Quilt Archive

Monday, February 11, 2019

Quilt Diary Pages Done!

Hello Blog Friends!

I'm happy to report that my Quilt Diary is caught up!  Once I got back into the scrapbooking groove, I was able to knock out the pages I needed in no time!  Here are some of my favorites:


Towne Square .  See original post here.

Corey's T-Shirt Quilt.  See original post here.

 Prairie Cupboard.  See original post here.

Minion Lunch Bag.  See original post here.

CAMPER Sweet Camper pillow.  See original post here.

NAP pillow.  See original post here.


Each project is always featured on a two-page layout (9" x 9").  Each layout features at lease one main photo of the project, sometimes others.  I also include a write up detailing the name of the project, pattern, fabrics used, date completed, owner, firsts (if any) and maker's comments.  I always try to add any fabric swatches because the photos never do the colors justice!  Sometimes I add fabrics as backgrounds to the photos and I also try to add photos of the item with the owner whenever possible.  I had no fabric swatches for the NAP pillow layout, so I chose instead to feature each owner with his unique pillow.

More fun sewing on smaller projects is in the queue.  Till next time...

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Quilt Diary Catch-Up

Greetings Blog Friends,

Lurking behind the closed doors of one of my sewing cabinets was a project patiently waiting to be finished!!  Yes, another UFO.  Actually, this is an ongoing UFO of sorts...entries to the Quilt Diary.

Yes, I have a Quilt Diary. I started it in because I wanted to document my quilting journey in both words and pictures.  And since I am also a scrapper, I thought I would combine both crafts into a visual record of my work.  The diary uses a 9" x 9" double page layout for each project.  Photos, fabric swatches and a personal narrative are all included on each layout.   I've done a previous blog post about the diary, see it here.

I always have some leftover fabrics pieces from almost every project.  I save these bits and pieces to include in the Quilt Diary.  Much to my chagrin, I discovered that I have not made pages since last February or for any project completed in 2018!  So, here is the pile of leftovers...soon to be pages:


Switching gears to scrapping...
Till next time....

Thursday, January 31, 2019

TIS THE SEASON CHRISTMAS PAGES

Greetings Blog Friends!

I recently attended our monthly scrapbooking class.  This month we made pages for all of those Christmas photos anxiously waiting for a home!  We made 5 layouts (10 pages in all) and used up most of the kit with very little scrappage left over.  







Paper packet and embellishments from Close to My Heart.
Page designs by Kristy Schoon, our consultant and my talented daughter.  Thanks, Kristy.

Till next time....


Monday, January 28, 2019

Starting the Year off Right, Projects Completed!

Greetings Blog Friends,

Remember last week's post...the projects piling up on my sewing table?  Well, I've been working on the pile and here are results:

1.  4th and final NAP pillow (I had fabrics and pillow forms left over from Christmas projects)



2.  Pair of Packer pillowcases 



3.  Bench pillow ( winter theme)



4.  Jelly Roll hearth rug. 



5.  Packer stocking cap repair (sew tassel back on for grandson)


6.  Jeans repair (restitch a weakening seam).  No photo, but this repair is DONE!

7.  Christmas stocking (I made this one for Denis for Christmas.  I left the top area of the stocking open, giving him the choice of putting his name there or filling in with "snowflakes".  He has decided to use the stocking as a decoration, so I filled in the open area with "snow".)



YAY!  Task list complete.  I'd say I should get an A+ on this effort!  On to the next project, but what is it?  Tune in next time to find out!  Till then...





Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Dressing the Fireplace for Winter

Hello Blog Friends!

Well, winter is finally here in Wisconsin!  Today was a snowy day, and what better to do than work on a sewing project?  Today's project was the final touch on a fireplace makeover for winter.  

Since we moved into our house in April, I have hated this cement hearth.  There was a wood burning fireplace in here before us (we have gas) and it is soiled and discolored.  Oh, I know I could clean it (and I will, eventually), but for now I have decided to just cover it up.  Ick:


The jelly roll rug was a perfect project for this!  I followed directions in the pattern Jelly-Roll Rug2 by RJ Designs.  For this winter hearth rug, I chose a jelly roll in the Woolies Flannel line by Maywood Studios.  Woolies fabric line is cotton flannels in prints that resemble woolen items.  It is perfect for cold and winter themed projects.  Rug size 20" x 40".  I used 31 of the 40 jelly roll strips in this project, because I made to fit the hearth. (I already have a plan to use the other 9 strips in another project.).  Here's the rug on the hearth:



I fronted the rug and hearth with another project that I finished earlier in the week.  Let It Snow is bench pillow size, 16" x 38" finished.  It features wool applique shapes (fused, then sewn down with buttonhole stitch) on blue toweling.  The back is a Fairy Frost print by Michael Miller.  Pattern by Shabby Fabrics.com.



I loved the winter greenery garland so much as part of our Christmas decorations (with colored lights) that I decided to use it with the winter theme decor.  I switched out the colored lights for white ones, and voila, the look is complete.


This room makes me happy!!

Till next time...


Sunday, January 20, 2019

Question from reader re: Camper Sweet Camper

Responding to comment/question from reader ca regarding Camper Sweet Camper post( see original post here):



Q:  Why didn't you use a blanket stitch around the fused applique?

A:  My answer is simple.  In general, I do not care for blanket stitch to attach applique.  It just isn't aesthetically pleasing to me, especially when in a contrasting color.  I have, however used it in the past...it depends mostly on the project and the end result I want to achieve.  It also depends on how the item with the applique will be used.  As a matter of fact, I am currently working on one of the projects included in my recent post, Starting the year off Right.  See it here.  I am using the blanket stitch to attach the appliques, mostly because it is a decorative item that will not see much use...it's only job is to look pretty!  LOL   Another item on the Starting the year off Right list is the NAP pillow.  On this project, I used a tight zig zap on applique edges because this item (hopefully) will see some wear and laundering as it gets used.  See that original post here.  I hope this helps to answer your question.  Thank you for visiting my blog and for your interest!

Starting the Year Off Right!

Greetings Blog Friends!

Yipes!  Is there a sewing machine beneath that pile?




Well, I'm starting the year off with a bang.  Here is a list of the projects piling up on my sewing table:

1.  4th and final NAP pillow (I had fabrics and pillow forms left over from Christmas projects)
2.  Pair of Packer pillowcases (cut and ready to sew)
3.  Bench pillow ( winter theme, in process)
4.  Jelly Roll hearth rug.  (Fabrics and batting ready to go)
5.  Packer stocking cap repair (sew tassel back on for grandson)
6.  Jeans repair (restitch a weakening seam)
7.  Christmas stocking (I made this one for Denis for Christmas.  I left the top area of the stocking open, giving him the choice of putting his name there or filling in with "snowflakes".  He has decided to use the stocking as a decoration, so I will fill in the open area with "snow".)


These are all fun and/or quick projects....I just have to find the time to work on them!  I can't believe it, but we have a totally FREE weekend coming up.  I plan to spend some of it, whittling down that list!  How far will I get???  Tune in next post to find out!!

Till then....