Friday, March 15, 2019

Color Me Happy!

A few years ago, I taught a class coloring with crayons on fabric and then adding embroidery. 


First, we traced the design, colored and then embroidered. 

I have always wanted to go a step further, but had no idea what to do next.  Inktense pencils came across my radar. Did some research on them via YouTube and yes, I wanted to learn how to do that technique! These are NOT cheap pencils, so had to save my nickels and dimes and with coupon in hand, I went to purchase the pencils. And then,because life got in the way, totally forgot about the pencils.

We are very lucky to have Lois Mulcahey, who sends out Quilterz Nooz emails to the quilting community in our area.  One of the guilds advertised a class with Desiree Habicht in February called Color Me Quilts – Art Applique Table Runner. Luckily I didn't waste time to enroll, as the class sold out! 

 Finally, my chance to learn from a pro how to use those pencils!
Desiree showing us how to get started. 

Aren't these roses beautiful? 

We had a choice of a sunflower or a rose.
So guess what I picked? 
You got it, the sunflower. 


Lots of talent!!
Be sure to check out Desiree's website to see all the wonderful projects that you, too, can do!

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Show Your Wings Blog Hop





Hello. My name is Heide.

I am a quilter and have bad habits!


I do NOT press my blocks, I iron them


I do Not Service my sewing machine 

in a timely manner



(to name a few)






Ironing vs Pressing
My mother taught me how to iron clothes at a young age. Did such a great job, it became my permanent job growing up. Fast forward 30 some years, I am still ironing . . . Sigh. Clothes, quilt blocks, etc. You get the picture.

My life changed for the better when I watched Karen’s video from Just Get It Done QuiltsFinally, something that I could relate to and it works! I encourage you to take a couple of minutes and watch the video.  

Three easy steps:
Press the seam
Open and finger press
Press
That’s it. 


Been pressing Karen’s way all week and have experienced a huge difference in my blocks!


Now, for the sewing machine…poor thing. I have had my Elna since the late 90’s. 
Never a minute’s trouble until a few months ago. Took it in for service and got the following:

Saleslady: “Ahhh, do you know how long it’s been since you got this machine serviced?“
Me: “No, I don’t.”
Saleslady, after she cleared her throat: “That would be 2003”.
Me, while I was crawling under the carpet: “No way!” Weakly I said in my defense, “Well, I haven’t been sewing since 2011”. That sure didn’t earn me any sympathy. And then the saleslady preceded to lecture me on why sewing machines need to be serviced, blah, blah, blah and then she says I hope we can fix it.  Yikes.

And THEN the service tech calls. If I’m not mistaken, he is a retired school teacher and in his best teacher voice talking to a naughty student, preceded to tell me that that was the worst machine he had seen full of dust, lint and that I have been pulling material through which wears certain parts out, etc. (and I am thinking, how does he know I yank my material through).  He said it would cost $135 to service the machine. Wow, that’s all its going to cost? Please, yes, fix it. I got lucky, I seriously thought I was going to have to buy another machine the way he was going on & on. I put myself on time out and contemplated my bad habits. Got the call that the machine was ready for pick up. Brought her home and she is sewing like a dream again.

To address the dust issue, I decided to make a sewing machine cover, as obviously, I wasn't using the clunky, plastic cover that came with the machine. I found this adorable pattern for a sewing machine cover at Flamingo Toes.

Bev’s flamingo is so darn cute (and has wings), but I decided to do a Fairy with Wings on my sewing machine cover. Since the fairy is in purple, I am calling this "purple work". Used  the stem stitch for this project. The Iris is one of my favorite flowers, so was able to finally use this fabric that has been in the stash for years. 
Can you see the fairy sprinkling the fairy dust? 



I finished the cover last week and am happy to report I am using it every day. There are pockets on the side and one of these days I’ll figure out what to put in them.




Many thanks to Carol, from Just Let Me Quilt, for hosting the Show Your Wings Blog Hop. I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with whether it would be birds, angels, fairies, planes or butterflies.

Check out all the amazing bloggers
who will be participating---


Thank you for visiting and I hope that you all enjoyed what I learned that life is easier when you press those blocks correctly and service the sewing machine regularly.  


