Monday, July 25, 2016

12 Days of Christmas in July Hop Winner

  


A huge thank you to Sarah for making this Hop such a success.  Thank you to all of you who visited and left such sweet comments, too.  The winner of the 'Cat Stack' wool kit project is:

Thank you. The cat kit would make a great gift for my cat lover friend. I would have to make it for her though as she doesn't like how wool feels. Strange, right.
I will be in contact with Dortha for mailing information.

To be honest, I am ready to put the Christmas fabrics away and move on to something new and more the true season.

Sewingly Yours,
Sharon 

Sunday, July 24, 2016

12 Days of Christmas Finale




It's been a great 12 Days of inspiration, tutorials, give aways, and a quilt along.  I would like to thank SARAH for doing a fantastic job with her first Hop and QAL.  She has a linky set up for everyone to show their projects made during the hop - looking forward to seeing the variations of the quilt.  Also, she is setting up a tab to keep the Hop links open - I am excited about that as there were way too many things that went on my 'to-do' list without the time.  Now I can revisit to get some presents completed for the season.

Today's Hosts Are:



I worked on the Feather Tree mini.  1/4 inch strips of green fabric and one strand each of green and red DMC floss.


I make a single over-hand knot about 2" from the end.


I cut four 2" green strips and ran my thread thru the middle.  That over-hand knot helps to not pull my threads all the way thru.  Then I take one wrap around the bundle, feed my needle/thread back thru the middle.  Then it is sewn to the mini with the last pull to the top.  I use a suture knot to finish off those thread ends.  This is the way I put hair on my little dolls.


I am keeping my tree a little 'Charlie Brown' as I want to add more to this closer to the Holiday.  Those little strips of green will be snipped in half and fluffed more to give it more of a feather look.


The smaller version of Sarah's quilt pattern is currently under the needle for quilting.  Since the linky is open until the end of the month, I will have time to finish this one to show on a link-up post.


I thought I would share another easy Christmas project and gift idea.  Hanging tea towel with matching potholders.  My SIL makes these Easy Hanging Towels - Dish Towel & Potholder.

Thank you for visiting us all during the 12 Days,
Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Day 11 of 12 Days


I can't believe how fast these days are going by!  Today SARAH has us adding that sashing and cornerstones - closer to a finish.  She promised a quilt in 12 days and your are getting one.

Today's Hosts Are:



A scrappy version - I have been hiding something all along the way with this hop.  I was one of Sarah's testers and I ran into a bit of a problem.  Not with her pattern, but with my fabrics.  Do you remember that tip in red highlight?  Careful pressing sensitive fabrics?  Well, my plaid fabric was a sensitive fabric and I knew that, but in using the method of press/stack/ press even with a low temp iron was too much for that fabric. My units all melted into each other. 

Then with some fabric swap outs - the next pressing session left huge black messes all over.  Someone had used a fuseable without the pressing sheet - black gunk all over my iron that had not been cleaned.  My original project just scrapped!  So - we start again.  Hey, that tote of Christmas fabric is sitting there, so use it.

  
And - I went small.  I reworked the pattern a bit to eliminate some seams and used 1.5" bits and strips.  Now I have a wallhanging.  But this pattern is too pretty to just give up on.


Besides, I have Christmas quilts.  This is my finished quilt made during the monthly installments of  Festive Mystery by Sue Aubry of QuiltTimes.  I opted to have one less row than her pattern - but had the blocks made, so used them to make a matching pillow.  The quilt is 44" x 52" and the pillow is 18".

Today is Slow Sunday Stitching and I am going to use the day to finish the hand work on my Feather Tree.

Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

Friday, July 22, 2016

A Long Day


It was a very long, monotonous day!  If any of you have sat straight line quilting with you walking foot, you know what I mean.  BUT, the center portion of the rail/colorwash is quilted.  Now three borders to tackle.  Maybe I will get this one done by the end of the month.

 

It's Day 10 of 12 Days and SARAH has us so close to finishing that Christmas Quilt.  By making easy 1 hour steps each day of this hop, a very doable project which is going to give you the most beautiful quilt.

Today's Hosts Are:



I want to share some cute and quick little Santa ornaments today.  I can remember my Mom making these over 40 years ago with the church ladies, so this pattern has been around for some time.  The original pattern that I used, the site is no longer active, but I have created a new pdf for the paper pieced pattern.  I need to make more of these.    SANTA ORNAMENT

Today will be another long day as I am helping to sell raffle tickets for a quilt at a local craft fair.

Sewingly Yours,
Sharon