Saturday, March 10, 2018

A Stitch in Time–Challenge 5 of Project QUILTING Season 9

My mom always told her 8 kids (I'm #7), that we were "a wee bit Irish",
so that was enough to say we could officially wear green on St. Patrick's Day and call ourselves "Irish" at least for a day. 

In a way, I think that was also permission for me to enjoy green beer in my college days. 
Yes, I had my share.🍺

Last year, my husband and I had our DNA tested and mom was right!
My results came back that I was a whopping 6% Irish and
my husband is 4%! A wee bit Irish, indeed!

Knowing that, it was "about time" we had ourselves a wee bit of green shamrocks to decorate our home with.
Catching on to me method of thinking, are ye?
Anyone with a smidgeon of Irish blood needs at least one green shamrock-y table topper! ☘

And so it had to happen.

I had pinned this table topper and now was the time to make it! It is a freebie from Canoe Ridge Creations....thank you!
It really is a simple project and I finished it in 2 short afternoons.

I was enjoying my make so much that I didn't take too many pics early on. Gasp!

This is my first photo before I had the top and bottom borders on.

Above, straight lined quilting was the go-to choice today. 

 So many decisions!!! Which binding would look best?

I hope you chose the sparkly shamrock binding!!

Never mind those Mardi Gras beads. I am only 6% Irish, after all.

This wee little guy fits perfectly on the side table near my chair. I really love it!
It truly was time to have some green in our home. 
A stitch in time, indeed!

Made in my home in Dubuque, Iowa
Made with 3 layers: fabric top and bottom with batting
Measures: 15.5" x 15.5" square

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Monday, March 5, 2018

My Day on the Small, Smaller, Smallest Blog Hop!

It's already the second day of the Small, Smaller, Smallest Blog Hop!
Hosted by the lovely Carol S. from Just Let Me Quilt,
you will find an awesome range of projects by fabulous quilters! 

Today, I am sharing a (small) gift I made for my sweet friend, Toni.
At our last Galentine's Day party, my friend talked about the poor condition of her pot holders.
(You'd think we'd have better things to talk about, right?)
My mind immediately jumped to how I could remedy that!
Another excuse to spend a few hours in my sewing room AND take part in this blog hop! 

I had seen the Friendship Star Quilt Block at Craftsy and figured it would make a great design for a pot holder for a friend!
I chose the smallest size at the 6" finished block.
My added border and binding took it up to 8.5" square.
Craftsy also offers measurements for 9", 12" and 15" blocks.

I set out cutting my pieces and setting up the pattern.

I wanted to add her initials to the center of the star, so I traced the letters onto the paper side of Heat 'n Bond Lite and fused it to a square of fabric. Once cut out and ironed down, I simply free-motioned around each letter a few times. 

I used one layer of Insulbrite and one layer of batting as the filler. 
The batting serves as a good absorbent for any liquids. 

I added quilting in the ditch to add some "character".

Then the binding. Check out those sharp corners, would ya?

My friend, Toni, is going to love these!

Thanks for stopping by Hazel's Daughter for my stop on the blog hop!

****If you like it here, I'd be tickled to have you follow my blog!****

When I changed my blog name from Sparkles, Sprinkles and Everyday Crap, I lost all of my followers through some Blogger glitch.  Aaaack!!!

Be sure to stop by these other blogs and see all of the other creations this week!

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Sunday, February 25, 2018

Mellow Yellow Challenge 4 of Project Quilting Season 9

"Mellow Yellow" was the next challenge at Persimon Dreams Project Quilting.

It wasn't in my plans to get involved in this one.

I have a lot of excuses.

  • I wasn't feeling inspired. 
  • I don't have a lot of yellow in my stash.
  • My work schedule was pretty heavy last week.
  • Yellow always reminds me of a former colleague who loved yellow. She said it made her happy. She was anything but happy. She was a royal PIA. And downright mean!

But then, late last week, a secretary at one of the schools I work at said she had a new grand-daughter. I asked her if I could make the baby a bib with her name on it. The secretary was thrilled that I'd asked and she'd love anything "girly" as an applique.

My first thought was to make a yellow bib! Could I make that girly enough?

I dug through my stash and forced some yellows together until I got 2 fabrics that I liked.

I strolled through my plethora of machine applique designs and settled on a layered flower from BabyKay Appliques. Then I pulled scraps and coordinating threads to make the applique.

It was coming together. Still that "girly" thought nagged at me.

Kinda like that ol' colleague of mine.

I mixed a few fonts together to get a sweet scrolly, girly look. This would work OK.

Here is the design and name loaded onto my machine.

During the machine applique process...

Notice I even have the mellow yellow pin thing going on??

