Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Play with Me QAL: 05-2016 Peg Solitaire/Applique
It's another cute tutorial for a game board this month!  I hadn't seen the layout the way it was in the tutorial, but did remember playing this at Cracker Barrel with our boy so I decided to do that layout triangle for the board instead.

I wasn't sure how the applique would work since I'm sewing on denim...  I tried cutting circle and using the machine to outline using a regular stitch.  Then I tried my new machine with the blanket stitch, after sewing the circle on fusible web then turning it backwards - that took a long time.  Then I thought about and just made a square to keep the fabric down.  I even cut a square and tightened the fabric using a cardboard circle to make the shape - that one I didn't even finish as it was way too bulky and time consuming so you won't see that try!

I couldn't find the cheater needle that I use to hide threads so you have to look beyond that for now to see the circles...  I plan to find that needle, hide and take a new photo sometime...  : )
I'm thinking this will be the back of my future game board pillow.

I finished the board game block though...  

How did I do it?

Yes!  With fabric paint!

I used tape to mark where the pegs would go.  And just painted them on!

I'm pleased with how this turned out and feel very clever to have found a solution that worked for me.
(I had also thought about sewing large buttons down, but the ones at the store I went to were $4.00 each!)
Peg Solitaire Board Game - Triangle Version

 I will make this into a pillow later this summer.  For now though I have the game board part finished!

My husband even said the pile of dots has some meaning in his fraternity so it will have extra meaning beyond remembering the time at Cracker Barrel when we played the game together with our son!

I'll work on my applique skills later with regular fabric. I just couldn't do it this time. I read a great post by Made by Chrissy D where she shows how she is working on some Sashiko.  She mentions how she thinks it helping her with other hand stitching.  So perhaps I will try that out too.

Anyway, thank you again Alida for organizing the Play with Me QAL where we are inspired to use different techniques to create a game board.

Please click so you can see what folks are doing, and join in!  You'll see some very pretty work done by the others!


Mailed a stash bee block - $1.15

Fabric paint for project - $1.35ish

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Stash Bee 2016 Hive 8 - May Block

Circle of Friends!

What a wonderful name Lisa has given her block for the Stash Bee!  Especially appropriate for one that she will be receiving from people all around the world this month.

Her directions were very clear. In addition to notes on measuring after completing a sub-unit, she also told us which way to press the seams.  She made reference to other sites where she had seen the block too so we could read other directions too.

I sent her several photos of possible fabrics before deciding which ones to use, and then resent the photo after taking away the fabric she did not think would be good for her version of the block.

The colors she picked will make a really nice summer quilt once they are combined.

Again I made a block to keep for myself with the polka dotted material and neutral background fabric.  I'm liking my little collection of blocks!  

Here is what the pieces looked like before they were sewn together...

It was a lot easier to just use the one color for background as Lisa requested.  Just cut a strip of 3 inch and then a strip of 5.5 inch fabric and do the subcuts!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

RSC16: May Forest Green with Brown
I haven't been sewing so far this month.

To loosen myself up and try get back into the swing of things I made my 12.5 block for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.

There are a lot of little pieces at the ends. Perhaps when I put the blocks together I'll need to modify the block, we'll see!

Thank goodness for the RSC16, providing me with some guidance for using up some scraps in a targeted fashion.

Click to see the wonderful projects the others are sharing.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Received: Little Girl Sun Hat from ProjectsGirl Michelly

Last December I won a Little Girls Hat made by ProjectsGirl Michelly

I had Michelly mail the hat directly to the daughter of a friend with a new baby, but forgot to ask that new mother to send me a photo when the hat was received.

Last week I took a little trip and visited the new family and finally got to see the hat!

It is so cute and so well made too!

These and other items are available thru her etsy shop!

Thanks again Michelly!


This was my first visit to Daly City, CA.

I was in the Westlake area. It's about 30 minutes from downtown San Francisco, and this part was within walking distance of anything one would need to live. The houses seem to be built at the same time, but each had a unique personality. * Wikipedia: Westlake is notable for its distinct architecture and for being among the earliest examples of a planned, large-tract suburb; it was the inspiration for Malvina Reynolds' song, "Little Boxes."

A fun quilt could be made of these houses with their different roof lines, front steps, and yards...

 Slanted window glass!

Little animals looking out the front windows waiting for their family to return home...

 These houses were right next to each other and were the only houses I saw that had pets looking out.

We also went to San Francisco Union Square for a little concert - lots of folks still identifying with the hippie movement...  It was fun to enjoy the music and see the people.

I remembered visiting a chocolate shop a few years ago but couldn't remember the location so went in this men's store to see if the shop was still around.  This guy had the neatest tie knot ever so I asked him if I could take a photo.  He said sure - then looked off in the distance so he looked like a model... (Double click to enlarge and see the knot!)

I got to the chocolate store too late to buy any, but it was fun to look thru the window to see the treats.

Later that evening we had a wonderful Cioppino dinner at Fog Harbor on Fisherman's Wharf.

We went to JCPenney's one day to have the baby's photo taken.
What a hoot to see the photographers and mother try to make the little one smile!

I was lucky to get to go on this little trip with my friend... so she did not have to stay alone in the hotel for the visit with her granddaughter and daughter!

It was an honor to share the time.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Winner from EQ Blog: Jackie Kunkel's Splash of Color: A Rainbow of Brilliant Black and White Quilts

Simply by entering on the Electric Quilt blog on 4-27-16, I won a copy of Jackie Kunkel's Splash of Color: A Rainbow of Brilliant Black and White Quilts.

