Quilting to Start the New Year

The past few months of 2019 were somewhat stressful for me and didn't leave much time to sew. Now that hubby is healing well from a total knee replacement, the daughters and their husbands have come and are headed to their homes, quilting and sewing are on my to-do list.

2020 One Day Mystery Quilt

I am looking forward to New Year's Day when I begin work on the 2020 Merry Mayhem Mystery Quilt. You can find the instructions for each part of the mystery on the internet HERE, or on Facebook HERE. The quilt pattern is named, Just Around the Corner and can be made in lap through king size. 

The instructions for Part 1 and 2 are available now. Each hour, beginning at 10 AM EST Time (NYC time), the instructions for the following parts will be posted-one at a time. Print or save the directions because they will not be available after January 1, 2020. Invite your friends to participate, but tell them they must download instructions on their own computer, etc. A lot of work goes into the creation of a pattern and are copyrighted. It is a privilege to access a free pattern. As a designer, I hope my free patterns introduce my blog to quilters.

Scrappy Traffic Jam Quilt

Pat Sloan has a pattern for a quilt she calls Scrappy Traffic Jam. You can find the introduction HERE. I am happy to have hundreds of 2-1/2" squares alread cut, saved from many scraps over the past few years. I think this will make a fun charity quilt.

AQS Quilt Along 2020

While I like to design my own patterns for quilts, it has been awhile since I sewed 12" blocks for a quilt. AQS has a quilt along (HERE) where they will present one block each month. Their plan is to make a quilt a month using the block of the month. I want to make one block each month and combine them into one sampler quilt. I am signing up for the email to remind me of the block each month.

Have you found any quilt alongs to work on in 2020? 
I'd like to hear if there are others I might be interested in. 

Happy New Year to you, may it be filled with happiness and lovely quilting experiences. 


Turnstile Quilt Finished-November UFO

I finished the Turnstile Quilt that I started in a class about 3 years ago. (I only needed to have it quilted and then bind it.) The Tall Pine Quilters Guild had Debbie Grifka present a trunk show and the following day she taught the Turnstile quilt class in 3 hours.

My rendition of the quilt was made using a charm pack I had purchased online (I don't remember the fabric line or company) and a solid peach for the background. It was fun to make. I like sewing a specific quilt pattern with a group of people because everyone can see how the quilt looks with different fabric choices.

I found a flowery/leafy print that worked well with the solid background fabric on the front.

My friend, Michelle, quilted it with an organic flower motif.

And in my stash I found a 1/4 yard cut of  this peach cross-hatched fabric to use as the binding.

I'm linking up to Meadown Mist Designs' Favorite Monthly LinkUp and The Crafty Quilter UFO  & WIP Challenge this month. Click the link button at the top left of my blog to see what other finishes people have shared.


Fleece Bear Pillow Gift Finished

Today I sewed this bear pillow.
It was very quick to make.
The fleece is a bit darker brown than the photo shows. 
I think the little one-year-old will like this. 
If you'd like to make one, visit. Crafting Cheerfully


Blog Hop Put Me In Pillow-Making Mode

The Sew It and Gift It Blog Hop was fun last week. I was amazed by all the wonderful ideas for gifts. I hope you found something to make for someone special.

I was in pillow-making mode and today I finished this Unicorn Fleece Pillow following the directions from Crafting Cheerfully HERE.

This weekend I am going to make the Polar Bear fleece pillow following her directions. If I use brown fleece, it will be a brown bear and probably just as cute. These pillows will be for two little tykes of a friends I know. 

Saving $ on Fleece

I have been purchasing fleece from the remnant bin at JoAnn's stores. When fleece is on sale at JoAnn's it is the best time to buy it. I found the sale price is applied to the remnant and then an extra 50% is taken off of that price at the register. So for $1 or $2 I can get enough for stuffed animals and pillows!

This pillow doesn't use much fabric, so it was very inexpensive to make. Oh, except for the 12" square pillow. I did get 50% off during a sale, but it was still over $5 with tax. I'll accept the savings on the fleece and be happy.


