Friday, 8 May 2020

Creating a Quilted Legacy Day Three


My cup is overflowing with all the wonderful posts and comments I have read, I feel we have done Paula proud. So many quilts have been made which will benefit those in need as a result of this tribute to Paula, she would have been chuffed to little mint balls.

Today I would like to show you a child size quilt I made for the Linus Project, it is 39 inches square which fits in with the child size guidelines of 36 - 42 inches square, or 36 x 42 inches.

Before I show you can I just remind you to read down to the end of the post where you will find the list of all the quilters who are taking part over three days. You will also find the list of prizes which will be drawn after the close on Friday May 15th. Remember, the more comments you leave on all the participating blogs over the three days, the more chances you will have of winning a prize. As it doesn't close until the 15th you will have time to go back if you missed any. The quilters have all made a special effort to participate and it's nice to get some feedback.

NOTE! I also have an announcement which you will find near the end too.

So, back to my quilt. When I was rooting around for fabric for the teenage quilt I featured on day one, I came across a children's charm pack. I remember buying it at a small quilt show in Harrogate in the north of England and it was at a time when there wasn't a lot of pre cuts about, and certainly not for children. When I got home however I discovered the shop had made it up themselves and it was so disappointing. I ended up binning some of the fabrics which were dull and dowdy and certainly not children's fabrics. There were some nice ones, but they were relegated to a box.

Anyway, I got them out, counted them, and had an idea. If I cut some squares to match in I would have enough to make a children's quilt using a pattern I had never made before, so here is my finished quilt......



A split nine patch. The fabrics I added were the two purple spots, the blue spot, and the pink floral, which has cute little ladybirds on.

Why haven't I made this pattern up before? It's so quick and easy but looks like I did loads of work, well, it does to me anyway. To be honest I just cut it up on Sunday, yes, five days ago, I have NEVER made a quilt that fast before I tell you. Monday I stitched the nine patch blocks together and cut them into four. Tuesday I rearranged the pieces and stitched them all together again. Wednesday I made the back (hang on and I'll show you it in a minute, I'm in the flow), layered and quilted it. Yesterday, yes, yesterday, I made the binding, machined it on, and hand stitched it on the back. Honestly, it's a good job I'm retired, I would never have managed it if I had to go out to work. Now you know why I am running late with my replies, but I will try and catch up today, promise.



This is the back. I found 80 cm of a Disney print I had bought to make a little changing mat for my grandson (but didn't get around to it). I cut five strips as wide as I could, and left a little extra on the two end ones. I calculated what size the red ones needed to be, and just sewed the strips together. I used more of the red solid for the binding. It's more for a toddler to me, but when he grows if he feels the front is too babyish he can always turn it over and have it as a strip quilt. The front is for a boy or a girl really, but I think the back looks more boyish. I wouldn't mind making this pattern again, I can't believe I have never made it before after quilting for so many years.

Now, for our special announcement.

When I asked Janice to join me in this blog hop we had no idea how much everyone would get on board and enjoy the ethos of quilting for charity in a tribute to Paula. We are overwhelmed with the wonderful positive response, therefore, we have decided to do it all again next year, with the help of our wonderful assistant, Karen of course, who's help and support was invaluable. The hop will be on May 6th Paula's birthday. I'm not sure about the number of days it will run for, it depends on the number of quilters who would like to participate. We will start the planning next January and open our files for participants then. We do hope many of you will participate, and again if you are a non blogger you are very welcome too. You all have a whole year to make a quilt!

Here is the full list of all the quilters, those who are posting today, Friday, and those who have already posted. I have redone my links for the two previous days so they should take you straight to the post, not just the blog.


Wednesday, May 6

Karen @ KaHolly

Kate @ Smiles From Kate

Wendy @ Pieceful Thoughts of my Quilting Life

Bernie @ Needle and Foot
blogs over all three days, the more comments, the more entries. Please leave your comments by
Friday 15th May to be eligible for the prize draw. Those winners who live outside the US will be eligible for gift certificate and pattern prizes only, due to international postage charges, sorry. Winners to be announced one week after closing.

All these wonderful ladies have donated prizes for this charity blog hop for which I thank them so much, especially at this most difficult time in history. They are listed in the order they arrived.

