Thursday, July 20, 2017

Christmas in July 2017 - Blog Hop

What a fun concept, Christmas in July   A really great incentive to start the creative process in a truly timely manner.  I hope you have already gotten some great ideas with many more to come. Thanks Sarah for coordinating this for us as well as having a give away and a QAL, WOW.

 For my stop I decided to make Vinyl Bags for my crafty friends.  I know that I prefer the vinyl to fabric bags for projects just for ease of finding the right one as I dash out the door.

I decided to make them in 3 sizes. I got the basic how to when I found this tutorial at   So Sew Easy    I had attempted to work with vinyl in the past and had so much trouble that several projects ended in the trash can.  The key for me this time was the Teflon foot which happened to come with my machine

It i really hard to get a good picture of clear vinyl. (sorry)
The bags measure in at 11w x 12h, 11w x 9h and 8.5w x 7h
The 2 larger ones have boxed bottoms.

Well once I made the bags I had the feeling I was short changing you the hop followers a bit so I decided I needed to fill them with something gifty.

Since I was making them for crafters I decided to try a crafty present idea per bag. 

Bag #1 the largest can hold, for example, a pin cushion and pin keeper with some pre cut fabric or

a gadget keeper/pin cushion and some lovely yarn. Amanda Jean at Crazy mom quilts is currently working on a pattern for this yarn based pin cushion.

Bag #2 is holding a mug rug with matching napkin and some goodies to go inside / along side your favorite mug. I made this set to match the bag but all the parts could be made for any occasion.

Bag #3 contains hand made cards made with Christmas fabric scraps, some made with simple rectangle scraps and stamps others using an applique pattern. All attached to card stock with heavy duty heat and bond.  You just need to remember to put a heavy book on the card after pressing the fabric onto it until it has cooled so that the card doesn't curl up.

Well that's it for my stop.  I hope you can use an idea or two to help you with your jump on holiday gift giving. 

 Oh I forgot to mention the fabric stars. The link I used for the fabric stars can be found here. They were fun to make. You can make them ornaments if you just thread some pearl cotton through them between the points

As for me I will start my gift giving right now.  I will draw a name from those of you who leave a comment and will send you Bag #2 which contains the mug rug, napkin and goodies.  I'll ship anywhere. I'll pick a name on Wednesday the 25th from all the comments dated the 24th or earlier.

Please continue to visit all of the bloggers (I've listed them all below) participating in this fun event and check out Sarah's Blog over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict  to read about the fabulous give away and QAL.

Here are the blogs participating in the 12 Days of Christmas in July blog hop!

Friday, July 14th

Saturday, July 15th

Sunday, July 16th

Monday, July 17th

Tuesday, July 18th

Wednesday, July 19th

Thursday, July 20th

Selina Quilts (that's me)

Friday, July 21st

Saturday, July 22nd

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Updates for the month

It's  been a very busy month for me. For a start my computer died. I am attempting to write this post on a new tablet while I wait for my new computer to be delivered.  It should be here any day now, any day.  They neglected to tell me when I ordered it that it was on back order.

Biggest problem with typing on the tablet  is that I can't see what I'm typing as I'm typing it. Oh well I'm sure there is a way around the problem I just don't have the patience this week to figure it out.

The month started with a trip. While away I needed to replace my phone and got this tablet for free  as part of the deal. For free I guess I shouldn't complain about the typing issues.

I spent time with old friends. Went with them to various restaurants, yarn and fabric shops. Sent home 17 pounds of fabric plus yarn. All of the fabric was on sale, Yahoo.

I also picked up and carried home in my checked luggage this cutie pie. All in all I had a great time.

I really needed a machine that I could drag to meetings and hotels and on planes. When I left home I thought  I'd be coming home with her so I brought some blocks with me to work on at the hotel.  I now have 450 of the 500 blocks needed for the Remainders quilt. 50 blocks per baggie.

I also joined the June  QAL  by Crazymomquilts for another quilt from her recent book No Scrap Left Behind. Can't show a picture of that because at the moment it's spread all over the sewing room.

I have also been working on my contribution to the  Christmas in July Blog Hop coordinated by Sarah  over at Confessions of a Fabric addict.  It stars on Friday and it looks like another great time to be had by all this year. There will be over 20 contributors and a QAL and a give away. I'm posting  on the 20th and I feel a give away right here as well.  Stop by and see what I come up with. This is just a sneak peek of what I have been playing with  for the hop.

I've also been up to some non quilting projects. I got some wonderful yarn to make a shawl for myself and actually got it started.

I also  saw a pattern for a knitted dish Towel that I thought would be a great hand towel for my powder  room. It's almost done.

And these fabric stars were made for a quilting buddy to give to her Honor Flight group .

Hope to see you here on the 20th. Til then be sew happy and enjoy summer.