Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Leftovers

We eat leftovers almost every single work day for lunch~  Only because we try not to waste much and I am very frugal! Two meals created from one preparation means less cooking and more time for sewing too!

But when you get a bag of leftovers - aka "Scraps", what do we do! Get excited with all of the possibilities of course! I see quilts-in-a-bag! No rhyme, no reason, no pattern. But I will tell you now, I pulled each of scrap out and admired it - close to 12 pounds of fabric. Then I had to sort by color to determine a scheme. Almost every single cut was a yard or more so I didn't really call them scraps.


My thought for all of the cuts were to create Quilts for Babies. The idea came to mind when I ran across One piece in particular. It definitely looks vintage to me, but what do I know. There was no selvage that I could identify the fabric by. There were a few 1980's labeled fabrics. Would anyone venture to take a guess?


There were plenty of coordinating fabrics to go with it in the gifted bag, so I went for it! I'll be using some white yardage I  had in my stash for background. The perfect pattern called Yankee Doodle Star Quilt came from Mostly Crafty. You can see Melanie's version at her blog!

If you use the pattern to create your own version, share your pictures with #sewingwithfwfabricstudio and @fwfabricstudio and @mellierc.

The tutorial is easy to use with large cuts so the quilt comes together quickly. 




I chose the pinks in the bag for a girlie design And purchased one yard of the Anchor Print to modernize it a bit.




I occasionally link up with some of my other quilty friends, visit them and see what they have going on this week~  Slow Sunday Stitching at Kathy's Quilts, Moving It Forward Monday at Em's ScrapBag, Modern Patch MondayPatch Work Times Design WallMop Monday with Tweety Loves Quilting, Monday Making,  Main Crush Monday's, Sew Cute Tuesdays, Fiber Tuesday,  Freemotion by the River,   WIP Wednesday's,  Wednesday Wait Loss with Jennifer, Let's Bee SocialMidweek Makers.  Fabric Frenzy FridayFinish it Up FridaySunday StashCan I Get a Whoop Whoop and Finished or Not Friday


Camp Hobe Hands2Helpers Quilt~



Sarah Craig of Confessions of a Fabric Addict is hosting the 2017 Challenge. You can read and view many of the beautiful quilts made and donated to the several charities Here.
This I chose to make will be for Camp Hobe, a special summer camp experience for children currently being treated for cancer that have missed out on traditional summer camps for kids. 



I was a little challenged deciding how to finish. I went the simple route with a cotton sheeting backing to make it cooler but still had the snuggly top. I folded the edges to make the binding to give some of the cuddly to the back of the quilt. 

30" x 41" 


I am glad to say, the quilt is sent to find someone to love it and provide much comfort~

Friday, May 19, 2017

Art With Fabric Blog Hop: Spring 2017 Celebrating "WOMEN"


THIRD edition of Art With Fabric Blog Hop: Spring 2017
Celebrating "WOMEN"
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photo from wvgazettemail.com

Being a West Virginian through and true, I wished to share some West Virginia Artist Love. Grace Martin Taylor was born in Morgantown, WV in 1903 and graduated from WVU in 1928. She was a printmaker, artist, collage artist, painter and educator and became one of America’s most innovative printmakers of the second quarter of the 20th century. She was most known for her woodblock prints.
Since her death in 1995, Taylor’s art has been exhibited throughout the United States, at widely known places such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Academy of Design, the Smithsonian Institution, the Baltimore Museum of Art, Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, Virginia Museum of Fine Art, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, ACME Fine Art in Boston and the British Museum. Just recently her daughter donated 27 of her prints for permanent display to West Virginia University's Art Museum. She is still highly regarded as one of the most influential 20th century artists from West Virginia.


