Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Scrap Basket Finds~ May OMG

A long while back I posted some Scrap Basket Finds, you can find that post here. I thought I would be completing this project pretty quickly as it was so small but it ended up being pushed aside. My focus is to have Finishes this year!

The blocks were purchased in a pile of scrap from somewhere, and I squared them up and set them. There were enough for a small, baby size quilt. So gorgeous! I adore that vintage look!
For May's OMG challenge I want to get this quilted up and binded. Yes, a Finish!

Sneaking into my sewing box........

I am looking for some pre-made binding to use on this one. I found some at deep discount browsing one day and scooped up the lot.


In the bottom of my sewing basket I find two packages of dark teal. Looks like a win to me!

Linking up with Patty at Elm Street Quilts 

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Peace, Love & Quilt - April OMG Completed

Having this one done is such an accomplishment! Again, keeping in mind that this quilt is created as a controversial political quilt, I am only showing a portion to deter hate mail and political arguments. I love my quilting community friends and love all we have to share with each other!

For the center of the quilt, I straight line quilted around the stars and did a meandering path through out the heart. I'm still struggling with this. I have lots of eyelashing and broken threads through out- but I am not going to give up! I will keep trying this free-motion technique until I am happy with the results! The rest of the quilt has wavy-line quilting. The recipient is overjoyed with it!

Linking up with Patty at Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal April Finish. You can find my original post here.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Patriotic OMG - April 2019

My goal for April's OMG with Elm Street Quilts is a Patriotic/Political quilt made by a request. The pattern I used to create the quilt is a free pattern created by The Fat Quarter Shop to commemorate My favorite day of the year - Worldwide Quilting Day. The pattern is called Piece, Love & Quilting.

I modified the pattern to add quite a bit of border to allow for wording, I've chosen not to show that portion to deter hate mail and a political argument with all my quilting friends. This is my "happy time" when I share with the quilty world. 

My goal for this quilt is to have it pinned with in the week, quilted and binding added by the end of the month. I've decided to have a play on the words for the name of it: "Piece, Love & Quilt" to Peace, Love & Quilt- I've named this one "Controversy".



Tuesday, March 26, 2019

All About Strings Blog Hop ~



Day 3 of the All About Strings Blog Hop!

Rules - There are no rules - with exception to use up your strings, the strips of fabric generally less than 2.5" in width. Most of mine are not very long. I have mostly snippets of fabric left when trimming, or those selvage edges, so I made an attempt at using both and came up with two small pretties.

My first was a fun thread block made into a table mat. No pattern, just improvised with what was in the scrap basket. Even the binding was snippets from the scrap basket.
The second was made of sewing a few selvage strips and trimming into a square for a sweet little tea mug rug. (I must confess, the binding for this one was a pre-packaged binding I found on discount).  I am adoring these colors and prints from Flora and Faun by Amanda Herring for Riley Blake Designs for my spring sewing this year!


All This week there will be fabulous projects, ideas to share and possibly some give aways. Join Carla at Creatin in The Sticks and all of her hosts this week at All About Strings Blog Hop!


Monday, March 25th










Karrin's Crazy World


Tuesday, March 26th









ShirleyC

Wednesday, March 27th









Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Scrap Basket Finds ~

I like to pick up the snippets of fabrics I find here and there, at yard sales, the vintage markets or thrift boutiques. Mostly they will go into a smaller scrap basket and I challenge myself to make things out of the basket.


 In keeping with making out of the scrap basket  ~ I found these already hand-sewn together with a couple of extra cut out. I only need to sew one end to finish the set and I will be making a little's quilt with it.

The fabrics look and feel vintage, they needed squared up, fashioned into some kind of arrangement and stitched together. The chosen sashing and border is a coordinating light turquoise used to increase the size.
If you have any special ideas to help me use up those tidbits in my scrap basket journey, let me know!
I will be sharing my finish soon!

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Aurifil Designer of the Month ~ Hanalei Garden

Working Strictly from the scrap basket...no yardage, no fat quarters - no stash! I am sewing up the 2019 Aurifil Designer of the Month. You can read all about the designers and get the Free patterns at the link.

