Saturday, March 18, 2017

Christmas Round Robin Finished, a new mug rug, and Hands to Help



Said the robin to the sparrow, "I would really like to know Why those anxious human beings rush around and worry so."
Said the sparrow to the robin, "Friend, I think that it must be That they have no Heavenly Father such as cares for you and me."  ---E. Cheney


I have been swapping with a great group of friends and last year we did two Robins......a round robin, which I finished and showed you HERE, and a Row Robin.....which I finished and show you below!  My starting row was the wrapped gifts.....my group added the beautiful lettering at the top, the pretty row of ornaments, the dancing Christmas trees of every size and shape (don't you think they look like they're dancing?), and the sweet snow globes at the bottom.....Did I say I love swapping with this group? I can't wait for Christmas to roll around now so I can bring it out!


Here is the back.......I was able to incorporate the signature blocks with the Merry Christmas banner separating the two Christmas fabrics....


Our Group is doing smaller projects now.....this month we swapped mug rugs........my partner Irene sent this when I requested a Texas theme and she also sent the little hexi coaster which allows you to fit the base of your wine glass into it!  Thanks Irene....it's just what I "ordered" and more!

and last but not least.....Confessions of a Fabric Addict is having their annual Hands to Help Challenge........Click on the button on my sidebar or HERE and maybe you can help out too!





Sunday, March 12, 2017

Lions and Tigers and Bears...Oh My!


"A heart is not judged by how much you love; but by how much you are loved by others"--The Wizard of Oz


My kids gave me a beautiful Wizard of Oz framed puzzle for Christmas so I decided to bring all my Oz stuff out of my bedroom and into the dining room so everyone could enjoy.  This is where I will hang my Oz Hexi wall hanging UFO someday when I finally get back to working on it and actually get it finished...........but I digress..........

Here is the framed puzzle!..............I have added a shelf to put some of my Oz collectibles on........and I'll be adding some other stuff to the wall....it looks a bit bare right now.....the jewelry box is one my Sis painted for me a few Christmases ago....I blogged about it HERE.  The back and sides have most of the Oz painting on it......She told me I should turn it around and display the back instead......I might just do that!



I decided since I already have sooooooooo much Wizard of Oz fabric that I'm using for the Hexi Wall Hanging  I would make a table topper for the side board.........I made it reversible.........you can see it in the photo above underneath the books and jewelry box....


I signed up for Hands To Help at Confessions of a Fabric Addict today and you can too!  This is the 7th year and I believe over 700 quilts have been donated to various charities since Hands to Help began.   Follow the link or Click on the button on my right side bar to "give a hand"...........


                            http://confessionsofafabricaddict.blogspot.com/p/hands2help_11.html








Saturday, February 25, 2017

Sewing with Friends...............

 
 
"Here's a mug rug for you,
and a mug rug for me,
We'll have a snack,
Some cookies, or tea" -unknown

 

I swap with a group of friends....the same group who we did a couple of Robins with........I showed you the Round Robin we did in my last blog and am currently working to finish the beautiful Row Robin we finished swapping in December.  Now we are working on smaller projects.  This month we swapped mug rugs...........For my first request I asked for a mug rug having to do with New Mexico because I am a New Mexico native......Lynette made this gorgeous map of New Mexico with the Zia Sun Symbol!  I Love it Lynnie! Thank you.:)

 
I was supposed to send something to Mary, who only asked that it fit in her 8"x8" mug rug box in her living room.  Since it was close to Valentine's Day I sent this to Mary.  I found the pattern on Craftsy....I believe it is called "Floating heart" or "Hearts Afloat"....or something similar.
 
 
 
I sort of got a bit ahead of myself because I found another Valentine pattern I liked so I sent this to Lynette so she could use it this month......
 
Aren't mug rugs fun??
 

Monday, February 20, 2017

Ready For Spring!

 
"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime"  --Chinese Proverb
  

I am definitely ready for spring....aren't you?  I know I haven't blogged in ages....since last year, actually.......but I have a few things to show you:

Every year my kids go to Great Wolf Lodge and they keep asking me to go with them ...this year I actually did go!......what a great trip....I'm so glad I went.  It was a great relaxing trip.....I think I might go next year again!  
 
For those of you who have never been to a Great Wolf Lodge....I will explain that the whole hotel is "interactive" and has several "quests" the guests can take...and they can also spend a lot of money on costumes.......unless they have a Nana who sews!
Here are the costumes I made for my grandsons.............

