Another Friday

Surprisingly, this week went by pretty quickly.
One of the Meemaws and I made some masks for the teachers at the school where we used to work. The teachers are in the midst of having to empty their rooms in order for the school to be totally sanitized. This is quite a task for teachers. People may not realize the amount of teaching supplies, books, and materials that teachers store in their closets, and any spare rooms, in order to provide safe, productive, creative and fun learning environments. And most of these supplies are purchased by the teachers and not the district. Teachers are cleaning and at the same time still teaching online. Thank you teachers, for all you do.
This week, I made a few new fabric art pieces. My inspiration came from my grandchildren. I thread sketched an image from a photo of my youngest grandbaby. I have not seen him since March, and he is now 6 months. The other fabric piece is from a photo of my grandson practicing his karate. I love receiving text message from him. I mail him letters and also text messages with jokes.
The other art piece is a thread sketch of a lovely bouquet of flowers that my youngest son and DIL sent me for Mother’s Day.
I also made some mini pocket prayer quilts. I got the idea from Shabby Fabrics. I changed the process a little bit. I did not want to bother with turning the fabric inside out on such a small square. I also wanted the pocket to hold a prayer coin that could be taken out, instead of being sewn inside the square. So, I made the square like a would make an envelope pillow cover. I cut two fabric and one batting square at 3.5″ each. Then I cut two pieces of fabric for the envelope closing. I purchased some Serenity prayer coins from Amazon. For the grandchildren, I made some Sunshine pocket mini quitls. When my sons were babies, I would sing them “You are my Sunshine”. I sang this same song to my granddaughter and grandson when they were infants. I found these beautiful sunshine coins on Amazon that were just perfect.
The rest of my days, this week, were spent making quilt blocks out of the art pieces I have been creating since March. I am toying with the idea of putting them together and making a pandemic quilt. All of these pieces reflect inspiration from my grandchildren, family, and friends…everyone I miss so much. Some pieces also reflect things I see on my daily walks…or even my breakfast! Thanks to Tierney and Mariss for suggestions on how to piece these blocks. If I decide not to quilt the pieces together, I will still have a box filled with individual quilted blocks.

Zipper Pouches

It has been a while since I posted. Another viral cold and cough kept me down for a few days. I still managed to start another quilt. I have finished piecing the 20 blocks. Now all I need to do is add the sashing and border. This time, I think I am going to piece the backing. I will post more about this quilt when it is completed and gifted. This quilt was made from scraps and a few purchased fat quarters.

During my down time, I found myself looking at different ways to make pouches. I found this great tutorial by Jen, of Shabby Fabrics. It is a tutorial on making a boxed zippered pouch. There are quilte a few boxed pouch tutorials on Youtube, but I chose to try out the tutorial by Jen.  Jen’s directions are perfect. She makes it look so easy…in fact, it turned out to be easy.

8″ X 10″ Outer fabric, lining fabric, heavy iron-on fusible

I had enough of the two fabrics to make another pouch. This time, I followed the tutorial of Alanda Craft, since I have used her pattern before. The measurements were adjusted to fit the fabric that I had. I also found a gray scrap to make the top-front portion of the zippered pouch.

These makes a nice set.

Slice Rug

Yesterday, I found this great tutorial on how to make a slice rug. Jennifer, of Shabby Fabrics, gives great instructions and tips. Jennifer provides a free download of the pattern. It is a 10 page download that was easy to tape together. I reinforced the pattern with lots of tape in order to be able to reuse the pattern. This download helps with the measurement and placement of each strip. I then traced the slice rug pattern onto freezer paper. This way, I did not have to cut up my pattern when it came time to cut the curve of the rug.
Since the rug only calls for 29 strips, I did not want to buy a full jelly roll. I bought minimum yardage of five different fabrics. I chose a coffee theme, since this rug will be placed in front of a coffee bar. The few leftover  strips will be used to make a small fabric coiled bowl or mat.
The batting I used is Bosal Jelly-Roll batting. I find it easier and quicker to use the pre-cut batting.  I cut the fabric strips last night. Jennifer suggest that the strips be sewn in clusters, so I made the strips as I worked on the clusters.
Twenty-nine strips measuring 2.5″ X 40″. The strips were then cut according to the lengths on the pattern.
I took a photo of the placement of the strips.
Then, I used clips to place the batting into the fabric strips. I followed the suggestion to leave the selvage. I numbered each strip on that selvage.
I hung the pattern above my table in order to facilitate the placement of the strips. After I finished the strip clusters, I laid the pattern on the table. Then I placed the strip clusters on top of the pattern in order to get the accurate placement of the strips before stitching together.
I made a freezer paper pattern to place on top of the sewn strips. I traced the curve with a pen, and then cut.
I had set aside two strips to make the binding. I used clips to hold the binding in place.

I thought that this slice rug would be easier than the oval area rug I made yesterday. In a way it is easier, since it is not one long continuous strip, and it is easier to handle.
The challenge was sewing straight strips. I followed the suggestion to steam and spritz with Best Press each section after  I had sewn them together.
I appreciate the generosity of the designer providing a free download and a great tutorial. There are many great ideas, patterns, and tutorials on Shabby Fabrics . You might want to take a look.