Monday, July 3, 2017

Tooth Monster Pocket Pillow

This little guy was originally my Elm Street July OMG.  He had to be done before July 1st because a week ago my DiL announced our youngest grandson had a loose tooth and she didn't expect him to let the tooth stay in until the end of the week.  Her prediction proved wrong but the pillow was done for our grandson's weekly visit on Friday.
This fun little tooth monster pillow is a freebie from Embroidery Garden's FaceBook page.  Get details from their YouTube video as well:  What's IN THE HOOP with Embroidery Garden / Monster Tooth Fairy Pillow

July OMG: Table Runner

We have busy times ahead.  I am not sure what will be a reasonable July OMG but I can try and see what progress I make with the table runners I promised my DiLs.  It is my intention to make a set of runners that they can use for holidays and year round.  One has most of the year covered except for general winter and fall season runners.  The other only has an all-seasons runner, Valentine's Day, and Halloween.

Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal July Linkup
Since I missed getting a patriotic runner done for tomorrow, piecing a fall table runner is my goal.  Since a rather recent acquisition is a tumbler template that will work for tall and short tumblers, there are several runners I would like to try:
And another:
Plus the pattern for the template I purchase:
Jenny at MSQC has some great videos for tumbler projects and Nancy Zieman has one for a runner with a Dresden plate template.


Now to decide and make one to accomplish my goal!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

June OMG Link Up: Armrest Sewing Station

Before I went to 4-H quilt camp, my June OMG was completed and gifted.  Yes, I know, I said it was for me but the fabric with koala bears was sitting there begging me to be made up and I obliged.
June OMG
Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal - June Finish Link-up
The only regret I have with the project is that I didn't use more fabrics to make the project sparkle.  If I were to do it again, I would at least use the pincushion fabrics in reverse with the green print on top.

The one change I made was to dangle the thread spool like a bead on the strip that was supposed to hold it on top of the pincushion secured with straight pins.  When the spool was on top of the pincushion, it and the pincushion were very wobbly.  Eventually, the pins would work their way loose.  With a loose knot in the strip, it is easy to change thread colors.

I didn't add any dividers to the pockets.  They can easily hold a pair of small scissors or reading glasses.  The recipient loves it and it replaces an earlier armrest sewing station that I made a few years ago and was used so much it is worn out.  My friend does much hand stitching on the arts and crafts see sells in shows around the Northwest.
June's previous sewing station, known as the Venus Fly Trap

Long Time No See

I have been delinquent.  I have 3 years worth of 4-H quilt camp photos that deserve to be seen.  This entry will cover last week's camp that included 4 boys, a higher than average attendance from previous years.

This camp was comprised mainly with participants who had done little to no sewing on machines.  It is a joy to see them make significant and rewarding project in just 4 hours a day for a week.

Enjoy our show!









Monday, June 12, 2017

Two Little Gifts

Saying farewells are always difficult.  With DD leaving for four months in Europe, I had to find just the right gifts to send her off on her journey.  For her birthday at the end of March, I gave her a cross-body travel purse for her passport that had a wire cable running through the neck strap as a theft deterrent and additional protection for chip-enabled credit cards.  Her bon voyage party came and went and then the inspiration hit me.

Since I have allergies to laundry products, I never travel without a personal pillowcase.  It occurred to me that DD might not think to carry one so I dug through the stash for one of the horse themed fabrics I had purchased years ago.  It had to be the prettiest one I have, not just the usual brown Western versions.  Here is what was hiding in the bin, a beautiful print with horses grazing in flower filled fields, a scene dreams are made of.  Hmm, the folded pillowcase doesn't due the fabric justice.  I will have to add a photo of the remaining fabric.
A comment from the DiL my DD lived with until her departure on Friday confirmed the gift was perfect.  Many prayers will be said to calm my nerves and ask for travel blessings for her safety.  The Jewish Travelers' Prayer translated from the Hebrew, is perfect in so many ways.

"May it be Your will, Lord, our God and the God of our ancestors, that You lead us toward peace, guide our footsteps toward peace, and make us reach our desired destination for life, gladness, and peace. May You rescue us from the hand of every foe, ambush along the way, and from all manner of punishments that assemble to come to earth. May You send blessing in our handiwork, and grant us grace, kindness, and mercy in Your eyes and in the eyes of all who see us. May You hear the sound of our humble request because You are God Who hears prayer requests. Blessed are You, Lord, Who hears prayer."

