Thursday, July 20, 2017

Christmas in July 2017 - Blog Hop

What a fun concept, Christmas in July   A really great incentive to start the creative process in a truly timely manner.  I hope you have already gotten some great ideas with many more to come. Thanks Sarah for coordinating this for us as well as having a give away and a QAL, WOW.

 For my stop I decided to make Vinyl Bags for my crafty friends.  I know that I prefer the vinyl to fabric bags for projects just for ease of finding the right one as I dash out the door.

I decided to make them in 3 sizes. I got the basic how to when I found this tutorial at   So Sew Easy    I had attempted to work with vinyl in the past and had so much trouble that several projects ended in the trash can.  The key for me this time was the Teflon foot which happened to come with my machine

It i really hard to get a good picture of clear vinyl. (sorry)
The bags measure in at 11w x 12h, 11w x 9h and 8.5w x 7h
The 2 larger ones have boxed bottoms.

Well once I made the bags I had the feeling I was short changing you the hop followers a bit so I decided I needed to fill them with something gifty.

Since I was making them for crafters I decided to try a crafty present idea per bag. 

Bag #1 the largest can hold, for example, a pin cushion and pin keeper with some pre cut fabric or

a gadget keeper/pin cushion and some lovely yarn. Amanda Jean at Crazy mom quilts is currently working on a pattern for this yarn based pin cushion.

Bag #2 is holding a mug rug with matching napkin and some goodies to go inside / along side your favorite mug. I made this set to match the bag but all the parts could be made for any occasion.

Bag #3 contains hand made cards made with Christmas fabric scraps, some made with simple rectangle scraps and stamps others using an applique pattern. All attached to card stock with heavy duty heat and bond.  You just need to remember to put a heavy book on the card after pressing the fabric onto it until it has cooled so that the card doesn't curl up.

Well that's it for my stop.  I hope you can use an idea or two to help you with your jump on holiday gift giving. 

 Oh I forgot to mention the fabric stars. The link I used for the fabric stars can be found here. They were fun to make. You can make them ornaments if you just thread some pearl cotton through them between the points

As for me I will start my gift giving right now.  I will draw a name from those of you who leave a comment and will send you Bag #2 which contains the mug rug, napkin and goodies.  I'll ship anywhere. I'll pick a name on Wednesday the 25th from all the comments dated the 24th or earlier.

Please continue to visit all of the bloggers (I've listed them all below) participating in this fun event and check out Sarah's Blog over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict  to read about the fabulous give away and QAL.

Here are the blogs participating in the 12 Days of Christmas in July blog hop!

Friday, July 14th

Saturday, July 15th

Sunday, July 16th

Monday, July 17th

Tuesday, July 18th

Wednesday, July 19th

Thursday, July 20th

Selina Quilts (that's me)

Friday, July 21st

Saturday, July 22nd

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Updates for the month

It's  been a very busy month for me. For a start my computer died. I am attempting to write this post on a new tablet while I wait for my new computer to be delivered.  It should be here any day now, any day.  They neglected to tell me when I ordered it that it was on back order.

Biggest problem with typing on the tablet  is that I can't see what I'm typing as I'm typing it. Oh well I'm sure there is a way around the problem I just don't have the patience this week to figure it out.

The month started with a trip. While away I needed to replace my phone and got this tablet for free  as part of the deal. For free I guess I shouldn't complain about the typing issues.

I spent time with old friends. Went with them to various restaurants, yarn and fabric shops. Sent home 17 pounds of fabric plus yarn. All of the fabric was on sale, Yahoo.

I also picked up and carried home in my checked luggage this cutie pie. All in all I had a great time.

I really needed a machine that I could drag to meetings and hotels and on planes. When I left home I thought  I'd be coming home with her so I brought some blocks with me to work on at the hotel.  I now have 450 of the 500 blocks needed for the Remainders quilt. 50 blocks per baggie.

I also joined the June  QAL  by Crazymomquilts for another quilt from her recent book No Scrap Left Behind. Can't show a picture of that because at the moment it's spread all over the sewing room.

