Monday, August 30, 2021

Quilt Retreat

 Six of us enjoyed a lovely quilt retreat last week. We had the entire large workroom at Threads of Time in Danville, IL, to ourselves!



Brenda and Kim

Jennifer and me

Some of our projects:

Here's a jelly roll race:

Brenda started a One Block Wonder. I'll be teaching that lesson to our Cerro Gordo Quilters on September 8.

Here is a sample of her work so far. Some of the fabric is inserted into the middle of the hexies.

Kim worked hard on a t-shirt quilt for her daughter.

We had a very productive time and a fun time.
Threads of Time also benefitted from our presence with all our purchases (especially from Jennifer who bought a Brother embroidery machine).
It's a great place to stay and a great place to work and have fun!

Monday, August 16, 2021

Orange You Glad and Crafter's Edge

 Orange I happy that today is my day on the Orange You Glad blog hop hosted by Carla of Creatin' in the Sticks. Thanks, Carla! This blog hop gives me the opportunity to create something fun and to use my Crafter's Edge supplies for my July CE Design Team project! Woohoo!

The Crossover II from Crafter's Edge is an awesome cutter!

When open, it looks like this--included with it are the plates you see here--necessary for cutting with the dies.

This is the die set I used this time, Fruit Wedges, along with the 1 1/2" strip die.

This is the strip die set out of the package. They are almost flat and not sharp at all.

Here are the Fruit Wedges dies. I used all of them for my various fruits.
First, I made some glasses cases using felt for all the pieces. Of course, I forgot to take pictures along the way!! I used the rounded fruit wedges for the orange and the straight-edged wedges for the lemon. Then the seed die was for the apple and watermelon. One of my granddaughters snatched the watermelon case, so I made a 2nd so you could see it (actually, so I could have all four).
The pattern, called "Fruit Sunglass Cases," is found on National Sewing Circle's web pages. They machine stitched theirs, but I saw it as a perfect hand-stitching project. 😀
I blanket stitched the wedges, seeds, and half-circles on the flaps and then whip stitched the entire case together.

See how the fruit is the flap and the glasses slide in the pouch behind?
They're very roomy and could easily fit a larger pair of sunglasses.

I wanted to do more with the fruit wedges, so I made a table runner. 
Again, I forgot to take process pics...
I made the orange, lime, and lemon and then decided I needed one more square, so I made a grapefruit.
I used 8" background squares and the 1 1/2" die to cut the sashing strips. Then I cut 3 1/2" strips for the border.

I used the applique as part of the quilting, but then I decided to quilt over the wedges too, so could have appliqued them before I quilted. No big deal either way, I guess.
Here is a close up of the quilting. I thought the triangles reminded me of the fruit wedges. I have used this triangle design before--it's from Christa Watson's 99 Machine-Quilting Designs.
The loops on the border are very common, but I made those because of Lori Kennedy's 25 Days to Better Machine Quilting book.

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

July Crafter's Edge Design Team Projects

 This month my plan was to make an individualized pillow for each of my 5 grandchildren.

I used the Crossover II (a great machine, by the way, and it is on sale for 25% off all this month) and many dies. I machine appliqued everything using a blanket stitch 99% of the time. 

Here are the 5 pillows. They are 20" square.

Some of the dies I used are pictured below:

Here I am cutting out the fish scales:

and letters:

I discovered you really have to think about letter placement or you end up with this:

I also used an Accuquilt die (the music notes) with the Crossover II. It worked perfectly. I adjusted the tension to the lowest setting, covered the die with its plastic protector sheet, and placed it face down on the clear plate that comes with the Crossover.

Connor is our oldest grandchild and plays baseball with the Montgomery County Warriors in Gaithersburg, MD. His dad Matt is the coach. The warriors symbol had to go on his pillow, along with his number. Yellow and blue are the Warriors' colors. I used letters and numbers dies on his. I was impressed with this when I was done.

Hailey is his sister and loves purple and butterflies. Her room is painted purple. I loved this pillow when I finished it. I used butterflies, a posies set, whimsical hearts, and letters. 

