Lollypop Trees Block 5

Yeah! Block five is done and I am now working on the sixth and final block of Lollypop Trees.  The pattern has many more blocks, including appliqued borders, but I have simplified my plans for this quilt.

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It will be a wall hanging with two rows of three blocks.  The blocks are large, so it will be a sizeable wall hanging and the plan is to hang it over our bed.  The borders and sashing will be pieced. I still need to sit down and calculate the pattern for those – will probably recruit Hubby (the family math nerd) for some help. I also need to choose the two fabrics for the borders and sashings.

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This applique project has been quite a commitment and I’ll admit, extremely enjoyable and satisfying.  Above, my very first block was with a different background than what I’m using now.  I switched gears, but will use this block for a pillow although the stitching is not quite complete. I will consider it a major accomplishment when complete, although I won’t be enjoying that moment for a while.

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A HOT experience! A friend and I recently attended a hot glass demo workshop at Starworks in Star, NC.  Fun experience! And look at the pretty glass paperweight I made! Not a craft I will pursue further, but how fun to participate it and be able to more fully appreciate this craft.

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String Flying Geese

Although it’s not yet quilted, my Tula Strings is a flimsy that I am SO happy with! However, there were over 200 cuts leftover which I have now turned into triangles.

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Lots of solid shot cottons have been cut into more triangles to turn the strings into flying geese.  About half are even pinned! These will be going to a sew-in with me next month where I will be joining two friends for two evenings.

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Why such ahead of time prep?  I’ve been in the midst of a massive cleanout of our home – closets, storage, and workrooms.  The plan is to have a yard sale on a pretty Saturday in March and then anything that remains gets donated immediately.  Although this process has been somewhat daunting, it really is quite freeing.

Knitting has also continued to happen.  I knitted these two dishcloths.  How fun! I’ll put them away to use as hostess gifts and stocking stuffers.  And my sock knitting?  Let’s just say it’s going – very, very slowly.  I am still determined to finish the sock I’m working on and then knitting it’s mate.  It’s a loooong term project. And I certainly won’t be knitting up socks as stocking stuffers!

Cutting Quilt Blocks

Spring Quilt & Sew-In has 2 spots available! Please come join in the fun & creativity!

April being not too far away, and the Spring Quilt & Sew-In Retreat, I prepped blocks for the charity quilts that the attendees will be sewing. The first block is for a quilt called Mid-Century Quilt. There’s a variety of blues and tans for the blocks and enough blocks to build a twin size quilt.

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Thank you Pineapple Fabrics for donating the fabrics used in these blocks.

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The next two sets of blocks are for nine-patch quilts. One will have various light neutral squares in the center of each block, with the remainder of the squares being scrappy. With the exception of some of the center squares coming from Pineapple Fabrics, most of the fabrics came from stash scraps.

The second set is also for a nine-patch twin size quilt with a gray pin stripe as the center square and the rest are scrappy.  Several years ago at a warehouse sale I bought a bolt of the gray pin stripe. It’s almost all gone which is very sad because it has been such a useful and attractive neutral.

Being charity quilts, my hope is that the completed quilts will bring a smile and warmth to the recipients.

Many thanks to all those attending the retreat who are always so enthusiastic about sewing the blocks!

Twin Size Quilts & a Winner

Each year at the Quilt & Sew-in Retreats, the retreaters sew blocks that are then put together for Hospice quilts. This spring, however we’ll be putting twin size quilt tops together for another great cause – Snuggled in Hope Quilts. They accept quilt tops for volunteers to quilt and/or tie and bind. The quilts are then sent to Flying Horse Farms, which is a camp in Mt. Gilead, Ohio for children with serious illnesses and is part of Paul Newman’s Serious Fun Network Camps. Thank you to Kayla, a beautiful young woman who attends the Quilt & Sew-In Retreats for this wonderful suggestion.

A real bonus to donating to this cause is that the quilts do not need to be finished! I know many quilters have twin size quilt tops in their stash that may never be quilted – please consider this donation avenue!
The above quilt top will be accompanied by the backing and binding fabric below thanks to the maker of the quilt top.

