Friday, June 29, 2012

Treasures from Grandma

I had a delightful visit with my Grandma Wednesday.  Our visits have been less frequent as she has been in California taking care of my aunt.  I've really missed her while she has been gone.  She will be leaving today to go back so it was nice to have a little time with her.  She has been going through things and while I was there she gave me a few treasures.  This great basket and fabulous quilt top that her mother made.
I had hubby hold it up to show you all it's beauty.  I felt a connection with my great grandma when Grandma told me that all her mothers quilts were to short.  I don't know if she remembered telling me last December how my dad had come out to visit her and my aunt.  They had made him a bed and given him the quilt I had made for my aunt to use for the night.  She told me how it was to short for him.  That if he pulled it up to his neck it didn't cover his toes.  Great Grandma and I must think alike.  Although in my defense I only intended the quilt to be a throw.
Grandma has two more quilts her mother made.  I so wish I had brought my camera to Grandma's so I could have taken a picture of them to share with you.She told me if my aunt doesn't want them she will ask my mom.  As we were going to lunch she said, " I know you are going to go home and tell your mom if I offer her any quilts she is to say yes."
I told her she knows me to well.  And as soon as I got home that is just what I did.  I'm keeping my fingers and toes crossed that my aunt doesn't want them.  Wishful thinking maybe but I'm still hoping.  

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Scrap Happy Summer~ Sachet

 A few years ago my friend, Diane made this cute sachet pillow for me.  Diane is a wonderful gardener and has a bumper crop of lavender each year.  
I love the smell of lavender.  So I decided to plant my own.  I planted it on either side of my porch so can smell it every time I come home.  It's in bloom now and smells wonderfully.
I'm harvesting it and making my own sachets out of scraps of fabric.  These little hearts are made from a cookie cutter out of Mary's favorite drawer at my house, the play dough drawer.   

 I also thought these little houses that I made at Christmas time might make cute sachet's.  They are scrap friendly too.  Make a few for yourself and a few to give to friends.  A sweet reminder of summer when the weather turns cold.

Monday, June 25, 2012

How Does Your Garden Grow

I have a four year old niece, Mary.  She is an absolute delight.  She says the funniest things and just makes me laugh with all her antics.  Well she came to play last week with her little sister.  I've always sang Mary songs to her whenever she has come to visit.  Songs like; Miss Mary Mac, Mary had a little Lamb, and Mary will You Stand Up.  Well while DD was entertaining our little visitors I worked on my garden and sang Mary, Mary quite contrary...
Singing along I got into quite a rhythm and my little garden grew and grew.  I made these fun tulips found in Material Obsession two. 
I joined the roses from last week.
And started playing with lay out ideas for all the flowers created so far.

Friday, June 22, 2012

A Whale of a Tale

Do you remember this sneak peak from back in February?
Well here it is in all it's glory. Whale's Tails another nautical quilt using Salt Air.  

If you would like to make your own the pattern is included in this magazine along with other fun quilts.
And there is a free download of a queen size version here.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Scrap Happy Summer~ Pin It

Pincushions are fun ways to use up scraps.  They are useful, make great little gifts for your sewing friends and are fun to make.  
And here are a few links to tutes to make a few of your own.
This one is made with a cookie cutter

These ones have a little treat
This one is just cute and very scrap friendly.
These are just a few to get your imagination going.  There are lots more.  So did it that scrap bin and make a few.

Monday, June 18, 2012

A Little Mindless Sewing

With the aliens turning our minds to mush it was time for a little mindless sewing.  My  improvisational  garden quilt called to me so I started making these little wonky flowers.  They remind me of roses or hollyhocks.
I'm surrounding them with green scraps and will add them to my other flowers.

To make another fun impov quilt like this one and this one
 Oh I just love making improve quilts!

I have yet to hear from my EZ Dresden ruler winner so I have picked a new winner the random generator picked #27  Jennie P.    Please send me your snail mail address and I will get it in the mail to you.  Thank you to everyone who entered.

Friday, June 15, 2012

The Aliens Have Landed

Not a lot of sewing going on.  Aliens have landed and our minds may have turned to mush.  
We are enjoying movies,  having water fights and making fun treats like these.

If you want to make some of your own here's how we did it.  Make your favorite cupcakes.  Use a tub of icing and green food coloring to ice your cupcakes. Use Mentos for the eyes (I started making them with three eyes but you only get 4 cup cakes before you run out of Mentos so the rest are cyclopes) , molded green Lauffy Taffy for the ears and use black gel icing for the pupil and mouth.  

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Scrap Happy Summer~ Keep the Kids Busy

The lazy days of summer have hit and I'm a little late with this post.  With summer being here, and the kids out of school, every good mother knows it's essential to have activities to keep everyone active and happy.  Here are a couple of ideas that involve the scrap bin.  If your lucky while the kids sew so can you.  

First up is this cute little Flower Frill.  DD likes making these to put on clips, headbands and well just about anything.
I got my template at the vendors mall at the Quilt Walk but they are available at craft and quilt shops.  Just look for Clover's Flower Frill Template.  I used the medium template.  It only requires a 4" scrap.
Fold template with fabric according to directions.  They are very easy.

Take a threaded needle and run it through the folds as directed.

Repeat the process until you have about 15-20 strung on.

Pull the two ends of the thread together, arrange your petals, and tie the ends.  Now your ready to attach it.  The possibilities are endless
For the boys how about a hacky sack.

From a cereal box draw a equilateral triangle, I made my triangle with 3" sides.  Then round the edges as shown.

Trace this onto 4 craps of fabric

and cut out.
Sew two sides together.