 


I have actually been "playing" quite a bit up in my sewing room lately and made a couple of weighted blankets among other things......the weighted blankets are supposed to be good for kids and even adults who have to live with ADD or ADHD....even autism....seems they "hug" when used and the weight helps by giving a calming effect......well I made the first for my grandson...one of the sweet little guys in the photo above.......7.5 lbs worth of Poke'mon.....

and one for my son.....a t-shirt quilt weighing in at 25 lbs!

 I turned over the sides of the one I made for my grandson so that I can add extra pellets as he grows.....according to the tutorials I saw, you should make them at least 10% of the person's weight but not more than 15%......the filler pellets are the same that you see that are used for filling dolls....polypropylene plastic................

Below is the T-shirt weighted quilt----my son is a Cowboys-Rangers-Mavericks and Longhorns fan....(should I have just said "Texas"?).....and I also included some scripture T-shirts for him (because he is also a fan of Jesus).....Since I didn't use any pellets in the sashing it was kind of hard to get it to lay very flat....but my son gave it a good rating ("Neat!") after sleeping with it so who cares if it lays flat or not, right??


I also finally finished the beautiful Round Robin wall hanging my group did for me last year!  See my blog post here when I blogged after getting it back from everyone.  So I now have it on my bedroom wall....I used a navy solid together with a strip of the Peacock fabric to frame the signature blocks for the backing....but I may have to take it off the wall and use it as a lap quilt because it makes me sad that I can't see the signature blocks......the navy actually looks black here...it photographed quite dark.....
 
 

One more photo and I'm outta here........my eldest son has a "fishing wall" in his Man Cave where he hangs photos of all his family and friends who send him a photo of them holding an actual fish they caught.....and this is the rule in order to get yourself on the wall: ....you actually have to send a photo of you holding the fish..........I told him the only fish I had caught lately were at the grocery store.....so I sent him this photo of me holding the salmon I "caught" at Albertsons......and he said..."Well it has to go on the wall!"


 Yeah....you have to be kinda weird to be in this family.........lol.....



 

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Goodbye 2016


"My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?"-Bob Hope



My last post was counting down 90 days until Christmas and I had just finished making a costume for my Granddaughter to wear for Halloween..........so I thought I should show you the costume again..........with the Pumpkin Princess inside this time! Is this the most adorable thing you've ever seen?





 
I hosted Thanksgiving at my house this year and was fortunate enough to get all three of my sisters and my Mom and two of my nieces to join me together with some of their family members and one of my sons.  I love this photo of three generations of the ladies......
 
 
I have done very little sewing lately but I did manage to pour some concrete and love into making an Urn to place between the graves of our beloved Daddy and Shayne.  They rest in an old country cemetery devoid of grass but plenty of wind which was constantly overturning the flower vases.  Years ago Daddy had made several  concrete stepping stones using some aluminum ring frames he had made  himself to hold the concrete.   He gave me one of the frames to make some stones myself.  This is the first time I used the frame.  I placed a stone flower Urn in the middle and added marbles representing all the members of the family to it, together with a cross for Daddy and a cross for Shayne and some other little ornaments.......

 
 My sister, Barbara, was sweet enough to take it to the cemetery and place it in just the perfect spot....
 

 
 
May you all enjoy the most blessed Christmas and New Year!
 
 
 
 

Sunday, September 25, 2016

90 days 12 hours 27 minutes 51 seconds til Christmas!


"Christmas is a necessity. There has to be at least one day of the year to remind us that we're here for something else besides ourselves." ~Eric Sevareid


I know a lot of the bloggers I follow have been sewing up Christmas stuff year around but I finally got a project done! 


This summer my son laid some new tile in my living room which just wasn't going to look as good with the 15 year old carpet....so I decided to take advantage of 18 month same as cash financing for some new carpet..........well and the 20 year old heavy sectional I had just wasn't going to look as nice so I got a new sofa and loveseat...(not heavy at all!). 

This is sounding like that old story about "When a Mouse eats a cookie"!

But anyway....the sofa and loveseat have  throw-pillow backs so I thought I would use a panel (also that I've had for at least 15 years!) to make some pillow covers for the smaller cushions.....5 of them!


 
I also sewed up a little "Pumpkin Princess" Costume for my granddaughter.........I had visions of a pumpkin-shaped costume and I used a little dress pattern then sewed some stretch knit to the bottom to round it out and then sewed a tutu to the leggings to help fill it out.........I found a darling pumpkin cap at Hobby Lobby and made a crown to go over it.......I am so looking forward to getting a picture of her when Mom and Dad dress her up in it!
 
