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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I am # 93!   I'd appreciate your vote!

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. 

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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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