Thursday, February 9, 2017

Hubby's project, and Dog update.

Hubby worked on a project while I was in Texas.  I left him a hand crank, set up, for him to use.  Hubby wanted to make an underquilt for his hammock. Hammocks are great when it is warm, but, when it gets to 60 degrees or colder, your underside gets chilly, even if you have a quilt on top of you. 

Hubby found some DIY video's & #2 on how to make these, and wanted to try one out for his hammock.  I really didn't want to work with the slippery materials, and told him he could do this himself. 

hammock underquilt around bottom of hammock

end of hammock underquilt around hammock

showing hammock inside of underquilt
Sorry, I took these pictures while hubby wasn't home, so, no demo of what it looks like with someone in the hammock.

Hubby also made himself a 'pocket' to go across the line that extends from the hammock racks.  He made it out of mesh screening.
hammock pockets
There are 3 pockets on one side, and 2 pockets on the other side.   If hubby had made it longer, he could have sewn across the bottom, and that 'new' pocket could have held a water bottle between the pockets.  That will be his next project.  This was just a learning project. 

I have been sewing this week.  I'm working on a couple of 'secret' projects, so, I can't show them (yet) since 2 of the recipients follow this blog.  I'll be able to show them in March, when they are done, and sent/received.  I did get some hand stitching done, while watching TV.  I finished another 'Be Attitudes' block, and started on another one.
5th block stitched
Update on dog!

Katie is doing much better.  She is on lots of medications, but, they seem to be working.  She even watched 'Katie TV' this morning (sitting at the patio door, and looking for squirrels and rabbits).  We are still waiting for some test results, to let us know the 'rating' of her pancreatitis. 
Katie this morning
Katie is sleeping less, and active more each day.  Thanks for all the well wishes. 

Well, it's time to get some stitching done on those 'secret projects'.  I also have a baby quilt to make, using the pattern from 'I Love Precut Quilts' that I made.  She wants pastels, and, I don't use pastels.  I did find most of what she wanted (lights, but, not pastels) in my stash.  Now to cut them out, and start sewing them.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Quilt Guild program & shirt update

Last night was my little quilt guild meeting, Wego Quiltin'.  Due to illness in the family, I was a quick substitute fill-in program.  I was supposed to be the program for March, but, hadn't 'tested' my project yet.  I found out on Saturday, that I was filling in. 

I 'prepped' my project samples during the Superbowl, Sunday evening.  I was planning on finishing the samples on Monday, but, wasn't sure they would get done, since my puppy was ill.  She was at the vet all day on Monday, getting tests run, then IV fluids and meds.  She has pancreatitis.  It explains why she hasn't been wanting to be in my sewing room with me, like usual, but, has hid out in my son's room (dark and quiet) during the day, and why she hasn't wanted her food.  It is a  painful condition.
Katie, recovering this morning
I'm skipping the Quilts of Valor monthly sew-in today, to keep an eye on her.  Other than to eat, she hasn't moved out of her bed all morning. 

Since I was stressed, and waiting to hear back (several times) from the vet on Monday, I stitched my projects. 
stitching ribbon bookmarks on the hand crank

24 ribbon bookmarks (they just need buttons)
I got the idea from Sharon, at Vrooman's Quilts blog.  Sharon got the idea from Sparkles of Sunshine blog.  I copied and pasted her tutorial (including the link to her tutorial) for my ladies, so that they can make these themselves.  Thanks Christi, for a great tutorial!

I didn't think I'd get the buttons sewn on, so, I was planning on taking buttons, thread and needles to the meeting, and letting the ladies sew on the buttons, but, it didn't take as long as I thought it would take (I'm a very slow button stitcher).  I got all 24 buttons picked out (the hard part) and sewn on each bookmark.
paperback size

paperback size

larger book size

larger book size
I even found time to take some 'freebie table' blocks....
freebie table block
and sew them together, and make a fabric bookmark, to fit my quilting pattern books.
pieced fabric bookmark

back of pieced fabric bookmark
I would suggest that if you make a fabric bookmark, that you use some type of interfacing, to give the fabric some stiffness.  I didn't do that, since I was short on time.