         “Lucie at Piano” by Grace Martin Taylor, 1938, linoleum block print on paper. Isn't it just adorable?!
                                                             wvutoday.wvu.edu

"Studio Window", one of her woodblock prints, was inspired by her view from her Morgantown, WV studio. See more Charleston Gazette  and The Art Store WVor visit the Art Museum of West Virginia University which is located  near the corner of Patteson Drive and Morrill Way at the Evansdale Campus of West Virginia University - if you happen to be driving through Morgantown, WV that is.

                                   And one of her lovely still lifes. You can get the down load here.

As an alumni of WVU and a West Virginia resident, I wanted to represent an artist close to home! I will be choosing one of Grace's much celebrated prints as inspiration to create my own "Studio View" at Morgantown.

Although I did not have a down-town view, my view is still nice; the back yard with my two apple trees and flower gardens. You can only see one of the trees from the window view.

In the construction of the quilt, I chose to use a blank slate much as Grace would use a blank sheet  to transfer her wood block print to. The image was created using applique cut-outs made from fusible cotton fabrics. To fuse the applique pieces to the blank fabric I used Heat-n-bond lite and fabric adhesive.


After arranging each piece and ironing down, the whole cloth was machine quilted with emphasis on tacking each applique piece and creating texture. The machine was set up for free motion quilting (lower the feed dogs and use a darning foot) and using a matching or contrasting thread stitching around the outer edges of the images, adding detail for texture. This is a machine drawing technique that was learned through following some of Janet Clare's work.

Creating murals are wonderful examples that you can use up some scraps from your scrap basket as well! I haven't decided where this beauty is going to go just yet....Maybe onto a zipper bag??? Got any ideas?

Visit all of the other Artists participating in the Spring 2017: Art With Fabric blog hop hosted by Alida at Tweety Loves Quilting.

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

A "New Direction" Aurifil BOM

Each month I look forward to Aurifil Designer Challege day  hosted by Pat Sloan. This year the theme is a rainbow of colors and each designer is assigned a color going around the color wheel.

 April Designer featured is Sue Marsh, you can get to know each and learn some fun things about them by joining Pat each month!

I found the arrows a little tricky to make, but Pat has some wonderful tips here.

I chose to use lovely greens and yellows with a pop of bright pinks in some of the blocks. While working on Sue Marsh's block "New Direction", I thought of the colors showing up in my little garden. Right after the rains today, I went out for a little photo shoot. Beautiful!!!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Just A Peek

I've been busy working on some projects, getting stuck with some here and there And getting excited over others. I have no real progress though, but who does not Love to see some fresh fabric showing up in their own shopping carts, shopping bags and at their front door?!

If you would like to find a couple of fun blogs I like to follow and link up with on occasion, go check out some of the following!~  Slow Sunday Stitching at Kathy's Quilts, Moving It Forward Monday at Em's ScrapBag, Modern Patch MondayPatch Work Times Design WallMop Monday with Tweety Loves Quilting, Monday Making,  Main Crush Monday's, Sew Cute Tuesdays, Fiber Tuesday,  Freemotion by the River,   WIP Wednesday's,  Wednesday Wait Loss with Jennifer, Let's Bee SocialMidweek Makers.  Fabric Frenzy FridayFinish it Up FridaySunday StashCan I Get a Whoop Whoop and Finished or Not Friday 

And just for fun, some Christmas Joy I've been working on~ Lynette Anderson's Designs are just so darling!



Tuesday, May 2, 2017

One Monthly Goal - May ~ Cancer Ribbon Quilt

I initiated this project in April to make for a charity fundraiser then decided upon donating a different quilt to the benefit.

I chose multiple color ribbons to place in a strip setting with lots of colorful patches. I still want to complete the Cancer Ribbon Quilt for the month of May (check out the first post) to donate soon. It needs quilted and binding added. What color would you choose for the binding to frame it up nicely?


