Monday, April 2, 2018

Monday Making

I hope everyone had a beautiful Easter.



It’s “Monday Making” day at Beth’s Love Laugh Quilt blog. 
Here’s the link because I’m still having trouble making the link an actual link.  I need another blog publisher. Well, no, actually I need to learn how to use this app because I paid for it :(


Today I’m showing my blocks for It’s a Wild Life Block of the Month.  
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  For the month of February we had two leaves to make.

In March we made these cute little deer. I still need to do a revision on mine since it seems that I sewed the applique wrong on the deer that is lying down. Her back leg is all wrong :)

Now the April block is up and that’s a good project for Monday Making.  This block is actually 2 blocks and involves 2 pine trees, either applique or pieced.  I’m working on the pieced option and will show those when completed.

That is all.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Finished Or Not Friday

Today, in an effort to continue blogging, I’m linking up with “Finished or Not Friday
hosted by Myra of Busy Hands Quilts. Here’s the link.
My favorite blogging app for iPad no longer exists (another story) and I’m having to learn a new app.  For some reason, I can’t get the link attachment to work.

To continue my post:  I’ve joined up with Hands2Help 2018 Charity Quilts hosted by Sara from Confessions of a Fabric Addict (here’s that link:)


And am working on this quilt.
  

It’s the rail fence pattern. I still need to do the backing and quilting and binding but that should go pretty quickly since it’s a lap size (famous last words).  I love the name of this linky - Finished or Not Friday- since I have a lot of “not finished” projects that would qualify.  Click on the link above to see what others are doing.

That is all.


Thursday, March 29, 2018

Needle and Thread Thursday

I want to blog more often. I don’t know why lately it gets away from me so I thought that if I joined a linky group from time to time, it might get me blogging again.  Today I’m linking up with Kelly’s “Needle and Thread Thursday.”    at “My Quilt Infatuation.”   The object is to show a finished work or a WIP. Well, I’ve certainly got lots of WIPs and this long-going project of tiny flowers made by English Paper-Piecing 1/2 inch hexies qualifies as a WIP.

Right now I have 295 flowers sewn together. The project measures  about 45 x 45 inches and I’ve been working on it so long that I can’t even remember when I started.  I blog about it occasionally so I’ll check my old blog posts later and see if I can find when I started this project.  Please click on this link to see what others are posting on Kelly’s blog.

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“My Quilt Infatuation.”  

Friday, March 16, 2018

Lots of Sewing but not much blogging

I haven’t blogged in a while because I’ve been sewing. I bought a new embroidery machine and a new sewing machine so I’ve been playing.  I’m thoroughly enjoying everything about these new machines except reading the instructions. But, I’ve found that I learn so much more by doing that so....

Another reason I haven’t blogged in so long (since December) is that Blogsy, which I used to write my blogs with iPad, is no longer available in the US. Nevermind that I paid for this app, it’s just gone for US users. I’ve tried several other apps and have not found one that I’m happy with. I’m trying yet another one on this post and will see how that goes.

One of the things I’ve sewed is a charity quilt of the Hands2Help group which Sarah at “Confessions of a Fabric Addict” hosts each year.  There are several charities available on Hands2Help.  Below is the icon and clicking on it may or may not take you to the web page where it’s all explained.  I’m not sure if the link works so if not since I’m still trying to learn how to use this new blogging app. You may need to click on this as well:


The quilt I made is composed of several hand-sewn blocks I found at an estate sale.  The colors weren’t too appealing so I tried to pretty them up with some embroidery after the quilting was done.  There were 8 blocks so I used 6 for the front and 2 for the backing.




  

These photos came out to the side and I can’t figure out how to center them...
That is all.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Elm Street Quilts Bag It 2017

Wow!  It's been a while since I've blogged. I have, however, been sewing. In preparation for Christmas, I went crazy sewing pouches.  Here's what I've done.




I'm linking up with 




Check out the link above to see bags others have sewn.
That is all.



Monday, September 4, 2017

Perfectly Pleasng Pincushion Parade Starts Today

First of all, today I ask you to keep Texas in your prayers as so many are dealing with putting their homes and lives back together after the devastation left by Hurricane Harvey.


Today is the first day of the Perfectly Pleasing Pincusion Parade.  My sister Ida and I always disqualify ourselves from winning any of the fabulous prices available but we are such "show-offs" that we always link-up to show our pincushions.  You can go here to see all the prizes available, see who has linked-up, and to add your own pincushions to the parade.

Here are my pincushions:


My husband and I like going to estate sales on the weekend.  I found the pincushion above, on the left, at one of these sales.  It's rather old and torn up.  See where the stuffing is peeking out on the left?  It was really dusty as well. I was fascinated with how intricately it was sewn so I cleaned it up and studied it.  Each of the 8 pieces are sewn separately and then sewn together.  The one I made is on the right.  

I also found these at different estate sales and/or thrift shops:


The triangle-shaped on the left was dirty and stained so I washed it. Now it's faded and torn so I'll probably make a new cover for it later.  Then there are two Christmas pincushions and the one on the far right is, interestingly, made from a canning jar lid.

So, you ask, did I make ANY pincushions.  Yes, yes, here is an adorable little house pincushion made from an embroidery pattern I found at one of our prize sponsors, Embroidery Library.  


I also made this chicken from a free pattern I found online. 


And this idea I saw somewhere online as well and adapted it to this:
I was trying to make a beautiful round Dresden plate pincushion and , Voila!, I came up with an entry for the Ugly Pincushion Contest.

It did NOT come out round but rather bumpy, crooked and UGLY!

I also received these two beautiful pincushions from my sister Ida.
I like the pretty star pincushion with what Ida calls imperfections because she thinks the points should line up.  I like it just the way it us.  And then there's the pretty flower with it's beautiful cross-hatching across the top.  Thanks, Ida.


Finally, here is My Pincushion Parade:


Come link-up with us.
That is all.


Monday, August 28, 2017

Perfectly Pleasing Pincushion Parade

Encouraging Words of the Day:  
Prayers going out to our fellow Texans needing prayers now as they deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.  We live in far West Texas so have not been affected by the hurricans but many of our friends do live in the area hit by Hurricane Harvey as up to 26 inches of rain have fallen in the area. On another topic, a reminder for all: The "Perfectly Pleasing Pincushion Parade" witll soon be starting.  This year it will be running from Sept 4-15 so haul out your pincushions of "get to sewing" so you can show off your pincushions.  Click on the photo below or this link to learn the details.  P.S. There are lots of fabulous prizes given out.
I used to use Blogsy to write my blogs on my iPad but that is no longer an option as Blogsy is no longer available. As I try to use a new app for posting, I still have a lot to learn so if the link I tried to insert above does not work, please go to this site to learn more about the Pincushion Parade:  
https://mysismademe.blogspot.com/2017/08/perfectly-pleasing-prizes.html
 
That being said,lets get to sewing pincushions.  OR digging out some of your favorite pincushions as it's a Parade of Pincushions. It can be your favorite pincushion or even a pincushion you hate, not necessarily a pincushion you made yourself.  This is my favorite pincushion, not just because my sister gave it to me, but because I love the size.  It's not easy to lose and I always have it on my sewing table or next to my sewing machine.  It still looks pretty good even thought I've had it for years.  It has that "well used" and loved look.
That is all.