Monday, January 13, 2020

Junk Store Junkie 2020

If you've followed along, you may notice I enjoy visiting second-hand shops and antique barns & shops.

You can see one such stop in Pittsburgh PA here.

Browsing around, I  came upon a cute find. For $1.00, it came with me and has a place in my glove compartment. So cute! This one was found at I43-JJ Antique Mall in Manitowac, WI. 

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Junk Pile Finds~

Sorting through the junk pile scraps, I came upon a hand-pieced square. My Mother-In-Law thought it was just a lovely block. It was turned into a quick pot holder just for her.

Going back to May 2019, you can see a baby quilt made with some of these very same scraps. I called it Vintage and Modern.
Have a happy Wednesday!

Monday, January 6, 2020

January 2020 OMG - Traffic Jam

Getting back to work, life....reality.......

Happy New Year Friends. Starting the New Year back into the first Full week of the Year!

My wish for this New Year is to have good Balance in my life and routines. One small goal is to join Patty Dudek of Elm Street Quilts in her One Monthly Goal Link Up Party. Simple enough to share what I'm working on if I keep to that Balance I'm talking about.

This month, my wish is to get binding on this lovely. It is a pattern created by Pat Sloan called Traffic Jam. You can join her in her challenge to use up scraps to bust out a quilt, pillow or table runner. You choose!

Monday, December 9, 2019

31 Day Blog Writing Challenge

So I have to be honest, I'm not very good at keeping up with a 31 day challenge. Weekends I try to stay free of I find myself once again making an attempt to catch up.

What I do enjoy about this challenge is the freedom to go back and write about each of the prompts. The prompts are so helpful!

Day 6. I have a little quilt somewhere that took me nearly 24 years to complete. I purchased the fabrics from a lady down the road ( yard sale quality). I put the two together and added yarn to tie it together. Then started blanket stitching the binding.... well, I finally finished it to use in my car. I have no idea where it is now, I hope it is in my linen closet and will check once I go home for the holidays.

Day 7. A dream project for me would be to quilt two of the tops I have been saving for when I get my own quilting machine. I want custom quilting, although I wish not to pay a hefty price for quilting. I am looking forward to getting that machine some day ...(sigh)

 Day 8. Skills I wish I had.... hmmm... My wish is to be a lot better at hand work, this may be something I concentrate on for the new learn some more intricate stitches.

Day 9. One of my favorite tips.... Try to appreciate each piece of work as a unique and special item. If you feel as if it is not quality.....take your glasses off, take several steps back and see how gorgeous your quilt is. Be your own BEST critique!

Be kind to yourself and have a blessed day!

Friday, December 6, 2019

Virtual Cookie Exchange And Christmas Blog Hop - My Day!

Carol of Just Let Me Quilt is yet again hosting this fabulous hop that includes Christmas projects and traditions, not only cookies! I'm excited to finish off the Virtual Cookie Exchange and Blog Hop where bloggers are sharing Christmas cookies recipes, traditions, and/or sewing projects. Join us in gleaning some great ideas for your holidays!

No matter the time of year, I can always enjoy these cookies. I call them wedding cookies..but heard them called by many other names....Russian Tea Cakes, Snowballs or even Pecan Balls. Just simply yummy. Here's a LINK to a popular recipe for them. Even Santa loves them at our home! I had to bake up an extra-large batch just to make sure I had enough for him.

And the sharing wouldn't be complete if I didn't show you the cookies that will keep for years to come! I hosted a sew-in day with my Mother-In-Law and we cut out fabric cookies with the pinking shears, sewed two layers together and stuffed them with scraps. A little hanger was added and the cookie ornament was stitched up completely to hang! No instructions other than that. So simple! Use your own design or follow any large cookie cutter as a template!

My holiday wish to all of you is to cherish traditions, family and time with friends. Treasure each moment and make memories. Those are moments we will hold near and dear to our hearts from year to year.

Here is the full week line up if you don't want to miss a single day of this fun week and recipe sharing this whole week!
December 2nd

December 3rd

December 4th

December 5th

December 6th

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Day 5 of the annual 31 Day Blog Writing Challenge

I've joined a 31 Day Blog Writing Challenge with Cheryl Sleboda. The challenge is to write something each day for the whole month.

To boost creativity and inspirational topics in blogging, Cheryl has cleverly provided some tips to write about each day of the challenge.

I honestly cannot say what my first project was. I'm believing it was a small quilt for my son. I still have it but have no photos to share. It was big block piecing with applique. I knew nothing about either. The appliques were cut straight to the edge and blanket stitch sewn. Over the past 26 years the applique edges have come unraveled, my hope is to restore this one some day.

I do have photos of another small child's quilt I made around the same time. Again, I surely had no direction with this. The applique was adhered with some type of Heat n Bond which made it very stiff and difficult to stitch through, but this was about 25 years ago, but it is a fun looking project if I ever want to try it again. I have better tools and a touch more experience since then.


Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Merry Month Blog Writing Challenge

I've been reading up about a 31 Day Blog Writing Challenge with Cheryl Sleboda. The challenge is to write something each day for the whole month.
I've even mentioned back in November what a Bad Blogger I've been. You can read about it here. I've attributed much of my lack of blogging to not taking photos, but it has been much more than just that to be honest.

To boost my creativity in blogging, Cheryl has cleverly provided some tips for each day. Today will be a catch-up day for me. I missed out on those 3 early days!

Let's get acquainted while I get caught up!

Day 1: I am Anita and mostly live out of my pull behind camper during the work weeks. I see home in WV on average about 15-20 days of the year. I love being in my home! Sewing is a past time for me. I work full time as a safety professional and the sewing machine and fabric give me a break from the stress of every day!
Day 2: My travel trailer has an extra space - a room all by itself with a tiny sofa, lots of windows and cabinets where I find my creative joy. I've cluttered it up quite a bit by covering the sofa with projects and pinning works in progress onto the curtain window boxes.

Day 3: You can see my Singer Modern Quilter™ 8500Q Sewing and Quilting Machine I most often use, although I'm not opposed to toting one all over the place in a rolling tote in my car just to make sure I have a sewing machine on hand if I go elsewhere. At home, I currently have a cute little Janome covered in Hello Kitty sitting on the table just in case.

Day 4: A favorite tool in my sewing room has to be the Olfa Ruby 45mm Rotary Cutter. I adore the color and it cuts so smoothly!
Please join me for the rest of the month and possibly find some prompts along the way to encourage you to share more about yourself. Stay Blessed!