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!

March 5 

March 6

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March 7 

March 8