Friday, October 23, 2020

A Trio of Mask Baskets for Lisa

My friend Lisa asked if I could make a trio of mask baskets for her and her daughter and I was apply to oblige. Luckily I had a beautiful day for taking the pictures.
She asked if I could possibly use Blue and/or Teal as those are her daughter's favorite colors and nothing overly floral.  I think these fit the bill nicely.

For the first one I chose a Blue print fabric with random stars.
The lining was a Cream marble print.
I don't have Teal in my stash so this was as close as I could get.  The outside fabric was leftover from my Charm Pack Shuffle quilt I designed for Moda Bake Shop in
I found a Blue mall leaf type print that worked for the lining.
The last one turned out so well.  The fabric for the outside is from a fat quarter that I picked up from somewhere and never found a good use for, until now.
For the lining I used a White tone on tone that has large intersection circles.
Here they are together, ready for their new home.
Lisa just happened to be in town (she's from the area and was visiting her mom) just as I finished them so she was able to pick them up instead of them having to be mailed to her.  She loved them and I'm happy knowing that they are doing exactly what my set are doing for us.....keeping the masks organized.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Susan's Adirondack Hunter's Star Quilt

My good friend Susan made a pretty quilt for her camp in the Adirondacks.
This is the "before" photo.  Her fabric choices were perfect for it's future home.
You can see the deer head print and arrows print in this "before" close up.
Here's how it looks after.  The quilting added so much beautiful texture.
The after close up.  I love how it enhances the piecing.
The Falling Leaves panto was her choice for this quilt.
Her flannel backing fabric choice was also perfect for the Adirondack theme.
Knowing Susan, this quilt will be snuggled up under by her or her hubby many weekends during this fall and upcoming winter.
The Hunter's Star quilt she made for for her main home is up next.  Stay tuned.

Monday, October 12, 2020

Mask baskets for Linda

As soon as she saw my post about the mask baskets I made for my clan, my friend Linda asked if I could make a trio of them for her family.  Our boys are best friends and they do so much together so of course I said Yes.

Linda requested that I use the exact same fabrics that I used for our own baskets but that wasn't possible.  I didn't have enough of the prints except for one.  

I made her a duplicate of my Red and Black basket. I don't remember what fabric line the Red print is from but I really love it.
The black lining is the leftover backing fabric from my Tribute to Danny quilt and Remembering Danny quilts.
The 2nd bin was made with leftovers from one of the teacher quilts in 2013.  These bits are from the Little Black Dress line.
I've always had a fondness for the lining fabric and imagine it would be absolutely gorgeous in bright colors, if the designer ever thought of recreating the line.
For the 3rd basket I decided to go with Blues and had enough of these prints in my stash.
The Blue dot print came from Jammer's firetruck quilt, Sound the Alarm.
Linda was very happy with her mask baskets and hopefully they are helping her family tame their mask inventory as well as they are for my crew.
These baskets are so quick and easy to whip up and I'm glad that I'm able to use up some bits in my stash.  Stay tuned.  There have been more created for other friends.

Saturday, October 10, 2020

Scrappy Triangles Guild Charity Quilt

There's one more recent quilt I completed for my guild's charity quilt program. It is one wild and scrappy creation, pieced with every print of fabric that you can think of.
I can't imagine the work that went into this top by whoever pieced it. This is the "before quilting" photo. It's a nice size twin, measuring 65" x 91".
The stitching provided some great texture, though it isn't the easiest to see among all the business of the fabrics and piecing.
Up closer you can see it a bit better.  I chose the Feather Me panto to bring in some soft curves and used King Tut Jewel of the Nile thread on the top as it is a bolder variegated thread.
A tan small print fabric was provided for the backing and the stitching shows there nicely. 
The Feather Me panto up close.  I like the way this stitched out.
I'm sure this quilt will be providing someone lots of warmth this winter.
The new owner will certainly spend lots of time looking at all the various prints that make up this very scrappy quilt.

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Mask baskets for Sharon

After seeing my Masks Managed posts, a few friends asked if I could make mask baskets for them. These are the first 2, for my friend Sharon.

Disney villains are a huge favorite in her house so it went without saying that one of her baskets needed to be made with the Disney villains fabric that I had. 
The portraits fabric worked well for the interior.
I really wanted to use the purple print for the outside and I'm very happy with the way it turned out.
Sharon asked for 2 baskets, one for the adult size masks and one for her daughter's masks, so this is the 2nd basket I made for her.
I chose the black background print for the outside and a deep purple swirl print for the lining.
This basket also turned out cute and the print is certainly fun.
Sharon and her family were thrilled with both of these mask baskets and I'm glad they will help them keep their masks organized.
I've received a few more requests for mask baskets so keep a lookout for future posts when I get more of them completed.

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Masks Managed - Hanging Baskets

 Anyone that really knows me knows that I'm a bit of an organization nut.  As my mom drilled into my head as I was growing up "a place for everything and everything in it's place."

I had been getting frustrated with the mask situation in this house.....which ones were clean and which ones weren't, who's are who's and the stacks of them on top of various tables and countertops all over the place.  With school starting next week, I had to come up with a solution that would solve these issues.

I found a tutorial online for these cute fabric hanging baskets that are the perfect size and they're now on the wall in our mudroom, right next to the door everyone uses to head out in the morning.


Of course, I tried the pattern first with one for me to see how difficult it was (it wasn't at all) and to see what the finished size was.  It turned out to be 8" tall, not counting the hanging loop, 6" wide and 3" deep.  It's big enough to hold more than a dozen masks.


Sunshine was home at the time so I had her pick out fabrics for her bin next.  I was surprised by her choices but it turned out cute and she's happy with it.

Once Jammer got home that afternoon, I had him pick out fabrics for his bin. I don't have much in the way of "guy" fabrics so he picked these Blue and Green prints.
Hubs was at work so he didn't get to pick his fabrics.  I used the one "guy" fabric that I found in my stash.  Although he doesn't sail, it works for him.

I'm thrilled how well this little project turned out and even more thrilled that now I don't have to deal with masks being left all around the house.

I even came across Jammer's old baby hamper that's now right inside the door from the mudroom for everyone to drop their dirty mask into the minute they walk in the house from school or work.  Once live returns to a time when we don't have to wear a mask everywhere we go, I'm sure I'll find another use for these hanging baskets.  My crew are notorious for just putting things down where ever when they walk in and that just doesn't work for me.

Friday, September 11, 2020

Blue & Green Charm Pack Cherry Quilt

 A while back, around March 2018, I pieced this quilt top using Blue and Green scraps leftover from a multitude of projects.

The pattern is Charm Pack Cherry from the Fat Quarter Shop and it's a free download.

At some point, I didn't track when, I quilted it and then put it aside to do the binding later. I used the Popcorn panto for this one.  

Later became a long time after.

While finishing quilting up the last of the guild charity quilts that I had in the house, I decided to get this finally done and add it to their donation pile. I had a bunch of blue fabric leftover from another quilt that worked perfectly for the backing.

The binding didn't take long to complete and now this pretty scrap quilt will wrap someone up cozy and warm this coming winter season.

If you're looking for an easy pattern to use up charm squares, I highly recommend this one.  You can use any color palette and you can make it bigger or smaller, as you need.  I'm sure I'll be using this pattern myself again in the future to whittle down my piles of scraps.