Wednesday, May 11, 2016

NOT QUILTING

I have not been doing much quilting lately. What I have been doing is working on my Freedom From Smoking classes that I am currently teaching, along with designing an office "program" for our patients who are wanting to quit smoking. Their packet will be called, "Your Personal Quit Program". I am designing handouts and a 4 session counseling program. So far, a lot of work!! But fun.
I have also:

Laid these bricks off our front porch!!
Bottled and corked my plum wine. We got
23 bottles!!! Next up will be the grape wine!

And I have been making a couple sun catchers.
I had to get one made, including getting dozens
of little driftwood pieced we found drilled with
holes for stringing the beads.
This was our monthly craft project for the
Women of the Maggots!! Yes, our husbands,
boyfriends call their motorcycle group The
Road Maggots!!! I started the craft group
in January!! Lots of fun but lots of prep
work for me!!!
I will be glad when I get all my tobacco handouts done and in an easy to use format for our patients. And I will be glad when I get my Freedom From Smoking classes all in an easy to use lesson plan. I can then get back to quilting!!!

Enough for now, need to work on Session Seven for class today.

Take care and do some quilting for me!!! Martha

Monday, April 25, 2016

Quilted Postcards for mailing


Yes, more quilted postcards!! These are fun and easy to make and perfect when there are so many things taking up my time!!! At least I can get a little quilting done and actually finish the project!!!

Fabric all marked, pinned,  and ready to quilt.
One done and one to go!
Both quilted!!!
Finished and ready to mail!!
Here's the thread I used for the quilting and edge. Coats and Clark
variegated thread.
Closeup of the back
And the other postcard also with Coats and Clark thread.
The back of both cards.

I found the stamp and ink at Hobby Lobby. I did remove a little
bit of the stamp. There were parts that I didn't want on the card.
And this little gem is what I got from my swap partner this month. Isn't it just
the sweetest!!?? She did needle felting and beading with applique and quilting.
I love it!!!


Take my quilting friends. Have a lovely day!!! Martha 
Remember to keep those needles sharp and changed!!!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Disappearing Hour Glass- A photo tutorial


Hi everyone!! Hope you are doing well and enjoying the day!! I haven't had much chance to sew and quilt these days as they have been filled with learning about Smoking Cessation and how to teach it!!

I decided that today I would take a break and get some sewing done. I still need to work on class 3 of the Freedom From Smoking class I am currently teaching.

A couple months ago our guild worked on Disappearing Hour Glass blocks. One of the gals in our group found instructions and shared them with us. So I thought I would share with you.

Two 10" squares-one light and one dark
Pin right sides together.
Sew 1/4" seam on all sides
Cut in half on the diagonals-corner to corner
BEWARE!!
You are now working with blocks on the diagonal which
can be challenging. Press gently avoiding stretching the
fabric!!!!
Press. I like my seams open. Your choice here!!
Trim to 6 1/2" square
Lay out in hour glass design and sew together.
Press seams open.
Cut 4 1/8" from the outer edge-one each side.
Turn all outer pieces 180 degrees, turn the center once.
And you get a star!!
OR- turn the outer corners 180 degrees and the center once.
You get a different design.
I chose this one as it is different from what you normally see.
Here it is pieced and pressed.
Three blocks done. I will try and get one more done today. I love the way they
look together. I may do 16 blocks for this quilt. Still undecided!!

This is fun and easy to do. Just take your time with the blocks and you should have no problems!!

I am planning on making one more today then on to another sewing/quilting project. Then I need to mow the lawn and after that work on my quit smoking class. Life has gotten a bit to busy these days!

Take care friends!!! Have a lovely day

Martha

Thursday, April 7, 2016

My New York Beauty guild challenge using polka dot fabric

I am really loving this little quilt!! The challenge was to use the polka dot fabric in any way you choose. Then each month we will pick out two techniques to use-you can choose one or both. So the first month the techniques were "add words" and "fussy cut applique". I chose the words which is the black fabric.

So for this month the two techniques are, "polka dots" and "ruffles".

I am not going to tell you what I am adding in just yet. It will be a surprise!!!

For some odd reason, I cannot get my computer to download all my new photos!! Oh well. I really wanted to show you how I did the last two New York Beauty blocks.

Hmmmmmm......... Not today

So-until next time-Happy Quilting and keep those scissors sharp!!! Martha


Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Polka Dot Guild Challenge

Our Guild, the Santiam Scrappers, is having a quilt challenge. The theme, or challenge begins with the polka dot fabric. Each month we will pick out of the bag, two techniques. You can one or both. The first two were fussy cut applique and put words in. So I chose the words with the black fabric and decided to do New York Beauty blocks because I have never done one and have always wanted to. Good enough for me!!!


They actually went together quite easily!! YAY!!






I have two more to make and will not put them together until I get more "surprise" directions. This is going to be a very bright quilt. I am looking forward to the fun!!! The challenge will go on for 6 months, so who knows what the end result will be!!

Stay tuned!! Happy Quilting!! Martha

Monday, February 8, 2016

Bumble Bees *Quilted Postcards and Bookmarks


I know I've told you about the group I belong to on Facebook. We exchange quilted postcards. Sometimes we have a theme and other times no theme. For January the theme was Bumble Bees and Hives.

As my usual course, I had to make it difficult. I figured, if I am going to make one, why not make 4!! I don't know why I do this to myself, but I do!!!

So I ended up with 2 postcards and 2 bookmarks. I think They turned out cute!!!

The following is the course I took putting them together. I did do fusible applique on all four, some Angelina Fiber for the wings, used a black marker on four of the bumbles. I am pretty pleased with them.

One is on it's way to Malaga Spain and the others I may put in my Etsy store. Not sure yet. I may also write up a pattern for them. Time will tell!!!

So here it goes with photos!!! Enjoy.





















I also decided to finish this bookmark!! I did get a bit done and I am pleased but I am also taking February off as I have so many things to finish up and I am in the middle of a Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training so I really need to just study a lot!!


These are fun to make!!!
Happy Quilting!!!
Martha