Friday, February 17, 2017

Kennel quilts

As an Island Batik Ambassador, I am given fun project ideas to work on every month.  It was fun creating this little Kennel quilt for an animal in need.  Bella thinks she needs one as well!  TQPM Small Kennel Quilt Team is a volunteer organization sponsored by The Quilt Pattern Magazine (TQPM) that is available when disasters strike. It is a way to join a larger effort to help our animal friends in times of need by doing what we love. TQPM Small Kennel Quilt Team supplies kennel quilts to shelters.  To learn more you can go here and read all about it.

Kitty Love

Here is a quick little tutorial for you to make your own little kennel quilt for your fur baby or if you wish to donate one.  Finished size will be 12" x 18"

Fabric needed:
Blue     1/4 yard
Green   1/4 yard
yellow  1/8 yard
pink      1/8 yard
3/8 yard for backing (12 1/2" x 18 1/2") piece of fabric.
Batting  12 1/2" x 18 1/2" or larger

And of course scraps will work very well!

Pink   cut (4) 3 1/2" x 6 1/2" rectangles
Blue Background  cut (4) 3 1/2" squares
                              cut (8) 1 1/4" squares
Yellow  cut (4) 2" squares
             cut (2)  5"x 4" rectangles
Green Background cut (4) 1 1/4" x 6 1/2" rectangles
                                cut (2) 1 1/4" x 5" rectangles
                                cut (4) 1 3/4" squares
                                cut (2) 2" x 5" rectangles

cut (2) strips 1 1/2" x 12 1/2" for the inner border
cut (2) strip 2 1/2" x 12 1/2" for the outer border

Sewing it together

Make 2 Cat Blocks and 2 Heart blocks.

Cat block

Mark a diagonal line on the yellow 2" squares.  This is your sewing line.  Sew a yellow square to each end of the 2" x 5" background rectangles, sewing on the diagonal lines.  Press and trim the excess fabric.

Draw a diagonal line on the blue background 3 1/2" squares.  Sew a background squared to each side of the bottom of the yellow 5" x 4" rectangle.  Sew on the diagonal line and press.  Trim excess fabric.

Sew the first unit and the second unit together as shown in the diagram.  Then sew a 1 1/4" x 5" background rectangle to the bottom.
Sew the background 1 1/4" x 6 1/2" rectangle to each side.  Your block should measure 6 1/2" square.

Heart block

 Draw a diagonal line on the 3 1/2" background square and sew to the lower left of the 3 1/2" x 6 1/2" pink rectangle, sewing on the diagonal line.  Press and trim,
Draw a diagonal line on the 1 1/2" squares and sew to each side of the pink rectangle. Press and trim.

Repeat the instructions for the left half of the heart, but be sure to sew the 3 1/2" background square to the lower RIGHT of the pink rectangle.  Now sew the two units together to make your heart.  I pressed my center seam open.

Construct the Mat

Using the diagram, set the blocks together in a 4 patch.  Add the 1 1/2" inner border to each side, then add the 2 1/2" outer border to each side.  Press

Layer the batting, mat and backing together with the mat and the backing RIGHT sides together.  Sew all around with 1/4" seam, leaving an opening on one side to turn the quilt right side out.  Stitch the opening closed. I top stitched all around then quilted my mat.

And here is one improv kennel quilt!

I plan to make more when I get home as I have a nice bag of scraps waiting for me.  This is a great way to practice your free motion quilting too! 

Have a great's looking like a beach weekend here in south Texas!  Almost time to head for more week! has gone so fast!  But I really miss my grandkids and my sewing room.  

grace and peace....Sharon

Linking to:  Fabric Frenzy Friday  Whoop! Whoop!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Island Batik Ambassador

I am thrilled to announce that I have been accepted as an Island Batik Ambassador for 2017!  It all begins with an amazing box of gorgeous fabrics and thread from Aurifil and Superior.  Now how much fun is that?  Opening that box yesterday was more fun than Christmas!

The beautiful, 100% cotton from Island Batik is hand dyed by fabric artists in the garden valley of Sanur, Bali.  The batik technique, an art from that has been passed down from generation to generation, is thousands of years old, and culminates into stunning fabric.  At times there may be slight variations or small imperfections in the hand dyed fabric, which I feel only adds to the beauty and uniqueness.  I am looking forward to sewing up some special projects with this fabulous fabric!


This month we have been given a great charity project....small kennel quilts for our adorable furry friends.  We are making these in conjunction with  The Quilt Pattern Magazine and the Petfinder Foundation, These Small Kennel Quilts have been made for use at shelters for pets in need. The quilts are made from 100% cotton. They can be used by cats or small dogs.

Just so Bella won't feel left out, I am making one for her as well!  This is a sketch for the little kennel quilt I am working on.  In the next few days I will provide a pattern for it.  I think these blocks would also make an adorable baby quilt...what do you think?

Have a wonderful week!  
grace and peace.....Sharon

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

It's a Groundhog Day Sale!