I have also been working on my contribution to the  Christmas in July Blog Hop coordinated by Sarah  over at Confessions of a Fabric addict.  It stars on Friday and it looks like another great time to be had by all this year. There will be over 20 contributors and a QAL and a give away. I'm posting  on the 20th and I feel a give away right here as well.  Stop by and see what I come up with. This is just a sneak peek of what I have been playing with  for the hop.

I've also been up to some non quilting projects. I got some wonderful yarn to make a shawl for myself and actually got it started.

I also  saw a pattern for a knitted dish Towel that I thought would be a great hand towel for my powder  room. It's almost done.

And these fabric stars were made for a quilting buddy to give to her Honor Flight group .

Hope to see you here on the 20th. Til then be sew happy and enjoy summer.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Crazy Mom Quilts - Oh My

I have been following Amanda Jean Nyberg of crazymomquilts for as long as I have been blogging.  I have always admired her work and I have tried many of the ideas she so generously shares.

Since I picked up her latest book No Scrap Left Behind I've gotten a little obsessed with her.  I am currently working on 2 of the quilts in the book "Remainders"

and "Mini Nines" which I am making slightly larger than the book, sorry no pictures yet.

I've also made "Cards" from the book 

There were 4 more but they have been sent to quilting buddies around the country.  These are so easy and so fun to make.

Big Nines is a quilt she posted about last month. I loved it and have a quilt top of my spin  on it ready for sandwiching.

My nines are floating around in their blocks, hers are centered.

I also follow her on IG . Last week she posted her knitted pin cushion.  I hunted a pattern down on google, there are a couple out there.

I knitted some and then decided that I could crochet them faster.

Here are the knitted pieces.  Once you make each rectangle you sew it first row to last row making a tube, then you fold it over on its self  like a turtle neck sweater.  Stick the smallest into the middle of the middle size and them into the middle of the large one. 

I took the picture on the cutting board so you could get the measurements.  I used a #8 knitting needle and a H crochet hook.

OK so  I'm not quite done with my Crazy Mom Quilts this week.  She has out of the goodness of her heart started a June QAL of one of her quilts from the book. The quilt is called "June".

I've started to pull my strings. 

This October she will be coming to Central Florida Modern Quilt Guild to do a Trunk Show and a Workshop, I'm so looking forward to meeting her in person. 

Monday, May 29, 2017

Happy Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day
Many Thanks to Those Who Serve

I've had a wonderfully busy few days sewing up a storm.

We had a great guild meeting a couple of weeks ago where one of our members showcased this table runner. Thank you Jean. The pattern is by Margie at Ribboncandyquilts.  
Saturday evening on our way home from dinner I decided that making them for my dinner guests on Sunday was a great idea. I'm blaming the wine.

I finished them with 2 hours to spare.  I like them so much I want to make 3 - 4 more for gifting for The 4th.

I got this pattern early in the week just because it was so cute.  It is from Lorna at  Sew Fresh Quilts.
I started it Friday night and finished it up on Saturday afternoon.  It took about 9 hours from start to finish including the hand work on the binding.

The down side to all this sewing is that the girls were not happy with me.

They think making the bed is a team project and here they are waiting patiently for the team leader.

Today I'm celebrating the holiday with them. Apparently Nettie believes my promise. Celie not so much.

No matter how you celebrate, thank a Service person and be safe. 

Sunday, May 21, 2017

H2H 2017 - Quilt #3 Finished + so much more

#3 is finished and will be in the mail tomorrow to Camp Hobe

A perfect kids quilt full of fun monsters bound in polka dots.

I used this great backing for #3 and for the project below

These mats were made for the St Louis Humane Society. Due to all the bad storms in that area they hooked up with The Quilt Pattern Magazines program TQPM Small Kennel Quilt Team who coordinate with quilters all over the country in times of need to supply quilted pads much like placemats for small animals in their care.

Our Chapter, Big Cypress Quilters, of The Villages Quilt Guild has taken on a new charity project.  We will be working with FHFC ( Florida Hospital for Children). Our primary project will be with the Neo Natal Unit but if they have other sewn needs they will let us know ad we will determine if we can help or not.   An example are these face masks for Prom.

They asked if we could make them for the  patients who needed to wear face masks when they went to the Prom that the hospital arranges for them.

