"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jer 29:11 (NIV)

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Scrap-Happy September 2021

This month has been hectic with trying to get ready for putting my stuff into storage and getting ready to relocate, at least temporarily at this point.  As a result there wasn't a lot of scrappy sewing this month.    


did manage to get these 4 bowl cozies made up for an order.  The star wars cozies were made from the leftover fabric from a commissioned star wars quilt.   the kitty ones were made from fabrics left over from the zillion face masks I made last year.

Check out what everyone else has been working on this past month - 

Kate, Gun, Eva, Sue, Lynn, Lynda, Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Tracy, Jill, Claire, Jan, Moira (me!), SandraChris, Alys, Kerry, Claire93, Jean, Jon, Hayley, DawnGwen, Bekki, Sue L, Sunny, Kjerstin, Vera, Nanette, Ann, Dawn 2, NoreenBear, Carol, Edi, Preeti, Jule (NEW)


Gratitudes:
1. Both storage containers fit on my driveway with room for me to still park there.  

2. For the friends who have said they'll help me get the containers loaded and ready for storage.


Saturday, August 14, 2021

Scrap-Happy August 2021

Life hasn't been dull around my place this month with the house first going on the market and then selling in a weeks time.    It closes on the 19th (with a month leaseback) so packing is well underway for me at this point.   And I'm still working on commissioned stuff as well.  


But I did manage to find a little time to do some work with scraps.    

First thing up was getting my wall-hanging for the 2021 Art Quilt challenge finished up.    All fabrics were either from scraps or remnants except for the background fabric of the quilt front.  















Backing and binding were made from more remnants.
And my month was finished out by making these blocks from the remnants of sweatshirts that i'd cut blocks out of for my moms memory quilt that will be my dad's Christmas gift this year.   These blocks were topped by pieces that I'd either made or that she had made/saved.  

These are now put up with the rest of the blocks (12 all total) for me to work on at a later date.


Be sure to check out what everyone else has been doing this month.


Gratitudes:

1. The house sold in only 6 days and above asking price.

2. That I've been able to make a good start in getting things packed up and ready to go into storage.

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Starting Christmas Gifts Early -- 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop

 This year is very topsy-turvy to say the least for me.   7+ months of unemployment, selling the house so that I don't lose it (and having no idea of where I'll end up at this point), trying to find a new job.....and so on.   I know I'm not alone in going thru things like this, there are many who are going thru this and far worse.  

Christmas isn't that far off so I'm starting to work on simple Christmas gifts that can be packed and easily carried with me if most of my things end up in storage for an extended length of time.    And because the budget is tight this year, I'm working making all the gifts that I can.

Bowl cozies and potholders are the first things I'm currently working on.   

The basic bowl cozies take 2 - 10" squares of fabric and I use 2 - 9.5" squares of the wrap-n-zap batting per cozy that I make.     These will fit up to a 6" diameter bowl.   

If you've never made one before, here is a good Bowl Cozy Tutorial to show you how to make them.  One thing you want to remember as you choose fabric for cozies, make sure there is no metallic paint on them especially if they will be used in the microwave.

For more interesting cozies, orphan blocks can be used to liven up your cozies.  A 10 inch finished block makes a perfect sized cozy.     If you've got 12" finished blocks that you'd like to use, then cut the batting at 11.5" and make like you would using 10" squares.   This size will allow you to use them with bowls from 8" to maybe 9" in diameter.
let your imagination loose if you decide to make bowl cozies for gifts!

And don't forget to check out the remaining bloggers in the hop as they post about Christmas in July.

Wednesday, July 14th

Thursday, July 15th

Friday, July 16th
Jamie of L'Fair Quilts

Saturday, July 17th

Sunday, July 18th

Monday, July 19th

Tuesday, July 20th

Wednesday, July 21st

Thursday, July 22nd

Friday, July 23rd

Saturday, July 24th
Joanne of Everyone Deserves a Quilt (Part 2)

Sunday, July 25th

Gratitudes:
1. For this being a seller's market right now in real estate, hopefully that will make it easier for me to get my house sold quickly and for a good price.  

