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.



Sunday, September 6, 2020

My Back Porch table runner & Moda's Summer in the Country Quilt Along - Blocks 11-16

I've gotten behind with blog post over the past few weeks for Moda's Summer in the Country Quilt Along so today I'm posting links to blocks 11 through 16.  I'm also sharing what I made with the blocks that I designed for the quilt along.

Patriotic designs speak to me of Summer, not just to celebrate the July 4th holiday.  With my Moonlight and Firefly blocks created for the quilt along, I decided to add one more block and turn it into a table runner for our kitchen table.

The size worked out perfectly for our smaller kitchen table.

I'll admit that initially I wasn't going to add the Ladybug fabric border as I really liked it with the darker Blue outside border, but it wasn't quite as wide as I wanted it so I took the chance. 
When I went to quilt this on my longarm, I thought I would naturally use one of the designs that featured stars but whether or not it was because I had recently used star designs a lot for customer quilts, those designs didn't feel right to me.  I chose the Wildflower design and I'm really happy with the way it looks on this table runner.

For the back, I was determined to use up the last bits of the fat quarters of Back Porch fabric that Moda sent to me for this quilt along and I was successful, having to just add a bit of White from my stash.

This table runner has graced our table all summer long and it will be a little sad to put it away but Red, White and Blue really doesn't work well with Fall decor.  I'll look forward to bringing it out next June to welcome back the warmer weather and all that the summer fun that entails.

Here are the links to the rest of the blocks for the quilt along.

Block #11 is Ice Cream Churn designed by Lisa Jo Girodat.

Block #12 is so fun.  It's Blue Ribbon, designed by Anne Wiens.
Next up is block # 13, which is Picnic Star.  It is designed by Susan Vaughn.
It's not summer without some kite flying so block #14 is a perfect block to add to this quilt along.  It is Summer Kites by Lisa Jo Girodat.
The next to the last block is Star Flower, designed by Christine Weld.
And the final block design is Farmhouse Star by Susan Vaughan.

 Tomorrow the completed quilts will be revealed on the Moda Bake Shop and you won't want to miss it.  They are simply beautiful.  It's also been a great joy to see all the fabulous blocks that have been shared on the Moda Bake Shop Bakers Facebook group.  I can't wait to see all those blocks sewn together and the gorgeous quilts that have been created.

Participating as one of the designing chefs for this quilt along has been a blast and I'm already thinking of ideas for the next Moda quilt along....the annual Countdown to Christmas.  Stay tuned.