Friday, December 19, 2014

Every Once in a While I Need a Quickie

Four reversible fabric bags I've made to use as gift wrap. 

I've made several chicken themed ones and mailed them off already. The bag can be used as a fabric grocery bag.  The contents of the chicken themed bags include at the least a chicken hot pad, chicken embroidered dish towel and crochet dish rag. 

The Super Heroes and Monster High bags will have gifts in them for the Grand Kids. 
Guess what the gifts are! 

I've made a few more pillowcases using the hot dog method.  One of the pizza themed ones will go to my youngest son who is 30.  I think his diet consists mostly of pizza so he probably really has pizza stains on the pillowcase he uses now.  There are just some things a mother doesn't really want to know. 

I've made everyone else's pillowcases throughout the year so the extra pizza and cookie cases will go into my gift stash box. You never know when you will need a quick gift. 

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Slow Sunday Stitching

I still need a couple of chicken dishtowels to go with the chicken hotpads I made a few weeks ago.  
I'm so tired after having the grandkids here yesterday that I think some slow stitching is about all I'll finish today.  We made Christmas cookies, they painted ornaments and decorated my tree with all the handmade ornaments of years past.  If I don't finish these towels today I'll probably take them with me to work to stitch on during my lunch break. 

I finished hand quilting in the ditch around windows and between buildings on my cat house quilt.  This is a Christmas gift so I need to get it finished but I have until Christmas morning to finish so what's the hurry?  

I've done the embroidery for the neon signs that will get appliqued to the buildings.  Then I need to machine quilt the sky with some stars, add the binding and I'll have a finish. 

I need to get another quilt ready for hand quilting. Hmmmm, which will it be? 

Slow Sunday Stitching? 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

I Think I Have Enough Blocks Now

I now have 43 - 12 inch Kaleidoscope Blocks.  I only need 42. That rainbow one was an after thought  and it kind of sticks out so I might not use it. But, you never know. 

I've been making these out of scraps as one of my Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2014 projects.  Each month I've made a block out of the color of the month, color of the month plus it's complement and color of month plus previous month.  This month I had to free form it and let my scraps dictate.  I've used crumbs for the corners and want to use crumbs for a border.  I'm hoping when all is said and done the crumbs will kind of look like those little kaleidoscope pieces before they form a beautiful design. 

Stay Tuned for a Finish Next Year of this and some of my other RSC 2014 projects. 

Is Anyone Finishing a Rainbow Project? 
You'll have to find out for yourself with a visit to ScrapHappy Saturday, a weekly RSC link. 

Oh, and got scraps?  Think about joining RSC 2015. 

Friday, December 12, 2014

I Guess I Know What I'll Be Making With My Valentine Fabrics

It finishes at 20.5 inches. 
I followed my own directions and not the directions in the tutorial. 

I'm trying to figure out what to make with all my different collections of themed fabrics.  Then I make a block before I forget. 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

And Then There's the 30s Reproduction Scraps

I use most of my scraps in Rainbow Scrap Challenge projects. 

But, for some reason, I keep my 30s and Civil War Reproduction fabric scraps separate. 

One of the projects I work on when I have accumulated several 1.5 inch scraps is  String Stars.  The green is Kona Spring which reminds me of the green my grandma used in her quilts.  

When I first started making these I was sewing four blocks together but stopped that practice so my scraps were more distributed throughout the assembled star blocks. 

I'm going to make at least a Double/Queen sized quilt so it may be awhile before this quilt is completed. 

With my 2.5 inch 30s scraps I've made a couple of Ocean Waves blocks following instructions on Quilter's Cache; however, I substituted 2.5 inch HSTs for the 3.5 inch... my blocks are smaller. The white is unbleached muslin.  And, again, since I like big quilts, this will be a Double/Queen sized quilt before all is aid and done.

Both quilts will probably be hand quilted since I've found I rather enjoy that these days. 

And that's it for my Scraptastic Tuesday. 

Scraptastic Tuesday

Also linking up to:
 Linky Tuesday at Freemotion by the River (just down river from me).
Fabric Tuesday at Quilt Story. 

Monday, December 8, 2014

Digging into the Civil War Reproductions

I have a big bin of civil war reproduction fabrics (well, I threw it in there if I thought it  was a cw fabric) that I need to reduce before I die (which I hope is not any time soon because I have lots of other bins to reduce too). 

While looking around for a pattern I liked I somehow happened upon a picture of a  Blind Man's Fancy quilt. I loved it.  Then I did a search and found more pictures that I loved and then I found  a pattern for a 15 inch block.   So I made a couple of blocks just to see if I would still like it.   And I do. 

And then, since I was in civil war fabric mode I made a few more swapped  6 inch nine patches into 10 inch Sister's Choice blocks. 

And then besides the bins of fabric there's the scraps from previous projects that need to be used up.  This bag is all 2.5 inch scraps. I've kept them separate because I'll probably make nine patches with them.  I don't mix and match my civil war fabrics with other scraps because civil war fabrics are pretty snobby and frown upon those novelty fabrics I seem to use quite frequently. 

This drawer has scraps of sizes other than 2.5.   I think I'll cut the 2 inch, 4 and 6 inch scraps into 2 inch squares.   I don't want to waste any 1/2 inch pieces of fabric cutting 2 inch squares so that's why I'll pick out even numbered scraps.  Yes, I'm cheap  frugal. 

At the beginning of the year there will be a swap on Block Swappers Yahoo Group of 12 inch Sunny Lane blocks.  (Hey, if you have civil war fabrics and/or scraps it's not too late to join in.) At first I didn't really like the block by itself but  when the blocks are sewn together the white (Kona Snow) lanes form a pattern in the background that I kind of like.   Plus I can use up some scraps making my blocks.   For the swapped blocks I'll strip piece. 

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Cat Houses

I'm working on getting Cat Houses quilted by Christmas. 
The sky above the houses will be quilted on my DSM. 
I'll use glow in the dark thread and quilt loops and stars. 

Right now I'm hand quilting around the little Cat House windows and between all the buildings.  
I want them to kind of poof out a bit plus I don't want much stitching on this part of the quilt because I have some big words on the back that I didn't want to obscure with a lot of quilting. 
(And I'm hand quilting in the ditches because you don't want to see how stitch in the ditch looks when I try it on my sewing machine). 

Before all is said and done I will also add some signs to the Cat Houses that will be hand embroidered in neon embroidery thread. 

My December goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes is to get this lap quilt finished up for gift giving. 

And, since I'll be hand quilting this fine Sunday (and Monday and Tuesday...) I'm linking up to