Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Music Blog Hop

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Hurray!  It's my day to share with you my project for the Music Blog Hop.  When Carla, of Creatin' in the Sticks, announced that she was going to host a musical-themed blog, I jumped at the chance to be included.  What a fun idea!

In my stash I had a yard of Alexander Henry fabric called Going Steady.  Its several years old, but I never found the right project to use it until now.

In the book Kiddie Cocktails by Stuart Sandler, was an illustration by Derek Yaniger, one of favorite artists.  I decided to make a wall hanging using his picture as my inspiration.

First I made a background of pastel colors reminiscent of the 50's,  

Next I drew and cut out my teenager shapes.

I used fusible web to adhere most of my pieces to my pastel background.  I found a poodle applique that was so popular during that era.  And the shoes were so much fun to make -- penny loafers, Oxfords, and sneakers.  

Remember the old 45's?  I had quite a collection and a portable record player on which to play them.  


I used the Going Steady fabric for the backing for this wall hanging.  I think it goes well with the subject.  


This has been such a fun hop.  Thank you again, Carla, for hosting this wonderful hop.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my contribution.  Now boogie on over to the other bloggers' sites and see what they have made.  

Thursday, November 17th

Creatin' in the Sticks
Elizabeth Coughlin Designs
Quilting Gail
Just Because Quilts - you are here
Purring Cottage

Thursday, October 20, 2022

Gremlins, Goblins & Ghouls -- Oh My! Blog Hop


Welcome, my Pretties, to the
Gremlins, Goblins & Ghouls - Oh My! 
Blog Hop 
the brain child of 
Joan at  

Today is my day to show you what I have been brewing in my craft room.  Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, and I love to decorate the house with fun and ghastly items.  But, alas, I have young grandchildren who are easily spooked, so I can't get too creepy. 

This year I discovered the art of making a Notan.  Talk about fun!  Notan is a Japanese design concept involving the play and placement of light and dark elements, or positive and negative.  The process is very simple but the result is striking.     

For my project I chose to make a table runner (because October is way too hot in Southern California for a quilt).  To make this project even easier, I decided to make my runner out of felt.  

To begin, I bought 2 yards of black felt and cut a rectangle of 17" x 60".  For each Notan I bought a 9" x 12" felt rectangle, each one a different color.   

I chose 5 simple Halloween designs -- bat, pumpkin, ghost, cauldron, and candelabra. 

I cut each piece of colored felt in half lengthwise.  (You only need one half of the felt rectangle for this project.)  

Next I folded an 8 1/2" x 11" piece of paper in half lengthwise and drew a simple shape.  Once cut out, this served a my pattern.

Pin your felt in place and cut out your design as precisely as you can.  To get to the inside areas, it is okay to cut a clean line across the shape.  Your Notan is complete! 

I placed my designs approximately 4" apart and sewed them in place, using thread colors that matched the colored felt.  Anywhere I had made cuts were easily "healed" by sewing the edges.  (I didn't, but you could sew across the cuts.)

Since my table is dark, I placed this on the floor so you could see the design's overall effect.  What do you think?

I hope you enjoyed seeing my Notan creation.  I think this would be a good project to do with kids.  It is quick, easy, and economical (and it might keep the little monsters quiet for a minute). jk
Once I get started on making things for Halloween, it's hard for me to stop.  I'm only showing you some of my creations.  You don't want to be here all day. 

To be Frank, I love Halloween.

I also made this cute little guy.  I haven't decided whether to make him into a Halloween bag, a pillow, or just leave him as is, a little open bag.  I could store all kinds of evil, wicked, mean, and nasty things inside -- like my own stash of chocolate.  What do you think?

But wait!  There's more!  

You won't want to miss the bewitching creations being unearthed at the sites below!  Pour yourself another cup of hemlock, and go check them out.  They're just dying to show you what they've made.       

Pinker n' Punkin Quilting & Stitching

Just Because Quilts (you are here)


Pieceful Thoughts


Joan has the rest of the schedule HERE and for a real creepy treat, you can view all the projects on Pinterest HERE.

Thank you, Joan, for hosting this haunting Blog Hop!  As always, it's been wicked fun!

Happy Haunting!

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Queen of Gadgets Blog Hop

When I saw Carol of Just Let Me Quilt was hosting a blog hop on gadgets in the sewing room, I knew I had to join in the fun.  I believe I have just about every gadget, gizmo, and whatchamacallit ever invented for sewing projects.  I have listed just a few of them below.     

These clips hold my binding to my quilt nice and tight.  I'm always hesitant about putting a quilt away with stick pins holding it together.  A big plus to using clips instead of pins is that I can place these all around the border of my quilt and I don't stick myself.

Sometimes I want to embellish a sewing project and poms poms are just the thing.  Have you ever used a pom pom maker?  It can be a little tricky.

