Sunday 21 January 2018

Do I hoop?

Kathy, at Kathy's Quilts, for the first Photo Challenge of the year, asks if we use hoops.

Yes, I do have hoops.
Do I use them?
Not so much.
Most of the one I use are just oops, (no h) but I do have some with an h. (hehehe)

My favorite way of quilting is on the frame my DH made for me ages ago.
It is an older picture because now a days you can't see the frame for the ton of fabric bins beside it. Only the front is cleared so I can sit and quilt. It is what I will do tonight as I watch "Victoria" on PBS TV.

As for the hoops, I have a wooden oval one, bought at a second hand store a few years back. I do have the hardware to attach it to the stand but no stand. It is a project for DH.
It is very sturdy and heavy, so when I do use it, I need to sit at a table so it can lean on the table. Otherwise, it's awkward.

Plastic hoops: I have tried the square one which has a half-circle that clip to the base. It is nice and easy to manage. A little too big to be a carry-along type of hoop but I like it.

The circle one I use when I have to do embroidery or cross-stitch. I don't think it could handle the three layers of a quilt as it is very petite. In other words, it gets no usage, lol.

Another one that doesn't get used anymore but use to, is my smallest one.

With this hoop, my mother taught me how to cross-stitch when I was 5 years old. It is only 5 inches, perfect for little fingers. It is made of metal and it doesn't have a screw-clap like the plastic one.

It has a little spring. All you have to do is slip the top on to the base of the hoop and pull the fabric tight. You are then ready to stitch. It was much easier to use and very user friendly for the little fingers. It has a lot of beautiful memories.

And that's all for my hoops. Do you hoop? Want to see more hoops? Join us at Kathy's place.

Toodle-loo, Kangaroo.


Saturday 20 January 2018

Blue Saturday

Today, my main man is gone to his friend's place, an hour drive one way, so he won't be back soon. You know what that means, right? It's fabric day at my house, whoohoo!

I want to play with blue.

I need to finish my scrap basket à la Fiona in blue.

I also want to add a medium blue block to this RSC 2017 quilt. These nine blocks aren't enough for a decent size quilt.

I made some more scrap units so the future blocks will go together pretty quickly. Love that. These units will be trim to 4.5 inches.

Last summer, I got this table at Market Place on line. It's only 2 feet wide but it's the 8 feet length that I just love. I drove two hours (one way) to get it and it barely fitted in my van, tucked all the way to the front and the hatch-door closed 1/2 inch from the leg of the table. Phew! I regret nothing! This week, I cut the fabric for the borders on the RSC2016 and it was so easy on this table.  So you will see more of that project soon.

Do you have the blues at your place? I know Angela does. Come and see. Just click here to see a lot of blue beauties.

Cynthia at Quilting is More Fun than Housework as the scrap bug. Lots of lovely scrappy projects to see.

See you later, Alligator.
Take care, Polar Bear.


Friday 12 January 2018

Blue Month

I am so happy! For the Rainbow Scrap Challengers it's the Blue month! YAY! (I love blue, can you tell? )

Here's what I did.

Some 6.5" (unfinished) baskets for Cécile Sew Along in blue

This one is the "Peace Basket". A little bit of Christmas fabric, hehehe!

then, I did some in green.

The itsy bitsy bits used in these fun baskets were provided by The Joyful Quilter and JulieKQuilts. Thank you, girls, for feeding my addiction. :^D

On the 365 Challenge front, I did

July 7 - Road to California - 28 pieces (My choice of fabrics is not the best but it'll do)

July 8 - Coffin Star - 20 pieces  (Such an odd name)

July 9 - Sugar Bowl - 9 pieces

July 10 - Rosebud - 28 pieces

July 11 - Star Flower - 24 pieces (The hairiest block ever!)

July 12 - Mock Log Cabin - 12 pieces

July 13 - Patience Corner - 12 pieces

Total of pieces in this week 3.5" blocks - 133

July's total so far 375 pieces. Phew!

That's all for now.



Sarah for "Can I Get a Whoop Whoop?"

Angela for Rainbow Scrap Challenge on Saturday

Cynthia for "Oh Scrap!" on Sunday

Sunday 7 January 2018

Testing 1 ... 2 ... 3 ... Testing

4" basket
Test ...

6.5" basket

Testing ...



These are the baskets I will make in January and February for Cécile Sew-Along. They are made with little bits of scraps and I think that the smaller the scraps the better the basket looks. The SAL requires a minimum of 16 baskets. Mine finish at 6 inches. It will be a nice wall-hanging.

More to come.


Thursday 4 January 2018

Scrap Attack January

I join Sarah at Confession of a Fabric Addict, in an effort to reduce and organize my scraps a little bit better in 2018.

My list of 12 things I want to do to feel in control get the impression that I manage my scraps are in these jars. I shook the bigger jar real good because I didn't want to get the last piece of paper I had put in. (Don't want to start with that one. :^P). The smaller jar is my back up plan, in case  I finish the first challenge before the end of the month (as if ...).

And POP! What did I get?

#4 - Finish the M&M quilt.

In the post of November 2016, I had this to say:

"As I was picking up fabrics tossed all around the sewing room in my frenzy of last week, I found my RSC 2016 project. Got the fabric out and started to look at the possibility of finishing this one. This year? Hmmm... /:^}" 

Obviously it didn't get done. And I still don't know what to do about the borders. Small inner yellow followed by black? Or red with black? No borders? How much is left of the white fabric? 
The block used in this quilt is Peace and Plenty

The hunt is on!  At the end of the month, I will let you know if I have made progress on this challenge or not. 

You can join the Scrap Attack group at any month of the year. See this post from Sarah for more details. Thanks Sarah for the challenge.  

Since this quilt was made with Angela's Rainbow Scrap Challenge, I am linking up with her this morning. I am sure some of her followers, who had seen this quilt grow, would like to see how its journey ends. 

♪♫ Let it sew, let it sew, let it sew ♫♪ ♪