Sunday, July 26, 2020

Christmas in July (Then & Now) Blog Hop

Greetings, everyone!  Today starts the Christmas in July (Then & Now) Blog Hop.  So grab a cup of hot chocolate and some decorated cookies and snuggle  up for some holiday fun.

First I want to thank Carol of Just Let Me Quilt who is hosting this fantastic hop.  When I first learned of the hop, I jumped at the chance to join.  Christmas is one of my favorite holidays and I am always on the lookout for new trends and inspiration to make our family holiday merry and bright.  Thank you, Carol, for letting me join these reindeer games!

Carol said we could share a project we made in the past or a new one.  I thought it might be fun to share one of each.  

Then . . . 

I take pictures of the family every Christmas.  Last Christmas, I thought it would be fun to share some of those photos with the family on Christmas Eve.  I printed on photo fabric a few of my favorite pictures from past Christmas holidays, then sewed them around the edge of a round red tablecloth slated for my dessert table.  Everyone loved seeing themselves and remembering past holidays.  

I like setting a nice table and having a little something everyone can take home and hang on their tree.  Last year's theme was red and aqua.  The napkins were folded to look like elf shoes.  Tiny grapevine wreath ornaments were used as individual place settings, then taken home to hang on the tree.  

I pretty much decorate every room in the house, and the bathroom is no exception.  I found this cute reindeer made from towels on a Youtube video.  If you would like to make your own Rudolph , here is a link to the video:

Now . . . 

Penquins and snowmen!  (I'm not sure what penquins have to do with Christmas, except that they are cute and perky and love snow.)  This was a pretty simple quilt to make, using the flip and stitch method throughout.  It was a lot of fun to design the little guys.    

The penquin beaks and feet are prairie points stitched and sewn down. The snowmen carrot noses are scraps of orange fabric sewn using a zigzag stitch.  The penquins' eyes and snowmen's eyes and smiles are black buttons.  The bright scarves add a little pizzazz, and the button embellishments on the snowmen's hats and fronts are a cute addition.  It's lap size, so will be perfect to snuggle under this Christmas.  

Ho Ho Ho!  That's it for me.  Wishing you a Merry Christmas in July and hoping you find loads of holiday inspiration at the other merry makers' sites listed below: 

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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Christmas in July HO HO HO

Are you ready for some Christmas Cheer?  I know I am!  On July 27, the Christmas in July (Then & Now) Blog Hop begins and is sure to inspire you for this upcoming holiday season.  Mark your calendars!  You won't want to miss the fun! 

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Stitching Sunshine Blog Hop

Hello from sunny HOT California!  Today begins the Stitching Sunshine Blog Hop, the brainchild of Carla of Creatin' in the Sticks.  Thank you, Carla, for hosting this fun hop.  Just the name of it makes me smile.

It is expected to reach 102 degrees today here with plenty of sun!  How appropriate that Carla has us stitching sunshine!  For my sunshine project, I decided to make a welcoming pineapple table runner.  We love to vacation in sunny Hawaii where they are famous for their hospitality, symbolized by the pineapple.  We are still on partial lockdown here, so my invitation to visit has to be virtual.

Yellow is not a color I have much of in my stash.  A table runner was the perfect size to use the odd bits and pieces of my yellow fabric.  To add a little pizzazz, I threw in a few splashes of color.  For extra interest, I added prairie points to the corners.  

I'm not much of a quilter.  I usually just stitch in the ditch.  But I thought this little piece might be the perfect one to try my hand at some machine quilting.  For now though, I think I will call this project good, and head to the pool.  Be sure to visit the other sunshine girls and see what they're stitching this summer!

    Monday, June 22nd

Stay safe and stay cool!

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

It's Cool to Be Square Blog Hop

Are you enjoying this hop as much as I am?  It is so wonderful to see all the creativity out there. 

Hello!  Today is my day to share with you my contribution to the It's Cool to Be Square Blog Hop.  It has been a trial lately because my computer has been out of order for awhile and then my sewing machine decided not to stitch.  Why now, right?  But everything seems to be in working order again, and I'm excited to show you my project.

A big thank you to Carol of Just Let Me Quilt for hosting yet another great hop. During this very serious pandemic we are all experiencing right now, it is such a relief to have something pleasant to think about. Thank you, Carol, from the bottom of my heart.

For my project I made a postage stamp quilt.  What could be more square than that, right?  I found this cute cat quilt on Pinterest and decided to make one, too.

When sewn, the individual squares are 2” and the completed quilt size is approximately 36” x 40” -- perfect for a wall hanging. 

I had some cute cat fabric for the back, and finished it off with a black fabric binding.

Jack decided he needed to put those kitties in their place, and claimed the quilt for his afternoon nap. 

This was a really fun project to make. I hope you have enjoyed seeing my project. Be sure to visit the sites listed below for some fun and creative inspiration. 

May 20

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Happy Easter!

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This is a first for me, as I'm sure it is for most of you, too. Easter Sunday is usually reserved for new clothes, Sunday services, a big lunch shared with family, and an Easter egg hunt in the backyard for the grandkids. Not this year. This year I will be dressed in comfortable clothes, watch services on my church's Facebook page, a simple sandwich lunch, and facetime with the grandkids as they enjoy themselves in their own backyards.  But that's okay, as long as we are all safe and well.  

