Thursday, January 11, 2018

Guild UFO Challenge–#5 is due up next!

Like many guilds, Orange Grove Quilters Guild has a UFO Challenge every year.  I’ve signed up in the past but I must admit I haven’ been very successful.  This year is going to be different (I think, I hope).   The first one was due this month but we were able to turn it in in December, which I did.  So, so far, so good.  At yesterday’s meeting they announced that the next UFO that is due for completion in March is #5. 

Well it took me a while to find my copy of the sign up sheet but I finally found it and my #5 is “A Compass for All Quilters” by Sharyn Craig.  Originally I think this was suppose to be 12 – 18” blocks but after 3, I decided it would make a great table runner or wall hanging.

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This was made in a Road to California class back in, I think 2011.  At the time Sharyn had announced her retirement and I really wanted to take one last class from her.  I guess it’s aged enough now so it’s time to quilt it, bind it, label it and turn it in by the March guild meeting.  Wish me luck!!!!!!

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Ear Bud Round Case

I made one of these for my daughter, Shelli, many years ago and I of course had completely forgotten about it. But sure enough she uses it all the time to control and keep track of her ear buds in her purse, backpack or wherever.

She likes to make little handmade gifts for her co-workers so this year she wanted to make these. I showed her how to make one, and turned her loose in my sewing room. As she reminded me, picking out the fabric takes way more time than actually making the Ear Bud Round. This is a quick and simple project that requires very little sewing skills.

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These are the ones she made for some of her co-workers.  Aren’t they cute?

I decided as long as I was showing her how to make them I might as well make a little tutorial in case anyone else would like to make some.  I’ve posted the tutorial over on my website and I’ll add a link to it on the blog.  Look over there ----> lot’s of free tutorials.

The hardest thing about these little cuties is picking out the fabric.  The rest is easy peasy. 

If you live near me and are a friend of mine, my daughter or for that matter my granddaughter's, you are more than welcome to come on over to the house and like Shelli spend as much time as you need to pick out some fabrics.  I’ll help you sew it so that you too can be the proud owner of a Ear Bud Round thingy. 

Here’s mine, complete with my ear buds poking out.

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You could use the same idea to make very cute coasters.  I’d probably make the circle larger, maybe 4” or 4 1/2” but the process would be identical. 

Here’s the direct link to the tutorial.  Click here

Have a great 2018…………………………….

Enjoy,

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Saturday, December 30, 2017

End of the Year–Design Wall and Recent Finishes

As 2017 comes to a close I thought I’d recap just a few of my recently completed projects.

1st Up – Grandma’s Kitchen – Designed by Pat Sloan – The top is completed along with a simple border.  I can’t decide if I’m going to take it to the long arm quilter for do it myself.  We will see.

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I’m really pleased with how it came out.  I’m not sure what in the world I’ll do with it when completed but it’s still very cute.

During the month of December, I sewed along with Moda Bake Shop and made their Countdown to Christmas. 

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The 6” blocks are all made.  I’m waiting to see what sort of setting suggestions Moda makes but if not I’ll simply add a little sashing, quilt it and call it done. 

I also completed and mailed this quilt to my cousin Alicia in Australia. 

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Alicia found me through Ancestry.com, DNA.  We have since communicated regularly and met in person this summer when she and her husband Grantley came to the Los Angeles area.  Alicia great-uncle (on her mother’s side, we’re related through our fathers) was Louis B. Mayer of MGM fame.  Alicia has become a historian of “old” Hollywood and her maternal ancestors.  When she was here earlier this year she did a entire lecture and slide show in downtown LA about her grandmother and her great-uncle. 

So, when I saw this fabric I knew I needed to make her a quilt.  Some people are “quilt worthy” and Alicia is definitely “Quilt Worthy”.  Since mailing it earlier this month it has found it way into her arms.  I think it’s fair to say she loves it.  And when it is no longer summer in Australia, she’ll be able to cuddle up under it and think of the “new” family she has found. 

Since this quilt was all about the “fabric” I wanted to keep it simple and highlight the fabric so I used the original “BQ” quilt pattern, sometimes known as “BQ1”.  It lets the fabric be the star, not the pattern or the quilting. 

I have several things planned for 2018 but that can wait until later.

Have a wonderful “New Year”. 

Enjoy,

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Thursday, December 21, 2017

Grandma’s Kitchen

It’s taken me a while to get back to finishing up my Grandma’s Kitchen quilt top but I finally added the border just a little while ago.  Here it is spread out on my dining room floor.

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 I’m really happy with the way it turned out.  Now it’s time to figure out how to quilt it or have it quilted. 

Enjoy

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Monday, December 18, 2017

Design Wall Monday–December 18, 2017

I’m a little behind, but making progress, on my Moda Bake Shop Countdown to Christmas blocks.

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These are 6” finished blocks, so some of these pieces are really tiny.  I’m planning on working at getting caught up later today.  I’m still having fun and it’s a really good reminder of how important accuracy is.  It’s still not too late.  All the blocks are still available on the website.  You can check it out here

Until next time,

Enjoy,

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Design Wall Monday–December 11, 2017

This last week, along with working on my Pat Sloan, Grandma’s Kitchen blocks I have been trying to keep up with Moda Bake Shop’s, Count Down to Christmas.  It is a block everyday from December 1st to Christmas.  So I guess that means 25, cute little 6” blocks.  I’m just using up scraps of red and green but I’m using the same white in all of them. 

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As you can tell, some blocks are simpler than others and some of the blocks are paper pieced.  Typically I make blocks that are much bigger, therefore much more forgiving.  This has been good for me.  With little blocks you have to be so much more aware of accuracy in cutting, sewing and even ironing.  10 down and 15 or so to go. 

It’s not too late to catch up.  If you’d like to join along, head on over to Moda and check it out.

My friends Marilyn and Pam are also participating so it’s been fun sharing back and forth as they also work through the daily challenge. 

Enjoy,

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Grandma’s Kitchen–Block 22 of 25

I’m getting closer to completing my Pat Sloan, Grandma’s Kitchen quilt.  Block 22 is Pick a Posey.  Again, not one of my favorites but they can’t all be the star of the quilt.  So here’s my version.

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I’ve also added the filler and sewn it to it’s next door neighbor block 21.  This will become the bottom row of the completed quilt.

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I don’t believe block 23 is being released until December 3rd so I’ll patiently wait for it. 

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