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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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Summer Pineapples!!!! Happy 4th Of July!!!!

Setting goals for myself with Elm Street Quilts each month has created a whirlwind of activity and production in my sewing area. And makes me happy~

Browsing through some fantastic blogs, I ran across  Amanda at Jedi Craft Girl. She created the most adorable pattern for a pineapple quilt and it is free~ You can find her and the pattern Here.

Star Spangled Pineapple Quilt from Jedi Craft Girl. So Pretty will be my Goal for July~

Friday, June 30, 2017

OMG Cuties Completed!

My hopes were to get These Quilted. I accomplished much more! Both have binding as well! So excited. I must add labels and they will be in the finish category!

The pink anchor quilt was easily quilted in a fun circular spiral using the walking foot. I'm brand new to quilting so I am taking much pride in this finish!

The "It's A Boy!" was also quilted in a spiral consisting of straight lines. Aren't those little duckies just the most adorable ever?!

Head over to Elm Street Quilts and view all the other Fantabulous! Successes for the month of June!

To check out many other fantastic finishes and works in progress, I sometimes link up with some  of my other quilty friends. Go visit them! ~  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 FridayThank Goodness It's Finished Friday with Anja Quilts, Sunday StashCan I Get a Whoop Whoop and Finished or Not Friday

Monday, June 19, 2017

Christmas in .... June~

From Dec 21, 2016  until June 20, 2017 Pat Sloan hosted a 25 block sampler she named the Winter Solstice. I joined her and Many other sewists in a journey. I am so tickled with the Christmas vibes I get from my completed top!

I used a small stack of Lynette Anderson Designs Fabric from RJR Fabrics called Festive Fun. Very Festive indeed, look at the details in her drawings on the fabrics!

There are snowmen, Santas, puppies and kittens, mistletoe and holly. See the line and a few of Lynette's projects with Festive Fun Here.

For the 2.5" blocks I used all scrap so it was fun to see how the final look turned out. I adore the little French lady. And the daisies made an appearance some how in the lighter blocks. So whimsical and I adore it!

The "Precious Fabric" star was my favorite of all the blocks even though I chose to use a bold red instead of a precious fabric. 

You can create your own Winter Solstice, find all the patterns and setting at Pat's Blog. They are Free! And Fun! Share your projects with her!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Aurifil Stitching ~

                                                I am enjoying the Colors~

                                                Stitch the 2012 DOM Reboot

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Happy June! OMG ~

We are almost half way through the year! Amazing how quickly time has passed!

June's Goal will be to get these two cuties quilted! 

You can join the fun at Elm Street Quilts. Just click on the link and sew, sew, sew!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

May One Monthly Goal Accomplished!

I have my quilt ready for fundraising~ You can see the May entry for One Monthly Goal at my  Cancer Ribbon Quilt post.

                                           Aren't all those little critters just adorable!

I did a wavy motion quilting across the quilt in black. 

And chose a 2.25 inch double-fold solid black binding to finish it off.

The backing is this gorgeous dove print~ 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017


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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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?!

"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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