25 bookmarks, and time out to go make copies of the tutorial, and run errands.  Pretty good!

I let each lady at the guild meeting choose a bookmark for themselves.  I suggested that next time they give a quilt book (or any book) to someone, that they make one of these to go with the book.  I did do a demo, to show them how to measure, to fit each book. 

I contacted 'Life is Good' yesterday, about the shirt.

I got an email back from their legal department:

Hi Cheryl,
Thank you for contacting us. The shirt you are describing is in no way affiliated with Life is Good and the seller was illegally promoting fake product. Our legal team is aware of this issue and is taking appropriate action.
You may receive in your Facebook news feeds advertisements of counterfeit “Life is Good” products from companies called “Camping and Hiking” and “Crochet & Knit Lover”. These counterfeit products are offered through print-on-demand sites such as Tee Omega, Tee Spring and Tee Chip.
Please be aware that these are NOT authentic Life is Good products. No authentic “Life is Good Products” are offered through such sites.
We are sorry for the confusion that these companies actions have caused. Copying may be the sincerest form of flattery, but it is none-the-less dishonest and illegal.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we deal with this matter.
Do what you love. Love what you do.
Customer Care Support
The Life is Good Company
Phone: 888-339-2987

How sad that people are stealing this companies copyright.  Yes, I used a tutorial for something, BUT, I gave credit to where I got it from, and have even posted a comment on her blogpost, that I used it and linked back to her.  Credit where credit is due.  I try to link back, whenever I use someone's idea.  If I copy something, I include the link to where I found it, so I'll know, if I ever use the idea.

I guess I won't be getting one of these shirts, but, now that they know there is interest, maybe they will make something, sewing related, in the future. 

Have a great day!   I have a sick puppy to watch over.  I'm sure I'll get some sewing done while she sleeps.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Quilts of Valor, National Sew-In Day!

Saturday was the annual Quilts of Valor National Sew-In day!  We had at least 35 people sewing, ironing, and cutting on Saturday, at our location.  Our area had 2 different locations hosting sew-in's. 

We presented 4 different quilts during the day.  First, we presented quilts to a former Navy man, a former Marine and a former Army guy.

Navy, Marine, Army

showing the back of their Quilts of Valor
Jerry, the Navy guy, also worked with us most of the day.  His cousin, Rita, is the state coordinator for Illinois.  Jerry ironed blocks for us.  Thanks for the help, Jerry.

Later in the afternoon, we got to award a Quilt of Valor to a Chicago lady, who was in the Navy during WWII.  She has been in the news the past few months, since she was mugged and beaten, while standing in front of her building, waiting for her daughter to pick her up for a dentist appt.  At least they caught the guy (he has done this to at least 2 other elderly ladies).

being wrapped in her Quilt of Valor
It is always special to see a Quilts of Valor presentation, and get to meet the veterans that we sew for. 

As I said, it was a large group, of 35+ that was working on Quilts of Valor quilts on Saturday.
ladies stitching

cutting and prepping blocks

more ladies sewing (see my purple featherweight?)

even more ladies sewing

another group of stitchers

last group of stitchers

4 ladies ironing
One lady was from Alaska.  She has sewn with the group in the past, when she come here to visit friends.  Always fun to see returning faces.

I finished 2 quilt tops during the sew-in.  I have to give a disclaimer: the first top was done a while back, it just needed a small border cut and stitched on to be finished.  I've been bad, and hadn't done the border.

Crosses & Losses pattern
My 2nd finish has been in strips for a while now, I just hadn't gotten around to sewing the 5 rows together (bad me).  It is now done, too.  I have the backing and binding ready to be stitched on Tuesday (our regular monthly sew-in date).
Disappearing 9 patch pattern
We had several other tops finished during the day.
panel surrounded by pieced blocks

another panel surrounded by pieced blocks

Our chapter has an Opportunity quilt every year.  We sell opportunity tickets all year, and draw the winner in November.  This is the new quilt.
2017 Opportunity quilt
Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5.  Let me know if you want a ticket.

