Monday, March 20, 2017

Quilting | I Cut Up Your Grandmother's Quilt

My Husbands Grandmother had an estate auction. His grandmother had made dozens of quilts over the course of her years and everyone in the family has one.

I, joining the family at this late stage of her life did not have one, but I valued her craft immensely.

What was a girl to do? But get my hands on anyone I could.

I bought a crib sized quilt from that auction, it was made up of pink and miscellaneous scrap pieces.

The pieces were 3 1/2 by 5 1/2  pieces. It had a chunky cute look, but it was unfunctional to me.

So, I cut up your grandmother's quilt. (gasp!)

This picture is the quilt after I cut lengthways down the strips. It resulted in 1 1/2  by 5 1/2 rectangles which I love!

I dug through my stash and pulled out all of my scraps then, I cut, and cut, and cut 1 1/2 rectangles. I think I cut for as much time as I sewed and ironed totaled.

This past weekend in March the littlest son and his father went to the cabin without me and I sewed and I sewed, I didn't leave that sewing room (AKA the dining room. lol) It was AWESOME!

I still have the borders, quilting and back to do so I am not calling this finished. I am linking this with moving it forward Monday, Lets Bee Social and Oh Scrap! 
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Happy Monday my friends and stay scrappy and feisty if that is what you need. 

Friday, March 17, 2017

Quilting | 2017 New Bloggers Blog hop

I have a new look. do you like it? I made it myself.I am participating in this years new quilt bloggers blog hop #2017NewQuiltBloggers.

2017 New Quilt Bloggers
 I have been working on the page layout, logo, photography, widgets and gadgets, pins and buttons. It sounds like a cross between a sewing studio and and tech industrial laboratory.

The 9658 logo

I am thinking about purchasing the copyright for the design below that I made at #Logojoy . I chose the clean lines because It makes me feel organized,
I chose the boarder to contain multiple products under the 9658 brand: Quilts, Honey, Crochet, Bees, Hives, and whatever else we decide to market as a product.


I have been working on my photography skills as well. A few beginner things I have been working on
  • Holding the camera steady, 
  • Shooting the right perspective. 
  • Lighting
  • Photo editor

I think that I have figured out the lighting for my cutting area, AKA the dining room table (maniacal laugh)  I am trying to decide between. Pic Monkey or BeFunky  as my photo editor; Pic Monkey might be better but it costs money and I am what I prefer to call, thrifty.

Linking with Finished or Not Friday because I am definitely not finished making this blog better
Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts

So long for now, and stay thrifty my friends.


Thursday, March 9, 2017

Quilting| Quilty 365 - February

Life is a journey, and I am ok with that.  Seasons may change, winter to spring, come what may, Life can be many things and so can this quilt. 

These are my February blocks for the Quilty 365 challenge group on Blogger. The idea is to create a circle block every day for the whole year. This is me.

I am so very interested to see how it will turn out, life as a whole is dynamic and beautiful, even with the ugly bits in between. 

The struggle is what makes us real, the appreciation we have when things are in harmony makes us real. I feel this is the beginning of a beautiful journey. Thank you, Quilty, 365! 

Please remember that all of you are good enough! You are smart enough! And you are beautiful.


Linking with Quilty 365 by  and Oh Scrap because everything so far has come from my scrap bin, which contains all sorts of upcycled and collected pieces.

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Quilting | Phase Basting

I upcycle, I do. It fills me with a satisfaction knowing that I have taken something outdated and unwanted and turned it into something more enjoyable. Yesterday I basted Rohen's finished quilt top to an upcycled bedspread. My basting process is probably different than yours, but maybe not. maybe there is an underground movement of phase basters. yes, that is what I am calling it: Phase Basting.

Phase Basting is where the quilt top and the backing is secured to the batting separately. I baste like this because I am impatient, mostly and because I am very limited on space. I live in a Canadian post-war shotgun house with a teenager a 5-year-old a husband, a puppy and a medium-sized lab-mut.

I did come across a lady who was using an ironing board to baste her quilts as she was also short on space and I think that I started with that method then moved to the floor with quilting pins.

Phase Basting allows me to work on the back side of the quilt; being short on space I basically use the back as a design wall! lol

I may be taking a break from this one as I am getting a little sick of looking at it. I've joined Quilty 365! and I am very excited about that!

I am linking with Finished or not Friday

Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts

cheers for now,


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Rug Hooking | Moog Progress

This is the progress! I really wanted to show you the dying I did for the darker blue in Moog's forehead but I got carried away cutting up the wool. At that point I thought, ok, well, I should show them the cut strands, then I got carried away with hooking it up into my cute alien's head. oops. …
Moog Progress, Head Shot
I am waiting on some green prochem dye to come in from our local guild store so I can keep hooking the rest of Moog. I haven't decided on a background for this guy. Any Ideas? 

Moog Progress, Full body

Monday, February 6, 2017

Quilting| Rohen's Chinese Coins

I am working on Rohen's Quilt. I have the big star blocks pieced together with supporting elements and am now working on herringbone Chinese coins.  The quilt is starting to look phenomenal! Nathan says that I should highly value the work that I am putting in on this one and that he does! he also hints that he can't wait to have his own blanket. I have made quite a few afghans and quilts but he has yet to receive his. Patience my love patience. :)

I purchased some scraps from Weave and Woven  on Etsy, a seller from Ontario Canada, and used them to perk up the original color scheme for the stars. I love the scraps and the packaging was so lovely!

I can't wait to show you the top.


Linked to design wall Monday  and Oh Scrap 

Monday, January 23, 2017

Quilting| Rohen's Quilt Progress


I made the black sheep for his sister now I am finishing up my nephew's "I'm a star" quilt.

I started these blocks back in August, It got put on the shelf because I tend to bounce around with my creative projects quite a bit. 

Now I have this stack of scraps to play with and combine the blocks. I can't wait to show you the finish!