Sunday, October 1, 2017

October Elm Street Quilts OMG

Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal October Linkup
Last Sunday, I made this baby quilt top and back.  The top is made quickly and easily, with 5 inch WOF strips and no tedious sewing of charm squares.  I used to layer and pin baste baby quilts like this on my dining room table and quilt them on my regular sewing machine.  I would do a narrow multi-stitch zigzag over the seams to quilt the layers because quilting over the seam lines is stronger than straight stitching in the ditch but my long-arm machine will do the honors, instead.  Meandering loops and flowers should work well with the fabrics and simple checkered blocks.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Linking Up: Elm Street Quilts September One Monthly Goal

Today, I mailed my mug mats to my exchange partners.  The official mailing date is October 1st but it's Sunday with no postal services nearby open and wanting to complete this September OMG off they went this morning.

Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal - September Finish Link-up
And some extra additions just because:
I had fun and am already enjoying Cheryl's creativity from an earlier exchange.  Maybe I will be exchange coordinator for a future event.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Just Wonderful!

Sewing and quilting related exchanges are sew much fun!  Cheryl of Cheryl's Teapots 2Quilting and I are on at least 2 sewing and sewing machine related Yahoo lists.  She is a talented quilter and she just shared her beautiful handiwork with me, two foundation pieced mug mats and a perfect sized project bag to keep my smaller projects organized.  Cheryl made her exchange gifts on vintage machines, including a 1939 Singer 221 Featherweight, a post WWII Japanese head in a treadle base, and 1927 Singer 15 handcrank.
You don't need the latest machine to sew wonderful and useful projects!
Cheryl will receive hers next week.  

September OMG: Complete Exchange Projects

This month's goal has to be simple.  I have too many other non-quilting/sewing related commitments cluttering up my time to distract me from starting a new quilt or trying to quilt one in the stack of tops waiting patiently for rainy weather.

October 1st is the day I have to mail out mug mats to my partners in the TreadleOn Yahoo list exchange.  My goal is to finish up and get the packages in the mail.  All sewing has to be done on a treadle or hand-crank sewing machine.  I have chosen Minnie, the Singer 99 hand-crank, to do the honors.  Only a sneak peek of the fabric is allowed until I reveal them at the end of the month.
Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal September Linkup
And Cheryl of Cheryl's Teapots 2Quilting, if you are reading, yours are completely different.  😉  Cheryl was my exchange partner for a mug mat exchange on the QuiltAlong Yahoo list.  Those were due in the mail yesterday.

Monday, August 28, 2017

August OMG: George and Harriet

Elm Street Quilts OMG Link Up for August
George and Harriet have moved to Seattle to live with Callum and Helen.  Please forward all greetings to the Beacon Hill crew.  

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

August OMG: No Peeking!

With the due dates of two exchanges looming in the near future, I have 6 mug mats that have been in various stages of completion for several months.  The first set is due out at the end of the month but they have been ready to go since I offered to host the exchange.  The other 4 are waiting for finishing touches.  Since I can't reveal them until the end of September, I must commit to another goal that will be easy to accomplish in the busy days ahead and something that I can allow the blog peeps to view.

A recent family trip to the beach produced an acquisition that is a temptation, a kit for the quilt, Cascading Cubes, from Center Diamond quilt shop in Cannon Beach.  Cascading Cubes will become a baby quilt with the last 2 rows on the back for a smaller and more manageable size for both the new mother and baby.  I don't need to start it until after Christmas so what else is there?

I almost forgot, the other two grands saw the tooth monster pocket pillow I made for the youngest and now they need one as well.  How could I not make two more of this adorable creature?  The embroidery machine will not be idle this month.
Elm Street Quilts August OMG:  Two Requests to Fill

Saturday, July 29, 2017

July OMG Link-up: A Table Runner Completed

Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal - July Finish 
With the garden and an extended weekend beach trip presenting distractions from my fiber passions, not much sewing has been done this month except for some progress on 4 table runners using the Fab Five wedge template.  Two are from one version in the Fab Five Table Snacks pattern.  One has been completed.

Except for the fact that the fabric was purchased before the produce in the garden became prolific and was fermenting on the kitchen counter, one might have concluded these pickled veggies were my inspiration for this month's project.
While I think I would prefer to have black strips framing each wedge with the 6 fat quarters I chose for the pair, I am satisfied with the appearance of the completed runner and would make up more using the same technique with or without framing strips.

Also, before I piece my wedges for my second pair of runners, I might reposition, omit, or exchange the bright lime batik.  It appears to have a phosphorescent glow and is a bit too bright amidst the others.

The runner is basically made like the reversible mitered napkins from the Alizida blog.  Since most of my table runners are layered with Pellon fleece, a very thin polyester batting, I thought I might not like just two layers of fabric for a runner but it is flat and smooth and looks attractive.  With the success of this runner, I might even try a Ten Minute Table Runner, a style I have avoided in the past, opting to make WOF versions instead.