Sunday, March 19, 2017

Blocks of Time - Project Quilting Season 8, Project 6

This quilt brings Project Quilting - Season 8 to a close for me.
It is hard to believe it's over.



Kim at Persimon Dreams hosts Project Quilting.
She announces a challenge and you have one week to create something quilty.
Prizes can be won and it's a great way to meet new blogging friends.

This is the sixth challenge of 6 for Season 8.


The first 5 projects this season have been on the small scale for me
and 
that just wouldn't do for the sixth and final project.
I had made up my mind before the challenge was announced that I would make a larger quilt and use this never ending pile of scraps doing it.


Once the challenge was announced, this quilt popped right up in my head
 because I am always fighting the clock.  I added the colors so there would be a secondary design of an hour glass and the third design of the clock.




The Rules:

1Your project must be inspired by time, deadlines or the end.
2.  Incomplete or unfinished does not qualify. Every challenge piece must be a FINISHED project seen through from INCEPTION to COMPLETION during the challenge timeline (March 12th through March 19, 2017). Each piece must stand alone as DONE to count toward prizes. 
3. Please remember that these projects need to be created during the week of the challenge (started on or after March 12th through March 19th). 
4.  Your project does not need to be a traditional quilt, but must meet at least one of these requirements:
  1. Include patchwork.
  2. Include appliqué.
  3. Have 3 layers stitched together by hand or machine.
5.  Link up a blog post, flickr image, instagram post, or public facebook post  by Sunday, March 19th, 2017, at noon CDT.

Anyone who knows me knows
I am so scheduled everyday....


As a hair stylist, my time is scheduled in blocks of time.  
Some of them small, some large, some simple, some complex, and some are more colorful than others.  Just like this quilt.

Deadlines are just a way of life every hour of every day.  I should of called this quilt,
"Escape the Clock."

I made my own fabric blocks by just randomly putting scrap pieces of fabric together.
There is something so freeing about doing this.  (Escaping the Clock?)  
The blocks and borders are pieced completely with random shapes and sizes.


Once the drawing plan was finished, I tied a pen to a string and pinned the string in place to draw a circle.


Next, I used bias tape and HeatNBond Lite to make the circle.  I ripped out the seams where the bias tape crossed the white strips and tucked the ends and then sewed the seams back up.



I drew the hands of the clock (which are pointed to the time usually post my quilts, right before the deadline - hehe) and printed numbers for raw edge applique, once again using HeatNBond Lite.  I changed the 12 to a larger size once I saw the quilt in real life.
 Next I used a blanket stitch to finish the edges.
 The results...  
neater scraps and empty bobbins.  (I used up random bobbins too)

Blocks of Time
aka
(Escape the Clock)

Project Quilting Season 8, Challenge 6 - Time is UP!
Made by Carla in Dodge City, Kansas
Size:  60" x 80"
Fabric building (random piecing), Fusible Applique, Bias tape applique
Stipple quilting by me




I am sure I am forgetting something, I stayed up very late to finish this one.


You can see all the other challenge projects and vote for your favorites starting at noon central on
March 19th
by clicking 
Blocks of Time is # 116


Thursday, March 9, 2017

Scrapbusting with an EZ Print Eggshell and Bunny Applique Door Greeter

I'm afraid I have a scrap problem and this time of year I am always inspired to make projects with all those bright and beautiful pieces of wonderful that I've held on to all year.  Today I want to share an "eggcellent" way to do a little spring cleaning / scrap busting using HeatNBond Lite  EZ Print sheets.  Instead of traditional clamshells, I've created eggshells for the season and they are so easy to applique on this mini quilt by printing the patterns instead of tracing.


You can find the complete tutorial to make this or incoorporate the template into your own project over at ThermOWeb today.

I call this one "The Eggcellent Eggshell Door Greeter."

This quilt is quick to make when you print the eggshell templates on HeatNBond Lite  EZ Print Sheets. 







I'm super excited to share this pattern with you over on the Therm O Web Blog.



Please check it out and while you are there,
Check out the giveaway for National Craft month on Therm O Web's site.




It's been quite a week here in the sticks.  The fires have been too close for comfort and I'm afraid my hubby's parents have lost some outbuildings from the fires.  The amazing firemen saved the family home and we are so thankful.  Please pray for the hardworking first responders and firemen as they fight wildfires.  They are my heroes!!!


I just heard of another blogger that could use some hugs and prayers.  
Our friend Colette has lost her husband in a traffic accident.  Please keep her in your thoughts!!


Sunday, March 5, 2017

Looking Fly - Project Quilting Season 8, Project 5


Looking Fly is my newest quilt made for Project Quilting.
When inspiration comes from the heart it just seems so right...



Kim at Persimon Dreams hosts Project Quilting.
She announces a challenge and you have one week to create something quilty.
Prizes can be won and it's a great way to meet new blogging friends.

This is the fifth challenge of 6 for Season 8.


The first thing to come to mind when I heard the challenge was my son.  He's been a sharp dresser since he started picking out his own clothes.

Then


and now.

