Thursday, April 28, 2016

Retirement Quilts and Funtastic Friday

My manager, Maggie, began a tradition to give a quilt to everyone who retires and when I learned to quilt I volunteered to be her helper.
Maggie (and her daughter) pieced together this beautiful log cabin quilt.  It took my breath away as I did the machine quilting.  It is so pretty that I took out pinks on hand and will probably not be able to resist beginning yet another project and I'm okay with that!
Since we have three coworkers retiring this year, I took on a whole quilt by myself.  I began this Scrappy Cats Quilt (for a cat lover of course) back in January and hope to complete it soon as the retirement party is coming up.
Got all 12 noses ironed on (still need to machine applique), some eyes sewn on, and one cat with whiskers embroidered on so far. 
      Now onto Funtastic Friday!

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Hope you all had a great week! I finish sewing my grand daughters two easy summer sun dresses this week. I also working on a couple pieces of crochet jewelry for Mother's Day. How about you? What did you create this week?
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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Crossroads Quilt Along and Funtastic Friday

Hello again!  Find out about the Crossroads Quilt Along and download the blocks here.  $5 donation is recommended to support the March of Dimes.  There are only 10 blocks so far but I made two extra house blocks for the fun of it.
Just finished the Diamond and Friendship blocks to be all caught up!  

When I made the house blocks a couple months ago, my plan was to stay with those fabrics for the whole quilt, but then I forgot my plan and picked more new colors!
I chose an alternative pattern to construct the blocks quicker, using no waste methods and will share some cutting and brief sewing directions below.  Refer back to the Fat Quarter Shop for original directions and even some videos.
Cutting directions For the Friendship Block
Background Fabric:                                                             Color Fabric (for each block)
Cut (3) 3" squares for each block center                   (2) 3 7/8" squares (for flying geese)
Cut (3) 1 3/4 x 7" strips  (for corner squares)            (1)  1 3/4 x 7" strips (for corner squares)
Cut (12) 1 3/4 x 3" rectangles for corner squares
Cut (16) (3) 2 1/8 x 8 1/2" strips (subcut into (16)  2 1/8" squares for flying geese and draw diagonal line)     

Place the 1 3/4 x 7" strips (one background and one color together and press open)  Slice off 1 3/4 x 3" sections to sew together with 1 3/4 x 3" strips for corner squares.  

Make Flying Geese using no waste method with 3 7/8" square and 2 1/8" background squares.              
Cutting directions For the Diamond Block
HSTs:
Cut 5" square (3) background fabric and (1) each of color fabrics for each block (Place background and colored square together and sew around the perimeter and then slice diagonally twice to make HSTs for each corner.)

Diamond blocks:
(5) 2 1/4" squares (five each color for each block)
(15) Background fabric 3 1/4" squares, cut diagonally twice to make the triangles which will be sewn to each 2 1/4" square.  (Be sure to make sure the point is in the center before sewing on)

Press the triangles out and square up to 3" squares.
Make sure the 1 1/2" cross hair lines line up as shown in the photo above.
Now on to Funtastic Friday!  Sherry at Olives and Okra is the creator of Funtastic Friday and is looking for another host, so if you're interested contact her with instructions below. The cohosts are a sweet group to associate with online and Donna is my childhood friend.
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Welcome to Funtastic Friday #71!
It's time for another Funtastic Friday! The weather has been rather enjoyable this week, so I took the opportunity to plant several more pineapple crowns. I need to get them all planted before it becomes too hot. I picked up two African violets as well. I made my granddaughter two dresses this week, and as I was finishing them up, I decided I didn't like them. Tomorrow I will rip out stitches and start over. How was your week?
We're also looking for one more host. If you're interested, send me an email with the url to your blog. Now on to the party!
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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Star blocks for an Auction Fundraiser and Funtastic Friday

When I heard the girls at church are going to have an auction fundraiser to get money for summer camp, I thought I will make a quilt!
Star blocks made with Salt Box Charms from Connecting Threads

I pulled out these three star blocks I made several years ago.  Luckily I had a little note and diagram in the bag showing how to construct the blocks.
 It took an evening to make each additional block and since the auction will be next Saturday I needed a plan to make blocks quicker.
So I started making the blue and cream blocks to maybe intersperse between the star blocks and hopefully can finish this quilt before the auction.  Or maybe I better just get busy making some more star blocks, add sashing and some big borders!  What do you think?

 Okay on to Funtastic Friday!
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It's time for another Funtastic Friday! The weather has been unusually pleasant this week - no subtropical downpours and no blistering hot sunshine. The air is filled with pollen and allergens, so I've had a killer headache and asthma problems all week (a downside of living in sunny Florida). I can't complain; at least it isn't snowing. I did plant a few herbs—basil, oregano, parsley, thyme, mint, and rosemary. I have new baby pineapples sprouting, and I want to plant a few pepper plants. Despite the headache, it's been a good week. I'm putting together a list of Mother's day handmade gifts, and I'm updating my blogging planner. I can't wait to see what you've all been up to this week. On to the party!
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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Stars and Strips and Funtastic Friday

Stars for the Scrappy Cats Quilt and Strips for more plus blocks!

Yay! ... some progress on the Scrappy Cats Quilt that I began in January and has since become a UFO.  Funny how quick a UFO happens!  I made the stars and ironed all 20 of them on.  Now for some machine applique (which isn't my favorite).
Here is the original post with pattern link.  This will be my challenge for The Crafty Quilter's Good bye UFO's, to complete for April.

  I've also made some progress on my little 5 inch plus blocks.
I've cut strips for at least 25 more blocks and I have 35 so far!  It'll take a couple hundred for a good sized quilt, so we'll see how far it goes.  Or it could be a baby quilt and be done much sooner!
Of course for photographing, a chubby calico has claimed the blocks for her own nap spot!

I'm enjoying co-hosting Funtastic Friday and meeting my Cohosts and looking at the links which are full of creativity!  
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Sherry of Olives and Okra highlights the most popular links of the previous week and then there are a whole new batch of fun links!
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I hope you all are having a great week. My giveaway for the $25 Visa gift card and the Eggland's Best coupon is over. Teri I is the winner of the giveaway. We also have two new party hosts. Please welcome Victoria from Dazzled While Frazzled and Laci from Easy Peasy Pleasy. We are so happy they joined our party!
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Friday, April 1, 2016

Plus Blocks and Funtastic Friday

Happy Friday!  I am sewing plus blocks.  I have 20 completed so far.
The cutting dimensions are 5 x 2" and two 2" squares for the plus and four 2" squares for the background, which yields a 5" square.

This is a great block for scraps!


I'm also co-hosting Funtastic Friday and there are lots of fun and interesting link ups to check out and you can link up too!
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WELCOME TO FUNTASTIC FRIDAY #68!
Welcome to Funtastic Friday! I have a couple of announcements to make before we get the party started:
  • We're looking for additional co-hosts to join us for Funtastic Friday. I've you're interested, please send me an email or message me on social media and include the name and URL of your blog. We have a new co-host. Please welcome Mistie of Homespun Engineer.
  • There's still time to enter the giveaway for a $25 gift card and 1 coupon for Eggland's Best Eggs. Read my post on Orange Blossom Honey Crepes and enter for a chance to win.
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