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

June OMG: Armrest Pincushion

I have had so many ideas for June bubbling in my head, it has been hard to set my OMG.  It's not that there aren't unfinished projects that need to completed, but there are also all the patterns I have purchased and never made up.  One recent acquisition is calling out my name.

This pattern was purchased on a whim thinking I would make it up immediately for a gift.  The birthday came and went and I made up another project, a special pillowcase from a kit that included fabrics from Timeless Treasures Knitting Chickens line.  My neighbor and I are knit chicks.

The pattern seeking my attention is an armrest sewing station.  It would be convenient to have one for my recliner, my favorite spot to do the final pass of hand stitching on quilt bindings and attach quilt labels.  Cindy Taylor Oates' pattern, Sit and Stitch Pincushion, is perfect for the job.



May OMG: Linking Up

With final two borders added to the quilt top from the 2006 quilt blocks lotto, I am happy to have another goal met.
Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal - May Finish Link-up
A flat fold sale at our local craft store with a delightful quilting section, has provided a perfect fabric for the back of the quilt.  It was not my first choice, but the one on sale had a warm antique look that goes well with the classic block design and at $4.94 per yard for quality fabric, was a good buy for backing fabric.  I will reveal it in another post.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Sneak Peek

I am making progress on my OMG.  After auditioning fabrics from the stash, I decided I needed to buy some cherries fabric for the borders.  Here are the fabrics from the stash:
And now for the sneak preview of the quilt top with just two borders:
The top would have been spectacular with sashing between the blocks but it will be large enough without it and it is nice to have them coming together into a top.

Monday, May 1, 2017

May OMG: Digging Through the Boxes

I had good intentions of completing a quilt from 2010 but while looking for binding fabric for the quilt, I ran across a set of simple "Puss in the Corner" blocks I won at a CTA retreat in 2006 (completing the quilt top will be my Elm Street Quilts OMG).

The theme of the retreat was cherries and the instructions were to make as many blocks as we desired.  The number of blocks we made determined the number of entries we had in the drawing for all of the blocks.  I won the blocks, more cherry themed fabric, and the signature block placed center bottom.
Elm Street Quilts May OMG
After much indecision, I have decided on a simple arrangement from this 9 patch variation.  There will be a narrow black border so the center blocks appear to float.  I thought about sashing but decided that I liked the scrappy 4 patches created by the corner squares and that maybe this quilt didn't need to be spectacular, just finished and put into use next winter when I curl up in my favorite chair to knit and listen to an audio book.

Bonnie at Quiltville has a spectacular version of "Puss in the Corner."

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

April OMG: Finished and Ready for Hanukkah

The four Hanukkah placemats, my April Elm Street Quilts OMG, have binding (my April OMG) and even a set of napkins including 2 extra, one to cover challah bread and one to put under the hanukkiah, the special menorah with nine branches instead of the usual seven.  This special holiday set will be a gift or offered for sale in our congregation's shop.
April Elm Street Quilts Finish
 Elm Street Quilts OMG is clearly working for me.  I have never started sewing for the holidays so early.  Additionally, I have a quilt top arranged on the floor that will be my May OMG.   

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Sew Wonderful Simple Shawl Freebie


My version of Simple Shawl by Jane Hunter has generated some inquiries on Ravelry and from members of our neighborhood Wednesday afternoon knitting and crochet group.  I made an effort to write up my variation into a pattern that works with one cake of LionBrand Mandala yarn.  If you would like to read through it for errors or make a test knit, I would love the feedback.
Sew Wonderful Simple Shawl Pattern
Click on the linked caption under the photo or look at the side-bar links for Tutorials and Sew Wonderful Simple Shawl.  

Saturday, April 1, 2017

April OMG: Early Hanukkah Project

Rarely do I get started on holiday sewing this far in advance but the quilted Hanukkah placemats I started in February are begging for binding so I put them on the schedule for April (Elm Street Quilts April OMG).
Elm Street Quilts OMG for April
And wouldn't they look great with some magic miter reversible napkins?  I will have to get some more of the dark blue that I am using in the binding to go with the Star of David fabric on the back.  I have yards of that to use up.  It was a holiday clearance fabric I indulged in too liberally.  😉

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Sew Much Time

With rain and more rain, sewing and knitting projects have filled and brightened the dreary days.  On Friday, the weather was a bit more distracting than endless drips and drizzle bringing hail and a torrential downpour.

