Sunday, May 31, 2020

Project QUILTING - Quarantine Edition - Q.5


What are the details for this week's challenge, Joyful???

Kim is giving Trish a break for this FINAL Quarantine Challenge (for now.) Here's what she had to say about this week's prompt... Q.5
The inspiration for the final Project QUILTING Quarantine Challenge is TRISH.  Kim had this to say:
Trish Frankland is the peanut butter to my jelly, my partner in crime … I mean quilting, she brings me down when I’m too far up and brings me up when I’m too far down.  Project QUILTING and my quilting world would not be the same without her. AND it’s her birthday on May 31st – the day these are due so I thought this would be a great week to be inspired by her!
If you don’t know Trish here are a few of her loves to inspire you –
  • Skulls
  • Typography
  • Indy 500
  • Motorcycles
  • Chickens
  • Vocabulary
  • Balancing Rock Piles
  • Art History
  • The “F” word
  • Music
  • Sparkles
With that list in mind...

I took a tour thru my fabric stash to see what I might have to work with.  I'm not gonna lie, right now, I've got NOTHING!!

Who wants to place bets on what I found???

Crickets?  (Meaning, still no idea WHAT this challenge will be.)


As I poured over the list (for the THIRD time), I stopped at the word vocabulary.  Hmm...

Inspiration struck...

The question is HOW will I interpret my idea?!  Since my stash failed me, maybe my scrap bins will house something appropriate.  Skulls, typography, and music, maybe.  The "F" word?  Not in MY stash!!

I went in search of FREE fonts:

Q - Validity Script
U - Naughty Monster
I - Do It With Love
L - Vintage Letterpress
T - Waltograph

I printed the letters out and decided they were too small, so DH sized them up for me (twice) using a scanned copy and his snippet tool.  Finally, I cut out the letters:

... And aligned them like my original drawing:

Next came the fun part!  Choosing fabric scraps:

Some adjustments were made:

Once that was done, I pulled out my scraps of Steam-a-seam Lite 2 and rough cut so they were bigger than the letters, but smaller than the fabric:

After trimming... Fused first side and cut out the letters (again) and played with the word alignment.  I present my Q.5 challenge piece, ready for fusing:

... And fused to the background:


What are the chances that the FIRST piece of batting that I pick up would be the EXACT size that I needed for this piece?!  Pretty incredible, huh:

With threads chosen...

... I stitched down each of the letters:

QUILT - a verb for making friends:

You'll notice in the photo above, I quilted in the phrase.

I decided the piece didn't require further quilting.  It was time to choose a binding.  I have a small stash of rainbow scraps that I bought at this year's Quilt Guild Silent Auction. I chose one of those and cut the necessary strips:

I'm really hoping I'll have time to finish this in the morning!  The clock is ticking. T minus 14 hours and counting, but I'm too tired to continue.

 OK, OK.  Back to the finishing....

With fresh eyes (only TWO HOURS before the deadline!) and a renewed sense of enthusiasm, I prepared the binding, stitched it on and then REMEMBERED the two steps that I almost forgot!!

What's that, Joyful!!!

My label and the corner hanging system, that's what.  That would be disastrous since this is meant to be a wall hanging AND a gift.  Don't you think?  I added those and moved on to the binding:


(With 45 minutes to spare) My Q.5 challenge is complete:

The quilt measures 8" tall x 12.5" wide.

Why did you participate this time???

If you know me, you know there is ALWAYS a reason that I participate in these challenges.  This time??  The challenge provided me with a housewarming gift for a dear friend who moved into a new house a few months ago.

Here's a closer look...

... And a better look at the "writing":

I hope she likes it!!

Off to link-up with the Challenge...

The NEW Blogger was having some issues, so finishing my post was not as easy as it sometimes is.  I'm off to link-up with only 30 minutes to go.  Yikes!  Nothing like the last minute to get something done.

Thank you to Kim and Trish for continuing to challenge our creativity during our Coronacation.  I really appreciate the time and effort you take to bring this event to us.  It was a nice diversion, as we waited for our country to re-open.  Stay safe out there!!

