Showing posts from March, 2017

Signups and my son's quilt

Signups begin today over at the  April Alternative Challenge , a low pressure challenge I began hosting this year. I had participated in another online April challenge but rules had changed. This low pressure challenge is tailored to highlight a blog or Instagram's best posts, 4 at the least. On to quilting news, I auditioned squares for my son's quilt. He chose the square in the middle. Gratuitous shot of my flowers in bloom. Thrifting hospice rewarded me with bowlful of Beanie Babies ( 25 cents each ). Here I was complaining I couldn't locate my Princess Di Tys, the Great Thrift Shop Beyond sent me two! Look for some fun posts next month, one being thrift shop weird and wacky.

Quilt Qwazy Queens and the quilted kennel pad

Hello hoppers, I am one of the quilters showcased in QQQ 2017, the brainchild of Marian at Admittedly, I have been on a quilted kennel pad/cover kick. After I finished my surprise-gift-for-supervisor, I made a "kennel cover" for myself. Call it that or a lap quilt, I had the worst time using old thrifted thread quilting this creation, I should have known better. I also engaged in ASR ( angry seam ripping ) three times when my backing didn't stay where I intended. Course, I didn't bother to baste, spray or starch the backing. Bad grrrl. It now resides on the back of my easy chair in the living room. The third in my kennel series is a kennel pad to my friend with three rescued Chihuahuas. First, I found this adorable material but it is discontinued and nowhere to be found.  Then, I found this material also discontinued from an online auction and snagged the last 3 yards. I added a scrap flannel panel and utilized high loft batting.  I used m

Let's talk adoption of the Quilty kind

Cynthia of  quiltingismorefunthanhousework is hosting a Quilty Adoption Event on March 16th through 18th.  DETAILS FROM HER BLOG 1.  "Orphans" linked up must be given away for free .  (If you are wanting to destash for money, there are other venues to do that on.)  I think it is fair that if you need to, you can ask that shipping costs be paid - be sure and put that information clearly in your post, both parties enter into the deal at their own risk.  Cynthia holds no responsibility. 2. Have clear pictures and descriptions on what you are putting up for adoption. 3. Define the criteria for how you will decide who will adopt the item.  Is it a random number giveaway, do you only want it to go to charity, or is there some other criteria that needs to be met? 4.  Be sure and identify where you are located and where you are willing to ship to. 5. Define how long you are keeping the adoption open and when you expect to award the adoption. (You do not need to close you

Peace bear is back in my life

Once upon a time, my children and I collected Ty beanie babies. Two of my most cherished were Peace bear and the Princess Diana Memorial Bear. Peace bear disappeared with the lot, it wasn't explained how, luckily my daughter still has the Princess Di Ty.   Since I am a frequent visitor of numerous thrift shops, I have seen bagsful of beanies for sale for a song. There are certain of the critters that remain collectible, Peace bear being one of them. Springtime Eyeore and original pastel Peace Bear (50 cents each), joined the Tami collection. Sally Stand-In is modeling my clothing finds of an Aeros quilted hooded black jacket ($7.50), an H&M light gray with white polka dot and yellow binding ($3.50) and a Forks, Washington Twilight comfy black t-shirt ($1.50). The jacket will get good use on those inclement days walking to and fro the work parking garage. My new job means 5 more blocks to walk each way, rather than one block each way. Rounding out the thrifting lot w

Surprise gift for a supervisor - quilted kennel cover

Having finally landed a public sector paralegal job, I wanted to give a surprise gift to my supervisor who had agreed to act as a reference. She had also given me the print material in the right and left corners of the image below. She had asked me if I could use the material and I said, "yes" all the while planning to do something special for her. My "sup" is also involved in feral cat rescue so I made her a quilted kennel cover. The cat-related fabric was the basis for a quasi strip-quilt top. She uses blankets over cat carriers as temporary homes for captured feral cats. Once the animal is either spayed/neutered, treated for any ailments, they are released back into the area from which they were captured. Some are recruited as barn cats in rural areas. It seems to meet with my cat's approval. Quilt sandwich layout. I cut it close on that batting but supplemented it later. Rather than put a separate binding on this, I kept 3" leftover from backi