Wednesday, November 29, 2023

WIP Wednesday 11.29.2023

I finished the 'free' guild project.

pattern: tube method string blocks
panto: serpentine

I pulled out a few of my Santa motorcycle pillow panels.

I also pulled green, red and white. I decided the white was a little harsh so I went with a tan. 

I was anxious to start the blocks. I'll be using an old stand by pattern. I refer to it as Mock Trip Around the World by Quilting Assistant. I've also heard it referred to as modified 9 patch.

pattern: Quilting Assistant Mock Trip Around the World

If interested, I made this pattern here and here and here (corgi butt quilt) and here
and here and here. There are still more that I have made! OK! I cry 'Uncle!' but I really like the versatility of this block.

Monday, November 27, 2023

Design Wall Monday 11.27.2023

Welcome Back! after my little blogging/sewing/quilting break.

I'm happy to report that I only had sore arms where I got my Covid and Shingles injections. No fever, no loss of appetite and no sleepiness. I was so planning on being sick!

I did however, gather my Christmas decorations and deck the halls. According to my Fitbit, I walked ten flights of stairs between the basement and the main floor of the bungalow. I only have the staircase garland to string. My husband needs to move the quilt cabinet and put the 7 foot (or did we buy an 8 foot?) tree together. LOL He's was out of town Thanksgiving weekend and he is currently out of town for round 2.

This is where I left my red/white project on Thanksgiving. I really should have post Friday but...

In honor of the Christmas season, I added green sashing and I had to be a little creative in the sewing. I thought I had enough and I just did. Barely! I pinned to try and line up the sashing but I did miss a little bit.

Do you think I added Christmas as the outer border? 

Surprise! I found this pretty rose print on the free table and thought it would work with the colors in this quilt. Again, I had a limited amount of the rose print so...3.5 inch cut borders it is! 

It is approximately 45 x 56 before quilting.

pattern: strips cut at 2.5 inches and quarter blocks made using tube method.
                4 sub blocks sewn together to make a 10.5 inch unfinished block.

Sharing today with Judy at Design Wall Monday.

Thursday, November 23, 2023

Happy US Thanksgiving!


(who celebrate!)

Next year...I'm going to enjoy a Peanuts meal! LOL

Enjoy your day with family, friends and whomever you celebrate with! 😀

Wednesday, November 22, 2023

WIP Wednesday 11.22.2023

Just a little bit of progress on the next project. I picked up a bag of goodies on the free guild table and have been watching for 'go with's'.

pattern: I'm using the tube method to make the block parts then sewing them

Monday, November 20, 2023

Design Wall Monday 11.20.2023

 I wasn't sure exactly 'what' I wanted to work on this week. After all, here in the US, Thursday is Thanksgiving and a few of my in-laws will be at my home. Then on Friday, I scheduled my COVID booster and first Shingles vaccines. I'm planning on being sick Friday, Saturday and possibly Sunday. DH is scheduled to go to the cottages to help with the renovations on the rental unit. I figured if I'm not feeling up to making lunch and/or's best to be alone!

I decided to pull out a partial project that I picked up on the free table at guild. There were a few blocks completed. A few strip sets sewn together, strips cut and a bit of fabric. I've been watching the free tables for possible 'go with's'.

Sharing with Judy at Design Wall Monday.

Saturday, November 18, 2023

SoScrappy Saturday 11.18.2023

Today is the third Saturday of November of Assembly!

Time for my North Winds blocks...I had quite a few blocks to fill in the design. I needed at least 52 blocks in order to be eligible for the Challenge drawing. The idea is to make one block a week = 52 blocks. This meant I needed to add more blocks and the easiest way was to add a single row and make it in a straight set. 

This is sure A.LOT.OF.HST's!!!

I'm unsure if I want to add a white border. I tend to make my bindings a little larger and would definitely be hiding most of the hst's points...I suppose I have a full 3 weeks to make that decision. LOL

pattern: North Winds, Stash Buster Challenge Block 2023...9 inch finished

Sharing with SoScrappy Saturday.

Friday, November 17, 2023

Finish or NOT Friday 11.17.2023

I finished piecing the Santa Kitty to a flimsy this week. I did add a polka dot border to make it a tad bigger

pattern: Villa Rosa Grand Prize

I decided to make a few more bibs for the MelonHeads. The end of the month meeting is the only time the bibs will be collected. I decided not at add batting, I just went for the fabric and terry cloth backing. Baby had a hard enough time sewing through the terry cloth. Mary said she will bring her snaps and snap all the bibs that are turned in at the meeting. Thanks Mary!

pattern: found at Robert Kaufman here.

Sharing with Alycia at Finish or NOT Friday and

Sarah at Whoop! Whoop!

Wednesday, November 15, 2023

WIP Wednesday 11.15.2023

The day started out by sewing with the MelonHeads. Today's project was a bib. I took more parts to make a few at home in the next few weeks.

pattern: by Robert Kaufman found here. We did make the neck opening a little 
                                larger so baby will be able to grow into it.