Next up are 3 sisters. Harper plays the violin, loves all things Paris, and butterflies. Her room is a teal color. I used the music notes, butterflies, letters, and whimsical hearts. I thought this one turned out great too.

Amelia is next in age. She has a blue beta fish that she named blueberry, and her room is teal. I had to use the fish die with letter dies for her pillow. I thought this one was pretty cool too.

Camella is the youngest sister. She loves unicorns and has a purple room. She also loves the color pink. The unicorn die and letter dies were in order for this pillow. I totally liked this pillow too.

The back is made by overlapping 2 pieces so it is easy to take the pillow insert out. I added 5" to half way to cut each piece (20 1/2" x 15 1/2").

I lined them all up on an inside bench, waiting for when all 5 would be together yesterday. They were all thrilled with their pillows! I am so glad they were!

Grandpa decided he needed to get into the act with a pillow too!! Silly Grandpa!

Sew Grandma is one happy Grandma! AND we just learned that the 3 sisters are going to get another sister in January!! How EXCITING! We were in total shock since we thought the family was complete. Grandma will have to make another pillow before too long!

(Bonus project--Convergence III from Ricky Tim's Harmonic Convergence pattern. I used the circles dies and the 1 1/2" strip die to cut parts of this wall hanging.) This is my favorite of the 3 I have made using Ricky's pattern. I saw one very similar to this on the web and wanted to make my own. I love the blacks, white, and red.

Thanks, Crafter's Edge for giving me the opportunity to make these great projects. I have a lot of fun being creative with the dies using the Crossover II!

Friday, June 25, 2021

June Projects for Crafter's Edge Design Team

I have 3 projects using my Crafter's Edge Crossover II and dies.
The first one is this wall hanging, using parts of a panel. There are scriptures on each part and the outer border has the scripture from Ecclesiastes 3--for everything there is a season...a time to live, etc.

Here is my Crossover II, ready to cut the 1 1/2" strips. The short ends of the die do not cut so after cutting that first part, I just slid the die down to cut the rest.

These are the 3 dies I used in this wall hanging: 
the 1 1/2" strips (inner border)
the 5" square (outer corners)
the butterflies (you see where they are)

Here are some of the butterflies cut out. I "boo-booed" because I forgot to put fusible web on the fabric before cutting it, but it worked out ok after I spray basted them to the wall hanging before appliqueing. 

My next project is a table runner using the Tea Time dies and the Posey Flowers Set 4 leaves. 
I also used the 1 1/2" strip die.

Here are the dies. It looks to me like these posies are better used with wool, so I am saving the flowers for another project. The leaves worked out well with this one.

Here is my finished table runner. It looks very dainty to me. I love the colors, even though I don't use them in my house. 

I used the steam idea (coming out of the cups) from the suggested project that came with the Tea Time dies. My steam is hand embroidered. The quilting is stitch in the ditch for the sashing and inner border, meandering in the blocks, and Hosta leaves in the outer border.

Next up: a small wall hanging, about 12" square, based on Connie Kresin Campbell's pattern Chinese Forget Me Not. Connie does the Freemotion by the River blog.
I used the dogwood dies and the hexagon dies.

Here are some dogwood blossoms cut out, ready to iron on.

First, I got my background together, using 2 light colored fabrics. I cut hexagons and then cut them in half.

After stitching 3 together for a row, I originally thought I would put them back together as hexagons, but changed my mind and decided to have the rows all the same way up.

Like this:

Once the background was done, I cut 1/4" bias strips for the tree branches, ironed them onto the background and then ironed on the blossoms. I sandwiched the little quilt, and after that I appliqued   the shapes using a machine blanket stitch. This served as my quilting.
Then I put the pink binding on it.

Next I put French knots in the center of each blossom and decided some green leaves cut with the Posey Set 4 small leaf would look good and add a touch of color. After appliqueing them, my little wall hanging was done. 

Thanks, Crafter's Edge for allowing me to be on the 2021 Design Team!
It has been inspiring to work with the Crossover machine and the dies and to work with 9 other extremely talented individuals!