 
My Sis just came back from a visit in California and she stopped in a local quilt store there and told me that she had "saved so much money!".........it appears that they not only had quality FQ's for $1 each, but if she bought 10 FQ's she got an additional one free!  Well she quickly calculated how much she could SAVE by buying 20!!!  Guess who was the real saver here???  Me! Because she gave me 11 of those FQ's!  (Can't argue with that kind of math)   
 
 Thanks Sis........I love the fabric but I love you more! :)
 
 
 
 90 days 11 hours 49 minutes 24 seconds.....and counting......
 
 
 
 

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Parade Winners!

“Winning is something, but participation is everything.”
Debasish Mridha


As promised, Mr. Random worked deep into the night deciding the winners of the Perfectly Pleasing Pincushion Parade, and did his magic for several link-up winners.........and here they are!

The winner of our first place prize donated by our sponsor at the Fat Quarter Shop is Barbara at The Flashing Scissors.  Barbara gets a $50 gift certificate from FQS!  Contratulations Barbara and thank you, thank you, thank you FQS!



Winner of the Moda Jellyroll is Lin from St Victor Quilts
4th place winner is Lisa Marie from Quilts by Lisa
Honorable Mention Christmas/Halloween FQ bundles go to Missy from Missy's Homemaking Adventures
 
 
Did everyone read the inspiring quote at the top of this post?
Well for this link-up participation is definitely everything so I am asking everyone to remember to send me your mailing address.  We still have the cookbook and the gardening set and other prizes to send out...........If you commented or linked-up please send me your address and I will send you a surprise!
click the email link below and email me your mailing address.
 
 

ijrich50@gmail.com

Friday, September 16, 2016

The Parade is Over!

 
 
“Dieting is the only game where you win when you lose!”
Karl Lagerfeld


What a fabulous 10 days we had at the Perfectly Pleasing Pin Cushion Parade! We had 29 link-ups this year!

 
I want to thank everyone who participated and also want to remind you that I said that everyone in the parade would win something.  Mr. Random is still spinning around deciding the big winners are and will tell me something later tonight, but now I would like to ask everyone who linked up or commented to email me your snail mail address so when we hear from Mr. Random we can get your prizes sent out to you because
EVERYBODY WINS!!
 

 click on the button below to email me your mailing address so I can send you a surprise:
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Sunday, September 11, 2016

Pin Cushion Parade Continues!


"Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value." –Albert Einstein

The Perfectly Pleasing Pincushion Parade Continues....and you can still link-up your pincushion posts for a chance to win some great prizes....the link-up will remain open for 4 more days....and will close on September 15....

We already have a great collection of linkups this year, some with fabulous tutorials for you to try.

So I made three new cushions  after finding them on the PPPP linkups..........

First I had to try that awesome star........I came home and just used some precut samples I had in my stash and put this together rather quickly.....I want to make another one now using fabrics that I choose but this was my sample try..........The photo on the left is the top and on the right is the bottom.....



                                                                    








The star is made with 15 total equal-size square patches. Mine were about 2x2....I think I would use 2.5 mini-charms next time. The top and bottom each have five square patches sewn together then the middle row of 5 squares connects the top and bottom.



                              Here is a side view of the finish

 I also made these two little pincushions from ideas I saw on the link-up:  First a biscorno made from a tiny stitchery I found at the second-hand store yesterday.




Then my little Sis and I made twin cathedral windows from another tutorial I found on the linkup:





I'm having so much fun at the parade! If you haven't already checked out the link-up please go on over and see the beautiful collections there!  And if you have some pincushions you're trying to hide from us.....bring'em out and parade them!

Click HERE to go to the parade!































Monday, September 5, 2016

My Pin Cushions for the Parade

 “Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.” – Eleanor Roosevelt



I am linking up today on the Perfectly Pleasing Pincushion Parade. 







My favorite pin cushion is this one my son, Jeremy made for me when he was about 12 years old........at the time I had no pincushions at all so he made this one for me.  His sewing skills have improved but I wouldn't change a thing about this pin cushion.




I made these three little pin cushions for the parade.......


First a pincushion attached to the top of a little jar that can be used for pins, buttons, etc...............




.........and then I used some of the selvages I've been collecting to make this one.................

and finally a red hat complete with ribbon and feather!

Here is a pincushion my sis gave me............
and last but not least.............I think I found this at an estate sale...........the bottom says it was made in Italy..........it has a pretty ceramic flower on the top and is another of my favorites.................
...........and that's all I have to show today...........but I know where you can see lots more...........click the Picture below to be transported to this year's Perfectly Pleasing Pin cushion Parade link-up page!  There will be lots of link-ups for you to enjoy......and why don't you join the party while you're there and link-up your own pin cushions?
http://mysismademe.blogspot.com/2016/09/perfectly-pleasing-pincushion-parade.html