Thursday, September 17, 2020

Sew What's New?

 Although school has officially started here, kids are remote learning. There have been few opportunities to sub but I have been trained (sort of). The process is quite complicated and hasn't be tested enough. Technology is great but there seems to be glitches every step of the way. 

The good news is that I do get a bit more time in my sewing room when I'm not watching my grandson!

eating cucumbers from the garden

Sew what have I been doing? 

I purchased the A is for Apple pattern from SewFresh Quilts when she was having a 50% off sale. I started making the apples to use as a new table runner. 

I got a little bit interrupted as a friend of mine @megillicutti on Instagram commissioned me to make a drawstring bag for her. She loves vintage and has a booth at an antique mall. She is headed to an Extravaganza this weekend to shop to restock her booth. She dropped off this cart and a vintage linen tablecloth at my house. I measured the cart and started working on a drawstring bag. 

As you can see, it didn't quite fit around the cart. Realizing my mistake, 
I started again. 
Here is the 2nd bigger version! 

Isn't it cute made from the vintage tablecloth?

I had some orange ribbon that I added for a pop of color! She loved it!

I also finished the baby quilt that will go to a charity. The pattern is Traffic Jam by Pat Sloan but I am calling mine True Blue.
It was made from my overflowing box of blue scraps except for the gray dotted fabric for the sashing and borders.
The backing is a yardage piece that has been in my stash for some time!
The finished size is 31" x 45" 
The quilting is a straight-line outlining the squares and a X through the corner squares. 
All labeled and ready!
Monday was the release of Week 2 in the National Quilters Circle Starlight Mountains challenge. 
I managed to finish and here are both week 1 and week 2 blocks together!
(It looks like Christmas at first glance but the center blocks are watermelons on a blue plaid backing. Picking up the reds and greens of the watermelons.)
I'm linking to Midweek Makers @QuiltFabrication 

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Design Wall and Challenges

On September 1st, Kat released the new block for the Covered in Love blocks. These blocks are called Fiddlesticks! The tutorial is found at Zippy Quilts. Kat made a few adjustments to the tutorial so that the blocks would be cut to 12.5" The background fabrics are to be solid or textured solids. I used some cottons from my stash and the sticks are from my scraps. 
On September 3rd, Cheryl released the next step in the Morewood Mystery Quilt. 90 HST ~ 60 3" size and 30 5 1/2" size. 
Here are my HST!
Cheryl also did a Facebook video that was a very helpful tip in trimming the HST without stretching. Why have I not heard of this technique before? 
The corners are perfect! 
I also started the quilt challenge from the National Quilters Circle called Starlight Mountains. Week 1 instructions were released on Monday. 
6 stars! 
This is what is on my design wall!
Linking up to Design Wall Monday at Small Quilts.

Friday, September 4, 2020

Another finish! Wahoo!

I saw this pattern, Wrap Up Some Love, on Quilt Fabrication a while back and knew it would be the purrfect quilt for my kitten loving friend. My friend, Marylyn, takes in abandoned kittens and cares for them. Many are just days old and need to be bottle fed around the clock. Sometimes she has a whole litter with their momma. This is her ministry!
So I bought the pattern but as usual, it sat for a while. 
I finally got around to picking out fabrics from my stash...each kitten a different fabric as well as the hearts. I used Kona Snow as the background. 
I made the pattern without the sashing. 
I found the purrfect backing fabric of cat whiskers from The Fabric Shack.
It finished at 35" x 40" 
I quilted it in straight diagonal lines in 3/4" and 1/2" intervals and made a cute kitten label. 
I hope my friend likes it! It was her birthday last weekend and we will get together today!
Linking up to Midweek Makers over at Quilt Fabrication. Thanks Susan for this cute pattern! I'm also linking to Can I get a Whoop, Whoop @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Beauties Pageant @ From Bolt to Beauty, Foto Fun Friday @Powered by Quilting, and Finished or Not Friday @ Alycia Quilts.
I also finished my column of this months So Scrappy color of red!
Here are all the months together! Only one month left to go!
Linking up to Scrap Happy Saturday at So Scrappy tomorrow.