Friday, January 28, 2022

RSC January 2021: Red


January's Rainbow Scrap Challenge (RSC) color is red!

How appropriate for making Valentine's Day projects!

Well, that's what I did anyway.

Time was a bit short to sew this month with getting one of two projects done for 
The Polar Bear Plunge (see previous post). The larger of the two (hubby's quilt) needs 
to be completed yet. It will get done. In time.

I was also a pattern tester for Lesley at Berry Birdy Designs.

I chose to make the pillow top. 
It's 16" square and still needs quilting and the zipper to get it finished. 
This, too, will get done!
She released this pattern just today ....Snow Star Pattern.
Options for a mug rug, pillow, or wall hanging are included. 
A larger quilt can be made if multiple star blocks are made. 


Back to the reds....


I pulled out my smallish pile of Valentine's fabrics. 
I'd seen several garlands on Pinterest that I liked, so I mingled a few ideas 
together and made 5 of them to string above my cook top in the kitchen.


Using a large heart template, 
I cut out 5 of different fabrics for the bigger hearts.
With the smaller template, I cut 5 hearts all of the same fabric, 
plus 5 batting pieces...franken-sized! 
Gotta use those scraps!


The batting was sewn under the smaller hearts with a blanket stitch. 
They are a bit puffy, which is the look I was going for.
Then I used scraps of red and white felt for backing and cut heart shapes.


Some whip-stitching happened to bring the front and back together. 
Using simple DMC embroidery floss in ecru, they have that 
ol' time country look. 


Red and white twisted string holds them together!



I'm not sure why it's taken me so long to think about adding a garland in my kitchen!
I've always loved them, but I've never made one or bought one. 


This was my star garland for Christmas.

Of course, as you can imagine, there will be shamrocks, 
Easter eggs, flags, leaves, turkeys and more coming! 

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Tuesday, January 25, 2022

My Day on The Polar Bear Plunge Blog Hop!

 


It's Wednesday and it's the middle of The Polar Bear Plunge Bog Hop!

We've got a good 8 or 9 inches of the white stuff here in NE Iowa. 
Some folks hate it. Some tolerate it. Some love it. 
There are times that I can say each of the above. 
It's Iowa and it's January....so there will be snow!

We have a grand-nephew on the way in March, so his big sister will need a gift to keep her busy as she will no longer be center ring. Marie is almost 3 years old and I've always wanted to make a sleeping bag for a doll or...or.. bear!!

I chose to use the Sleeping Bag tutorial 
by Connie Kresin Campbell at Freemotion By The River. 

Connie writes super clear instructions, so it was fun and easy!
I made just a few adjustments to add my own details, like the ricrac and trim.

I sure didn't keep in mind that using a directional fabric would give me an issue.
I added a strip to go over the upside-down animal heads (near the top)
 and then sewed on the ricrac trim so the heads would all show up the same way.


Every sleeping bag should be personalized for the owner, right?
M is for Marie!



Of course, the sleeping bag needs an occupant!
I used the tutorial for a stuffed bear from Mindy Makes.


Here is lil' bear resting in his sleeping bag waiting for spring!

Another project I got a very good start on for this blog hop is a quilt top!
Sadly, (imagine a pouty bear face here), it didn't get finished in time. 

I had all of the fabric together as it was purchased as a kit many years ago. 
I bought the kit at an estate sale, thinking that someday 
there may be a blog hop to encourage me!
Woohoo!

This is the pattern it was intended for...all from Timeless Treasures. 
The pattern design did not make me roar like a bear.
Sorry, Timeless Treasures.

So, instead, I started cutting up the fabric and did my own thing!



That black furry mass is not a bear, just a black furry dog named Jax.
Why do they always want to lay on fabric???



2 different sized Bear Paw blocks were used and placed sorta randomly.
My husband is a bear NUT, so he is looking forward to this project being completed. 
It measures 46" x 64" currently. Not sure if I'll add a border or not. 