2.  For being able to get through the commissioned items that are in the queue at the present time.



Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Scrap-Happy July 2021

Lots of scrappy work going on around my house as I try to get things ready to get the house ready to go on the market this week.  (Photos coming on Friday, and going live either Saturday or Sunday.)

First there were three filled gallon sized zippered bags of scraps that went to a friend.   They will ultimately end up give to her mom who has dementia and loves to look at lots of fabrics.
Next up was taking a 2 gallon bag of black solid scraps, many of which I've had bagged up for years since I last made scrub tops.   

There were 10" squares already in the scraps and a few larger pieces that I left as is.   Then I trimmed the rest down to 5", 4.5", 3.5" and 2.5" squares, and a couple 2.5" wide strips.   
Next up was using pieces of fabric left over from prior orders of bowl cozies for another commissioned order.   2 more bowl cozies, and then 3 sets of 2 potholders.   Remnants were used for the reverse sides of all pieces.
The next project was another commissioned item - a zippered pouch for a good friend.  This was made with strips of fabric that had been leftover from a couple of the blocks I made in last years row by row quilt.  A scrap piece of black was added to the bottom of the pouch for the bottom.  Lining and batting used in it were also scraps.  
The pouch was made with a boxed bottom to it.
Two bowl cozies were made for another commission from orphan blocks made from the scraps from a long ago project.  Fabric on the reverse side side was from a remnant in the stash.
This commission was to personalize two towels for high school kids of a friend from church.  The fabrics were from remnants.   Names were cross-stitched on scrap pieces of aida cloth and the threads used were threads leftover from years worth of kits worked on over the years.  

Gratitudes:
1. The house is looking a lot neater as I clean, toss, and pack things up.

2. For the blessings of friendship

12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop

 


The 12 days of Christmas in July blog hop has started with lots of Christmas themed posts and projects.  

Wednesday, July 14th

Thursday, July 15th

Friday, July 16th
Jamie of L'Fair Quilts

Saturday, July 17th

Sunday, July 18th

Monday, July 19th

Tuesday, July 20th

Wednesday, July 21st

Thursday, July 22nd

Friday, July 23rd

Saturday, July 24th
Joanne of Everyone Deserves a Quilt (Part 2)

Sunday, July 25th

Gratitudes:
1/ For the progress towards getting the house listed for sale.

2. For the cooler temps that we've been having here lately.

Monday, June 14, 2021

ScrapHappy June 2021

More prep work this month as I try to get things into shape for the house to go on the market.

First up were these assorted WOW's and COC's.   And when putting these away in their respective ziploc bags figured out that my next scrappy quilt needs a COC background....those two baggies of 2.5" squares are overflowing...lol.   And I've also realized I rarely use the 4.5" squares....need to come up with block patterns for them.

Have already found another gallon sized bag of scraps that need to be trimmed down to squares. 
And I finished off trimming the scraps I received from a friend (had been her MIL's).   Her MIL was very much loved by all who knew her, so my plan is to take these along with neutrals and make at least 4 lap quilts from them for the grandkids and the her son.

To see what kind of scrappy goodness everyone else has been working on click on the links below:


Gratitudes:
1. For friends who've volunteered to come help me get my house ready to put on the market.

2. For a working AC system in this TX heat and humidity

Sunday, June 13, 2021

UFO's From My Mom's Stash - Part 3

 The remainder of the cross-stitch UFO's I brought home from my April trip included these larger pieces.   There were several smaller ones that will end up being used in a quilted postcard at some point.   I forgot to take pics of them tho before putting them away in the appropriate totes.

this one was embroidered from a stamped piece.   It'll end up in a quilted postcard piece at some point.

