Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Welcome to My House Blog Hop

Welcome to My House!

Carol of Just Let Me Quilt planned and hosted this wonderful blog hop and today is my day to show you what I've created!  

My home is my sanctuary.  I started working when I was 16 and for 40+ years I worked outside my home.  Now that I am retired, I enjoy doing all the little things I missed.  I'm not talking about mopping or laundry!  I'm talking about sleeping until I wake up naturally, watching a movie all the way through, taking my time cooking a meal, and decorating the house to the max for the holidays.  Simple things, but they mean a lot. 

So when Carol suggested we create something that featured a house, I jumped at the chance!

A couple of years ago I bought and made Anni Downs' (Hatched & Patched) quilt Gossip in the Garden.  I love how embroidery looks in a quilt.  So to pay homage to my feelings for home, I decided to emulate her technique.

First I draw my design, transfer it to a cotton square, and then embroider it.  

For this quilt, there are twelve 6 1/2" x 8 1/2" embroidered blocks.  Each one represents something special about home.  The blocks surrounding the embroidered squares measure 8", 6", 4" and 2".  In some places I used 2" wide strips.  Each completed section is 16" x 16" and its finished size is 48" x 64".  Quilting is minimal and is Stitch in the Ditch.

Although I used a lot of my scraps for the blocks surrounding the embroidered blocks, the main fabric used was Freshly Picked from Wilmington Prints.  There is no pattern for this quilt as I made it up as I went.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing my quilt.  It truly was a labor of love.  Please leave me a comment and let me know what you love best about being home.  

Thank you again, Carol, for coming up with such a wonderful idea for a hop.  This has been great fun!

Now go see what beautiful creations my talented fellow bloggers have made!

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Saturday, September 8, 2018

Welcome to My House Blog Hop Coming Soon

Mark your calendars!  

There's a new Blog Hop coming and it's sure to be truly inspirational!

Carol from Just Let Me Quilt is hosting this Welcome to My House Blog Hop that begins Monday, September 10, 2018.  All projects, whether they be quilts, table runners, or who-knows-what, will have a house theme.  It's going to be so much fun! 

Just look at the line-up of talented bloggers!

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Be sure and stop by.  You won't want to miss a thing!

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Fabulous Freebies Blog Hop

When Joan of MooseStash Quilting announced she was hosting a Blog Hop to showcase some of the free quilting patterns to be found online, I jumped at the chance.  It is so much fun to participate in blog hops with a bunch of talented bloggers, and the patterns are FREE!  So if you love quilting and free patterns, you are in the right spot!  THANK YOU, Joan, for hosting this fabulous blog hop!

Today I get to show you my Fabulous Freebie!  Long gone now, Quilt Soup used to be one of my favorite blog sites to visit.  Barbara Jones, owner of this website, made the greatest projects.  They were so creative and always fun.  Barbara now designs fabric for Henry Glass & Co., Inc.  I feel so lucky to have found her FREE patterns on the Henry Glass website.

For my project, I have chosen a quilt she designed called TV B.C. (Before Cable) and uses fabric from her Clean Living line.

Clean Living Quilt 1  by Barbara Jones of QuiltSoup

You can find the pattern here:

This is an oh-so-cute quilt made up of 5 retro TV's.  As a a product of the 50-60's era, I remember televisions (sans remote) with "rabbit ears" sitting on top.  As the youngest in the family, I was the designated channel changer.

To make this quilt, I found a couple of yards of the Henry Glass fabric used in the original pattern.  I used this for the background and picked out vintage-looking colors from my stash to make the TV sets and the side panels.  (Does anyone else remember Olive and Harvest Gold?  These were popular colors in the 70's.)

This is an easy quilt to make using patchwork and applique.   The TV set is pieced and goes together quickly.  


Once the screen part of the TV is made, the antenna, channel knobs, and legs are appliqued to the blocks using fusible web.  To keep it simple, I used the raw-edge method to sew my fused pieces in placed.

I added the colorful strips panels to the sides and bound the quilt with a lime green border.  The finished size of this quilt is 44" x 52," the perfect size to snuggle under when binge watching your favorite television programs.

I think this would make an adorable Memory Quilt by substituting the screen fabric with favorite family photos that have been transferred onto fabric.  Wouldn't that be cute to send with our kids when they go off to college? 

I had so much fun making this quilt.  If you choose to make this adorable retro quilt, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Now go see what other Fabulous Freebies these talented bloggers have found for you.

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Monday, August 20, 2018

Decorating Cookies

I'm always ready to learn something new, so when a local cookie decorator offered classes to teach us her method, I jumped at the chance.

My favorite holidays are Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, and I have been known to get a little crazy around that time.  Full moons make me shiver with delight, pumpkin pie spice makes me itch to bake, and Christmas sparkle puts me over the top.  Cloud Nyne Designs (her Facebook page is Cloud Nyne Bakery) has the cutest cookie cutters for all three of these holidays.  My first class was how to decorate Christmas cookies.  What fun!

You can tell from these photos that I am no cookie decorator, but my grandkids will love them just the same.

 We ran out of time and were not able to finish the candy cane, but not before she showed us how to airbrush the color onto the icing.  (My fingers were red for a week!) 

My husband was so impressed, but he said the proof was in the tasting, so he gobbled up the green Christmas bulb.  The cookies were delicious and the icing was soft and tasty. 

Guess what I will be making for Christmas this year?

A lot of these cookie cutters are her own design and are for sale.  She has cutters for all occasions.  If you are interested in some of these cute cookie cutters, she sells them on her Etsy site.  You can find her under Cloud Nyne Designs

A Week of Fabulous Free Quilt Patterns

Today starts the Fabulous Freebies Blog Hop hosted by Joan at MooseStash Quilting.  There are scores of free quilt patterns just waiting for you.  You won't want to miss all the fun and inspiration!  Come see what Fabulous Freebies these talented bloggers have found.

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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! 

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Until next time!