Saturday, June 13, 2020

A finish and a treat

Hands2Help was a great success this year with over 117 quilters making quilts to share and well over 500 quilts made! I believe the numbers are still being tallied. Many vendors also supported the effort by providing gifts for those making quilts. Sarah has had the big job of getting those off to the quilters and my treat came this week with a sponsored gift by MODA :-)
A cute bag with some mini charm packs inside.
Thank you, MODA and thank you, Sarah for all the inspiration!

The finish this week comes from sewing up some beautiful fabric from Robin Pickens called Painted Meadow.  This fabric is so cheery to sew and I just plain had a wonderful sewing with it :-)  I chose a pattern called Twinkle by Sew Be It. I bought this pattern years ago and I'm sorry I couldn't find a link for it on the web. 
I modified the size of the pieces a bit so I could take full advantage of a layer cake. It ended up about 62" X 72".  Luke helped me a bit with modeling but even with cookies...he would not smile despite being a happy boy.

I love these big coneflowers and fat bumble bees. 
Hope you are all healthy and safe. Thank you for visiting!
Linking to Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

Friday, June 5, 2020

The second HOPE baby quilt

A finish of this second HOPE quilt (designed by Gudrun of GE Designs) was quickly done using some large freehand flowers for the quilt design.
The photo shoot however turned out to be more about Marianne =^..^=
She is doing so well these days I'm having fun with her.
We started out inside as she was still having her morning nap.

And on out to the porch

And a miracle happened with these quilts...I remembered to sew labels in!
So another fun year of Hands2Help is (washed and) in the mail and on it's way to the Little Lambs Foundation for Kids. Linking here to Confessions of a Fabric Addict for more quilty shares.

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Hands to Help and a shopping spree!

Welcome Hands2Help quilters! It indeed has been an odd year for all of us. My quilt sewjo was a bit strained for a while and sewing masks seemed to be all I could do.  I was rejuvenated watching the HOPE Quarantine Sew Along with Gudrun of GE Designs. I made a quilt for Little Lambs Foundation which I shared a couple of weeks ago.
And then I went on a little shopping spree :-)  Quilt in A Day sends emails out each day with special prices on certain items.  They posted a foot pedal pad by Martelli that caught my interest.  Hmmm, Martelli usually knows what they are doing....maybe I'll try that.  (Spoiler alert: it's awesome! My sewing machine foot pedal now stays right where I need it and this thing is easy to keep clean!) 
Then of course I started looking for other items to know, to take advantage of shipping ;-)  Some little needle threaders went into the cart, a strip stick for pressing seams, and oh my an Oliso mini iron!
and then...a Stripology Squared ruler! This all was quite a treat to get in the mail and I needed to start playing with the fun items.  So yesterday I cut and sewed another HOPE quilt using more of leftover Robin Pandolph fabrics.  I can't believe how many quilts I have made from these and there is just a bit left.
It is not sewn together yet but I will get this put together and quilted and in the mail with the other one this week.  It was such a fast, fun pattern to sew.
Thank you, Sarah for hosting yet another year of inspiration, tutorials and goodness! I'm linking this post to Confessions of a Fabric Addict for the Hands2Help 2020 Link Up. Go enjoy all the beautiful quilts!

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Straits and Emerald City Outside

I do not have quilt holders at present and it occurred to me that the only real large area I have for showing these HUGE quilts was my driveway.  Not an interesting backdrop but with the foggy skies we have this morning, I decided to give it a try. Marianne came out to help but was not really interested in posing. So for a finish in less than a year...I present my 2 Bonnie Hunter quilts that I started in the guild classes last June.
First class and first finished last September was my version of her Emerald City, Sage and Seaglass (named after the Kim Diehl fabric that I used for most of my fabric choices).


It was my second choice of the classes but became my favorite.

Next up is my Straits of Mackinac where I used mostly fabrics from Janet Clare's 'More Hearty Good Wishes' with a piece from 'Weather Permitting' on the back. With the whales and ships, a Storm At Sea pattern seemed fitting.  I purchased a fat quarter bundle of the fabric and then when the option to take Bonnie's Straits class came up, it seemed like the perfect fit. 
Though the pressing and finishing of this quilt about did in my desire to quilt (!), I'm happy to say I completed it and enjoyed some new choices for white neutrals that include the cute crabby fabric as well as some anchors and other choices. I have certainly learned a lot from making Bonnie's quilts that will hopefully inspire me in the future.