Besides the OMG Hoping for Hazel quilt, two shawls, a shawlette, a cowl, and a little zip bag have been added to the pile of completed projects for 2017.
DiL Brittney's Shawl
My Shawl
Shawlette from a Premier Sweet Roll
 

Zippy Strippy Bag by Atkinson Designs
A third shawl is falling off the needles.  The Mandala line of yarn has been enjoyable to use with few or no knots and varying lengths of color in the segments.
DiL Maggie's Shawl

OMG: Hoping for Hazel

Binding is on the baby quilt now known as "Hoping for Hazel" and will be waiting more patiently than I to hear if Hazel will be our next grand-daughter.  Serena and Anna have gone to their forever families and we are still waiting a special little girl that will join our family.

Attaching binding on this quilt is my Elm Street OMG for March.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Got Half Square Triangles?

Frequently, I have been making holiday table runners that result in a scrap pile of 45 degree triangles.

Back Side
But I greatly disliked cutting squares made from half square triangles until I purchased a Bloc Loc ruler for squaring up half square triangle blocks (HST's).
Connecting Threads
Yesterday, armed with a 50% off coupon for our local Craft Warehouse, I made my purchase and now the 6.5 inch ruler has joined my collection of rulers and templates designed for rotary cutting.  The ruler is very expensive, probably due to the groove on back side for lining up the seam.  The groove works like magic to control slippage and create perfectly square blocks with a corner to corner seam as long as you remember to put the logo, Bloc Loc, on the "low" side of the seam.
Bloc Loc: Samples

Now to find all those HST's and piece them for a scrap quilt.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

West Side Knitters

Today was out of the ordinary.  A lady in our neighborhood invited knitters to come to her home interested in charity knitting, possibly hats for our homeless community.

It was nice to meet other fiber minded folks and get inspiration to try new techniques and patterns.  Sue was knitting an interesting sweater in the round:

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/wrapped-pullover


I need to get out of my rut.  I am stuck on small projects like cowls, hats, and scarves or if I need a bigger challenge, socks.  Bigger only because they take me a full month to complete.  

Here are the show and tell projects I brought, just some scrap busters. 


Friday, March 3, 2017

March OMG for Elm Street Quilts

March OMG is to get binding on the February OMG and write my post on time.
Elm Street Quilts March OMG

OMG: A Real Challenge

My February OMG was to quilt the 3rd of the baby quilts made from Windham Brights precuts.  It proved to be the greatest challenge I have faced with Patience, my HandiQuilter 16.
February OMG
Mounting the back so it would roll straight was the issue.  I finally got it on satisfactorily and the design is straight but not exactly positioned where I wanted on the back of the quilt.  Adding a label at the center bottom should balance it better.  There is one spot that has some slight rippling but when the quilt is washed, it should be disguised by the crinkles in the cotton batting.
Maybe next time I won't plan such a challenging back to mount and roll straight and I will get my blog post linked on time.  I missed it but will try again.  

Sunday, February 5, 2017

February OMG

This month for my Elm Street Quilts OMG, I am aiming at getting the 3rd of the quilts made from the Windham Brights on the HandiQuilter and quilted.  It should only take a part of a morning to quilt.  Also, there is a piece of batting left from the January OMG that should work for this top and a number of scraps for creating a unique back.  There is plenty for binding, too.  It's a short month but the goal should be accomplished.


Thursday, January 26, 2017

Goal!

My OMG for Elm Street Quilts has been quilted and bound.  The quilting was completed on Tuesday morning and the binding was on by Wednesday night.

Stitch and Flip Baby Quilt: OMG Quilt for January
The Stitch and Flip Quilt is a fast and easy quilt for a baby shower.  It requires only 1/2 of a Jelly Roll.  The project is worth repeating.  One could make two at a time and switch the vertical strip between the two quilts.
Shannon is thinking about what her grandmas name will be so the label will have to wait until she decides.

It feels good to have completed one of the tops in my stack.  There is one more top I made with fabrics from this line.  It may be my OMG for February and gifted to a granddaughter arriving by adoption.