Little projects were the theme for the remainder of my week. I had planned to sew like a maniac Wednesday and Thursday, but then I thought about all the weeds taking over our flower beds. So I tackled that project (I’m not quite done) and then rewarded myself with some little projects.
This has been a productive week and loads of fun. I have a big Friday Finish to share with you today.
Sometimes it’s just the little things that make me feel good. Here’s a few from this week.
On March 1st, BigJ and I had a date night to celebrate our engagement 30 years ago. 30 years! It seems like yesterday. I haven’t aged a bit – ha! We went on a little drive, which took us back to the place where he proposed — Diamond Bluff. There is a much longer story to it, of course. You’ll have to ask if you want to hear it, but it’s too long for a quilting blog post!
Earlier that day, I spent some time with a couple of quilty friends, sipping coffee and doing some stitching while we chattered away. See? It’s the little things that make me happy.
I am 9 blocks away from having all the blocks completed for the commission quilt. Another little thing that makes me happy!
Today I made a little tiny finish. It’s my first finish for the year, in miniature form. One of BigJ’s co-workers, who has become a friend to me, had a birthday this week and I wanted to make something for her.
I pulled out my scraps and started to play. I wanted it to be bright and cheery, because sometimes the job she does can be a challenge. I decided to call this little project a “therapy mug mat” — something happy for her to look at when she needs cheering up.
This is what I came up with.
I had a little fun with some free motion quilting. I consider it not bad for a newbie to the whole FMQ thing. I made a wonky little star in the middle piece and then just organic wavy lines around the rest.
The block is made using Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s small template and concept from her book 15 Minutes of Play. It is so much fun, I will definitely be doing more of this!
That’s my little Friday finish. I hope she likes it!
Have a great weekend, all!
My big finish for the week is the superhero quilt, but I can’t show the whole quilt to you yet. So — I thought I would do a review of my June finishes today. I’ve worked on quite a few little projects this month.
June started with this trio. Two woolie BOM blocks and a little patriotic mini that is 6″ square.
The patriotic mini is just right for July 4th, so I’ll use it when I decorate today.
I received this fabric from a friend and made this little pouch. It holds my little quilting tools. This is probably my favorite finish of the month. I love the fabric!
Then I pulled out some leftover batik blocks and made this quick runner. I’m not sure whether this will stay with me or be gifted at some point.
I enjoyed a lunch with two friends during the month, and I wanted to bring something for them. So I made two more little pouches. They are so much fun to make, and the ladies were delighted to get them.
We took a trip in June, which took me away from my sewing machine, but I did manage to take this little mug mat with me. I finished it up when I returned home.
I also finished the top for the wedding quilt, which is currently at my longarmer. I hope to have that back soon, ready for binding and then gifting!
So all in all, it’s been a good month! What have you been stitching on this month? I’d enjoy seeing your projects!
My week has been a little short on the quilting end, but I do have one little mug rug that I finished today. I bought this fabric in a scrap pack from Reproduction Fabrics because I liked the fabric with the ladies and their umbrellas. I was limited on what I could make due to the size of the scraps, so I put this little mug rug together. I’m freehanding the stitching, and will use the outline of the umbrellas when quilting the print. You’ll see my light blue basting thread in the pictures; I use a bright color when I baste so it’s easier for me to see when I’m removing it.
Here’s a photo of it, basted and partially quilted.
Here’s a close up of the ladies with their umbrellas.
And a little peek at my freehand stitching. See what I did there — an umbrella theme!
Here’s a picture of how I quilted the ladies and their umbrellas. I just picked a few umbrellas and outline stitched them.
And here it is, all finished!
Now that I’m back home, I’m busy working on samples for What a Hoot Quilting that I need to get finished by mid-July. I have several wool projects to do. Nothing I can show you for now, but I am excited to be working on them!
Tonight we are taking some friends to a baseball game, so that will be fun. And it means I don’t have to plan dinner, so I have more time to get some of those projects done!
Happy Monday, everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend celebrating your mom, or the memory of your mom. Without them, we wouldn’t be having this conversation, right?
This is a photo of my grandmother. Together with my mother, she cultivated a life of creativity in me. She was a seamstress and made many clothes for people in my hometown and the surrounding area. I believe this is the only picture we have of her sewing (and a poor quality one at that). While she didn’t teach me to sew, I learned much from her just by being with her.
I had a lovely, busy past week. It involved far more coffee than usual, and quite a bit of good conversation.
I did manage to finish my little tumbler quilt. I decided to do a semi-wavy quilt design that follows the tumblers. It’s not great, but it satisfies me. Here it is, all bound and ready to be tucked into a display. It’s 7 x 9 inches, so it will be fun to find a nook just waiting for it.
This week I’ll be doing some shopping for some white and cream fabrics for a wedding quilt. Here’s a few of the fabrics I’m auditioning that I think have made the cut, except for the brighter orange piece. It will be a quick, easy HST quilt once I have all the fabric. The wedding is in July, so I need to get to work!
I might have some fun with this little project. I decided to try a Frivols from Moda using The Cookie Exchange fabrics by Sweetwater.
My quilt cave could use a bit of a touch up, so I’ll need to do a little organizing too.
Happy quilting, friends!
My quilting has been interrupted by several different things this week. Most of them have been good. One of the high points of the week was quilt group. Who doesn’t like to spend an evening with a whole gaggle of other quilters? It’s always fun to see what the ladies have been working on.
