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 to $9.00 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.
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