Sunday, December 30, 2012

With One Day to Spare

I wanted to post my December block of the month before the end of the year. I have one day to spare.
The middle is a little off center and I realized it's because I started it out backwards. I'm ok with that though. I actually made two blocks and I like the first one better but, there is an obvious crooked seam line in the middle and it didn't make it out to 12 1/2", so I tried again with the other fabrics.
My friend Janice, who is doing this with me had a lovely block.
She chose to use a pattern that was slightly different than mine, and I kinda like hers a little better.

My local quilt shop is having a 50% off sale this week. I'm heading there as soon as they open up on Wednesday. I hope to pick up some more holiday fabric before it's all put away or sold. I'm thinking I'll probably go ahead and do my Twelve Months of Christmas again this year. It was fun!

Friday, December 28, 2012

A Quilt for Klaire

My son and his wife will be having a girl, as I have mentioned before, and her name shall be Klaire. (I'm in love with this name.)

For Christmas I made a quilt for Klaire. I found the photo of one like it on Google, and don't know the original creator. It's not my own idea, and I'm not taking credit for that, but mine is a little different.
Most of the fabric came from Tonya's Fabric page on Facebook.
Klaire's Mommy and Daddy love it, and her Nanna is excited to see her lay on it when she gets here in April.

Something Different

While I didn't have anything pressing to do at Christmas, and all my projects were caught up, I decided to try something different. On the spur of a moment, I decided to try piecing hexagons. I've been seeing them a lot, and my friend Tonya is a big paper pieced person. She has inspired me and so I thought I'd give it a try.

I began with some Jason Yenter fabric called "Deco", which I am in love with. I had some deep blue fabric left from another project that I thought would go well with it.
I tried a little fussy cutting, but it really didn't turn out as I expected. I will try more of the fussy cutting as I go along with it.
I'm adding some brighter aqua to the mix, and more of these two fabrics. It's an ongoing process and I still don't have a solid plan in my head. I often just go with it and see what happens, but I think I want this to be a wall hanging in my sewing room. I'm not sure if I will continue out from the center with shades of blue, or do a rainbow blend type thing. Still thinking on that one, but I'm enjoying this more than I thought I would. I'll keep you posted.



Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Kitchen Fun

The last two days I've been doing a little decorative painting in hopes of bringing some new life to the decor above my kitchen cabinets. I have ideas in my head, and slowly I'm implementing them one by one.

First I used blocks of 2x4s my husband cut off for me to add the word "FAITH" to the mix.
I Mod Podged scrapbook paper for the background and painted the letters on with acrylic craft paint. I then coated it again with the Mod Podge.

On to the next area.
I took a wooden plaque from Walmart, base painted it with cream, then brushed on some yellow, orange and brown. I sanded down some areas to make it look a little worn. Then I painted the words "EAT" on it.
I need to add a bit of greenery to the area, but it's beginning to come together nicely.
I'm not crazy about the blue pitcher, but one: my mother-in-law gave it to me and I needed to display it somewhere obvious and two: I don't have anything else to go there yet. It will work itself out eventually. And in the meantime I'm enjoying the process.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Wonky Wedding Quilt

My friend asked the guests at her son's wedding rehearsal to sign some fabric squares for me to put together in a quilt. I'd never heard of it but, I thought it was a great idea. This is the result.
Since none of the fabric pieces were square and some of the folks filled it from edge to edge, I came up with a wonky square design. I actually wound up having to cut a few of the letters out of some words occasionally, to have a seam allowance. In one place it was so close that while I was quilting, it tried to come apart, so I had to do some quick repair work.

There were more squares than I could use on the front, so I added the rest to the back in an even less structured pattern.
Since both of my children are already married, I won't be able to do this for them, but I hope I don't forget by the time my grandchildren marry. If I'm still around by then. *wink*


Friday, December 7, 2012

Joint Effort

This morning LMW and I created something fun together. It's the first time he's actually cooperated enough to actually finish something.

First we traced his hands. (He tried very hard not to move them but it was hard when he didn't like Nanna holding his fingers still.)

Next we traced his foot. (And this was even harder because the pen tickled.)

Then we transferred the markings onto Heat and Bond. Then onto fabric, then onto his long sleeve tee.

He sat in my lap while I sewed around the design and really would rather have used the "scwew divah to fitz the sewing sheen", but I convinced him not to.

 When it was finished, this is what we had.

VOILA!!
A little slick paint for the eyes and mouth and we have Rudolf. Or is it Rudolph?
He couldn't stop feeling of it.
My happy little crafter in the making.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

November's Christmas Finish

Here is the finished product for my Christmas in November.
I call it Tonya's Peppermint Path. The fabrics in the center and middle row all came from her, so I thought it appropriate.
I frantically sewed between trying to start my Christmas decorating. I don't normally start that until after Thanksgiving, but my family had our gathering last Saturday so I went ahead while I had the time.
The fabric on the back is one I've wanted ever since I saw it last year at Hobby Lobby. I finally bought it and put it on something I can really enjoy.

