…and it’s OFF!

Well, I finally finished up the quilt for Craft Hope (a few weeks ago, actually) and wanted to let you admire *cough* the finished project, which is snug as a bug on it’s way to Jessica.

The front:

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…and the back:

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I apologize for the low-light photo – we’re having some funky weather here in CLE.

There are some imperfections (!!!), but overall I’m so happy with my work and I will definitely complete this quilt again.  It was a great intro to the craft!

Be well and remember to wear your rashguard at the beach!

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Craft Hope – Project 21 :: Rally for Roma!

First: I’ve missed being here.

Second: I’ve kept busy while I’ve been away!

If you’re not familiar with the Craft Hope movement in service, please check out my post from November 30.

Here is a description of the project from the shiny new Craft Hope website.

*sigh*

My mom is a quilter.  I am not; I make clothes. My mom used to make (lots of!) clothes, but over the years, her skills (and her patience) evolved and she took up quilting, though she does bust out some cute clothing these days.  Maybe it’s just a natural progression, I don’t know. BUT, I now understand why quilters love what they do so much!

There is something so soothing and slow and easy about quilting.  The way one can get lost in the fabrics and the colors and the hum of the machine and the sound of your heartbeat while you’re cutting and piecing and…  You know what I mean, don’t you…you crafty little goddess?!?  If it’s not quilting, it could be something else that speaks to you this way, right?

I am not a quilter.

My mom has given me loads of her scraps over the years, as I enjoy applique’ing clothing quite a lot.  I use what she gives me and I try to remember the quilt that has the same materials in it.  I have a huge stash of her scraps, as I can’t applique THAT fast!  I’ve often wondered if there is anything else I could be doing with these scraps that my mother so painstakingly measured and cut.  Anything besides making a quilt, because (say it with me, now)…

I am not a quilter!!!

BUT!!

I popped in to Stitch Cleveland, my local sewing shop, and was talking to the owner about my pondering.  She knew right away how to help me and picked up a book named The Practical Guide to Patchwork by Elizabeth Hartman.  She said that it was a great introduction to quilting and had several patterns inside, from novice to advanced.  She pointed me to the Small Plates pattern and here is what came of that:

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I am rather impressed with myself!  This is the first quilt that I’ve made, and I’ve done it slowly and carefully and poured the best of myself into it AND…

(the connection)

…I’m going to be so pleased to send it off to Romania!  It’s rather primitive, but Heidi was right – it was the perfect quilt to start me off!

Lookout world: I AM A QUILTER!

(the pieces haven’t been sewn together just yet – I’ll pop on with photos of the finished project!)

Hi, everyone!

Hope you’re all well and moving right along as you dream up efforts to make others feel happy and special and loved…it’s the best gift of them all, isn’t it?  : )

Well, I promised that I’d pop on today to post about a couple of things I’ve been working on.  Promise kept!

First, I’ll talk about my first toy for Craft Hope’s Project 19.  My choice was made by memories of my children and the strange little things that they called their favorites when they were young. I can’t imagine they’re the only oddballs (their mama being cemented firmly on that list!) on the planet who like things like this, so I made a lovey in thier honor for another little sweetie.

I found my pattern in Sewing Bits and Pieces by Sandi Henderson.  I made the Woodland Bunny…

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*** RASPBERRIES!!!!  Why are my photos crooked???  LOL ***

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…and I think he is super sweet.  My Clare likes him alot!  : )  This pattern is a great stash-buster pattern.  In fact, alot of my work lately has consisted of applique…because my scrap stash is obcene.  *blush*

Next, I was asked to make some slippers for a friend and THEY ARE SO AWESOME AND WARM AND COZY!!

Smashed flat:

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Sitting up pretty-like:

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I made a model before starting Shannon’s slippers to make sure that I understood the pattern well – the lone slipper was confiscated by my 9yo son who demanded a match, so one pair of feet in this house sports a pair of slippers!  I have 2 more pairs to make and stuff in stockings.  No sweat!

What else…  Oh, yes!!  Napkins!  : D

2 months ago, I had enough cloth napkins to fill my drawer, and now I don’t have enough to get through a meal.  I have no idea what happened, truly.  I’ve checked the tree fort, the doll bed, the bike trailers, the workshop, the linen closet, the silver-dryer-vent-thing, closets, buckets…you get the idea.  My napkins are no more, so I’ve made another dozen or so!  And because I first thought of the sparkle in my children’s eyes upon seeing something new in the house instead of the sounds of their screeching voices as they fight because they all want the same one, I made them with different designs.  *insert eye-twitch here*

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There is a hiccup on the snowflake applique, but it’ll mend.  : )

What are you working on these days?  I’d love to hear!  : )

Craft Hope – Project 19 :: Dolls, Animals, and Monsters

 Craft Hope is a non-profit movement that is propelled by the generosity and talents of crafters to share handmade items with those less fortunate.  Some of their efforts to organize projects have included Quilts for Hope (Project 18) which provided quilts or other handmade blankets to wildfire victims this past summer in the western US.  Aprons for Haiti (Project 17) provided lovely aprons to women in Haiti who are unlikely to have anything so special or lovingly made in all their lives as they go about their days doing work that you and I couldn’t imagine doing.  The Littlest Warriors (Project 16) provided handmade bags and hats for children fighting cancer.  These are just a few of the projects that Love has created.  Please check out their Facebook page which has all of the information about the current project as well as the efforts that have changed so many lives in the form of projects prior.

I am proud to be part of Project 19: Dolls, Animals and Monsters.  Oh, my! which will provide  handmade soft toys to children who were affected by Hurricane Sandy in the northeast US. I haven’t decided what I’ll be making for my contribution, but I promise to check in here.

Clearly, I’ve been under a rock for a long time, as I just recently found out about this movement.  Please join me in sharing this news by sharing this blog post, ‘Like’ the Facebook page, tell the friends in your circles, etc.  

Love truly does make the world go round.  

Peace…