Fingers crossed it gets finished before the bears awake from hibernation!

Please enjoy browsing around the other creative bloggers this week!



















Friday, January 21, 2022

Project Quilting 13.2 – In Silhouette


I love these challenges from Project Quilting! 
Even though I was stumped as to what I'd make until early Wednesday morning,
the project came together fairly quickly. 
Good thing since we have only one week to get it finished!

So, this week, the challenge was to include a silhouette focused on contrast and design. 
I kept thinking of a dark figure, like a shadow or something with a light behind it.

Then the thought of a white bunny came in! 
There's still plenty of contrast and who can resist a sweet white bunny?


I pulled from my scrap strips and started sewing the more pastel-colored ones together. 
I was going for a mini wall-hanging size.


These 3 long strips were sewn together, 
then quilted on batting with randomly spaced straight lines. 


I sized up my sweet bunny that I had cut from fleece and left enough room
 at the bottom for a tail and binding. 


A blanket stitch was used to keep him (her?) in place.
I added a bunny-shaped piece of white fabric underneath to 
prevent the colored fabrics from peeking through the fleece.
Yes, there is a pin on his butt!


Choosing a binding fabric is always soooo hard!
The yellow won.


A close-up of his fuzzy tail. 


The pocket added to the back for easy hanging on a rod. 
A bit of left-over binding was worth hanging onto!
The finished project measures 11" x 15".


I'm now ready for spring! Bring it on!!!

#pqSeason13
#projectquilting

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Saturday, January 8, 2022

Project Quilting 13.1: All The Colors!

 


I really enjoy participating in the annual Project Quilting challenge 
hosted by Kim Lapacek at Persimon Dreams.

This first challenge of Season 13 is called All the Colors.
Each project must contain at least 5 colors. 
Easy peasy!

I chose to keep this week's sewing simple. I've got something bigger cooking
in the sewing room for a blog hop coming up in a few weeks. 


I started with 60-degree triangles in lots of colors!

Sewing them together into rows.
Practice makes (nearly) perfect.


I needed the rows long enough to cover the width of a tea towel.


The triangle rows were sewn together and edged with a skinny binding.


Simple top-stitching to mimic the triangles.


The final step was to embroider my initial in a pretty turquoise thread.




This is just what my kitchen needed
to brighten up some cold, dreary 
January days! 











Friday, December 31, 2021

Last Projects from 2021

 


Here it is New Year's Eve with only a handful of hours left til the bells ring in 2022. 

So many things have made this an unbelievable year. 
Many of those I'd rather forget. 

Above all, I've been blessed in many ways.
I'm always grateful for those sweet blessings, no matter how small.

The one thing I've focused on this past year is trying to be my best self.
To be kind, thoughtful, honest, caring, and giving. 
There is always room for improvement, but I think I'm well on my way. 

May 2022 be good to you. 
Blessings for health and happiness to each of you!

Sneaking in my last sewing projects for 2021 that didn't get posted. 

Halloween Wall Hanging



Zipper Challenge on Instagram

Tiny Dresden Challenge on Instagram....only 4"!

2 Tooth Fairy Pillows

Christmas in July Mystery Quilt Along
...currently unfinished

Table Topper given to a friend for her retirement


A tea towel all prettied up for me!

A table topper given to a friend for her retirement. 
We both love purple!


A gift for a friend.

A Mother's Day gift for a friend.

A bib for Jack!

A bib for Paul!

A big year deserves a special card.

Memory pillows for a friend's family, 
including ornaments for the tree.

A Christmas wall hanging.

A table topper given to an elderly friend I care for.

Another memory pillow + ornament.


4 more memory pillows. 
Not shown are 9 ornaments for the grandchildren.

A bib made for the grandbaby who didn't get the chance to meet his grandpa. 
I used the shirt labels and scraps.

Whew! It was a busy, but fun year spent with my sewing machine! 
I loved every minute of it. 

Cheers to a wonderful new year to you!