Saturday, October 30, 2021

SoScrappy Saturday 10.30.2021

Today is the fifth Friday of October of the color light, bright green! Today is a bonus day!I decided to try my hand at making hearts. I am thinking about hearts as a pattern block for RSC2022. Although, it would be more of a Rainbow Challenge as I was cutting 8.5 inch x WOF to yield 4 heart blocks. I followed the pattern sheet from Allison at Cluck Cluck Sew in the 8 inch size.

I'm actually kinda liking these hearts but I am just a tad on the wonky side...not all my points match. Also a little on the rebel side as I am using the darker greens! 

<wink, wink>

Linking up with Angela at SoScrappy Saturday.

Friday, October 29, 2021

Whoop! Whoop! 10.29.2021

It's a finish! I really like the way this one turned out even of my split star blocks flipped on me!

panto credit: serpentine

pattern inspiration: I found this on Pinterest but it leads to a dead link.

block pattern credit:     1. MSQC Binding tool star
                                     2. Friendship Star 
                                     3. Split Star from the files of FB QOV Working Stars
                                            I never DID figure out the linking of the file so here are 
                                            the instructions, if interested.

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

WIP Wednesday 10.27.2021

I wasn't positive about posting the following blocks since they were very challenging for me. The pattern itself was pretty straight forward but I think, the struggle was with the color palette.

First, Kat at Kat & Cat Quilts hosts bi-monthly block drives for her Covered in Love Quilt Ministry. This year CiL was part of the H2H2021 Quilt Drive and I donated a few quilts and made a mental note to try and send blocks. You can read about the September-October 2021 block drive here.  

The block was an uneven 9 patch but with the following color palette.

Here is one set of blocks.

Here is another set of blocks.

I'm not sure why, but this just wasn't working for me. I debated about NOT sending them along but in the end, I DID send them in. If nothing else, my ugly ducklings will help the other blocks to shine. I am looking forward to the next block drive to 'see' if I can make more pleasing me, at least!

I continue to long arm in forward motion. Good thing that the serpentine wave looks modern and is 'in' right now. LOL I was quilting down a guild QOV today and with just about every quilt, I look forward to two things.

1. When the floated batting no longer touches the floor! This batting was a little extra crinkling as it is about 6 pieces 'frank-en-batted'.


2. When you are about to roll past the seam in the backing fabric as this is a signal I am half way done.  A little on the silly side, eh?

That's all I got...I seem to be lacking motivation.

On a personal note: one of my cousins, on my Mom's side of the family died earlier this month. She was 83. My brother and his wife flew in from Texas for the funeral so I was able to spend time with 4 out of 5 siblings. I think I am a little melancholy. I knew moving would signal an end to loved ones lives. Easy to say but more difficult in 'real life'. On a happier note, one of my brothers snapped this picture of me and my cousin. He is the oldest and I am the youngest...24 years separate us.

Monday, October 25, 2021

Design Wall Monday 10.25.2021

Not so much a design wall but a continuation of an ongoing project...

I needed to cut more 2.5 inch squares from my leftovers and I did that awhile ago. While searching through my fabric cupboards, I found a container of blue and white four patches that I did as leaders and enders before my move 2020. So I started back up with the blue/white leaders/enders and in a jiffy, I had this glass jar filled up.

I spent quite a bit of time on the phone with my son and pressed all the two-sies.

I then sewed the two-sies into four-sies and more time ironing while talking to my son!

But wait! Although I had sewn all my blue/white into two-sies...I found more singles in the cupboard with the older 4 patches so now I'm working on sewing those.

Not too exciting but it's what I'm building as I work on my RSC2021 projects. I'm not really sure exactly what I will make or when I will make it but I did notice on Mary's Quilting Page, she has a few settings for 16 patches and 4 patches. 

That's my story and I'm sticking to it!!! LOL

Linking up with Judy at Design Wall Monday

PS. My son is a truck driver and we talk when he is traveling down the road via his hands free headset 
💚🚚💚 (not a semi but, hey close enough! 💚

Saturday, October 23, 2021

SoScrappy 10.23.2021

Today is the fourth Saturday of October of the month of light and bright green.

Time for my crumb blocks!

