Sometime back Sarah from Confessions of a Fabric Addict gave the call out for her yearly charity quilts drive. I decided to make several quilts for children to donate. I had already had one done and set aside as she does this yearly and I participate and I was in the process of making another at the time. She will be having a link up today and I will link up then – I write this the night before so it was too early to link – I will do that when I get up. These are the two scrappy quilts that I made – the quilt on the left was leftovers from a scrappy quilt that my daughter took – haha – well I gave it to her but she had expressed a desire to have it lets say. The quilt on the right was made with some blocks that I had made and then they got lost in the quilt room and were found – the red/blue colors are from fabric that I had won so only right they go in a quilt for a charity.
Wrapped in plastic, boxed up and heading off to Emily at Em’s Scrapbag in Utah on Monday – her charity is Quilty Hugs for Happy Chemo – we all know chemo is not happy but maybe these can put a smile on a sick child’s face.
I well finish the 4th little basket that I had prepped for Slow Sunday Stitching with Kathy and I well need to get more baskets prepped to have handy when I want to pick up needle and thread. I was asked the other day my process for appliqueing the baskets. Did I fuse first – NO – I try to make this as easy as can be and for me because I have been appliqueing for years the whole thing is easy. I use a freezer paper template for the basket – press the freezer paper to the cloth – before you cut the basket out draw around the template with a white chalk pencil or a mechanical pencil depending on the color that is your turn under line – then remove the paper. Cut out the pattern giving yourself about an 1/8 to 1/4 seam and center it onto the square – using the little applique pins I pin in place. These pins being tiny rarely get caught in the thread but if you prefer to glue baste you certainly can. Then I do needle turn applique with closely matching thread – each basket from start – pressing the paper to fabric – to taking the last thread and I cut out the back takes me less than an hour per block. (I fold the square in half and finger press to get a good estimate on how to center the basket) Linking to Quilting is More Fun than Housework.
I find it hard to believe this most recent article that has come from GenerationQMagazine – evidently there is a secret Facebook group of quilters who seem to have banded together to drive so-called unsavory characters out of quilting. Read the article here. Quilters bullying other quilters! what is wrong with people?
One reason I have been lazy in the sewing department is I got caught up in a new to me author – Robert Dugoni – Tracy Crosswhite series I am now on book 3 – I had never heard of this author and found one on Amazon for $1.99 and thought I would give it a try – I loved it, it kept my interest and now I am getting one after another – well need to check and see if the library has his other books – great find! I always seem to get a lot of reading done in the summer. When I am sitting out on the porch I actually get more reading done then sewing – I sometimes bring sewing out to the porch but between breezes and whatnot I just find it very relaxing to sit out with my kindle and a glass of ice tea and give myself up to a book –
Craftsy big Clearance Sale end tonight!!
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Thank you to all that are ordering – remember that the Boundless solids are on sale at $4 a yard!!! Great time to stock up on your backgrounds.