Not sure what I'll do with most of these, but then again that is true of all the cross-stitch UFO's that I've created over the years.
Cross and verse
The Tennessee piece on the left will be finished at some point into something for my dad because that is where he was born and grew up.   
I'm thinking the piece on the right might end up being finished into a small wall-hanging for a friend.
love this one....
2 Oriental jars
I come by my tendency to create UFO's naturally - the cat on the left is dated on the collar tag.   My mom finished it in 1989....lol.

not sure why this shows darker on the bottom half of the pic, it really is a white back ground.

Gratitudes:

1. To have these pieces of my mom's handiwork

2. For the many blessings that are in my life in spite of all that has happened over the last 18 months

UFO's From My Mom's Stash - Part 2

 The other UFO's that I found during my April trip were these 4 finished cross-stitch pieces that my mom had stitched onto corduroy squares.  

I'm assuming that she'd intended to make a quilt out of them and a number of other finished pieces because there were a bunch of cord squares cut that I did not bring home.

At this point, my thought is to use these 4 squares / cross-stitch pieces as the center of the memory quilt that I have plans to make for my dad.   I'll be using sweatshirts that I had made for my mom over the years for it, with an occasional t-shirt.   Many of the shirts I did had either cross-stitch pieces on them or applique work.   And the sweatshirt material would work with the corduroy.


It'll be a while before I can get to that project since I need to finish up some commissioned work first.  So who knows, the plan might change....



Gratitudes:
1. That I'm not having to deal with the 113+ degree temps of AZ.....98 plus high humidity is bad enough...lol

2. For making progress in getting things cleaned up and boxed up here in the house.




UFO's From My Mom's Stash - Part 1, and a completion

 Working to clear out all of the totes and boxes that my mom had stashed and piled when I was last out in Arizona meant I found all sorts of things.   Included in all of what I went through were a bunch of completed needlework projects.  

Among the things found during the April trip were 4 needlepoint pieces.   

First up was this needlepoint version of a US 13-cent stamp.  The stamp was printed and sold in 1976, so the kit would have come out several years later.   My mom had finished the canvas.  I blocked it as best as I could and then sewed it into this pillow.

It has been sent to my dad because she had been making it for him.  

This one is an oriental print, have no idea what I'll do with it........or whether I'll even keep it.



The final two are done with long-stitch, not something seen too often anymore.  Again I have no idea what I'll do with these two.


Gratitudes:

1. For the job interview that is scheduled for Monday the 13th.

2. For the encouragement of finding several job postings that I "fit". 

Friday, May 28, 2021

Hands To Help 2021

 This years edition of Hands to Help is finishing up this month.  I was able to send off 4 quilts to Little Lambs Foundation for Kids in Logan Utah this year.   They are a group that helps support low income families with kids and foster kids.   This year they wanted small quilts.

This was the first of two from my mom's stash of quilt stuff.  Approximately 40" square.
Second one from my mom's stash.  Another one about 40" square.
From my stash of quilts, made years ago and then just stashed away.  blocks were pp'd on tissue paper and made from scraps.  Approximate size of locks was 8", so yes some of them have what seemed like a bazillion pieces as I was making them and then tearing the paper out.   All were different patterns.
Another one from my stash made years ago.  Leftover swap blocks from a long ago swap were used to make it.  

I'm glad to be able to have had a place to send these where they'll be used and someone will enjoy them, instead of them just sitting in a tote in my house.


Gratitudes:

1. That the mess with unemployment seems to be straightened out (now to see if they actually pay next week when I request payment)

2. That the realtor didn't give a list of unreasonable demands on what I need to do here in the house to get it ready to go on the market in June.


Friday, May 14, 2021

Scrap-Happy May 2021

 This past month was another one where I did not get a lot of sewing in at all, and most of what was done was on projects for others and not from scraps.

However, I did start cutting up this box of scraps I received a couple of yrs ago from friends.   Grandma V did a lot of sewing in her life and had collected scraps.   currently I'm cutting them up into 6", 3",  and 2" finished squares, and 2" finished strips that I'll put into multiple quilt tops later.   I plan to give the finished quilts back to the family in memory of their sweet Grandma V.