I started by separating out the lighter, brighter greens from the darker tones from the bigger bin.

I started to mindlessly sew and in a jiffy, I had quite a few blocks. 😍

and yes, you do spy Charlie Brown and Snoopy playing soccer...

pattern credit: crumb blocks, public domain

Linking up with SoScrappy Saturday

Friday, October 22, 2021

Whoop! Whoop! 10.22.2021

Whoop! Whoop!

I thought this QOV was finished...

...but, it wanted more borders...

...and I agree, it looks more complete with the side blue borders.

pattern layout inspiration: I found this on Pinterest but it leads to a dead link.

block patterns credits: 1. MSQC Binding Tool Star
                                    2. Friendship Star
                                    3. Split Star : Here are the instructions, if interested.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

WIP Wednesday 10.20.2021

I'm continuing to work on my FB QOV Working Stars block drive. I decided to frame out the stars with light blue.

I decided to go with the split stars as singles rather than make another, I also didn't have enough of the red or blue in the stash to make more. I also thought it would be easier to build the two split stars to match the binding tool star in length. I went with a white background that has red, blue and silver stars scattered in it.

I need to add a little background to bring the blue friendship stars to width. 

Did you notice? My split stars are now pointing in different directions! LOL

Layout credit:  I saw this on Pinterest but it leads to a dead link.

Block pattern credits:

                1. MSQC Binding Tool Star
                2. Friendship Star
                3. Split Star : I haven't figured out 'how' to link it and to access it on FB you
                     need to be a member of the QOV Stars's in their files. 
            are pictures of the instructions.

Linking up with Susan at MidWeek Makers

Monday, October 18, 2021

Design Wall Monday 10.19.2021

My FB Quilt of Valor Stars group is having a mini block drive through Veteran's Day, November 11, 2021. The suggested stars are:

1. Split Star block and 
2. any variation of the Friendship Star (this is the basic Friendship Star). 

I decided to make a few red/white friendship star blocks. 

I added the friendship stars to a few blocks I found in my QOV orphan blocks and parts box. Here they are on the design wall. Center row right are the split star blocks. The big center row block is the MSQC Binding Tool star.

I then thought, 'this quilt needs more blue', so I made a few blue friendship star blocks. I wanted to make sure that the friendship stars 'spun' in the same direction.

I then swapped out the bottom reds for blues.

Yes...I am liking this arrangement.

This arrangement is loosely based on a quilt I saw on Pinterest called 'Flower and Vine Flower Garden BOM'. The quilt shop was selling it as a kit but it is now a dead link and I haven't found the designer yet to give credit. :(

Star block credits:
                                1. MSQC Binding Tool Star
                                2. Basic Friendship Star
                                3. Split Star*

*split star is a download from the FB QOV Working Stars Files, I haven't figured out 'how' to save it then link here...I just might take a photo of the directions to post...

Well, that is today's update!

Saturday, October 16, 2021

SoScrappy Saturday 10.16.2021

Today is the third Saturday of October of bright and light green. 

Time for my crayon!

pattern inspiration: vist Pinterest! Lots and lots to see!

Linking up with SoScrappy Saturday

Friday, October 15, 2021

Whoop! Whoop! 10.15.2021

I have sunny skies for sailing! That sun is really shining! I don't remember it being this bright in the sewing space! I wish I would have taken Little Penguin's suggestion and used white in the background of the sailboats.

I merged two quilt inspirations for this one quilt.

Color Inspiration blogged here.

Pattern inspiration blogged here.

I'm putting this sailboat flimsy into the potential baby gift pile. My niece is expecting her second child in November so I'll chose a quilt, make a back with the baby's initials and quilt it up after the baby is born.

Linking up with Sarah at Whoop! Whoop! and Alycia at Finish or NOT Friday.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

WIP Wednesday 10.13.2021

I have made my water!

pattern inspiration: This actually a combination of two quilts that I found on Pinterest.

                                First...the colorway inspiration. This quilt was blogged here.

                            Second...the pattern pieces. This quilt was blogged here.

Linking up with Susan at MidWeek Makers.

Monday, October 11, 2021

Design Wall Monday 10.11.2021

When I pulled out the sailboats from the guild tag sale, I noticed about half of the blocks were 'flower-y'. Since I wanted a boy-ish sailboat quilt, I decided to make a few more. 

