I’d like to start by thanking Carla from Creatin’ in the Sticks for organizing another fun hop for all of to enjoy, whether it is gathering new bits of inspiration or creating something to share. I know I’ve had a few squirrels tempting me with all the posts I’ve been reading!
I was going to make a new cover for my Kitchenaid Mixer but then thought of my daughter, granddaughter and great grandkids having just moved in to a new place and the video tour my daughter had taken me on to show me the new place. The ideas started forming and I went searching my stash for fabrics and some cutting and stitching commenced.
And here you have it:
I don’t have a pattern to share since I was just winging it. My first consideration was the width of the side of the cupboard I was making this for (14”). I wanted the dowel to sit inside the edges of the cupboard. Then I cut my backing fabric 12” wide, sandwiched it and then quilted it with some straight line quilting following the stripes in the fabric. Then I started making my two pockets. I calculated where I wanted them and then doubled the measurement. I folded one end of each pocket twice to make a 1/2” fold and top stitched it. The other end was finished with single fold fabric from the same fabric as the backing to make a nice finished binding edge. The pockets were then folded in half and pinned in place. The back pocket goes right to the bottom of the holder and the other two pockets are offset to have different depths. in all there are 4 pockets of various depths.
Then I thought of the mountain of dishes and pots and pans they have every day with two kids in the house and plenty of family in their bubble, and decided they needed a couple of dish mats as well since I still had more of the pretty border print fabric and some blue to use up. I also had a huge bath towel that was still great but a bit tired along the edges. It worked well with my continued goal for the year, working from my stash and up cycling things. 😉
For the mats I just sewed some
The parcel was mailed and should be arriving any day now to surprise my girls. 😉
Have you had a chance to check out the posts on everyone’s blogs? How many fun new projects have you added to your To-Do Lists? Did you leave a sweet comment to show your enjoyment for the eye candy? I hope so because your comments make our day! 😉
Thank you for stopping by to check out my post on the In The Kitchen Blog Hop. 😄 Carol
There are a group of friends who share lists of things that make them happy over on LeeAnna’s blog Not Afraid of Color.
I missed posting last week due to having the worst migraine of my life for several days due to the wild swings in weather (sunny to snow to sunny to rain and back and forth) and barometric pressure fluctuations.
I love being able to say that I’m feeling fine today and back to normal.
I’ve been enjoying playing a wee bit with scraps and strings and a secret sewing project. How fun is it to see piles of pretty fabric pieces just waiting to be made in to something?
I love sharing pictures of my youngest great granddaughters. They always make me smile or laugh out loud. This is Easter and Spring rolled in to one post of Clarke and Grace:
My post is short this week as I really didn’t have a lot going on. I slept a lot and listened to several audiobooks (nothing noteworthy) and really enjoyed hearing a voice telling a story.
I’m happy to share the news that I get my first shot in the arm next week. It does seem as if it has taken forever for it to be my turn. I’m curious to find out how long it will be before we get our second shot. The guesstimate keeps changing from what I am hearing.
It seems as if the Covid brain fog issue has now turned to a sense of shutting down. So many friends are admitting to a lack of creativity. I like that we can share these feelings and admit that it’s okay to just shut down for a while.
For now, I’ll end on that note.
Thank you for stopping by to read my post. 😄 Carol
Every year Sarah from Confessions of a Fabric Addict organizes the Hands to Help Charity Quilt Challenge to encourage quilters everywhere to do a bit more charity quilting. She usually has a list of 5 or 6 charities that could use our support.
One of those charities is here in Canada and is a bit different from the others. Linda Miller collects quilt tops along with an extra block. Then a group of volunteers from one of the Ontario chapter of Victoria’s Quilts Canada finish the tops and make a presentation bag with the extra 12 1/2” block. It makes it so much easier for us to send multiple quilt tops.
I also send orphan blocks to Linda as she also has a couple of extra charities she works with.
So far I have these tops finished and ready to go to Linda, but I’d like to get a few more finished:
These next blocks should be another finished quilt top next week:
It’s fun to see how quickly these tops can come together since I have my precut 2” and 2 1/2” squares and leftover hst’s ready to go in my scrap storage system.
Here’s the list of the participants in the Scrap Happy Challenge:
Chris at Chris Knits is now hosting the weekly To-Do linky party. I enjoy seeing how everyone is using the party to keep projects moving along.
