Sunday, November 11, 2018

Monday Making

Whew!
It's finished.

I took a class from David Taylor last month.
A class sponsored by my local guild.
Taking guild classes is a GREAT opportunity to learn from
teachers around the globe!

Most of us chose this pattern and David gave us lots of great hints on applique.
I enjoyed the class and learned a lot.

But friends.....it's fussy.
I'm not fussy.
:/

The pieces SHOULD fit together like a puzzle.
Mine didn't.
I fudged.
I fudged QUITE a bit.
Shhh....
Don't tell.

Maybe I should teach a class on how to FUDGE!!!
HAhaha!!!
I'm pretty good at it.


I added some scrappy borders to the pillow.
Can you believe I didn't need to cut ANY out??
They were ALL there ready to go.
LOTS of BLUES in my 2 1/2" squares drawer.

Scraps to the RESCUE!

With Christmas on the horizon...
I was anxious to finish it!!!

Hopefully this week I'll get going on MORE HANDMADE gifts!

Link up and share what 
YOU are making this week!!!




Friday, November 9, 2018

weaving


My loom has been ALL set up to weave a runner
for a while now.

I FINALLY sat down and did it!
A wedding is on the horizon
and this will be my handmade gift!
:)


I love the blend of color these little runners give me.

As I weave, the runner is rolled up in the loom.
I'm never quite sure how all those colorful strips
will look together.
??????

I use leftover strips from quilting.
1"-2" wide.
ALL lengths.
Not uniform AT ALL.

 I enjoy the SURPRISE ending!

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Monday Making

The sewing room is my guest room.
It is SO nice to have a place to sew.
But....When there are guests...
That place of sanity is NOT available.

That's o.k.
I wouldn't want to be squirreled away sewing
when I have guests!!!
But...

The MINUTE my company left today...
I made a MESS.
The fabric came out of hiding
and I began a new LITTLE project.
Coasters!
(The tutorial for this coaster is HERE)

Need to begin all that Christmastime MAKING!!!

What are YOU making this week???

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Monday Making

This week I was able to add some borders to this quilt.
My daughter requested this quilt top
(made a few years ago)
when "shopping" in my PILE.
:)

I knew it needed to be bigger.
So....
VIOLA!
Borders to the rescue!

It is ALL sandwiched UP 
ready to be quilted!!
And..... I'M READY 
for a wrestling match!!!

That's essentially what it is FOR ME
when quilting anything bigger than TWIN size.
LOL!
What are YOU making this week??





Monday, October 22, 2018

Monday Making

One of my granddaughters turned ONE this week!!!
I know.
It happens SO FAST!

I really wanted to give my little one year old
something HANDMADE!
so....
I made her a dress.
A very simple dress.

I had an old vintage piece of linen
in my stash that was PERFECT 
for this pattern!!!

I LOVE the way it turned out.

I used this pattern as my 
"jumping off" place.

And since this little one lives far away...
It's a MIRACLE it FITS!!!

:)

What are YOU making this week???

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Monday Making

Not only do I have FABRIC stash...
I also have a YARN stash.
😐😉😉
And....
It has to be DEALT WITH occasionally.

I have to put forth some effort in DEPLETEING
all that yarn!!

All those little yarn balls have to BECOME SOMETHING!!!

This is my little effort towards that goal.
A little something.
A small move in the RIGHT direction.

I'm USING yarn
and not
BUYING MORE!!!!
haha

(This is a toddler vest I'm working on
similar to the one in this post)

What are YOU making???

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Monday Making

This week I will attempt to make progress on this old UFO
handed down to me.

The 16 dresden plates were sewn together...
but had not been appliqued.
I have finished six and today I was able to play around with CIRCLES.

What color will I use??
I also did some mock ups with some border strips.
Hmm.....???

Lots of quilty thinking ahead. 
My FAVORITE kind of think to THINK!

I am using 12" background squares.
A variety.

I fold them in half twice and press.


Then I center the dresden plate
and use a BIG stitch on my machine 
to baste it down.
Just two lines.
It's been working just fine.

I am doing needle turn applique all the way around the outside.

I will THEN go back and add the centers 
when I decide what color(s) I will choose.

I kind of like the mix of GREEN, BLUE, YELLOW
I have chosen so far!
:)
What are YOU making???



Sunday, September 30, 2018

Monday Making

I made a simple quilt this week.

A quilt FULL of scrappy strips is a favorite of mine.


I did add some bigger chunks....
just because.
:)

Some of these scraps go WAY back.

I ran out of the blue binding fabric and 
absolutely LOVE the yellow blue stripey addition there!



I broke one of my sewing "personal challenges"
and BOUGHT backing fabric!!
LOL!

Isn't it cute???

Yes...
I was tempted to buy a lot more!
I also finished this quilt this week.

After mending it
and quilting it
and binding it...
I have given myself an honorary degree.
HARD WON, mind you.