First, the blocks from the sale. I originally blogged about the sailboats here.

 Next, the sailboats I made. In the baggie was a little bit of the background fabric and directions to make more blocks...thank goodness! I noticed a vine-y flower-y print snuck into my boat hulls. Well...I guess the flower-y just can't be denied. LOL

I think I'll construct this quilt from the bottom up. So I'm off to make some water!

Linking up with Judy at Design Wall Monday.

Saturday, October 9, 2021

SoScrappy Saturday 10.9.2021

Today is the second Saturday of October of the color green. Light, bright and lime green, that is. Today I am sharing my pinwheels.

pattern credit: pinwheels, public domain

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Friday, October 8, 2021

Whoop! Whoop! 10.8.2021

I decided to go ahead and put Wood Chips on the frame and quilt it. 

Although the long arm only make a good stitch going forward. I'm pretty sure that I need a new encoder for the y-axis as that is where the stitches are undesirable...sometimes short and sometimes long and sometimes barely there. Since DH's accident I'm not sure he could lift the sewing head and at 50 awkward pounds...I'm not going to risk lifting it either.  That encoder is the one that sits under the carriage the head sits on. Any further investigation will wait, probably until the new year. In the meantime, forward sewing it is! and I'm grateful that the long arm is still stitching!

I decided to bind in red as I thought the little pop of color would compliment the overall look. The serpentine quilting looks like the right choice for this design...and forward sewing! Yay! 

pattern credit: Riley Blake's Wood Chips
pant credit: serpentine

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

WIP Wednesday 10.6.2021

Finally, time to sew and finished to a flimsy!

pattern inspiration: Riley Blake's Wood Chips

Monday, October 4, 2021

Design Wall Monday 10.4.2021

My poor quilt top has been languishing on the design wall. 

Life (aka: care taking) has taken over my life. We went to the Doctor on Friday, the news, well was like, 'Good to see you. You must have landed hard.' I was like, 'Doctor! Tell me something I don't know!' My husband's bruising is growing and his back is swelling. As he tries to do more...his body is trying to protect the broken ribs. At least the Doctor wrote a prescription for more pain killers. Now if hubby would just let his body heal and not over do...

Here is as far as I've sewn.

And just because black and white photos are always fun.

pattern inspiration: Wood Chips by Riley Blake

Linking up with Judy at Design Wall Monday

Saturday, October 2, 2021

SoScrappy Saturday 10.2.2021

Today is the first Saturday of October of the color lime, which I seemed to be missing the light, brighter greens. So before vacation, I set to work on that color way. Here are my first set of blocks.

pattern credit: Mary's rectangles

Maybe after I make the newest baby a quilt, I'll pull out all my blocks again and 'see' where I need to fill in any more colors. Hard to believe it's October already and I stuck with making blocks every month! 

Go Girl Go!

Linking up with SoScrappy Saturday.

Friday, October 1, 2021

Whoop! Whoop! 10.1.2021

A few weeks ago (maybe a month now) on Facebook, I saw a post about Quilted Hearts. The idea is to make a quilted heart and leave it somewhere for someone to find! 

Here is the website: I Found a Quilted Heart.

I knew I was going to Mackinac Island and thought DD and I might leave a few hearts around the Island. I brought some turtle fabric along with some dragonfly fabric and decided to try my hand at free motion quilting. 

Here is my turtle panel. 

Here are a few I made. I had envisioned having this awesome photo shot on the Island but I totally forgot.

So hanging on the design wall this morning it is.

I kept forgetting about the hearts to hang but we did remember to hang one at
"the Crack in the Island". Thanks to DD for hanging the heart and snapping the picture.

Guess what? It was found and reported...Whoop! Whoop! 

Read about the family that found this Turtle Quilted Heart here. The Mom posted both on the FB page and the I Found a Quilted Heart page.

kinda cool, eh?! Whoop! Whoop! 

A  few more were 'left' on Mackinac Island but I haven't seen any more reported back in. I have been leaving a few around town here...

Linking up with Sarah at Whoop! Whoop! and Alycia at Finish or NOT Friday