One quilt that was shown was a postage stamp quilt. The woman showing it was completing the hand quilting on it. This was no small quilt — a very generous queen (if not a king) and, if I understood her correctly, was done before strip piecing became popular. In other words, think 1-inch squares sewn together! She indicated she had spent 250 hours handquilting it. 250 hours!! It was a beautiful yellow quilt, complimented with other pastel colors. I regret that I did not snap a picture.
A surprise gift was given to me by one of the ladies. Isn’t this little pouch cute? I had given her some batik fabric, and she thanked me by making a little pouch out of some of the pieces. I am absolutely delighted.
I am working on a mug rug for a secret pal swap due at the end of April. Here’s a peek — not much to see, but I can’t show the whole thing yet.
I ordered this book by Katie Fowler — An Artist’s Journey through Wonderland. It will be a good book for me to read every now and then, to remind me how to think about my creativity. I’ve never been a fan of Alice in Wonderland, but she puts the story in a whole new light for me.
Next week I head up north for a conference, so there will be little time for quilting. However, I get to visit with fun people, and I get to spend time by the water.
See you in a couple of weeks!
It’s been a quiet week in the quilt cave, but a busy week otherwise.
I have a couple of mug rugs that I need to get done, so that was on my to do list for the week. One is completed; the other is still in its design phase in my head. This one, however, has been sitting in my UFO pile since January. Time to get it done! Technically, it’s not a quilt. It’s a handkerchief — two of them. I have a stash of hankies that belonged to my mother and grandmother. One day it dawned on me that they might make cute mug rugs.
The background was just a plain light green hankie, which I’m sure my grandmother had planned to embroider. The corner is another hankie that I cut up. I thought the two looked nice together. Rather than piecing the corner hankie, I appliqued it onto the green hankie. It got a little puffier than I would have liked, but I’m happy with the outcome. The background fabric is the same print as the binding. It was a little difficult to crosshatch because the material shifted around a little.
One of the last Creativity Challenges was to make a mini quilt. I had been wanting to make something a little more bright and colorful for spring, so I pulled out a kit I purchased at a local quilt shop and modified it a bit to fit on this shelf.
I posted a picture of this last week, but I wanted you to be able to see it finished and in its place. The shelf that it sits on was a built-in planter when we moved in to this house. Down the middle of the shelf was a metal liner for the dirt, etc. Since we were a little concerned about water damage, we decided to redo it. My handy husband and I put our heads together and came up with this. Not only does it have room for a cute mini quilt as you see in the picture above, it is also a built-in quilt rack. The rungs lift out so you can access the quilts easily.
I have finished piecing the top of the superhero quilt; all I have left is to add the borders. I’ll be handing it off to its owner for finishing on Monday.
Four more elephants and the blocks will be ready to be sewn into a quilt top! Pictures soon, I hope!
Happy Friday, everyone! Enjoy your weekend!
This week I am going to add to a new twist my usual quilt projects and try something new. Since February is right around the corner, I’m thinking about Valentine’s Day. I usually think of holidays way too late to do anything fun, so woohoo for me, I am ahead of the game this time!
I have a stash of hankies from my mom, grandma, and probably a few aunts. They are all packed together, so I can’t really tell who made them. Some of them are printed designs, but several of them have been hand embroidered, most of them likely stitched by my grandma. I’m amazed at the handiwork on them; you can hardly tell the front from the back. One of my aunts, Olga, apparently was not as proficient in stitching. My mom would often look at the back of the pieces we had and quickly identify Olga’s, saying “The back of her work was always messy.” I feel your pain, Olga, and love you just the same.
I have taken a couple of the hankies and I’m making tea mats with them. Why call them tea mats? Because the hankies are so delicate (they are really sheer) giving them the name mug mat just seems wrong! I thought these little lovelies would be a fun resting place for a cup of tea or mini candle. So no more sniffles for these lovely little pieces, unless I mess something up in the making and need to shed a tear or two.
This first printed hankie is of unknown origin. I don’t recall my mom or grandma using it, and it looked brand new. I thought the pink was very appropriate for Valentine’s Day and the bows just added to the mix. Initially I shortened the hankie by folding it and matching the ribbon design around the edge as closely as I could and sewing a seam. It was then that I realized I could actually get two little mats out of the hankie if I cut it apart, so I did. You’ll only get to see one of them in this post. I found this cute pink polka dot in my fabric stash, made my little sandwich, and stitched away.
Tip: I used basting spray to make my sandwich. It adhered nicely, but it was really difficult to get my needle through the adhesive. I’d only recommend using the basting spray if you decide to quilt it by machine. It does hold the hankie very firmly; no shifting.
Here’s a peek of it with a teacup and with a candle.
Next week I should have a second one done, a combination of two hankies. I’m having some fun with this, so come back and see what it looks like.
What else am I working on? Well, the batik quilt top is very close to being finished. I’m sewing the rows together and then I need to add the border. This means I will have to visit a quilt shop for fabric. Oh darn. 🙂
I’m putting my superpowers to work soon on a quilt for friend with a Superheroes theme (get it? superpowers – Superheroes? Haha. Clever, huh?) Watch for a sneak peek of those fabrics.
My elephants are still parading along. No new photos of them this week, but I have about 8 of them completed now so only 16 more to go.
Let me know what you’re working on these days. Do you have any Valentine’s Day projects perking?
Until next time — keep your needle threaded!