Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Christmas in July Blog Hop

Welcome to the third day of

Christmas in July Blog Hop 

hosted by Carol Swift of Just Let Me Quilt.  

Today is my reveal day and I'm so excited to show you what I've been working on.  I always try to start my Christmas projects during the summer.  The weather here is always HOT in the summer and venturing outside is just not an option.  Staying indoors under a cool air conditioner is the only way to survive.  And what could be better than getting a head start on Christmas!

It's no secret -- 
I love snowmen!

For my project, I decided to make Snowman Gift Swap Quilt by Cleo and Me.  It's not a new pattern, but one I have always wanted to make.  Carol's Blog Hop was just the nudge I needed to complete this adorable lap quilt.

This is a quick and easy quilt made up of 12 snowball blocks.  The snowmen's top hats are quickly constructed from differently sized rectangles.

 A simple strip separates the rows of snowmen and creates a secondary design.

Once the snowmen blocks are assembled, there is a little embroidery and applique necessary to finish them.

Each snowman gets an appliqued carrot nose and button eyes.  Instead of using fusible web, I dot a little Elmer's glue on the wrong side of the nose to hold it in place while I zip around it with a straight stitch on the sewing machine.  The button eyes are sewed on next.

Three strands of black embroidery floss are used to make a cross-stitch mouth.

The gift is appliqued next and then the arms.

To finish the blocks, you need to make 6 yoyo's and sew them to the gift boxes.  Finish with buttons sewn in each center.

Next comes the border and binding and this little quilt is done.  The overall quilt is 36 1/2" x 48 1/2" and perfect for snuggling under on a chilly evening.  I can't wait!

And what is Christmas without Gingerbread cookies?  


Although I'm not very fond of eating gingerbread, I do love making them out of felt.  Won't this make a cute package topper?  I found a similar one on Pinterest and had to make some for my grandkids.  Of course you have to start in July to get them all done by Christmas!

To make this little guy, I found a free gingerbread man pattern that measured about 4" wide and 5" tall and traced it onto freezer paper.  I ironed the freezer paper to tan felt, then cut out 2.  I used a decorative stitch on my sewing machine to sew the 2 pieces together.

The alphabet beads come from Michaels and were strung together on a 6-strand piece of red floss which I sewed to each hand.  Next I sewed two baby buttons to the chest.   Last I used Tulip Slick paint to make the face and set it aside to let it dry overnight.

I think my grandkids will love their individualized little cookie guys.

Thank you, Carol, for hosting this fun blog hop!  It's always a joy to get together with this group of talented quilters and see what they pull out of their scrap bags! 

Thanks so much for stopping by 
and be sure to visit the other bloggers.  
You're in for a treat! 

July 25
Just Because Quilts -- you are here

Until next time!

Curiousity Quilted the Cat

Here Kitty, Kitty

Quilts and cats just go together, don't you agree?  My dog Jack is not a fan, but I love kitties.  And apparently so does Emily of The Little Red Hen's Wooly Mysteries Facebook Group.  You can enjoy a FREE wool applique block each month (usually on the 15th).  The last month (December) will have the finishing instructions.

January's Block

Ask to join The Little Red Hen's Wooly Mysteries Facebook Group and join the fun.  

February's Block

March's Block
I am doing my cats in wool on cotton backgrounds, but you could just as easily make the whole block in cotton.  Your choice. 

As you can tell, I am a little behind, but these blocks go together quickly and I have included 3 of them for you to see.

Try making one for for yourself -- they are the CAT'S MEOW!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Where Flowers Bloom Blog Hop

Hello!  And welcome to my reveal day 
for the Where Flowers Bloom Blog Hop.  

A big THANK YOU to Carla of Creatin' in the Sticks for hosting this hop.

For my project I chose a bright and colorful little quilt that is quick and easy to make.  This quilt is called Corner Flower Shoppe.  It comes from the book entitled A Batch of Quilt Soup by Barbara Jones.

The finished quilt measures 61" x 61" and is the perfect cover-up for cool summer evenings.  (Actually, where I live, there are no cool summer evenings, only hot and sticky nights, so I will save this quilt for the fall and winter.)

This is a simple quilt to make.  In fact, I have seen this exact flower on a couple of other sites in this hop.  The flower blocks are patchwork and the centers and leaves are appliqued.  The flower pots and stems are pieced.

To make this quilt I used a lot of my stash of scraps.  Smaller scraps would make a stunning scrappy quilt.  I thought this would even be a great looking quilt done in grays and blacks on a white background. 

The Stitch and Flip corner triangle method makes quick work of the flowers.  There are 13 flowers in all.  The hardest part is making sure the white triangles are in the appropriate corners.


 The stem piece is made up of three rectangles.  The quilt needs four of these sections.

The four flowerpot blocks have a contrasting color strip sewn to the top of a large rectangle.  Then white triangles are sewn on either side, using the Stitch and Flip method.  Excess fabric is cut away.

 All that is left to do is sew the three sections -- flower, stem, and flower pot -- together.

Leaves are appliqued to stem section.

