Saturday, July 23, 2016

Therapy...the way I like it!


It's like he's hanging on for dear life!What better way to do therapy than quilting!

It's been a year since my surgery and I am back at it. Albeit, not in huge chunks of time, but smaller bits -- spread out over days, weeks and months! The biggest challenge I have now is furry lips!

Seriously! How can you resist a guy like this?

I tell him to move and he looks at me like this!


"I'm not in your way honest!"

I am sure that he wants to make sure that I am doing all this right!

It's very sloooooooooooooow stitching. My bad hand is flat, which is a great thing! I just have to guide the fabric around and stitch the outside.

I could feel him purr while he was resting on my arm.

He finally gets off me and just lays next to me as close as possible so that he can touch me a bit.

Yes.....that's the same piece I am working on! Trust me, I'm stitching super slow!

I love this little beaver! There's a raccoon, fox, rabbit, owl, bear to name a few!

I signed up for a Craftsy Class called "Fusible Applique Made Easy" by Wendi Gratz.

I LOVE it! She is such a great instructor and this little quilt is so adorable with the cartoon outlining. Very simple and perfect for this project!

It has really given me a chance to try out some fusible's that I was a little apprehensive about. I feel more confident now that I have had this class and Wendi Gratz makes all of it so simple that any beginner can tackle this class!

Even if you are well-seasoned, you can try out all those fancy stitches to decorate these little woodland wonders!

You can't see it too well in these photo's, but all the squares are pre-quilted. It allowed me to practice my free-motion stitching [which again I need more practice with!] That again, is something that Wendi will walk you through in the class!

I love how the blocks are turning out!

The best thing is that it's already quilted, so it should be a quick job to put together!

This quilt is for our family doctor who is having her first baby! I was so excited for her! She has been key to helping me get back to quilting, so I think it couldn't be better timing to show her how happy I am for the new arrival!

I'll post the whole quilt once I have it completed!

Happy trails everyone!

Check out Craftsy! It's the best bargain for classes and you can view the lessons over and over again! Which in this day and age is pretty spectacular!

Here is the final project! I am dropping it off with my doctor on Wednesday! I hope she loves it as much as I do!

Happy Quilting Everyone!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Dog Gone Cute - Topper

I believe I started this back in November 2015. I stumbled upon the Dog Gone Cute blog hop from Sew Fresh Quilts and it was too cute to pass up.
I have never done a blog hop and this actually was the 1st I have even heard of such a thing. It was too much commitment then what I was ready for so I decided to purchase the pattern and slowly pluck away at it in my own time.

This was the first time I really stepped out of my comfort zone and tackled something so intricate ... well intricate for me. I have read all your blogs don't worry I have seen what intricate really is (there are some amazingly talented quilters our there)

Check out the Dog Gone Cute link up party to see all the other fantastic completed projects. Dog Gone Cute - Link up party blog post - By Sew Fresh Quilts

The above picture was all it took to get me hooked. It draws you in with all its cuteness.
I love Lorna's Sew Fresh Quilts blog her creativity is inspiring. When I tell people I am a quilter a majority of the people assume I make boring "grandma" quilts. As I am just learning most of my quilts thus far have been quite simple however I would never say they are boring.
You can create amazing things out of fabric. After tackling the Dog Gone Cute quilt I am revitalized and willing to take on more daring and shall I say "slightly" more challenging projects. With some coaching & moral support from my Mother of course. 
I have decided that since I have put so much work into this quilt I will be keeping it for myself. There are so many options for backing I will be taking my time selecting the perfect one, possibly a cute modern print. Enough with my rambling check out my Dong Gone Cute topper.
If you would like to purchase this Dog Gone Cute pattern or persuse more adorable patterns from Sew Fresh Quilts you can click this link to the Sew Fresh Quilts Etsy shop.
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Until next time
-The Youngest-

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Impulse purchase - Winter Themed Table Runner

Guilty as charged I am an impulse buyer, especially when it comes to fabric that catches my eye. Last year we went to the Heritage Park Quilt Festival where they always have huge tents setup on the grounds with all the new bits and bobbles.

As we were wandering through the vast tents we come up to a display with all these cute mini charm packs. Lately I have been sewing things that use smaller and smaller pieces, so naturally these tiny squares grabbed my attention. On this display they had a bright table runner, very summery.

The next 30 minutes was spent going through all the charm packs to find the perfect ones. My mom selected one with some nice oranges (true to her she went right for the bright ones). I settled on a  winter themed charm pack.

I always head to my Moms with a small tote of all my WIPs, and when I get there I grab the first thing in the tote that strikes my fancy. On this particular day it was the winter themed mini charm packs.

My Mom had already made her table runner months prior so she already knew all the tips &tricks to make this in a jiffy. I beleive I finished the whole thing in one day, binding included.

We spray basted the top and used some left over black script fabric for the back. This was my second time doing the quilting. This was made worlds easier by my Moms amazing sewing machine. I chose to do a nice wave pattern running lengthwise.

I would definitely make this table runner again, it was very simple and most importantly QUICK. This would be a great project for quilting beginners - Highly recommended.



Hope you enjoy the final product as much as I do.
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Until Next time
-The Youngest-