Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Christmas Corner March 2015

Welcome to Christmas Corner!-- A place to share Christmas projects throughout the year!

My main accomplishment this month is progress on my Scrappy Christmas Stars top.
I'm not sure if I'll have the stars going edge to edge or if I'll apply a border.  So far I have 4 stars across and 3 vertically.  Each star section is about 18".

I also made a couple gifts but not sure if they'll be for Christmas.  I was in awe of the beautiful pouch and apron made by Kristyne at Pretty by Hand and so I made my own similar versions.
I used this zipper pouch tutorial from Ginapina to guide me for the lining and zipper.

Aprons were a favorite gift to give last year.  Not much worry about whether the colors and style match the recipients home and taste.
I used my own apron tutorial but widened the neck strap, lengthened the waist ties and added the piece of eyelet, which were such cute details featured by Kristyne on her apron.
If you'd like to link up any gifts or Christmasy things, join right in!

  Thanks for stopping by!
Linking up with Freshly Pieced

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Modern Tradition and Zoo Animal Quilt Alongs, and purple scrappy blocks

I got my internet and TV wiring redone yesterday and found myself without an internet connection in my attic.
March's BOM from Kristie at Quiet Play (free this month).
 This morning, I went to Frye's Electronics and bought a $30 USB wireless adapter (WIFI) and now I have my internet back without running any wires or cables!  Just mentioning it in case it's helpful for someone.
Here's the trio of blocks done so far for Kristie's Zoo Animal BOM.  Three done, six to go.

For Shannon's a (Modern Tradition Quilts) QA, I skipped the ribbon block for now and made the pinwheel star block instead.

Six done, three to go (although I may add more blocks).

Some scrappy purples.  Many of the centers are from a charm pack called So Lovely.  I love purple and green together and may add scrappy green corner triangles to each block.

Linking up with Quiet Play, Richard and Tanya Quilts, Confessions of a Fabric Addict, and Modern Tradition Quilts.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Give Away Winners and Penguin Block

Thank you all for your sweet and fun comments on my post for Susie's Simply Striped Accent Pillow Blog Hop.  Be sure to stop by Susie's to see the other versions sewn by fellow quilter friends-- of her pillow)-- Here's my Shamrock version!
I asked my husband and daughter (neither of whom have looked at the blog or the comments) to each pick a number from 1 to 15 for my random choice of winners.  
The numbers they chose were 2 and 11.  And the winners are:  Deb of Mountain Musings has won Susie's pattern and Ellee has won my set of Scrappy Greeting Cards!  (I will contact you soon.)

For those of you still interested in Susie's pattern, it is only $2.99 on Craftsy.  Also Susie and some of the other participating bloggers are having giveaways that are still open.
 But if you buy the pattern, as a bonus, Amanda, the Patchsmith is also including a copy of her Scottie Dog Mug Rug Pattern ($1.99 value) with the added perk of the reduced size of the Scotties to fit on the stripe!  But hurry the offer is only good through March 8th.
Amanda's darling version.
It has been a lot of fun to sew the pillow and see all the wonderful creativity the quilters have incorporated in sewing their pillow's with Susie's pattern!

Finally, here is my penguin block for Kristie's Zoo Animal Block of the Month Quilt along.  

I've tweaked the pattern a bit as the original pattern features a baby penguin, whose face is black and white and his body is gray.

January and February blocks.  The March block is a Polar Bear.
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, March 6, 2015

Catching up on February Quilt Alongs

The Not So Last Minute Quilt Along;  Hosted by A Quilting Chick
Bell for February

January and February blocks

Charm Square Quilt Along by Shannon at Modern Tradition Quilts
This quilt along is not by the month.  I am still behind on one block.

I'll be updating this post with the Penguin for the Block of the Month Zoo Series from Quiet Play.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Simply Striped Pillow Blog Hop

Did you hear about the Simply Striped Pillow Blog Hop?

Susie from Susie's Sunroom is Hosting this Hop to celebrate her first published pillow pattern on Craftsy!  I'm guest posting there today, so stop by Susie's to find out more about my shamrock pillow made using Susie's pattern.  

But wait for just a minute while I tell you about some giveaways!
Susie is offering her Simply Striped Pillow Pattern free to one lucky participant here on my blog (and she also has some drawings on some of the other blogs).  So leave a comment telling me if you've ever sewn a pillow or if you want to sew a pillow!

