Sunday, February 19, 2017

Charlotte Gloria and more

Sometimes I don't get a post done because I don't feel I have finished anything to share, and sometimes I don't get a blog post done because I am so busy.  Well I have been busy and I do have a few things to share. Okay so first up I have finished my second "Bag Lady of the Fat Quarter Club"  Charlotte Gloria. 

I got her done about a week ago but then I was trying to work on a few other things and hadn't pressed her to take a picture.  

I also got these little mug rugs done -  they look to me more like coasters but that was the size the guild wanted.  They gave us a pattern for a mushroom - but it had itty bitty teeny weenie little half square triangles.  So I fell back on my trusty applique.  

They are asking that we each make a few more by the next meeting.  This time we can use what ever design, picture, or pattern we want.  These are going to be given to the senior centers, and care facilities in the area.  This is also the guild that we made the Valentine place mats to give to one of our local Senior Living Facilities called Joshua Springs.  

The lady on the far left and the one on the far  right are from our guild and the three in the center are from the care facility.  Funny with all the ones that were made (75 I think) I see both of mine in this picture.  The second held one from the right and the pink and lavender one on the top of the stack on the table.  
Okay enough about that - 
Next  up the charity project for the other guild - Fidget Mats for Alzheimer patients (also at Joshua Springs).  The idea is to put things on them for the patients to touch and feel and - fidget - with.  The 3rd Friday of the month is our charity work day and with any group not everyone participates so on the 2nd Friday the Cottage owner and I put some kits together so it was easy to grab one and make one.  Well it went well a few people took kits home and will return one and those of us that each did at least a couple - so we got our 14 that were needed done.  Shhh don't tell the others so they'll still finish theirs and we'll have a couple extra.  :)  

The top one is made with fleece and the bottom one is made with flannel.  They both have pockets and zippers - but the bottom has a zipper that opens to another pocket.  

Along with this I have been working on my UFO for the month "Ruby Red Dot"  getting my 3 blocks done - still haven't found the lost one so going to redo.  Here is where I am at with it.  Block 11 done:

Block 12 - 1/2 done:

And the missing block prepped ready to re-do!- :)

And the biggest news of all is that I got 2 new  (to me) sewing machines.  I got a Janome 3160 to be my travel machine - and a Janome 7700 to be my home machine.  
I will show pictures of those later.  I haven't had a chance to try out my big machine - so that is on my agenda for today.  

I'll let you know how I do figuring it out. 
Have a Blessed Day

Friday, February 17, 2017

Fly Away With Me

I have been wanting to do one of these challenges for quite some time and finally I did it.  Yay!   Project Quilting theme for Challenge 8.4  is "The Brighter the Better".   So I did what I do - I looked all around for ideas for bright things and I even revisited some of my ideas from the last one I tried to do.  Well here is what I came up with. 

So once I made up my mind to do this, I picked out my colors. 

I traced out my pattern (which I got from a coloring page) on to fusible.  I first labeled each square with a number and color so I knew where I wanted to place it. I then cut out by color.

Using the picture under my background fabric I put the pieces together.

I changed a few of the blocks around after this picture to make it look the way I wanted it to look.  After everything was placed I did a tight Zig Zag around each block. Yes I changed colors a few times. 

 Then I worked on the reflection.  I first colored the reflection with some colored pencils.  Then used my free motion foot to do thread play.  And some ripples for water.  I did do some more coloring with the pencils to make the water a little darker and a little accent around the cloud above.  

Then to choose a border -  But as you can see from the finished picture above I did a scrappy border.  

I really had a fun time with this am am very thankful for the opportunity to challenge myself.  with it.  I am linking up to Project Quilting. 



Tuesday, February 7, 2017

One Monthly Goal

I want to link up to February's  One Monthly Goal at  Elm Street Quilts  so I am re-posting one of my goals to make it clear which of my goals I am doing for it.  

I am taking this kit to my retreat this month and my goal is to finish the top.  The fabrics for this are beautiful and the pattern picture above does not do it justice.  Here's a peak of the fabrics. 
 I spent a little time the other day getting it cut out so it is ready to go. 
So that's my February project for - 

Thanks for the chance to link up.  
Have a Blessed Day!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Hexie Eggs

Not a lot to show for the day - however yesterday I did get the top of this little Easter Runner done.  The binding will be the same blue as the inner border.  This will be used for a workshop in March for the SNR guild.  

Today I want to work on getting it quilted and then start my Sweet Tweet bird block if I have time.  We'll see.
Have a Blessed Day!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

No Texture

Persimon Dreams hosts a challenge every few weeks called Project Quilting.  You get a theme and have a week to create a quilt. Then you blog about it and show your creative process of getting to the finished quilt. I was looking so forward to doing one of the challenges. So on January 29th the time came for project #3, I was all set and ready to go.   The theme was  "Texture", not just from quilts, look around and what do you see.  Well I immediately got an idea of doing something with the cactus we have in our front yard.  I have always loved the pods and fuzzy stuff that grows on it. 

 Then on that day we took a little drive to a neighboring town and so I was keeping my mind open and snapped a couple more photo's of stuff.  This brick wall sparked an idea of doing a Koi pond. 
And So I was looking for pictures of Koi. 

Then since I was having trouble getting that to work the way I wanted I teetered back and forth and thought maybe I should do the cactus again - but found out another lady I know that does these challenges was doing a cactus - so that was out.

Next I looked into this book my friend gave me - some day I definitely want to do some of her work.... 

These pictures don't really show how wonderful her work is, but it is very 3 dimensional.   But that didn't seem to work in my brain either 

Then I thought about Star Fish and Coral Reef, that has texture.  So I started looking for pictures of that and wondered how I could make that work. I had some good ideas of how to do it - but as time was dwindling for the week - I again tried to be realistic and just say no. 

Then - Deadline in 3 hours - my brain still wanting to participate - Honey Comb.  Again I go on a search for pictures.  

And through this whole process each item that came to mind, there were also corresponding thoughts of items in my sewing stash that I could use to make these items come to life.

But no - I just have to say No.  I can not create and complete a whole little quilt including binding in less than 3 hours. So NO Texture, however if nothing else this week, I've taken notice.  I've become more aware of things being 3 dimensional not just there.  Project Quilting is supposed to spark creativity in us, and though I don't have anything to enter in the contest, it accomplished what it was meant to.  
Now I'm going to go sew something - and wait for the theme of the next challenge.
Have a Blessed Day!   Lynn 

Friday, February 3, 2017

Cabin Fever Blog Hop

Lilly Pad Quilting (Blog) is having a Blog Hop for Cabin Fever and a Give Away.  You can read all the details on how to enter for yourself by clicking on the name above, or click here.

She had one of these Cabin Fever Blog Hops a few years ago and we were having a really bad snow and ice storm in Oregon at the time. I live in Arizona now but our Children and Grandchildern still live in Oregon and they are getting hit with lots of snow and ice again. So lets get on with the Cabin Fever Party.  Snoodles at Lily Pad Quilting was wondering what everyone is up to while we're waiting the winter weather out. 

I'm working on my UFO's, however I'm also working on a few new things too.  With my UFO's I have some I'm doing monthly and some I'm working on all year long.  

Here is a UFO that I want to work on off and on all year.  Bertie's Through the Year.

Then for a monthly one  - in February I want to work on Ruby Red Dot. 

New this year are the Bag Ladies of the Fat Quarter Club.  There are 12 wonderful pre- printed, pre-colored embroideries.   You can get these from Chickadee Hollow Designs and if you mention Barbara from Catpatches and you will get a discount.  Barbara is also hosting a FB page and a Link up each month on her Blog.  Click her name above or here.   
Cat Patches
Meet Ernestine - Ronnie Lyn

Next meet Charlotte - Gloria

I have given them alternate names, you can read why in this post here

Also new I am starting a new quilt kit that I got at Christmas time. 

I think it will go together pretty fast and easy and am hoping to have the top done during a retreat I am going to this month.  
Also new - I am designing a block to be taught at one of a guilds. I will be using a combination of 3 different applique types within the one block. Here is the sketch of that.

Also new I am doing a block for a quilt that will be raffled off.  I will be doing this needle turn applique.

and if all of this isn't enough to get me through February - I've got mug rugs for Charity that need to be done and plenty of quilt tops to quilt.  

That's what I'm up to - What about you?

Thanks so much for stopping by and please don't forget to go back to Lily Pad an check out what everybody else is doing.
Blessings,  Lynn 

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

UFO # 8 Ruby Red Dot

I saw a comment in the UFO buster that said something about being afraid of what number was going to be picked because they weren't sure they were ready to tackle some of the UFO's that were listed.  It was funny - because I can relate.  I think sometimes that's why the UFO's become or stay UFO's.  There is something about them that we are dreading.  Either we  feel somewhat intimidated by what needs to be done to finish it - or we may be bored with it.  I have a friend that will make huge beautiful quilts.  She does paper piecing, applique and has a long arm machine and quilts her own quilts, however she hates putting borders on. She has given away quilt tops because she gets to the border and doesn't want to do that part.  LOL
Well enough of that -  Here is my next UFO to work on  #8  On my list,  #8 was TBA. I thought it would get picked later in the year and I could use it to finish up something that I wanted a little more time with. So now I need to pick something.  Okay here we go..... Ruby Red Dot.
I am picking this one  for three reasons. 
1. I did not have it on my UFO list at all last year and since it is already on there for 2 months that gives me 3 months to get it done. (unless I change one of those to TBA)  :)  
2.  It has a balance of piecing and hand work, means I could possible take it to the retreat and get sashings, corner stones and borders pieced. 
3.  Since I have 3 other goals this month that include mainly hand work (which I love) I needed something that was not only hand work. 

Here is a picture of the quilt from the pattern book

Here is my Beginning Status:  Blocks 1-10 done, and blocks 11 and 12 are prepped.  (notice bottom right corner) 

However do you notice an empty space - Hmm me too.  I don't know what happened to that block. I remember doing it.  Oh ya - and I actually see it in the picture below.  (2nd down on left) - I need to find it.

So my goal is always to make progress.  But in my effort to push myself a little more this year to get things done, I'm trying to be more specific with my goals.  So here goes.....
Minimum Goal: 
Cut out all pieces for friendship stars and sew together 10 of the 20.  (Excluding the red wool dot in center)
Cut red and green strips to make the sashing between stars. 
Finish blocks 11 and 12.  
UFO Bonus:  Redo block 8 if I can't find it. 
                      Sew red and green strips together and sub cut into the 12 1/2" pieces
                      Sew remaining 10 friendship stars together.
Wish me luck and have a Blessed Day!!