Tuesday, November 13, 2018

The First Small Quilt Purge

Because it might bring comfort and hope to someone needing a hug...

Because I feel blessed while others are given a difficult hand in life....

Because I am able to...





As the holidays approach, I always find myself going through my piles of quilts and distributing them to various organizations.  There is so much need this time of year.  I get so much enjoyment out of making them - I am happy that I can let so many of them go to find a new home.

These three will be going off to Bags of Love this next week.  The sole purpose of this organization is to provide necessities and comfort items to children in crisis due to neglect, abuse, poverty or homelessness. They try to include a quilt or blanket in every bag they distribute.

These quilts are larger in size so they will be appropriate for some older kids.  I will drop them off after hitting Target to pick up other items to donate.

If you have never donated one of your quilts, I encourage you to research organizations in your area (or those on-line) that would love your quilt(s).  

They really do mean so much to those that receive them!




Sunday, November 11, 2018

Oh Scrap! : Slab Blocks

I am still slowly working on my postage stamp quilt, but while I have my scrap color bins out, I decided I needed to start another scrap project.

I found I had a number of 1.5" squares left over in red (from my postage stamp) and I still had a lot of small bits still in the red bin.



I decided to make some slab blocks that measure 6.5" x 9.5".
I don't really have a firm plan on how I am going to use these but I thought a rectangular shape would give me more to play with.




 I already whipped out ten blocks this weekend.  Soon I will move onto some pink blocks.  I think for this quilt, I am going to stay on the warm side of the rainbow spectrum.

But we all know I could change my mind as the quilt evolves!

So tell me, what are you sewing with your scraps?


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It is now your turn to share what you are making with scraps.  Here are the details for linking up: 

  • This linky party is for any scrappy project - It can be in-process or a finished piece.
  • You can link up your blog post (not your homepage please) or Instagram photo from the past week that features your use of scraps.
  • If you are linking to a blog post, I ask that you link back to my blog somewhere in your post. So if you are writing about scraps, just get into the habit of including a link as there will be a linky party available every week!
  • If you are using Instagram, please use the hashtag #ohscrap.
  • This is a party so remember to socialize and comment on the posts of others.
  • Following my blog is not necessary but it sure would be great if you do! 
Quilting is more fun than Housework









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Friday, November 9, 2018

UFO Progress

I have been making a concerted effort to try and complete some of my UFOs.  At the beginning of August, I made a list of all of my projects and saw that I had 24!  Gulp!!



This week, I just finished another quilt top which will bring my list down to only 17!
It hasn't been that low for a really long time.




It looks like I first shared these blocks back in September of 2017.  I tried to finish at least one block a month.  When I had nine blocks done, that is where the project stalled.




So I finally just cut the sashing and sewed up the top.  I was going to add a final white border, but when I got out the backing I had purchased for the quilt, I realized I would have to do a bunch of extra piecing if I made the quilt any bigger....

So I quickly decided this is the perfect size for the quilt!

I hope to get this one quilted up sometime next week.
Today, I am just delighted that I will soon be crossing another UFO off the list!




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Sunday, November 4, 2018

Oh Scrap! : Slow Progress

I did not get a lot of time to sew with my scraps this week.  But I did carve out enough time to make a little bit of progress on my postage stamp quilt.



I have finished 12 blocks out of the 20 I have planned for the quilt.  This late night photo really doesn't do the blocks any justice.  I am really pleased with how they are turning out.  
I am finally into some new colors and can put my red, pink and orange bins away.



I am looking forward to sewing with purple - it is my favorite color so I have a lot of scraps to choose from.  I now have a whole lot of cutting ahead of me before I can even lay any more blocks out.  I will me lucky if I finish a block or two by next week!


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It is now your turn to share what you are making with scraps.  Here are the details for linking up: 

  • This linky party is for any scrappy project - It can be in-process or a finished piece.
  • You can link up your blog post (not your homepage please) or Instagram photo from the past week that features your use of scraps.
  • If you are linking to a blog post, I ask that you link back to my blog somewhere in your post. So if you are writing about scraps, just get into the habit of including a link as there will be a linky party available every week!
  • If you are using Instagram, please use the hashtag #ohscrap.
  • This is a party so remember to socialize and comment on the posts of others.
  • Following my blog is not necessary but it sure would be great if you do! 
Quilting is more fun than Housework













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Friday, November 2, 2018

I made an Apron!

I have tried many times in the past to make garments or other wearable items like aprons.  
Almost all of them were a total failure!

You would think with all the sewing I do, I could count on a success at least occasionally!




Well look at what I made! 



I decided at the last minute that I needed an apron to wear in my booth at the Quiltopia Quilt Show this weekend.  I wanted pockets to put things like pens, receipt books and my cell phone. 




I also wanted a few more secure areas for things like cash or change.  I found a pattern for one that was perfect here.  It required zippers, lined pockets, and other details but I decided to not be intimidated and just get it done.



 And it turned out!  Now it is not perfect by any means.  But it is wearable and I am quite proud of it.  I love that it is short and everything I need is at my fingertips.  It will be perfect for me to wear...stop by my booth and I will show it off for you!





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