We had a great Thanksgiving together. The only disappointment was that my son-in-law was not feeling well and couldn't attend. The food was good, but just being together was the best part.  I/We have so very much to be thankful for.

I hope your Thanksgiving is a blessed one.

B

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Challenging November BOM

As badly as I hate to admit it, I'm not as good as I'd like to be when it comes to piecing blocks. I've done ok so far, simply because I draw it all out on graph paper to my own specifications. That has been good for me, allowing me to slip into quilting and gain a little confidence.

This really challenged that confidence.
I learned the hard way that the seam allowances must be absolutely exact or it just doesn't work. This is supposed to be a 12 1/2" square, but it's a hair over that. I would use my trusty seam ripper to take it apart and try again, but I wound up doing the smaller leaf block 3 times. So, I decided it would do. I had an issue with having enough on the edges to square it up without losing the 1/4" on the edge.

My friend Janice did the same pattern and hers turned out exactly right. Even though she's new at piecing, she has a natural talent for it.
Her colors are so vibrant. She is good at picking out fabrics that work well together and give it a unique look.

So, this is our first BOM and we are trying to decide on one for December. We already have the first three months of 2013 chosen. It's sure a lot of fun and not as much pressure when it's just the two of us. I'm not ready for a blogworld BOM thing. Maybe someday.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Christmas in November

Well, a beginning of Christmas in November...
See these blocks? I got them already sewn from my dear friend Tonya at Hillbilly Handiworks. I didn't really have a plan for them, but decided to use them and make my first ever, actual Christmas quilt. I started out cutting them up and putting them back together.

And then I added more fabric that I bought from her a while back.
My plan began to form, and this is what the center will be.
I will have to add a bit more solid strips to it, and then use the remainder of the put-together squares on the outside border. I have a plan for them, but as I've been sewing them together, they are playing hide and seek from me and I am struggling to keep them in any kind of order. Still, I think it will all work out and I'll show you the finished top when I get it done. I wanted to use only fabric from Tonya, but the dimensions just didn't work out right for the amount of squares I had, so I'll have to get something to go with it. I know what I want, so to Hobby Lobby I'll be going tomorrow. After all, the wife does need a little "Dear Season" shopping right???

My new quilting buddy Janice and I have decided to do a BOM together. We are going to agree each month on a design and put it together. Each block will be representative of that particular month. Our first block will be for November and we decided on a pattern called falling leaves. These are the fabrics I'm thinking about using. I may swap out the dark brown for something more in the red catagory.
We found this pattern and will do one of the blocks in the quilt. I'm excited to get started. We have our December block and January block chosen as well. But I'll share those later.

Here is the latest photo of my heart and joy. He's growing up way too fast and knows that smile will get him anything he wants.
Enjoy your weekend. My thanks go out to our veterans everywhere!!!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Calico Critters

Surprisingly, I was able to finish another quilt today. I say that because I have been in the midst of getting ready for a yard sale and didn't think I'd have time to sew this week.

I took what I think is rather ugly not so pretty fabric, and used it with some embroidered panels that I colored.
I once again tried my hand at fmq and had to fiddle with the tension, set my rhythm, and just experiment. I did something different around each animal.
Eggs around the chick, bones around the puppy, fish around the kitty and swirlies around the piglet. That was fun but challenging.
The puppy and kitty were printed panels and the chick and piggy were from a coloring book that I used to try and match them. It was a fun process and one I'll probably do again. I hope this simple quilt is pleasing to a young couple who are going through a trying time with their infant in the NICU.

I have been in prayer for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. My heart goes out to them and I am thankful I'm in my safe, warm, dry home right now.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Blogger's Quilt Festival

There is this thing going on in blogland. It's called the Blogger's Quilt Festival : Fall 2012.
 I have been encouraged to enter by two dear ladies who I consider sweet bloggy friends. I debated, simply because after looking at some of the entries, my confidence took a hit. But, I decided to go ahead and do it just for fun.

This is my entry.
You can see it in this post.  It's made from scraps I had in my fabric stash. The toile came from a baby bedding set I bought at a yard sale. The solid pink from an old set of scrubs, the green was leftover from a quilt I made for my son, and the plaid is from one of my mother's old shirts. I have added it to a stack of baby quilts I'm donating to the NICU at St. Vincent's Infirmary in Little Rock.

Finished quilt measures : 36" x 36"
Quilted by: Me (Belinda Winston)
Best Category : Baby Quilt, Scrap Quilt, Home machine quilted
 
Well, there you have it. This festival is going to be very inspiring I can tell. And the sponsors are being very generous!! Good luck to everyone who has entered!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Relief!!

I'm finally finished with my postage stamp quilt and pillow sham. It seems like months since I began...well, maybe it has been because I hand pieced the quilt top.
I spread it on the floor to see just how nice it looks. Warts and all. ;)
The sham neads a little straightening up on the bed.
All put together. Yayyy, now I can focus on something else. I'm still working on hand piecing another top, but I have some other things in the works as well. And since Christmas is sooo close, I really need to slow down on the quilting and do some other sewing for gifts. At least now I can breathe a sigh of relief!!!
 