Sharing with Cynthia


With Kelly

Until next time...
Happy birthday, Trish!!!

Hands2Help - 5/31 - Finished Quilt Link-Up

H2H 2020

As it turns out, I mailed one quilt off to a participating organization and another one two to non-participating charities.

Mercyful Quilts is receiving my "Ella" Quilt in honor of Paula @ Paula B Quilts on Blogger and/or Paula B Quilts @ Wordpress.

This little quilt was mailed off to Little Lou Quilts soon after Sarah announced this year's Hands2Help Comfort Quilt Drive:

Jack's Basket in honor of Paula @ Paula B Quilts:

When this quilt was completed, I wasn't sure where it would be headed.  I was having trouble deciding which of this year's participants should/would receive this little quilt.

As time passed, I switched gears.  I needed to prepare my post in memory of my blogger friend, Paula B.  Reading thru what I had prepared I recalled my desire to contribute to one of her favorite charities.  This quilt will serve as a trifecta.

It will go to Jack's Basket.  The quilt will count in this year's totals for Hands2Help.  Most importantly, it will serve to honor Paula's mission to make quilts to give.

Prior to packaging them up for shipping, they took a spin thru the washer and dryer:

Time passed...

Then came the day that I prepared them for shipping.  That's when things got a little crazy!

I started with the quilt for Jack's Basket:

Bagged and boxed:

That was easy!!

As I refolded my "Ella Quilt" to ship to Bernie for Mercyful Quilts, I detected a "shadowing" that I hadn't noticed when the quilt came out of the dryer:

Only a little dye migrated to the very lightest fabric in the quilt:

As I looked a little closer, I noticed...

... Something a bit more disturbing that simple shadowing:

OMG!!!  What are you going to do NOW, Joyful?!?!

Vicki Welch  to the rescue.  Her article Save My Bleeding Quilt has been touted in BlogLand as quite the life saver.  Well, at the very least, a quilt saver.  :o))

After a soak in a THIRD tubful of HOT water, the fabric stopped bleeding:

I missed taking a photo of the worst of the dye run off, but after the prescribed time, I drained the water for the final time and took the quilt to the washing machine for a final rinse.  Followed by another spin in the dryer. The treatment was a success and it was time for packaging the quilt up:

Bagged to protect against potential water damage:

Stacked with a few of its friends:

And hauling it to the post office.


These were the participating charities in this year's Hands2Help 2020 Comfort Quilt Challenge:

  1.  Quilts of Compassion
  2.  Quilty Hugs for Happy Chemo
  3.  Caregivers Quilt Initiative
  4.  Mercyful Quilts
  5.  Quilts for Cure (Sorry! No longer accepting donations, per Sarah on 5/19/20.)
  6.  Little Lambs Foundation

Each organization has their own list of requirements for the quilts they hope to receive.  You will choose based on the quilt size and style that you prefer to make.  Sarah also allows for donations to your own favorite LOCAL charities, if postage will be a problem for you.

Linking up my THREE quilts with Sarah
The Final Hands2Help Check-In

Until next time...
QUILT Some Comfort!!!

Saturday, May 30, 2020

ScrapHappy Saturday - RSC20 - Week 22

Welcome to Week 22 of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge!!!  I'm here to share the Dark GREEN scrappy bits that I've been playing with this week.  Fair warning!  I've been busy.  Even though, I resisted when Angela announced May's Color of the Month, I warmed to the idea and made the most of it.

SUNDAY - I released a Special Post today.  If YOU like Patchwork and Quilts, you may want to visit.  This afternoon, I finished up this quilted slab panel:

MONDAY - Angela gave the RSC Quilters a sneak preview of the June color reveal a bit early.  The new color is:


I made use of the time while dinner was cooking.  I trimmed up the Step 1 HSTs for my Unity Quilt.  Better late than never, especially since there is a tiny bit of Dark(ish) GREEN in some of the fabric:

After dinner, I noticed that my RSC blocks for May weren't done.  I chose the fabrics weeks ago, but still no blocks!  I made a start:

Yes, blocks, plural.  I have added Preeti's Picket Stars to my repertoire.  I only need NINE to make a good sized donation quilt!  I think I can manage that, don't you?  Here's the first step:

TUESDAY - I worked on my Picket Star block in Dark GREEN...

