Monday, December 14, 2015

Winner of the Sew Mama Sew Blog hop from Fabric and Memories is....

The Sew Mama Sew Blog Hop is officially over. I don't know about you, but I had a great time. I got some great ideas, alot of inspiration and made a few new cyber friends! Thanks to all of you that hopped along and visited my blog. I hope you were able to acquire some inspiration and ideas for your fabric journey into 2016! We all have some great things planned and I hope everyone gets it up and running after the first of the year and the holidays are behind us... for a few months anyway!

Without further ado....I had 22 ladies leave a comment (1 per person). Thank you very much and I hope you can start the new year with the project you mention and good luck with making it!  I asked my husband to choose a number between 1 and 22 and he chose.........22.


And the winner of the 2 fat quarters is.....

Comment #22 left by Tu-Na Quilts.......Congratulations!

"I am a new follower. I will be working on my black/gray/white/yellow quilt come the first of the year. And probably some aprons made from men's shirts since I just bought three new ones at a thrift store that match my kitchen. "


It sounds like you have it all planned out and what a great idea to use the men's shirts for fabric. I'll have to check that isle out at my local thrift store and see what I can find! I usually just check the linens isle!

I have emailed you, just to cover all bases...If you will email me your mailing address, I will get the 2 fat quarters off to you this week!

Thanks to every one for visiting and remember...Sew Mama Sews does this blog hop again in   May also...so mark your calendars!




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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Sew Mama Sew Blog Hop....and a giveaway - 2 Fat quarters!!

It's that time again... the 9th Bi-Annual Giveaway Day Blog Hop at Sew Mama Sew!  Giveaway Day is a biannual link party when everyone with a blog can run a giveaway and list it on Sew,Mama Sew site. Sew Mama Sew hosts one event in May and one in December. Many crafters with blogs join the link up party on her site, then the Blog Hop starts... from Wednesday to Saturday, everyone hops and visits all the blogs that have entered (you don't have to have a blog to do the hop!) and enjoy all the interesting  HANDMADE things and get ideas, tutorials, patterns, tips, tricks and inspiration for their own crafting talent!   Some of the blogs have a giveaway you can enter! So enjoy my blog,  then hop on over to the next one!

I haven't been sewing (or blogging!) much lately as my health issues took over. But now that I am on the down hill slide.....my sewing room is the first place I wanted to be!!! So.....Here are a few things I have done.
 
I have to have placemats on my kitchen table all the time. It is 54" tall with wooden bar-stool type chairs. Being in the center of the house, I like to have placemats as a decoration too. I don't holiday decorate anymore since no kids are here anymore, holidays are just not that festive at my house. But I have decided to have a placemat for every holiday or event each month, that way I can have a useful decoration! And I always make them flippers...a different decoration on each side.

This set is what I call "Coffee Cafe!" When  I saw this fabric at the store, at the time, I didn't know what I was going to do with it, but...I loved it and at 40% off, I had to have it! I matched the black/grey and goldish colors with batik solids on the side to make it kind of like a brick and mortar look with respect to a little coffee shop. Meandering for the FMQ'ing and...there we go! Granted, I don't drink coffee, but still... they turned out really cute and look great on my table!They are 15"x20", big enough for a plate AND a glass!
 On the back... again a fabric I saw and again...40% off...and again, just had to have it! I thought it was a fun and colorful print and I like baking cupcakes anyway, so it'd be a nice decoration! I used 2,1/2" squares of matching color of the cupcakes that had small white dots for the blocks on the sides. In this case, brown was in both prints so..brown was the binding.

Another thing I did was....I bought the pattern for the American Girl doll dress long time ago, intending to make my grand daughters each a small wardrobe for their AG dolls. 2 years later, there the pattern sat and suddenly, I pulled some scraps and ....made 3 dresses! Each girl is so different for being sisters so I made one for each of their "interests"...the oldest loves girly dressy stuff...middle one loves Super Heros and the youngest likes pink...anything! The dresses turned out to be rather easy which made me wonder why I thought they'd be so hard! And for a seasoned sewer like me! But they went together pretty easy!  I am not sure they play with the dolls now, but...at least they will have a new dress to wear as they stand in the corner of their rooms!!! And if they want more, I can make them!

And now I am starting on a set of 8  throw pillows for my sofa....panels  in dark purple and black with pink and yellow pansies on and the back is 4 will be black, 4 will be dark purple. Then 2 will have a black ruffle, 2 will have a  dark purple ruffle and 2 will have pink cording and 2 will have yellow cording. I am hoping they will look awesome and give my family room some color and fun! Kind of drab in there!!

One more thing I have done....Junk Journals. A fantastic way to journal memories...without having to sit and write alot. But if you want to, you can! Otherwise, you use pockets, tuck spots and clips! Read about it here....Junk Journal...for teenage girl! 
I made it for my grand daughter as she just started high school and did some her favorite things (like mac and cheese!) and a school theme (lockers and notes!) She just has to slip tickets or the like in the pockets or jot a few words on the page..anywhere on the page on any page..it is all paper!




And this one for my daughter, I used the cards she got at her wedding as "pages" and tuck spots.





Now, for the giveaway, I have a pair of fat quarters to give away. The colors didn't come out quite right, but purples, maroons, pinks, orange and a bit of lime green stripes.
For a chance to win,  leave a comment about what your first project for the new year will be and if you are an existing follower or a new follower! If you are a new follower...just so you know, I don't bombard you with posts...just a few a month.  And for those already following... thanks so much! I will draw a name on the morning of Monday, December 14th for the winner! At this time, I can only ship within the USA.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

NFL Quilt with the Snowball Block - Trunk Show Edition


My (step) grandson turned 14 last month and back in August, I asked my son what to get him for his birthday and he said "A football quilt". Music to my ears!!! So in a conversation with my grandson, since he knows I don't like football, I had to figure how to sneak in  asking what his favorite football teams were! But a good grandmother always knows how to work it in there!  He said Oregon Ducks, Dallas Cowboys, Texas Longhorns and New England Patriots.  So I got to work looking for the logo fabric for these teams.I search so many shops and would find one or two of the teams, but was hoping to find all four at the same shop.  I finally  found them all at Hancock Fabrics and bought 1/2 yard of each print.  Took my longer to find the fabric than it did to make the quilt! And I have enough of each fabric to make him something else...like a pillowcase or journal/notebook cover.
                                   
Dallas Cowboys
 



Texas Longhorns






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New England Patriots


Oregon Ducks









I used matching solids to make a "snowball" block and made 5 of each NFL print. The finished block is 12x12. 




 I used a dark green batik (his favorite color) for sashing and for some Americana influence (I am told football is all-time American!) I used a fabric with small American Flags for the cornerstones. I ran out of the green batik for sashing, so I had to just leave one side without the sashing, so that will be the side of the quilt that goes at the pillow end of the bed...and under his neck!  Quilt measures 68"x88".                            

I used a thin batting and a thin fleece for the back. Usually, I don't use a batting if I use fleece for the back, but in this case... my son said he wanted the quilt to be "warm" as the boy's room is on the end of the HVAC ducts so in the winter, his room doesn't get as warm as they would like, so he wants the quilt to be warm as possible, so I used batting this time. I did a meander stitch for the FMQ'ing. I used a medium green in the bobbin and matching threads to the block color on the top. I was very pleased with myself and my machine that the colors didn't show through on either side! Even when using white or black, those colors didn't show through on the back!  I used a solid, dark blue fabric for the binding. I was lost on what to put on the label...being for a 14 year old boy (I don't know them to well these days since mine is now 32!) and didn't want it to mushy, so I just put on the label "For the love of the game! Yea team!" and then my signature and year.

 
So I will be giving it to him next week. I hope he likes it!

 
A "snowball" block is a very quick and easy block to make.  It is a good block to use with large print fabrics. You want the large print to be seen, but need just a little something to make it stand out and not look so cluttered. 
Allison at Cluck Cluck Sew has a great tutorial on how to make snowball blocks...check it out by clicking HERE
 
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"It's the Guitar Man" Quilt


Memories got into my head...well...new ones did... and I decided to make a quilt for each of my siblings...1 younger sister and 2 older brothers. I wanted to make the quilt with a theme about them that I remember of them. So...first thing that hit me was my first oldest brother... he taught himself to play the guitar in high school, and now retired... can play Jimi Hendrix and Carlos Santana to shame! And I am not bias. He is that good.

Well, anyway, I searched a bunch of  internet fabric shops  looking for "realistic" looking guitar theme fabric. I found these four nice prints... realistic looking and 4 different style of guitar. I got half yard of each...that fabric online is not cheap!
I spent a couple days comparing and designing and looking for a good couple of contrasting colors that would go with all the prints....blues, blacks, browns....and not wanting the quilt to be really dark... I chose a gold and a blue and make a 12 patch block to go with the same size guitar print block.

 
I sewed 2,1/2" strips of each color together and then cut 2,1'2" sections, then sewed 6 of those together alternating the gold and blue to make a nice 4"x12" checkerboard block.  I cut the guitar fabric specifically to get the most guitars in the 8"x12" block. I ended up with 3 guitar prints, and one "music" theme print with some notes, sheet music and a few different instruments....all of which he plays. I needed a little something to break up the business...so I added brown sashing....but only one way because I didn't want everything to far separated. Also a brown final 2" border all around with a blue binding

On the back.. I use a flannel and a fleece....black staff and notes on white and white notes on black. I used a very thin cotton/poly blend batting and used blue for the binding. The quilt is about 60"x80" in size.
 

I made a unique label for it. I wanted my brother to know what him and his talent meant to me, but also...I wanted him to have the memories of his years of playing guitar. Back in the 1970's... The group Bread had a song called "Guitar Man".  I remember that song back in the day and it always made me think of my brother...trying so hard to "break" into the music circuit, always playing his heart out...hoping for more, but never quite making it. The song was perfect description of my brother. So I used computer fabric paper and made a label with some of the song lyrics, then "signed" it. I made an applique of one of the guitars and attached that to the label to the corner of the back.


I sent the quilt to him "un-announced". He emailed me and hardly had words to say he was so moved and pleased by the surprise.  He did later say that he hung it on the wall above his bed so he could see it all the time, because he didn't have the heart to USE such a beautiful and special gift.  Pass the box of tissues!
My next quilt is a cat quilt for my sister...she has always loved cats. My other older brother.. he loved chess but I have not been able to find any chess theme fabric in my many searches yet.


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A "Symbolic" Memory Quilt


A "Symbolic" Memory Quilt
 
A Quilt and a Pillowcase = Memories for a lifetime

I am a memory person. I hold them, keep them, make them, display them, remember them and encourage others to do so also... especially my grand daughters. I keep telling them to keep a journal because when they hit mommy's age (notice I didn't say MY age!) they won't remember so many of the wonderful things from their past. I even got them wonderful little journal notebooks from time to time, but far that isn't going so well! They say don't like to write! So I started making them  things that they can  use that will also hold their memories.

When my grand daughter, Ashleigh was 2-4 years old, I did her day care. So to have some "down" time or to get ready for nap, I'd tell her stories about her favorite book and security items. She loved the bear in the Corduroy books. Especially this story    
as in the book there is a night watchman that is dressed in police blues and her daddy is a police officer..so she thought that was her daddy!

Her favorite little softie thing she carried. she called "Silkey Bear" (her favorite item). It was a bear head with a little blanket around it, trimmed in silk binding. She she named it Silkey Bear.  I'd tell her stories about Princess Ashleigh (that started as she was all "into" the Disney princesses at that age) and the stuffed animals she had. I did it kind of like the Raggedy Ann Stories where the animals are all still while the child is in the room or playing with them but when the child leaves, the animals come to life. You younger readers might liken it to current-day Disney's "Toy Story"  Princess Ashleigh was always going off to school and when the dolls/animals heard the school bus drive away, they knew they could get up and go on an adventure, making sure they were back in their beds before Princess Ashleigh came home from school!



Long story short...I wanted to make her a quilt about this favorite time of ours so she would always have the memory. I drew design after design. I had visions of steps, gardens, fences..everything in the story! I even bought fabric to create  areas of the story. But sadly, I couldn't pull it together.   Well, out of no where one day, I  had the brain storm! Instead of making a quilt depicting the story,  I went with a different connotation. Symbolism! I decided to make a Symbolic Memory Quilt! The quilt is small enough for her to play with her dolls on!
This is the finished quilt....>>>>>>>>>>>>

The story I told always started out with Cordoroy and Silkie Bear waking up when they heard Princess Ashleigh running out of her bedroom and down the stairs. When they heard the school bus drive away taking Princess Ashleigh  to school, they knew it was okay for them to get up and start their day! They would scurry out  of the house, down the back porch steps, follow the fence along the back yard to the far back corner where they would crawl under the locked gate to the strawberry garden. Once in the garden, they would scurry around looking for Sunny Bunny (her daddy/my son had a pet rabbit named that when he was a kid), who lived in the garden  and he always had a delima  that  the bears would help solve. But they had to be back in their beds before the school bus rambled up the street with Princess Ashleigh.

