Monday, March 18, 2019

QQQ 2019 Blog Hop

I'm so happy to be participating in another one of Marian's (Seams To Be Sew) great blog hops! This one is her annual salute to International Quilting Day. Here is the list of today's participants:
March 19, 2019

Marian asked us to show a "crazy" project, or a project that turned out crazy. I don't have too many of those, but I did find a picture of one piece I had made years ago. I do a lot of hand sewing with wool and this was a penny rug I made that, in retrospect, was quite crazy to undertake! It measured 18" x 23" and as you can see involved quite a few pennies! (If you don't know what a "penny rug" is, check out this link.)

I also wanted to do something new for this hop and I chose to view the term "crazy" as "ambitious." I have a wall in my sewing room that I decided to fill with mini-quilts...pretty ambitious right?

For this hop, I made two mini-quilts; far from filling the wall, but a good start! They're both paper-pieced, and I drew my own patterns for them. I won't say the patterns are 100% original, because they're influenced by free blocks I've seen around the internet. I will share the free patterns with you at the end of this post.

The first mini-quilt is a mini-spool quilt. The finished quilt measures about 14" square. The spool blocks measure 3 inches each.
The second mini-quilt is a button quilt, which also measures about 14" square. There are 3 inch button blocks around the outside and a 6" button block in the center.
Both mini-quilts used fabric from my stash, which is always great. I'm going to hold off hanging these on my blank wall since I do plan on making other mini quilts. I'll figure out the best way to lay them out on the wall when I have more made.



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Be sure to enter the giveaway:

The Giveaway Is: Two $35.00 gift certificates
Shipping Is International
(customer pays it with their order or as part of the gift certificate amount)
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Starts March 15, 2019 / Ends March 20, 2019
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And here's the complete list of participants for the entire hop:

March 15, 2019
Melva Loves Scraps
Words & Stitches
Seams To Be Sew

March 18, 2019
Days Filled With Joy
Life In the Scrapatch
Rainbows. Bunnies. Cupcakes

March 19, 2019
Bumbleberry Stitches
Kathy's Kwilts and More
Ms. P. Designs USA
Quilt Schmilt
Elizabeth Coughlin Designs

March 20, 2019
Thrift Shop Commando
Karrin’s Crazy World
Songbird Designs

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Monday, February 18, 2019

Show Your Wings Blog Hop

A big thanks to Carol of Just Let Me Quilt for bringing us this hop!


For my project, I designed a stitchery I'm calling "Filling the Hive." As you can tell by the name, bees are my choice of winged beings. The stitchery measures 8" x 8" so it can be printed out on your home printer. I chose to print it on this product rather than transfer it to my fabric via another method:

After printing on the Stick 'n Stitch, you literally stick it on top of your fabric and then stitch right through it. Then, you wash it off by soaking in warm water. For more complicated designs, I find this easier than other methods of transferring patterns to fabric. I used a 12" embroidery hoop and a 14" square piece of unbleached muslin.

Anyway, here's the stitchery design:

All stitching is done with a back stitch, except for running stitch on the bee flight trails, and french knots on the end of the antenna.


After I stitched it up, it made it into a mini-quilt/wall hanging. My finished piece measures approximately 15" square. I hand quilted the piece with embroidery floss.

If you'd like to stitch this up yourself, click here for the pattern!

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