Friday, February 21, 2014

Searching for Major Tom

Do you ever have a song going through your head
as you make a quilt?
 
Searching for Major Tom
 
Project Quilting Challenge 4 – Across the Universe
 
Searching for Major Tom

My original title for this quilt was
Porthole to the Universe,
but as I was attaching the lights to the porthole all I could think (sing) was,
"ground control to Major Tom."
 
Major Tom is a fictional astronaut created by David Bowie.
 
Now you can sing it with me.
"Space Oddity"
That is, if you remember the song....
 
 
My first thought when I saw the challenge was looking out a porthole at the universe. 
I went right to work to create what was in my mind's eye.
This is a Dresden with a large circle for the middle that I reverse appliqued.
The fabric was in my stash and I have no idea where it came from.
The quilting is free motion on my domestic with stipple in between the planets.
Once the binding (continuous bias binding) was on, I just wasn't completely happy.
That's when the light bulb appeared.....
 
 
The lights are on a  6 1/2 foot long wire that I wound around the center and zig zagged to attach.
I made a very small button hole in the black fabric to bring the wire from the back.
(I would show it to you, but it is covered with the wire now.)
 
The lights are Battery operated LED Rice Lights.
I purchased them at Hobby Lobby.
The cool thing is that the lights can be set to come on at night for 6 hours.
The quilt will be a nice night light.
 
This wall hanging was created for
 
 
Made by Carla in Dodge City, Kansas
Size 16"
Searching For Major Tom
 
 Every-other Sunday at Noon during the Season of Project Quilting a new challenge is posted. You have one week to complete the challenge and post your pictures and story about the project.
 
 
I'm searching for Major Tom through my porthole to the universe.
I have a slanted wall in my sewing room and you will be able to see the universe.
 
 
"Ground Control to Major Tom
Your circuit's dead,
there's something wrong
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
Can you....

Here am I floating
round my tin can
Far above the Moon
Planet Earth is blue
And there's nothing I can do."
 
Or we could be singing, "It's a Small World."
LOL
 
Challenge 4 quilts are due by noon central time on Sunday, February 23rd.
You can see and vote for your favorite  "Across the Universe" projects HERE.
 
Have a Happy Weekend,
 
 
 

Monday, February 17, 2014

Wedding Countdown and Grow Your Blog Winner

My daughter is getting married
and I couldn't be more excited.
 
I spent a little time over the weekend making her a little gift and wanted to share it.
 
Wedding Countdown Shadowbox
 
I had seen a tutorial about making a wedding countdown calendar by Terri over at A Creative Princess and wanted to make one for Trista (my daughter) to sit on her desk at work.
 
 
I used the same shadow box frame as Terri, but I chose these little chalkboards
to mark how many days until the wedding.   The shadow box is hinged in the front to make it easy to access the inside.

All she has to do is erase and mark the new day.
 
The charms, stickers, and frame (every thing) was purchased at Hobby Lobby.
I just put it all together.
 
Trista loves it and that makes her mom happy.
:)
 
http://www.createinthesticks.blogspot.com/2014/01/grow-your-blog.html
 
Now to announce the winner of my Grow Your Blog giveaway.
 

The winner is:
 
Connie!
 
 
 
She knows what a pants bag is now.
 
Congratulations!
I've sent you an email, Connie.
 
Stay tuned for more wedding planning,
 

 
 
 


Thursday, February 13, 2014

My Crazy Valentine Apron (and more) - Hugs and Kisses

 
Welcome to my day on the
 Hugs & Kisses Blog Hop.
 


 For this hop
everyone had 3 patterns to work with
and
designed.

THANK YOU
To these
Ladies.
 
These patterns are a blast to work with.
If you would like these paper piece patterns
they are available


 ( all proceeds will be going to 2 charities)


This is what the patterns look like.
We could use one, two or  three of the above patterns  and create anything
 
With all the snow storms recently, I've needed some help at work
rescheduling appointments.
(I live over an hour away from work and when the roads are bad, I don't go)

Making a little thank you gift for the salon coordinator
was high on my priority list.
She loves aprons and really loved the
apron
 
 
It was time to make her
 My Crazy Valentine Apron

It's reversible!  A good girl, bad girl kind of thing....
 
 The back of the apron is pieced with
Alexander Henry pin-up fabric.

If you look too close
it may cause a little blushing...lol
 
The perfect Valentine's Day Present
for a single gal.
(and a sports nut)

 
 
Using the quilt block patterns by
Madame Samm
and Soma
for the front of the apron,
the pockets are the patterns
shrunk by 50%
(talk about some scrap busting with tiny pieces)
then
lined and adorned with ruffles.
 
 

Here she is
hamming it up with
with another stylist
 ready to get her baking on.
 
She can bake up some sweet treats for the girls at work *hint, hint
 

 
Next on my list of Valentines...
 
 
This one for me!!
In
My favorite colors!
 
Once again, I shrunk the patterns
50%
and scattered them with
the full sized patterns to make a
table runner with batiks.