Add a third piece and sew down one side of one of the two you just sewed.  Cut thread leaving a tail.  Beginning where the three triangles come together stitch down the side.  

 Then add the remaining triangle and sew it onto one of the sides.   Cut thread leaving a tail.
Begin where three of the triangles come together and stitch down side.  Continue stitching about halfway through remaining side.  Gather the seams you have already made and tie off strings.  Turn right side out and fill with sand.
Stitch up hole.  Pull remaining side tight to create gather and tie off string.
Go outside and enjoy your new toy.

Monday, June 11, 2012

E Z Winner

Like I said before I was thrilled when I was given the opportunity to play with Darlene Zimmerman's EZ Dresden ruler.  I already own her 45* wedge and love it.  In fact I taught a class this last weekend in Panquitch, Utah using it.    Look what the very fun ladies in my class created with it.  I just love seeing everyone's different take on the same quilt.  No two quilts come out looking the same.
I also taught my Playing it Retro and Let's Go Dutch.  It was a fabulous weekend.  I look forward to going to Quilt Walk in Panguitch every year.  If you have never gone I would recommend it.  Everyone is so nice.  They offer lots of classes, a dinner theater, quilts show, and other activities.  It is close to Bryce Canyon and fishing if you want to bring the hubby and kids, they can go hike and fish while you sew.  It's the second weekend in June so mark your calendars now.  And plan for a real good time.

Now for the winner of the EZ Dresden ruler.  The random number generater gave me #19, Missfitz63.  She said..."Such a happy quilt!  I love flowers- great way to use the Dresden plate!" Please send me your snail mail address and I'll get it out to you.  Thank you everyone for playing along.  I appreciate your comments.  You were all so nice. 

Friday, June 8, 2012

A Mountain of Quilty Hugs

You may have noticed the quiltometer has been on the rise.  Thanks in big part to Sarah's H2H project.  Look at this small mountain of quilty hugs I get to deliver to local chemo labs.  I know they will bring much needed comfort.
Thank you everyone who contributed.  It was so generous of you.  I couldn't do what I do without your help.

It you would like to see these quilts and read about them and the wonderful quilters who made them check out this post by Sarah.  There are some real beauties in these stacks you won't want to miss them.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Dresden Quilting Challenge

Are you enjoying the blog hop?  It's now day seven and it has been fun to see what everyone has been coming up with.  As I've watched the different ideas popping up I wonder about my own.  Not because I'm not totally thrilled with how mine evolved, but seeing there modern takes makes me wonder if I was to traditional.  
But no worries there is a traditional category too.  You can read all about the rules for this fun challenge here.  Then let your creative juices start to come up with your own idea.  Will it be modern or traditional?
Whatever style you choose the prizes are awesome!  Look at these great sponsors.  

So sit back and check out all the great inspiration with these great blogs in the all part of the hop and enter to win one of these versatile tools at each spot.  Just leave a comment here for your chance at the one I have to giveaway.  I'll pick the winner Monday.
June 2- Lee 
June 3- Kati 
June 4- Victoria and Tanya
June 5- Val and Leigh
June 6- Amy and Elisa
June 7- Katie and Me
June 8- Melissa and Brooke
June 9- Nicole and Amy
June 10- Elizabeth and Collen
June 11- Faith and Deonn
June 12- Angela and Barbie
June 13- Amy
June 14- Jessica
June 15- Salt Lake Modern Quilt Guild

After being inspired by these talented ladies see what your inner muse tells you to create.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Taming the Scrap Bin

It's a scrap happy summer day and I thought to start things off we would begin with how to tame all those scraps.  There are several methods.  I'll share a few.  The method I like I found over at Pleasant Home.  There are several reasons I like this method.  One it reminds me of my artist mother and all her paints arranged by color.   She tried to get me to paint along with my brother and sisters.  I remember one summer she gave us all a canvas, let us pick a picture we wanted to paint and helped us to paint it.  Sadly I'm the only one that never finished mine.  I guess paint is not my medium.  Fabric on the other hand, I could play in all day.  The second reason I like this method is that it doesn't involve any cutting.  Just throw it in the right bin.
Bonnie Hunt has another method that gets that jumbled mess into usable pieces.  I like this method because it makes for easy mindless sewing later.  But sadly because of my dislike for cutting fabric I'm not very good at it.
You can find another method here that is a combination of the two.

Whatever method you choose make sure it works for you so that you can put those little pretties to good use.

Monday, June 4, 2012

A Busy Happy Weekend

It's a little chaotic here today.  At the moment I do not know where my camera is.  We are getting carpet today and my sewing room is packed from floor to ceiling  with all the downstairs furniture.  What didn't fit in there is in the living room.  Once we get things back in order, hopefully this evening, my camera will show up again.  So rather than pictures of our current chaos created by a busy weekend getting ready for the new carpet I'm sharing our recent family pictures.
Because not only did we empty the downstairs of furniture this weekend.  Alex celebrated his 21st birthday and DD graduated from elementary school.
Yes, it was a busy happy weekend!

Friday, June 1, 2012

Warms My Heart

I almost never know what happens with the quilts that I donate to chemo labs.  I drop them off and trust that they will be given to those in need.  Well the other day a nurse at one of the labs told me this story so I thought I would share it with you along with this special quilty hug made by Pattilou.
It was a cold rainy day and this lady came in to have her treatment.  The nurse got her all hooked up and ready to go with her treatment then gave her a quilty hug.  She couldn't believe it was for her.  She kept asking over and over again if it was hers to keep.  She was a sure that it was.  She snuggled under it while she received her treatment.  When she was done she wrapped the quilty hug around her and wore it home.
Hearing this just warmed my heart.  Thank you everyone who has donate a quilty hug.  They really make a difference.