Tuesday, January 27, 2015

SCRAPPY TIME VALENTINE Wall Hanging

Here is my newest design.  I just love love love this.  It doesn't take long to make either.  I know, I say this about most things but truly....I have done all the grunt work.

Can't you just see this on your wall each day with a different message to your special someone or to your children?  Even send this in the mail with a sweet message.

This is one of my first times using chalkboard fabric and I love the Popart  water base pens.


So today I will give one pattern away (pdf) and  send enough chalk board fabric to make both of these, just leave a message and by the end of the week I will pick a winner.




Monday, January 26, 2015

LAST TWO BLOCKS OF THE SEW SWEET SIMPLICITY BOM

Bonus Block 2

Block 4


All the Block together


I am really excited about these blocks and I can't wait to show you next month what I have done with them...... I have the top finish and ready to quilt.  What a fun BOM Jacquelynne!!  thanks for letting me be a part of it..
As always there is a fun giveaway, just leave a comment...



Don't forget to check out all of the other bloggers....it is so fun to see the different colorways


A Quilt and a Prayer
Upstairs Hobby Room
Quilt Scapes
Crazy 'Bout Quilts
Wedding Dress Blues
Mountain Quilt Works
Garden Path Quilts





Wednesday, January 21, 2015

"LA BAMBA" FABRIC LINE WITH ISLAND BATIK - MY HOP DAY

Why not start out with a little music while you browse this post?  Get the juices flowing....

maybe even dance a little?

Welcome to the Island Batik Sock Hop Blog Hop....

My  FABRIC LINE!  "LA BAMBA"  aren't  they juicy?  You can find the fabric line Here!

Here is the store locator to find the Island Batik fabrics nearest you.



The block I have chosen is the Maple Leaf.  When I saw these fabrics I just knew this is what I wanted to do.  You can find the pattern here.  She gives instructions for a 12" block and I wanted a 9-1/2" block unfinished making each square 3 1/2".

Amazing fabrics and this Maple leaf showcases them wonderfully!!

 When I was making these maple leaves I thought...hummmmm wonder what they would look like with the stems touching.  Oh my gosh....this would make a fabulous quilt but I opted for a pillow instead because.....



I already had a quilt idea in mind and here it is....


Tried to get some good pictures outside


Here it is hanging on the wall in my sewing room. My rod is not big enough but it works for now.

 I just  have to say that Island Batik fabrics are just so awesome, great for making nature scenes or if you are trying to blend colors.  Most of all, they are so easy to work with.

Here is the close up of the tree.  I so wish you could see it up close.
You can go here to enter their giveaway, 2 beautiful bundles of batiks.

Don't forget to stop by Six Gables Designs tomorrow.  I have so enjoyed seeing the different fabrics and projects.


 

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

FUMBLES AND JUMBLES

If you have been a reader of my blog for a while, you will know that I get on jags....I make things that I like until I get sick of it.  This last two months it has been pillows.  I want to make enough for all seasons for my dinning room and living room.

Isn't it true that when a football player fumbles a ball he does everything in his power to get the ball back?

Well.....yesterday I started making this small top for a pillow.  I am actually not sure I like it but that is another post for another time.

So..... I measured my pillow.  I cut my border and this is what I got.  Not too shabby.



Then I went to see if the top will fit the pillow and my gosh was ever tooo big?  So.....I recalculated.

Cut

and by George if I didn't cut one side wider than the other but it works.

So here is my pillow.  I would say it is a jumble of a mess but once again IT WORKS!!


No matter how hard you try to recover yourself you still end up on the short end (sometimes)....

But.....why am I telling you this?  To complain?  
NOPE
Because I am frustrated?

NOPE

Because no matter how much we think we know and how much we sew, we still tend to fumble and that is ok......because "IT ALL WORKS OUT" or just throw it in the trash...HA!!!

I used Island Batik scraps which reminds me, Today is Freemotion by the River's blog hop day for Island Batik, she made two fabulous pillows....hope you go over there.