You can imagine what song I had strumming through my head, too! "They call me......" 

Lining up my bib template and ready to cut!

A pink ric-rac trim was added along the seam line before stitching to the terry cloth backing. Definitely girly.

I may have to re-think my feelings about yellow.

I am kinda in love with it! It makes me happy! 

Madison's bib measures 9" x 13"
It includes applique
It was made in my home in Dubuque, Iowa

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Bold and Brave–Challenge 3 of Project QULITING Season 9

This week's challenge at Persimon Dreams was to take Bold and Brave by the horns and complete a project in a week.
I'm not usually a bold person, but by golly, I sure am a brave one!
I've conquered many fears in my years on this planet and I needed to conquer one more this week!

Enter the Orange Peel Template! I bought this set over a year ago and needed to kick my apprehension aside and dig in!
I also needed to make a Galentine's gift for this coming week,
so I merged the two thoughts and got going!

Several years ago, I made this piece of art that hangs in my sewing room. I found the inspiration for it on pinterest.... a hole that I often get lost in.
Back then, I simply cut the "leaves" from scrapbooking paper by hand without a template and glued them down on a painted canvas. 
Looking more closely this week, those leaves really looked like "orange peel" shapes!

I was cooking with gas now! I brought out the rest of the Riley Blake Raspberry Parlour jelly roll that I used for my Valentine Pillow and chose the lightest strips for the background fabric. Sewing those strips together and then cutting up again to make a patchwork top was easy as pie and a quick sew. (Many apologies for the poor lighting!)

All ready for quilting!
I used a lightweight craft batting which I feel is perfect for table runners. 
Using a soft pink thread, I quilted using straight lines on each side of the seams. 

I failed to take photos of the pile of petals I had cut, but I have lots leftover for another snowy day project.
All petal fabric came from my stash (yeah!) and was backed using
Lara Buccella's Crafted Applique: New Possibilities technique.
(Please come back, Lara...we miss you!)
I love her technique as the edges will not ravel.

I played with the petals FOREVER getting a look I was pleased with. 

Then I sewed them down using my walking foot and a straight stitch
around the inside edge of each petal. 

Notice that one purple petal? 
That's purely intentional. 
It's a sign that I was there!

I used Riley Blake's Lovebug Love Script for the binding. 

Some lucky friend of mine will go home with this table topper this week! 
I ~almost~ hate to part with it!

OK, I'm lying. I want this for  myself. 

Measuring 31" x 18" .
Made in my home in Dubuque, Iowa.
3 layers of material, with applique on top. 

If you like my project, 
please vote for me 

I am #95!

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Put A Little Love In Your Quilt Blog Hop!

Today, I am among a wonderful group of bloggers who are sharing their projects for the
Put A Little Love In Your Quilt blog hop!
It is hosted by the fabulous Carol S. at Just Let Me Quilt.

The only rules were to sew a project that has a ❤ heart ❤ on it! 
I could do that!

I  have long admired Amy Sinibaldi's Merry and Bright Cushion Cover at Nana Company.
Even though her cushion /pillow is made for the Christmas season, I used the pattern tutorial to make a Valentine's pillow! 

Using a jelly roll from my stash called Raspberry Parlour by Riley Blake, I knew it would be perfect! 

I started by choosing a phrase that I wanted to machine embroider on the ivory colored strips. These strips flank the rows of square patchwork pieces. 
Narrowing down a font and size, along with getting those letters lined up takes me forever! 
I don't have any embroidery software, so I just wing it. 

I embroidered using a dark brown thread rather than black which seemed too  harsh.

I cut 2.5" squares from the jelly roll strips, sewed them together into rows,
then into a rectangle to include my embroidered saying. 

It all looked great, but I knew I still needed a heart somewhere on this pillow,
so I cut a 💗 template and set it in the chosen spot. 

I also machine embroidered a lacey-looking heart in that spot,
then added a bit of scrap batting to make the heart poofy. 

I first stitched the heart applique down giving it a raw-edge, but didn't like it much.
I used some dark brown embroidery thread and started hand-stitching,
adding in some pearl beads every few stitches to give it that extra "pop"!

Using the same embroidery thread, I hand-stitched along the edges of the ivory strips.
I love the sweet touch this adds!

The back of the pillow is a simple folded edge with a pretty fabric strip from the jelly roll.
The 2 pieces overlap.
This makes it easy for me to re-use the pillow form for other pillows
as the seasons and holidays change. 

I made this to honor my wonderful husband of almost 35 years!
I will truly love him "forever and always"!


Be sure to stop by the other bloggers to see their fabulous projects
and find some giveaways along the way!

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I am giving away a $20 gift certificate to
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Be sure to stop by Needle & Foot and check out the awesome fabrics and
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