Monday, February 22, 2021

JOURNALING


I encourage each of you to journal your creative journey.
It doesn't have to be anything elaborate.
Just keep a list of your projects each year.

Maybe write the who, what, when, where and why
about the project!  What you enjoyed, what wasn't so fun.
Did you learn anything while making the project.
 
I don't spend money of elaborate journals, stickers and such.
I make my fabric covers for Compositions books.

Here is my 2021 journal made with Allison Glass fabrics.
Front, Back and inside pocket flaps.
And I have a pen tab which sometimes I forget to use!

Front Pocket is kinda deep...and you can slide stuff behind the flap.


Back pocket has my label
and a bit shorter than the front.
Again, room to slide behind the flap.


I use heavy cardstock and glue to pages for various sections.
A large paper clip helps me find the sections easily.
And i write on that cardstock what's in that section.

Projects
I number the projects as I begin them
They might be finished months later, so I come back
to the beginning to add notes, so leave space.

Notes and Tutorials
If there is a project I use a lot, I might jot down
specs for it here.

Cards
I make a lot of cards and this section
will tell me the details about them
or perhaps a video I used to make a card.

Misc
Just that

Knitting
I need to add a section for this
but I might include this with MISC.


 Here are my journals from previous years.
I usually get 2 years of information inside one journal.


A glass of wine helps my creativity flow.


If you would like to see how I make these fabric covers...
Check out my tutorial here.
Its written for (QAYG) Quilt As You Go technique
but can be adjusted for any type covering.

One day someone will find your journals
and be happy to read about your creative journey.

I'm not much for New Years resolutions but...
Here's to 2021 and lots of beautiful makes!


Wednesday, February 10, 2021

2020 KNIT WIT

2020 provided lots of TV time and when that happens...
I become a KNIT WIT! 

I have learned some new stitches and techniques this year!
Kathy Guenther is a knitty friend
with lots of experience and patience !
Together we tend to knit and sip...wine!

I have really enjoyed knitting these scarves/shawls.
Most of them are free patterns on Ralvery. 
If you want to see all my projects over there,
my user Name is KathyGordon

Dusk to Dawn, By Briana Kepner
50 Shades of Gradient Yarn
Fingering Weight Yarn


Letters From Russia By Annah Burnes
Pic Knit City Blues, DK weight yarn


Arlequin Shawl By Peggy Maxheim
Cherry Garcia Fingering Weight Yarn


CoPilot Cowl, By Dominique Trad
Super Sock Weight yarn, City Blues


Selago Sunset by Martina Behm
Dirty Martini and Green Tea, Fingering Weight yarn


I used a lot of blue yarns in 2020...maybe I was feelin blue?
I have lots of knitting in mind for 2021 
and a good friend to encourage and help me on this journey. 


Monday, February 1, 2021

CHARLEY HARPER REMAKE


Several years ago I received this bag in a swap.
I loved it, but it was kinda floppy.
It needed stabilizer to make it sturdy.


Today I decided I would remake it into a bag 
that I would use.  It was to to sit in a shelf.
it’s a Charley Harper bag...after all! 

Sew I assessed the original design
And though about what I would remake with the pieces!
I had to make sure the appliqué Chickadee remained where it is.


I decided I could rework into a One Hour Basket.
Sew I cut the handles off,
Cut the bag apart, both the main and lining pieces
Trimmed to the layout for a basket,
Added extra batting and stitched it down. 


 The Chickadee fabric for the lining
And inside pocket stayed the same.


The cute appliquéd chickadee still on the front 


   Happy with the remake!
And now it will be used time and again. 


  It took me four years
to get the courage to remake it...cause maybe 
the original maker might not understand?
But once you receive a gift...it’s yours to use, give away or remake it!
I am glad I did.






Monday, January 25, 2021

TESTED

Erica Jackman aka @kitchentablequilting
reached out and asked me to pattern test The Naomi
quilt pattern for her.

Of course I said YES.  I love to pattern test.
I love giving feedback and using up stash at the same time.


In my stash I found several Maritime Modern FQs by MODA.
Enough to make a baby quilt, with a few other prints and some solids.


I  cut my blocks out 'one at a time" to make sure I like the fabrics together.


