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Thursday, July 16, 2020

My Little Corner of the World


I've become a real news hound during this pandemic,
simply because I feel the need to know what's going on.
Things aren't pretty.
It doesn't really matter what political party you align with,
the facts are the facts.
It's time to stop laying blame for all the things that were done wrong,
and time for everyone to get on the same page,
and to start doing everything right.


This morning I read a new post from
and she has graciously shared a free
Quilt of Valor pattern.


Stars of Courage is a FREE Quilt of Valor pattern designed by Julie Cefalu at The Crafty Quilter.


Thanks ever so much, Julie!
This would be a fun quilt to make no matter what the colors!

I also want to bring to your attention that
Stephanie of Loft Creations
has reissued several of her patterns for incredibly low prices
and they are available in her Etsy Shop.
Her incentive is just to keep everyone sewing
during this incredibly difficult time.
I have made many of her creations
and have many more to make.
I love them all.

Know what else I love?
This quilt!




Signed, sealed, and delivered
to Crafty Daughter's boss, and well received!
It came out beautifully.

I also completed the second quilt top for the two children
who lost their mom in a vehicular accident last summer.
This one is for the little boy.




I used Bento Box blocks with a Fandangle fat quarter bundle
I found the perfect flannel to use as backing
for each quilt,
so all I need to do is layer and quilt them!
I just know that one of these mornings,
I'm going to wake up and say,
"Today's the day!"

Last, but certainly not least,
I'd like to share Crafty Daughter's Little Free Library suite.




She asked her significant other to build her one for her
November birthday,




and asked me to register it for her as my gift.

The yellow library is the original,
and when it became such a success,
the children's library was added.
Crafty Daughter takes her stewardship
of this little free library very seriously, and does a great job.
On instagram, check out #LittleYellowLibrary!

Please stay safe,
use caution when you go out,
and wear a mask!
Don't be part of the problem,
be part of the solution!!

~karen


Wednesday, June 3, 2020

One Day at a Time!


With everything that's going on in the US,
it's difficult to know how to begin a new post.
I am so thankful that I have the quilting bug 
and not the corona virus,
and I can lose myself in my sewing.

I was still in a slump
during the initial stages of the pandemic,
so I whipped up this simple little top
using a 5-piece fat quarter bundle by Kanvas Studio
called Cherry Twist, that I found for only $5.99




Measuring 58" square,
this quilt, along with the one I am currently working on,
will be sent to my extended family in Maine.
There are two young people there who lost their mom
in a fatal car crash late last summer.
I'll show you quilt #2 in my next post.

The first week of sheltering-in-place,
the bobbin winder on my Singer broke.
Considering all my options,
and was saved!

Simplicity SideWinder Portable Bobbin Winder

Reviews were all over the place,
but I took a chance, and since I knew what to expect beforehand,
 I'm not disappointed.

The second week of sheltering-in-place,
it became quite obvious that I was going to run out of thread soon,
and I had to place another online order.
Thank goodness, Quilt in a Day was having a sale.

That's pretty much the extent of my
Pandemic Blues,
other than not being able to return to Canada.
It is what it is!

Piecing my simple quilt top did the job
of  hoisting me up and over that slump
and I was ready to get back to work on something
a little meatier!




Working with 3/4" and 1-1/4" strips,
I really took my time building each of the 20 blocks
for this quilt top, which measures 54" x 66".
The block is called Roman Square by Amy Sinibaldi.
I mentioned it in my previous post.
I hope to have it quilted up
and ready to gift to Crafty Daughter's boss/friend next week.
You know how sometimes you immediately 'click'
with someone?
That was the case with these two gals!

I always have a leader/ender project or two in the works,
so thought a quick pic of my design wall was in order.




I couldn't resist making a shelter-in-place quilt.
Village, by Miss Rosie's Quilt Co.,
was released for free by Moda Fabrics when the pandemic began.
The little houses whip up quickly.
I'm making some with chimneys, and thought I might
add some tree blocks.  Maybe.  We'll see.
The plus blocks were my leader/ender project
for RSC2020, but kind of took the back seat to the houses.

Last, but not least, the winner of my little give away!
With the help of the random number generator,
Angie's comment was selected to receive a scissors keep
from Gardenia Drive Etsy Shop.
Congratulations, Angie!
I'll be in touch!

As always, be cautious, stay safe,
and enjoy your day.
Take things one day at a time,
and we'll get through this together.

