Monday, January 29, 2018

Design Wall Monday–January 29, 2018

I’ve been missing from blogging lately but I have lot’s of excuses.  I attended Road to California and, and, and………………….well let’s just say, I’ve been busy. 

I actually do have something up on my design wall.  It’s is just miscellaneous pieces from a class I took while at Road. 


I took a class from Cindy Grisdela, called Artful Improve.  I’m not a modern quilter, by any means, but I’d like to give it a real shot. This is a good beginning.  I’m hoping to use some of this to complete a “modern” wall hanging.  Don’t hold your breath but at least it’s a start. 

I also bought a new sewing machine, more about that later.  Have a great week. 



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.


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!!!!!!



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.


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.


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…………………………….



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