
brown and falling off of the trees.
It's less than two months until Christmas
and then another new year begins.
YIKES!!

One day at a time, Ramona.
One day at a time.

My sewing machine has been quieter than usual these past couple of months.
We are having major work done on our house
and things are a huge mess.
I thought I would be hiding in my Hidey Hole more,
but my days are too disjointed.

One thing I have been working on is the challenge quilt
for the History of Quilting group I belong to.

This session's challenge is to make a medallion quilt.
Our leader gave us a pattern to use if we chose to, 
and I decided to use it.

The fabric choices took a bit longer
until I remembered that I've had some Christmas fabrics
in my stash for several years, just screaming to be used.

Out they came.



For the medallion I fussy cut birds from one piece of fabric
and began building from there.
It was suggested to add sashing in between the blocks,
but if I had done that, the birds would have been cut in half.
The medallion blocks are block 2.




Block 1



Block 3



Block 4






Block 5


 


Block 6

 


Block 7


Block 8
 (This block is my favorite one.)

I added the two grunge fabrics and the
light fabric with the lines to my stash fabrics. 








It's a busy quilt without the sashing,
but I like the designs and colors moving through the quilt.
I wanted the colors to show more than the individual blocks.
(I may turn one of the bottom middle blocks before sewing them together.)




Once the blocks are sewn together,
I'll decide on the borders.

 

It will be nice to have a new Christmas quilt to put out this year.
Hopefully it will be finished before then!

I am linking to Design Wall Monday.
 

Happy Quilting!



Monday, October 15, 2018

Tie Blocks 1/3 Finished

I am giving myself a
WOOHOO!!
today!
The neck tie blocks are 1/3 of the way finished.

It seems like it's taking forever to get these blocks done,
but I think it's because I have had limited time in my
Hidey Hole lately.

All is well and I am making progress.



The blocks will not stay in this arrangment.
As I finish them, they are added to my Design Wall.

 


I thought the cotton shirting I'm using for the sky
was a really dark blue,
Well, I had to order more and it turns out it's black!

 


The friend for whom I am making this quilt
(they are his ties)
is a very conservative person.
He did have a couple of fun ties, though.

I could not cut these two up to make the
Flying Geese.
 They are going in as rectangles.

 


Onward and upward!

I'm linking to Design Wall Monday today.

Happy Quilting!

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Pilot Stocking Finished

The other day I realized I had not finished the
Pilot stocking for my son in law.




I made this from a Bucilla kit, 
but instead of using the felt piece provided for the back,
I make a quilted stocking and stitch the finished front to the stocking.

As I was making the stocking,
I took photos to show what I do.



First I make a little quilt,
using fabrics that will coordinate with the
stocking on the front and the back.



This is the felt back provided in the kit.
I trimmed the edges to smooth them out
to make the binding process easier.
 The back was used as a pattern for the quilted stocking pieces.



I cut one side out first and then turn it over to cut the other
piece. This way the plaid fabric will show on the front and the back
and the dots will be on the inside of the stocking.




The stocking pieces were then sewn together,
polka dot fabrics (inside fabrics) facing each other,
with a 1/8" seam allowance.




This is what I have after stitching around the edges,
leaving the top open.




The 2 1/4" binding strips are cut on the bias
because of the curves and stitched to the front of the stocking.



The binding is turned to the back and machine stitched in place.



I use an extra piece of the binding,
folded in fourths and stitched on both sides,
for the hanging loop.



The loop ends are finished and sewn to the corner of the stocking.


After the stocking is finished,
I stitch the felt front to the stocking,
using an applique stitch.

Now we have a sturdy stocking that can be stuffed with
little goodies to be opened on Christmas morning.

You can see that the quilted stocking is a bit larger than the
felt front, but it doesn't really matter.
The felt design is the focus and the fabric is barely noticeable.

Now this is ready for Christmas!

Happy Quilting!





Monday, October 8, 2018

Tie Blocks Grow

This past week was a pretty busy week,
but I was able to get a lot done on the
neck tie quilt.

All of the ties have had interfacing
ironed to the backs
and the shapes have been cut out,
ready to assemble.



It takes a while to make each block
since they are paper pieced.
This is where having a sewing machine with an
automatic thread cutter would come in very handy.
 I don't have one. :(

 



I'm using the same fabric for the sky on each block...
a very dark blue shirting.
 Initially, I found a photo of a quilt like this on Pinterest,
not realizing that it was from a book called
I happened upon the book one day and ordered it.
There are some beautiful quilts in this book made from ties.



This combination is one of my favorites so far.

I haven't decided if I will just keep making these blocks
until I'm finished with them,
or if I will intersperse these with blocks for another quilt.
It took me over two hours to make six blocks yesterday.
Not my usual rate of production, for sure!

Right now I'll keep moving forward on this quilt.

I'm linking to Design Wall Monday today.


Happy Quilting!

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Tie Quilt Pattern Decided

A week ago or so I wrote a post about a new project
I was starting.
A quilt made from a dear friends' ties.
I debated over and over about the pattern to use,
perused the internet and Pinterest
and went back and forth.

Finally I decided on what I would do.
I am paper piecing Flying Geese.
(I know!! I know!!
I said I wouldn't do paper piecing again for a long, long time,
but these pieces are larger and won't be as
difficult to tear out.
Plus, with the silk fabric,
it's easier to get a more accurate block.
Remind me of this when I am cursing myself
for doing this again.)





Here are four blocks I made to make sure
I like the design.
I do!
I even like the one that isn't matchy, matchy.
There will be some of each....
color coordinated and those that aren't.

 

More pieces have been interfaced and are ready for trimming.
Now I need to make 86 copies of the paper part!

It's going to be a slow process,
but there is no deadline.

Happy Quilting!

Saturday, September 29, 2018

New project

A dear friend of our family
retired last year from a career in the banking business.
He wore a tie every day that he went to work.

After he retired, I offered to make a quilt
using some of his ties.




He delivered this duffel bag FULL of ties
a while ago.
90 ties to be exact!

 


It's taken a while,
but the ties are all deconstructed
and ready for pressing and playing.

 


I know what I want to do,
but am waiting for the interfacing to arrive.

Stay tuned!

Happy Quilting!

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Little Socks

For quite some time I have been knitting
children's socks from left-over yarn used to make
adult size socks.
One left-over ball makes one pair of little socks.




There are 19 pair of socks ready to be mailed to the
Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
 I sent some knitted items to them a couple of years ago 
and thought this would be a great place for my little socks.




The labels have the size and the
laundering instructions on them.





In this box will go two pair of mittens I made as well.
I don't enjoy knitting mittens as much as I enjoy knitting socks.
It's odd because they are easier.
It might be the darn thumb!

 
 


One of these little socks had been finished for a long, long time...
waiting for its mate to be finished, too.

 


That finally happened the other night
and Doodlebug put them right on her tiny size 1 feet.

Now to begin another pile of little socks!
(I have LOTS of left-over yarn balls!)

Happy Quilting!
(And Knitting!)