Sunday, December 3, 2017

Christmas Bauble Banner

Just in time for Christmas!  I finished the Christmas Baubles Banner and it's only Dec 3rd!  This is a Moda Bake Shop Recipe, love their patterns. Being free always makes me smile.

The best part of this project is that all, ALL the fabric were already in the fabric closet in my sewing room!  No purchase!  So pleased with myself that I used up stash fabrics. Oh no worries, there is still plenty more where that came from!  This banner is the perfect size for the dinning room wall next to the fire place.
Merry Christmas!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Annual Thanksgiving Tea

The Saturday before Thanksgiving is my Annual Thanksgiving Tea!  Spending the afternoon with my friends sets the tone for my favorite holiday.   It's a joy to plan this event which began in 2004!
Invitations are sent, recipes selected (some even tried before the event) but always tasting the best for my friends. 
The top tier are Pecan Pie Bites- Really Sweet!  The middle tier contained layers of pound cake separated with pumpkin butter (don't eat the candied leaf or you'll break your teeth) and the bottom tier are cranberry walnut tarts.

These soft pumpkin cookies would make great Whoopie Pies!
They were like having a piece cake.  The spices are so Thanksgiving.

These Salted Caramel thumb print cookies were light and delightful.

The Tea also included two sandwiches, Chicken Salad on marble rye bread and Pimento Cheddar 
Cheese on white bread. The chicken salad included green apple, walnuts, cranberries and leaves of baby spinach.   The Pimento Cheddar Cheese spread was my moms recipe.

Three types of Tea were served: Lady Grey, Pumpkin Spice and White Pomegranate.  Always served in my three fall tea pots.

Friends are the best part of the tea!  We laugh, sigh and catch up on events, hobbies, community, grand kids, and those beloved pets! 

Sorry ladies, still working on photography!  Perhaps a goal for 2018!

I always enjoy making a special party favors for my guests!  This year I made small fabric baskets packed with miniature English tea cookies inside.  Love the turkey ribbon I found at Hobby Lobby!  Score on that purchase.

This event is such a great way to celebrate with friends!
Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Ready To Deliver

These charity quilts and knitted items are ready to deliver.  I have met my goal, that the projects would all be completed before October 15th!  Yeah!  I love using my craft to help those that are less fortunate than me.

Knitted Items

These blankets will be donated to Casa Teresa (a home for unwed mothers).  They have such a wonderful program!

This was my adventure knitting mitered blocks.  It's made of cotton and is so soft and cuddly. Used Love That Cotton purchased at Hobby Lobby. The cotton will launder well and wear well. I chose the traditional baby colors: pink, blue, yellow and green.  Sorry,  I'm not a gray baby person.

This is a car seat cover that is also baby soft.  Once again, it's a traditional baby pink!  This item is made with soft baby acrylic yarn. Any cute baby girl would love to snuggle in this car seat cover but would probably fall asleep with this soft blanket covering them.

This sunflower yellow quilt was a great design for my beginning knitting skills.  Love the design and the texture that the acrylic yarn made.

Quilted Items:                     
My heart goes out to children who have stressful homes and unsafe childhoods.  This crayon colored quilt will be donated to Western Youth Services.  They assist families who have unstable homes.

This is a split nine pattern that I adapted from Missouri Star Quilt Company tutorial. The back reminds me of gum balls!

Lots of swirls to quilt.  Happy colors, happy quilt.

Veterans in Long Beach Veteran's Hospital need our support and care.  I love star quilts and this one has loads of stars.   The fabric was donated to me by fabric designer Jamie Fingal.  

Love the secondary red and white hour glass squares and the added white stars are so special !  God Bless America

So with my goal met, now I can work towards Christmas!  Yikes my friends tell me there are only 10  Wednesdays till Christmas. But I love fall and Halloween too!  Goodness!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Paper Doll Quilt for Molly

Molly is my Great Granddaughter and will be six years old on her birthday!  I made her a Paper Doll quilt for her birthday.  I loved paper dolls when I was young, spending hours dressing and redressing them.  Molly needed a paper doll quilt! (Thanks Pinterest for the idea)  But I didn't have a pattern... SO I enlarged a blank paper doll I found and then added hair and shoes.

The doll has velcro on the shoulders, waist and in her hair for bows!  The Doll had to have outfits that will provide hours and hours of joy!
Of course she needs to have several outfits to wear!  Such fun making the outfits for Molly to change!     I had such a great time making the outfits.  Here are the darling outfits!

Bows were included in the package for each outfit

I loved choosing the fabric for the outfits! Lady bugs, bees, flowers, scotty dogs and of course there had to be out outfit with an owl!  Wish I could have found a bit of fabric with a unicorn.

                       Wonder what Molly will name her?

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Making Progress

The medallion quilt is beginning to take shape!  Yeah!  I finished the step and  I've added the half squares all around the outside of the quilt.  Next step is a vertical row of star blocks (do love star blocks).  BUT  I changed the pattern.  The original pattern had the star blocks attached to the side of the half squares.  Points not matching just made me want to put the quilt unfinished in the Good Will Box.  My friend, Rita, suggested adding a small border between the half squares and the star blocks.

Oh the change it made! It won't go into the Good Will Box now!
Next step is a vertical row of houses on the left hand side.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Mystery Medallion Continues

STEP FOUR       Completed
This step placed a Tumbler Row (wedge pieces) on the left and right sides of the medallion and the baskets.  The  tumbler pieces are 4.5" tall and 3" wide at the bottom edge.  " Choose a variety dark and medium colored fabrics."
Then add a 2.5" border around the entire piece.  This quilt is growing rapidly!

Here are the results of Step Four.  I chose a purple (there is purple in the other blocks) for the 2.5" border.  

Step Five is half square triangles.  Lots of them...  80!!
The triangles are made and squared up to 2.5".  Now to attach them to the quilt body. Stay tuned for the results!

Next Step is Star Blocks!

Monday, July 3, 2017

Fidget Quilt or Twiddle Muff

A “Fidget, Fiddle, or Busy” Quilt Activity Blanket or Twiddle Muff (either knit or crocheted) is a small lap quilt, mat, blanket or muff that provides sensory and tactile stimulation for the restless or “fidgety “ hands of someone with Alzheimer’s or related Dementias.  Fidget Quilts provide sensory or tactile stimulation through the use of fabric choice, colors, value of colors next to one another, textures and the use of accent or simple accessories such as pockets, laces, trims, appliqu├ęs, buttons, beads, ribbons, braids, zippers, etc.
Here are the four we completed during Friendship Quilters last meeting.

Mine is the one in the upper right hand corner with white background. I used some orphan squares to make the background.
Knitting the Twiddle Muffs have been great practice for my knitting skills.  I enjoy changing the textures and adding color to the muff.
I love the green sparkle yarn, but it left green sparkles all over the floor.  I'm still finding treasures. Giving to others brings great happiness.