KNOWLEDGE IS POWER, BUT IT DOESN'T MAKE MY BLOW DRYER RUN!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Miscellaneous Tuesday


I usually can figure out any pattern and end up with halfway decent results. This was not this case with this zip bag. It was supposed to be more of a pouch but it did not turn out that way.


Once this happened I gave up, ripped out the mess and turned it into a pouch. The strawberry fabric was too cute to waste, not to mention all those Tula Pink ladybugs lined up perfectly.....that will never happen again!


I did also make some more pincushions, I loved fussy cutting these!



Friday my grandson Elliot came over for the day. We played games and did arts and crafts the whole day. We both needed a birthday card and made these colorful little gems.


I am finally able to show you the baby quilt I finished for my niece Jordan who is having a baby in May. We seem to have an endless supply of babies, I love it!

Kelly

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Pincushions


Two of the guilds that I belong to are getting ready to have their major fundraising events for the up-coming year. I always contribute my time and make/donate things to help out. Pincushions are fun for me to make and something every sewer/crafter can use.


As with all groups there are the doers and well, those that take a more laid back approach! I am going to get on the soap box and say, your guild is only as good as everyone's participation. I am not saying you have to be in charge of the major fundraising events but doing nothing is not acceptable either. In order for a guild to stay vibrant everyone needs to help out and take turns. Different people with different ideas also make it more interesting for everyone.



The next thing you know people get grumpy and cranky, not a good idea for people who have rotary cutters! Even if you can only participate in a small way, please do so, all those little things add up. Ok I 'm done.


I think cat things sell well and this fabric has just come out, it is called Tabby Road by Tula Pink. I got mine earlier when I was in Houston before it was released to the public. The black and white is a Cotton + Steel.


The backs also sport new and cute fabric.


Why do things just look cute all lined up? These will be available at the Penn Oaks Quilt Guild Quilt Show For the Love of Quilting IX. May 5th and 6th, 2017 at Griffith Hall at the Ludwig's Corner Fire House in Glenmoore  PA, (on Pottstown Pike).
We are a very small guild only 58 members but we have an awesome show, complete with vendors, raffle baskets, mini raffle quilts and food. You can also email me Kellymx@aol.com and I will be happy to answer any questions.
For more information and directions, you can go to our website at Penn Oaks Quilt Guild
I hope if you are nearby you will come and see us!

Kelly

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Orla Kiely Inpsired Quilt


I bought this purse a few months ago and I love the pattern on it. It is by a British designer named Orla Kiely. From the start I felt like this could be a quilt pattern......


I also love this quilt by John Q Adams, (I too wonder if his name is John Quincy.....) I think his is paper pieced and I did not want to do that.


Last week Victoria Gertenbach from The Silly Boo Dilly did a workshop and lecture at Calico Cutters. She talked about shot cottons and why she liked them. I have to say I was smitten! This is yet another reason to join a guild if you haven't already, the inspiration in endless!


For those of you that may not know, a shot cotton is fabric made with 2 different colors. The warp and the weft are each different giving you a very rich looking fabric with a lot of depth. As you can see above a turquoise and a black were used here.





So I took all those ideas and things I showed you and started a quilt. I am calling it Sprouts on this snowy, wintery day. Victoria encouraged everyone to grab their scissors and fearlessly cut without rulers and see what happens. I have never been afraid to do that and loved seeing how these fabrics came to life.
I even cut the stems with scissors, you would be surprised how easy it is to cut things pretty close to the same width. I am not changing them and they will be "off" a little bit but I am ok with how it will look, in fact I like it even more.


The colors are washed out from the glare of the snow but in real life the colors are nice and rich. I even have purple in there, my least favorite color!
So that is what is on  my design wall today. It's snowing again but you don't need to see a picture of that 😆

Kelly

Friday, March 10, 2017

Snow Day!


How cool are these? My friends, Leslie, Ellen, Stephanie and I made these for our quilt show that is coming up in May. Helen another member embroidered the centers and did a fabulous job.
The show will be held Friday and Saturday, May 4th and 5th, 2017. For more information you can click on this link Penn Oaks Quilters Quilt Show
We would love to see you and I think you will enjoy seeing all our quilts!


  Thank you Helen I think they are the cherry on top!


My barren workspace shows you just how much sewing has been going on, zero!


