Showing posts from July, 2016

Pink and Scrappy

With just a day before the deadline of ScrapHappy Saturday with , I completed my summer haitus quilted wall hanging. The goal was to use up hot pink and mint green scraps. I am also linking up with for Finish It Up Friday.  I made enough squares for a quilt but I wanted to keep this project manageable. I have a fabric wall in my cubicle, easy enough to pin up this piece to brighten things up. Since this is a project for my own enjoyment, I used appliques, one being a poodle patch I have kept from a childhood bathrobe pocket. I needed a break from Christmas in July projects that utilize darker holiday fabrics. I stitched in the ditch with the walking foot using pink and mint green thread. The pale pink bee border showed up much better as a border than as a binding. The bees got lost in a baby quilt I bound it in that fabric. Since we are on the subject of Pink, I am linking up with Beverly at  howsweetthesound  for her:

Alice has gone Steampunk for the Mad Tea Party 2016

It has been a couple of years since I participated in the Mad Tea Party hosted by Vanessa over at .  This hop is loosely based on Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland . This here is a story about a doll named Alice. She made a journey from the land of but she got lost in transit. ( sung to the Brady Bunch theme song ). She showed up the day before the Mad Tea Party. Effanbee had been waiting for Alice. But Alice had fallen down the rabbit hole again and this time she went steampunk. Effanbee went to look for her friend Alice and she went steampunk too! When they both returned to the Mad Tea Party, there was homemade strawberry rhubarb pie waiting for them. Link to 2013 submission and my late submission 2012 edition.   Each year there are some amazing fantastical tea partiers.  Look in the comments section and the sidebar of the blog host to visit those participating.

Summer Sensations blog hop

Summer Dolly Quilt project Front and back, measures 21" x 21" In my quest to find summer blog hops, I stumbled onto a blog by Marian at  hailing from Italy ( first quilting blogger I have "met" from that country ) who is hosting: The rules for the hop are - You must make something new. No old projects or previous projects. If you have a UFO that needs finishing that fits the bill, that’s fine, but please make something new. Keep it small and fast to put together. In the summer time, most people want to be outdoors, but still like to get in a bit of sewing time. So make us something that you would use during the summer, whether it’s a picnic basket ruffle, cover, picnic items, baskets, placemats. The schedule for Summer Sensations… July 21 Quilt In Piece Moose Stash Quilting Bumbleberry Stitches July 22 Elizabeth Coughlin Designs Sally’s Quilts Thrift Shop Commando July 25 Cloth and Paper Studio Quilt Doodle Des

Upcoming hops and events

I am part of the Pokémon Go crowd - well, not so involved that I stampede in Central Park to catch a Vaporeon (players of the game know what I am referring to), link to that video.  I walk during my lunch hour and this game fits in perfectly with that activity. I will be featuring a small sewing project on Friday's post, but in the meantime, if you are so inclined, here is the schedule of upcoming Summer Sensation hoppers: July 21 Quilt In Piece Moose Stash Quilting Bumbleberry Stitches July 22 Elizabeth Coughlin Designs Sally’s Quilts Thrift Shop Commando July 25 Cloth and Paper Studio Quilt Doodle Designs Seams To Be Sew Life In The Scrapatch July 26 Seacoast Quilter TeaTme Creations I Can Quilt 2 In between that sewing, quilting crowd is the 2016 Mad Tea Party on Saturday, July 23rd, that I have linked up with after a two-year hiatus. The hostess has the most fantastical garden and fantasy-like creations - you won't want to miss her and all those tha

Got myself in a blogspat

In my enthusiasm to share my latest quilting project, seems I violated an unwritten blog hop rule of placing a linkback in a comment.  A blogger, who shall remain unnamed, emailed me that she was none too happy "but let it slide" until she saw I had done the same with others in the hop. My comments were deleted as inappropriate, taking away the other bloggers' moment in the sun. Admittedly, this is not my first blogspat. A few years ago I accidentally linked up with a romance writer's group. Rather than embrace that I was someone outside of their circle, I was roundly "kicked out" of the hop. One of the reasons I note "making mischief whenever I can" under my description. Seems I can't avoid getting myself into trouble. Another unwritten blog hop rule for some are only linking to that hop and not combining hops.  You won't know you are in the wrong until you receive a strongly-worded email from a bloggess. Thankfully, the fas

Christmas Quilt with Cardinal Cornerstones

What do quilters do when it is 100 degrees in the summer? They make quilt blocks ( at least that is what I do ) with the goal of making as many gift quilts as possible. This is the fun part - the piecework and constructing the quilt tops. This one will be a keeper and act as my template. Scheduled for a third quarter finish, #FALQ3TamiVonZalez . I so loved the look of cornerstones in my last quilt, I wanted to do it again. I had just enough material for the bulb and wreath borders that came in a mystery bag of thrifted Christmas material I purchased earlier in the month. I have been loosely following the Down Memory Lane pattern shown at the open book. The fabric to the right of the book are the beginnings of the outer borders. This was the first layout testing the pattern. I had only completed 12 blocks at this stage (at the end of the 4th of July weekend). I purchased retail the cardinal remnant and brown/burgundy fabric for the sashing. Thrifting over the 4th of July

Let's talk uglies

The uglies I am referring to are the fabrics that are, well, just plain ugly. I recently organized my fabric remnants by color and got rid of my uglies - sent to the Great Thrift Shop Beyond. I am certain other quilters/fabric artists do this. I mean you can only hide so much of the uglies scrapping them out. Here is a perfect example of what I consider to be uglies offered through . That poppy fabric I think is the best of the bunch, but the rest - uglies. If you have any blog hops or challenges planned, please leave a comment with the info or email me at tvonzalez at Ending the post with baby doll mugshots, tore up 1 and tore up 2. Both inmates at ( Yes, I spend way too much time on that website. )