Monday, December 13, 2010

Merry & Bright

Where have I been? It is too long and too complicated to explain. Instead, I will share some photos of my Christmas decor. I hope everyone is feeling some peace and joy this Christmas season.






I made those little Elf Clogs a couple of years ago with a free pattern from Allsorts. If you have not been to her blog you are surely missing out. We use our Elf Clogs for Saint Nicholas Day. There is a Hot Wheel and foil wrapped chocolate coins in the other clog. This is one of our Christmas traditions that is sweet and simple.

Blessings,
Melody

Saturday, September 25, 2010

What a week...

I am having a bit of trouble getting and staying organized these days. Adjusting to all the demands of fifth grade for my little one. Boy do they have loads of homework for the children and the parents. It seems there is always something going on. Papers to fill out, projects to assist with and open house. Not to mention trying to get in my walking time and sleep time. Not to worry though it will all work out just fine.


I did make some time to sew. This project was not really on my list of things to stitch. I made a little wall hanging to put behind my skeleton model. With no actual pattern I just chose some fabric and went at it.


I made some nine patches.


Added some other blocks.


Those did not look right to me so I added some black.


Which became this. Yes, I made twenty four blocks and only used four. Not to worry, I will make a runner or something from the others.


 I layered it up and machine quilted it, lickety split


Made a stripey binding, machine stitched it on, machine stitched it down and added a casing in back to hang it nicely. The stripes remind me of Beetlejuice and/or the wicked witch of the west's stockings. Not bad for a girl who is not into Halloween.

Now I am going to go spend some time with the Hubby! I hope you all have a great weekend!

Happy Stitches,
Melody

Saturday, September 18, 2010

A little Saturday morning stitching...

First I chose a charm pack for a fast dolly quilt.

Changed the needle on my machine. These are my faves for piecing.

Quickly stitched the charms together.

Layered charmed side right sides together with backing and on top of batting. Trimmed edges to size of charm top.

Put in a few pins, so I could carry it to the machine and keep it neat. Stitched 1/4" around, leaving an opening for turning.

Clipped corners.
Turned right side out through opening.

Used a knitting needle to push out corners.

Nice and tidy.
Stitched around edges, which will close up the opening.

Quilted simply.

Wound a fresh bobbin and finished quilting.

All done.
Here it is with the half dozen dolly diapers.


I was so happy with my self I made a second one right away.




I am feeling great and can't wait to start on my next little project! I am thinking of making something to go with my new skeleton.

Happy Stitches,
Melody

Friday, September 17, 2010

Me time...


I meant to post on this subject sooner but here it is anyway. This Summer in Charming Girls Quilt Club we were challenged to focus on Self-Care. What a great idea.

I had already been challenged by my lovely cousin Jill to participate in the San Diego/Coronado Bay Bridge Walk/Run next Spring. Since then I have been walking with my sweet neighbor Patti almost every evening. I am thinking I may be the last person off that bridge but I refuse to give up. It will be funny when the geriatric set passes me up.

I also went camping with some of my best friends. I am not an outdoorsy girl but I had a great time. There was eight women and eight children. I was impressed by how much my son enjoyed all the outdoor activities.

Recently, I was able to get together with two of my best friends and make some of those folded charm coasters. We had a good time chatting and were able to make forty coasters for a local fund raiser. Many hands...

I also participated in a woman's event at my church. It was the launch of Girlfriends Unlimited. The idea is too have all the women come together in a large group but also to form many small groups with common interests. I am excited to form closer friendships and bonds with the women I worship with. I hope to join the walk/run group. the beading group, and maybe a sew/quilt group and attend the many events planned in the near future. This is not your mother's church club.

There is nothing more refreshing than spending time with friends to help recharge the soul. I hope that all of you get a chance to do the same for yourselves.

Wishing you many blessings,
Melody

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Pretty in pink...

I have gotten a start on the dolly diapers. They are so cute. I have used the pattern Cindy posted on her Skip to my Lou blog. If you have never visited Skip to my Lou, you should. She is creative and generous with many free tutorials.

I traced out six diapers on a double layer of pink polka dot flannel. I then stitched on the lines leaving an opening on the straight edge, for turning.

I then trimmed all the curved sides with my pinking shears. I trimmed the straight edge a slightly wider with a regular scissor. It will help to keep a tidier finish when turning. I also clipped all the corners.

Turned right side out and used a knitting needle to push out the corners. Folded in the opening neatly.
Top stitched all around, which seals the opening and gives a nice finish. I used the softest Velcro I could find
Adorable, now to finish up the other five.


I decided I needed a model. You know some of these models are so thin.

Isn't he hilarious. I am not much of a Halloween person but I just knew my Hubby and the Boy would love this guy. Not to mention he was forty percent off at JoAnn Fabrics.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Charming Girls Quilt Club Sept./Oct. Goals


I am late posting my goals for this round thank heaven that all you Charming Girls put up with me. As for my goals this month here they are.


  • Illusion Wallets. Pattern courtesy of Lettie. I love her blog so much inspiration.
  • Plan out Camp Quilt II. Decide on pattern and select fabrics.
  • Little Brothers Quilt. Something manly and mostly plaids.
  • Piece backing for my Monkey Wrench Quilt.
  • Quilt and bind Monkey Wrench Quilt.
  • Make Doll Quilts and diapers for my little friends.
  • Make some hats for a loved one who is undergoing Chemo.

That is it for now.
Happy Stitches,
Melody

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Charming Girls Quilt Club July/Aug. Finish

Where did the Summer go? Well I did completely finish My Brothers camp quilt. I even sent it to him in plenty of time so that he could take it to camp with him. Pause: patting self on back. ;-)

I am really excited to report that there was some fabrics left and plenty of the focus fabric that was printed for this project. So I will be making another camp quilt that will be used in a fund raising auction for Camp Starlight early in 2011. You can read about Camp Starlight on this brochure. You can also read a little more about Camp Starlight here. I am touched by the fact that so many good and kind people take a week of their time each Summer to give these wonderful children a chance to be kids.

Happy Stitches,
Melody

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Sew far, sew good...

My Brother's quilt is quilted and the binding is made!

Gonna sew the binding on this afternoon and hope to be hand-stitching the binding down tonight. I am getting pretty excited! I usually only take two evenings to stitch down the binding. So I am thinking I will be at the UPS first thing Friday morning!

Happy Stitches,
Melody

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Charming Girls Quilt Club July Finish

Here is my July finish. It is the only thing I worked on this month. I am very happy about this quilt.
As I mentioned before it's for my Brother. He had the fabric in the centers of the squares printed by Spoonflower. I bought the plaids because they remind me of the plaid button up shirts he wore when we were kids.
Isn't he cute! The color in this photo is a little faded.

Here's one of us together. He is a great brother and I can't wait to send him his new quilt.

I am looking forward to seeing what all the other Charming Girls have done this month.

Happy Stitches,
Melody

It's ready...

to be layered up and quilted! The borders are on and the backing is ready! I am one happy person today.