Monday, June 17, 2024

Design Wall Monday 6.17.2024

I have two projects I want to  report on. 

The first is another 'Birthday Month' item. This one is the fabric pull for the month of August. I decided to buy 1 yard of beach themed fabric. August reminds me of the hot sun and playing in the sandbox and swimming at my childhood's friend's pool. Mary adjusted her Quick Strippie to an even Quicker Strippie

pattern: Mary's Quicker Strippie

My second project is a FB QOV Working Stars sew-a-long called Big Pathway to the Stars. This one is hosted by Lisa Sutherland. The pattern is a free download (for a limited time) if you are a member of the FB QOV Working Stars group (membership fee is $5.00/year). Here is my fabric draw. I might be a little short on the light as I don't have the full 2 yards that Lisa reccomnds.

pattern: Big Pathway to the Stars by Lisa Sutherland

Sharing today with Judy at Design Wall Monday.

Saturday, June 15, 2024

SoScrappy Saturday 6.15.2024

Today is the third Saturday of June of the color blue. I'm running a week behind in my RSC updates so in this post, I present to you my Hollow Nine Patches.

pattern: Hollow Nines (public domain)

In June, I pull out my pile of blocks and take a look at them. I 'see' I am a few short...

I found a few 2.5 inch square scraps and filled in the holes.

I continue to be pleasantly surprised at the Rainbow Scrap (or Stash!) Challenge. I make a few blocks every month and the block piles grow quickly!

Sharing today with SoScrappy Saturday.

Friday, June 14, 2024

Finish or NOT Friday 6.14.2024


My finish this week is an abstract one! Last night was the Wrap Party for the guild 'Birthday Bash' Challenge that has run from September 2023 thru June 2024 that I was the admin. I was so busy that I didn't get any pictures of the event but I am happy to report that I considered it a success as we had 12 members participated with 20 entries!

I started with two Trinket Bins for the members present, blogged here.

and...this is what I came home with! 

Everyone was very happy that I had a little trinkets (and some helped themselves to two or three items!) instead of one large gift.

Stretching it and sharing with Alycia at Finish or NOT Friday.


Wednesday, June 12, 2024

WIP Wednesday 6.12.2024

I've been spending my time making little trinkets as gifts for the Guild 'Birthday Bash Challenge' Wrap Up party. In addition to the following items, I've also included glue sticks, scrubbies, lint rollers, Udderly Smooth Hand Cream, a few duplicate Villa Rosa patterns, a little box of thread and a little box of pins. Yes...the Dollar Tree store has been my friend! LOL The thread and pins are re-gifts. Shhh! Please don't tell...

Charm Square Trays

pattern: Charm Squares Trays...found here.

                modification: I cut my squares/batting at 5.5 inches

Chap Stick Key Fob

pattern: Chap Stick Key Fob...found here.
                modification: I cut my fabric at 7 x 7 inch, my
                                        911 Interfacing at 7 x 4 and
                                        I had to fold in my top to fit under the hardware.

                reason: my Vaseline chap stick was wide! 

Pinwheel Pincushions

pattern: Pinwheel Pincushion...found here.

I didn't make this set of pinwheel pincushions, I found them at a Quilter's Sale!

You can't go wrong with a few bags of M&M's.

pattern graphic found here.

Sharing today with Susan at MidWeek Makers.

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Design Wall Monday...6.11.2024

Oh wait! It's Tuesday and late!

There hasn't been very much on the design wall. I've been gathering and assembling trinkets for the 'Birthday Bash' Guild Challenge Wrap party on Thursday. On the 'to-do' list for Thursday is to quilt down the next guild QOV. I did this on Sunday. I added the top/bottom border so it measured 68 x 80 before quilting.

pattern: Trip Around the World (public domian)
panto; Happy Times

This bundle also included the binding, so I went ahead and pieced it. I then sewed it to the front of the quilt and will pass it along for another 'angel' to sew the binding back.

I was talking to a friend and trying to 'help' with a pattern she wanted to make. Her eyes glazed over when I said that the corners are 'snowballed' or 'corner pops'. So, I volunteered to make a few blocks to show her. You know I would choose to use the RWB stash for my example. I'm going to put red corners on the blue frames but I'm unsure which corners I am going to 'snowball' (or pop!). :) This will eventually measure 50 x 70 before borders.

pattern: I'm using 6.5 inch (cut) centers with 2.5 inch (cut) frames. The corner pops
                (snowballs) are cut 4.5 inch square.

                Blocks are 10.5 inched unfinished.

Saturday, June 8, 2024

SoScrappy Saturday 6.8.2024

Today is the second Saturday of June of the color blue. Since I was out of town for the first Saturday, today I am sharing my Happy Blocks.

