Saturday, April 26, 2014

Whoop! Whoop! 4.26.2014

A little non-sewing Whoop! Whoop!

I got out the fray check and sealed the stitching on the last of the skate lace bracelets.  These have been sewn since Christmas just waiting for the fray check sealing then the trimming.

I also made 4 new ones in a slightly larger size for a friend of DD's who play JV hockey.

Forgive the kinda weird camera angle.  I was trying for artistic (?)! or maybe just

Today I am linking up with:

Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Whoop! Whoop! Friday.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

WIP Wednesday

Today I worked on sewing the binding back ~well, really forward ~ on the Hugs and Kisses quilt.

Quilt inspiration found here:  Lyn Brown's Hug and Kisses quilt pattern.

Look!  I even made a smaller *hug* for the label...awwww....

This is my April finish for Fiber Sorts: A Lovely Year of Finishes.

Once the link is up ~ I'll add it!      :)

The link is up! Here it is! Click the words...not the button  :)A Lovely Year of Finishes

Monday, April 21, 2014

What I'm Working On...

...I quilted down the Hugs and Kisses quilt this evening.

pattern inspiration:

Lyn Brown's Hugs and Kisses quilt pattern

panto source:

Angel Wings from Willow Leaf Studios

Sunday, April 20, 2014

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!