Thursday, February 16, 2017

Being Resourceful~

                                                          My little binding saver~
After cutting and ironing, I wrap it around a bathroom tissue roll and pin back to itself until ready to use. All bindings go into a little basket.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Scraps of Life~

In the quilting fun, I end up with all these baggies of little scraps. I've cut them down into smaller quilting units, used templates to cut teeny tiny dresdens for a scrappy quilt project I want to do some day, used the scraps as little eyeballs and berries in applique projects~ Sigh.... And I still have baggies.... I'm going to keep cutting! And Saving those scraps! Just because they are so pretty!

But not only is it fabric! I have all these scraps and leftovers when cooking! Veggie scraps can be saved much like meat scraps. Freeze them until you get a couple of pounds of vegetable scraps, boil them up with water, add salt and pepper to taste. Strain out vegetable scraps and you have some terrific vegetable stock for cooking! Recipe courtesy of my son, the chef!
                                                 Linking up with Scraptastic Tuesday

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

2017 Aurifil DOM ~ Count Me In!

It's not often that I post twice in one day but I just had to take a quick moment to share another fun monthly project! You can join now as it is still in it's first month!

aurifil-2017-january-designer-of-the-month Janet Clare is featured! Don't you Just Adore Her! She is a beauty!

I'm keeping my stitchery in tune with the Aurifil DOM Reboot blocks so I can put them into one big quilt! You can read about it here! Reboot! Please note.... I have no iron handy at the moment...Sigghhh....

Pile O' Fabric

                                                        I have this pile of fabric!
                                                  I really want to get through it!
                                                       The fabric is gorgeous! 
                                                   I had a blast shopping for it!
                                I chose a pattern called A Quilt for Claire by Emily Taylor Design.
I had a fun Solo cutting Party! Sometimes I really do love cutting fabric!

Then I had a Grand time sewing all these 2 1/2" strips together. No photo :( But they are hanging pretty as you please on my wall. There are 20 fabulous 21"x21" blocks staring back at me. They want to be squared up! They want sashing! They want binding! They want to be quilted! They want to have a lovely binding added so they can be snuggled under or covering a big country-cottage chic bed! They want to be beautiful in all their glory! They want to be treasured and loved! Alas, I need the encouragement to complete them! Wish me Luck!

                                           Linking up with Wednesday Wait Loss

Monday, February 6, 2017

Hand Stitching Away Time~

It has been over 20 years since I've embroidered anything of substance. I thought I may have decided I just didn't like it any more upon giving it a try again a couple of weeks ago.

Then an incentive came along, a wonderful embroidered project hosted by Pat Sloan and Aurifil at Aurifil Designer of the Month 2012 Reboot. Yes, it is a repeat of 2012. I gave the embroidery a try again and added some applique flair. This was a road trip stitchery for me and I loved the process as I could relax and take my time with it.

I chose different colors instead of following the thread recommendations in the pattern. I think my version of Roseann Kermes of Rosebud’s Cottage January Snow Bird turned out fabulous!

Here is a peak at the previous Original 2012 Quilt Setting from Aurifil.
 If you want to join along, catch all the fun at The 2012 Aurifil DOM!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Hello February~

I was so enthusiastic over my January Goal, then came the end of the month and there came a lull in my enthusiasm. Although my enthusiasm overflowed into another project as well. I was putting it 
aside for my February Goal, BUT I finished the top completely! Yes! The top is ready for the LAQ!!!

This is called Sweet Potato Pie. You can find the pattern book here. The book is chock-full of eye candy! The patterns are lovely! I sized mine up a bit from their pattern by adding an additional row of 16-patches.
                                  This the Autumn Season by Shelley Wicks & Jeanne Large

My OMG for February is going to be finishing the 16-patches up into a top completely and ready for my LAQ! There will be some fantastic appliques from Tis the Autumn Season on it as well, just not the same flowers as in Sweet Potato Pie. As I'm mixing the patterns up a little I've decided to call this one Prairie Dance.

And I adore these thistle flowers from Tis the Autumn Season!

To see all the other Goals for February visit Elm Street Quilts OMG February 2017 Linkup

And for More linking up Fun & a chance at fabulous Green Fairy Quilts product Join the Cabin Fever Party 2017 hosted by Lily Pad Quilting!

I'll also be linking up my finish with  Main Crush Monday's, Sew Cute Tuesdays,  Freemotion by the River,   WIP Wednesday's,  Let's Bee SocialMidweek Makers.  Fabric Frenzy FridayFinish it Up Friday,Can I Get a Whoop Whoop and Finished or Not Friday.   

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Green Bag Lady - Go Green!

Late last year I was invited to administrate a chapter for Green Bag Lady. Green Bag Lady is an eco-friendly, fabric-friendly project started by artist & former professor Teresa VanHatten-Granath and her students in 2008. Teresa and her volunteers, “Bagettes”, make bags out of donated and bargain priced fabric to give them away for FREE in exchange for the promise to refuse paper or plastic when shopping. They also document the world-wide use of these bags. The chapters are world-wide and my chapter is in West Virginia. The bags are recorded by number as they are donated and a record kept at Teresa's blog. Go Visit! Green Bag Lady!

I asked whether my grand-daughter's Girl Scout Troop would permit the girls to join in as a contributor to the cause, and learn of ways they can reduce, reuse and recycle. We had a fantastic upcycled poster depicting animals and the ocean's damage from plastics and brain-stormed ideas of how we could reduce our plastic use. Their ideas were fabulous!

In exchange for a donation of 2 yards of fabric per child,  each will receive two Green Bag Lady bags s& the Troop will receive one per child for a contribution to a charity/ donation of choice or keep in the troop. All other materials donated will become an addition to our efforts is distributing bags! We have more than 50 bags! From the materials donated by 8 children and their parents alone!

As Sewing may be in some of the girls' skill sets later, each will also receive the pattern with their bags as it is absolutely FREE!

 As Teresa states it! "Let’s change the world…one bag at a time!" 

An Update From the Troop Leader - "Hey Everyone!!! In order to reduce our plastic use the girls voted to bring their own refillable water bottles to drink from to the meeting. "