The center of the flower is made by cutting two 3" circles and sewing them together, rights sides facing.  A small slit is cut into the wrong side of the circle, then turned inside out and ironed flat.  Center is then appliqued to the center of the flower.

The quilt is finished off with a border of two colors of green which make a sort of picket fence design.  The border also uses the Stitch and Flip method and goes together very quickly.  I pieced this quilt's backing together with some ladybug fabric I thought matched the garden theme and bound it all with another color of green.

Another project I made for this hop was a couple of potholders.  I always need potholders (mine are mysteriously singed) and I found a couple of really cute patterns in Potholders, Pinchers & More by Chris Malone.

The first to be made was a round potholder with a flower on top.  These were so easy to make.  I sandwiched an insulated backing (silver side facing heat source) between a top and bottom.   For the design I made 8 petals and a round center.

To make turning the small petals inside out, I used the old straw trick.  I positioned the petals around the potholder, then added the center using a blanket stitch.  I used purchased bias tape to make the binding.  I still need to add a button in the center. 

Using basically the same steps, I made a long potholder with pockets for your hands.

I just had to show off two of my favorite Hibiscus flowers that are blooming in my garden right now.  When we visited Hawaii a few years ago, the Hibiscus bushes were everywhere in every color imaginable.  When I got home, I planted a few Hibiscus in my back yard.  Their lovely blooms never fail to remind me of the good times I had in Hawaii.

Thank you so much for stopping by today.  I hope you have enjoyed seeing my projects as much as I have enjoyed sharing them with you.

Be sure and visit everyone participating today.  
They are sure to delight you with their talent and creativity.

Friday, June 15th

Just Because Quilts (you are here)

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Saturday, June 9, 2018

Lettering Class with Lindsay Ostrom

Do any of you love to letter?  I love to draw and doodle, but I admit my lettering is very stilted.  I used to letter in my younger days.  I did wedding envelopes, signs, posters, logos, etc., all of which required a precise type of lettering.

This is so different and FUN!

Lindsay Ostrom

Lindsay Ostrom: Fabulous Free Friday Video.....

I recently started a class with Lindsay Ostrom, Creator of Cuteness.  She is the most fantastic lettering artist and doodler.  She has created a series of videos you can buy on her Etsy site ThePaperRabbit .  The classes range from $10-$25 which she puts out monthly.  Each class has several videos and comes with a stack of pdf's for you to print.  It's a go-at-your-own-pace class, so there's no need to stress out if someone is ahead of you.  Along with the class, there is a private Facebook group where Lindsay does bonus videos, challenges, and Friday Fun Days.

I have been following Lindsay for years and I'm so excited to participate in her class.  You might have seen her work.  She creates for AdornIt and several other places.  A few years ago she offered the certificate below for free from her blog.  Click on the link to print your own if you like.


My main reason for wanting to learn her style of lettering and doodling is for making special occasion tags and cards.  I love her style, although she invites us all to find our own style through practicing her techniques.

If you're looking for something fun to do with the kids this summer, or you just need a little pastime for yourself, give Lindsay's class a try.  I think you'll love it.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Busy Baby Quilting

My best friend Ruth is going to be a great grandmother (again) and the little guy is due to be here in June.  Better get busy!

While the weather was still cold, or at least cool, I made a couple of baby afghans.  These are so simple to do, just a granny square pattern, and it keeps my fingers busy while watching television with the hubby.  (I'm sure you all know what that means:  watching hours on end of car shows, tool shows, and storage lockers.  That's okay, though.  I'm not one much for Hallmark romances.  I prefer Dexter to Dynasty.  But I digress.)  I'm not overly fond of the yellow-blue afghan, but it will work well as a floor blankie for Baby.  The blue-green afghan is so soft and cuddly and washes like a dream.  Ruth's kids live in cold-weather country, so I'm sure they will get a lot of use out of them.

I don't know the theme of the baby's room, or if there is one, so I chose to do a hodgepodge of everything.  I found scarf bibs, a soft giraffe blanket, and a tag toy along the way and added them to the stash.

The current trend in baby gear seems to be woodland creatures.  Easy enough.  I adapted a pattern from one of my favorite quilt books and made a slumber party for a crew of woodland creatures.  The animals' quilts are all-boy plaids, stripes, arrows and leafs with a gray, black and red color scheme against a white background.

I believe a quilt should be used and worn out with love, but that isn't the case with many of the quilts I make for people.  They instead choose them to be wall hangings.  If that is the case with this quilt, the parents have white space on the top and bottom middle of the quilt to have someone embroider the baby's statistics. 

In addition to the woodland quilt, I tossed in this little quilt that I made several years ago but never found a home.  It's just a simple little patchwork quilt with 3 raw-edge appliqued ponies. 

And the last quilt I made was not for Baby but for Big Brother Liam, who thinks they should name the baby Liam Jr.  Big brothers and sisters can sometimes feel left out when Baby is getting all the goodies and attention.  This was just a quick little quilt of tool borders I picked up on my Shop Hop with Rhea.  Perfect for a 4-year-old boy's tv blanket.  The panel with his name appliqued on top makes this little quilt just that more special for Big Brother.