 Here is the whole lot. I seemed to have over made on a few of the colors...imagine that?! LOL

pattern: Mary's Happy Blocks

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Friday, June 7, 2024

Finish or NOT Friday 6.7.2024

I have two finishes this week!

First up is my Batty Halloween for the Birthday Bash Guild Challenge.

pattern inspiration: Mary's RWB Wonky Rails
                                modification: I stacked 5 fabrics and made 5 cuts
                               Bats from Tricks-and-Treats quilt pattern
panto: serpentine

My second finish is my Father's Day tribute.

pattern inspiration: found on Pinterest here
panto: serpentine

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

WIP Wednesday 6.5.22024

I've made my blocks for my Father's Day tribute quilt.

I also added the sashing and borders.

pattern inspiration: found on Pinterest but a dead link. Found here.

I did load my Halloween Birthday Bash quilt and quilted it down.

pattern inspiration: Mary's RWB Wonky Rails
                                    modification: I stacked 5 fabrics and made 5 cuts
                                Bats from AllPeopleQuilt's Tricks-and-Treats
panto: serpentine

Monday, June 3, 2024

Design Wall Monday 6.3.2024

Before vacation, I started another 'Quilter's Birthday Bash' for all the June birthdays. In June, I think of Father's Day so I collected fabrics that reminded me of my Dad. There is a pattern that I've been wanting to try so this is a great opportunity!

Here is my fabric collection for my Father's Day quilt. When it's finished I am going to donate it as my Dad passed away close to 27 years ago.

pattern inspired by Pinterest but a dead link. :(  

I am going to make my hst's with the strip tube method.

Sharing today with Judy at Design Wall Monday.

Friday, May 31, 2024

Finish or NOT Friday 5.31.2024

I'll take the 'NOT' today. I did manage to move my 'Birthday Bash Challenge' along to the flimsy stage. I'll be working on quilting and binding next week. I wish that I would have kept all the similar blocks together than re-arrange once all the blocks were made. I did get confused and a few of the blocks are upside down so the triangles are mismatched here and there. I do tend to 'learn something new' with every quilt. Or perhaps, I am simply reminded of 'things' I should have remembered! LOL

pattern inspiration: Mary's Wonky Rails
                                    modification: stacked 5 fabrics and made 5 slices
                                Bats from AllPeopleQuilt's Trick-and-Treats


A Very Happy 25th Birthday to my daughter! Her birthday request was to go to the Art Museum! It was actually less expensive to buy her a year Student Membership than for all three of us to enter into the museum. Now she can enjoy the art at her leisure. She also took us to University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee campus where she just finished her first year of graduate school in Sociology!

This art work is made up of plates and other kitchen pieces! My daughter moonlighting in the kitchen for extra $$.

Wednesday, May 29, 2024

WIP Wednesday 5.29.2024

I started making the blocks for my October Halloween quilt. I did make an adjustment and only stacked 5 fabrics and made 5 cuts. I started putting the blocks on my design wall then started moving them around before I had them all made. I think this might have been a critical error...

pattern inspiration: Mary's Wonky RWB Rails

We are in Milwaukee, Wisconsin visiting DD. She will be 25 on Friday. DD requested that her tub be re-caulked. DH has quite a few to choose from!

Sharing today with Susan at MidWeek Makers.

Monday, May 27, 2024

Design Wall Monday 5.27.2024

 In the US, we are remembering and honoring all who have given their lives to ensure freedoms! 


The time has come for me to begin my Casual Quilters' Birthday Bash 2024 Challenge. Since my birthday is in October, I'm going with the obvious choice: Halloween! I'm going to throw in a few bats as I volunteered to make an animal quilt for the MelonHeads September program. Here is my fabric purchase. Yes! After stuggling so long to use up Halloween, I now find myself needing to supplement my stash...

I'm going to use Mary's Wonky Rails as inspiration and the bats from AllPeople quilt Tricks and Treats .

Sharing today with Judy at Design Wall Monday.

Saturday, May 25, 2024

SoScrappy Saturday 5.25.2024

Today is the fourth Saturday of May of the color pink.

Time for my Meals on Wheels placemats. The theme for the Table Scraps Challenge for May is 'Kentucky Derby'. I really struggled with 'fitting both elements together' this month.

I did dig into my novelty stash box and found, believe it or not!, a few Kentucky Derby squares that I used as star centers. So far, so good.

When I think of the Derby, I also think of red roses. Maybe pink roses would work?

I made a really long binding strip for all the placemats but sometimes, you lose when you 'play chicken'! close!

Here are my finished Meals on Wheels placemats for May 2024 using the prompts 'pink and Kentucky Derby'. I wonder what next months prompts will be...

pattern: 12.5 inch unfinished sawtooth star (public domain) and 
                    a 4.0 x 12.5 inch cut pink rose strip
quilting: wavy lines on Baby Brother (my domestic machine)

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