Friday, February 1, 2019

Hand Embroidery Enthusiasts. Can you stitch for 30 minutes a day?



For all of you that like to hand embroider, I found this challenge. Who is going to participate?

I copied & pasted the info below in case you were interested (I sure hope they don’t mind). They have a neat prize if you follow all the steps below and stitch at least 30 minutes a day for the month of February.

Donnett says:
We all need motivation to stitch sometimes. I know from personal experience that getting or staying motivated to stitch can sometime be a very real struggle. No matter how much you love stitching, it can be hard to “find the time” or maybe there is just some chaos in your life that is interfering with your stitching mojo. So what better way than a challenge to get us back to loving to stitch!!
Join the Embroidery.com 2019 Love to Stitch Challenge
Starts February 1st and goes through February 28th
Requirements:

At the completion of the challenge, not only will you have your stitching bug all revved up for 2019, but you will have won yourself a customized EZ Stitch Scroll Set with Embroidery.com 2019 Love to Stitch Challenge engraved into the sidebars.



How motivating will it be to not only meet this challenge but to see your trophy and stay motivated by using your Love to Stitch EZ Stitch Scroll Frame every time you stitch. You will be be able to choose your favorite scroll rod type between the EZ Stitch Webbing or the EZ Stitch Tape versions.
So go shout to the world "I Love to Stitch" and let's all get our stitching mojo all pumped up for 2019!!
Happy Stitching – Donnett

Sunday, December 16, 2018

2015?

Really? 2015. That's the last time I posted? Where has the time gone?

After taking years off from quilting, I'm back!! And the fact that I am aging faster than I want, I really needed to start whittling away at the "stash". My daughter reminds me on a regular basis that she DOES NOT WANT TO HAVE TO CLEAR OUT THE SEWING ROOM after I pass. It will all go into the trash! Horrors!!

I have been quilting off and on, but my heart just wasn't in to it. Was busy at our local Moose Lodge, the Salvation Army and running our business. I have decided to step back from volunteering and now we help out at the Courage to Call Food Distribution, in San Diego, twice a month. They hand out food to Active Duty and Veterans. It is heart warming to be able to lend a helping hand.

Where to start? Over the years, I have been following several quilters and various Facebook "Quilter's" pages. So many beautiful projects out there. So I decided to start with a new project - Enchanted Garden by Jason Yenter. When it comes to applique, I prefer the freezer paper method. Yikes. When I got the first block of the month, I thought, I can't do this with freezer paper. Too many small pieces. So got on You Tube and learned how to do raw edge applique.
Got the block ready, now I had to decide how to finish off the raw edges. I decided to go with a straight stitch. I found it to be so relaxing. Anxious to do the next two blocks (before the 3rd on arrives in the mail). The colors are so pretty!

UFO's. We all have them. Again, applique, but with the freezer paper method. This is from the Checkerboard Flowers BOM. I won't tell you how long this has been sitting around. . . 


Lots more to share, but it will have to wait. 

Until later,
Heide

Monday, August 10, 2015

April Showers Mug Rug Hop

Note: This was a previous post - was deleting pictures no longer available and it updated with today's day. Oops! Hope to get back to quilting real soon!

Today is my day to participate in the April Showers Blog Hop. Mug Rugs are one of my favorite things to make. There is no limit as to what you can make. I think they are a great way to try a new technique before you commit to a full sized quilt. How many of us started a quilt to find out we didn't like it or got bored? Hence a lovely collection of UFO's!

Thought this lovely guy would be great to wake up to.
Rise & Shine!


 Recently, I met Nina at the San Diego VA Hospital. We had both entered their yearly Veterans Fine Arts, Applied Arts and Crafts Competition. She is quite the artist and not only entered three quilts but also entered other art categories. She placed first in her quilting category and I also placed first in another quilting category. Our quilts are on their way to the next level of competition. If you win at the National Level, the prize is an all expense paid trip to Reno for a week. Once there, you not only attend various art classes, but you also get to go on tours throughout the area. I am so hoping I win! What an opportunity. 

