A milestone I believe….a year of blogging and 500 likes within the same few days. Amazing the world you reach when you just start typing. I’m grateful for the connections over the last year! I am amazed at who reads my blog; surprised that there are bloggers with thousands of followers who took the time to pop in and comment, and inspired by all the blogs I read. Thank goodness for the READER function on WordPress and for BLOGLOVIN. Both give me a way to keep up.
I got to meet, in person, at IQF – Houston – one of the bloggers who I follow – Maria Shell . She was in the CRAFTSY booth, giving lessons. Her blog today talks about what she was sharing at Houston! http://talesofastitcher.com/2013/12/05/ruler-made-stripes/comment-page-1/#comment-1933
Just the other day, I received a pattern in the mail from Maria. She offered a pattern on her 100th post and I got one!!! What great effort she made sharing a gift with 100 people who commented on her post. The pattern is highlighted here: http://talesofastitcher.com/2013/11/10/artful-oven-mitts/
I was “between projects” and have baskets of scraps, so I thought I would give her pattern a try. I picked up some Insul Bright batting (1 yard) on Monday after my quilt guild meeting; and have “made” some fabric!! The Insul Bright batting was available at MARES BEARS Quilt Shop in Lewes DE by the yard. I bought 1 yard to see how this worked out. I have 4 Artful Oven Mitts in progress! I almost emptied one of my scrap baskets! It was fun putting together the odd bits & pieces to “make” a large piece of fabric.
I have a dozen bolts of decorator fabric that is quite heavy, so used it for the “inside”. I also added an extra layer of cotton batting (from the batting scrap box). My “fabric sandwich” consists of the patchwork pieces I put together – about 20″ x 50″; a layer of Insul Bright, a layerof cotton batting; and a piece of decorator cotton fabric. In the photo above, I have it all layered and pinned together and have started quilting it. (Before this photo, I did one Artful Oven Mitt as a test project). I was able to cut 3 mitts (6 pieces) from this larger 20 x 50 piece that I quilted. (Note to self – wind a few bobbins before starting!) I had so much fun picking scraps from my baskets; making small groups and then squaring and joining with other small groups. It is really wonky and fun. I actually took my ruler and SLASHED through some of the small group pieces that had bigger pieces, so I could “rearrange” in a way that suited me. I wish now I had taken LOTS of pictures. My mitts are
nearly complete; just need to stitched the binding down on 3 of them; and will do did that this morning; and then finish this blog post with all 4 MITTS standing tall!
think thought this afternoon, I might just run back to the quilt store – Serendipity in Dagsboro DE to pick up some more INSUL BRIGHT. I see myself making quite a few of these, and really emptying out the baskets. Changed my mind and “made” some more fabric. Had enough INSUL BRIGHT left to do 1 more MITT. Will be moving out of the pastels to the reds blues and greens next! (My hubby said these ones I made are nice for ladies, but what about the men who cook!) Wishing I had Maria’s long arm to do the quilting, but did have some fun with FREE MOTION quilting. (Again – note to self; put on the quilt gloves when FMQ!) Another yard of batting will get me 4 more mitts…and that is an easy goal for a one day project. I have a few friends to give a Christmas gift to, that I think these will do nicely! My thanks to MARIA SHELL for her pattern and inspiring blog.
Speaking of Long Arms – have you entered APQS Great Longarm Giveaway? http://apqs.com/longarm-giveaway/ I have tried to enter every day (missed a few) since August. Contest ends next week!
On another note; I have a project to begin soon. Anybody doing Bonnie Hunter – Quiltville Mystery Challenge – Celtic Solstice ??
I have my paint swatches; and some of my fabric in neat little piles all over the place; just waiting on my “TRI-REC” rulers to come in the mail
TODAY (hoping for tomorrow)!!! Clue 1 came out last Friday; and Clue 2 came out today! I think I am going to do the “small” version! I won’t start unil later in the month; after Clue 3 comes out. I have a little trip to take next week, and can’t take it with me. I plan to do some starching of fabric before I begin anyway, so even without the rulers, I can get ready. Love to hear if you are participating in the mystery.
Off to sew and take some pictures. Happy stitching.