Wednesday, February 3, 2016

"Nut's About" Blog Hop

Nuts About Blog Hop

When Marian over at Seams To Be Sew (be sure to visit her for the RaffleCopter give aways during the hop) proposed this Hop it went thru several names and ideas until it was decided to express what we are 'nuts' about with Valentine's Day.  Since I am single, kids are grown, grand kids - well nuts about them all the time.  So what would it be?


If anyone who knows me, I am nuts about scraps and being challenged to use them.  And, I have a passion for charity work.  But how does that play with Valentine's Day?


Well it was staring at me the whole time!  Our quilt guild does several charity events thru the year and one is making placemats for our local Meals on Wheels.  This year we arranged to deliver them for the special Valentine's Day dinner.


But we decided rather than a 'heart' theme, to make them something that could be enjoyed thru the year.  And scraps were paired, cut, assembled, and readied for quilting.


Not an exciting picture, but to me it was exciting that I had a useful way to clear out the batting 'cut-offs' from quilts.


I used the very simple pillow method of putting these together.  Once turned , I prefer to hand stitch the opening closed.


And using my walking foot, just two rounds of quilting around the outer borders.  Hope someone enjoys some pretty oriental flowers and butterflies.


Strip piecing of pretzels, pizza, and peanuts - has to be a snack lover.  And patchwork of some pasta, recipes, and Italian map fabrics for something fun.


Some wildlife strips in a 'wood' frame and horses free to roam (reminds me of the wild mustangs).


A couple of left over seaside panels - hope these all bring joy to their recepients.  Our next guild meeting is Tuesday and it will be fun to see what everyone has to contribute.  And lucky me, I get to deliver them all to the Senior Center.

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A thank you to Fat Quarter Shop 

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and Any Pattern for sponsoring this Hop.

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Thank you for visiting,
Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

79 comments:

  1. What a great way to turn your scraps into something so useful to brighten the day of others. You have brightened my day, too. Thank you for sharing ... :) Pat

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  2. I love placemats. What a great way to make someone's day. The lighthouse and sailboat are my favorites. Hey wait...I'm a senior.

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  3. What a lovely idea to make every meal special! Beth @ Words & Stitches

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  4. What a lovely idea to make every meal special! Beth @ Words & Stitches

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  5. I love all of the place mats, really lovely.

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  6. Your scrappy place mats are great, I like that they even used scrap wadding.
    jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

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  7. Love the idea of mats. Thanks for sharing

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  8. Lovely place mats! And it is a great idea to make them for charity. I love to make small projects as placemats and mug rugs. It has been a while since I was sewing, but I hope to get inspired by visiting blogs in this blog hop.

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  9. Hi Sharon what a wonderful idea with the placemats,what a lovely way to make people smile.xx

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  10. A very nice gift for others. You always have great charity projects and a way to use all our scraps big or small. I am sure these placemats will brighten their day.

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  11. Great place mats; the scrappier the better!

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  12. Sharon this is a great hop. I love your ideas, great use of scraps

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  13. I love that your guild does something special like this, all of the placemats are just wonderful and who wouldn't love to use them under their plates.

    I'm so happy you joined us for Nuts About.. and that your nutty about scraps.

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  14. A great thing to make, and so useful for bigger scraps. Great job.

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  15. Such a super way to use your scraps and give to a great cause! The placemats are such a wonderful idea! Great work!

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  16. That's such a nice idea and your placemats are so pretty, they're sure to bring some smiles.

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  17. What a great idea to take placemats with meal deliveries! Something the recipient can use and enjoy over and over. Wonderful!

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  18. A wonderful use of your scraps that you are nuts about.

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  19. Lovely projects! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  20. What a great idea for your scraps! The placemats are all wonderful.

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  21. What a great cause to support. Thanks for sharing.

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  22. Enjoyed seeing what you made from scraps. Hope the recipients enjoy them.

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  23. Nice projects for using your scraps. Everyone seemed to be scrappy today. Fun.

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  24. What a great challenge/blog hop! I love the placemat idea.
    My father delivered meals on wheels when he retired, then years later got the meals himself. So I know sometimes the meals on wheels folks are the only visitors these people see during the week. What a nice thing to add to their meal and what a comfort to them! I too have been scrap sewing.
    How does it get so out of control? Spider web quilt, not a dent….
    Scrap strips on rope rug, only a slight change in the ” one ” box.
    Now I am adding a scrap piano key border to the spider web and found an entire gallon zip lock of triangles that had a note in it that said ” add 2″ strips for flying geese” so I started that using the scrap box to find the strips. Still I am pulling from box one.
    Kudos to you ladies!

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  25. What a great way to use up scraps, and love the idea of donating your project!

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  26. Scraps to a treasure for someone. Lovely idea.

