Tuesday, 24 January 2023

Villa Rosa Designs Fast and Fun Blog Hop

    Hello, and welcome to my turn, on the first-ever Villa Rosa Designs Fast and Fun Blog Hop, a week-long event that celebrates five patterns from Villa Rosa. The blog hop features a collection of five different patterns: Snow Goose, Nantucket, Baby Zip Tease, Hillside Charm, and S’Witched. 

    The instructions fit on one side of a postcard, what a great idea! I had never heard of Villa Rosa Designs, but wow do yourself a favour and check out the designs they are only $2 each.

    My choice was Snow Goose, it is a great pattern to use up leftover jelly roll strips, or in my case scrap pieces.

scrap selection

I pulled out some of my green scraps, no shortage of those around here. As I was invited late to the party I didn't have a lot of time to play with the pattern. I must say however that the pattern does go together quickly. I decided on making a table runner, but I didn't make as many blocks as called for in the pattern. I think with more blocks this would make a lovely bed runner.

a fun variety of greens

For the quilting, I decided I would like some curves for a little bit of visual movement. In the sky section a curvy vine with leaves and in the goose section orange peels.

I used a variegated green thread for the curvy vines 

 Check out all the blogs for chances to win prizes!

There are several opportunities for you to win prizes during the blog hop:

Individual bloggers may be hosting giveaways on their blogs for you to win. Please visit these bloggers to find out about their giveaways and how to register.

Villa Rosa Designs is giving away a 2023 Blog Hop Rose Card pattern collection on each participating blog.

Everyone is eligible to win prizes. Please note that winners outside the USA will receive a digital set of the 2023 Blog Hop Rose Card pattern collection. To enter just leave a comment.

There are two Grand Prize Boxes overflowing with quilty goodness. Check out the photos at VRD blog. Every blogger will be selecting two people from their comments to enter that drawing.

Please note: If you are a no-reply blogger (or aren’t sure whether you’re a no-reply blogger), please leave your email address in the comment. 

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Saturday, 21 January 2023

A little oops, this was supposed to publish on Thursday. Someone not saying who may have put the wrong day.

The Fast and Fun Blog Hop has already started but you still have time to visit the bloggers and get your name in for the draws. My day is Jan 25, 2023. The hop features postcard style patterns from Villa Rosa Designs, using quick and simple designs.

The lineup of bloggers is shown below. Be sure to visit each one for loads of inspiration as well as the chance to enter and win some very generous prizes.

01/19/23 ThursdayVilla Rosa Quilts – Hop Kickoff and Info
01/20/23 FridayFrom Bolt to Beauty 
Kathleen McMusing 
Jaftex Companies
01/21/23 SaturdayPieceful Thoughts  
Little Penguin Quilts
01/22/23 SundayQuilt with a View
MMM Quilts
01/23/23 MondayCheryl’s Teapots 2 Quilting
Devoted Quilter  
Quilts of Valor Foundation
01/24/23 TuesdayNeedle and Foot
Am I Shouting Yet?
Electric Quilt
01/25/23 WednesdayThe Crafty Quilter
Jo’s Country Junction
Keepsake Quilting 
Stitchin At Home
01/26/23 ThursdayVilla Rosa Quilts
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Pink Tint

 Thanks to Kim Lapacek of Persimon Dreams for Project Quilting. The rule in this challenge is that some shade of pink must dominate the project. With 6 granddaughters, let's just say I have pink.

a few pinks

The block I made was a simple plus block.

I pulled some 2 1/2'' white squares from my stash

As you can see in the next photo, I switched my background choice to a background fabric with pink. 

12 blocks later

I made a doll quilt for one of my granddaughters, it finished at 18'' x 24''. I wanted to keep the quilting simple. I stitched in the ditch and 1/4'' in all the pluses and curves and orange peels in the background squares.