Lorna, Sew Fresh Quilts, $50 gift certificate for her pattern shop.

Yvonne Quilting Jetgirl, 2 PDF patterns of choice.

Bernie Needle and Foot, $25 certificate for her shop.

A fat quarter bundle from Figo Fabrics

A set of quilty gift cards from Initial Thought by DMF Note cards set 1

A pattern of choice from Karen, Sugar Free Quilts

A $30 gift certificate for Doris, Cactus Queen Quilt Co

A PDF pattern of choice from Joanne, www.etsy.com/shop/CanuckQuilterDesigns

$25 gift certificate to Fat Quarter Shop
(donated by Janice Holton)

The Enlightened Spaniel books 1 and 2 by Gary Heads, to acknowledge Paula's love of reading. This prize will be shipped internationally and is included in the draw for all three days.


So, in the words of Bugs Bunny,

'That's all Folks'

With smiles from,
Kate x

Thursday, 7 May 2020

Creating a Quilted Legacy Day Two


This is day two of the hop to pay tribute to PaulaB, she would have been thrilled by the great response, and all the wonderful quilts which will be donated in her honour.

I hope you have been enjoying it. I loved all the visiting yesterday  and seeing the quilts everyone has been making for various charities. I realise they won't be delivered just yet, at least we can't in the UK, but as soon as the restrictions are lifted there will be a plethora of quilts ready to be delivered. I have a feeling that they will be needed more than ever, sadly.

There are many, many quilters like Paula, who make numerous quilts for charity. Some are taking part in this hop, but some don't blog, so you won't know about most of them. Their contribution is invaluable, and deserves recognition.

Today I am featuring quilts by three quilters who make charity quilts but do not blog. I'm very happy that they wanted to join in anyway, which is wonderful.

Remember to read right to the end of the post to discover who else is participating today, and find out all about the prizes on offer and how to enter.

I will feature the quilters and their quilts in the order they were received, and first up is Marianne from Lakewood Ranch, Florida.


Marianne has used a multitude of scraps for this colourful quilt, there are some lovely fabrics there, I especially like the fussy cut kitty.  It is quilted either side of the seam lines in both directions which works great with the design. A lovely dark fabric with splashes of colour like confetti  is used for the binding, which frames it beautifully. Mariannes quilt will be donated to Jack's Basket.

The second quilter featured is Rebecca from La Crosse, WI. Rebecca just loves making quilts for those in need, and plans to make more this year.  Rebecca makes quilts for Project Linus, Quilts of Valour, Covered in Love, and 4Patches4Hope as well as others.


This was made for Mercyful Quilts in CA as part of the Hands2Help Project. It's a large lap size (almost a twin) 'Single Slice' quilt made from a collection from Bluprint for the hospice program, I must say I do like the quilting. Rebecca hopes it brings comfort to someone who needs it, to let them know there are people who care. Isn't that a lovely sentiment?


Rebecca also made this lovely bright quilt for a local charity auction which she participates in every year.

The third participating quilter is Margaret who used to blog as Maggie Stitcher and lives in the UK.  Margaret is another quilter who spends most of her time stitching for various charities. I 'met' Margaret through Paula, who had a good friendship with Margaret and often spoke fondly of her.


This is a small 36 inch quilt made from a Moda charm pack, which Margaret made for a local charity fundraiser. The border sets it off beautifully, and the salmon pink first border fabric is used for the binding. Nice quilting Margaret, I think I could manage that design, think being the operative word!  Margaret also makes quilts for care leavers and several other charities, and has recently been making scrub bags for the local hospital.  Margaret doesn't stop there, she also makes cat mats.


These have been made for the local cat rescue centre. Margaret tells me she has quite a few more made up, but she has run out of wadding, so they won't be finished until after lockdown.

Thank you so much for participating Marianne, Rebecca, and Margaret, and do pop back, I'm sure there will be lots of very complimentary comments on your wonderful quilts.

Here is the list of the lovely quilters participating over the three days of the hop.


PRIZES!