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  27. What a sweet idea. Nice way to use those scraps!

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  28. Placemats are a great idea! I made them for our family get together at our 50th anniversary. Every family member had a placemat made with their interests in mind.

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  29. That is a great way to use up scraps too.

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  30. My scraps end up in the trash, but you've really made an awesome argument on saving them with these great place mats. Sweet!

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  31. Great idea, Sharon. I love to see pictures of lovelies you create from scraps. You are so generous with your time and talents, always making wonderful items for charities.

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  32. That's something that our local assisted living can use. What a great use of scraps.

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  33. Our guild does place mats for Meals on Wheels also--thanks for the reminder that I need to get on that!!

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  34. What a fabulous idea for the meals on wheels folks. We just finished up about 200 Valentines Day tissue holders for the me MOW group here. Placemats, I'm gonna keep that one in mind!

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  35. That is such a great idea. Pretty mats always make the meal a bit more special. You did a great job on the placemats.

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  36. Placemats are a great idea for leftovers. Just started working with a senior group in my area

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  37. One of my guilds makes placemats for Meals on Wheels, but, we do it at Christmas. One side is holiday themed, the other side is not holiday themed, so that they can use it after the holidays. This year will be our 4th year.

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  38. How fun! And such a worthwhile way to use up those ever-growing scraps!!! Especially the cute ones with such personality you know you can't just cut them up into bits.

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  39. I like how you use your scraps. Taking something that most would just discard and turning it into something usable is wonderful.

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  40. It's always great to use up all those panels and fabric bits.

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  41. Love all the placemats you made!

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  42. THANKS FOR SHARING SOME NEAT PLACE MAT IDEAS!
    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  43. What a fun and nutty way to be creative and use up those scraps.

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  44. Hi Sharon, hope things are going well. Love the placemats--good for you and your group to make these for Valentines Day!

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  45. With all the different themes, I'm sure there's a perfect placemat for everyone. They look fantastic and its so wonderful that you do that for Meals on Wheels.

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  46. Love those "cheater" panels. They make my sewing/quilting easier.

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  47. What a great idea! I'm sure the placemats will be appreciated and enjoyed all year.

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  48. Nice fairly simple placemats--we always need reminding that all projects need to be complicated--
    yours are so sweet-
    love and laughter, di

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  49. Beautiful placemats and what a beautiful idea for Meals on Wheels. Thanks!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

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  50. Those are great! I bet they are going to be loved all year long. Thanks for sharing. vickise at gmail dot com

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  51. What a great way to use scraps - placemats. Especially the panel squares. Thanks for your story.

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  52. Yea, a way to clear out batting scraps! Aren't we all looking to do that at times?

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  53. Everyone seems to be in scrap fabric overload this year. You have a nice way of letting go of some of yours. Thank you for the inspiration.

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  54. I love the placemat idea. What a quick way to use up some scraps!

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  55. Love the placemats! I need to get busy on my scraps!

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  56. these are so pretty. i absolutely love your idea for the meals on wheels. quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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  57. Making the charity items through my guild has helped a lot with using my scraps. I just need to stay away from the "free" table!
    Your place mats are great.

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  58. Hmmmm i love the placemats ty for sharing...I have made a few string scrappy quilts...helps with left overs... happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  59. Bless you dear for combining your love of sewing with your charity work. These placemats are fabulous! Thank you sew very much for hopping...

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  60. That is such a great way to use your scraps and to bless others. Thanks for sharing.

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  61. I had never thought of using panels for placemats. I've got a few sitting around perfect for the job.

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  62. I thought of you and your heart for charity quilting when I was visiting our local Ronald McDonald House today. They give a quilt to each family who checks in; some are simple fleece quilts, others are pieced lap quilts, some are floor quilts to set babies down on, but all bring a message of comfort.

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  63. What a clever use of your scraps and leftover batting. I'm sure the seniors will appreciate the placemats. cknapp3626(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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  64. Love what you did with the seaside panels!

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  65. I have some of the seaside panel but not enough for a lap quilt, so now you've inspired me! Thank you for sharing.
    donnalee1953 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  66. Great idea for Meals on Wheels, I'm sure they will appreciate them.

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  67. Thank you for doing so much charity using scraps. Scraps are so useful as I enjoy making scrap quilts . Thank you for a chance to win . Happy Quilting :)

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  68. Great way to get rid... I mean use those small pieces of batting & scraps of fabric. Love seeing your process!!!

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  69. Your "nutty" place mats are all such fun. That should be a very fun dinner.

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  70. What a wonderful gift you stitch for the seniors. I know someone who delivers a meals on wheels program and he said when lunch arrives the recipient frequently has the table set with the mat ready. Little things give so much pleasure to people. Thank you.

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  71. I'm sure they will all be appreciated.

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