Friday, October 13, 2017

Joining a Quilt Guild

An invitation to a quilt guild is an honor of sorts to me. As a novice, being surrounded by so much creativity and talent is a Huge inspiration.

Attending may be somewhat mundane at times while listening to budget items, but the atmosphere is enthusiastic. You are surrounded by people who have the same love of textiles as you!

Martingale has a divine article asking and defining three questions as to whether you should join a guildo. Have a look at it and check out the eye candy there as well.

I visited a local guilt guild by invitation; to say the least, I was ecstatic! I entered and was immediately welcomed at signing in. And Oh My! There was a round table chock full of Free- fun for the taking quilters items. Just a couple of examples were quilting books, pre-packaged patterns, finished blocks, partially completed quit projects with instructions in the bag and of course Lots of Fabrics to choose from! What could be more welcoming!

Enter a raffle for a couple of dollars for some great prizes, enter a raffle for wearing your very own hand-made, stitched name tag or enter the raffle for a Block of the Month. Each member has the opportunity to win all the blocks made for the month by entering their own. Each block you make gives you that many entries into the drawing.

One of the guild's fund raisers is a quilt made collectively by all the group. Here is the 2017 Raffle Quilt by the Calvert County Quilt Guild. Called  "Aztec Sunrise"; it was made from the Cinco De Mayo quilt pattern by Karen K. Stone, pieced by their guild members, and quilted by Allison Korb - also a guild member. Check out their page. They have a much lovelier photo than I could capture.

A Library for sharing, guild pins to wear and Show And Tell were some of the other attention capturing events! There may even be lectures by some semi-famous quilters.

To list some of the fun there are:
- Mystery Quilts
-Summer & Christmas Social parties
-Quilt Retreats
-Raffle Quilt involvement
-Challenge Quilt projects
-Charity Quilt projects
-And Lots of other community projects

Plus, you get to Make an Even Bigger Friends List! Why Not?

Here are some of the Goodies I Rescued from the Gift Pile. Do you see anything here that makes you smile? What would you make?


Each week I wish to make a post about the Rescue Pile and what is being constructed with the acquired items. Stayed tuned and leave me a comment on what you might make.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Saving Mother Earth - Art with Fabric Blog Hop


My wish was to follow with Native American tradition in creating something for my grand daughter. Dolls were created for the little ones out of perishable items that were on hand such as corn husks, pine needles and sometimes furs. Even though they were perishable, they were still intricately adorned and helped in dealing with stress, teaching important life lessons and coping skills. Over the child's growth the dolls wore out, signifying the growth of a young child into adulthood. You can read more at Native American Dolls , Indians.orgTribal Directory and Smithsonian Institute - Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies has a wonderful instruction tutorial to read. It is absolutely full of information!

Little girls Love their dollies and Little girls Love their mommy even more so it was decided that she needed a dolly of Mommy!

My grand daughter lives with us and to ease her stress and transition of being away from her mommy, we've decided to create a dolly she can play with, dress up using cast-off items, found and recycled objects that were on hand - even though they are not necessarily items used such as the pine and corn husks of the past - they are still on-hand. Some of the embellishments have special meaning and significance to  my grand daughter, such as a necklace her mother gave to her. It got broken so it became a piece of the dolly memorabilia.

In the construction of Mommy, I free handed a template, cut out and sewed the body. The hair was bits of leftover binding from a quilt project. Of course Mommy needed a face so we used a good photo to transfer to fabric and sewed it on. Mommy also needed a heart to show how much she loves her own baby girl. From there, it was dressing Mommy time. Grand daughter can add clips, clothing and all sorts of accessories to Mommy when she desires. Mostly she just likes dancing with her and snuggling with her at night.

Her underclothing was created from the sleeve of Grandpa's old shirt and other clothing from bits and pieces of grand-daughter's out grown clothing.

The concept is definitely not a new one and there are widely known dolls that are available for purchase as well. Resources to purchase a doll similar to mine are Daddy Dolls & Hug A Hero which are most notably recognized with their association in making dolls for family members of our Armed Forces. Or you can use your imagination and start creating one of your very own!

What sort of items would you save in creating your very own doll? It is quite interesting to hear what others from different age groups and areas would chose.

Another artist that I wanted to mention, although I've not created a work as such, is Louise Baldwin.
By using found and recycled objects she creates a combination of hand-stitched and machine embroidered works of art. You can read more about  Loiuse Baldwin Here  and Here. There are many of her works that are an inspiration and to pick only one would be difficult. Two of my favorite works of inspiration are "Wednesday" and "For Indoor Use Only".

 You can also use the technique used by Louise to create a treasure from trash.

Some ideal items to save are food packaging, mailers, used postage stamps, domestic animal feed sacks mixed with various fibers and fabrics to create your own collage.

If you would like to check out some previous editions of the hop check out

For a complete list of participants in the blog hop, please visit each of my quilty friends below, And don't forget to visit the wonderful host Alida at Tweety Loves Quilting.

