Sunday, February 19, 2017

Slow Sunday Stitching -- Homestead Harvest

More leaves were added to my to-go project (pattern by Kim Diehl.)  I stitched down some of the circles for the flowers too.

I started this project in December, 2016.  The pattern is called Homestead Harvest.  Below is a picture of the quilt I am making.  I am learning applique.  The pattern is from the book Simple Appeal, 14 Patchwork and Applique Projects for Everyday Living by Kim Diehl.  
I'm linking up with Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.  Click by and check out all the other GORGEOUS projects at today's linky party here.!

Linking up with Slow Sunday Stitching group at Kathy's Quilts.!  Check out all the other fun slow stitching projects on Kathy's blog for Slow Sunday Stitching.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Microwave Bowl Cozy -- RSC17

I used this YouTube video.  It's a video a little over eight minutes long.  I also used a 15" base for a start.  It's a nice size that fits all the bowls we use.

If you're not into YouTube, I found this free pattern.  Both are similar, but the one in the YouTube video is the one I made and fits all my bowls, starting with a 15" square.  The one in the free pattern would just fit my soup bowls because it starts with a 10" square.  This could be a fun project to use orphan blocks!

It fits the big soup bowl:

I live a little over an hour from the Fiesta pottery is made.  You can see their site here.  It's also conveniently located right down the street from Mountaineer Casino (and dog track).  I try to go there for a play day about once or twice a year.

It fits my shallow bowl that we usually use for things like pasta.

You can see where I just did some crop circle quilting (what I call it) in the middle of the cozy.  Neither the pattern or the video call for this type of quilting, but I thought it would lay nice and flat...and it's fun, easy, and fast to do.

Because of my recent bout with Bells Palsy on 2.11.17, I am eating a lot of soups, liquids, and drinks.  I started this new project because I "had" to.  I made a little microwave bowl cozy.  It fits my soup bowl too.  I may have to make one with a 10" starter block.  That would be perfect for this project.

It fits little Mr. Sunshine's pizza plate.  As soon as he saw my new microwave cozy he wanted one!  Seriously, a kid that wants a microwave cozy.  Of course I LOVE this kid!  I'll have to look through the novelty fabric for him the next time I make it to the quilting room.
But look, there's more.  I knew with him wanting to use it that I would never get to use it.  I put more scraps together and made a custom sized one for the soup bowl size I use most. This one I customized to make so that it would fit the bowl.  I added just a quarter inch for the darts on the sides and started with a 10.5" block.  Look how much more the bowl stands up being a smaller block and wider darts:
So, these are the first two projects started this year that were NOT on my UFO list -- but they are finished!    I didn't add to the WIP list and I have a fun, new, functional kitchen item.
After I made them I went back and added loops to hang them.  I didn't want them to get shoved to the back of the kitchen drawer and not be used.  My sister-in-law hasn't seen them yet.  I bet she will love them.  I especially love the one on the left in the photo below.  I will most likely need to make more of that size.  All were done in the colors this month for the RSC17. 

Linking up with Angela at SoScrappy for Scrap Happy Saturday.
grab button for SoScrappy
Also linking up at SheCanSew for Show Off Saturday.  The linky party is here.

Friday, February 17, 2017

A Tiny Friday Finish

Here's a tiny Friday finish.  It's a microwave bowl cozy that fits my smallest Fiesta bowl.

Here's the other side.  It's reversible and can be used either way.

I did use a new too (to me).  This is the Dritz Quick Turn tool.  I used it to turn the little piece of fabric that needed turned inside out for the loop to hang it.  It worked great.  It was quick!  I got this as a door prize at my local quilt guild Christmas party in 2015.  I will definitely use it again.

Also linking up with Sarah Craig at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get a Whoop Whoop?

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

New Toys -- And Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day.  Here's my block #8/25 called Never Endling Love.  It is the next block that goes with the ones I posted last week.  You can read more about this Pat Sloan designed block here.