You can join Elm Street Quilts today to start your monthly goal setting too!
Go have a peek at some of my other quilty friends I may be linking up to this week~  Slow Sunday Stitching at Kathy's Quilts, Moving It Forward Monday at Em's ScrapBag, Modern Patch Monday, Patch Work Times Design WallMop Monday with Tweety Loves Quilting, Monday Making,  Main Crush Monday's, Sew Cute Tuesdays, Fiber Tuesday,  Freemotion by the River,   WIP Wednesday's,  Wednesday Wait Loss with Jennifer, Let's Bee SocialMidweek Makers.  Fabric Frenzy FridayFinish it Up Friday, Sunday Stash, Can I Get a Whoop Whoop and Finished or Not Friday

Monday, May 1, 2017

2017 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop~ Week 3

It is the third week of the 2017 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop!

Visit and get to know not only the five featured in this week's hop, but all of my other hive mates.



Danette @Nettie Sews


If you have time, please also visit the hosts Yvonne @quiltingjetgirl, Leanne @she can quilt and Beth @Cooking Up Quilts. They all have worked so hard to make the hop a success!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

APRIL OMG Accomplished~ A Quilt For Christine


At the beginning of April I set a goal to get a commission quilt top pieced together. You can read the post at "A Quilt for Christine".

To be honest, I am not very excited over this one as I have no clear direction where I want to go with it. I've had a lot of difficulty putting this out on the sewing table. The request is for a Shabby Chic Style quilt...... What is your vision for a Shabby Chic quilt?

So one rainy day this week, I finally got those stack of squares I have been toting around with me in the trunk of my car and squared them up to 20"x20" and stitched them together. It turned out really pretty, but I am still looking for that one thing that will set it apart and give me enthusiasm and pride over it. I am considering some shabby cut flowers. What would you do?

                                           Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal

                                           #onemonthlygoal and @elmstreetquilts

Go have a peek at some of my other quilty friends I may be linking up to this week~  Slow Sunday Stitching at Kathy's Quilts, Moving It Forward Monday at Em's ScrapBag, Modern Patch Monday, Patch Work Times Design WallMop Monday with Tweety Loves Quilting, Monday Making,  Main Crush Monday's, Sew Cute Tuesdays, Fiber Tuesday,  Freemotion by the River,   WIP Wednesday's,  Wednesday Wait Loss with Jennifer, Let's Bee SocialMidweek Makers.  Fabric Frenzy FridayFinish it Up Friday, Sunday Stash, Can I Get a Whoop Whoop and Finished or Not Friday

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Playing in the Dirt~

                                         Playing in the dirt makes me Happy!
                             




Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Broken Soldier - Improv QAL Finish


As the prompts came in from Patty at Elm Street Quilts, each piece of fabric came together with a common theme. I kept seeing the Grand Ol' Flag, battles America has fought and reminisced of those that rally around our troops. I've made attempts at coming up with a name for the Improv quilt and  "The Broken Warrior" kept coming back to mind.

           


Many soldiers come home with mental health issues and symptoms of stress (PTSD) after a traumatic event like war, assault, or disaster. Some have been broken physically with injuries sustained in combat. Some didn't come home.

Many will face and overcome challenges; showing our support will aide in their healing. I wanted to title the quilt as such in honor of soldiers; honor them because of who they were, who they are and who they will become.

There are many wonderful programs to support American Troops, You can find some below and many others in your own community.

                                                              Wounded Warrior Project
                                                                    Soldier Ride
                                                            Disabled American Veterans
                                                    Operation Jackon County Veterans


Such programs are dear to my life. I have a long line of Veterans in my family. Consider taking time to do something for the Veterans in your life. If you have another program you wish to add to the list, please provide it in the comments section.

You can catch up with the fun prompts at Elm Street Quilts, there is still time to get in the excitement and a chance at prizes!
The progress check-in linkup runs continually through Instagram and at Elm Street Quilts QAL Facebook Group
Add your quilt top (quilted or not) to the linkup, from April 11 through April 30.
And Patty will host a finish play parade will be on May 3; see more information here.)