Monday, October 9th, 2017

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017 

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017 

Thursday, October 12th, 2017 

Friday, October 13th, 2017 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

October OMG ~ Beach Baby

I Cut these out Back in July! O MY! And my wish is to get them put together into a cute little quilt top! You can find my original post at A Little Beachy Fun and the pattern I want to use by Amanda at Jedi Craft Girl.

Thank you to Patty of Elm Street Quilts for the year long encouragement to get our projects started, worked on and completed! No goal is too small! 

Friday, September 29, 2017

Winter Solstice Completed~

One Monthly Goal September Finish Link-up is Done and I am just so happy to display it on my bed and cuddle under it~ I should be waiting until Christmas but who can wait that long! All it needed was a binding and a label.  It was binding was blanket stitched by machine and the label was a little print from on line. Loving it!

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Winter Solstice ~ My September OMG

My September goal is to get this Beauty designed by Pat Sloan completed. All it needs is a binding and a label! Easy-peasy goal this month :)

You can find Pat's pattern at her web site here.

I chose this gorgeous red that I used in the quilt to bind it. Lots of washing was performed!!!!

It's  not too late to join in the monthly goal setting fun. See all the details at Elm Street Quilts.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Welding Cap - One Monthly Goal August

I am following everyone along at Elm Street Quilts to see what they've challenged themselves to complete in August. You can find my Challenge story here. It is my desire to learn to piece a welding cap together. Well...... That was a huge fail this go around. I finished it, but got lost somewhere in my constructing steps. Let's Just Say... It isn't necessarily a welding cap like everyone else's.

I started with this....

And started de-constructing to find a pattern in it.


I came up with this.


Definitely a project in the making. I will have to try this again and possibly read a tutorial or watch some videos.

Thanks for any encouragement, I really want to learn ;)

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

That Chair~

I want to paint it white, My sweet husband wants it sanded and restained.... Grrrrr - Frustration noise coming from me~

I changed out the discolored fabrics to a nice green to match the rest of the room. I never tacked it down.

Because I really want the wood to be white! What do your think???? Could I get away with a super dark walnut and change the fabrics yet again to a nice neutral?

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Welder Cap- My OMG Sewing Challenge

In addition to all of the other projects I have going on, I wanted to add this one to the mix.

My husband wears these.....Seriously... worn out, holes... not to mention how difficult they are to get them to smell clean during laundering.

I've searched around and not found a true pattern that I could purchase so ..... My hopes are to remake a pattern and sew one of these up that actually fits his head.  The curves are going to be my challenge I do believe. 

Wish me much courage and patience for my August OMG!

P.S. Just so I can throw out all the raggedy caps!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Fantastic Finish July OMG

I am totally in love with my Pine Apple Finish!

 Link Up with Elm Street Quilts to see all of the July One Monthly Goal Finishes!

You can see the previous post and get the pattern for Amanda's quilt here!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

A Little Beachy Fun!

Just searching for that mammoth shark tooth, and all I normally come up with are rocks~

Wouldn't Amanda  of Jedi Quilt Girl's Nautical Baby Quilt be the perfect Beachy Blanket!

I have some fun prints all cut and ready to sew! 

Find her pattern tutorial at her blog and join me!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Christmas In July ~ Quilted Card Tutorial

Join us all for 12 Days of Christmas in July blog hop hosted by Sarah Craig of Confessions of a Fabric Addict

You will find fabulous ideas and inspiration to get your Christmas projects underway!

What a better time than now to get your Christmas gifts and decorations started so you will have lots of time come November and December for other holiday planning, shopping and visiting with your loved ones!

I have a great scrap using project to share! Why not make your Christmas Cards for this year!

1. Heavy Duty Blank cards (or you can make your own with card stock).
2. A sewing machine
3. Fabric Choices
4. Heat n Bond Lite Iron on Adhesive
4. Scissors
5. Colorful threads
6. Stabilizer paper or tissue paper to place underneath your fabric while sewing
7. An iron    
8. Desired Embellishments

Pattern is from Jennifer Ofenstein / at Sew Hooked and she was so 
generous in giving permission for use in my Christmas Card~ Please go visit her and see all of her 
lovely work. And find her "Sweet Sue" pattern HereNote that I have adapted it for applique
 shapes instead of her paper paper pieced instruction.

Step 1

Steps 2, 3, 4 & 5
                                                                     Step 6:
                    I placed the entire mini quilt on to the card stock directly and stitched an outline around                                                           each applique shape.

So the back of the card will have the stitch lines as well. You can leave it as is or cover with another piece of paper which permits you to write your own special note. I wish to leave it as is for an additional design element.

Trim out the edges of your card stock to have a beautifully uniform card. Other options are to use the folded card stock. This one will be used as a window in a framed card so the recipient can remove it for framing if they wish.

Place stabilizer paper underneath the fabric before you sew to keep fabric from bunching up.
Drop the feed dogs on the machine and use a darning foot to be able to "free motion" sew.
The more colorful the thread, the more design element is added to your card.
Iron after sewing to make card look crisp and flat.

Find all the great projects at the following! Make great gifts for yourself and friends! And don't forget to comment on each blog along the way for a chance at the great prizes awarded!

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