Thursday, July 19, 2018

12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop, Day 6

Today the 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop continues, organized by Sarah@ Confessions of a Fabric Addict.  Stop by and check out her quilt-a-long and visit the others on our list.  If you haven't had a chance before to visit any of the previous blogs, our whole schedule is listed below.  There are some great gift ideas, tutorials and giveaways.


Saturday, July 14th

Selina @ Selina Quilts

Sunday, July 15th


Monday, July 16th

Jamie @ L'Fair Quilts

Tuesday, July 17th

Sharon @ Vrooman's Quilts

Wednesday, July 18th

Thursday, July 19th

Danice @ Homespun Hannah

Friday, July 20th


Saturday, July 21st

Marian @ Seams To Be Sew

Sunday, July 22nd

Anja @ Anja Quilts
Moira @ Quilted Snail

Monday, July 23rd

Brenda @ Songbird Designs

Tuesday, July 24th


Wednesday, July 25th



Thanks for stopping by!



Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Wednesday Wait Loss 76

Jennifer, at The Inquiring Quilter this time for Wednesday Wait Loss is asking to see red, white and blue quilts.  Red, white and blue items are some of my favorites!  They also look great against my blue walls!

This quilt is called America.  I can't remember what book I got it out of, but still love it.  Finished it in 12/01.  This was quilted by Susan Nixon@ Desertsky Quilting when she was quilting for other people.  At the time she was living in Phoenix, AZ.  The stars are fusible applique, and buttonhole stitched down. 


This quilt is called Crazy about Boating.  This was my own creation.  I embroidered in bluework sailboats and sayings about sailing and created crazy-quilt type blocks.  This was completed in August 2001.  It was also quilted by Susan Nixon@ Desertsky Quilting.  I entered it in the California State Fair that year and received a second place ribbon. 


This one is called Lights Ahoy.  The center section came out of a book called All Hands On Deck by the Picket Fence, Richard and Debi Anderson.l  That year, we went up to Trinidad, California to visit friends, who took us to breakfast  down by the pier.  Right up the street was a quilt shop called Ocean Waves, which has since relocated to Eureka.  Anyway I convinced my husband and our friends we needed to stop so I could look.  On our way out of town, my husband stopped and I bought the 4 whale blocks and the lighthouses which I love.  The owner told us about this blue fabric that would be perfect for a border.  My DH asked if I wanted to get and I said no, 3 times, thinking if we spent money for it, I would not get to stop for a sandwich on the way home.  I also thought my local quilt shop would probably have it (they didn't).  So the next week, I called to get some shipped, and the owner said "Your husband asked you 3 times if you wanted it".  This quilt was finished in 2/99.  It is fusible applique and buttonhole stitched down.  It was also quilted by Susan Nixon.  It won a 2nd place at the California State Fair that year.


After I retired last year, I did a thorough evaluation of the piles of UFO's in my sewing room and found objects I had done the stitching on but had not completed the object.  These next 3 items are UFO's I finished up last summer.





Thanks for stopping by!

12 Days o Christmas in July Blog Hop, Day 5 and Giveaway



I'd like to thank Sarah@ Confessions of a Fabric Addict  for the opportunity to participate in this 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop.  This is my first blog hop it has been a lot of fun.  Sarah continues to give directions for a quilt-a-long each day. Our complete blog schedule is listed below.  Be sure to visit today's other blogger Cindy@ Stitchin at Home.

For my project, I decided to do a redwork table runner.  I first searched for a free image I could copy onto my fabric and I came up with this guy:

Image result for free father christmas line drawing


I traced him onto my fabric which I cut out at about 9 inches, and proceeded to embroider the image with a backstitch using DMC #8 Pearl Cotton, color 498.  When I do redwork embroidery I always back my fabric with a piece of thin batting the same size, so the threads won't show through from the back, especially with light fabrics.   I embroidered 2 of the same image.  If I were to do it again, I think I would have tried to reverse one of them so they were facing each other.  This was what it looked like after my embroidery was done:



Next I string pieced some 8" blocks to make some Christmas trees.  I used 1.5 and 2" strips of fabric.  I am working completely from my old, old stash. One piece was from 1991, I have no idea of who the designer was.  My fabrics included Mary Ellen Hopkins Classics for Moda, Kathy Schmetz Hand Stiched Holiday for Moda, Folk Art Christmas I, II, III and IV by Robyn Pandolph for Moda.  