And I'm also having a give away!  
Did you see the cute cards made with scraps by Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts?  I also found some cute ideas here at U Create.  

Since I'm also trying to use up scraps lately, I made this set of Scrappy Greeting Cards just for one of you!  For a chance to win, leave a second comment telling me what you do with your scraps.

Stop back late on Saturday or Sunday for the random drawing results.

Don't miss out seeing all the creativity with Susie's pattern by visiting all the participating bloggers.  Here's the schedule:

March 2   Elaine    Summercrafter

March 3   Susie  Susies Sunroom

March 4   Geta      Geta's Quilting Studio

March 5   Sheri   Sunshine in the Attic

March 6   Lara    BuzzinBumble

March 7   Amanda    The Patchsmith

March 8   Amy  Amy Made That! 

Just for good measure, here's my WIP (scrappy Kaleidoscope blocks which match my Scrappy Greeting cards)!  

Thank you for stopping by! 

Linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced and Connie at Free Motion by the River 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Christmas Corner February 2015

Welcome to Christmas Corner!  I've made a mini pillow with a pocket to hold a secret surprise.
This is the Secret Santa Pocket Pillow

The back pocket that can hold a a sweet note or a small treasure (or a gift card).

The inspiration came from this darling block pattern by Marcia Hahn on the Quilter's Cache here.  Marcia has 100's of wonderful free quilting patterns at the Quilter's Cache.
Marcia's block is 12 1/2".  You can visit the quilter's cache (see link above) to make Marcia's block or for my mini pillow, check out my cutting instructions and tutorial to make a 6 inch Secret Santa Pocket Pillow.
Also I'm trying something new.  I'm hosting my first link up party and hope you'll link up some of your favorite Christmas projects/gifts.  There are no rules.  You can link up current projects or from the past; finished or in process.  I would love to see your version of the Secret Santa Pocket Pillow!  Note the Link Up is at the end of the tutorial (wasn't sure how to put it here)
Tutorial for the Secret Santa Pocket Pillow
This is quick to make (less than an hour once you gather your supplies).  All seams 1/4".

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Organizing scraps and Kaleidoscope blocks

I got in the mood to chop up scraps into neat and organized squares.

After a number of hours, I went to my Pinterest page to look for ideas for using my nicely stacked squares.
  That's when I noticed the scrappy kaleidoscope quilts.  The bigger scraps would be perfect for this!
 I found a free template and printed it out and started cutting.

You end up sewing 4 into a half circle and then sew those two together, and then add the corner triangles (white ones go on the colored triangles or colored for the white triangles) to get the block.  It's just one block!

At the end of the day, I had made 9 blocks  -- 
Can you see the secondary circular pattern emerging?  (I did sew one wrong--do you see the mistake?)
I did see a simple 4 patch which alternates with a white square that I'm planning to work on soon too!

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts and A Quilting Life

Monday, February 16, 2015

February Free Motion Quilting Challenge

I finished up my pillow for the FMQ challenge from Quilt Shop Gal with a red polka dot binding.  The tutorial is by The Crafty Quilter.
Leah Day is February's expert.  Here is a link to her wonderful blog.
For Quilt Shop Gal's Feb. FMQ challenge, I chose option 1, which was to use Leah Day's double stipple design somewhere in our pillow.  I stitched the double stipple in the grass, the blue background, and also on the house.
I then proceeded to apply some feathers to the heart, some cross hatching on the roof, and a plain stipple in the outside borders.  You can see how it was easy to cross hatch stitch along the rows, boxing in 9 polka dots to create the even cross hatching pattern.

And even the words are FMQ'ed.  I have FMQ words into a quilting design before but they weren't so visible.

This pillow cover can also be a wall hanging.

I added the 4 inch folded in half triangles to each corner before binding so a dowel could be inserted for hanging.

Linking up with Quilt Shop Gal and Crazy Mom Quilts

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Valentine Parade

Happy Valentine's Day!
Here's a little parade of current and past projects.  See my "Be Mine" page for links to tutorials.
This is my current project which doubles for Valentine's Day and Quilt Shop Gal's February FMQ challenge.  (This tutorial is available from Julie, the Crafty Quilter on her blog)

Instead of hand embroidering, I FMQ the words on with a heavier red thread made for machine embroidery.

I was impatient to try "writing" with FMQ and winged it and didn't mark it first.  I'm so lucky that it turned out pretty good so I don't have to pick it all out!  I think in the future I will mark it though.

Hope you have a very nice day!  Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts.