Sunday, January 31, 2016

King Size Mondrian Quilt Top

I pieced this king size quilt top in a couple of days, but probably won't get around to quilting it for a while. I have to be in the right mood to tackle something this large under my sewing machine. I used turquoise, green, aqua, blue and purple batiks that I already had. Some of the batiks I used I found in my scrap bag, but most were fat quarters and half yards that I already had. I made this quilt in a queen size a few years ago for my son, but only used scraps for his quilt in any color batik I had. You can see his quilt here. This quilt is called Mondrian and it was in a book that I borrowed years ago from the library and I cannot recall the title or the authors of the book. The library doesn't have this book anymore. I am sure it must be out of print by now too. I hope to have this quilted and on my bed by next winter.
batik quilt top
Mondrian quilt top on my king size bed.

I bought 2 queen-sized wool battings about 10-12 years ago and I guess I was waiting for the right quilt to make to use it. I decided that batting finally needed to be used, so I made the quilt top, then had to piece the batting together to make it large enough. I found a perfect 108" wide backing fabric online in flannel and I don't need to piece that, yay! This flannel backing is from
The color in person looks more like minty green though, but it still goes nicely with my quilt top, since I have various shades of green, turquoise, aqua, blues and purples in my quilt top.

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Desire to Inspire

I am featured today at Henry Glass & Company, Inc. for the Desire to Inspire Challenge that I recently participated in. Please hop on over to Henry Glass and see what I created with the fabric I was sent and read a little more about me. Thanks!
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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Blogger Changes for GFC Followers

Hello my friends and followers. I read that Blogger was going to make some changes to GFC (Google Friend Connect) and only allow gmail followers now. This morning when I got on my blog I did notice that I had 13 fewer followers! Yikes, what happened? Then I remembered Blogger was making changes. About a year ago, I noticed followers who had Yahoo, MSN, Hotmail, etc. were able to make comments on my blog, but I had to read those comments directly from my blog, as they no longer were delivered into my email inbox. They weren't in my SPAM box either. The only comments that go to Spam now are no-reply comments. So if any of you fellow bloggers have noticed that you lost a lot of followers all at once, it's because of the changes to Blogger. If you did follow me by GFC, and Blogger removed you from my follower list, then I sincerely hope that you will follow me (or any other blogs you might have been following) by email or BlogLovin or whatever reader form that you prefer that is available. To make it easy for my followers, I do have a follow by email box on the right side and if you click on the BlogLovin woman, she will take you to BlogLovin where you can click to follow along on my creative adventure that way. If you are new to BlogLovin, you might enjoy seeing their format too. BlogLovin sends you email notification whenever a blog that you follow has posted, so you won't miss any of the blogs that you love.

I am not sure if those who have followed me without a gmail account will even know that I wrote this post? If they have removed all those followers, then they might start to wonder after weeks and months have passed why they hadn't seen a posting from those blogs that they were following. So I hope that those of you who do read this might let their friends who do not have gmail know about this change. Thank you so much.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

A Fun New Mystery BOM for 2016: Let it Snow!!!

Hello friends. I just found out about this new 2016 Block-of-the-Month that's also a mystery. It looks like fun and it's free too. It's Buttermilk Basin's Let it Snow Mystery BOM.  It is wool applique and the first block is really cute! Of course you could use quilting cotton or even flannel that looks like wool if you want to. This first block is ready to download. Then every month a new block will be revealed. So pop on over and join in the fun!
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Friday, January 15, 2016

Wool Sheep Gift Tag & Snowman

I made a sheep gift tag/ornament using some wool felt and appliqued it to a mitten shape. I put this tag on a gift bag of yarn. My knitting group does a yarn exchange every year and so I made this tag to add to the gift.
 I also made a little snowman using a sock and then knit him a hat and scarf. I added button eyes, a nose using rolled up fabric and sewed some star buttons on the front. I gave this snowman to the librarian in charge of the knitting group.
I added a couple of jingle bells to the scarf ends.
The snowman is filled with rice to weigh him down.
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Sunday, January 10, 2016

Sheet Music Make-Up Bag

I made this make-up bag for my daughter. I asked her what color fabric she wanted and she asked if I had sheet music or other musical fabric. I showed her what I had and she chose this fabric. I asked her what she wanted for a lining, and she said she wanted red or a burgundy color. I decided to reduce the Companion Carpet Bag pattern to a size that would fit the metal frame I had to use for this. While the Companion Carpet Bag uses an internal metal frame, I had an external kisslock metal sew-on purse frame, so I knew I would need to adjust the pattern for the frame to the bag I was making. I gave this to my daughter for Christmas with a few make-up items inside some of the pockets.
I wanted to add a bit of color on the outside, so I sewed a red binding to the top of the pockets on each side of the bag. The red is the same fabric as the lining fabric. I did the reverse on the inside pockets by sewing the sheet music fabric binding on the top of the interior pockets. Makes it easier to find the pockets that way too! LOL!! I added a beaded charm on the side of the bag. The charm is a hear that says, "Made With Love".

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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Wiggle Lace Knit Triangle Scarf

I knit this last year in November or December. I had one skein of yarn and this scarf took one skein of yarn to make. I am trying to use up those miscellaneous skeins of yarn by knitting them into something useful. This skein is a variegated yarn going from light gray to pink. The pattern is called Wiggle Lace Scarf, by Kris Basta. It's a free pattern on Ravelry.

I really need to find a better way to photograph a scarf. I might need to make or buy a bust of some kind that has a head with a torso on top so that I could photograph not only scarves, but hats and necklaces too. I wonder if I can find a mannequin from a store that is going out of business or changing their mannequins? Hmm....Meanwhile here is the scarf the best I could photograph it:
Variegated yarns from light gray to pink.

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