So we wish you a Happy almost end of May and pray you are all safe and healthy! I've been sewing up Robin Picken's Painted Meadow fabrics this week with all its beautiful cone flowers and fat bumble bees. Pictures coming after I've quilted it.
Linking to Confessions of Fabric Addict  'Whoop, Whoop Fridays'.

Monday, May 18, 2020

Hope and Hands2Help

With a little help from 'friends'...I think I got my quilt mojo back a bit. I have completed my Straits of Mackinac quilt and will have pictures soon, but in the meantime, Gudrun from GE Designs inspired me to quilt again.  May 3rd, she hosted her second Quarantine Quilt Along. The pattern was available for a small donation to a fund she was raising to gift to some charities local to her.  $35,000 was raised for her efforts! It was an all around 'feel good' event. She titled her quilt, Hope and it has indeed brought some!
I used florals from my stash that were Robyn Pandolph fabrics from years ago. It measures about 38" square and will go to the Little Lambs Foundation in Utah for the Hands2Help effort inspired by Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.
From her page...
  For those of you who aren't familiar with Little Lambs Foundation, it is a non profit 501(c)3 organization operating out of Utah which provides comfort kits to children ages newborn to 17 years old who are transitioning into foster care, emergency shelters or who have been hospitalized, by providing them with a little comfort in a bag.

This made me happy to sew :-) and inspired by Nancy at Peace and Grace Quilting, I tried to take some more interesting pictures of it :-)
From around my front yard...HOPE

I have continued to sew masks for neighbors and have been rewarded! I cracked up when I saw these...and they were very tasty too!

So thank you, Gudrun for a lovely and fun quilt along and pattern.
And thank you, Sarah for yet another year of inspiring quilts to comfort!
Linking here to Confessions of a Fabric Addict for quilt progress.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

April 2020

The center of Straits was finally sewn together and I started working on the border. This is a quarter of it, folded up on my ironing board. I think I finally realized how big this thing will be! 94" X 94"  Oh My!  Not sure I need quilts that big unless they are going on a bed somewhere. HA!

Then I put it aside and started sewing masks like so many other quilters.  Tried a few styles.  Hand fun sewing some kid size and one for a little girl's doll...who is named Elinor like my sweet black kitty. 💗💗💗 
I'm not very fast but I'm sewing them up for neighbors and truck drivers and grocery clerks.  My local nurses haven't been asking for them much yet.  But I'll be ready if they do.  So that's where I am...with my pup, Luke and sweet Marianne keeping me company while my hubby is busy with whatever he finds to do.
Ahhhh, what to say about this odd time we are living in.  I'm praying for the health and emotional strength for many...individuals, groups like those on the front lines, communities,...the world.  We are seeing sadness like never before as well as the heartening witness of some good and some very brave acts. We will all have the choice to grow during this time. 
"May our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who has loved us and has given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work."  2 Thessalonians 2:16,17

Friday, March 6, 2020

March 2020

Still moving kind of slow in the sewing department but look at this adorable picture of Marianne blessing my new quilt. She is doing fairly well these days and we are enjoying them with her. There's a peek of Luke sleeping in the living room, charging his batteries to go for a long run later.

One thing keeping me in the slow lane is pressing the Straits pieces.  I finally figured out a plan I can live with and am halfway through pressing and sewing the sashing to rows. It's not perfect but with some steam and my tailor's clapper that NeedledMom (Thank you, Mary!)recommended to me, I am slowly making some headway.  It's easy to find something else to do ;-)

Also in the very slow stitching department is my applique project.  This was to be machine applique but I didn't like the look so I'm doing the applique by hand. It is coming along but I'm not moving very fast.  I love Sharon's inspiration for fabric and design though so I will keep it going and hope to enjoy it finished someday soon. Here is one corner on it's way.
 We are expecting rain here soon on this dry, California coast. It's like anticipating a party here in Cambria. People get thrilled about the prospect of rain. :-)   I hope your weekend is shaping up with something happy in it.
I'll be linking this to Confessions of a Fabric Addict for the Friday shares.  Go check out the quilty inspiration.