Thursday, December 30, 2021

A few things made


I've made many masks for friends and family. The most preferred one we use, is the Olson mask, which can be found on YouTube. I bought special filter fabric as well from my favorite store, Missouri Star Quilt Company, and we put those inside; not sure that's still available now, so I may start using interfacing instead, as an added barrier.

My daughter prefers the modified version. This video on YouTube is really helpful for making them.

Some other projects that I completed, include a needle work case. I didn't have a pattern, but made it up as I went along. I wanted something that was large enough to hold a magazine, as most of the patterns I use, come from magazines.

The back side:
So the inside has pockets for the charts and a zippered pocket for floss and my project on a hoop.

Another case that I made as a gift, is one to hold earbuds and charging cord for a phone. It was fun to make. I followed this video on YouTube and just did a few things differently, like the button closure and vinyl pocket.

 I've got lots of WIP's, so hopefully more will get done this coming year. 
And to start off the New Year, with a clean and tidy sewing/craft space, I like to join in on the challenges over at Prairie Moon Quilts that Shelly hosts. We have until January 7th to get them done and it's always a big help to me. So go join in on the fun! You'll be glad you did!

Thanks for dropping by! 

Thursday, May 6, 2021

A Panel Challenge

 Shelly of Prairie Moon Quilts is always encouraging and challenging us with our quilting. Recently, she challenged us to make something with a panel. You can read all about it HERE . Since I'm trying to use up my stash and not buy anything new, I didn't have too much on-hand to choose from. But I did find a few panel blocks that I'd got in a mystery bag awhile ago. I wasn't sure what to do with them but eventually came up with a small table topper. 

I just quilted it in the ditch, with some machine embroidery.

I used THIS method found on YouTube, to bind it. I'd known of the method, but just never tried it before. I'm so glad I did, as I'll likely use it for more of my projects. It was fast and easy! 

Here I've just got it folded and clipped into place, before sewing it down. I love the Wonder clips for this sort of thing. 

The finished table topper measures about 22" square. It was a fun project to do. 

So if you want some inspiration of what to do with panels, please do go look at all the submissions to the challenge. You can read about it HERE . Then go take a look and vote if you wish for your favorite!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, January 4, 2021

The Final Countdown Challenge

 Happy New Year, everyone! I'm looking forward to a productive year of sewing. Hope you are, too!

To get the year off to a great start, I love to participate in the Final Countdown Challenge hosted by Shelly of Prairie Moon Quilts. It runs until January 7th, when she'll do the drawings for prizes, so it's not too late to jump in and by doing so, you'll have a more organized creative space to enjoy!

You can read all about it HERE

So for the first task: Clear off your main work surface.

Mine was fairly tidy as it's just a small drafting table.

 So I picked the very first task Shelly posted 12 years ago when she started doing this challenge, and it was to put a binding on a quilt. I found a very old UFO that has been sitting on a shelf, waiting for it's binding. 

I'm still working on finishing this up.

For the second task: Clean up the fabric storage and stray fabric piles. 

I decided to move my fabrics from a cupboard to a wall storage unit, where I'd had books and magazines. This is how it looks now:

It may look messy, but seeing scraps and fabrics just makes me happy, and helps motivate me to create something, so I wanted to see them more; crazy as that sounds! Now most of my fabrics are in this corner, except for bulkier fabrics and on-going projects that have their designated fabrics boxed up with them. I purged a lot of my fabrics this year, and want to continue to use up what I have.

And this is where my fabrics had been stored. It is a cupboard that my grandfather made in 1974. I think it will work better to store the books and magazines.

For the third task: Take stock/organize/deal with unfinished projects. 

I've been working on this the past year, going through my projects and deciding what I wanted to keep or discontinue making. Those that I did want to continue with, I have boxed up in clear totes, labeled and put under my cutting table. I'd really like to complete many of them, this year.

They are all listed here, except for a few small random projects. I sure hope to make some progress on them this year!

So this is my sewing room now, all cleaned up, thanks to Shelly's challenges:

Left side of room:

Right side of room, where my design board is:

I really do enjoy this challenge each year. I find it fun, too, in that I can look back and see how I've arranged things in the past. It's also nice reading and getting ideas from other's on how they store and manage their creative spaces. I love peeking into other's sewing room's!

So if you have some time to organize your creative space over the next few days, hop on over to Shelly's blog and join in on the fun! 

And a big thank you to Shelly, for doing another year-end challenge and getting our New Year off to a great start!

Sunday, December 29, 2019

Gifts made in 2019

This past year wasn't a productive year for me, in terms of finishing projects, but I did do alot of piecing, and making of blocks for quilts. So hopefully in 2020, I'll be able to show some finished quilts.

Gifts that I did finish:
Knitted scarf:
Yarn was called Infinity by Red Heart and I used the pattern that came with it.