I hope you all enjoy your Easter Sunday.  Stay safe, do what you can to help others, trust in God, and say a prayer for everyone.  
Isaiah 41:10 King James Version (KJV)

10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

Monday, March 23, 2020

Quilt Qwazy Queens Making Us Laugh

Hooray!  It’s my day to share my Making Us Laugh project. The theme for this blog hop is the brain child of Joan of Moosestash Quilting.  Thank you, Joan, for hosting this hilarious hop. I have laughed and giggled so much my sides ache. There are some really “Qwazy” quilters out there!

When Joan invited me to join the hop I jumped at the chance.  Making people laugh is right up my alley!  But what to do?  I had a few ideas, but when I tried putting them together they just did not grab me.

Time was getting short and I still had nothing on the drawing board but a couple of sad attempts. Throwing my hands in the air, I said to myself, “If you can’t find something soon, you will just have to make something pedestrian and not funny.”

“Never!” I told myself.  (Yes, it’s true.  I answer myself.)  “I won’t give up until pink pigs fly!”


Problem solved.

So here to amuse you is my project. Six fat, pink pigs flying in the sky.  Six black crows are looking bewildered at who is sharing the sky with them.

What could those crows be thinking?   Maybe they’re grateful cows don’t fly.

But wait!  The biggest laugh is on me!  Only two of those pigs are made right.  The other four will have to be fixed.  Guess I just have to laugh at myself!  Can you find my big mistake?

I hope this has made you smile today.  If you have the time, please leave me a comment below.  I love hearing from you all. Be sure to visit the quilters in the list below who have made creations designed to make you laugh.

Tuesday March 24

Have Faith in God and Seek Him

If ever I have needed my faith in God, it is now.  These are scary times.  I believe we are put on this Earth to tell others of His coming and to seek Him.  

I am a member of the Church of Christ.  With love, I wanted to share with you my belief and what I have been taught we need to do to become children of God.  This may not be what you believe, but for me, this is my path.

1.  Hear the word of God

John 5:24-25

"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth him that sent me hath eternal life, and cometh not into judgement, but hath passed out of death into life."

2.  Have faith and believe 

Romans 10:17 says,

"Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God."

3.  Confess that you believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God

Romans 10:8-10 says,

"But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."

4.  Repent of your sins

Luke 13:3

"Unless ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish."

Acts 3:19 

"Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;"

5.  Be baptized for the remission of your sins

Acts 2:36-39

"Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.  Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call."

May God bless and keep you safe.  

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Boy's Quilt

When boys reach a certain age, they begin to not want moms and grandmothers to make them cutesy stuff.  Throw out the bears and bunnies and bring on the cars and monsters.  They prefer simple to flowery.  I get it, but what kinds of quilts do we make the future Nascar drivers and sports addicts of the world? 

The boy's quilt I chose to make uses the fabric line Elementary by Sweetwater for Moda.  It would be a great quilt for a girl, too, but because there is nothing "cutesy," I thought it worked well for a young man.

I alternated blocks of rail fence, four-patch, and 8" squares.  You can't get much simpler than that, but the blocks together make a nice quilt design.  I did some stitching in the ditch for the quilting, and this little quilt was done and ready to dragged around the house.

Monday, February 24, 2020

Easy and Quick Quilt

Making quilts for men and boys take some thought.  They are not as impressed with lovely designs and colors as are we girls.  They seem to enjoy more simple creations, and if it depicts their favorite things (like sports), then all the better!

This quilt was made for a young man who is into every sport imaginable at his school.  He is a star football and basketball player and has the trophies to prove it.

I found a half-yard bundle online of sport-related fabric and knew this would be perfect for him.  There were 6 prints in all, 18" x 44".  I made the strips 13" wide, which made the overall length approximately 78".  The leftover fabric I sewed together and used to make the binding. 

He is a tall young man, so I used all 6 fabrics.  I simply sewed the strips of fabric together, then did some quick quilting using the stitch in the ditch method.  Very quick and easy quilt to make. 

He loved it!  Perfect for snuggling under while watching his favorite sport shows on tv.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Color It Red Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to my day to share with you my project for the Color It Red Blog Hop hosted by Carol of Just Let Me Quilt.  Thank you, Carol, for hosting this hop and letting me join in the fun.  

When Carol told us the theme of this hop would be Color It Red, I thought that sounds easy enough -- make something with red in it.  So I thought and thought and thought some more.  I was getting pretty nervous about what I was going to do for my project, when I thought of Redwork.  

Years ago I bought an embroidery pattern with a Mrs. Kitty doing housework accompanied by her Mousey friend.  This pattern was originally McCall 9524 Comical Kittens for Days of the Week.   I meant to embroider the design on tea towels, but that never happened.  

Removing the days of the week from the pattern, I embroidered Kitty doing her chores on white cotton using 2 strands of red embroidery floss #666.  I made quick and easy 9-patch accompanying blocks from some red fabric I had on hand.  

I am not very good at embroidering but I like to make a stab at it while watching hubby's programs (car repairs, fishing, poker, sports, etc.).  I wish I was better at it because I really like the look of embroidery on quilts.  Some of my favorite quilt patterns are by Anni Downs of Hatched & Patched, Natalie Bird of The Birdhouse, and Bronwyn Hayes of Red Brolly.  

My husband laughed when I showed him my quilt.  Whether or not it was the comical cat or the sentiment, I'm not sure.  Hmmmm 

I hope you're having a great time seeing all the lovely creations by everyone.  Continue on your way and prepare to be inspired:

February 19th
Just Because Quilts (you are here)