Some of you read last week's post.
I did NOT end up appliqueing the open seams.
I ripped a little and sewed a little
and fretted a lot.)

You can now refer to me as.....

"the QUILT DOCTOR"

This honorary degree is given after
many hours of repair using specialized equipment.
(seam ripper, scissors, sewing machine, needles, etc.)
It is earned after at least 5 quilts are
mended in a satisfactory way.
Satisfactory requirements state that the quilt must be USABLE.

These quilts never are quite right in the end.

Just like broken body parts...
there are scars.

But....they WORK
and they look ALMOST just right.
;)

I have mended quilts like this at least 5 times...
so I consider myself to have earned this
AWESOME degree!!!

I'm OFF to order a wooden sign.
I will have my new LOGO engraved on it
and it will hang PROUDLY at my front door.

:)

what are YOU making this week???



Sunday, September 23, 2018

Monday Making

Thank you for ALL your sweet notes of encouragement
and CARE this week!
My son had surgery Wednesday and it looks like 
after time heals his leg....he'll be as good as new.
Actually....he'll be Titanium strong!!!
He is teased by friends that he'll be SUPER HERO material!!!

This week, as I help him with this and that....
I'll be repairing this quilt.

My daughter put it together...
but found that some of the seams split open.
Any of you quilters know why???

;)

Yep.
Some of those seams just weren't quite 1/4"

Instead of taking it ALL apart...
I am going to applique seam binding or
packaged bias tape on the seams 
that need attention.

I LOVE her quilt
and am so happy to give a little help in getting it
DONE!

I love DONE....don't you????


What are YOU making this week???

Monday, September 17, 2018

Monday making

life happened.
Sorry no Monday making party this week.
Hope to see everyone next week🙂
My son had a little run-in with a vehicle 
Ouch!! 
I’m in waiting rooms doing some embroidery.
Nice to have that project bag “ready to GO!”

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Monday Making

I gave a quilt away this week.

I've had this one "ready to go" for quite a while....
but...
I wasn't ready to part with it until now.
It contains quite of few vintage fabrics
that I'll never see again.

I know.
It's silly.

I have SO much fabric.
Why fret about a CUTE little yellow strip of cotton??
with LAMBS on it??
That's only 1" x 5"???

I DO LOVE string QUILTS!!!

I guess I'll have to make another!!!


What are YOU making this week???

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Monday Making

This week I pulled out an older embroidery set of printed blocks
that I have had in the "to do" pile for a long time.

This is the perfect portable project!
I brought it along on a short trip this week.
I took two small printed blocks, 
thread, needle, embroidery hoop and small scissors.
(There are about 10 identical blocks to embroider)

During my little trip, I was able to almost finish ONE block.
:)

As I stitched, I thought about how nice some 30's fabrics would look with it.
And guess what??
I happen to HAVE some of those reproduction prints!
(what DON'T I have...LOL)

As I stitch I will think about quilt settings.
There are always HAPPY thoughts when I'm stitching!

What are YOU making this week???

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Monday Making

It is SO, SO nice to see the quilts I've given being used.
Ooooh! So nice.
Nothing, I think, makes a quilter happier
than when she knows her quilts are USED and loved.

The first was a wedding quilt for my older girl.
It's a Jacob's coat pattern that is ALL hand appliqued.
yes. It took me a long time to make it queen siZed!

The second is a wedding quilt for my second girl.
I pieced hexagons and then appliqued the edges onto a white border.
I really like the look of it on their bed and am happy BOTH quilts
are being used.
:)

I just finished this sweet little vest.
I loved adding the extra color to finish it UP
The ball of variegated yarn I had wasn't quite enough.
I think I'd like to begin another this week
JUST using my yarn stash and creating
a lot of stripes of color!!!

I think quilters knit like quilters.
Haha.
what are YOU making this week???

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Monday Making

I am working away on my amish snowball quilt.
One little 3 1/2" square at a time.
Each square has four little tiny triangles in the corner.

After sewing on the little triangles...
there is trimming to do.

There are NINE snowballs in each block.

My goal is to make 48 nine patches
There should be 432 snowballs in the quilt when I'm done.

I'm not even 1/2 way there!!!

Quilting takes a BIT of patience.
Just. a. BIT.
LOL


What a re YOU making this week??

Friday, August 17, 2018

Friday

This week I made a couple of lap quilts.

Happy color quilts!

I used the stash and the extra scraps.

I added some polka dots.

I dug around the scrap bin.

I did a LITTLE bit of measuring....
Not much.

I admired all that pretty color!!

********
The first quilt features a fabric line from Anthology fabrics.
It measures 50" x 62".

The second quilt features fabric gleaned from my scrap basket
which includes leftovers from various projects
and pieces from some discarded shirts.
It measures 46" x 49"

Both quilts were quilted with a diagonal cross-hatch pattern.
I used the blocks in the first as my GUIDE
and some painters tape as my GUIDE in the second.