I decided to depict the story with colors as symbols instead of the actual impressions.  I have a hard time taking pictures that are perfect in the colors, so the colors didn't come out right. Next to the green binding is a purple boarder, then the diamonds are brown with white dots. The dark pinwheel is really purple, not brown and the other pinwheel is red, not orange!

The area to the left with the two little friends,  represents Ashleigh's bedroom. The fabric has bedroom things on it. The border of brown diamonds represents the backyard picket fence the bears would follow to the garden. The pinwheels signify the "characters" in the story....green for Cordoroy because of his green overalls, Pink for Silkie Bear as he is pink, Red for Sunny Bunny as his mouth would get red when he ate strawberries (this really happened with the real Sunny Bunny when we fed him strawberries!) and the pinwheel that looks brown in the photo is really purple...Ashleigh's favorite color, which symbolizes Princess Ashleigh in the story. So..the two little bears start in Princess Ashleigh's bedroom (where they are snapped to stay in place when not being played with), they go out along the diamond border (back yard fence) and any of the brown sashings represent the gate to the garden and then the little bears can just wander the garden as she tells the story.

I cut out one of the Cordoroy bears from the fabric and made it an actual stuffed bear and then designed my own Silkie Bear from some pink fleece (both are about 4" tall), sewed snaps on their backs and on the quilt in the area of fabric that symbolized Princess Ashleigh's bedroom. This way Ashleigh can un-snap the little bears to take them on the "walk" to the strawberry patch!
 
This is a close up of the characters and the fabric I found to make the Cordoroy bear. Silkie Bear is a small piece of fleece from my scrap basket!







  







This is the back. I couldn't figure out something that went with the Cordoroy theme, but Ashleigh loves four leaf clovers, so what better back to have!   I made a label, bigger than usual, and printed on computer fabric,  the starting of the story.."As Cordoroy and Silkie Bear heard the school bus ramble down the road, they knew it was time to get up!....." and a little more like I described above. Now she will never forget how the story starts and know that she is the one that makes up the rest of it! Hopefully one day when she has a little girl she can recreate the wonderful story times! I gave the quilt to her for Christmas last year. She loved it. And she says she does tell the story to her dolls while sitting on the quilt. 

  
QUILT CONSTRUCTION
The pinwheels are 4, 6x6" HST's (half square triangles) and the diamond fence is 4, 3x3 HST's. Just a turn of an HST creates a different block!The brown sashings are 1" wide and the "bedroom" piece is one large piece.A purple 2" border and 1 inch green binding to finish.
But that wasn't the beginning!  
While I was trying to design the quilt, I stumbled on these Cordoroy panels at an online store and just had to have them.  I thought I would be able to use them to make the quilt, but couldn't make that happen. One weekend, I was blessed with Ashleigh being able to spend the whole weekend with me, and she begged to do some sewing...and since I was making pillow cases at the time, I thought I'd teach her to make a pillowcase and advance her sewing talent that I have been teaching her. And then it hit me, what better fabric to use than these panels of her favorite little bear! I cut the pieces and had them waiting for her when she go here and taught her how to make a pillow case!  She was 7 when she made it and it turned out great! She uses it to this day! 


Here's the story about that.....
                                                        

Both of us made so many memories with these two small projects! Just goes to show...you don't need much to make a memory for a lifetime!



Want another "Memory Quilt" idea? How about a T-shirt Memory Quilt..to be loved by ALL ages! check it out here: How To Make A T-Shirt Quilt



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Picket Fence Garden Quilt - All Finished!