This month's designer block is called Hanalei Garden by Natalie Barnes, and here is my scrappy version.
There are a couple of snippets courtesy of Brooke Sellmann at Silly Mama Quilts

Visit and enter your Works in Progress

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

The Quilted Cat

I love re-purposed items, saved from the depths of the garbage dump. This collection of quilted items are just darling. Spotted at the Spencer Antique Mall in Spencer, WV. That old pump organ... to right at the back of the setting... only $50 !!! Can you believe it! Visit the store only until February 28th then closing their doors.

Monday, February 25, 2019

February OMG ~ Madelyn's Quilt

Surely Enough, the quilt was gifted without a full size photo! But..... here is a cute little photo of the stitching. I used loopy loops and stars all over, with some fun words written into the quilting. Encouraging words such as dream, live, love, hope, be yourself... What little girl wouldn't sit and day dream of future self with such inspiration! 


Linking up my finish with Patty at Elm Street Quilts








Sunroom SunShine

No Sewing Involved ~ This needed to be done for quite some time now. The cushions were covered with old vinyl and were falling off, the chip board inside was rotten. It just needed Done! I searched for a before photo....none that would show the serious mess of a shape they were in, but the final outcome? Gorgeous!

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Dust Off A Quilt Book Just in Time for Spring!

Today is my stop on the hop for  Dust off A Quilt Book Blog Hop Challenge with Bea at Beaquilter.  Easy - find an old quilting book,  Not so easy - decide which book and make a project from it! I've been wanting to do this for quite a while now and so glad that Bea offered us this challenge!

In a previous post I shared that my project would be in anticipation of Easter and Spring, I chose Country Quilts for Friends by Margaret Peters & Anne Sutton - Published by C&T Publishing, 2004.


I decided upon a lovely Spring quilt with a bunny in the center. And it has bees, I love bees! The fabrics chosen are  

             Flora and Fawn by Amanda Herring for Riley Blake Designs 


So Pretty! The quilt is going to be used as a wall hanging for Spring, then maybe gifted to my sweet little grand daughter.


I free motion quilted on my domestic with just randomness, some outlining and little flower drawings. See the bees in the quilting?
And I blanket stitched the binding on, I enjoy the vintage feel that a blanket stitch provides. Complete with some pretty, flowery pink fabric for backing.

And a GiveAway in Honor of Old Books
I'll be giving away one of my "old" books,  Designing Patchwork. Let me know in the comments below "How many quilts have you made with bees on it and the name of the pattern?" Give away will be open until Monday Feb 25th.
Winner of the Drawing from the comments section is Carla from Creatin' in the Sticks!!!!

 

And a Bonus, I used up more of the fabric from the bundle for a a Sister Quilt! I used Pat Sloan's Oh My Stars! pattern. This will be used in my recliner. Wink! It still needs quilted and binding added, so that will become a March Project OMG with Patty at Elm Street Quilts.
                                                         March Link Up
 
Amazingly there is still lots left over with this fun bundle, about 3/4 of yard went to my grandbaby for some adorable bibs! I can't wait to use more of this! It is definitely a win for Spring! Thanks for joining me at Dust Off an Old Quilt Book!

And don't forget to visit everyone that has put in so much effort spring cleaning at the hop!
Monday Feb 18th
Turid at densyendehimmel
Pamela at Pamelaquilts
Selina at Selinaquilts
Kathleen at Kathleenmcmusing
Tuesday Feb 19th
Jennifer at curlicuecreations
Stephanie at stephjacobsondesigns
Kathy at Kathysquilts
Shasta at high road quilter
Theresa at bumbleberrystitches

Wednesday Feb 20th
Sharon at Vrooman’s quilts
Suzy at Websterquilt
Nancy at patchworkbreeze
Karrin at karrinscrazyworld
Denise at craftraditions

Thursday Feb 21st
Anita at Domestic Felicity (you are here!)
Leanne at Devoted Quilter
Jennifer at Dizzyquilter
Lee Anne at Podunk Pretties
Lyndsey at Sew Many Yarns

Friday Feb 22nd
Bea at Beaquilter
Barbara at Bejweledquilts
Marian at seams to be sew
Brenda at songbirddesigns

Monday, February 18, 2019

Practice! Practice!