Back to Nina. She is in her 80's and what a nice lady. Wish I could remember what branch of service she was in. It was either the Navy or Air Force. (I was in Army) She shared one of her patterns with me and I thought it would be a nice to surprise her and send her the "Thank You" in the form of a mug rug. I don't know about you, but I really appreciate receiving a mug rug or a miniature quilt from a fellow quilter. We all know the time and cost involved in a quilt or hand sewn creation. 
Thank You!
I thought it would be fun to share one of our favorite cookie recipes. I got it from a friend back in PA in the 80's. I usually make this every couple of months. 

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
1 cup (2 sticks) margarine or butter, softened
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
3 cups uncooked oats (quick or old fashioned)
1 cup raisins

  • Heat Oven to 350 degrees.
  • Beat together butter and sugars until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well.
  • Add the combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Mix well.
  • Stir in oats and raisins; mix well.
  • Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet. 
  • Bake 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheet. Remove to wire rack. 
Makes about 4 dozen. 
Enjoy!

Go over to Madame Samm's Pinterest page Pinterest
You will be so inspired! 
Thanks to Madame Samm at Sew We Quilt for her
time and effort to bring us together to
showcase our projects and talent.

And last, but not least,
 my heartfelt thanks to 
our Cheerleader
Erin


Be sure to visit the other participants today. I can't wait to see what they all came up with!

Cathi @ Quilt Obsession
Jane @ Jane's Fabrics and Quilts
Heide @ Nutz4Redwork
Cherry @ Cherry'sPrairiePrimatives
Christine @ Quilt Monster in my Closet
Vickie @ More Stars in Comanche
Pauline @ Stekje
Jan @ Jan's Art Friendzy
Nissa @ Nissa Made Stuff
Robin @ As Sweet As Peaches
Lyndsey @ Sew Many Yarns
Eleni @ That Other Blog

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Time to Shake Your Pom Poms!



Let me introduce my favorite little baker, Bentley. 
She is busy getting tea ready for her Grandma. 

When visiting recently, she found a scrap of material with "Lightening McQueen" on it in my sewing room. She got so excited. I was really struggling with what to make for the "Shake Your Pom Poms" and all of sudden Lightening struck!


I just wish Bentley was here to model her apron! Can't wait to see her expression when she opens her present. She'll have her own "Lightening McQueen". 


 If you are interested in making an apron for that special child in your life, go here.



Here's our new "favorite" dessert. 
I saw this on Facebook recently and if it has pineapple in it, I've got to try it!

Two Minute Hawaiian Pie
This pie actually does just take a few minutes to prepare.


1 20-oz can crushed pineapple, undrained
1 box instant vanilla pudding mix (3.4 oz)
8 oz sour creme
1 9-inch graham cracker crust
8 Maraschino Cherries
1/2 cup sweetened flaked coconut
1 small container of Cool Whip for piping


In a large bowl, combine crushed pineapple with its syrup, dry pudding mix and sour creme. Mix well until well combined. Spoon into pie crust and decorate top with pineapple slices and cherries, sprinkle with coconut. 
Pipe with Cool Whip if so desired. Cover and chill for at least 2 hours before serving. 

I made my own graham cracker crust.  This is how I did it. 
Pre-Heat oven to 375 degrees. 

1 1/2 cups crushed graham crackers
1/3 cup sugar
6 tbsp butter, softened
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Mix ingredients and pat into pie pan.  Bake for 7 minutes. Cool before adding your pie ingredients. (After I tried this yesterday, I don't think I'll ever buy another graham cracker crust. It was that good!) 

Thanks to Madame Samm at Sew We Quilt 
for her time and effort to help us showcase our projects and talent. 


And to
Thearica at

An Awesome Cheerleader!  
Look at what I won!
I won this neat Clover Pom Pom Maker from Thearica! 
Woot Woot

Here's my first attempt. 
All I have is this pink yarn, so anxious to get over to the craft store to buy other colors. 
And practice on making better Pom Poms. The one above is a little on the thin side!
The Clover Pom Pom Maker makes short work in making Pom Poms
and sure beats using cardboard!


Be sure to visit everyone in the Blog Hop today, 
so you can get inspired to 
Shake Your Pom Poms!    

April 24
Nutz4Redwork

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