Took me over half a century to get it, but I finally  was able to buy my own house! In this house, I have a sewing room and a guest bedroom. So I decided to make the guest bedroom a room for my grand  kids for when they spend the night...every now and then (more then than now ,unfortunately!). It is the first room I have been able to decorate from ground up. Granted, I had a small budget to do it, and I am not to great at interior design, but I was able to find several white furniture pieces at yard sales and thrift store.. I like the white as it makes the room look big and open and will go with any other color or design.Kind of the "shabby chic" style, which I like alot!  I have always liked the theme of the outdoor garden-y, patio kind of theme, so the white was great and I chose purple as my main color.  And for some time now, a picket fence motif has been in my head. I finally found a pattern, altered it a bit to suit me and started the bed spread..yes, bed spread, not comforter. I wanted it to cover the whole bed. (However, I didn't make it quite long enough - should have made the fence 2 more squares "taller") so I have to add a dust ruffle because I don't have anymore of the fabric..

I searched and searched and finally found a pattern and altered it to created a block that I thought looked like a flower... well, kind of! But I loved the colors together..teal, purple and lime  green. And I sashed it with purple sashing on a  white background. 

 

To make the picket fence.. in white of course...I used the same purple/teal print as I used in the flower block, so it looks like you are seeing the flowers foliage in between the fence pickets!  I created the pattern using 3x3 squares (plus 1/2in. allowance) of white and the print, and used Flying Geese template to make the pointed tops. Just a bit of math to make the adjoining fence to each picket and the purple print alternating in between.  Each "picket" required 3, 3,1/2" x 3,1/2" squares and 1 flying geese square. The middle slats are 2, 3,1/2" x 3,1/2" squares in the print and 2, 2,1/2"x3,1/2" squares in white and 1,2, 2,1/2"x3,1/2" square in print... if I have the right! I wrote it down while I was making it, but of course, can't find the measurements now! But it is an easy math project!

    

This is the first parts hanging on my design wall. The top is done, and I just did the math for how much in length I needed of "fence" to go around the top, 2 sides and the bottom.  I was shocked it turned out so well, being my first time doing something like this! I made the "picket fence" sides to go on both sides of the bed and across the bottom. The "head" end doesn't have the fence. 

And here it is! All finished!     
                                                                                                           
I added a white binding and I had this green striped dust ruffle, hoping it would look like the grass to compliment the picket fence and the foliage between it, but it doesn't look very good! I found a white eyelet dust ruffle at the thrift store (find so many great bargains there!) and as soon as I can get someone to help me lift the bed, I'll get that ruffle on there!  Won't be the "look" I was going for, but I think it will be fine. I don't like lime green but for some reason, it looked great with this purple print and complimented the blocks so well, I really like it!
The FMQ'ing I did was meandering on every color but the white. I wanted the white parts of the flower on the top to pop out and the meandering between the fence posts kind of makes that "leafy" area pop out from the fence posts. The fence posts, in white, I just did a straight stitch to outline it and then a few up and down inside each post.  The back is a sheet. I use sheets from time to time as they are big enough to not have any seams in the back like fabric would. But this sheet had butterflies on it and the colors were yellow and green...to match the room. Granted no one will probably see the back, but it is nice if looked at! And, the quilt can be actually used as a blanket when the bed is slept in!
                                       
 
I purchased a garden trellis from the home improvement store, painted it white and decorated it with twinkle lights, purple tulle and purple and green silk  flowers. I had some butterflies from my scrapbook stash, and just stuck them on the wall around the bed.  It turned out really good! I have been told the room is "perfect", by my grand daughter! I just have to get a bed frame  to get the bed up off  the floor and the trellis will look right..with the decorative pillows at the head of the bed!

I made four pillows. I chose a block pattern I liked out of a book and did the math to make the pillows 15"x15" with a ruffle. I FMQ'ed the front of the pillows and stuffed them. I broke the "always do uneven number" for accent rule and only made four, so I need a fifth one, but at the moment, I have many other things to do so it will just have to wait!

 


Where is the "memory" in/of this quilt? This is a guest room. I wanted it bright and cheery and inviting. And different. My 2 oldest grand daughters were my inspiration...can't exactly say why, but they were on my mind when I decorated/designed it. Purple is the ones favorite color and the other loves bright, cheery colors. So the memory is of my 2 grand daughters. The dresser that is in the room has two little drawers at the top. I gave them each a drawer to keep their personal special stuff in that they like to play with when they visit me. First thing they do when they come over, is go in there and check out their drawers and "oh, I remember this!" and "I was hoping this was still here!" and "Oh, I missed this!" is what I hear for the first 15 minutes they are here and they are just so happy! There are my  memories!

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