The book was waiting for me when I returned from my little trip...

Looks like it has a lot of fun quilts, and ideas for using color in a nice way.

Thank you Jackie and Electric Quilt!

May 10th there will be another giveaway on the EQ website, be sure to go by and put your name in to win a copy of EQ or five Free Spirit fabric bundles.  Contest start date: May 10th, 2016  Contest end date: May 25th, 2016

Thursday, May 5, 2016


Perhaps for a Stash Bee block!
Postage for Stash Bee April Block
4-26-16   .47

Postage for Missing-U Block
4-26-16       .68

4 fat quarters from Daly City Fabric Store
I believe they were $3.00 each
$3.00 * 4 = $12.00 plus tax = $13.04

Monday, May 2, 2016

OMG May 2016: Finish Piecing Husband Quilt

I didn't do more than briefly look at the box where I have the pieces to the quilt storeed last month, so my goal for May is the same as it was for April.

Finish piecing the husband quilt.
Written up here:

Linking up to:

Friday, April 29, 2016

Ripples in one Charity Quilt Top, a Flat Charity Top and Woodworking Progress

Well, it's totally appropriate that I finished the second try at my green Quilts for Kids top today, as my top has ripples. I've read that ripples are a problem in quilts, but until this project I'm not aware that anything I put together had them!

First, I removed seams from the dark green crosses I put together a couple of weeks ago so I could rearrange the fabric into a different configuration.

After deciding to make things more symmetrical and on point then I worked on what to put in the corners.
After deciding to use up more of the pieces in this one quilt, rather than saving them for a second quilt I sewed things together.  I started by sewing the seams just to see how things would work.
After checking to see the appearance I trimmed the corners and put different fabric up just to decide on what fabric to use for the borders. I'm pretty sure, at this point everything is still flat.

I measure and sew the top and bottom border, and that I think is when I start to see this huge balloon of fabric.  After sewing two borders on, I remove one (or maybe I removed both) of the borders and sew the outer seam without any thread as I sort of remember seeing someone do that in a quilting session and I think they did it to help fit in two different sized fabric pieces.

I can sort of press it on the design board to get it almost flat so decide to storm ahead and sew the borders on.

But now it looks like this:
The ballooning seems to start farther back, somewhere in the pieced corner area.

There is no way I can make this flat pieced the way it is.  : (

I don't usually use the seam ripper, but I'll remove the seams so I can return to the flat stage again.

Hopefully I'll figure out where I went wrong and learn from the experience AND end up with a nice quilt for Quilts for Kids!

I've made no progress on this month's OMG husband quilt as I really wanted to have this second charity quilt ready to quilt.

Dinosaurs Love Veggies Pattern
I didn't even share though this other charity top that I cut and put together at the last quilting Saturday group session.

They had patterns that were printed out and boxes of fabric for us to pick thru, but really the choices seemed slim unless you wanted juvenile or patriotic designs.

The pattern is really written up well and I'm going to get or check the book out from the library!

There is a chart telling me how many strips to cut of each fabric, and what second cuts of the strips will be too.  Then it tells me how to assemble the quilt blocks, and how to finish the quilt top.

It's not that much fun though for me to just follow directions.  But I guess I need to take a step back and do more of this before I storm ahead with just trying to put fabric together the way I did for the green ripple quilts for kids project.


On the woodworking front, I've made progress but haven't been completely successful there either...

Medicine cabinet insert.  I hadn't removed the existing medicine cabinet when I was measuring so my measurements are off.

The teacher said he could help add a frame so it would fit, but then I would be losing a lot of space to put things so I put this project aside for now.

And stormed ahead with making soil sifters or riddle.  My Dad had made me one with a 1/4 inch mesh that I used so much the wire mesh broke thru.  By mistake that got thrown away so I have been without for while.

So here is one of my new riddlers!  I made one with 1/4 inch mesh and one with 1/2 inch mesh.

I let the size of the mesh drive the end size of the riddler, so it's two feet square.

The legs fold back so it will be smaller when being stored.

Even though I haven't tested using this model, I'm going ahead and making a third one as a gift and taking photos to document the steps for making it.

Step One: Cut the boards.  Because there are two of the same size I mounted a stop so both boards would be the same length.

Step Two:
I put the pieces in a vice and sanded the rough sides off.

Step Three:
I arranged the wood and then used clamps to secure the boards.

Step Four:
Got the bit for a drill so I could make pilot holes and then screw the pieces together.  This took awhile for me to figure out.  Have to hold the end and twist to put things in then remember which way the device should turn to put in or remove.  There is also a little bubble to look at to help put the hole or screw in so it's at the right angle. I tested the size of the hole with a piece of scrap wood.
Step Five:
For each corner make two pilot holes and then the screws in.  I didn't time myself, but this took so long that I wasn't able to finish the third box during the class session.  I had a very hard time pressing the bit into the wood and getting thru.  Maybe I should have clamped the box so it was connected to the worktable so I could have used two hands!

Step Six:
Cut the mesh and fold back the cut edge to make it less sharp.

Staple or screw the mesh to the box.

Cut wood strips to cover the edges of the mesh, and screw in.

Cut legs, put screws in.  I just used scrap wood for the legs.  The teacher said really I should use something else (a bolt and nut?), as this might unscrew after a couple of years, but to get it done and because it would work for a while, we used what he had in the workroom.


Now in theory at least, I can proceed with removing the grass, getting rid of rocks, planting a few native plants and applying mulch to the two areas in the front yard.

Stay tuned!

: )