For a long time now I have been trying to get this free-motion quilting on your own domestic machine technique down pat. I must admit, it has been more than frustrating but I do believe perseverance is Winning!

These are the latest two free-motion attempts and I'm willing to actually display the photos.

I used a cuddly flannel for each of the backings to make them more appealing to the recipients as there are still quite a few fumbles in the quilting...but as the quote goes.......     Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance!

   



Friday, February 15, 2019

Antique Quilt Sighting

I enjoy browsing the quilts in antique markets, sometimes taking a photo, mostly not. When I do take a photo, I like to share.

I normally do not purchase either, I am not a collector. I've only purchase two over the years. I do enjoy their beauty and the inspiration they may bring. I hope my quilt sightings give you inspiration to sew and create today ~

This one is from a small South Carolina shop and displayed so beautifully. 

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Old Books, Old Quilts ~

Join me and all these other fabulously creative minds to dust off one of your old quilt books and actually make something from it! Bea at BeaQuilter is hosting this genius blog hop to encourage us to pull out those old books. 
We will see you next week!

And just for fun, an Old Quilt sighting at a Cowpens, SC antique market.

Made in 1933 for a new baby by her grandmother - Cost is $25, that is a Deal!



Monday Feb 18th
Turid at densyendehimmel
Pamela at Pamelaquilts
Selina at Selinaquilts
Kathleen at Kathleenmcmusing

Tuesday Feb 19th
Jennifer at curlicuecreations
Stephanie at stephjacobsondesigns
Kathy at Kathysquilts
Shasta at high road quilter
Theresa at bumbleberrystitches


Wednesday Feb 20th
Sharon at Vrooman’s quilts
Suzy at Websterquilt
Nancy at patchworkbreeze
Brenda at songbirddesigns
Karrin at karrinscrazyworld
Denise at craftraditions

Thursday Feb 21st
Leanne at Devoted Quilter
Jennifer at Dizzyquilter
Lee Anne at Podunk Pretties
Lyndsey at Sew Many Yarns

Friday Feb 22nd
Bea at Beaquilter
Barbara at Bejweledquilts
Marian at seams to be sew

Friday, February 1, 2019

February OMG - Birthday Quilt

This was supposed be gifted November 2018.
I never got it quilted, and now is the best time to get it done. I am striking off WIP's and UFO's in 2019 and have been selecting quilt tops that are lying around that need to be quilted. Either practicing free-motion or sending them off to my long-arm quilter - they Must get Done!

Linking up with Patty at Elm Street Quilts

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

The Glamper Sewing Room Give-Away!

I travel quite a bit for work, so to keep up with some of my desire to sew... One of the "rooms" has been turned into my little sewing world. Currently the drawers and cabinets are filled to the brim and the sofa is piled high, but I want to Glamp It Up! I am looking for suggestions - how could this room be turned into the cutest little sewing room ever?


I am thinning out my small scrap bin and cutting 2.5 " mini charms to give away. They are definately going to be scrappy! To be eligible for the give away, leave me your ideas or suggestion in the comments section and follow me at Domestic Felicity I will close out the give away on Friday, February 1st!

The Winner of the Charms go to Barbara Woods!





Monday, January 28, 2019

WIP Storage Tip

I wanted to share a great storage tool that is a basic staple since I am always on the go with work!
These Poly Zip Pouches are fantastic. I use the Legal size which is a little wider than 10" and longer than 22" with a good fold in them for expand ability.

They are great to place all of your precut fabrics, threads, scissors and even the book or patterns you are working from. They are a great way to keep everything together without loosing some of those smaller pieces. And you can always store the whole project on a book shelf to come back to later without misplacing one single bit! No more worries about where that book went to!


And if you haven't recognized, this is yet another sneak peek into my project for the upcoming Dust Off an Old Quilt Book Blog Hop with Beaquilter in February!

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