This is the full list of prizes, entries are obtained by leaving a comment on any of the participating
blogs over all three days, the more comments, the more entries. Please leave your comments by
Friday 15th May to be eligible for the prize draw. Those winners who live outside the US will be eligible for gift certificate and pattern prizes only due to international postage charges, sorry. Winners to be announced one week after closing.

All these wonderful ladies have donated prizes for this charity blog hop for which I thank them so much, especially at this most difficult time in history. They are listed in the order they arrived.



Lorna, Sew Fresh Quilts, $50 gift certificate for her pattern shop.
Yvonne Quilting Jetgirl, 2 PDF patterns of choice.

Bernie Needle and Foot, $25 certificate for her shop.

A fat quarter bundle from Figo Fabrics
A set of quilty gift cards from Initial Thought by DMF  Note cards set 1
A pattern of choice from Karen, Sugar Free Quilts
A $30 gift certificate for Doris, Cactus Queen Quilt Co
A PDF pattern of choice from Joanne, www.etsy.com/shop/CanuckQuilterDesigns
$25 gift certificate to Fat Quarter Shop
(donated by Janice Holton)

Enjoy the hop everyone, and remember, every comment on every blog gives you another chance to win a prize, and it's nice to acknowledge the work and generosity of the ladies who do so much for others out of the kindness of their hearts, like Paula did.

Join me again tomorrow, the final day, when I will have something else to show you

Until then,
with smiles from
Kate x

Wednesday, 6 May 2020

Creating a Quilted Legacy Blog Hop, Following in Paula's Footsteps, Day One



Hello, and welcome, today we are celebrating the life of Paula Budinger, a wonderful quilter, blogger, and friend, who sadly died earlier this year.  The hop is taking place over three days beginning today, which would have been Paula's 79th birthday.

Paula of PaulaB Quilts, began quilting in 1980, she was a consistent supporter of multiple quilt charities such as Project LinusJack's Basket, and Covered in Love.  What better way to honour Paula than a blog hop where all the quilts showcased are destined for charity. If you would like to read more about Paula you might like to read my earlier post or read Paula's blog.

You will find the list of all the wonderful bloggers participating at the end of this post, along with a full list of sponsors, prizes, and eligibility.

I decided to make my quilt for Project Linus. I checked their website for size guidelines and chose to make a teenage quilt, which is 42 inches square, or up to 42 x 48 inches.


I found it so difficult choosing the fabrics, especially as we are in lockdown. I just didn't have what I wanted, or not enough. Then I came across a black and white jelly roll, or part of one anyway. I had just enough to make a quilt 42 x 46 inches, although I suspect it's actually an inch or so wider. Of course my husband was holding it the wrong way when I took this snap, the strips are horizontal rather than vertical, but no matter. All in all it looks crisp and modern for a teenager.  I used a bright red binding to compliment the black and white, and


quilted it using a variegated king Tut thread in red, green, and yellow, using organic wavy lines.  After all, it's meant to be cuddly. 


Luckily I had a length of a lovely blue/green solid for the back, it was a better choice than the florals and stuff hanging around in my cupboard believe me!

Here is the full list of all the other bloggers participating, please call in and check them out.

PRIZES!


Here is the full list of prizes, entries are obtained by leaving a comment on any of the participating

blogs over all three days, the more comments, the more entries. Please leave your comments by

Friday 15th May to be eligible for the prize draw. Those winners who live outside the US will be eligible

for gift certificate and pattern prizes only, due to international postage charges, sorry. Winners to be announced

one week after closing.



All these wonderful ladies have donated prizes for this charity blog hop for which I thank them so

much, especially at this most difficult time in history. They are listed in the order they arrived, I have

my eye on a couple but unfortunately I ruled myself as ineligible, sad..........


Lorna, Sew Fresh Quilts, $50 gift certificate for her pattern shop.
Yvonne Quilting Jetgirl, 2 PDF patterns of choice.
Bernie Needle and Foot, $25 certificate for her shop.
A fat quarter bundle from Figo Fabrics
A set of quilty gift cards from Initial Thought by DMF  Note cards set 1
A pattern of choice from Karen, Sugar Free Quilts
A $30 gift certificate for Doris, Cactus Queen Quilt Co
A PDF pattern of choice from Joanne, www.etsy.com/shop/CanuckQuilterDesigns
$25 gift certificate to Fat Quarter Shop
(donated by Janice Holton)

Enjoy the hop everyone, and good luck in the prize draw.


