Wednesday, July 30, 2014

College Days - Blog Hop with Whims and Fancies

So thrilled to join Soma and a bunch of very talented blogger/designers in this blog hop dedicated to the theme College Days...

I shall call this post...Ode to a Backpack...or perhaps it should be Still Life in Green Canvas ??

Anyway, I am not a paper-piece pattern designer and am still in my infant stages of constructing them though Soma and Caroline have provided ample motivation with their Doctor Who blocks...I will finish them someday.

So I have chosen applique as my technique to share today.

First, a bit of background on my subject.  I tried to think of something that related to my college experience in a personal yet universal way.  You probably wouldn't want to put an elongated stretched out sock on a quilt block, for instance...but that does speak college to me as my then boyfriend (now husband) used to take me on dates using the coinage he saved in a sock...hence the "stretchy"...oh, the horror when he brought it in to the Ben and Jerry's to pay for our scoops.  Yes, he was, and actually still is very handsome which is why he is able to get away with such crazy things.  He is actually the source behind the block subject I did pick...

My college days army rucksack.  Hello beautiful friend...

I was a student at Purdue University (Go Boilers!!) in the early 90's.  I am fairly sure that student life was different then than it is now- not that we didn't have computers- I had a Fortran programming class my Freshman year- but  we went to computer labs on campus as most of us didn't have our own computers at home...and an IPAD would've had a totally different meaning...but I digress... 

We carried many 2-3 inch thick hardback textbooks to class.  For me, that meant a very heavy and full backpack carried around all day because I didn't have time to go back to the dorm (or in later years) my apartment between classes.  This was a big challenge for my small backpack which strained at it's seams and zipper.

In my sophomore year, I met a boy (as many girls do) who saw things differently and introduced me to many new things  :)  He came to class one day with a big green army rucksack and I fell instantly in love with the bag (oh-with him too...he's my husband now and we celebrated 20 years married this year).

Anyway, I made him take me to the army surplus store immediately after class so I could get one too, I was so afraid the secret would get out and they would run out of them!  I next personalized it with a pink shoestring to "drawstring" it closed...I felt the need to make it more feminine as I was one of just a couple girls in the engineering curriculum I was studying.  

Everything I could possibly stuff in this thing fit with ease...of course, we could go into much detail of the back pain I have now probably as a direct result...but let's not go there today, lol!!

I really remember this string being more pink...guess it may have faded with the years...

So, thanks for putting up with my long-winded's my block design...

Still Life in Green Canvas

Here is what it looked like as I was in the middle of adding the thread details/embellishing to finish the raw edge fusible applique

And here is my completed 10 1/2 inch block (the one pictured is actually more like 12 inches as it hasn't been trimmed)...the background fabric is an Italian mathematics print from Moda's basicgrey.  It is many years old and o.o.p. sorry!!  I think this is a print I would have loved to buy yards and yards of!!

The block uses fusible applique with SoftFuse Premium fusible web (you can also find it here) and a machine outline stitch using upholstery thread around the edges and added details.  I also did a bit of hand embroidery using a black floss and used a pink floss to replicate my shoestring.  I like the minimalistic look but there are more details in the pattern to use it as an embroidery pattern or add more detail to the applique if you would like.
To use the pattern, the pieces are labeled individually and reversed to allow you to trace onto paper backed fusible web.  There is a placement diagram to assist placement with fusing.  You can use a light pad or a window to trace the shapes. 
If you want a more detailed instruction on how to do this technique, Janine from Rainbow Hare did a great job in an earlier post for this Hop here.

***edited to add new link****
And here is one pdf file of the pattern and here are the pattern pieces reversed for tracing onto fusible, a big thanks to Soma for hosting my pattern :)

Thanks for dropping by today and be sure to visit all the others participating in this hop...

The Designers -
1. 07/01 Ruthie, Ruthie quilts! And quilts…
2. 07/02 Cyrill, Bubblestitch Quilts
3. 07/03 Alida, TweLoQ
4. 07/04 Michelle, misha29
5. 07/07 Cheryl, Meadow Mist Designs
6. 07/08 Alyce, Blossom Heart Quilts
7. 07/09 Janine, Rainbow Hare
8. 07/10 Soma, Whims And Fancies
9. 07/14 Sil, Whims And Fancies
10. 07/15 Janeen, Quilt Art Designs
11. 07/16 Amy, ButterflyAngels Quilt
12. 07/17 Susan, The Bored Zombie
13. 07/21 Sandy, Peek a Boo !
14. 07/22 Rumi, 3PatchCrafts
15. 07/23 Amanda, What The Bobbin
16. 07/24 Lynn, Thimblemouse & Spouse
17. 07/28 Gaya, Le borse di Gaya
18. 07/29 Jennifer, Sewhooked
19. 07/30 Kris, Krislovesfabric <---you are here
20. 07/31 Caroline, Trillium Design
Bonus blocks -
Lilja, liljabs
Esther, ipatchandquilt

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Back from a trip to DC

I can't believe how few pictures we brought back from our trip to Washington D.C....

 My hubs teaching the boy all there is to know about Cessna controls in the Udvar-Hazy museum
 Cheesing in front of the shuttle...over to the side is my husband's Uncle Chuck...greatest host(along with his wife Mary) ever!
 Ben is very accommodating to all us fans who want our picture taken with him...
Standing at the Washington monument.

When we got back we "harvested" all the garden weeds along with a nice variety of veggies for a salad...

 Along with some green beans, yum!!
My new favorite veggie is golden beets, who knew?!!

Thursday, July 10, 2014


Haven't gotten much sewing done but I am ready to start block 4 of the SBOW14, here are my blocks so far...
 It is turning out even more beautiful than I thought, yay!!  It is a Primitive Gatherings pattern here.

A couple shots from our garden...
 Lettuce and cilantro...
 Green beans and squash...
 Almost time to pick tomatoes...
A few peppers...

Friday, June 20, 2014


I am finding myself with so many much is clamoring for my attention this summer.  Do you all feel the same?!

So what better than to tell you of the many fun distractions I find myself with!!

First off, I was so lucky to be able to participate in this hop, so much fun to show my picnic and even more fun to see everyone else's...and guess what, I got frosting with my cake...I won a gift certificate to the lovely shop of Shannon, Fabrics N Quilts  from the blog of generous Pat of Life in the Scrapatch  Thank you both so much!!

 I chose some patterns that have been on my want list as well as a template and a square of wool...why wool?...well, I have been playing with a lot of wool lately   :)  Thank you so much for these wonderful gifts!  It was a pleasure to shop, with such friendly personal customer service and I couldn't believe how quickly I received my wonderful package!  I will definitely be purchasing from this shop in the future!!
 This doll I mentioned before in a post is getting closer to finished...
 And my adopted aunt Sharon has told me I can share her gorgeous doll above...she's actually my Hubs' aunt but she is kindred spirit to me and we often egg each other on...she should have a blog as many of her projects are just so much fun! 
 My doll still needs her dress finished but she doesn't chastise me as loudly now that her legs are attached!
 This is Primitive Gatherings wool SBOW that I am starting on...
 And this was a birthday present...Sue Spargo's Bird Dance book, I am using my own wools, threads and material to make a version of this and the light blue wool was dyed by my friend Marie during a recent field trip to her is the prettiest wool I own, she is a natural!
These books I am finding very valuable as I start learning to applique and embellish my new wool projects!!

I am also following along with the organizational posts here from Sherri at A Quilting Life as I try to bring my sewing room to order.

Hope you all are enjoying the season and finding time to stitch!!

And be sure to check this out from Madame Samm...Sew we quilt

Friday, June 6, 2014

My Day for A Picnic!!

Today we are going on a picnic...thanks to Mary and Mdm Samm...

I chose to make my picnic blanket using one of my all-time favorite blocks...churndash!  And, as this last winter has been very long and snowy, I thought I needed to work in a bright color for this project.  This is made using Kona School Bus and Kona White.  The mini blocks finish at 6 inches and the big ones are 24 inches.

I may have made a slight error though as our bees seem to enjoy it as much as I stings yet, lol!!
I chose to minimally quilt with straight lines using an Aurifil white 50 thread.

I decided to have our picnic at our place as we have acreage and plenty of space to spread out! My favorite peonies are in full bloom along with some beautiful poppies...

I put Hubs in charge of the grilled salmon and he performed perfectly.   We grill a large portion in order to enjoy leftovers on salad the next day...yum!

I hate to share our recipe because our Costco has stopped selling the dressing we use for marinade and I have come up empty handed so far at sourcing it elsewhere but if you all are lucky enough to find it(and let me know if you do!!)...this is what the bottle looks like and it is wonderful as a marinade for the salmon or just as a dressing on a simple green salad...
We also had some yummy fruit to go with our meal along with the simple green salad mentioned above...
I do not have the good fortune of owning one of the sweet Peterboro baskets from our Hop sponsor (oh my, this is my favorite of theirs) but I do have this green handwoven one I purchased many years ago which has provided many years of faithful service.
We had peach pie for favorite!!  I am not a pretty pie pinterest shots here... but oh, I promise, it's good!

Or maybe you prefer strawberry rhubarb?

Please be sure to stop by and visit the others who share this day with me!!
Friday June 6

Friday, May 30, 2014

Star Blocks Done

So this project has been good to get back into more sewing without any stress...
I think these are destined to become a baby quilt...I used up a lot of my orange scraps on these along with the tri recs rulers see this post for more details...

My peonies and poppies are BEAutiful this week :) 

I am also playing around with a free Mimi Kirchner pattern for a wool felt doll generously provided by her and hosted by Purl Bee.  Here is my current progress...
You can find the pattern here:
Mimi has a blog and this doll in a kilt just blew me away, so well done...I just love him.  It helps that my guy does Scottish Highland Games...I think her doll really  needs a caber!  Since she doesn't sell the pattern for that guy I guess I will satisfy this itch with the girlie pattern :)
I am doing this doll sew along with an aunt who doesn't blog unfortunately or I could show her finished doll...very sweet :)

If you need the supplies for this Purl Bee has them for sale or another option would be these wool bundles from Michelle at Raspberry Rabbits which is where much of my felt came from.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Time for a Teddy Bear

I have had this guy done for awhile but waited for Wendi from Shiny Happy World to release the pattern as it was part of the Cuddle Club series.

Here he is in my sewing room mess...

And here he is sunning himself on the patio...

This is a pattern from the Cuddle Club at Shiny Happy World.  It was a pretty easy sew and I really like the warm brown color of the fur.  The muzzle was fun to stitch and embroider and he's very soft and cuddly :)  She has added lots of touchably soft features like suede on the footpads and hands that make this a really fun guy to hold.

I have good news from my gardens as things are finally starting to bloom around here, feels a bit late this year but we will take it:
 and the poppy plants and peonies are not far behind, yay!!