Thursday, July 2, 2015

OPAM finishes for June

HAPPY JULY! 

June passed as quickly as the other months. 
I've been busy quilting and have some finished items. I made some Christmas items, but ran out of fabric and batting and finally got it earlier this week. The batting should be in this week. 


While waiting, I made some mug rugs from Christmas scraps. It feels good to use up those small pieces of fabric as well as batting. 









I've had this piece of fabric forever. Finally decided to fussy cut the houses and couple and made them into a set of 4 coasters. 


A piece of lobster fabric was just sitting there from the others I made earlier.
I made a bigger trivet of what was left. 


'Had forever fabrics' turned into a table topper. 


Nifty Nurses mug rugs 


I love making these mug rugs.
Actually I'm working on a custom order of 6 nurse mug rugs. Four of them are almost done, and I love the personalized look. Photos of those will be later when all are finished.



Wednesday, July 1, 2015

It's time to vote in the first QQQ team UFO challenge

QQQ team UFO challenge - Time to vote! 



This year,  for the very first time,  the Quilts Quilts Quilts team on Etsy has a UFO (UnFinished Objects) challenge. I think we all have UFO's, don't we, and sometimes we need that little kick behind to finish them. 
 The 'fee' for each entry - finished or not - is 1 (one) fat quarter (fabric), so the lucky winners (there will be 2 winners) will get a lot of FQ's! 

From January to end of June participants have been working really hard to finish as many UFO's as possible.
We had 70 entries to the challenge and we have 47 finishes! 

My entry was 8 (eight) UFO's, you can see them all here. If it hadn't been for the challenge, I'm not sure I had finished them all! I just needed that little kick behind! :) 

Now it's time to vote! 

How to vote; click on the link and it takes you to the QQQ team blog where you will find another link to the entries. Leave a comment on the QQQ team blog post - not on this post, it won't count. 
The voting is open to everyone, except 'anonymous'. 


Sunday, June 28, 2015

Recycling and Upcycling / Dog Beds

When I started quilting, I threw away tiny bits of fabric scraps. You know, these pieces


I kept bigger pieces without re-cutting them. We all know what that means; an overflowing basket with scraps. I had to attack it and started cutting into squares the size from 2 up to 5 inches as well as 1.5 inch strips, which has resulted in boxes with squares! 
This is just about half of the  squares I have cut, except one box that contains patterns (I most probably never will use!). 


By not throwing away anything from quilting, I have collected 4 (#5 is filling up) big plastic bags with tiny scraps


'Old', but still usable bed sheets, pillow cases and curtains


I made an inner pillow from old pillow cases and filled it with 5 kilos / 11 pounds (!) of scraps! 


Fill it up as much as you want and close it. I machine stitched it. Make the outer pillow the same size and close it the same way. 
Voila!


One dog bed done! 


Approved! :) 
I wonder who likes it the most though?! :) It looks like I have to make one for the cat too! 
I have made two dog beds, but haven't given it to them yet. Both dogs need a shower, but I want to wait for a sunny day. It's 'winter' here now and meteo has predicted showers and wind today, so I'll have to wait for better weather. 

Have you ever realized how much fabric (scraps) we throw away? I haven't put all these plastic bags on the scale, but I used two of the bags and they were 10 kilos (22 pounds) together - I have used 5 kilos (11 pounds) in each dog bed. If you know the weight of 1 yard fabric........... Well, I think you can easily do the math! :)