Monday, October 31, 2011

501 Project Blocks

I've finished two more 501 Project blocks.  Both are destined to be the 'quillow pockets' for two existing quilts.

This first one is going on Wild Girl's quilt shown here.  I'll show a photo once I've had the chance to attach it.

Mosaic #12

This next one is for Luke's quilt shown here.  I'll have a photo of that later too.

Puss in the Corner II

Hope you had a good day.

Sunday, October 30, 2011


I've been working on a number of embroidery pieces lately.  I finished these over the past few days.

(this Halloween pattern was free at

These next two are done using the Colourque Method.  Each was colored with colored pencils, sealed with textile medium and embroidered to create an applique type finish.

This next one is Sewalong #6.  If you're following along, don't forget to get the pattern.  It's only up until next Friday.

Hope you had a good day.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

From 501 block to a quillow pocket

This is the 501 block:

Our Editor

This is Christina's quilt from last Christmas.

Last week when she saw her mom's quillow, she wanted a pocket for her quilt too.   Here's the back with the pocket added:

Here's the quilt folded into its pocket:

Hope you had a good day.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Batik Quillow

Weeks ago I started making blocks for the 501 Project using batik fabric with the intention to make a quilt for my daughter.  Somewhere along the way, I decided that it'd probably be more useful if I made a quillow instead.  It's a quilt that has a pocket on back so that the quilt can be folded and tucked into the pocket making it a pillow.  I'd heard of them years ago but had never made one.  I had to watch a few you-tube videos to figure out which way the pocket should face and how to fold the quilt into it.  The other use for the pocket is to tuck your feet in it when snuggling under the quilt.  Here's the result.

the front

the back

If you look closely you can see the pocket centered on the lower edge of the back.


I embroidered the label.  I hadn't done that for a label before.  I picked a picture from my scrapbook software and chose a font for the wording.  

Looking at them now in comparison, It seems I've left out some of the details on the leaves.  It's supposed to be a sunflower.  I think.  We can always use our imagination.  Corey likes sunflowers.  Maybe I can fix it.

Last night I gave the quillow to Corey and she loves it.  Yay!  The grandchildren liked it too!  So much so that they want me to put a pocket on the quilts I gave them last year for Christmas so that they can have a pillow too.  I agreed - one at a time.  

Hope you have a good day.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

15 Minute Challenge

A few weeks ago, Kate at Life in Pieces, our host for the 15 Minute Challenge, began listing her personal challenge as 'Manic Christmas Sewing ' and invited us to join in.  Being as organized as I am, I hadn't a clue what I was going to do for Christmas.  Each day I've been happily sewing along on whatever suits my fancy.  But as time marches on, I realize that Christmas is indeed right around the corner.  I mean, it's almost November,  It's time to come up with the list of projects I'm working on or need to work on.  So, here it is:

Having done that, here's how this week played out:

To see how others have done on their 15 Minute Challenge, visit Kate at Life in Pieces.

Hope you had a good day.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

The Tease

Right now I'm taking a little break from quilting the batik quilt.   I couldn't resist this little tease photo for the recipient of the quilt.  She's seen the individual blocks but nothing else.  I won't post a photo of the whole thing until I give it to her.  Enjoy Corey!

Hope you're having a good day.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Foto Finish - Spooky

I'm not often organized enough to take or have a photo for the Foto Finish theme.  When I saw one of the other entries, I was reminded of a few costumes I'd worn over the years for the company Halloween Parade.  I have pictures of quite a few of them and looking back, just wearing them in public is spooky.  But here's the one I think best fits this theme.

The Mummy

I even had a bad smell.  I doused the wrapping with Old English Furniture Polish to make it look old and dirty.  That year, however, I didn't win a prize. The Halloween Parade was always fun with prizes and refreshments but not much work got done.

To see other entries, visit Cat Patches.

Hope you're having a good day.