I made the side borders for the Santa kitty quilt. Now to sew it together.

pattern: Villa Rosa's Grand Prize

I also pulled out another RSC2023 project: North Winds. I have quite a few blocks to fill in. In order to be eligible for the prize, there needs to be 52 blocks in your quilt. You see, the plan is to make one block a week for the year. This setting has 56 blocks!

Here we go! Now I need to sew it to a flimsy!

pattern: NorthWinds block (unfinished at 9.5 inches)

Sharing today with Susan at MidWeek Makers.


Monday, November 13, 2023

Design Wall Monday 11.13.2023

Lynn, our Michigan Quilt of Valor leader, posted the veterans that we had the honor of awarding Quilts of Valor ceremony at the Original Quilting and Sewing Expo. The gentleman on the right was awarded a quilt that I had made from start to finish!

I pulled out one of my Christmas panels to work on this week. I forgot to take the picture before I added the first border and a few 'go withs'. I'm going to make Villa Rosa's Grand Prize pattern.

Sharing with Judy at Design Wall Monday.

Saturday, November 11, 2023

SoScrappy Saturday 11.11.2023

I spent another day volunteering at the Quilt of Valor booth at the Original Quilting and Expo Show

I took a a couple pictures of the booth yesterday that I forgot to post. We were fortunate to have a large space and two 8 foot tables. One table was set up to gather Signature blocks for future Quilts of Valor and the other table was set up for our fabric fundraiser. Lynn, the Michigan coordinator, is gifted fabric. If the fabric is not suitable for QOV, she cuts it into 1/2 yards and asks for a goodwill donation of $1.00/cut. We had such a positive response that Lynn brought her cutting station to the show so our table was continually being refilled!

Lynn did award 5 Quilts of Valor today. I'm patiently waiting for Lynn to post to FB so I can 'steal' her picture of today's featured veterans...

Now for my RSC2023...Today is the second Saturday of November of assembly.

Here is my house neighborhood.

pattern: Debby Brown's Little Pink Houses

and here is my hut neighborhood. 

pattern: a cutting oops that I liked for the flat top roofs aka huts!

My neighborhoods are a little plain but this is all I am going to do with them. Well, besides the quilting...LOL

Sharing with SoScrappy Saturday.

Finish or NOT Friday (on Saturday!) 11.11.2023

I volunteered all day at the Quilt of Valor booth at the Original Quilting and Sewing Expo yesterday and when I got home, I had forgotten to charge my laptop! 

Here is the check in area of the show.

Earlier in the week, I took the long arm for a test sew. I loaded up one of my leader/enders comfort quilts. I'm happy to report, the long arm is sewing really, really nice.  So far, so good! I went for yellows/florals as a little variety from the standard red, white and blue leaders and enders projects. 

pattern: variation of double four patch in barn raising set.
panto: serpentine

I also finished two placemats for Meals on Wheels using a few scraps of my Thanksgiving Gnome fabric.

pattern: variation of log cabin
                quilted as "Quilt As You Go"
The top one was a test and the lower one I like much better.
                specific: novelty cut at 4.5 in x 7.5 in
                               logs cut at 2.5 inches x length needed

Wednesday, November 8, 2023

WIP Wednesday 11.8.2023

In keeping with the November assembly theme for RSC2023, I pulled out my huts.

I'm just going to set this as I am keeping this one for me! It will be another example of a block that can be made with crumbs.

Sharing with Susan at MidWeek Makers.


Monday, November 6, 2023

Design Wall Monday 11.6.2023

I pulled out my houses for RSC2023 as November is assembly month.

 I did make a few tress. Unfortunately, the first two looked like lollipops! I adjusted the corners to 3.5 inch square and that helped to line up the foliage to the trunk a little better.

pattern: Debby Brown's Little Pink Houses

Sharing today with Judy at Design Wall Monday.

Saturday, November 4, 2023

SoScrappy Saturday 11.4.2023

Today is the first Saturday of November of assembly! Time to get my collections of blocks together and sew. First up are a few of my Happy Blocks. I first saw this setting on Cynthia Brunz's blog Quilting is More Fun than Housework, here. This one turned out a little narrow and long, the next one will probably be one row less. If I remember! LOL

              Staggered setting by Cynthia Brunz, found here.

I still have a rather large pile of 4.5 inch novelty squares so I am planning on continuing making Happy Blocks for RSC2024. It feels good to settle on at least one block for RSC2024. :)

Sharing today with SoScrappy Saturday.

Friday, November 3, 2023

Finish or NOT Friday 11.3.2023

My finish for this week is my Thanksgiving Gnome quilt. These gnomes are so cute!

pattern: Garden Path by Fabric Cafe
panto: serpentine

My fix on the twine to the rescue! LOL Hubby made an adjustment last night so I need to load a quilt and give her a test drive...soon!