Sunday, January 21, 2018

I need to gather the strings


I was surfin one day   I know I was being productive LOL  and I FOUND THESE
OH MY  I fell IN LOVE.........
cant you see a bunch of them?  apples and pears and pumpkins and green peppers
all hot pads for the kitchen and out of scraps
yes THOSE VERY SAME SCRAPS THAT I DIG OUT OF THE TRASH
FROM AH HEMMMM   SOMEONES HOUSE THAT I WONT MENTION hee hee


I LOVE THESE  no pattern is given but looks simple enough
take about a 10-12 inch square of batting
string piece using flip and sew method and quilt it
make a brown loop to hang and for stem
applique a leaf
cut out shape (apples and pears are easy to draw)
sew backing    flip and sew edge   voila~
check out her blog using the link below
Karen's Korner









https://pksmokey11.blogspot.com.au/2018/01/apples-and-pears.html




Saturday, January 20, 2018

any ideas for a border?

I know.........borders can be tough

I would like to turn this into a wheelchair top
it has a dark almost forest green color and some
rusty red and golds and browns in it
and I think a blue too
should I get solids?
try and mimic one of the inner borders?
turn it on point again?
what would YOU do?
it measures about 18  inches now  give or take




My friend and yours, Jacky, is making some
pouches kinda like these only hers close with a flap
so you can carry in your purse
for teabags
or equal sugar packets

aren't they the cutest?




and don't be calling the ASPCA on me
if Dunkin insists on going into my sewing room
he may as well be useful

his quarter inch seam is impeccable!  lol


Friday, January 19, 2018

any knitters out there?

do any of you knitters have any great patterns
to share?
I am a beginner  (scarves are my friend LOL)
but I would like to use up some of my yarn stash

the cotton yarn I have made dishcloths and will 
continue as I love them and use a different one
every day

but.............for my other yarn
some hats maybe?  or small projects that take one skein?

know of any good patterns?  trying to use up that stash too



I will also have to draw out this truck for my
Christmas mug rug for next year

how fun will it be in Nov to find one of these 
already done and ready to use
in my gift box LOL

hey, when I make mine you will be jealous.........
I just know it haha


Thursday, January 18, 2018

remember this?


I had played with some 3.5 inch squares one day
and then put them away
I had rows of them sewn
2x2   4x4  8x8  etc


I pulled them out of the tin and played some more
hmmmm
if I sew 12 of them it is 36 inches
the size  I need for wheelchair quilt


Dunkin supervised
and I made a top 12 rows x 12 squares
and all was good


THEN  a EUREKA moment!
take a look at this panel
yes.the squares mimic the background quilt LOL



so I cut it up to 12.5 and sewed on  a border of the squares

I will add more until it is the 36 inch size I need and there will be a wheelchair quilt
that co ordinates with the other  one
for man and wife?
two close friends?  

I like it........mindless but productive sewing..........


Wednesday, January 17, 2018

did anyone do this?


at Christmas time I gave everyone a little gift
but the trick was you had to make it yourself  
LOL


anywho, I started it in earnest
but in the shuffle of the holidays my pieces seem 
to have been lost

maybe they found a cute
UFO to hang out with
who knows. 

but I would Love to get back to this and finish one

just ONE
I envision mine with those battery pack lights and hanging on the door

what cha think?

wouldn't a black or navy background with a white or silver wreath be neat too?

oh the possibilities.............

Or four of them as the center of a quilt

what color would your wreath be?


Tuesday, January 16, 2018

cats and quilts

Phoebe is waving to all my friends in blogland.........



so is DUNKIN   the copy cat lol
of course treats were involved

cats love quilts
and this one is Dunkins
it is just a scrappy string quilt
tied and has been washed a trillion
times and still looks good





and Phoebe picked this quilt when we were 
making them years ago for the nursing home
she took it out of the box THREE times
each time I washed it and put it back
after round three I said ok it is yours girl!


and as you can see she loves it
the vet laughs as she has it in the carrier when 
she goes in for her checkup
spoiled? not MY cats LOL


this is a top I need to find
I had started it as an Easter wallhanging
with Bugs and some eggs on it




love the basket fabric
need to decorate the eggs a little I think



this guy likes baskets
and hiding in them
booger

Dunkin that WAS clean laundry
(stomping foot with folded arms)


and my Phoebe has even enjoyed
a quilt magazine or two
I kid you not
she sees me look at them and then
she stares at them like this
not knowing how to flip the pages

maybe just maybe I can teach her to sew?