I'm still refraining from starting new projects.  I rewarded myself with a few new toys to help me with some upcoming finishes.  These are templates that I use with my longarm.  I bought them when R&S Design had a sale earlier this year.  I LOVE Circle Lord products, but sometimes I also buy boards from R&S.

Linking up at the Quiting Room with Mel for Fiber Tuesday.
Whohoo! when you click on the link and get there you'll see what I posted last week was featured!
Fiber Tuesday Link Party for all fiber crafts
If anyone is interested, I have these three Baptist Fan boards from R&S Design for sale. 
It is no longer available from R&S.  Each board was $46 each.  I will sell the whole set for $90 (free shipping within the United States.)
I'll clean the blue off.  It's the painter's tape that I hold it down with.  I will come back and update this site with the measurements when I get home from work tonight.  0-rings that hold the boards together are included.  If interested e-mail


Monday, February 13, 2017

Moving it Forward Monday -- Another Block Lotto Block

Have you ever tried your luck at the Block Lotto?  It's a fun way to learn new skills, use up those scraps, meet new quilters, and possibly win blocks.  Sophie, of Sophie Junction come up with beautiful blocks and color schemes for the month.  We make blocks sometimes up to nine.  Each block is an entry into the "lotto" for that month.  At the end of the month someone does a random draw.  If you win, others mail their blocks to you.  If you don't, you mail your blocks to the winner(s).  It rocks!

Here's the block we are making this month.  It's called Dutchman's Puzzle.  You can find the info to make this block this month here.

 It doesn't matter where you live!  It's not just a USA thing.  I LOVE making a quilt with blocks from all over the world.  I was so excited when these blocks came in that I embroidered the first name of who made them and where they came from on each block for this quilt.  It makes it so special.

Eclipse, finished 3/6/12 -- one of my personal favorites that is always on the couch (if it's not taken)
Here's a close-up of some of the blocks:

Here's France, New Zeland, Maine, and Utah...  Yes, when you get so many blocks from different makers, they don't line up perfectly, but look at the beautiful effect in the quilt above!

I was so excited when the country of Oman was announced in the opening ceremonies of the Olympics.  I immediately showed my husband that I had something from Oman!

I see England, I see France... I see somebody's underpants -- Sorry, couldn't help myself.

Linking up with Love Laugh Quilt for Monday Making. 

Linking up with Show & Tell Monday with Bambi.

There's another linky party at Em's Scrap Bag.  Moving it forward, Monday!

And of course I've linked my post as an entry into the Block Lotto.  Come play with us!

Join me on the Block Lotto Blog

Sunday, February 12, 2017

What a difference a day makes!

I really don't usually post pictures of myself.  But what a difference a day makes.  Documenting my bout with Bell's Palsy that started yesterday, 2.11.17.

Here's today...

Here's yesterday...

Pat Sloan Winter Solstice, Block #8/25 and the Layout Plan -- Slow Sunday Stitching

Oh my... when I started Pat Sloan's Winter Solstice Challenge I thought it was just 25 blocks.  But when I saw the layout for the quilt today on her page here, be still my HEART!!!  I LOVE this layout!!!  So glad I'm all caught up with it. 

I'm also so happy that I started taking my to-go bag with me when I know I will be waiting at places.  Normally I would have done raw edge applique on a block like this and the basket block.  But now that I am confident to deal with my little sewing imperfections I stitch blocks like this down with needle turn applique.  I'm still learning as I go and really enjoying the process.  Thank you, Slow Sunday Stitching group at Kathy's Quilts.!  Check out all the other fun slow stitching projects on Kathy's blog for Slow Sunday Stitching.

Here's my block #8/25 called Never Endling Love.

Check out the layout of how this quilt will look!  I'm linking up to Pat Sloan's Blog and linky party here.  I love the way some people moved the hearts around on this block.  The photo of the quilt layout below was also taken from Pat's blog.

Pat Sloan Solstice block 8 placement

Yesterday I had a bout with Bell's Palsy.  You can read about it here.  I'll be taking some goofy pictures of myself now and then to document it.  It looks like I'm making a funny face, but right now this is my actual smile.  The right side of my face is experiencing (hopefully temporary) paralysis.