Sunday, March 17, 2019

Monday Making

11 down.....ONLY 25 more to go!!!

This "sally post floral sampler" is such a fun project.
I am enjoying each little 6" block of sweetness.

This applique quilt has me captivated right now.
The housework can wait.
The dinners can be haphazard. - PB&J anyone?
The laundry can pile up!

I am going to stitch.

What is keeping YOU from chores this week??
Link up and share.

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Next week I will be hosting the linky party a bit early.

It will be a TABLE MAT PARADE!!!

Please be ready to share a little quilt
that doubles as a centerpiece.
:)

The party will begin on March 23 and end on March 27.

I look forward to seeing LOTS of little table mats.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Monday Making

Those of you who visit here often know I've been working on table mats.
I am making 10 little quilts for an upcoming women's retreat.
They will be on the mess hall tables with pictures or flowers on top.

These are the last TWO!!!

I still need to get some of them quilted and bound...
but finishing the tops is certainly a WIN for me.
:)

When they are really ALL DONE
I will have a little table mat parade here on the blog.

I bet YOU have a table mat or two you could show off!

I'll have a little parade linky party in a couple of weeks.
How does that sound?


This week I'll work on finishing the table mats.
What are YOU making this week???

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Monday Making

I began ANOTHER applique project this week.
I am enjoying these soft pretty colors.
The pink and yellow scraps make a great COMBO!

The green is from a cotton sheet.
Sometimes I find cotton sheets at the thrift store.
They are an affordable way to boost your STASH.
:)
I will NEVER run out of that wonderful GREEN!


The pattern for these blocks came from sentimental stitches.
I have had the pattern for quite a while and am enjoying 
the applique.
(the pattern is called "sally post floral sampler")

I needle turn using the pattern as a guide ONLY.
The pieces I cut are very 'free form'.
:)

It is, friends, the stress FREE way to applique.
Does MY quilt need to look exactly like Sally"s???
Nope.


What are YOU making this week???

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Monday Making

I took a break on table mats this week.
I was happily sucked into a quilt along.
I haven't joined one of these for a very long time!
This one caught my attention.

I am hoping to brush up on my applique!
:)

This first block was a challenge for me...but...
I was like a dog with a bone!!
I couldn't sit still until it was D.O.N.E!!!

Now...I have to wait until Wednesday for the next installment.
I thought the second pattern would come out LAST WEDNESDAY!
Oh boy, was I disappointed when I found out I had the wrong day.
:/

While I wait I've been working on this old UFO.


The vintage dresden plates were all appliqued.
They JUST needed some sashing.

At first I thought I'd be sashing with one color
and using another color for cornerstones.
NOPE!!
This quilt was calling for SCRAPS!!!

I may add borders to top and bottom to make it twin sized.
Time will tell!
I'll let it simmer a bit.
What are YOU making this week???

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Monday Making

Meet Table mat number EIGHT!

My goal is ten...so the end is IN SIGHT.
:)

I've been having a little trouble figuring out what
COLOR, THEME or HOLIDAY to use as my inspiration
as I construct each one.
I want to have a nice selection for ALL kinds of tastes
since they will be auctioned off.

This time my scrap basket rescued me!

I was digging around in the scraps for ANOTHER project
and came across a few orphans that looked like THIS:
This example is a bit short...so it didn't "make the cut"
But I think you can get the idea.

I used ALL the usable triangles
to make the table mat.

It worked out beautifully!

I have no idea where these little leftovers came from
or WHAT the quilter was making with them.
But...
I DID find a way to piece puzzle them together into something
I'm pretty proud of!

Yeah!

What are YOU making this week??

I'm hoping inspiration will STRIKE AGAIN over here
and I can add that NINTH table mat 
to the STACK!!!


Sunday, February 10, 2019

Monday Making

Another week...
Another table mat!

Isn't this one sweet?
And it somehow ended up getting finished
the week of VALENTINES day!
How did that happen???

I made a similar table mat last year.
This year I made the hearts SCRAPPY.
The best kinds of quilts are filled with lots of SCRAPS!
right?