Stitch It and Gift It Blog Hop Pocket Pillow Tote

Carla announced her Stitch It and Gift It Blog Hop on one of her blog posts a few months back. It's fun joining Carla on her blog hops and this one fit right in to what I was working on at the time. I hope you have been following the blog hop and enjoying it. Thank you, CARLA!

If you are a list keeper, Spoonflower has a free Hand-Made Holiday To-Do List that can be printed to keep track of projects to make and who you will recieve them. I am finding lists are very helpful for me this time of the year.

So, I'm here to share with you The Pocket Pillow Book Totes I have been making for gifts. These are easy to make. The hardest part is deciding how to coordinate the fabrics!

I'll go through how I make my totes, but I've written an instruction sheet to share with you. Grab it HERE.

FIRST, before I give the instruction rundown, I'll give the list of the other bloggers participating in the Stitch It and Gift It Blog Hop right now.

Monday, November 11th

Tuesday, November 12th

Wednesday, November 13th

Thursday, November 14th

Friday, November 15th

OK! Here we go!
Besides your cutting mat, rotary cutter, pins, and sewing machine, you will need:

1/2 yard main print
1/2 yard coordinating fabric for pocket
14” pillow form

Follow these steps: 

1. From main print, cut one 14-1/2” x 14-1/2” square and two rectangles 10” x 14-1/2”.

2. From coordinating fabric, cut one 14-1/2” x 14-1/2” square and one 6” x 14-1/2” rectangle.

3. Fold and press the 6” x 14-1/2” rectangle in half, open it, fold the edges to the middle, press in half to form a strip that is about 1-1/2” x 14-1/2”. Stitch along both folded edges.
Fold the coordinating 14-1/2" x 14-1/2" fabric in half with wrong sides together. Press and top stitch 1/4" from folded edge. 

4. Hem the two 10” x 14-1/2” rectangles along one 14-1/2” edge of each piece by folding one edge 1/4" and again 1/4" for the hem, pressing and pinning. (If using directional fabrics, hem the top edge of one piece and the bottom edge of the other.)

Now you are ready to put the layers together and sew the pillow!

Place the main 14-1/2” x 14-1/2” piece, right side up on table. 
Find the top center of this piece. Mark 3-1/2" to the left and to the right of the center. 

Pin the 1-1/2” x 14-1/2” handle in place on the top of the main print, with the outer edge of each handle touching that 3-1/2” mark from the center.

Align the pocket with the bottom of main print, matching raw edges.

Place the 14-1/2" raw edge of one hemmed rectangle along the top edge, over the handles, aligning all raw edges.  Re-pin the handle so the pins are now on the outside.

Place the raw edge of the lower hemmed rectangle along the bottom edge, aligning raw edges. The two folded 10" x 14-1/2" pieces will overlap about 3". Pin around all four edges.
Stitch around all edges with a 1/2” seam allowance. Reinforce the handle edges by re-stitching that portion of the seam allowance.

Clip the corners.

Turn right side out through the back opening, push corners out. Insert pillow form. I have an easy way to turn the corners of pillows out and very seldom do I have to use something to poke them out! CLICK HERE for a short instruction. 

What a great gift for a child. They can tote their pillow and book to the sitter's, grandma's, on a trip, to bed. These would be great for donating to a children's charity as well with a book in the pocket. Let me know if you make one or more and how you gifted it. 

Happy Thanksgiving!


One Easy Hassle-free Method of Turning Out Pillow Corners

Have you ever sewn a pillow with 90 degree corners (right angles) and had such trouble getting them out. You might use a chopstick or point turner, pencil or scissor tip and ended up poking out the stitches OR WORSE! Ripping the corner fabric!

I learned this trick from a woman who sewed home decor and it has served me well for many years.

I found this works whether or not I trim the excess fabric near the corners.
Work on one corner at a time. With your pillow wrong side out, place your index finger inside at the pillow corner point.
Fold the seam allowance on one side of the corner along the stitching and hold with your thumb.

Then fold the other edge of stitching that meets that corner in and hold it with your thumb as well.
This will create a new folded corner.

At this point, hold those folds with thumb and index finger still inside the pillow. Turn the this wrong side corner into the pillow and push it out so the right side is exposed.
The corner will be a nice pointed 90 degree corner.

