Monday, January 25, 2021

Other projects

You know how you come across one of the "squirrel" projects--and you have to do it right now?
That's what this heart pillow cover is. While the Hearts on Fire blog hop was going on, I saw this project--whether it was on the blog hop or another blog I follow, I'm not sure...
Anyway, I already had the pattern from a year or so earlier--had to do it! I used scraps for the heart pieces. This is a cover for a throw pillow that usually sits on my couch.
The pattern is called "Bursting Heart Pillow" and it's by Blue Susan Makes. She was inspired by a pattern by Amy Butler. Anyway, I'm pleased with the way it turned out.

I don't know why this photo decided it had to be on the left side of the page, but this is my Here a Chick, There a Chick, pattern by Bonnie Sullivan. It's flannel. I hand-appliqued the blocks and then put them together with the red sashing instead of the half square triangles the pattern called for. I used the black polka dotted flannel for the back and the binding. Oh, and I hand quilted with a long stitch around all the shapes and in the ditches.


Here's a close up of one of the blocks.

And another.

This is the 2nd Bonnie Sullivan wall hanging I've done. Bertie's spring was the other. I also have the kit for a summer one. That one may wait a while. There are other things on my plate right now.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Hearts on Fire--My Turn

 Today is my turn for the Hearts on Fire blog hop, hosted by Carol over at Just Let Me Quilt.

It's not too hard to put hearts on projects, and some just happen to be there!

Christine, a teacher friend of mine (1st grade, taught 1 year right next door to my 3rd grade classroom before I retired), asked for help with seat sacks. You know, one pocket fits over the chair back and another pocket holds books, etc. She had had some that didn't hold up, and good ones were rather expensive.

A cousin (who is BFF with Christine) sent me an email: Chris needs help. No one else had offered to help her, so I was in full gear pretty quickly. Found a simple pattern on line, adjusted it for 1st grade chairs, ordered the duck canvas (via JoAnn's curbside service) so they would be sturdy, and was making my prototype the next day. Chris wanted them to be black, but I didn't like the idea of plain black so I decided to applique a heart on each. I had some leftover cut-outs from my Cricut Maker for a different project and soon cut out more from a variety of colors (to make 26 seat sacks). The prototype fit the chair, thankfully, so I was stitching away on these lovelies. After the first several, I got smart and used my serger to finish the sides whenever I wasn't using selvage for an edge. That helped speed the process. These should be sturdy, washable, and usable for a long time.

It didn't take me long to realize I could use these for this blog hop! Hee, hee, and yay!
Ok, there is red on that heart below, but the background is white...

Sew, the 26 are delivered and will be used whenever school can start in person again--the goal was for January 19, and I haven't heard if that has changed.

My next project is Love Notes by Kimberbell. I participated in the mystery quilt, sewing version, which started at the end of July, I think, and continued through August. I had it all together early in the fall but couldn't decide how to quilt it. Finally got myself in gear earlier this month and quilted it. Then I had to sew on the embellishments. The pictures at the top right are 3 of my granddaughters.

I know there are some red hearts on this project, but there are also white ones spilling out of this jar,

and on this typewriter keyboard (3 keyboards in all).

There are pink ones on the cameras (3 in all).

Lastly, I put a heart label on the back, using some leftover light gray from the project.

I enjoyed doing this, having never done a Kimberbell project before, but I'm not sure if I will do another. I have too many other ideas rolling around in my brain.

One last heart to share... I recently put together a Lori Holt 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle, and I think I counted 4 hearts on it, 2 of which are not even red. 😄

Thanks for visiting! I hope you enjoy the rest of the bloggers too. 
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