Today and tomorrow only...all patterns in my Craftsy shop are $2.00!  Yes...$2.00 for a pattern!

Here are some of the patterns you will find available....

I hope you will find something you want to make and will take advantage of this one day sale!

Thanks for stopping  by!  Happy Ground Hog Day...and I hope none of us have 6 more weeks of winter.

Linking to:  Needle and Thread Thursday

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Winter Texans

Winter Texans....that will be us for a couple of months! We are in Brownsville, Texas living in our little RV.  a brand new experience and adventure for both of us.  Lots to do here, no one should be bored! And of course the beach is nearby!

As you can see, Bella made the trip with us.  She is a great traveler!

The other night we went to a dance at another park down the road so that I could meetup with a long time Facebook friend that I had never met, from Canada.  What fun!  This is the first time I had met up with someone I knew only from Facebook...we "met" online in one of Joanne Sharpe's online classes.  I even have some of Lori's art in my house!

Actually, we have been here only a week tomorrow, and we have been to two dances.  These older folks like to get on that dance floor and kick their heels up.  As I observed the couples dancing, I thought....we are all getting older...stiffer...wrinkled, but we are still 16 years old inside.  Still feeling the music like we did in high school and having a great time.  My eyes settled on one know there is always that "cool" couple on the floor...the homecoming queen and the captain of the football team.  My eyes filled with tears...the "cool" couple danced by, Mr. Cool was obviously crippled by a stroke, dancing stiffly with his wife in his arms and his cane in one hand.  No matter what, the music is still in us!  I hold my glass up to the cool couple!

I hope to get some sewing done this week, there is a quilt group that meets up once a week.  This afternoon will be watercolors...I'm in!  On the trip down, I did make a few little newborn crocheted hats to send to the hospital for the babies. They are so tiny!  It does not take anytime at all to crochet these and a good way to pass the time while traveling or watching tv at night.

No quilts to show you this week.....taking a bit of a break as you can see!

grace and peace...Sharon

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Two New Patterns on Sale!

Part of my goals for 2017, included writing more patterns and put them in my Craftsy shop and on Etsy.  So, here are two of them that will be on sale until January 10, 2017.  I know you will enjoy making them, and hope you will show me your results.  

First, if you enjoy a bit of handwork, I know you will like the Gardeners Prize Pillow.  It involves a  bit of English Paper-piecing, applique and hand quilting on a machine pieced background.  You can purchase it here on Craftsy

I used pearl cotton for my "big-stitch" quilting.

Next is the quick and easy quilt, Annabelle.  You can use fat quarters or use up lots of scraps to make this quilt,  Purchase this pattern here.

Yup...this is Annabelle made up with a variety of Pokemon prints!

We are in the process of packing up the RV to head south for a month or two.  It is so cold and snowy today....brrr! I am going to miss my sweet grand-kids, but not the cold weather.  And of course my sewing machine is going with me!  I think I will spend the rest of the day cutting 1 1/2" strips, I plan on making more pineapple blocks.  My thought is that the strips will take up less room. 

Hope all of you are staying warm and finding time to sew today!  

grace and peace....Sharon 

Linking to: Midweek Makers    

Monday, January 2, 2017

Quilts for the Grandsons!

Now that Christmas is over, I can show a couple of completed quilts that I gave to my grandsons.
This is a pattern from The Fat Quarter Shop called Blythe.  Caleb wanted a black quilt, but I had to add a touch of color, so I added yellows and oranges.  This is a nice and easy pattern.

And I just had to make a little bag for my budding artist, Jack.  It will hold his art supplies and did I say he LOVES Pokemon?  

Plus, I collected fabric to make a Pokemon quilt.  It took forever to find enough!  He loves it, and it was worth it!  Jack's Pokemon quilt is my new pattern, Annabelle, which is for on sale in my Crafty store for $4 until January 10, 2017.  It's quick and easy to make!

Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season! With all the cold weather, I can't think of anything better to do than stay inside and quilt, right?

Link to: Main Crush Monday  Free Motion by the River 

Monday, December 26, 2016

Best of 2016

Cheryl over at Meadow Mist Designs is hosting a fun Linky Party, and I decided to join in.  I want to share some of my favorite quilts that I finished this year.

1. This is Rain Down, a quilt which I made in the RJR What Shade are You? challenge.  Earlier in the year, I had taken a class and learned to make pineapple blocks.  They are rather addictive to make, and I decided to set them together in an unusual layout.

2. This is Carnival, and I love her because she is a cover-girl, and because she is made with Kim Diehl fabrics!

3. Gypsy, another favorite!  And I love her because she is hanging in the Ontario Museum of Art and History for an exhibit...very excited to have a traveling quilt!

4. Molly's much fun to play with on the design wall!  I have another one started!

5.  It's All About the Boots!  This was so much fun to piece!  I gave it to my grand-daughter for her 12th birthday...she is all about horses, so I thought she might like it.

It is fun visiting all the links to the other bloggers and seeing their Best of might want to join in!  Hope to see you there!

Linking to:  Best of 2016