Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Star Light-Star Bright


I made this quilt to donate to Ophelia's Place in Eugene Oregon



"Ophelia's Place is a prevention based organization dedicated to helping girls make healthy life choices through empowerment, education and support."


It was a lot of fun to quilt!!


I used Aurifil 50 wt thread to do all the quilting, top and bobbin!!







The brown is all thread. Lots and lots of thread!!!


 FINISHED!!!

The finished size is about 21.25" square. The top is Dupioni silk, love quilting on that fabric and the back is 100% cotton. The batting is cotton on the bottom and Quilter's Dream Wool on the top. The two give such lovely texture.

That's about it for now. Sorry for the last of blogging, life has gotten so busy and at times tiring. Just not much energy after work these days. It's all I have just to keep up with household chores, yard chores, and work.

But, that is OK!! I am good :^)

Happy Quilting!!!! Martha

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Quilt Donations literally :^)


This little quilt was finished at the end of August. Dupioni silk top and 100wt silk thread. I donated it to the Lunafest which is happening in Corvallis Oregon on September 22nd. Samaritan Health Services, who I work for, is sponsoring the event. They are having a silent auction and this little quilt will be part of it!!

I am now working on a second quilt for another silent auction. This one is for Ophelia's Place. You can check it out!!!

I am not finished with their's yet but still have another week before it needs to be done. Here is my progress so far.




My thread keeps breaking when I try to do the tiny sketching. I am using Aurifil 50wt cotton. I have tried three different needles. I will keep trying!!! Makes it take a lot longer. My other idea is to slow myself down. That might help the thread.

I will post the finished quilt!!

Take care and Happy Quilting and Sewing and whatever else you love to do!!! martha

Monday, August 12, 2019

Sewing with clear vinyl




Do you at times try something new out of the the blue?? I sure do. I was cleaning out a closet and found a bunch of vinyl so decided to try making a bag out of it.

So simple and so versatile.


This first one I made for my receptionist as she loves loves loves ladybugs!!! I'm happy to say that she was pleasantly surprised!!!


Here are the beginnings of the project


And sewing all the pieces. I invested in a teflon foot for my machine which makes sewing the vinyl a little easier.




This was fun!!! I did another smaller one for pencils and will share a tutorial on how I did it!!!

Take care and Happy Quilting/Sewing!! Martha

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Next project



These little gems are small but there are many. I think I have a minimum of 14 to make. Once I get around 8-9 finished I will let you know what they are. But for now, they are a mystery :^)


 So currently I am working on the pink ones. My goal for these is to do the background in a pink metallic. I am miserable when trying to stitch with metallic thread. I plan on loosening the tension and using a top-stitch needle. I sure hope it works because the pink metallic would be perfect.

IF ANY OF YOU READING THIS ARE EXPERTS ON QUILTING WITH METALLIC THREADS I WOULD WELCOME ANY AND ALL ADVICE YOU HAVE!!!

I AM SERIOUS!!!!


I am really excited about working on the gold fabric, this design will look so awesome!!! All this fabric is 100% silk, lovely to quilt on.

I got the idea for these almost two years ago. Made one, and have been struggling to make the rest. I have an idea why, but will save that for the finish also.

Take care my friends and Happy Quilting!!! Martha

Oh, and a few shots of my garden for your viewing pleasure!!!

I'm putting a new path in that will take you to the raised bed vegetable garden where I am growing these!!Very slow work here, I get pretty tired carrying all those pavers from the side yard to the back yard!!! But almost done!!!


💓😀💓😀💓😀💓😀💓

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Denim bag/purse and not much quilting


 I got an idea to make a simple little lined purse with denim fabric with the addition of some great quilting fabric for my daughter in laws aunt who just turned 60. The bag ended up being a little skinnier and taller than I had planned,but all in all it turned out cute. The horses reminded me of her and her free spirit.

 It has an adjustable strap that can easily be taken off as each end has a lobster clip that attaches to the D rings I sewed in.

 I also made her a matching keychain with her name and nickname. She loves to be known as Skarry, but her legal name is Sherry. So both are on the keychain and she lived that!!!



 I do love making the keychains with the lobster clip, makes it convenient to attach it to a D-ring on your bag/purse, inside or out.

And of course she needed to have a charm on her keychain. The heart if from me, and the skull is my husband's addition as she loved to ride on the back of a motorcycle.

I think it is time to get back to my quilting, I am missing it greatly.

Take care my friends and happy quilting and sewing!!!

Martha

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Special Key Rings


Special request from a dear relative to help give her strength as they go through some tough times. I'm letting her choose which one she wants along with what charm she would like.
Blessings from above!!!
Martha

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Key chains and a mini wallet



So this is what I have been doing lately, making key chains and mini wallets out of old jeans to give away and put in my Etsy store :)  They are fun to make and keep my mind occupied as things have been a little stressful lately.

I could retire so easy, honestly. I love my work, but I am tired!!!

I have around 2 years 5 months to go!!!

Anyway, hope you enjoy these little gems. I got the idea of putting charms on the key chains, so they will all have one.





Take care!!!

Martha