Monday, January 15, 2018

I guess I like brights

I guess I really need to clean more
find more of these and order zippers
and put them in the gift box 


And take these and make them to size for wheelchair
quilts



see? I have a whole tub of the rows already done
too
I think the problem was that some on the ends 
go a different way than the others
so I stopped  

grrrr


this one is lurking too
and is probably a fast top ready to put together
for wheelchair quilts



and did you start the quilt along with Pat
last year?  yeah I did
but when she started with different size
blocks I stopped
I have 4-5 blocks done
so need to make them into something


this was also a day of play
love the butter yellow


and more color play



3 1/2 inch blocks I played with too



and fiddled with blocks from a book just because I can



leftovers from granddaughters quilt
once I added the white I needed less blocks
so now can make them into something too



along with some panels for fun that I need to use up

I think I have my work cut out for me
at least the stuff I am finding is partially done
so hoping to get some fast finishes like the pouches
into the gift box for a good start to the year



Sunday, January 14, 2018

staying cozy and busy

I was gifted some chocolates
this holiday season
in those fancy schmancy tins
LOVE THEM
I have about 10 or so of them and each one
is fabulous to hold a project together
pattern , pieces and sewn block
keeps me  uh hmmmm
organized haha


I have two that are empty that need 
a UFO project put in
so that I can just grab one and finish it


in the meantime I will be cozy by the fire



knitting away 
this scarf is so so fun   the color changes are fun to see
some are color blocks 
and other sections there is one row only
of a color within the color block

so interesting to keep knitting with it
started out beigy
and now is bluesy
and on the skein next is a rosy color

hoping that it will end on the beigy tone again
we will see

only time will tell once
the scarf is done...........


then into the gift box it will go
are your hands idle?
what are YOU making?


Saturday, January 13, 2018

how do you celebrate Valentines

do you make heart shaped coasters?


or quilt blocks? or a quilt?

do you send flowers?

or make a special mug rug?


or a doll quilt for a granddaughter?


or make a favorite meal?

I am looking for some Valentine ideas for hubs and also
daughter and family.

anyone have some cool projects they do 
or have seen?




Friday, January 12, 2018

I may need to regroup again


remember when we were making these for Colette?
well I need to get out the directions again
and make some for a small quilt top
I love these and they worked up pretty fast
and Valentines is coming up
just sayin..........


found a few more of these hanging around
may add some for the pieced back
and then take the others to make a wheelchair
lap quilt


and these panels are PERFECT to use up
in a wheelchair quilt
center it and pull the colors and make borders
why didn't I think of that before? 
how cute would this be?  for a woman

and how cute for a man?
I think I am seeing a pattern here to clean up
some things

I can combine scraps from our quilt show haul
and make these into the small size needed for the 
wheelchair lap quilts



gotta find this one too
it may be the size I need   
this too was from a day of playing in the 2 1/2
inch squares box 
then I cut up a couple of red fat quarters
for the spacer blocks



what is lurking in YOUR sewing room?



Thursday, January 11, 2018

wouldnt these be cute?

wouldn't these be cute as potholders
for the nieces?

I think I like them
and should make some for little gifties

maybe a pink one for Valentines Day?  
or fav color ones for birthdays?

hmmmm  
something to ponder........

I think I would make the 6 inch size and then
add 1 inch borders to make an 8 inch size

Jackie these would be cute for your craft box to sell
just sayin..........

also chickens, strawberries, sheep etc

oh my.............I see a squirrel

but I cant chase it!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

sewing got done a little at a time


gotta find my tin of these
I have some partially done and just need zippers
**update**
four of them are done
a pink and red one
a black one
black and pink one
and a beige one
I ordered some zippers to help finish 
some others too






this guy can sleep anywhere I think
he made a batting bed while I sewed LOL


and monkey see monkey do
LOL



I was looking for this block
as it is the block I need to send off
but forgot..............

I HAD MADE IT INTO A ZIPPY BAG
AND GAVE IT AWAY

I have 8 to send off so that's ok

what hare YOU made so far in 2018?