I also find it helpful to use a card with the various fabrics.
or in this case fabric colors for making blocks.


A block layout design that comes with the pattern
is very helpful.  There are also coloring pages, which l didn't use.


 I sewed the blocks one at a time.
Centers were fussy cut and different for various blocks.




When I had 12 blocks I made the top.


I turned in my feedback and took pictures 
for Erica to blog about on 1/22/21(tomorrow)
when the pattern releases.

BUT my plans changed for the size.
A dear friend has been TESTED to the limit.
She had mentioned how she liked this design
when I posted pics of my FB page.
I added the borders to make it a nice lapsize.
I was too lazy to make more blocks!
I hope to visit her later in the year and this will go with me!



I had to purchase some extra fabrics, but
I found them on Etsy for $2 / yard.
WHAT?

I used up a lot of it on the backing.


So here is the top on the backing. 
I still have to cut the batting
and quilt it...not sure when that will happen!




Tuesday, January 19, 2021

SEW-CIAL DISTANCE JAN, 2021

It’s now 2021 and still a need to SEWCIAL distance remains. 
The vaccines for RONA are coming and at some point Kim Hensley 
and I will be back in the same room, together, sewing. 
But til then...

One of my sewing goals is actually TWO goals.
Use scraps and older stash for CHARITY QUILTS in 2021

I pulled 2 1/2' print strips and 5" sold squares.


And this is how it turned out.
It was very fast and quick to make 



Kim has set a sewing goal for 2021 to use her huge stash of  Bonnie & Camille 
This quilt will use ‘Handmade’  Jelly Roll with white 5" squares


And this is her finished quilt top.


We are thrilled with the pattern and results.
Quilting comes later, but it’s a good start to the new year!

If you would like the free pattern, click here

I will be wintering at Ocean Isle Beach, NC
in February and March but please stay tuned 
for lots of Sewcial Distance fun with Kim and me!



Thursday, January 14, 2021

2020 projects



2020 is a year we want to forget.
The world as we knew it...was interrupted with a 
pandemic from hell.

I kept my mind and hands busy, to keep my sanity
and made many projects via fabric, yarn and paper.
I am not showing my cards in this post
but I crafted at least 30 made in 2020.
Fabric and Yarn kept me sane and I present 
 40 projects for 2020


QUILTS

 Sewcial Distance Quilt 1
Plaidish by Erica Jackman 
COMPLETED


 Sewcial Distance Quilt 2
Color Dive by Anna Maria Horner
COMPLETED




Sewcial Distance Quilt 3
The Iris Quilt
NEEDS QUILTED


Graduation Quilt
Amy Ellis Fabrics
COMPLETED


 CMQG 2019 Mystery Quilts
COMPLETED


CMQG 2020 Mystery Quilt
NEEDS QUILTED


Perry County Flamingo
Laura Heiny Pinkerton Collage
COMPLETED

 

Caleb's Animal Baby Quilt
COMPLETED


Joey's Robots Baby Quilt
COMPLETED




Modern Christmas Tree
COMPLETED


Stars and Stripes
Thimbleblossoms 
COMPLETED


Sophie Montague Baby Quilt
Perfect 10 - Winnie the Pooh
COMPLETED


Gender Neutral Baby Quilt
Disappearing 9 patch
COMPLETED


3 Bee Table Toppers
COMPLETED


Gift Wrapped Table or Bed Runner
COMPLETED




BAGS
ALL COMPLEteD

Nautical Clarissa Bag



Wide Open Zipper Bag


Wide Open Zipper Bag 


Wide Open Zipper Bag


Wide Open Zipper Bag


Grab Bags - Knitting Project Bags


1 Hour Basket


Run Around Bag


Clarissa Bag



MISCELLANEOUS PROJECTS
COMPLETED

2021 Journal 


Walker bag



Pillow Cases


Pillow Cases


Circular Knitting Needle Holder


Knitting
Dusk to Dawn, Briana Kepner
50 Shades of Gradient


Letters From Russia


 Arlequin Shawl
Cherrry Garcia yarn


CoPilot Cowl, Dominique Trad
super sock, City blue


This one is Selago Sunset and all mine. 


I probably missed a few, but this is a lot of making in 2020.
I may take it easy in 2021....probably NOT!