Sunday, 8 January 2023

Project Quilting 14.1

     It must be a New Year as Season 14 of Project Quilting has started. The first one is indeed the 'First One'. All that's been going through my mind since I first read the challenge has been 'One singular sensation' from 'One' by Marvin Hamlisch. The lyrics praise a singular star, oh I can work with that. Stars are one of my favourite blocks.

quilted and ready to put together

    Now what to make with a single star. I pulled some scraps and made a 3'' finished star. Okay, that was easy, but what to do with it. Why not make something useful, I've been thinking of making a rotary cutter cover, to put my rotary cutter in when taking it to guild. Time for some more scraps. I used a scrap piece of Thermore batting and a scrap fabric for my quilt sandwich. I did a crosshatch for the back of the rotary cover and some stitch in the ditch for the star. Sew the front to the back, add a single fold binding, and one singular rotary cover is done.

getting ready for the next project

I don't know if it's a singular sensation, but I think it turned out okay. Plus a few bits of scraps are put to good use.

Monday, 5 December 2022

Virtual Cookie Exchange 2022

     My favourite hop of the year is the Christmas Cookie Exchange, Blog Hop, hosted by Carol at Just Let Me Quilt. I know there will be delicious cookie recipes shared and inspiring projects to be seen.

    The recipe I'm sharing this year is one for Snickerdoodles. Snickerdoodles are traditional Dutch-German cookie that are usually covered with cinnamon and sugar. My paternal grandfather was German and that may explain why I love these cookies.


Snickerdoodle Cookies Small Batch

1 & 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter
2/3 cup sugar
1 egg 
1 teaspoon vanilla

3 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 375
1: Mix flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt together with a whisk.
2: Cream butter and sugar.
3: Add in egg and vanilla until mixed.
4: Add dry ingredients and mix until incorporated.
5: Using a small cookie dough scooper, make 12 cookie dough balls. I made 15. Roll them in the palm of your hand, then in the sugar/cinnamon mix.
6: Place cookies on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Leaving a couple inched between them.
7: Bake for 10 minutes. The cookies will be puffy and soft, they will continue baking as they cool down on the cookie sheet for 10 minutes then cool completely on a wire rack.
8: Enjoy

    My Christmas project this year are stockings. For every grandchild I make them a Christmas stocking the year they were born, my newest granddaughter was born in March of this year. The first stocking I made was for my oldest granddaughter, who is now 17. I have 6 granddaughters and 2 grandsons. I have made each one their own snowman stocking.

Erin and her juggling snowman stocking

    I used Swarovski hot-fix rhinestones, which I understand Swarovski is no longer making, to add a little bling around her name and also the juggling balls for the snowman. On the snowman, I hand-sewed the beads for the tummy, eyes, and mouth. 

    My daughter wanted a stocking for herself, making this a two stocking Christmas project year.

a little lace for a little more elegant look

    To make the berries show, I used my Inktense pencils to do a little shading and add some dimension. I also added some Swarovski hot-fix rhinestones around her name.

    Sit back relax with a cuppa of hot chocolate and enjoy more recipes and projects from my fellow bloggers.

Sunday, 6 November 2022

Charity Wheel-Chair Quilts

     My guild took on making wheel-chair quilts for one of the local Long Term Care Homes. We are a small guild with approx 30 members and this is a big undertaking for us. We need 136 quilts, they are approximately 30'' x 40''. They will be delivered in December to the home and hopefully depending on how bad Covid cases get, some of the guild members and Santa will be there. 

The idea is to provide something to the residents and hopefully make their Christmas a little brighter and also so they know someone is thinking about them. As some residents have no one to visit them.

Excuse the leaves it was quite windy yesterday and I haven't been out to rake yet today. I was more interested in taking photos for this blog post.

These two were made from scrap bags from my guild.

I made 14, and most were made using fabrics and scraps from our guild stash with a donation from my stash for backgrounds or to supplement the scraps. Some were made using orphan guild blocks.

Some orphan blocks, and more scraps

the purple/pink was a quilt someone had donated. The wonky star was a single orphan block

The purple and pink quilt required a little surgery and seam ripping, the floral was a part of the original quilt. 

Charm squares and sashing

a little bit of irish

The 4 patch units were not square, they were rectangular, but I think in this layout they worked darn good.

sometimes simple is best

these are browner than they appear
Even though I haven't been blogging much, which I need to get back into doing, I have been busy.

Some of the quilts took longer to come up with ideas than to actually make them.