Monday, April 24, 2017

A Pretty Picture for The Day~


This is being sent to North Carolina Today! It is an auction item for a cancer benefit. Please join me in providing a little prayer over the event and a prayer for healing~

and you can read more about Pat at her blog and order the book Here.

Also, be sure to check out some of the blogs I will be linking to this week~  Slow Sunday Stitching at Kathy's Quilts, Moving It Forward Monday at Em's ScrapBag, Modern Patch Monday, Patch Work Times Design WallMop Monday with Tweety Loves Quilting, Monday Making,  Main Crush Monday's, Sew Cute Tuesdays, Fiber Tuesday,  Freemotion by the River,   WIP Wednesday's,  Wednesday Wait Loss with Jennifer, Let's Bee SocialMidweek Makers.  Fabric Frenzy FridayFinish it Up Friday, Sunday Stash, Can I Get a Whoop Whoop and Finished or Not Friday

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Hands 2 Help Charity Quilt Challenge 2017

                                     

This week must be my week to feed my soul. I've already posted one charity quilt I will be donating this week. My hopes is to post more about the event when the information is posted publicly.

Sarah of Confessions of a Fabric Addict is hosting the 2017 Challenge. You can read and join in here.

I am making huge strides in finishing a couple of charity items. This one will be for Camp Hobe, a special summer camp experience for children currently being treated for cancer that have missed out on traditional summer camps for kids. 

                      I need to finish this pretty little cozy flannel for some one special~






Cancer Quilt~

I've seen all of these great, beautiful, intricate, fundraising charity quilts. All of them are so beautiful! But Most Are Pink.......

There are hundreds of types of cancers and hundreds of ways in which they affect our bodies. Today,
I'm celebrating the Hope for All Cancer Patients, A Cure for Cancer and Joy In Recovery!

Here is a quilt I'm sewing up to donate as an auction item. I've had a recent request for an item to donate for a patient with brain cancer. With short notice, I've browsed through my treasured quilts to come up with one.


In the meanwhile, I wanted to choose a quick go to pattern to work on to have on hand. I had no specific idea but I wanted Color! Lots of Color!





I am enjoying the applique stitching, it is one of my favorite sewing activities! More to come!

Give me some ideas of how you would set the strips!

Have a Blessed Day!


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Welcome! 2017 New Quilt Bloggers: Blooming Quilters

First, I want to apologize for my delay in posting for the week and Blogging event. Life sometimes overcomes many priorities and wishes, as all of us has discovered at one time or another.

My name is Anita and I live in a tiny town in West Virginia. I have much Mountaineer pride and am an alumni of West Virginia University.

My love for quilts started with my grandmother, Flossie Agra. She did mostly applique quilts with floral pieces. They were lovely. I've been on a search for one of her quilts for many years.

I dabbled a little with sewing and attempting to create a quilt about 25 years ago with no instruction of how to construct it. It came out okay, but I never saved a picture of it nor do I still have the quilt.

Then about 3 years ago, my grand daughter came to live with me full time and my activities changed greatly. I needed something to occupy my mind and time since I keep her now. My husband and I were in the throws of empty nest syndrome and loving our new-found freedom! Again, there goes one of life's surprises thrown at us! We sold our motorcycles and became full-time parents again!

I went back to quilting and found that I loved it! I follow after my grandmother, I really like appliques but do most of mine by machine.

One of my tips for raw edge applique is to use a basting medium such as Heat n Bond Lite to secure the applique prior to machine stitching. It has worked great for me every time!

I also use quilting gloves to turn my fabrics when stitching appliques to save from getting finger cramps. Give it a try!
  

IF YOUR PERSONALITY WAS A QUILT BLOCK or Famous Quilt, WHAT WOULD YOU BE? Leave me a comment and don't forget to visit all my other Blooming Quilters Friends!

Anita @Domestic Felicity ~ This is Me :)