Friday, October 26, 2012

Animal Fun

I finally finished a quilting project. It seems like I haven't finished one in so very long. This one is another with embroidered panels that my friend J gave me. She also gave me 95% of the fabrics used in this particular quilt.
I didn't realized I had misplaced two of the panels, and thought I only had the six left. Otherwise I would have made it with only four of the panels. The dimensions are not what I wanted, but it would make a nice crib quilt.
I kicked around the notion of trying some fmq around the animals, but talked myself out of it. Maybe on the next one.
My favorite of all the panels is this little elephant. I'm happiest with the way the crayon work turned out on him. I made two more panels to go with the two I misplaced. I used coloring book pages as templates and will put the four of them together for my next project.

First, I'm going to bind my postage stamp quilt, but that will have to be tomorrow. I'm also working on a pillow sham to match it.
I have all the strips sewn together and the quilting done on it, but don't have a photo of that yet. When it's all done and on the bed, I'll give you a look see. Enjoy your weekend everyone!!





Thursday, October 11, 2012

Christmas in October

I didn't have an idea on a Christmas project this month, until I saw the decorations going up at Walmart. Already?! Yes, already and I'm torn about that. I like having access to supplies and such, but think we need to wait a little and focus on Thanksgiving first. Oh well, they didn't ask me.

I remembered a little something I saw on a blog last year, and I might have seen it on Pinterest, but I don't remember. When I spotted a little sparkly gold reindeer ornament, it hit me and I had everything I needed except that. So, for $.97 I wound up with something for this month.

This is what I started with:
I got out my Christmas fabric, an old picture frame, some foam board, and a few other odds and ends.
1. Painted the frame white.
2. Covered the foam board with fabric and secured it with hot glue.
3. Set that inside the frame and secured it, then covered the back with more fabric just for good measure.
4. Hot glued the ornament to the board inside the frame.
5. Hot glued some leftover rick rack around the edge of the frame.
(What would we do without hot glue?!)

And.....VOILA!
This could be hung on the wall, but I like it sitting in a frame holder on the table.
I do think it will look better with other Christmas decorations and not my sunflowers. *wink*
It occurred to me that this could be done on a smaller scale with miniature ornaments and embroidery frames. Then they could be hung on the tree. That might be something for a future project.

And that ladies and gentlemen, is my October Christmas project. It took me very little time and very little money. That's always a plus!



Friday, October 5, 2012

How Ya Gonna Keep 'Em Down on the Farm...

After they've seen Paris?.....ahem...anyone remember that song? It was before my time, but it popped into my head.

I finished a quilt using embroidered panels that I colored in with crayons. I have to admit, I really like this one. I've dubbed it Barnyard Shuffle.
My new quilting buddy Janice gave me the panels. I colored them in, heat set the ink and coated it with textile medium, and did a quick embroidery back stitch around and through them.
It was kinda fun coloring. I always loved it when I was growing up. Still do on occasion with the little one. Everything I used except for the panels were from my stash. I'm on my way to using some of it up.
I have eight more panels to make into two more quilts and I'm going to continue using more of the red and black in the second one. Not sure what else I'll add to it, as I want it to be different and I am out of the black polka dot.  On the third one, I'll be using some of the fabric Janice gave me with the panels.

This was fun and a quick work up. Thanks Janice for such cute panels and inspiration!



Saturday, September 29, 2012

Star Bright

I finished the big star quilt I was struggling with. The whole time I was working on it I kept telling myself....this is just a hot mess.
It came together ok in the end, with a few little poofy places and some points and corners that don't exactly match up perfectly, but I don't think the quilt police will come get me.
I may like the back more than the front actually. I'm sure someone in the NICU will be glad to have it. I think I would. ;)
I learned from doing it, and that's always a good thing. I know what to do in the places where I had a little trouble I think, so my next attempt may be a bit more successful. I have plenty of the fabrics left and could probably make another one pretty close to the same. Don't know if I want to do that right now. I'm just glad to have this one done.


Thursday, September 27, 2012

Beefing It Up a Bit

After seeing so many beautiful fall wreaths on Pinterest and Facebook, I decided to beef up the one I had left from last year.
It's nothing to write home about, but it's nice and better than nothing. I looked all over Hobby Lobby for some mesh ribbon and even asked a clerk. He acted like he was clueless, but told me all they had for fall would be in the floral section. Hmmm. Found lots of pretty colors, but none of them fallish. So, I spied a roll of rust colored, sparkly tulle on a roll for 40% off and grabbed it to see if it would work. You be the judge.
Not as poofy as the mesh stuff, but it did fill in nicely and was pretty easy to work with. I even had some left and will try to do something else with it.   It's not a professional job, and certainly not as good as my Mom would have done being a florist, but you work with what you have and do the best you can. I had the pumpkins laying around, and only purchased the tulle, the "W" and the two glittery star flowers. So, this didn't cost me much at all.
All in all, it'll do.