Repeat for all the corners.

Please leave a comment letting me know if you found this helpful.


Quilted Dreams Pillow

Another art quilt challenge is here! 
Gosh, the reaveal date for this quarter's challenge arrived quickly. 
Visit The Endeavourers members who are revealing the projects 
they've made for the "DREAMS" challenge. 

On August 1, when I read the announced theme of DREAMS for the challenge, 
my first idea was a dream catcher design to hang on the wall. 
The dream catcher is explained HERE. My simple explanation is: it is a Native American cultural object woven and used as a protective charm for infants.

I pictured feathers hanging from the bottom, so 
I started making feathers from old denim jeans
after seeing some on Pinterest. 
A search on YouTube found many tutorials.

and I wanted to use one of my vintage doilies in the center. 

I like the Dresden Plate block, so I thought I could work that into my dream catcher. 
I made a Dresden block from some colorful batiks. 
I began hand sewing a colorful doilie to my block, 
but decided the block was lost behind the doilie, or perhaps, the doilie was lost. 

Back to the drawing board (EQ8)!
I chose the Georgetown Circle block. 

I paper pieced the fabrics in each ring on the sewing machine. 

Above, sew one triangle to another, trim, sew, press, add, repeat!

The last two sections, I cut on the seam line of the paper, 
trimmed for the 1/4" seams on the last two triangles.

Pinned the corners of the triangles so they all matched and sewed the seams. 
Pressed and trimmed beyond the paper pattern a 1/4" seam.

I arranged the rings, stitched the 1/4" seams to connect each ring to the next. 

I added a fussy cut of the night moon by topstitching over the center hole.

 I quilted the top to a backing for the front of the pillow. 

I added some lace around the edge before I sewed the front to the back. 

I realized after I did this, that it made the pillow construction more tedious. 
I finished the pillow and am quite pleased with the outcome. 

Visit the other member of The Endeavourers HERE.
 to see how they interpreted the theme of DREAMS. 

I'm off to take a nap with my pillow and perhaps dream of new quilt projects. 

I wish you a creative quilting day. 


My Witchy Stitchy Blog Hop Day - BOO!

Today is my day to share the project I made for the Witchy Stitchy Blog Hop hosted by Carol of Just Let Me Quilt. What a fun hop it has been so far. If you have followed the links this past week, did you find some items you'd like to make? I have my list started and if I start now, I might be done for next year! Thank you, Carol, for hosting this hop.

We don't have costumed children visit in our neck of the woods, so I try to make a little Halloween fun at home with some decorating. This year I went with a statement!

This is the BOO table runner I designed using some letters I have been working on lately.

The runner finishes 17" x 37". My friend, Michelle, quilted it. 
I want to design it as a wall hanging, too, where the letters are sewn vertically. I think it would be fun to hang on the door.

I tested the pattern out with some Tula Pink fabrics I recently bought. I want to have it quilted before Halloween. 

If you would like to make your own BOO runner, it is now for sale at Payhip.

Here is the line up of Withcy Stichy bloggers participating today

October 11


A Few Blog Hops to Check Out Before They Are Finished

Once Upon A Story Blog Hop has a Show & Tell today. Some of the designers combined patterns from other designers in the blog hop to create some unique projects. 
Vist the at the links below:

There are 4 giveaways for the Show & Tell 
and the chance to enter 
Ends on October 10, 2019. 

Visit the bloggers listed:

C&T Publishing
1 $100.00 Gift Certificate
Coupon Code Delivered In Email

Anita Goodesign
Christmas Blocks and Borders CD/DVD
You Must Own An Embroidery Machine To Use This Prize
Value = $179.95
Shipping International / Winner Pays Shipping

Northcott Fabrics
**2 Northcott FQ Fabric Bundles $20.00 Each
**1 Winner Per Bundle
Shipping International / Winner Pays Shipping

AND, another day for the:

Visit the bloggers this week (October 7-11, 2019)
 who are sharing some very creative projects for the Halloween season! 

Today's bloggers: 

October 8

Brenda's Quilt Blog

Thank you for visiting. 
I'll be showing my Witchy Stitchy project on Friday, October 11, 2019, 
hope to have you come back then!