The Rules:

1Your project must be inspired somehow by menswear or a man.
2.  Incomplete or unfinished does not qualify. Every challenge piece must be a FINISHED project seen through from INCEPTION to COMPLETION during the challenge timeline (February 26 through March 5, 2017). Each piece must stand alone as DONE to count toward prizes. 
3. Please remember that these projects need to be created during the week of the challenge (started on or after February 26, finished by March 5th). 
4.  Your project does not need to be a traditional quilt, but must meet at least one of these requirements:
  1. Include patchwork.
  2. Include appliqué.
  3. Have 3 layers stitched together by hand or machine.
5.  Link up a blog post, flickr image, instagram post, or public facebook post  by Sunday, March 5th, 2017, at noon CDT.


My son, Randy, provided me with lots of inspiration for this quilt, although he doesn't know it.  I went over to his Facebook page and started snooping through his pictures.  Moms do that...


I had seen the shirts patterns in EQ7 and had always wanted to incorporate them into a quilt.  This was the perfect opportunity.  I found out it wasn't going to be easy once I saw all the y-seams and piecing challenges, but by the last block I had it mostly figured out.  lol


Parts are foundation paper piecing and other parts (neck and background) are just strategic piecing.


Each block was inspired by a memory or a picture. 
 I won't bore you with all of them, but this is a fun one.
Here is the picture.


My little Alfalfa!


My little Alfalfa quilt block.  
This is the only block I did fusible applique on.  I used my favorite, HeatNBond Lite , and just drew the bow tie and fused it on the pieced shirt.

The rest of the quilt is completely pieced.


I wanted the quilting to be like pinstripes, so I used my walking foot and quilted diagonal lines.  I used my "go to" color of Aurifil 50 wt.  (#2600).

I  also wanted to jazz up the binding and tried a flanged binding for the first time.
Lorna of SewFreshQuilts has a tutorial that I used, but I like my binding a little thinner.
I used 1 1/2" and 1 1/4" strips.


It was so fun to use scraps and find just the right fabrics for each and every block.
I used every fabric for a reason, from his favorite team to his favorite color to little memories or thoughts.


So, this  one is for my son who is always "Looking Fly."


Looking Fly

Project Quilting Season 8, Challenge 5 - Well Dressed Man
Made by Carla in Dodge City, Kansas
Size:  22" x 22"
Strategic and paper piecing, Fusible Applique, Flanged binding
Straight line quilting


I have another man that supports me so much and without him these pictures wouldn't be possible.  Hats off to my partner and bestie in life. 
A behind the scenes shot...


These things don't happen without team work...
 Thank you!!!

You can see all the other challenge projects and vote for your favorites starting at noon central on
March 5th
by clicking 

Looking Fly is #73



Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Sun, SURF, and Sea

Today the second block of the 
Sun, Sand, and Sea Block of the Month is revealed
and
Carol over at Just Let Me Quilt
has the funnest block pattern to share.


It's called Sun, SURF, and Sea. 

The block is 12" x 24" and is pieced and appliqued.
Carol is so clever.  
I smiled the whole time I was stitching this block and my hubby even stopped and said how cool he thought it was.

If you would like the free (for the month of March) pattern for this block
check out Carol's blog Here.



I'm so lucky to be using 
Clothworks American Made Brand fabrics.
The colors so vibrant and they are so nice to stitch with!



The Sun, Sand, and Sea Block of the Month is
Hosted by Amy over at 

Amy designed last month's block, "Hello Sunshine"


You can find the pattern for her block HERE.

This quilt all ready has me dreaming of summer time!
I've seen some of the blocks to come- I'm next month's designer.  ;)


If you haven't already,
 join the
Facebook group
you can find it HERE.  
We gather on Facebook to share
our blocks and visit with other
participants.



Let's quilt together!

To applique, I use my favorite fabric iron on adhesive by Therm O Web,

Check out the giveaway for National Craft month on Therm O Web's site.





Sew Fresh Quilts

Friday, February 24, 2017

Make a Unique Baby Gift with NEW HeatnBond® Soft Stretch

It is so fun to applique t shirts with NEW HeatnBond® Soft Stretch Lite.  Everything  remains stretchy and soft! Today I have a tutorial over on the ThermoWeb Blog that will show how to dress up a plain shirt and pant set into a unique baby girl outfit.  There's even a simple knotted headband.  It's a quick and easy project with NEW HeatnBond® Soft Stretch.

This Elephant Appliqued Baby Girl Outfit is so simple and only requires a few items.  I can't wait to make another!


These are the suppies you will need:

Plain t-shirt and leggings (white)
1/2 yard of cotton jersey knit (green)
Aurifil 50 weight cotton thread (white #2024)
Parchment paper

Iron (I love my Oliso Pro)

sewing machine

sharp scissors

erasable pen
permanent marker

other general sewing supplies 


This is the pattern:

(click and right click to save or print. Enlarge fit a full piece of paper)



I made this little outfit for someone special.  Won't it be a cute little Easter surprise?




I'm afraid the flu bug hit me hard this week and I've been hiding in my little home waiting to say hello to the world again.  Today is looking good.  Hello!!  lol