Nothing much has changed on my design wall. I still don't like the orange pumpkin.....


These are a few of the Polaroid blocks I received in a swap. I have a pattern for a polaroid camera that I need to get to soon.


I still haven't put things away from my getaway that was a month ago!



I did whip up these pincushions today just to sew a teeny bit.


This is the back of a baby quilt I finished today.


The baby shower is next weekend and it's hot off the sewing machine and into the washer. I will take a picture after it is gifted.
I know I have not been around but being sick took it's toll and I had to play catch up. Hopefully I will have more to show you in the next few days now that I am feeling better.
Have a great weekend!

Kelly

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Germs!


I wanted to show you my quilt that I got in the Modern Quilt Guild Swap. It came from Stephanie in Omaha, Nebraska. It is gorgeous and her workmanship is very good. The line of fabric she used is called Blueberry Park, one of my favorites. I really liked how she machine quilted it too. Thank you Stephanie!


This was the quilt I made for my swap partner. The nice part of the swap was they had to be small, less than 24" x 24"



As the saying goes, "no good deed goes unpunished" though punished may be a bit harsh.........I caught the stomach bug that my grandson Finnegan had. Better me than his mom with a newborn! I have no energy or umph so I have been watching TV and laying around. A few weeks ago they had a Donna Reed marathon and it was wonderful! It is so interesting to see how things were back in the day. I do remember seeing some of the shows when I was little. It is a nice escape when the most important thing was what was Mary going to wear on her date with.........! Check it out I think you will enjoy it.

Kelly

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Hello!


Hello there, my name is Kelly......it has been a while! I have been helping my daughter with the new baby. This week Finnegan who is almost 2 has a stomach bug so mom mom to the rescue! Let's just say there was a lot of wash to do.
I got a new book called No Scrap Left Behind. I made this card from the book and love it! I could probably make hundreds with all the scraps I have!


Brynn is doing well, thank you for all the well wishes! Tomorrow she turns 3 weeks old. So far she is a champion nurser and growing fast.


I was involved in a Polaroid Swap and Cindy from Instagram sent me a bunch of blocks she no longer wanted. How cute is the camera at the bottom center? The llama is pretty fun too. I am anxious to work on this quilt.


Our annual Penn Oaks Getaway is in the books and we had a fun time as always. I made a bunch of 4 1/2" stars. It took up most of my time.
The word of the retreat was "Wenis". Without looking it up do you know what it means? We had quite a few jokes as I am sure you can imagine. (I will save you the time, it's the loose skin around your elbow.)
We also bought a whole bunch of lottery tickets as a group. We didn't win that night but neither did anyone else. We calculated that we would each get about $4.5 million. We rolled over our winnings ($14) for tonight's drawing......Jamie we know where you live!

I am hoping to get back to a more regular blogging schedule but.........


 for now I am on mom mom duty. I promise to be back soon.

Kelly

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Snow Day


We finally got some snow and it's February 9th! Of course they made it out to be the "stormageddon" well almost.......the news people do love a snowstorm! We only ended up with about 4", hardly a big deal but a good enough reason for me to stay put for the day.
I have been working on some flying geese. These will be a long term project and maybe even a full size quilt! I am using the method that makes 4 at a time. It's very accurate and feels a little like doing magic. The centered deer in the top block was a happy accident!
I was thinking this might be fun to do as a swap. Is anybody out there interested? You can find a tutorial on how to make them right here on my blog.


I made this today as a gift for a friend. I found some antique stamps a few weeks ago and they included some very unique ones.....I will do a post on them another day. They do have some letters missing so I had to improvise with new stamps. The fabric in this pincushion is from Cotton and Steel called Flower Shop that I got in Houston last fall. I think it is coming out in the quilt stores now.

Brynn
How sweet is baby Brynn? I spent the beginning of the week getting some meals ready for them and yesterday I spent the day at my daughter's house. I will go back tomorrow to give her a hand and next week if she needs me.

Sleeping baby, it's good thing

So far so good. She is only getting up once a night and going right back to sleep. Mom and dad are getting a good night's sleep! She took to breastfeeding right away which really takes a lot of stress off the mommy.
I am busy getting things ready for our annual getaway next week. As usual I can't decide what to bring. Right now I have about 5 projects, too many? Not enough?

Kelly