Monday, October 16, 2017

Red, White and Blue Hand Bag

God Bless America Clasp Purse - Front
For the Crazy Quilt Journal Project (CQJP) 2014, my goal was to create a purse a month. I fell behind schedule, but did not give up on that goal. This is the 11th purse, so I only have one more to go.

The clutch purse was created with my May CQJP 2014 block. Several of the seams were embellished with stitches from Take A Stitch Tuesday (TAST), which was offered by Sharon B. of

Excluding the crazy quilting, the general pattern for the bag was made following the guide shared in this tutorial at Sweet Bee Buzzings for a smaller coin purse.
Last December, I decided to participate with the All People Quilt UFO Challenge 2017. (More details are here.) This block was #5 on my list. #5 was the project selected for August.

The purse has been donated to be auctioned off later this week to raise funds for engineering scholarships in Oregon. 

I do hope the new owner likes it.

Related Posts:

TAST 7/21/2014 - here
CQJP 2014 May Block - here
UFO Challenge 2017 - My List - here

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I am joining Monday Stitchery Link Party #132 at Super Mom No-Cape! I do hope you will stop by to see what others are working on and to see the free vintage Halloween embroidery patterns offered today.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Sun, Sand, and Sea BOM 2017 - Block 9

"Bathing Beauty" is block 9 of the Sun, Sand, and Sea Block of the Month hosted by Sew Incredibly Crazy and Friends.

This block was designed by Amy at Sew Incredibly Crazy. You may find her post about it here and the pattern (which is free in October of 2017) may be found on Craftsy, here.

You might have noticed, I have not yet finished Block 8. I had a hard time figuring out how to add "Beach Boy Freddie" to the quilt so it would fit with the color scheme. I was not sure pink would fit in with all of that orange and black. And I was already worried about how stark the green on "Mr. Crabby" stood out.

I think I found fabrics that let Freddie rock the orange and black. And, I worked in more of the green fabric so Mr. Crabby will fit in better. I still need to hand embroider around the applique and piece the border.

This is how the blocks look together right now.

I look forward to seeing what the ladies designing the blocks for this BOM have lined up for us next month!

Related Posts:

Blocks 1 & 3 - here
Block 2 - here
Block 3 Progress - here
Block 4 - here
Blocks 5 & 6 - here
Block 7 - here

Photos and links to each of the blocks may also be found on the Sun, Sand, and Sea 2017 BOM page tab at the top of the blog.

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Friday, October 13, 2017

2017 CQI Halloween/Autumn Fabric Postcard Swap

As mentioned in my last post, Wilma organized a Halloween/Autumn Fabric Postcard Swap for the Crazy Quilting International Facebook members. October 5th was the deadline to sign up and postcards need to be mailed before October 14th. 

I signed up to swap an Autumn themed postcard and this one went into the mail today. I do hope the recipient likes it!

If you have followed my blog long, you may recall that I used waste canvas to cross-stitch a pumpkin Pamela Kellogg designed and shared in the Autumn 2015 Crazy Quilt Quarterly Magazine. I am afraid my stitches using waste canvas are not as neat as I would like them to be, but the pattern is darling! (My post from last year may be found here.)

I do love autumn! I love the large harvest moons, pumpkins, colorful leaves, pumpkins, crisp fall air, pumpkins... 

 For the back, I printed this template onto cardstock. 

I was thrilled to find a white, yellow, and orange variegated rayon thread in my stash to finish the edges with.

If you are interested in making a crazy quilted fabric postcard, you may find a tutorial on the Crazy Quilting International blog, here. If you use cardstock instead of a fabric backing, remember that the zigzag stitches do perforate the edges of the cardstock. 

For this card, I set my machine to sew a zigzag stitch with 3.5 wide and 0.3 long stitches and went around the edges once. Without breaking the thread, I switched the setting to straight stitches and went around the edge of the zigzag stitch once before knotting the thread and trimming the thread. (The finishing method was inspired by this tutorial at Quilted Delights.)

These postcards need to be hand cancelled at the post office. In the USA, this requires an additional stamp (that costs $0.21 at the time of this post.) I send my postcards in a clear plastic envelope approved by USPS that I found and purchased through Amazon. With the envelope, I have to pay for a regular postage stamp instead of a postcard stamp. Some post offices will hand cancel the the fabric postcard and then allow you to put it into the clear envelope to post it. The 2 post offices I have been to will only hand cancel directly on the postcard if it is mailed as is - without the plastic envelope. 

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Sunday, October 1, 2017

October 2017

Wow! September has already gone and October has arrived. 

October is one of my favorite months because pumpkins are finally in season and I love the harvest moons this time of year.

Progress with my September Goals:

My list of September goals may be seen here. 3 of the 8 goals were completed. However, I did finish up a few more crafts that were not on my list.

The crazy quilted under-the-sea block I embellished turned out to be too large to make into a glasses case. So, I finished it off as a wall quilt and added it to my Etsy shop. You may find the blog post here and my Etsy shop here.

Block 7 of the Sun, Sand, and Sea Block of the Month is finished. I just love "Mr. Crabby", designed by Amy of Sew Incredibly Crazy. The blog post is here - it includes a link to the pattern for the block. 

