Tuesday, October 15, 2019

CHRISTMAS SEWING

I didn't get all my Christmas in July projects completed...
but I put a great dent in them.
I make Christmas things...not because I need them,
but because I love Christmas and sewing them!

I got the Economy Blocks for this top done.


And in July I did finish the top.
I need to make the back...maybe a flannel sheet.
It will be for my hubby!



Next up was a Vintage Truck/Christmas Tree project.
I had lots of  fabric to choose from and
the modern take on this pattern had to happen.





I decided I didn't like the trees in 
the back of the truck or the trees..
Sew I drew my own tree design and round wheels.
They will be appliqued down with stitching.
A wall hanging size and it will be perfect
for my dining room which has this truck theme
at Christmas time.

Backing is made...its ready to quilt.




I had hoarded a lot of Cotton and Steel Christmas prints.
Garland and Tinsel lines.  I got this book last year and the pattern on the front 
called Snowball Games seemed perfect. 




First I made a table topper and a table runner.
Cause I was gonna use them in my guest bedroom.

Table Topper


Table Runner


Well..I changed my mind.
 I decided a friend of mine would like this
as a quilt and it will be her Christmas gift.
Sew I took things apart and made this top.



Backing is done and its ready to be quilted.
Binding will be the fun pink/purple/blue fabric
 in the backing.



I started these Modern Christmas tree blocks last year.


I did get a lot of blocks done and have some
white GRUNGE on standby for the top design.

Here are my blocks on the design wall.
Not sure I want to go this way with it.
The layout will come...when I have time to 
figure it all out.


I never got to this beauty.
WHITE CHRISTMAS fabrics by Zen Chic

Mainly because I can't decide which Zen Chic pattern 
to use.  Perhaps I will combine both and make my own version.
Well that's a project for next year.


All in all...I am way ahead of the Christmas Sewing.
I am organizing a Holiday Sew In on Nov 2
for  the Columbus Modern Quilters.
Maybe a few of these will be ready to bind!

Have you started on your Holiday Sewing?


Tuesday, October 8, 2019

TEACHING CARDMAKING

I love it when someone sees my work and asks...
can you teach me...

In this case it was making cards.
Shannon, is the daughter of one of my besties.
I have known her since she was bout 12.

She is still a doll!


I made my sewing table
into a card making table.


Shannon caught on quickly
and I knew she would be "hooked"


She was intent on getting things done right.


From the smile here...I think she was
satisfied with the entire process!


When it was all said and done...
These are the cards she took home!




Monday, September 30, 2019

FARM HOUSE WREATH TUTORIAL


I finally made something I saw on PINTEREST!
A farmhouse wreath


I had an old straw wreath.
Decided to leave the plastic on it.


I found old batting strips and wrapped the wreath.


Wrapped it around the wreath.


Pulled some white muslin from my stach and cut strips
to wrap around the wreath.


I bought this  cool ribbon
and wrapped it around the wreath.
I kinda liked the entire wreath covered.


But decided to let the muslin peak through.


Found some rope I had previously bought
at the dollar store.


I wanted to soften the look.
Put on rubber gloves
Poured white paint in my hand
and ran the rope thru the paint.


Wrapped the wreath and made a hanger.


Added some soft eucalyputs and lambs ear


I love how great it looks above my mantle
against the dark bricks.


What's your favorite fall decoration?






Thursday, September 19, 2019

FALLING FOR SOFT EUCALYPTUS

It's Fall Y'all!

I have a few decorative items that I recently
updated for my home. I used much of what I
had on hand and added some dollar store items.
And a few things from a cr
Since I am more drawn to neutrals in my home decor...
I have fallen hard for the soft eucalyptus colors!
This old antique vase...
added some dollar store flowers
and a tiny burlap pumpkin


I had the giant white sunflowers.  
Added some dollar store leaves and mums.
Tiny pumpkins from  TJ Max
The ceramic vase is a BIG LOTS $3 clearance. 
and voila...a new arrangement
TIP: buy garland when half-off and cut pieces vs.
buying picks...much cheaper.
That's what I did with all the eucalyptus and lambs ear
you will see in these designs.


Found a wooden box in the basement
and filled it with some of the same items
Added a few burlap leaves with some old leaves 
I had on hand.   I love these centerpieces!



I have always wanted to do a Hoop Wreath
TJ Max pumpkins with a bit of euylaptus, lambs ear 
and tiny pine cones was perfect 


Sorting thru a closet...I found this BIG pumpkin I bought
a couple years ago for  $5 on clearance
I simply added the pumpkins I had left, some eucalyptus and
 lambs ear to kick it up a notch.


Next I actually made something I saw on Pinterest.
I have another post coming to show you how easy this is to make.





I guess I need a CRAFT ON signature.
Anywhoooo Martha Stewarts's got nothing on me!



Thursday, August 22, 2019

A QUILTERS GARDEN OF CHAOS

I have NEVER EVER been on a bus shop hop like the one I was on in July...
from Lawrenceburg, Indiana to Frankenmuth, MI

BUYER BEWARE!

There was no pre-trip communication from the shop, no trip agenda, shops dropped off the schedule due to bus drivers limited driving time,  many shops didn't know we were coming and a trip leader (not the shop owner) who didn't know much of anything, including IF we would get shop discounts.  

I sent an email to the owner because there was NO feedback survey form.  She didnt' like it cause after doing 4 or 5 sold out bus trips she must be doing something right" ahhh 40 of 54 seats
is not SOLD OUT and I hate math!

 Apparently I was the only 1 of 40 to complain. 
Perhaps  I was  the 1 of 40 who had to balls to speak up.
  Quilters Garden should up their customer service and communication skills!

All that being said, my partner in quilting crime and I 
found some fun regardless of the unorganized trip!

Sew let me share the shops I enjoyed
The Quilt Foundry in Maumee, OH

Beautiful historical building


now a lovely quilt shop.


This shop had a nice mix of fabrics
and patterns.  


I was surprised to see 'A Day in Paris" by Zen Chic
one of the few Modern Designers in the shop


A great selection of GRUNGE


Guicy Guice fabrics were vibrant and caught my eye!


The Busy Thimble in Bowling Green, OH  knew we were coming...
15% discount and actually had a gift for us!


A mostly traditional shop...lots of MODA


Great Christmas Fabrics tucked in a corner


My favorite shop of the entire trip
 was located in Ann Arbor, MI
As an OHIO STATE BUCKEYE fan
 I have finally found something I like in that town!

THIS SHOP did NOT know we were coming
I was sew embarrassed when the trip leader, argued with
the owner, that the SHOP DID KNOW we were coming!
The shop owner had called them (when? a year ago?)
The shop, fortunately, had plenty of staff and did offer a nice discount regardless of the disrespect!


Pretty fabrics covering all quilting aesthetics... 
in a VERY LARGE SHOP





Pretty Quilts hanging everywhere









My bigger purchases were these.
Gray and white are for quilt backs
Gold, purple, green I needed for a Mystery Quilt backing
and the last was a sale piece.


Other fun fabrics from various shops to add to my stash.


Yes, I buy fabrics I don't need and who knows if I will use them.  Its my Kwilty Pleasure, after all.
Thanks for stopping by today.  
I don't vent disapproval very often but when you
pay good money for a trip, there are expectations.
 Bad customer service is NOT one of them.