~karen



Sunday, May 24, 2020

Blog Hop Update/What's New


Greetings!
Thank you so much for visiting my blog during the
Creating A Quilted Legacy Blog Hop.



It took me a long time to respond to everyone's comments, 
and there are still a few that have been buried in my emails,
so I apologize If you have not heard from me.
Yet.

After all the comments were tallied, my 'behind the scenes' assignment
was to use the Random Number Generator
to select the winners of the giveaways.

Congratulations to everyone who won a prize!
All winners have been notified and almost everyone
has responded, but, if after a reasonable amount of time,
a winner has not made contact,
that prize will be reassigned.

I read a most inspiring post the other morning
by Tish of The Madd Quilter,
Tish's Adventures in Wonderland
that I’d like to share with all FMQers.
I’ve practiced FMQ a lot on my Janome Horizon 8200,
 and I mean A LOT!
And I’ve become very confident.
However, I don’t always know how to quilt every top,
and I sometimes get discouraged.
This post is a must read for inspiration and motivation.



Just look at that beautiful quilting job!
Click on the picture for a closer look-see.
(I've borrowed this picture from Tish, but didn't ask
for permission, so THANKS, Tish!)

My own 'shelter-in-place' sewing has been
inspired by Amy Sinibaldi's 2018 Aurifil BOM block,
Roman Square.


Taking photos for my blog is the bain of my existence
and is probably why I blog so infrequently.
I will try harder when I have all of my blocks
sewn together into a flimsy!
I am sewing rows together right now.

Intrigued by this block the very first time I saw it,
I knew this was the one when I needed to make a quilt
with a whisper of sophistication.
  I enjoyed making it so much,
I just kept piecing until I had 20 blocks.

If you aren't familiar, Amy Sinibaldi blogs at NanaCompany,
and if you ever have the time,
take a lovely scroll through her delightful posts.
I'd like to personally thank Amy for having the vision
to create such a striking block.
And the fabrics she designs give me pause,
and if I had a larger fabric budget,
I'd own them all!

Oh, oh. oh!  One last thing!
I thought it would be fun to have an
unannounced follow-up give away with this post.
Up for grabs is a Retractable Scissors Fob
from my daughter's Etsy shop,
Gardenia Drive.




I find one of these fobs especially useful
when I am doing FMQ at my Janome
because there is very little table space surrounding the machine
and manipulating a quilt knocks everything of onto the floor.
Any comment is eligible

As the country opens up,
please make wise choices, be safe,
and stay well.

~karen


Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Creating a Quilted Legacy Blog Hop



Welcome to my stop on the
Creating a Quilted Legacy Blog Hop,
where we will be “Following in Paula's Footsteps”
today through Friday.

Paula, PaulaBQuilts, filled her hours, and her heart,
by making quilts for others, donating to
charities such as Jack's Basket and Project Linus,
to name just a few.
In February, Paula passed away unexpectedly after a short illness.


Paula Budinger


Today, May 6, would have been her 79th birthday.
We are celebrating her life by continuing her spirit of giving
with a very special birthday remembrance.

Each blog hopper has agreed to make a quilt for charity
sharing their creations with us all May 6th through May 8th.

I have chosen to work with Figo Fabrics'
Midsommar line, in my quilt,
and will be donating it to A Doll Like Me,
where it will bring joy and comfort for years to come.

I discovered Figo Fabrics at QuiltCon 2020.
They had a lovely, eye catching booth,
and had donated a short stack of charms in my swag bag,
along with an accompanying free pattern
called Midsommar Migration.




I love both the fabric and the pattern because
it can be gifted to either a boy or a girl,
along with their very own,
very special, and lovingly made,
one-of-a-kind doll.
I downsized the pattern a tad to make it doll sized.
The original pattern makes a 26.75" x 30.50" wall hanging.
It was my first time constructing flying geese
four at a time!  What was I waiting for?

I hope you will take the time to see
what everyone else has made to honor Paula's memory.
Each and every comment you make
when you visit any or all today's blog hop participants listed below
will automatically be entered to win one of these prizes:


Lorna, Sew Fresh Quilts, $50 gift certificate for her pattern shop.

Yvonne Quilting Jetgirl, 2 PDF patterns of choice.

Bernie Needle and Foot, $25 certificate for her shop.

