Daffy's Stitchy Friends

Saturday, December 3, 2016

November ORT Report

A rough week at work so my Totally Useless Stitch A Long is posted waaaay late! I've got lots of trimmings from the teal quilt I was working on and from starting Bonnie Hunter's 2016 Mystery Quilt, "En Provence!" This is so much fun!


I have been working on the first clue, sewing neutral four patches. This clue calls for lots of them! The second clue was posted yesterday but I'm so far behind on the first I haven't started even cutting for the second! I hope to get some of the 2nd clue cut and at least a few sewn so I know what I'm about. These are triangle units and I am very inexperienced with them! I will catch up with everything when I end up having to wait for one of the rulers I need to arrive.

If you think you might want to do the En Provence! quilt...there is still time to start! Plus, you could always save Bonnie's PDFs to your computer to do at your leisure. Be sure to save them, they disappear from Bonnie's blog after a while and then you'd need to purchase the pattern.



I was so far behind on the first clue because I made myself finish the Folkloric Stars quilt top. Terrible photo! I still need to get the backing for this sewn and then have it quilted. The top turned out very nice although it is most certainly more teal than I really prefer!


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Now it is YOUR turn...we want to see your ORTs! Leave a comment on this post with a link to your November TUSAL post so we can come visit! If I hold a Totally Useless giveaway your comment will earn you an extra entry.

Wondering what a TUSAL is and why all these people are posting pictures of rubbish? Click here to learn more and join the fun!


Thank you for visiting my blog today!
xox 

Friday, November 4, 2016

Getting Better All The Time

I wasn't feeling "up to snuff" when the New Moon rolled around last Sunday so our Totally Useless Stitch A Long did not get posted on time. I meant to make time during the week to get it done but work ended up a bear so I just rolled with it. I'd probably break the internet if I posted on time anyway!

My wooden leaf bowl got absolutely stuffed to the brim.


That is a pile of ORTs! Remember that pile of pretty fabrics I showed you awhile back?


Lots of corner cutting going on around here.


It was a chain-piecing marathon!


How do they all stay on the table?


I have the base of the quilt in three or four panels. Once I get them sewn together and pressed I can start creating borders. This is a truly fun pattern to sew. It is so repetitive I can just zone out and get soothed by the peacefulness of creating. Ahhhh!

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Now it is YOUR turn...we want to see your ORTs! Leave a comment on this post with a link to your Second October TUSAL post so we can come visit! If I hold a Totally Useless giveaway your comment will earn you an extra entry.

Wondering what a TUSAL is and why all these people are posting pictures of rubbish? Click here to learn more and join the fun!


Thank you for visiting my blog today!
xox 

Friday, October 7, 2016

Lineman Quilt Finish

I never showed off my t-shirt quilt when I finished it! I was in a bit of a hurry at the end because Dash's sister and brother-in-law were going to be traveling near us and I wanted to be able to give it to them in person. I guess in all the rush and excitement I forgot about posting! 

Chris, my sister-in-law, requested this quilt for her husband, Tommy. I'd never made a t-shirt quilt but was willing to give it a try. Chris gathered up a whole bunch of Tommy's old lineman shirts and I got busy.


Each shirt's design got measured to find the largest design and I used that one for the size of my squares, 16.5 inches. I put iron-on interfacing on the back of each design and used a 16.5 inch square ruler to cut. A couple of the shirts were a little small or off-centered enough to need a little fudging...one of the pink shirts has a bit of the sleeve seam left in and the yellow shirt needed a strip sewn to one side to make it wide enough...but you cannot see these fixes on the finished quilt.

I bordered each shirt block with 2.5 inch strips of black and added blaze orange cornerstones, OG&E's trademark colors. 


There wasn't enough of the camo fabric I wanted to use on the back so I just added black along both sides. 

Tommy and Chris came to the city for the Lineman's Rodeo and we brought them the quilt. The hotel had this very convenient brick planter for the guys to stand on so I could get photos of the entire quilt. 


It was so big (king size) and so heavy, I had it long arm quilted at a nearby quilt shop. You can't really see in the photos but the thread is blaze orange.


You can see the large stipple design better on the black. I did the binding myself, since that's my favorite part. I love binding!

This was a really fun quilt to sew. Chris and Tommy were thrilled and I had a "Summer Project" to keep me busy creating. 

Thank you for visiting my blog today!
xox

Saturday, October 1, 2016

I Got A Whole Bunch of Nothing

Today is the New Moon! I hope you have more to show than I have. My ORTs are sparse.


I realised too late that I dumped this bowl without getting a snap...it was overflowing. Since then, I've only changed the sewing machine needle, rethreaded and squared the end of a length of fabric. But in the dumped ORTs were bits from making...



...a checkerboard, checkers and a bag to hold them. I actually made three of these, one the same as this and one a size smaller. I just need to make the checkers and bags.


Then I made some insulated handle holders. These slip over the handle of an iron skillet, protecting your hands. My dad requested these...as he caught the one he had on fire! I'm going to mention (politely) one isn't supposed to leave the handle holder on whilst cooking.


Then I've bought some fabrics and pressed and folded them ready for cutting. No, I do not prewash fabrics. I admit I tried prewashing when I first began this hobby but I found it to be a tangled mess of a pointless job. If I was ever worried about the colorfastness of a fabric I could test a sample first.


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Now it is YOUR turn...we want to see your ORTs! Leave a comment on this post with a link to your first October TUSAL post so we can come visit! If I hold a Totally Useless giveaway your comment will earn you an extra entry.

Wondering what a TUSAL is and why all these people are posting pictures of rubbish? Click here to learn more and join the fun!