These this collection of blocks and squares came from the scraps of the shirts I used for 13 memory bears back in 2019.  I cut the sleeves, leftovers from the body, and the yokes to cut 6" and 3" finished squares.   I made the 4 patches from the smaller blocks and lots of 3" WOW squares that I'd cut yrs ago when dealing with scraps.     Shirt labels were included in the small blocks.   And the large ones have the sleeve plackets included in them.

I'm aiming to make 3 tops from this bunch of blocks and they'll be going to my niece who had ordered the bears made.

Click on the links below to see what everyone has done this month:

Gratitudes:
1. Safe travels to/from Phoenix as I dealt with getting probate started for part of my mom's estate

2. For unemployment starting to pay again


Thursday, April 15, 2021

Scrap-Happy - April 2021

Welcome to Scrap-Happy day, the day when a group of us post about the scrappy projects of any sort that we've worked on over the last month.

My project this month used up large scraps, aka remnants.   

The center panel was included in a scrap bag that I'd bought back in February.   

The stars had been made back in 2010 for a swap.   However, because I was using remnants I wasn't able to get the full number of blocks I needed for the swap so these sat in my UFO block totes for 11 years.   As it happened, the blue in the blocks exactly matched the blue in the window frame in the panel.

Current size of the quilt is 34" wide by 44" long.   I still have a remnant left of the background that I'm going to use to add wide top & bottom border, and narrow side borders to make the quilt a little larger.   

It'll be either sold, gifted, or donated somewhere when finished.  

Check out everyone else's scrappy projects at the links below:

KateGun, EvaSue, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy,  Tracy, Jill,
Claire, Jan, Moira (me!), Sandra, Chris, Alys,
Kerry, Claire, Jean, Jon, HayleyDawn,
Gwen, Bekki, Sue L, Sunny, Kjerstin,
Vera, Nanette, Ann, NancyDawn 2, Noreen,
Bear, Carol, Preeti and Edith

Gratitudes:

1. For finding somewhere to stay while back in Phx the next couple of weeks

2. For having somewhere to donate the cotton fabrics that I no longer want and knowing they'll be put to good use

Monday, March 15, 2021

ScrapHappy - March 2021

Welcome ome to ScrapHappy day....the day when a number of us post about what we've been making with our scraps.

Not a lot of scrappyness going on after being out of state for almost 6 weeks.  Only two projects for me this month.   First up 4 bowl cozies made from the leftover fabric from other projects.  The top left one even started with a square that was too small for a bowl cozy so I added a scrap strip of red around the outside of it so that I would have a big enough square for it.  One is a commission, two are for a gift, and the two color has no home yet.




And finally three fingertip towels made with sting pieced strips made from purple scraps that I'd sewn together years ago, and three finger-tip towels that were originally made to be cross-stitched on.   The towels came from some of the cross-stitch stuff I brought home from my mom's stash (well what I've gone thru to this point).   Have no idea where or who will get these at this point.

Check out the links below to see what everyone else has been doing this month:

KateGun, EvaSue, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy,  Tracy, Jill,
Claire, Jan, Moira (me!), Sandra, Chris, Alys,
Kerry, Claire, Jean, Jon, HayleyDawn,
Gwen, Bekki, Sue L, Sunny, Kjerstin,
Vera, Nanette, Ann, NancyDawn 2, Noreen,
Bear and Carol

Gratitudes:

1. For good weather on the drive back to my home in TX after almost 6 wks in Arizona

2. For all the encouragement and thoughts sent my way after the loss of my mom.


Thursday, March 4, 2021

Stash Enhancement

 You'd think with the size of my stash that I wouldn't need to buy anything, and that is very true especially since part of my mom's stash is headed home with me (no not a lot.....just the FQ's she bought on trips to Indiana).

However, with all that has been going on the last month I decided to visit a couple of quilt shops....and yes ended up buying a little bit at each.

the second store I hit the jackpot in the remnant bags.  Got three panels and 4 yds of a floral that will work for a quilt back.