Last week’s list:
1. Get Delaney’s quilt and my SAHRR on the list for the next studio trip. Just waiting until I can get away. 😉
2. Finish my In the Kitchen Stitching Hop Project. Almost done!
3. Stitch the new test pattern quilt for Sandra at MMM Quilts. Flimsy is finished. Just a word of advice; don’t cut fabrics while reading the pattern on your phone. My printer ran out of ink so that’s what I was doing. I cut half of the fabrics for the throw size and half for the baby size. It resulted in a lot of scraps. See #6 below. 🤯
4. Work on the Panel Quilt Challenge. No progress this week.
5. Decide on fabric for the corners of the String Blocks. I have nothing in my stash that works. On line shopping or roadside pickup at a LQS time.
6. Try to avoid those squirrels. Didn’t happen. I got bitten by a squirrel when I had off cuts of scrappy goodness from my mistake.
This week’s goals:
1. Try to get away to the studio for a couple of days with the longarm to quilt Delaney’s quilt and my SAHRR, or one of my older UFO’s?
2. Finish In the Kitchen Stitchin’ project and write my post.
3. Work on the panel quilt challenge.
4. Get fabric ordered for the corners of my string blocks.
5. Continue working on a new project. (My bad 😉).
6. Decide what to do with these fun little bits that I made from my leftover off cut scraps.
7. Do better at avoiding the squirrels. 😉
I’m trying for at least 15 minutes a day, but also want to at least spend 15 minutes tidying up and dealing with scraps.
Previous time – 90/94
This week – 7/7
Year To Date – 97/101
To see how our blogging friends are doing check out Kate’s blog: Life in Pieces
Fabric previous balance: 78 yards
Fabric Used this week 5 yards
Fabric Bought this week: 0 yards
Balance in stash: 73 Yards
* any fabric used from the scrap bins, was gifted or a prize; doesn’t count as stash
Today is the letter “B”. Frederique shared some intriguing buttons crafts and ideas on her blog.
I seldom use buttons when quilting but I do have some things to share.
I have done a couple of bargellos;
Bag making and book covers seem to be projects I like going back to making;
The last thing I’m going to share on my post is blog hops. I love taking part in them and checking out what everyone is doing. I share a list of blog hops on my blog so you know when one is coming up as soon as I read about it.
Thanks for stopping by to read my post and a huge thank you to Frederique for hosting such a fun challenge. 😉 Carol
Here it is April Fool’s Day and we are embarking on the start of a new challenge, thanks to Frederique from Quilting Patchwork Applique.
Today we start with the letter “A”. #atozchallenge2021Quilt
My projects over the years haven’t included a lot of appliqué but lately I am starting to enjoy the process.
I have been creating blocks and letters and even full motifs using the various methods; needle turn, raw edge and reverse appliqué. Do I have a favourite method? Not yet! I think I need to do another fifty or sixty projects before I can decide which is the most enjoyable for me.
Thank you for stopping by to read my post. Do head over to Frederique’s blog to see some really fun, inspiring eye candy.
Here it is the start of a new month and it’s time for a group of creative bloggers to share our gratitude posts over on LeeAnna’s blog Not Afraid of Color. It’s always fun to head over and see what brings joy in to people’s lives.
For me, one of the biggest joys is family. I’m lucky to get plenty of photos of my great granddaughters each week from my grandson’s partner.
We have been having strange weather here; a bit cooler than usual, plenty of rain, a wee bit of snow, but look how beautiful my view is.
One of my biggest sources of happiness is doing pattern tests for my designer friends. I look at it as being guilt free reasons to start a new project.
Having finished 6 quilt tops and a few small projects in one month always makes me happy. I even managed to quilt 3 of the quilts on the longarm!
I really like having the many conversations via text, zoom or email with the many bloggers I have been fortunate enough to get to know over the years. The different perspectives on life, world events and the frustrations we share in Canada serves to remind me that even though we live in different parts of the world, we do share common ground; our crafts and the concerns for our familt, country and yes, even politics. It will be interesting to see what normal will be in 6 months. Will we be able to travel by Christmas safely?
This next meme just has to be shared since I forgot to share it on St Paddy’s Day. The cat’s eyes had me mesmerized. Doesn’t she just look content and satisfies?
Getting snail mail is always fun! A good friend in America sent me a wonderful bundle of batik scraps. She knows I’ve been saving bits for a scrappy quilt I’d like to make for my bed. Can you believe that with having made over 400 quilts, I don’t have one myself? It seems that every time I make one “for me” the need arises for a gift or a fundraiser prize or a charity cause is more urgent. This bundle will be in mine for sure;
I love sharing new QAL’s or Challenges I come across. This one looks like fun and it starts today:
Thank you for visiting and for your comments. If you get the chance to pop over to LeeAnna’s blog and check out some of the other blogs you will be sure to find something to make you smile. 😉Carol