Wool hat:
Yarn was Patons Classic Merino wool. You can find the pattern for it HERE

Table runner:
Fabrics include Country Orchard by Blackbird Designs for Moda, Larkspur by 3 Sisters for Moda and scraps. I adapted an old pattern I had, to make it smaller.

And Ornaments that my 11 year old made:
You can find the video for making these, HERE. It was good practice for her, as there is both machine stitching and some hand work, to make them.

Now, going into 2020, I need to rearrange and tidy up my sewing space. What better way, than to join in on Shelly's of Prairie Moon Quilts, Final Countdown challenges! You can read all about it HERE. It starts today! I've done this many times now, and it's a great way to start the New Year off! Come join the fun!

Thanks for dropping by!

Sunday, January 6, 2019

2018 Final Countdown Challenge

As I mentioned in my previous post, I've been working on Shelly's Final Countdown challenges for a few days.  It's a great way to start the year off with a tidy sewing space. The three tasks are to:

- clean off your main work surface.
- deal with a pile.
- preform a project assessment.

So after cleaning off several work surfaces and moving numerous piles, my room finally looks like this:
After assessing my project list, I realized that the reason why many of my projects are not finished, is because I had no room to do the quilting part of it, without moving a lot of things. (The machine I mostly quilt with, is inside the desk that is in the foreground. I could not open it up, where it was previously). My desks and sewing machine were against the back wall.  This lead me to start moving things around, and now I have the tables in the center. After having it this way for a few days now, I wonder why I hadn't done this sooner?! I really like it this way!

As for the piles of things I had around, they were mostly bins, which I made space for on the shelving unit I have behind my design board (the design board just slides back and forth easily.) And one shelf now holds most of my works-in-progress. I'm going to try to keep to just having these for my projects on the go.

Another change I made was to fit in another storage unit.  I just love these units (I buy them from Home Depot) and have various sizes throughout the house.  I find the collapsible canvas storage boxes are so handy to use. I love that I can label them, too.

Thank you, Shelly for doing this challenge again!  It's been fun and very helpful for me to do, and gets 2019 off to a great start!  

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Final Finishes of 2018

My 10 year old daughter made the following gifts for Christmas:

Two mug rugs:

She made them completely herself, choosing the fabrics, pressing and sewing them entirely on her own.  For the larger one, she used a paper foundation, which she tore off after sewing the strips together.  Then did the machine embroidery to quilt it to the batting. After that, she added the backing, turned it right-side-out and topstitched it all around the edge. Makes it so much faster, than having to add a binding. 

A bookmark:

She made this for an elderly neighbor who enjoys reading.  For this one, she didn't use any batting on the inside.

For my gifts, I made:

An apron for my Mom:
I just used one of her old aprons as a pattern.  It's the same fabric on the back, so it's reversible. And it makes it easier to add the straps this way, as I just tacked them in place, before turning it right-side-out and topstitching all around.

Knitted hat for my husband:

This tote, that I'd made earlier in the year for my daughter, worked out well to hold the project. I'll definitely have to make another one for myself now.

I used some handspun wool yarn that I'd bought a few years ago, for this. The pattern is a free pattern found on Ravelry, called Handspun Ribbed Hat. I think I tend to knit tightly, so next time, I'll add a few more stitches when I cast on. But hubby loves it and finds this type of hat nice and warm.

Now I'm busy tidying up my sewing space, as Shelly of Prairie Moon Quilts is challenging us to do in the 10th Annual Final Countdown Challenge.  You have until the 7th to get the tasks done and be eligible for prizes.  I've done it many times and it's such a great way to kick off the New Year, with a better organized sewing space.  So there's still time...join in the fun!

Thanks for dropping by and happy stitching!

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

An easy baby quilt

I wanted to make a baby quilt for my niece recently, and didn't have a whole lot of time to get it done in. I'm really glad that I found this pattern in my files, called Speedy Baby 2 by Deslynn Mecham.  I wanted to provide the link for other's and give credit where credit is due, so I found it still available for free HERE  on her blog called taffy talk.
I think it's a great pattern for a quick quilt or for a beginner quilter. It would also make a great I Spy quilt for a child. With a charm pack and some yardage, it comes together easily.  I chose to use my most favorite line, called Aviary by 3 Sisters for Moda.
I have limited pictures of the process and final quilt, as I was rushing to finish it on time.  But here are a few:
The finished quilt:

I only had time for some basic quilting, so I just stitched in the ditch around each border. I used my ironing board on the left side, to help support it as I stitched.  This worked out well. 

 The only change in the pattern I had to make because of the amounts of fabric I had, was to make the first border, into two borders. 

Hopefully my niece will enjoy using it, for her baby girl!

Thanks for dropping by and happy stitching!