Wednesday, April 16, 2014

What is Your Superpower Stitching Hop - My Day!

Today is my day to show and tell for the What is Your Superpower Stitching Hop...
 
Thanks again to the wonderful Mdm Samm for her inspiration and guidance through all these fun hops this year and thanks to the lovely Pauline for organizing, cheering and making this one a complete success :)


I thought about this one for about 5 seconds before coming up with my entry for this hop...

What is Your Superpower?

Hmmmm.... 

My Superpower is Coloring Outside the Lines!!

Yes, this is where I admit that I have a bit of a lot of trouble following a pattern...I often feel the need to change it up and make it mine...sometimes this results in a wonderful finish...sometimes I end up in a bit of a pickle because I over complicate the project or confuse myself ...but it always results in a finish I can call my own, for the good or bad!


So-
 this was my starting point...

I hand embroidered the words in Perle DMC floss and then got out some lovely 12 weight wool Aurifil thread in complimentary colors to the Kaffe Fassett border print I used...


 Ah...yes...could have stopped here...this looks nice...
 Ahhhh...this is more like it...


So here is my finished flimsy top 12" x 17" with the lines backstitched and hand embroidered in...all scribbly-like...
 
framed

 I decided to frame it to hang alongside my other minis in my sewing room...sorry, not the best pictures...between the wind and snow it has been a poor week for photos but you get the idea.
I have made all of these minis for past Sew We Quilt blog hops other than the "Sew" one with the arrows which was made by Emily aka Emedoodle ,who I was lucky enough to have as a swap partner this year...thanks again for an awesome mini Emily...it looks great with the others :)

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you'll take the time to visit these great bloggers I share the day with today...

WEDNESDAY APRIL 16


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Poppy block



 So, I finally have made it back to the GTSB quilt and the next block up was the "Poppie block" (Poppy?)...I chose to do this using freezer paper piecing and needle turn applique and was happy to end up with a correctly sized 6 1/2" in block!  Yay! 

 Here are the blocks I have made so far along with some future fabric choices together on my design space.

And, here are some daffodil pictures I took this weekend from my flower beds to prove it is starting to look more like Spring around here...


 I am NOT going to mention the snow outside today as I am trying to ignore it...

Monday, April 7, 2014

Finally, No More Snow!!

Frosty is no more...
This is what was left of our mighty tall snowman from this years crazy amount of snow...funny how it all settled this way after the melt.  The arms will be stored for next year...but probably not the carrot!!

After a bit of vacation, I am doing a bit of sewing but it is for projects I can't show quite yet...but soon!

Hope you all are getting more done than I am  :)

Friday, March 21, 2014

A Fun Club and Learning a New Skill

So I joined this club to learn more about making softies...since I had so much fun with elephants last year...
 

Wendi at Shiny Happy World just started it this year so this was the first shipment that I received for February...

A kit to make a bunny rabbit...
I learned how to make sculpted toes...and work with a cuddle fleece material that really does feel like the stuff they use to make the stuffed things you buy at the store...very soft!!
Cutie-big feet...
 Cute rabbit face...pattern suggested whiskers but I liked him better without them...rebel, yes I am...I also placed the ears slightly different than the pattern just to give him a different look.

 Bunny bottom...

Squishy Bunny tail...

True confessions, though...the material sheds terrible as you work with it...and I was a bit stressed about that and had to vacuum me, the bunny and my workspace a couple of times through the process...
The finished "guy" doesn't shed though...Wendi has since suggested putting the cut pieces in the dryer to help with the shedding but I haven't tried that and the thought makes me a bit nervous...hmmmm....funny it bothers me, as my workspace is far from neat and tidy!!
Also- this material stretches a bit more than the fleece I've worked with from JoAnn's so I was glad this wasn't a fussy pattern with small pieces.  
All, in all...it went together quick and easy and I am happy to have learned a few new tricks :)  Thanks Wendi!

I was able to gift this bunny earlier this week to a special young niece, Nicole and she has named her "Zinnia"...yay!

Click this link at the top of this post if you want to join the club...you have until the end of this month to get in on the next shipment in April...





Saturday, March 15, 2014

Happy National Quilting Day

Did you celebrate today?  I had an opportunity to go to a local quilt show with my friends Linda, Elsie and Zonya...had a great time and picked up a few things from the vendors...

One was this pattern from Laundry Basket Quilts and the templates to make cutting it a snap...so, of course I had to sew one up and try it out...
 I still need to press it a bit and applique the circle down but, you get the idea...
My apologies to those that think Mr. Charming is creepy...I know not everyone is a fan of Tula Pink's Prince Charming froggie...but I am, lol!!

I found a wooden stiletto aka chopstick or skewer to be very helpful in pressing the 3d star tips on this block. 

There are great tips for sewing dresden blocks on Bunny Hill Designs site here.

PS-I also picked up this bee fat quarter and would love yardage but alas...no selvedge...anyone know what this is?

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Green Tea and Sweet Beans Down the Drunkards Path


At least the sun is shining brightly today though it's still a bit chilly...it was 0 degrees when we woke up...the weather is changing daily around here now and we are back to 50 again tomorrow.  This usually leaves me to taking inside pictures but I thought I'd try a snow shot again with the next two blocks...

This is Drunkards Path from the Green Tea Sweet Beans quilt... we were to make 2 of them...
 They really do lay flat and square...it's the snow that's lumpy, really!!

 In case you want a tip or two on sewing curves...I know it's scares a few people...I use a technique I learned from Fons and Porter years ago.  First, fold a crease in each piece by folding in half...
 Put the "crust" piece on top of the pie slice shape and pin at the crease in the center...
 I would use at least 5 pins for this small size...
And, lastly...iron towards the "pie" piece.




A sidenote...several commented on the background fabric I used for the last applique block.  It is from the Collage line by Such and Such Designs Carrie Bloomston.  There is some here if you need it, lol!  It has been out awhile and is a little more difficult to come up with but Pink Castle Fabrics still has some.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

So tired of Snow So Let's Applique

I think I may lose my mind if it doesn't quit snowing soon!  Ok, ok, that boat sailed awhile ago...but c'mon...this is just past fair.  Somewhere between 6 to 8 more inches fell today in the area...a bit hard to tell exactly with 30 mph winds gusting it about....I won't complain too loudly though as many are without power in the area and we are still blessed to have ours.

So what's a girl to do but sew, I guess...

This is Applique block number 1 in the Green Tea Sweet Beans quilt... 

 I used needle turn hand applique as the technique on this block and am happy with the result.  If you look carefully at the cover - this block is almost smack dab in the center.
 Snow. Snow...I don't love you anymore...