One of the ladies wore a great sweatshirt.  She let me take a pictures (and post it).  I'm trying to find this online, but, I'm not having any luck so far.  It is a 'Life is Good' shirt.
Life is Good sweatshirt
If you see this online, please let me know, since I haven't found it yet. 

Tuesday is our regular Quilts of Valor sew-in.  Maybe I'll finish my 3rd quilt top.  We'll see.  I'm trying to get all of these UFO's done and out the door before I start any more new one's. 

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Giveaway Winner! & No Reply bloggers

I had 115 entries in the 


 I Love Precut Quilts!  blog hop.  Unfortunately, 16 of those entries can't be counted, since they are No-Reply bloggers, and didn't list their email address in the comment, and didn't have their email address connected to their profile.  If I don't have a way to contact you, then, you can't win.  That includes a couple of my new followers, sadly.  I really try hard to reply (by email) to EVERY comment that is left on my blog.  If you didn't get an email back from me, then check the comments on this blog post, and see if you are no-reply.  I left a comment under each person's blog comment (only under one, if they left 2 comments) that I couldn't find a way to contact them.  :(

Now, to the WINNER!!!!!!

I'm a lurker/follower via bloglovin.

I'll be contacting Collette shortly!  
Congratulations Collette!  You'll love this book! 


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

I Love Precut Quilts! blog hop & Giveaway!

Welcome to the

Blog Hop! & Giveaway!

Monday, January 30th
            C&T Publishing
            Quilt With a View 
Tuesday, January 31st
             Mark Lipinski's Blog 
             The Crafty Quilter
Wednesday, February 1st
                Upstairs Hobby Room 
                Camelot Fabrics 
                Cheryl'sTeapots2Quilting  ME!!!!!!
Thursday, February 2nd
                Am IShouting Yet? 
                Needle and Foot  
                Generation Q Magazine   
Friday, February 3rd  (My Birthday!!!!!)
                Quilt With a View

Since this is Wednesday, you are at Cheryl's Teapots 2 Quilting! 

First, I have to apologize about the pictures.  Picasa is being difficult, and not syncing my pictures.  I've tried over and over (and over).  I'm having to cut and paste these pictures directly from my computer, and I can't edit them.  

I started my project later than everyone else, since I was out of town.  I couldn't even download the ebook on to my laptop, since it is ancient, and doesn't like downloads (yes, it needs to be updated, but, last time I tried that, I lost access to my emails for over a week, while on a trip).  I'm tech UN-savvy.

I finally downloaded the ebook on Jan 21st, and decided on a project.  I don't usually use precuts, but, I did have a few that I've collected.
my few precuts
 I've only made something with precuts 2 other times.  A quilt for my niece, using charm squares (sorry, no picture) and a table runner.
table runner using charm squares

Well, I chose one of my jelly rolls, and, a local quilt store (Sewing, Etc) cut me a black jelly roll. (Thanks Kelly)!

Spritely is the pattern I chose to make (it was a hard decision, since there are so many great patterns in the book).
pattern I chose
This is a quick quilt to stitch together.  I'll happily make this quilt again.  

Spritely quilt

up close of my fabrics
This quilt finishes at 60" x 70", and uses 30 blocks.  

If you only used 12 of the blocks (3 across x 4 down) it would make a great baby quilt (finishing at 36" x 48").  I'm thinking of using this pattern for baby quilts soon.


Today you can win a copy of Trisha's new book,  I Love Precut Quilts!

Here's how it works:

You have up to 2 chances to win.
1.  Leave a comment and tell me what your favorite precut is (or if you have ever used precuts before).
2.  Become a blog follower and leave a comment telling me you that you're a blog follower & how you follow my blog.

Ready!  Set!  GO!

You have from Today, February 1st, until Saturday, February 4th to participate. 
 Winners will be selected randomly on Sunday, February 5th.
Please note that international winners will receive an ebook version of Trisha's book.
I can't contact Google+ and noreply bloggers
If you don't get a reply from me to your comment, then, I can't contact you.  I reply to every blog post comment that has an email address.

Good Luck!  It's a great book!