Friday, October 21, 2011

Christmas Sewalong

Block #5 of the Christmas Sewalong hosted by SewHappy.Me is posted.  If you're following along, you can get the pattern here.  I've finished mine already but I've discovered a couple of things.  One - I stitched too fast and didn't take as small stitches as I should have so some of the hearts are messy.  Two - the glue from the iron-on batting is streaking through the fabric.  I thought it would wash out but not so.  I may just do this one again.  On all the patterns so far, my biggest problem has been the small hearts.  Clearly I need more practice.  Does anyone just sit down and practice their stitches without a project involved?  Perhaps I need to put it on my 'list'.

Hope you had a good day.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Zentangle Challenge #44

This week's challenge from I am the diva is to use a tangle as the string for our tangles.  I used Florz as mine.

To see other entries, visit I am the diva.

Hope you have a good day.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

One Flower Wednesday

Over the past two days, I've made more than 'one' flower.  How about seven?!

To see other flowers, visit Karen at Journey of a Quilter.

Hope you had a good day.

15 Minute Challenge

I've spent quite a bit of time this past week working on my Grandmother's Flower Garden.  Sewing the white 'stepping stones' is soooo slow.  This coming week I hope to sew together the Brown Batik quilt.  I just need to add sashes and borders to the blocks then it'll be ready to quilt.

Here's my report for this past week.

To see how others have done on their 15 Minute Challenge, visit  Life in Pieces.

Hope you have a good day.

Monday, October 17, 2011

My Memories Giveaway Winner

The winner of the giveaway is:

SandyQuilts said...

Oh boy do I need this product. We have a new granddaughter and a new great-granddaughter .... My favorite is "Family My Heart". Thanks.


Congratulations Sandy!  I'll be contacting you with winning details.

A special thank you to My Memories for sponsoring this giveaway.

For those who didn't win the My Memories Suite Scrapbooking Software, you can purchase it using my Share the Memories Code  STMMMS1818  which will give you $10 off the software and a $10 coupon for the My Memories Store.  The code has no expiration date and can be used by anyone.

Hope you have a good day.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

I am not an artist...

Nor do I play one on TV.  But I do like to try new things.

Madame Samm of Sew I Quilt has been hosting 'Wantobe Quilter' over at Sew WE Quilt.  Each day from August 1 to October 29, she's had guest bloggers who've shared their talents, techniques and tutorials with the rest of us.

This tutorial on Colourque is one I tried today.  Please don't compare my first attempt with any of the beautiful results Helen has over at her Colourque Gallery.

Here's what I did:

First I cut a piece of muslin and drew a pumpkin shape.

Then I colored in the design with colored pencils and tried to add some shading.

Then I painted over the colored pumpkin using a small paintbrush and textile medium.

After it dried, I added borders, sandwiched the piece with batting and backing and backstitched the pumpkin with 3 strands of variegated embroidery floss.

Then I added binding and hanging loops.  Here it is finished.

Before I try this technique again, I plan to purchase some white-on-white fabric, find a ready-made design and practice the backstitch.

But now I have something 'Fall - Halloween-ish' to hang up.

Hope you had a good day.

My Memories Giveaway

Leave a comment on this giveaway post to enter.  If you're a no-reply blogger, don't forget to leave a way to contact you.  Good Luck.

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Friday, October 14, 2011

Sewalong #4

Yay!  It's Friday and the new Sewalong Pattern is out.  If you're following along, you can get Pattern #4 here.  I sewed mine right away.  Here it is:

Another cute one!

Hope you have a good day.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Zentangle Challenge #43

This week's challenge comes courtesy of Pennyb.  She wrote:  In Republic of South Africa, on 12 October we have Bandana Day which is run by the Sunflower Fund.  This is an organization founded in 1999 in support of the SA Bone Marrow Registry for people suffering from leukemia. Every year our local retailer (Pick n Pay) sells Sunflower bandanas and the proceeds go toward the Sunflower fund...everyone wears a Bandana, somehow somewhere on this day!  I wondered if you could incorporate the Sunflower Fund logo somehow as a Challenge during the week 12 Oct.??

So Laura Harms, the diva asked that we create our drawing inspired by a sunflower.  I've done three drawings.  I'm not sure they look much like sunflowers but here they are:

If you'd like to see other entries/interpretations, visit the diva.

Hope you have a good day.