 

Winter Blues Blog Hop – thank you to all who hopped along with the Winter Blues. Your kind and uplifting comments were so very much appreciated! Congrats to comenter #28, Dixie, for winning the Batik Surprise.

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Winter isn’t over yet! May you spend many happy hours keeping warm while creating!

Winter Blues Blog Hop!

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Brrr!! It is definitely winter! A good day to stay inside, sew and check out the Winter Blues Blog Hop  hosted by Carla from  Creatin’ in the Sticks.    Thank you Carla! And today is my day…

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When I joined the hop I already had a blue project in the works. I would have loved to have done something more creative, but this is a Hospice quilt and it’s the first one for 2020.  Starting off the year with a finished Hospice quilt is a good way to get this year’s ministry going!

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The Hospice quilts are backed with fleece – cozy, warm and soft!

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I really like variations of blue fabrics and have made several quilts with blue – see?…

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SnEW is glad to be in the warm studio and wants know – Do you have a favorite color to sew with? A winner will be randomly chosen on Monday from the comments and win a batik surprise! (Lower 48 US only)

Be sure to hop on over to all the Winter Blues today!

Thursday, January 23rd
Websterquilt
Songbird Designs
Cynthia’s Creating Ark
Storied Quilts
Patchwork Breeze
Seams To Be Sew
HeARTsCreations 
Becky’s quilts and adventures
DesertSky Quilting

Blog Hop Fun! for the Winter BLUES!

Brrrr! The winter cold has returned and what better way to enjoy it but with a Winter Blues Blog Hop!  Carla from Creatin’ in the Sticks is hosting a Blog Hop to cure the Winter Blues. Each day this week through Friday, bloggers will be sharing their Blue projects with you. Be sure to check out all their blue creations this week.

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Prepare to be inspired! There may even be a surprise or two!

Monday, January 20th
Just Let Me Quilt
Bumbleberry Stitches
QuiltFabrication
Mary Mack Made Mine
VROOMANS QUILTS
Just Because Quilts
Kathleen McMusing
Den syende himmel
Beaquilter
Tuesday, January 21st
Quilted Delights
Kathy’s Kwilts and More
Farm Quilter
Homespun Hannah’s Blog
Elizabeth Coughlin Designs
Quilting & Learning: What a Combo
Life in the Scrapatch
PamelaQuilts
Home Sewn By Us
Wednesday, January 22nd
Little Bunny Quilts
For the love of geese
The Joyful Quilter – My STOP!!!
Ms P Designs USA
Quilt Schmilt
Karen’s Korner
Made By Marney
Podunk Pretties
Sunshine in the Attic
Thursday, January 23rd
Websterquilt
Songbird Designs
Cynthia’s Creating Ark
Storied Quilts
Patchwork Breeze
Seams To Be Sew
HeARTsCreations 
Becky’s quilts and adventures
DesertSky Quilting
Friday, January 24th
MooseStashQuilting
Selina Quilts
LimeLeaves Design
Karrin’s Crazy World
Sew Many Yarns
Domestic Felicity
DayBrook Designs
Creatin’ in the Sticks
And what have I been working on these cold winter nights?  Socks! A friend is teaching a few of us to knit socks – Toe Up Magic Loop.  She definitely has the patience of a saint as I am a needy knitting student. I do love how the colors are working up and how fun to see it taking shape. It is fine yarn and the needles are size 0, so yes, it’s going to take a while. I have really wanted to knit a pair of socks for a loooong time now so Yeah! Another check on my wish list.

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What are you working on during the cold winter? Even in warmer climates, there is more darkness – what is adding light to your creative days?

Bedroom Full of Green Leaves

I’m also working on an applique wall hanging for above the bed. That, however, won’t be finished for a long time. Then came the window treatment. Our bedroom doesn’t have much light, so this is the best I could get for a pic.

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This bedroom makeover is quite a change for me, and I’m glad to say I like it. It was a project that seemed to take me forever – and it’s done!   A nice way to start off the New Year.

Linking with: (links will be applied on the appropriate dates)

MIDWEEK MAKERS ●NEEDLE & THREAD 
PEACOCK PARTY  ● TGIFF ● WHOOP WHOOP FRIDAY
FINISHED OR NOT FRIDAY ● OH SCRAP!