With smiles from
Kate x




Monday, 4 May 2020

Blog Hop Update, and I need advice

Hello, how are things with you?

It's only a few days to the hop, Creating a Quilted Legacy - Following in Paula's Footsteps.


I hope you are looking forward to it. A reminder, it runs from Wednesday 6th May, which would have been Paula's 79th birthday, until Friday 8th May.  If you are reading this for the first time let me explain. Paula of PaulaB Quilts was a well known and well loved quilter who died in February after a short illness.  Paula had been quilting for many years and blogging since 2015.  Almost all of the quilts Paula made in the last few years were for charity, including Jack's Basket and Project Linus.  The hop is to honour Paula, and all the other quilters who make quilts for those in need.

There are prizes, which have all been donated by wonderful quilters, pattern designers and bloggers, especially generous at this time, with so much uncertainty. I will be giving the full list on Wednesday, along with details of all the wonderful participating quilters who have so generously made quilts which they will be donating to a variety of charities.

So, what have I been sewing recently? Well apart from making masks, which I won't be showing you as I'm sure you know what a mask looks like, not an awful lot to be honest. I'm still working on,


the wedding quilt. It's come on a lot since the last pic hasn't it? I have completed it up to the original design by Nydia, this is the tricky part now, adding another two rows one side, which as you can see I have started, and three rows on the bottom. However, since I took this pic I have completely changed the extra rows I started, twice.  I'm a bit further on but not much.

The thing is I will be ready to quilt it soon and the back is the autograph panel.


This is it, well, I still need to add the border which I think will be a triple of the background with a scrappy coloured strip in the middle, if you see what I mean.

My problem is what colour quilting thread to use? With all that silver grey Kona background I need to keep it light or it will detract from the messages, there again the colours on the front range from white to a dark blue, and I do prefer to use the same on both sides.  Get where I'm going here? I will be using Aurifil 50 thread and I'm leaning towards a grey, but what shade? Should it be Dove, Aluminium, or Light Grey?  Then there is the quilting itself, which needs to be light. The blocks on the front are 5 inch half square triangles and the wadding is Warm and Natural. I'm thinking the easiest option would be just wavy lines, I'm not a fan of diagonal quilting, I've had a bit of bother doing it in the past. I really want to get the thread ordered, just in case I have problems getting it. I noticed some waddings seem to be running out in some places and I want to make sure I have the thread I need, just in case a supply problem develops there too. I have a couple of quilt tops needing to be layered, I had not long since bought a twin size wadding and I admit, I just ordered a second one, although I won't be ordering any more, once I use it  any more flimsys will just have to wait.  While I think on, what colour binding should I use? There are very few colours included on both sides.  I really need some help here.

The only other things I have been stitching are cushions tops.


These are to match the little sofa quilt I made, Sarah loves the back as much as the front so I used up a lot of the scraps to make these three to match the back, although only one is quilted so far and I haven't put any backs on yet, and I will make another two to match the front.

That's all my news today, I do hope you will join us, there are a number of ladies posting on all three days. I will be posting on all days, I will show you my own contribution plus quilts from ladies who do not currently have blogs themselves but wanted to contribute a quilt for charity anyway.

I'm getting so excited now,
Until Wednesday,
with smiles from
Kate x

Monday, 6 April 2020

A Finish At Last

I know you don't believe it, I can hardly believe it myself, but it's true, I have actually finished a quilt. It's Confetti, the quilt made from the leftovers of the autograph panel I made for Chris and Sarah's wedding quilt.


And here it is! Made from the bonus half square triangles from the stitch and flip corners, plus some extra ones I made to bring in some more colours, and some plain squares. I kept the quilting simple, a quarter inch each side of the seam lines as it looks in the quilt from the free pattern from Kitchen Table Quilting. It was fairly quick and easy to do and I like the look, it keeps it nice and snuggly too, which is not always the case with heavily quilted quilts. I used two of their favourite colours for the binding, mainly the turquoise with just a splash of pink.