Love this deer/window panel.   Might have blocks in my UFO block bin that would work for borders on this.

Bugs.....and yes, before anyone asks i bought this because I wanted the snail.   Will use the rest of the panel for a donation quilt.
Bambi will make a sweet baby quilt.
I"m thinking I might have a top already done that this might work with for backing.

Also purchased, but not shown here were 7 FQ's for backgrounds at the second quilt store.




Gratitudes:

1. the death certificates have been received and now the most urgent of remaining matters can be handled before I return to Tx

2. For the job interview that I had on Monday, now for patience as I wait to see if they want a second interview.

Saturday, February 27, 2021

New projects and other things

 I'm back in Phoenix after almost a week in TN for my mom's funeral.   And one of the things I'm working on each day is sorting through and donating/tossing (whichever is appropriate) to make the house safer for my 89-yr old dad.   To say it is cluttered is a huge understatement.   here's the initial look into the bedroom my mom had used.

Yes, those piles are taller than I am and it's about 9 ft from the stack of boxes to the outside wall of the bedroom.











After many trips to donate books, clothing, clothing fabric and all sorts of other things, this is what it looks like as of this afternoon....  The floor is empty all the way back to where the blue and white box is.....a distance of about 5 ft deep........... going thru all of this really does make me want to keep my stuff under control!









I've started a couple of small projects when I'm back at the house where I'm staying with a new friend.   Both are table mats that will be gifts.   This one is being made with  fairy fabric by Michael Miller fabrics for the gal I've been staying with.   She loves fairies so this was perfect for her.  


Gratitudes:
1. For actually being able to see visible progress in getting thru things that my mom had, and making the house safer for my dad.  

2. for the job interview that I have Monday afternoon, and for being 1 of only 2 people selected to interview for the position with University of Texas in San Antonio.





Saturday, February 13, 2021

Scrap-Happy February 2021

 In early February I had to travel to Phoenix because of my mother's health, and ultimate passing on the 5th.   Travel yet to come to Tennessee for her burial and then ultimately returning home the end of the month.   Had sorta planned ahead when packing quickly and put my machine and supplies into the car with me in case I had a few minutes to sew for sanity with all that is going on and all I have to do while here.

Did have time to get this scrappy top together.   All of the blocks are from scraps, border was a bolt-end from the stash, bought several yrs ago while I was going to grad school in Indiana.  The finished quilt will be bound in the same fabric as the setting triangles.

it's approximately 40" by 60" in size.

Close up of one corner of the quilt - 


Click on the links below to see what everyone else has done this month.

Kate (me!)Gun, EvaSue, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy,  Tracy, Jill,
Claire, JanMoira, SandraChrisAlys,
KerryClaireJeanJon, HayleyDawn,
Gwen, Bekki, Sue L, Sunny, Kjerstin,
Vera, NanetteAnn, Dawn 2 and Noreen


Gratitudes:

1. My mother's home-going was peaceful and pain free.

2. For God's provision and timing through out this trip.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Scrap-happy January 2021

 Lots of scrappy goodness happening around my place this month since I returned from vacation in Arizona.  First up was finding these postcards which I'd started a couple of years ago as I was putting away other goodies.   These still need to be completed and that I'll show in a future month.



Next up with deciding to pair some of the 70 or so UFO string blocks that I'd made from batiks and Moda Marble fabrics back in 2009 with a sun-painted batik panel that I'd been given by a friend quite a few years ago.  (Yup, those blocks have been moved cross country many times since then.)     Top finished about 42" by 54" in size so it will be good for a toddler quilt.

And because I didn't want to put the remaining string blocks away, I put together this quilt top.  Size is approximately 50" by 54", and I'm still debating whether to add top and bottom borders to the quilt.   The background is from scraps and a remnant.


Check out what everyone else has been doing this month:


Gratitudes:
1. First unemployment payment should come thru this week.

2. For praying friends