I next cut out the trees going different directions out of the string-pieced blocks.  I drew a pattern and cut out the background pieces and trunks:


I then assembled six  trees, I later realized that was way to many for the table runner.  So I have 3 leftover to make another one.  



This one has a wonky trunk but I like it that way.  

Next I put 1.5 inch sashing between the blocks, two santas at the ends with the trees in between. With all the 1.5 and 2 inch strips I had leftover from the string-piecing I randomly sewed them together and attached them to the table runner, making them 2.5 inches, with corner pieces 2.5 inches squares.  I then quilted it.  The table runner ends up being 45.5  x 14 inches.  





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Also for this blog hop I did a little mini quilt.  I found a free primitive nativity scene, and embroidered it, again using a backstitch and the DMC #8 Pearl Cotton, Color 498.  



A good source for redwork designs and patterns is Bird Brain Designs.  I have gotten these patterns from them before, and made my giveaway ornaments from the Long and Tall Holiday Ornaments pattern.  I also bought the redwork book Just Be Claus by Robin Kingsley.  I am not affiliated with Bird Brain Designs in any way, just a happy customer.






My giveaway is these 2 redwork ornaments



In order to be entered in the giveaway, be sure to leave a comment below. I will pick a winner on Thursday, July 26th the day after our hop ends.  Also if you are a no-reply blogger and wish to be entered, please be sure to leave your e-mail in your comment so I can contact you.


Saturday, July 14th

Selina @ Selina Quilts

Sunday, July 15th


Monday, July 16th

Jamie @ L'Fair Quilts

Tuesday, July 17th

Sharon @ Vrooman's Quilts

Wednesday, July 18th

Thursday, July 19th

Danice @ Homespun Hannah

Friday, July 20th


Saturday, July 21st

Marian @ Seams To Be Sew

Sunday, July 22nd

Anja @ Anja Quilts
Moira @ Quilted Snail

Monday, July 23rd

Brenda @ Songbird Designs

Tuesday, July 24th


Wednesday, July 25th

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

12 Days of Christmas In July Blog Hop, Day 4



The 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop continues for the 4th day.  This was organized by Sarah@ Confessions of a Fabric Addict.  She is having a quilt-a-long, and tutorial on the block of the day.  

Check out the bloggers for today as follows:

Tuesday, July 17th

Sharon @ Vrooman's Quilts

Wednesday, July 18th

Thursday, July 19th


Friday, July 20th


Saturday, July 21st

Marian @ Seams To Be Sew

Sunday, July 22nd

Anja @ Anja Quilts

Monday, July 23rd

Brenda @ Songbird Designs

Tuesday, July 24th


Wednesday, July 25th



Thanks for stopping by!   Karrin

Monday, July 16, 2018

Mermaid Cushion, Good Mail Day

Back in May, Joy@Days Filled with Joy  with her daughter as the artist had a mermaid-stitch-a-long.  I haven't had a chance to stitch on mine until several days ago.  I decided it would make a perfect gift for my dear sister-in-law who loves mermaid and all things ocean like I do.  So I embroidered one of my  mermaids.

                   



I decided to make her into a cushion.  I added fringe, though it is hard to tell.  I really have trouble with lighting in my house, and I even took it outside, and that was too bright, and too hot (102 today).  I  decided to use a lighthouse backing, as both my brother and sister-in-law love lighthouses,as I do.  


Front 

Back of Cushion


Last month, I was featured on Wednesday Wait Loss here  on the Inquiring Quilter, and I also happened to win the Island Batik Stash Builder Roll, which arrived today.  Love the colors, and will have to think of a special project.  Thanks so much Jennifer!



Thanks so much for stopping by!  Karrin


12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop. Day 3




Welcome to the 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop organized by Sarah@ Confessions of a Fabric Addict, who is also having a quilt-a-long with blocks and tutorials, and also give-aways. 

Also check out the blogs below:



Monday, July 16th

Jamie @ L'Fair Quilts
Tuesday, July 17th

Sharon @ Vrooman's Quilts

Wednesday, July 18th

Thursday, July 19th


Friday, July 20th


Saturday, July 21st

Marian @ Seams To Be Sew

Sunday, July 22nd

Anja @ Anja Quilts

Monday, July 23rd

Brenda @ Songbird Designs

Tuesday, July 24th


Wednesday, July 25th

Brandy @ Pampered Pettit
Jean @ All Points of the Compass
Sarah@ Confessions of a Fabric Addict


Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, July 15, 2018

12 Days Of Christmas In July Blog Hop, Day 2


Today is Day 2 of the 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop, organized by Sarah@Confessions of a Fabric Addict.    Sarah is actually having a quilt-a-long and each day gives instructions for a new block.