(Joan of Moosestash Quilting has shared a photo of the first 9 blocks together. You may see them here.)

I finished my first pencil coloring class through Kit and Clowder and had so much fun! The digital stamp for the class was "A Little Bit Grumpy" from The Paper Shelter. My blog post about it is here.

Other September Accomplishments:

I finished a tutorial: How to Make a Crazy Quilted Artist's Trading Card (ATC). Find out more about the Crazy Quilt Quarterly 2018 ATC Swap here. This was a 3 part tutorial: Piecing the ATC, Embellishing the ATC, and Finishing the ATC. (Links may be found below with the list of top viewed posts in September.)

I know several people living outside of the USA wish they could participate. You might be interested to know that Wilma is organizing a Halloween/Autumn Crazy Quilted Fabric Postcard Swap for members of the Crazy Quilt International Facebook Group. The group may be found here, and the deadline to sign up is October 5th and postcards need to be mailed by October 14th. (I signed up to make an Autumn themed postcard.)

I made my first Etsy sale! I do hope the new owner likes it. :)

This zipper pouch was finished and added to my Hand Stitched Treasure Etsy Shop. The blog post is here. The shop is here.

I also finished off the last two mailbox fabric panels that I colored back in February. They will be shared on the blog soon. (The February post may be found here.)

October Goals:

1. Make a wall quilt with the blocks from a Crazy Quilting International Heart Round Robin. (This was #2 on my list for the APQ 2017 UFO Challenge and was selected as the May project.) You may see all of the blocks here

2. Make progress embroidering this Christmas stocking for my eldest son. (#10 on the APQ 2017 UFO Challenge, selected in June.)

3. Create a purse with this block from the Crazy Quilt Journal Project (CQJP) 2014. (#5 on the APQ 2017 UFO Challenge, selected in August.) You may read more about this block here.

4. Work on embroidering my CQJP 2014 December block. (#7 on the APQ 2017 UFO Challenge, selected in September.)

5. Create "Beach Boy Freddie" - block 8 of the Sun, Sand, and Sea BOM designed by Carol of Just Let Me Quilt. You may see it here, and there is a link to the pattern.

6. Create "Bathing Beauty" - block 9 of the Sun, Sand, and Sea BOM designed by Amy of Sew Incredibly Crazy. You may see it here and there is a link to the pattern - which is free throughout October.  

7. Create a wall quilt with my CQJP 2017 January block. (You may read more about this block here.)

8. Sew the borders onto "Hearts Askew" quilt top, and stitch around appliqued hearts. The pattern is from the book Hearts Aplenty by Lynda Milligan and Nancy Smith. (#3 on my APQ 2017 UFO Challenge, selected in October.)

9. Complete my 2nd coloring class through Kit and Clowder. This month's class features the Pure Prairie Bouquet digitial stamp (found here) from Power Poppy. I have completed the first video tutorial so far.

10. Make a gift to share on the 1 X-mas Item a Month Blog.

I will be sharing photos of my progress on Instagram (here) and on my Hand Stitched Treasure Facebook page (here).

Top 5 Posts Viewed in September:

1. Crazy Quilt ATC Tutorial Part 1 - Piecing - here (Wow! This is already the 3rd most viewed post of all time.)
2. Crazy Quilt ATC Tutorial Part 2 - Embellishing - here
3. Crazy Quilt ATC Tutorial Part 3 - Finishing - here
4. TAST Stitches 64 and 99 - here
5. Pink Zipper Pouch - here

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Friday, September 29, 2017

Jellyfish Wall Quilt

This Jellyfish Wall Quilt was just added to my Hand Stitched Treasure Etsy Shop. (Here is a link to the listing.)

11-1/8" Tall
8-5/8" Wide 

It features a unique hand embroidered, hand beaded center.

If you follow my blog, you may recall my plans to sew this into a glasses case. Unfortunately, I realized it was just too wide for that.

So, I sewed on a black border and backed it with the same blue fabric used for the binding.

The binding was hand sewn on the back side of the wall quilt.

Triangles were added to the upper corners on the back. It includes a 1/4" oak dowel rod that fits perfectly. This allows the piece to be hung on a photo hook. 

A small tag has been added to share a bit of information. Care instructions are on the reverse side of the tag.

The wall quilt is non-washable. Although some people recommend placing nylon stockings over the embroidery and then using the hose attachment of a vacuum cleaner, I like Pamela Kellogg's method using a piece of plastic canvas as a barrier to protect the embroidery and embellishments. (To me, plastic canvas seems sturdier and less likely to shift while vacuuming.)

After hand sewing the binding to the back, I realized there was a small pucker along the black border on the upper-left side of the wall quilt. So, I learned how to add a 10% discount to an item in my Etsy shop. 

The price is reduced on this wall quilt and it includes free shipping within the United States. 

I hope to have another finish to share tomorrow. 

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Notes that may be of interest...
I sometimes share sneak peeks of my work-in-progress on Instagram (here) and on my Hand Stitched Treasure Facebook page (here.)