... And stopped just shy of finishing it up:

Since Angela is starting in on the new color, I thought I would share the PINK scraps that I have to work with:

WEDNESDAY - While it appears to be my regular Stash Buster Challenge block for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge...

... This morning, I discovered that I have apparently started ANOTHER new quilt...

... Or I'll need to make a date with my seam ripper, followed by one with my rotary cutter, in order to get the block down to the correct size:

This week's Quarantine Chronicles post was released this evening.  It may be the last one for a while, as North Carolina has gone into Phase Two of re-opening the state and I'm feeling the need to stop (or at least pause) the series.

THURSDAY - This was the morning for my ZoomBEE meeting:

Oh!  I opted to just make a new block with the pieces cut from 2" strips (as opposed to the 2.5" strips the big block used.)  Here is my new block...

... With its scrappy friends...

... You can see why one should use the SAME ruler throughout a project, as the block came out ever so slightly smaller than the others.

I put my Dark GREEN Picket Star block together this afternoon:

FRIDAY - This morning, I released a new Design Floor Friday post.  (My 1000th post!!!)  Can you guess what I made?!  Here's a preview:

SATURDAY - Technically, today is the LAST Saturday for playing with our Dark GREEN scraps.  I'm guessing most of the RSC Quilters have already moved on.  What do you bet?!  Let's go check out Angela's LINK PARTY @ So Scrappy to see!

Until next time...

Friday, May 29, 2020

Design Floor Friday - {1000th Post and} A Bigger Boat

Welcome to another edition of Design Floor Friday and my 1000th post!!!  Over the holiday (U.S. Memorial Day) weekend, I built a bigger boat.  It started with my friend Denise grumbling about her overflowing Quilted Thread Catcher at one of our last Sew/Craft Friends-zy events and crossed craft lines last week.

Let me explain...

Last week, ZoomKNIT met twice.  During Friday's meeting, I showed my latest Quilted Scrap Basket.  Tracy commented that I had used "her" color and she loved it:

Later in the meeting, Tracy was showing us her latest project and 
said that she was having trouble fitting her multi-skeined knit project into her Quilted Yarn Bowl.  Her timing couldn't have been more perfect!

The scraps were at hand and I was in a basket-making kind of mood.


The next morning, I started in on "boat" construction:

DS1 helped me figure out the panel measurements for the new basket size and the design of the "made fabric" evolved over time:

Ultimately, the panel was assembled...

... And ready for quilting:

The quilting itself also evolved over time, as I had no set plans...

... But it, too, was eventually finished and trimmed up:

Basket shaping was the next step...

... Before the "Bigger Boat" was ready for binding:

By late Sunday afternoon, I had completed "A Bigger Boat" {Tracy's BIGGER (Birthday) Yarn Bowl}, using the same binding for it as I used on my own Dark GREEN Quilted Scrap Basket:

My only regret is that I didn't add a "coping strip" along the top edge of the "made" panel, since squaring up the quilted base resulted in decapitating the bird on a special scrap that was included:

I was especially pleased to hear that Tracy particularly liked the peas in a pod fabric that I included:

I might as well show you the final side of the piece...

... Along with the proof that this can double as a (better fitting) hat:

Win your own "Bigger Boat" by leaving a comment specifying what color you would like, if Mr. Random draws your number.  The winner will be chosen on Wednesday, June 3, 2020 @ 9 PM.  Attention:  If you are a No Reply Blogger, please make sure to include your email address, so that I can contact you.

Sorry!!! The drawing is CLOSED!!!

Sharing with Alycia

Until next time...
QUILT to gift!!!