A fat quarter bundle from Figo Fabrics

A set of quilty gift cards from Initial Thought by DMF  Note cards set 1

A pattern of choice from Karen, Sugar Free Quilts

A $30 gift certificate from Doris, Cactus Queen Quilt Co

A PDF pattern of choice from Joanne, www.etsy.com/shop/CanuckQuilterDesigns

$25 gift certificate to Fat Quarter Shop




Thanks for stopping by!
A great big thank you to Janice and Kate
for putting this hop all together
and making it happen!
A complete list of blog hoppers can be found on their sites.

Stay well!
~karen


Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Creating a Quilted Legacy Blog Hop


The on-line quilting community 
said an unexpected good bye 
to a very special lady on February 8.

Paula Budinger

Paula Budinger, blogging as Paula B Quilts,
leaves a a very big hole in our hearts,
and awfully big shoes to fill.

Number one among her many quilty passions
was her desire to make a difference,
habitually constructing community quilts
for organizations that included Project Linus,
Jack's Basket, and Covered in Love.

In honor of Paula and her quilting mission,
and Kate from Smiles from Kate
have collaborated on a blog hop
to take place 
May 6 through May 8.
(I have only been on the periphery to lend support,
but these ladies have been doing all the hard work.)

Creating a Quilted Legacy

Following in Paula's Footsteps


Please take a moment to visit both Janice and Kate
to learn more wonderful things about Paula B,
and more about how you, too,
can make a difference
by signing on 
to help fill Paula's shoes!

Thanks 'sew' much!
~karen



Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Time Out


Last winter, I made and presented my first QOV.
There are no words to describe
how it made me feel when it was presented.
I vowed then and there that I would make one a year
for as long as I am able.


Completing this top was my January OMG.
I didn’t accomplish my goal,
but it was completed on February 1st,
which just happened to be the QOV Sew-in date.
(I am often a day late, but certainly not a dollar short!)
Thank you, Patty, for hosting OMG
and keeping me focused on my project.

Originally intended to be 60 x 78”
I eliminated one top to bottom 6” row 
And the top and bottom borders,
For a finish measuring 54 x 68”.

~

I am very excited to be preparing to go to
QuiltCon in Austin, on Thursday and Friday.
I am already loading up my new tote bag
with goodies and necessities.


Sheila, of Sheila's Quilt World, gifted me this tote
just before I left for Texas in November.
Lovingly pieced from selvedge edges,
this is my first tote ever!
I have never made one for myself.
Thank you so much, Sheila!
It has already received so many compliments,
even just today at my LQS.

Since completing my QOV top, I have been
in a little bit of a quilt making slump,
so I decided to take a time out
and just work on small things.

Speaking of time out,
Crafty Daughter and I were walking the dog
at a local city park,
when we came across this oddly placed bench.



I couldn’t resist having a seat,
and I just laughed and laughed.
I have decided that this is a time out bench
for parents to use in a pinch.
Thoughts?

Thanks for popping in to visit.
Wish I had more to share!
See you at QuiltCon?

~karen



Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Think Win-Win


It's time to confess!
I did NOT accomplish my One Monthly Goal!
But, that’s okay.
I have made a lot of progress, and my purpose,
to have it ready by the time I travel to North Texas,
can still be accomplished,
since I’m not going until mid-March.

Why DIDN'T I accomplish my goal?
Wellllllll,
I kind of got sidetracked
by sneaking small projects into my sewing time.

One of them was a lot of small pieces!




I just couldn't resist
It's not too fancy.  I just used Kona Solids scraps,
a leafy tone-on-tone for the background,
and some Texas A&M fabric for the heart,




and the back.




I inserted a hidden zipper
and bound it with a solid maroon.
This will make a lovely, one of a kind gift
for an ATM student or graduate.
The pillow is 18" square.

Speaking of making lovely gifts,
Valentine's Day is quickly approaching!


Picture courtesy of Sugar Free Quilts


This sweet pattern, by SugarFreeQuilts is paper pieced,
finishing up at 20" square.
And there is still time to make it!
I'm always looking for something different
and fun, and this pattern fills the bill.
I haven't decided if mine will be another pillow,
or a mini wall hanging.
I'm tending toward wall hanging,
because it will be easier to store away.

Just one more thing.
Let's talk about donating blood.


Image result for donate blood

As I was reading through the statistics,
I found these numbers staggering.
"Approximately 60% of the population
is eligible to give blood at any one time,
but less than 5% of those who are eligible
actually make a donation."


Image result for donate blood


Aren't we always looking for a way to make a difference?
This act of giving only takes about an hour or less of your time,
every 8 weeks, if you are able,
and it's cost free.
Win-win.

Congratulations to all of you who DID
accomplish their January OMG!

Stay sweet!
Karen