Thank you for visiting my blog today!
xox 


Friday, September 2, 2016

Almost On Time

The original title of this post was "Right On Time." I was quite chuffed! Unfortunately, when I looked at the calendar with more focus I realized it hadn't been turned to September. That means I am late with the Totally Useless Stitch A Long.

Again.

This is becoming a long running joke!


I have been plugging away at Finery of Nature. Slowly, I might add. Currently, I am working on the flowers and the border to the right of the dragonfly. The black fabric is getting easier (I'm making friends with it) and the more I do the more excited I get about the design. There is something about these jewel colors on the black fabric that enchants.

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Now it is YOUR turn...we want to see your ORTs! Leave a comment on this post with a link to your September TUSAL post so we can come visit! If I hold a Totally Useless giveaway your comment will earn you an extra entry.

Wondering what a TUSAL is and why all these people are posting pictures of rubbish? Click here to learn more and join the fun!


Thank you for visiting my blog today!
xox 

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Six Days Late

Another late Totally Useless Stitch A Long post. You're used to that by now I'm sure. I don't feel as though I've done enough crafting lately. I want to be immersed in creativity ~ not dipping toes in every once in awhile! The New Moon has come and gone...did you post your ORTs?


I worked a bit on Finery of Nature. I had found a miscount from years ago and had to frog quite a bit but I think I'm back on track now. I've been using my OTT light laid on its side so I can see on the dark fabric. The lightbox is too huge and bulky and must be moved every time I need to use the desktop. I need an app on my Ipad so it shines like a light box...


I worked on the backing and binding to the T-shirt quilt. That's the camo and blaze orange ORTs in my leaf bowl. I've finished the quilt now...I'll save that for another post.


My new wastebasket, just for trimming scraps. 


These are the supplies for a new project I'm starting today. Some is bit of sewing...some a bit of crafting, it's going to be such fun! 

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Now it is YOUR turn...we want to see your ORTs! Leave a comment on this post with a link to your August TUSAL post so we can come visit! If I hold a Totally Useless giveaway your comment will earn you an extra entry.

Wondering what a TUSAL is and why all these people are posting pictures of rubbish? Click here to learn more and join the fun!


Thank you for visiting my blog today!
xox 







Friday, July 29, 2016

Piggy Bank Challenge

My new blog friend Val from Val's Quilting Studio has an annual challenge to save money for stash. Every year you can sign up, save your piggy bank money and the next year you count the cash you saved and post about it. Guilt free stash money! Here is what I am going to save my money in:


This little "paint can" coin bank came home with Dash from work with cookies in. A little redecorating with colored paper and voila!


I will spend my "hard earned" dollars on more fabric as my newbie quilter status stash is pretty sad!

Val's Quilting Studio


If you'd like to join in go to Val's linky post click here to sign up. If the sign-up is already passed (August 1st...hurry!) when you get there, feel free to comment here to join in as a passive participant.

How much can we save? What will you you buy?

Thank you for visiting my blog today!
xox 

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

July ORTs

I had to work on July 4th...a holiday here in the US. Not only did I have to work but I was training a new employee and it was Monday. I was simply too darn tired to post my Totally Useless Stitch A Long report!

It's New Moon time! Where are your ORTs?

Mine are nice, lots of scraps from sewing and a big pile from squaring fabric and cutting strips.


I tried my hand at a pineapple block and it came out excellent. Pictured here on my new design wall (I slapped it up there, unpinned, on Sunday and it's still clinging tight today!)


This was made with total scrap fabric...just whatever caught my eye as I got to that round. I must say, the Creative Grids Pineapple Trim Tool made this block very easy. I would never have been able to cut or sew as accurate a block as I did. It would take a while before I could do it without referring to the instruction sheet though!

Speaking of instructions...I had bought a pattern for a pineapple quilt and I had the instruction sheet that came with the ruler. I know I put them both together. I put them up in such a safe place as now I can't find them...losing things is so very rare for me. If you happen to run across them ~ give me a holler!  I ended up having to download the instruction sheet off the website, lol. 

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Now it is YOUR turn...we want to see your ORTs! Leave a comment on this post with a link to your July TUSAL post so we can come visit! If I hold a Totally Useless giveaway your comment will earn you an extra entry.

Wondering what a TUSAL is and why all these people are posting pictures of rubbish? Click here to learn more and join the fun!


Thank you for visiting my blog today!
xox 



Sunday, June 26, 2016

Sunday Sewing

I am enjoying a quiet Sunday morning in my sewing room. While watching quilting shows that were recorded on the DVR I made some key fobs. I already have some finishes and it isn't even midmorning...

It is amazing to me how much I've learned over the past couple years. All the little simple tricks to make things look nicer that experienced sewists take for granted leave me agape when I learn. Like this little trick to join the strap ends leaves you with a loop...you just can't forget to put your clasp on first!


Look close...the fabric reminds you to stitch!


I wish every day could be so carefree.


Four of them finished...two short and two long. They make it so easy to find your keys in your purse! Another trick I learned to save my fingers and nails is using a staple remover to pinch key rings open.

Let's have a giveaway! If you would like a chance to win a "Stitch!" key fob leave me a comment below. Tell me, have you learned any new tricks lately? 

This giveaway closes at the end of July 2, 2016...so be sure to comment by Saturday at midnight! I will draw a couple of names and contact the winners by email. NOTE: I will need your email address if your name is drawn as a winner. If I cannot find a way to contact you another person will be chosen. Good Luck!

This giveaway has closed and the winners will be contacted shortly!

Thank you for visiting my blog today!
xox