Sew Fun 2 Quilt

Monday, January 18, 2021

Salt Cellar Pin Cushion

I finished my little salt cellar pin cushion!  In case you can't tell by the picture - it's a little sheep!

So fun to make - you can find the kits at:

Stitches used:  appliqué wool pieces, chain stitch heart, backstitch, oyster stitch ears, needle weave bar legs and French Knot wooly body!


Sunday, January 17, 2021

Photo to Palette Converter

 In a recent post I shared about the Stitch Palettes website, that offers hundreds of palettes for embroidery (that can also be used when planning and designing quilts).  Well now, you can convert your own photo into a stitch palette!  Click below to learn more:

If you have a favorite photo and would love to see the colors broken out into a palette to see how it would look in a quilt, be sure to check this out!  And if it works for you, please share with the rest of us!
Have a GREAT week!!

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Folk Tails Finished (Really!)

I've shared pictures of my Folk Tails quilt before, but this time it really is finished, quilting, binding, label and all!  I really do love this quilt and am happy with the way it turned out.  I will love the machine quilting job more as time goes by 😂, right now I know where every mistake is.  My friend Phyllis Davis taught me that years ago!  "Just give it a couple of weeks", she said, "and you'll like it better once you don't remember every quilting mistake you made."  Good advice!  Besides, look at this quilt!  It was not an easy job of machine quilting it.

FYI, this was a Sue Spargo BOM in 2014.  I didn't do this as a BOM but bought the kit a couple of years after that and it took me a few years to get it made.

Week Two on my 52 Week Photo Challenge was "Morning" or "Morning Moods"

Well, six mornings a week at 7:00 AM, rain or shine, (for over 28 years), I walk three miles with these lovely ladies and dear friends.  When I saw that was the challenge this week, I knew just what my photo needed to be.  In all 28 years, I think this is the first time I've taken a picture of the three of us, so I will treasure it.  By the way, the morning this picture was taken, it was 5 degrees outside. That's how dedicated we are. It's not only good physical exercise, it's also the best therapy ever! 😂

Have a great weekend!!


Thursday, January 14, 2021

Susan's Show and Tell

Here are a couple of pieces finished by my friend Susan Strickland.  This first piece was made for her daughter-in-law, she did seven of the little Homegrown houses (pattern by Sue Spargo) and attached them to painted stretched canvas.  What a GREAT idea for a wall hanging!!  I love it!!

This piece was in a members show at the Art Center.  It's 24x24 on gallery wrapped canvas.  

Just beautiful!!


Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Squash Squad Finished!

I finished quilting the two small quilts - now I will begin working on the larger ones.

One of the small quilts is the Squash Squad, that was a Stitch Along with Sue Spargo on Instagram in the Fall.  I LOVE this little quilt! I can hardly wait to hang it up somewhere, but it is a Fall quilt so.... it'll be a few months. 😊🍂

I quilted this quilt with black thread and since you can't really see the quilting anyway, I kept it minimal and simple.  For this little quilt, the quilting is not the star of the show, the embellishments are what you see and what you want everyone else to see (I mean how could you miss them, right?)  Anyway, that made the quilting simple because it hardly even shows!

This little quilt was as fun to make as it is to look at! 😊❤️

I cannot yet show the other quilt as it was a Sue Spargo BOM for 2020 and we can't post pictures online until she publishes the pattern.  I am showing a peek of the border, because I didn't use the border she designed. I made a different one, which suited my purpose for the quilt better.  Had fun quilting this one too!  Next up is Folk Tails, which is also heavily embellished, so the quilting will not be intricate or detailed on that one either.  Nothing to detract from those embellishments, hopefully!

Have a great day!!


Saturday, January 9, 2021

Swedish Weaving

You may remember about a year ago, several friends and myself were taking Swedish Weaving classes at the Black Sheep Handworx Studio from Linda Scheve.  We learned to make dish towels on Monks cloth, and it was so amazing because the thread doesn't show on the back at all!  

Well, my friend Becky has become so addicted, she even made a blanket for a Christmas gift this year!  This looks absolutely amazing!  I thought I was done with dish towels, but a blanket, I may just have to try...  She said she purchased the Monks cloth for the blanket from Monks Cloth Lady, and that you use yarn as the thread for weaving.  It just looks so soft and comfy. ❤️

She also made this beautiful table runner, that looks very complicated to me! She used a material called Stockholm and a size three thread for weaving.  This pattern looks so complicated, I'm not at all sure how she did it!  Way to go Becky - I love both of these!! ❤️❤️😊


Thursday, January 7, 2021

It's Time to QUILT

Over the last couple of days I've pinned SIX quilts!  Two, such as the one above, my Squash Squad and last years Sue Spargo BOM Lite (Chirp), are small and I was able to pin them on my cutting table.

The other four I pinned on our ping pong table out in the sunroom.  Huge thanks to my hubby for setting it all up for me, and helping close the pins!  Saved some back breaking time!

This one is a panel quilt that I just had to sew the borders on.  It's part of a Machine Quilting with Rulers class by Angela Walters.  I've watched her YouTube videos before, however this will be the first time I'm going to quilt along and follow the instructions.  I'm sure I will learn a lot!  What little I know of ruler quilting so far is all self-taught...

These are both kit quilts that I finished up this year and am excited to get the done. 😊

And my Folk Tails quilt, which I've worked on for a long time.  I do love this quilt!  I hope I don't ruin it with the quilting.  It was hard enough to pin!  Quilting?? 😳 Wish me luck!