Friday, April 18, 2014

Whoop! Whoop! 4.18.2014

I finished the Hugs and Kisses quilt to a flimsy.

Since I deviated from the pattern ~ my corners points don't match up.

Shhhh!  I won't tell if you don't tell!  Only another quilter will *see* my mistake.  :)

pattern inspiration: Lyn Brown's Hugs and Kisses.

DS wanted me to make an apron.  Hmmm ~ I've been wanting to try out this Terry Atkinson pattern since I got it in the Groovy Girls class over two or possibly three years ago.

Good thing I had one that I wanted to make.  I made a few mistakes but think I learned where to avoid them.  :)  I just need to sew either a button or a yo-yo on the accent piece then I can mail it to my SIL.

She had asked for an apron with pears, like two Christmases ago!

I'm linking up today with:

Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

WIP Wednesday

I am continuing with the Hugs and Kisses blocks.

This 5 x 6 set of 12 inch blocks yields a quilt that is about 60 x 72.  I'm trying to decide if I add one more row to the bottom. A 5 x 7 set of 12 inch blocks would be about 60 x 84.  Perhaps, too big for a lap quilt?  I'm not sure of the height of the various people attending the fundraiser.  I usually give a longer quilt to taller people.  :)

pattern inspiration:  Lyn Brown's Hugs and Kisses quilt pattern

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

I Started Sewing!

I chose the Hugs and Kisses Quilt as my donation to my friend's fundraiser.  I have this Lyn Brown pattern, but decided to make the half blocks cut at 6.5 inches and the corners cut at 3 inches.  This way, my blocks will finish at 12 inches and build the quilt quickly.

Here are a few of the blocks made.

I'm really liking the new *set up* in my sewing room.  I am toasty warm by the room heater! :)

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Almost Ready to Sew

I actually flipped the sewing room around.

Where once was storage, now is the sewing space. This is the view from the doorway.

I then moved the storage to the back of the room.  This is the view from the *L* point of the room.

I am still undecided exactly *how* I am going to store all the papers that have accumulated over the years.  I think I might *steal* the paper storage tower from the card making room and use it in the sewing room.  I actually brought the wrong paper storage unit as it holds 8 1/2 x 11 paper and not 12 x 12 paper.

I also need to find a home for my tower of scrap bins.  I used to store them under the cutting table but now that is in front of the room heater vent so to a new home they must find.  In truth, this is what drove me to re-arrange my sewing space....I want to sew closer to the heater!  :)

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Tips, Tutes and Tasty Things for Hands2Help

Tip #1:

DO NOT GET SICK!  Seems like I forgot about everything except the gurgling of my stomach! All in my system is starting to settle down and I am starting to remember....

Tute #1:

A favorite tute to share.  My most recent *go to* pattern has been the Quilting Assistant Mock Trip Around the World. When made up into 9 inch blocks (finished...9.5 unfinished), a set of 6 x 8 results in approximately 56 x 72 inch throw quilt.  A donation size that I like.  Add a few borders and the resulting size is a generous twin quilt. I most recently made a trio of MTAtW as coaches gift quilts. I even experimented with different layouts!

Layout 1.

Layout 2.

Layout 3.

Not too long ago, I made a Quilt of Valor and inserted a pillow panel into the traditional set.

For me, this pattern is really versatile and makes up quick as  I strip piece all the blocks sections!

Tasty Things #1:

This is more of a challenge for me as I not a dedicated cook.  I merely cook to eat and do not enjoy the process at all!  I will share this recipe that I found that seems to work for me and even my son, the chef, likes it!  :)


Beware:  It makes A LOT.  I like to serve it on buns with mustard and a little bit of cheddar cheese - after all, I am in Wisconsin!- and a side of cole slaw.  Perhaps a mixed greens salad if I am feeling the urge.

I'm linking up with:

Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

That's it.  ENJOY!

Friday, April 4, 2014

My April Quilting Goal

It's time (or really past time) to set my quilting goal for Fibers of All Sorts - A Lovely Year of Finishes -  April goal.  Wow!  That is a mouthful, eh?!

A non-sewing friend asked if I would donate a quilt for a fundraiser she is having at the end of the month for her BIL that is unable to meet his medical expenses.  Since I can't attend the fundraiser I thought that it would be a nice contribution to the event. 

So my April sewing goal will be to create a quilt for the fundraiser.  Find a pattern, select the fabrics, cut, sew, quilt, bind, label and deliver the quilt before the end of the month.  

Sure hope this Montezuma's Revenge passes soon so I can get back at it!

google found here.

Whoop! Whoop! 4.4.2014

No sewing Whoop! Whoop! here.

I told a friend I would help her with her Milwaukee Admirals' player scrapbook.  She is scrapping one of the goalies, Magnus Hellberg. Max is currently re-habbing an injury in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Here is the stack of pages that I made.

One of my favorites ~ Max drinking from his water bottle.

Another favorite ~ Max in a snow globe.  I used the template from Fat Cat Patterns.  :)

Two weeks ago, I had this bright idea to change to layout of the sewing room.  I'm a little embarrassed to admit, but this is as far as I've gotten.

Maybe inspiration will strike now that I am done with the scrap booking on the re-organization of the sewing room!

And sewing will be able to resume!