I also finished a toddler sweater.
This has been sitting in the TO DO pile for quite a while now.
ALL the pieces were done.
They just needed to be joined together and then...
The ribbing around neck and front button bands had to happen.

Just like quilts
Knitting has it's STAGES.
Sometimes the stage gets placed on PAUSE!

I'm always excited to finish projects.
That means I can DREAM and PLAN for the NEXT ONE!!!!

That's what I'm doing this week.
What are YOU making 
or
Dreaming about making???



Sunday, February 3, 2019

Monday Making

I am on a roll!
This is table mat #seven.
:)

I used Instructions from Temecula Quilt Co
One Block Wednesday quilt along going on now.

The black and white scraps are very striking!

This week I hope to begin another table mat.
My goal is TEN!

Maybe I'll try a Heart theme.....
SO many OPTIONS!



What are YOU making?


Sunday, January 27, 2019

Monday Making

If you remember THIS QUILT ......
you'll know where I got the idea and SOME of the scraps for my latest table mat.

I added a few more squares in the borders to make it big enough.
The red and green combo is one of my very favorites!
Maybe I'll bid on this one too!
:)


I have completed FIVE table mats for the upcoming retreat.
FIVE more to go!

I also finished a knit toddler sweater this week!
woohoo!!!

The pattern is called "diamond and bobble".
I found it on ravelry HERE
I imagine so many color combos
and KNOW I have plenty of yarn here to make quite a FEW!
If only there was TIME to make 
ALL we IMAGINE!!!
Right???

What are YOU making this week??

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Monday Making

I am making table mats these days.
Small little quilts.
Hopefully there will be 10 of them when April arrives.
:)
I make these every year for a women's retreat I attend.
They grace the dining room tables and the retreat goers bid on them.

So far, I have been able to use orphan blocks
in constructing them.
The orphans give me a jumping OFF place.
They get my creative juices going.


I DO love giving LIFE to these old blocks.
Leftovers from projects.....
Or maybe they were rejects.

They're BEAUTIFUL in MY book!


It gives me great satisfaction making something out of
"nothing".

This one even got the ROYAL TREATMENT.......hand quilting!!!!

What are YOU making this week???


Sunday, January 13, 2019

Monday Making

It's been a very GOOD quilty week.
:)

I made the first of TEN table mats
for a spring retreat auction.
I used four orphan star blocks and added the four patches
to separate them.
I love the scrappy FEEL of it.

I also brought this old vintage quilt home with me.
No one else at the guild meeting seemed interested.
Am I the only one that loves quirky simple quilts?
This one has that MAKE DO quality I adore.

Oooh! I love the exquisite handmade beauties too!

Then...
I finished this quilt top!

Yep.
It was a very GOOD quilty kind of week.
:)

Now it's time for a link up.
How will YOUR quilty week go?
Making anything??






Sunday, January 6, 2019

Monday Making

This is what I want to do this week.
Sit down.
Thread a needle...
And get ALL the leaves on this quilt!

Some are appliqued on.
Some are still flopping around under pins.
:)

The kids go back to school tomorrow
so....
There's HOPE!!!!

What are YOU making
or HOPE to be making this week?????





Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Call me Ms. Thrifty

My family will tell you my frugality is pretty extreme sometimes.
My thriftiness can be laughable.

I wash and reuse plastic bags.
Of course I do!
I clean and save all the glass jars...
It's getting crowded on that shelf!
I save plastic containers from fast food
to fill with homemade food when delivering to sick friends.
Why throw away perfectly good containers???
Plus....the friends don't then have to return MY pans.  :)

My daughter caught me reusing a piece of painters tape
with the word Spaghetti written on it to attach something else!!!
They ALL got a big laugh out of that one!

I try to reuse, repurpose, recycle as much as I can.


This little bag is an example.

I took my old zipper bag....
The one that holds the small essentials in my purse.

It was the PERFECT size.
The zipper still zipped!
But...
The bag itself needed an update.

Instead of making a NEW bag....
I covered the OLD!!!

Yes. I did.

Why make a new one when the old one was so perfect
in so many ways??

That zipper needed to keep zipping!