My favourite way to make a quilt back. I just cut a standard width of fabric lengthways, about a third from one edge, and insert a panel. I make the panel from the scraps left over from the adding a strip  of background to the top and bottom.

I had some more leftover scraps, and a few more HSTs too, I have three cushion tops made to match the back and I will make a some extra HSTs for two to match the front. Unfortunately I don't think I will have enough of the silver grey so I will need to order more, but I really don't want to do such a small order, so I will make those in a few weeks.

I have another quilt almost finished too, a Linus quilt for the blog hop next month, Creating a Quilted Legacy, but of course I can't show you that haha! If you missed it you can read more about it on this post, and we will let you know about details and prizes next week.

How are you all holding up in these turbulent times? It's pretty awful isn't it? Here in the UK we are in lockdown, as is half the world it seems. My husband and I are staying home, we go out to walk the dogs for about half an hour every day and the very occasional shopping trip. I try not to go to the supermarket, although I do need to go now. There is a small bakery a few minutes walk from us, just over the little bridge in the next village. It has a cafe normally which is closed of course, so they are now selling fresh fruit and vegetables, milk, eggs, flour and sugar, and a variety of other stuff. I even bought loo roll there last week, well, it was a pack of toilet sheets that go in a dispenser, but it's the same sort of stuff and much better than to risk running out!  All that on top of the fresh bread, cakes, pastries and other bakery lines they usually sell. It's where I go for all my fresh stuff, about once or twice a week, and I will continue going there when this is all over too. After all, they are supporting the local community so it's only right we support them.

Did I tell you I was having a new kitchen installed? I did, and luckily it was finished just before we went into lockdown. I say finished, it needs decorating, I have bare plaster in places and the new radiator isn't connected yet as it needs the wall painting behind first. We were supposed to have it painted in April, but it's a casualty of the virus and will have to wait. I haven't a pic of the finished kitchen to date but I do have a couple of work in progress pics I can show you.



Oh yes, it was that bad. Two weeks it took, I had the little fold up table from my sewing room with a kettle or a toaster on (it was only big enough for one or the other at a time), and a microwave on the polished top of my little side table. I had a washing up bowl in the bath to wash the dishes, nightmare I can tell you. fortunately it was just me, hubby too the dogs up to the holiday home to live in relative luxury. Just as well, I couldn't have coped with them living here with the house in uproar.

So, what did I do while the kitchen fitters were here? Played in my sewing room of course! Apart from quilting Confetti, I did a little work on the wedding quilt.


I'm a lot further on now but this is stage one. I'm so pleased with it I just wish it was for me! I will tell you all about it later, it's not my design but I did get permission form the designer, Nydiak who is on Instagram, she also has a website. Check it out, she is so very talented, and she has had first place at QuiltCon for improv too. I think her work is stunning.


Ok, I wrote this about three weeks ago and I'm posting it now. Why the delay? I have been on information overload with the dreadful news echoed in almost every country in our world, I haven't been able to think about much else.  I am on awe of all those who work to keep us all safe, the doctors and nurses, healthcare assistants, cleaners and porters as well as all the others who work in healthcare. Then there are the other key workers, police, government officials, shop assistants, refuse collectors, bus drivers, delivery workers and all the others who work to keep everything in life going. Every one is a hero, all I have to do is stay home and not spread the virus.

I'd like to leave you with one thought, everything in life is transient. My grandmothers wore skirts down to their ankles, as a child in the 1960's I was in one of the first generations to wear a mini skirt. Yet in the grand scheme of things very little time had passed. It wasn't so long ago that people were dying of polio, now it has been eradicated from the world. This too will pass, I just need to keep reminding myself, and keep the television and radio turned off during the day.

There is so much in the world to be grateful for, I have a wonderful family, husband, children, grandchildren, parents and siblings, and I will have a new grandchild in the autumn. I am thankful for my blogging friends, for Janice from Color Creating and Quilting and Karen from KaHolly, you both supported me through one of the worst times of my life and support me still, and we haven't even met in person. I have much to thank you for. For my friends in this country too, Jan and Wendy, who saw me at my worst and didn't turn away.

Hold your family and friends close and love your neighbours, the world is a better place when we all help and support each other.

Until next time,
with love from,
Kate x