Thursday, January 26, 2023

Shades of Blue

My day for the Shades of Blue Sew It/Show It challenge hosted by Carla of Creatin in the Sticks.
When I first thought about participating, I decided a zipper bag would be neat, using scraps on hand. I cut scraps into strips of various widths (1.5, 2.0, 2.5, 3.0...up to 5.0") and also into squares of those sizes. So, I looked through some of my strips and came up with several that I thought worked for the needed shades of blue. I stitched them together, and my zipper bag was born.
On the front, I stitched darkest in the middle and lighter out to the sides.
I liked the added yellow appliqued hearts.

On the back, I stitched light to dark, going both directions.

The lining has some blue too--a scrap of penguin fabric. 

Next, I decided to make a paper-pieced log cabin pin cushion, Carla-fashion.
I love seeing the pin cushions Carla makes for her various challenges and thought I would imitate that.
So the shades of blue pin cushion came about. It is stuffed with walnut shells and fiber fill.
Thanks, Carla, for that inspiration!! I love my blue pin cushion!

Here is the back--simple blue strips.

I made the pins by gluing buttons onto needles. Cute, aren't they?

I thought I'd show a couple blue quilts I've made in the past.
This one was a Craftsy 2013 or 2014 BOM. Many of the fabrics I used were those used by an aunt in various garments she had made for others, so when I finished the quilt, I gave it to a cousin so she could remember her mother every time she looked at this quilt.

I even made giant quilt blocks for the back. Not sure why I was that ambitious then, but there it is.
Lots of blues in this quilt.

This wall hanging is in my daughter's stairway. I made is about 5 years ago, I guess. The pattern is called Waterfall, by Leah Day

The same daughter also received this jelly roll race I made for her, also several years ago. I'm pretty sure those are scrappy strips, not an actual jelly roll.

Last month I showed this little quilt on my blog. I used the various blues because of this challenge, but it was my Crafter's Edge project in December. The animals are all cut from Crafter's Edge dies on the Crossover II cutting machine.

Thanks for visiting!

Here is the line-up for the week. If you haven't visited the rest of the bloggers, be sure to do so for some inspiration, and prepared to be awestruck--I always am.
Thanks, Carla, for a wonderful challenge!

Monday, January 23rd


  1. Your projects are all amazing! I really like the pincushion and the button-topped pins.

  2. So many beautiful blues! I love that sweet little bag and that bargello wall hanging stole my heart.

  3. Everything you have shared has my heart beating a little faster. You teased me a little when last week you said you had a project I would have to see and oh did you surprise me. I love YOUR pincushion and you made my day! Thank you for your sweetness, Carol. Love your post.

  4. Great projects. Bags are always useful and pincushions...they always snag me.

  5. The blues, penguins, and yellow hearts came together into such a cute it! Sweet little pincushion, too. Crafer's Edge makes it fun to be creative and you do a great job with those dies. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Your bag and pincushions are delightful shades of blue. I love seeing some of your other projects too!

  7. What fun blue projects! Thanks for sharing.

  8. Gorgeous blue projects, every one. Thank you for inspiring me. I can't decide which blue thing I like best!

  9. Lots of pretty blue quilts. All look so good.

  10. So many fun blue projects. I love that inside of your purse fabric.

  11. Love your bag with the penguins on the inside - such fun! And the pincushion is darling!

  12. Cute pouch, love those penguins inside. It was fun to see all your other blue projects as well.

  13. Perfect projects for the Shades of Blue Challenge, especially since you used scraps!! Thanks for sharing those other blue projects along with your new makes.

  14. So many beautiful blue projects! Thanks for sharing them all with us! xx