These are a couple of examples of the work we are doing for the preemies. I took pictures on my cutting mat so you could have an idea of how tiny these little hospital gowns are.

Pretty much the gowns are 8 1/2 inches square.  The hearts are 5 inch squares.
The hearts go home with the mom and dad. They wear them for 24 hours and then return them to the baby with their scent on them for baby/parent bonding.

The strip is for hiding very sensitive eyes from the lights during procedures. The center section is lined with black felt to keep the light out.  

I am also working on 2 scrap projects from Amanda Jean Nyberg's new book "No Scrap Left Behind"
Here are a couple of pics I took at the beginning of "Remainders"

I've done a couple of hundred more since this picture.  They are now in baggies since I needed my wall back.

I'm also working on "Mini Nines" but not quite as mini as hers.  Her quilt started with 1 inch squares for the 9 patches, mine started with 1 1/2 inch squares.  Oops no pictures of the progress there. 

Off to my machines. Don't know what I'll be working on yet.  Depends on what catches my eye.  Whatever it turns out to be I'm feeling productive. 

Monday, April 17, 2017

H2H 2017 - Quilt #2 Finished

This years H2H quilts are moving right along.  I committed to making 3 quilts this year, 1 for each organization participating.  Quilt #1 was in the middle of my last post. Here is  Quilt #2, it is going to one of the organizations who is looking for twin  size quilts with a patriotic theme.

I have made the Stax quilt before and thought it would lend itself nicely to being enlarged to a twin size.

I even found a wide backing fabric carrying the patriotic theme to the back as well.

I've also whipped up 12 blocks to go to LeAnne over at devotedquilter who is working on making 21 quilts for a group of Seniors who lost everything in a fire last week.  She is collecting these simple blocks from all who care to lend her a hand.  Click on her name for more info.

Working on several other smaller items for Florida Hospital for Children and a quilt from the new book "No Scrap Left Behind" by Amanda Jean Nyberg.  They all need to get a little further along before photos.

 There is also one project for CFMQG May meeting Challenge which will stay in the shadows for a bit longer but these fabrics will make up a major part of it.

Hope you had a wonderful Easter or Passover wherever you may be. I'm still recovering from overeating  the wonderful dinner that friends of ours shared with several very thankful guests. They even sent home leftovers. Yahoo.

Easter Greetings from Florida

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Successful Road Test for the New Machine

I have spent much of the past month road testing my new sewing machine.  It is wonderful.  Now I still love my Bernina but she is over 10 years old.  New machine has new bells and whistles. Fun to play with.

First up is this wonderful quilt based on the pattern Supernova from Sarah over at Confessions of a fabric addict. 

Stunning results from such an easy block. All HST in various shades of green.  Hers is in shades of Orange. Go check it out.

I don't generally make quilts for myself but I fell in love with this one.  It's currently with a very talented local long arm quilter.  I see it hanging on my dining room wall in the not to distant future.

Next up is this star quilt. It is actually the same pattern as the red,white and blue quilt in my previous post but this time I extended the whole quilt by 2 rounds to have finished star points.

This was a tough quilt to photograph.  The background is not as light as the photo above and not as dark as the one below.  I included the one below for the background which didn't show up at all in the sunnier pictures.

This quilt is destined for H2H 2017  see the button.

I am a member of MQG.  While quilt con was happening MQG sent digital goodie bags to its members. The pattern for this quilt "STAX" was included.  Another fun, fast project.

Another back that didn't do well in the sun.

Last but not least, my sister issued a challenge for St Patty's day placemats for my annual corned beef and cabbage dinner for 8.

 Oh, the background fabric is the left over fabric from the back of the quilt above.

I made 6 with the mouse and 2 more, just plain to be used either as placemats or hot pads. I generally have 6 for Sunday dinner so 2 plain sounded like a good idea.

I love them front and back.   Yes I do plan on using them throughout the year.  I figured that the fabric on the back would be perfect for dinners containing tomato sauce.  Not that my quests are sloppy or anything.

Hope your St. Patricks day was as fun as ours was.  I still have left overs for tonights dinner, yum.