Monday, January 12, 2015

THE TIME HAS COME, THE TIME IS NOW!!! ISLAND BATIK SOCK HOP BLOG HOP


Two Beautiful Bundles of Island Batiks will be given away on their blog, so hop on over there!!!

1/12 Island Batik
1/13 – Susan Vassallo Quilting Arts – Topsy Turvey Log Cabin
1/14 – Freemotion by the River – 54-40 in Running Water
1/15 – Beaquilter – Hunter Star in Crimson Tide
1/16 – One Quilting Circle – Flying Geese
1/17 – Mary Mack’s Blog – Sisters Choice in Down in the Boondocks
1/18 – Happy Cottage Quilter – Nine Patch in Johnny B Goode
1/19 – Kauffman Designs – Drunkard’s Path in Downtown
1/20 – Tamarinis – Pinwheel in Saturday Night Fever
1/21 – Bejeweled Quilts – Maple Leaf in La Bamba
1/22 – Six Gables Designs – Friendship Star in Full Bloom
1/23 – Purrfect Spots – Duck and Ducklings in No Particular Place to Go
1/24 – Inchworm Fabrics – Another Star in In the Summer Time
1/25 – Sew Fresh Quilts – Stepping Stones in Cry Me a River


Notice I put my day in bold...HA!  It really is all about me (smiling).  This should be a very fun hop and I so hope you join us.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

USING LEFT OVER FABRIC - TUTORIAL ON CONTINUOUS BLANKET STITCHING

I showed this Valentine topper yesterday,  Island Batik Fabrics "Full Bloom".  It is 30" in diameter.  If you cut out the hearts in the center carefully, you can make another topper. 




Here is the Valentine topper made from the scraps of the above topper.  It is 22" in diameter, so yes, we are getting smaller.



I got a comment yesterday saying that this topper must be so hard to blanket stitch so I am going to show you how I do a continuous stitch.  No loose threads, nothing...just a beginning and an end.  

Here we are blanket stitching all the way until I hit a different heart (no need to cut thread).  On my machine all I have to do is punch in the number, blanket stitch is 58, straight stitch is 1.  So I do my blanket stitching and then when I come up to the next heart, I just put it on straight stitch.





I don't know if you can see but I just straight stitch around.



Here is a better view, then when I get to the other side I hit 58 for blanket stitch.  I had a machine one time that I had to toggle and that was not fun but this one I just hit some buttons.



Here we are again....at the end of the road for this heart


Straight stitch...

We worked our way inside the heart and now it is for the top of the heart.  Notice where the light pink meets the dark pink (already blanket stitched)....your starting point should be at the bottom of the light pink, let's call this the "O"...come up, then go down the other side and then come around on the inside of the dark pink and then across the top.  Then go to your next "O" and repeat.

I don't know if this helps or makes sense but this way is sooooo easy.  I actually do this with most of my projects that I blanket stitch if I am using the same color thread.

I also have to say that I am not getting many comments in my email but when I come to my blog there are comments so if I do not answer you that is the reason.  Don't know what is going on but hey....just so you know I appreciate all of your sweet comments.


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

VALENTINES - SEW SIMPLICITY BLOCK


Today I spent my afternoon making this Valentines topper.  I just love this topper and you can find it in my craftsy shop on the sidebar.  The fabrics are from Island Batik "Full Bloom", the background fabric is from another source.

Then as most of you know I am part of the Sew Simplicity BOM  hop, this block is is the bonus 
block 1, I loved it so much I decided to just make a quilt from this one block.  So far I have 4 completed blocks and a ton of half square triangles to square up.


Which brings me to Jacquelynne Steves Sew Simplicity.  She is hosting a catch up day Saturday the 10th. on facebook, instagram, and her blog.  There will be a lot of fun surprises, chatting, and catching up if you are behind.  So won't you join us?

It is suppose to be 18 degrees tonight...I say I say...burrrrrr