Today's blogs to visit are the following: 

Sunday, July 15th



Please go visit these blogs and see what they are up to and they also have giveaways if you leave a comment.

These are the links for the remainder of the blog hop.  

Saturday, July 14, 2018



Today is the start of the 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop organized by Sarah@ Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

This is a list of the blogs to visit: There will be ideas for home decor, gifts and recipes, and Sarah will be having a tutorial for a Christmas quilt that can be made in about an hour a day over the blog hop. There will also be multiple giveaways.  


Saturday, July 14th

Selina @ Selina Quilts

Sunday, July 15th


Monday, July 16th

Jamie @ L'Fair Quilts

Tuesday, July 17th

Sharon @ Vrooman's Quilts

Wednesday, July 18th

Marian @ Seams To Be Sew

Thursday, July 19th

Danice @ Homespun Hannah

Friday, July 20th


Saturday, July 21st


Sunday, July 22nd

Anja @ Anja Quilts
Moira @ Quilted Snail

Monday, July 23rd

Brenda @ Songbird Designs

Tuesday, July 24th


Wednesday, July 25th

Brandy @ Pampered Pettit

Saturday, July 07, 2018

2018 FINISH-A-LONG, Q3



My proposed list for quarter 3 is as follows:

QUILTING PROJECTS:

1.  Embroider 3 Redwork Nursery Rhyme blocks.  Recently I found a BOM project I started long, long ago.  I had 9 blocks out of 20 completed.  I gifted these blocks to my dear SIL to put together for her new granddaughter.  I told her I would finish up the embroidery on these blocks, and she could put the sashing on them and tie the quilt.  So I plan to get these 3 blocks done this quarter.  The story behind this redwork quilt is that a 10-year-old girl named Helen Wells produced a Redwork Children's Quilt i 1910 using her favorite nursery rhymes and storybook characters.  I plan to embroider Mother Goose, Three Blind Mice and Mary Had a Little Lamb



2.  Great Pumpkin Quilt.  This is another old BOM from 2006 that I fused the first 4 blocks down, but never sewed them down.  In fact part of my vines are falling off.  I would like to get these 4 blocks sewn down,


Picture of the whole quilt


Fused blocks needing to be sewn down

3.  Prepare and hand-applique 2 Flourishes Blocks, Block 8 and Block 9.  This is another old BOM project, a Piece of Cake Designs. I love to hand-applique.  Knowing this,  the quilt shop owner in my town asked if I would hand-applique this BOM and she would provide me with the pattern and fabric to make my own.  I made the shop quilt, and I got to block 7 of my own quilt and put everything in a bag.  



4.  QUILT OF VALOR:  I would like at least get a flimsy made for Quilt of Valor.  I'm not sure I will have time to quilt it, as I have a couple of trips planned, but I at least want to get it to flimsy stage.  I have some red, white and blue swap blocks I'm going to use.  I have quite a few blocks from friends Susan Nixon at Desertsky Quilting, and Moira McSpadden at  The Quilted Snail in looking at the labels.  


CRAZY QUILTING PROJECT:  

5.   I would like to finish up this crazy quilt block and mail it back to its owner.  I participated in a swap several years ago. and due to life issues, neither of us have returned the other's block.  I hope to get this one finished.  I still need to do the embroidery and beading on this one.  



SEWING PROJECTS:

6.  Doll Clothes for Klara's baby.  I plan on giving this doll to my youngest granddaughter for her birthday in October and I would like to make some clothes before I give it to her.  



7.  Cushion for Kyleigh.  My granddaughter Kyleigh wanted me to make her a cushion with this mermaid fabric.  Her birthday is in August and I hope to get it done for that, and before she leaves for college.  



KNITTING PROJECT

8.  Sweater for Klara.  I also hope to start and finish this sweater for granddaughter Klara's BD in October.  It seems like a small project so hopefully will be able to complete it.



PENNY RUG PROJECT

9.  Complete Penny Rug Project "O My Stars".  I got this as a kit.  Pattern came from Barb Adams and Alma Allen's book HIGDON CAMP-1924.  I have all the pieces cut out, just need to buttonhole stitch them together and then attach to backing.



Think that is it for this quarter.  This will keep me REALLY BUSY!