My magnetic bowl is just the thing for keeping my pins in check.  It's also a good place for holding different machine feet when I'm doing a project that calls for switching feet often.  

My Oliso iron is one of my favorite sewing tools.  I can't count how many times I knocked over my upright-standing iron.  The Oliso is touch sensitive and lowers when I touch the handle, and pops up off the ironing board surface when I take my hand away.   

As you can see, I have gadgets I have not even used.  I received this felted wool pressing mat for Christmas last year and have not used it yet.  I have only heard good things about it.  Do you use one?

But my favorite tool in the sewing room is not really a gadget.  It's just graph paper.  

All my quilts start out as an idea that I transfer to paper, like this easy sailboat quilt.  The grid squares make it easy for me to design geometric shapes.  For this quilt, each square measured 1".  For sewing purposes, I add 1/2" to each piece for seam allowances.   


I drew the dimensions for this quilt on grid paper so you can follow the diagram and make your own.  It is a really fast and easy pattern.  The finished blocks are 10" squares and the finished quilt is approximately 41" x 41".  I added rick rack just for a bit of fun, but it is certainly optional.  

Once you have your pieces cut, fold your pieces in half or draw a line down the middle of  the pieces and sew across the diagonal lines.  Look at the finished block to make sure you are about to sew in the right direction.  Cut away the excess fabric and press the pieces open.

I turned the secondary block in different directions, as shown on the quilt, so if you're using a directional print, like I did, you may want to pay attention to its placement.

My quilt is small, just right for a baby, but you could make this quilt any size you prefer just by adding more blocks.  

I hope you enjoyed your glimpse into my gadget stash and will try making one of these quilts for yourself.  I think it would be extra cute if the sailboats were all different colors. 

Thank you, Carol, for hosting such a fun and interesting hop.  I am always amazed at the variety of projects presented, and I always learn something new.   

But wait!  There is still more to see!  If you haven't already, be sure to visit the other participants in this hop.  They are sure to astound you with their talents.

Until next time, Happy Stitching!

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

See You Later, Alligator Blog Hop


I'm so excited!  Today is my day to share with you my favorite travel accessories.  A BIG THANK YOU to Carla of Creatin' in the Sticks for hosting this fun blog!  Carla always has the greatest ideas for blog hops, and this one is no different!

This hop is all about traveling and some of our favorite travel accessories.  There is always so much to do before a trip, and anything that makes the process easier is okay with me.  

When my kids were little we vacationed mostly by car, but now that we're older my husband and I fly more often than drive.  One of my pet peeves about flying is that my purse is stashed in the overhead, along with my phone and paperback.  Of course I can get to it, but it's annoying to the other passengers, and to say the least, not handy for me.  That's why I was so glad to find the Infinity Scarf with a Pocket.

This handy dandy scarf has a zippered pocket where I can keep items easily accessible.  You can find a great tutorial on YouTube at P4P Infinity Scarf with Zipper Tutorial by Patterns for Pirates.  

You will need 2 yards of fabric (I used a cotton/spandex mix) cut to approximately 22" wide by 72" long, 2 pocket pieces, approximately 8"x8", and a zipper (I used a 7").

On the long end of the fabric, measure 5" from edge and mark with a pin.  Do the same for the opposite side.  Place your zipper 5" from edge of fabric and sew one pocket piece to zipper.  Then fold fabric, right sides together, to opposite side and sew pocket to zipper, making sure it is 5" from the edge.
With right sides together, start at the top edge of fabric and stitch across 5", down pocket and stop stitching about 2" on pocket bottom.  Leave an opening in the pocket bottom to turn the scarf inside out.  Begin stitching again an inch or two from bottom pocket edge, and continue sewing up the side of the pocket and the entire length of the fabric.  

You should now have a tube.  Reach hand inside fabric on end nearest pocket and pull down fabric over arm until you reach the other end of tube opening.  Grab the edge of the fabric and pull back to opposite edge of fabric.  

Align seams, pin edges together, and sew around tube, closing opening.

Pull fabric through opening in pocket and turn right side out.  Stitch pocket opening closed.
Your Infinity Scarf with Zipper Pocket is complete.

When I was looking online for ideas for travel accessories, I came across this little beauty.  It's a potholder with Zip Lock snack baggies sewn inside.  What a clever idea for organizing the little things!

Start with a cute potholder.
Draw a line down the middle of the inside of the potholder.
Use the snack size baggies for this project.  I used 4 baggies, but you could use more or less.
Pin the baggies in place (they are slippery).  Place a piece of ribbon over center where baggies meet, and sew down the middle.  

Sew a decorative button to the front of the potholder, add a couple of charms if you like, and your little organizer is complete.

You can fill your baggies with whatever you like.  You could keep medical essentials, kids' crayons, jewelry, etc.  

I hope you have enjoyed my travel ideas.  If you haven't already, visit my other traveling companions and see what they have created for their trips!  You will not be disappointed!

Until next time,