 
 

The corners are embellished with
 heart shaped
 yo-yos and buttons.
 


 
The back -  I love the chevron batik
and used it for the binding also.
LOVE!
 
 
Let's see what
these ladies
have to share today
 
 
Feb 13th


Lady Beth

Lady Jenny

Lady Britt-Inger

Lady Carla
You are here

Lady Marian 

Lady Lyndsey
Sew many Yarns

Be sure to leave loving comments for all the ladies.
It's like hugs and kisses!

Sending hugs and kisses to Madame Samm.
Thank you for another great hop
and cheering this one on!!


http://www.createinthesticks.blogspot.com/2014/01/grow-your-blog.html
Don't forget about this giveaway.  It ends on the 15th.
 
 
 
 


Monday, February 10, 2014

New Blog Hop - Sign Up

New hop announcement!


Sign ups are going on right now for Flags on a Stick. 

If you have wanted to be in a blog hop
Here is your chance
 
Let's create a FLAG that says something about US
 
get the details
at 
 
Thearica at Pigtails and Quilts will be cheering us on.
 
Later in the week
Hugs and Kisses
Begins.
 
 
 
 
It's a paper piecing
EVENT!
 
My day is February 13th 
Come see what I've been 
piecing together.
 
Madame Samm is cheering us on
for this one.
 
 
 
Love is in the air!
 
 
 

Saturday, February 8, 2014

We Have a Winner - She Who Sews Blog Hop

It's time to announce a winner
for the


She Who Sews
and
Don't Let The Door Stop You
Blog Hop
 
 
 
But first,
Did you see the NEW ME?
 
I have a new look thanks to
 
She is SO me. 
 
Thank you!!!
 
On with what you are here for:
 
The Winner is

Robin!
 
 

Robin said...
WOW! I am honestly just blown away! That is the most amazing space redo that I ever saw. You did an unbelievable job and should be beyond proud of your awesome sewing nook. I just can't express how impressed I am!!




Isn't that sweet!
Congratulations, Robin!
 
I'll be shooting you an email.
 
Happy Sewing Weekend,
 


Friday, February 7, 2014

She Who Sews - Don't Let the Door Stop You Blog Hop - Day 10

She Who Sews
And
Don't Let the DOOR STOP You


2 Blog Hops in 1
with
 
as our Sponsor
Welcome to our last day.
We are so sad to see
this hop come to an end.
 
 
January 27 - February 7
 
Madame Samm added another day
and she trusted me to
cheer for the first time
(2 hops in 1)
 
Thank you everyone who posted in this hop.
You WOWED  the world
and me :)
 
There have been so many inspirational projects to see.
So much humor shared.
So many beautiful stitches.
So many kind words.
 
WOW!
 
But, we have one more day!
 
 
Look who is stopping doors
and wowing us
 today
with
Door Stops
 
 
 
 



 

Don't forget to cheer for these creative blogs!
A kind word will make some one's day.



 There are fabric bundle giveaways.

details at

Check out all of the Door Stops:
 
 
 
 Don't forget about my
She Who Sews giveaway
HERE

 Last day to enter

Thursday, February 6, 2014

She Who Sews - Don't Let the DOOR STOP You Blog Hop - Day 9

She Who Sews
And
Don't Let the DOOR STOP You


2 Blog Hops in 1

with
as our Sponsor
Madame Samm added another day
 
 January 27 - February 7
 
WOW, what a great hop this has been!
Combining 2 hops in 1 has been fun for sure.
 
One day we are checking out sewing room projects made with She Who Sews fabric
and the next day we are treated with door stops.
 
Today is the last day for Sewing Room Projects
and we will be sad to see it end.
 
 
Let's see who used
She Who Sews
fabric
to make sewing room projects
today:
 
 

Don't forget to cheer for these creative blogs!
A kind word will make someone's day.


 


 
 
 Today
Sewing room projects


 
Tomorrow
Door Stops

 
Check out all of the Door Stops and She Who Sews Creations here:
 
 

http://www.sewwequilt.com//
There are fabric bundle giveaways.
details at
 
 
 Don't forget about my
She Who Sews giveaway

HERE
It ends Friday at Midnight
at the end of the hop 





Wednesday, February 5, 2014

She Who Sews - Don't Let the DOOR STOP You Blog Hop - Day 8

She Who Sews
And
Don't Let the DOOR STOP You


2 Blog Hops in 1

with
 
as our Sponsor
 
Madame Samm added another day
January 27 - February 7
 
Look who is stopping doors
and wowing us
 today
with
Door Stops

 

 
 

 



 
Don't forget to cheer for these creative blogs!
A kind word will make someone's day.
http://www.sewwequilt.com//
Today - Door Stops

Tomorrow
Sewing room projects
 
 
There are fabric bundle giveaways.

details at


Check out all of the Door Stops:
 
 
 
 Don't forget about my
She Who Sews giveaway
HERE