Challenge Quilt Swap – Meh

The challenge was to sew nine identical 12″ blocks from one yard of the challenge fabric. Quilters were allowed to use any design and any coordinating fabrics to create the blocks. Each participant would keep one and give away eight blocks, resulting in a quilt made of nine different blocks. The resulting quilt tops were displayed at our guild’s annual retreat.


While I appreciate the work and thought process behind this challenge, I wasn’t overly excited by the product – mine included. Besides uninterrupted sewing bliss that this retreat afforded us; there were plenty of coolers with libations, snacks, meals, banter, and my favorite: door prizes! Why is it so exciting to win a prize? I received a fat quarter bundle and I don’t even want to open the packet; let alone cut into it! πŸ™‚

Wasn’t sure I wanted to pay the retreat fee, but I am glad I did. I learned new techniques and got to play with the newest gizmos. And the quilts! So many to share, but here are just a few of my favorites. 

(clockwise) a very detailed Village, Alison Glass pattern, Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab, Tula Pink Sugar Skull

Well, It’s back to reality. Have a good week! — Joanne

Scrap Happy: Mini Pouch

This is the perfect project to use up scraps. The result is a cute little box zipper pouch. The Little Clover Pouch pattern calls for a 10″ square each of exterior and lining fabric and fusible fleece. This pattern is a free download and “perfect for a beginner!” (Hmm. Some kind of warning label?)

Looked like an easy, fun, quick, functional project. . . Then, why?!? have I attempted to sew three pouches, with each descendant promising to correct my mistakes? Don’t worry. I haven’t thrown in the towel. Hopefully, the fourth endeavor will yield desired results.

My fair attempts:

#1 Forgot the lining fabric and ribbon tab (my favorite)

#2 Remembered. Buuut, placed the ribbon tab too low

#3 Placed ribbon tab too high

The ribbon tab should meet at the contrasting fabric/zipper seam middle. *sigh* Maybe I’ll skip the ribbon tab on the fourth go ’round. πŸ˜‰ I still like this scrap buster project. I plan to use one as a travel pouch for small plastic sewing clips. Scrap Happy is open to anyone using up scraps of anything and is hosted monthly by Kate and Gun

Have a good week! — Joanne

Whatever Happened to August?

Structured plans were made for Summer Break: tidy the house, plant the yard, plan for the new school year. I had the whole summer to accomplish all of my goals. Well. Here it is August. Time to go back to work/school. I never made a dent.

In fairness; back to school use to commence after Labor Day. What ever happened to August? *sigh* Oh, well. Goals un-met. It was difficult. We were just able to squeeze in beach days, camping glamping, lake life, . . . πŸ™‚

sand between the toes
lake life
dining out

It was a very good and much needed Summer Break with family. I don’t mind a bit of a scramble getting ready for the first week of school. Here’s to planning for next June!

Have a good week! — Joanne

Scrap Happy Roundabout 3

Pulled out my Scrap Happy WIP ‘Roundabout.’ Made with 1-3″ wide scrappy strips and a fuchsia background fabric. Not sure – the background may disqualify this project. πŸ˜‰ I must say, all those seams are rather bumpy. Hope it doesn’t interfere with the quilting part.

A lot of thunder and heat lightening yesterday. Worried about a power failure and my aging desktop. . . My ScrapHappy is a day late. Scrap Happy is open to anyone using up scraps of anything and is hosted monthly by Kate and Gun

Have a good week! – – Joanne

Quilted Seat Cover

Upon close examination it appears to be a vintage manufactured quilt in major disrepair. I liked it enough to purchase it for $15 (USD). This unusable quilt sat folded in the cupboard for a few years. As a matter of fact it was sooo unusable, that I decided to repair the tears with zigzag stitches and cut it up to repurpose it as a chair cover.

I cut out the traced seat shape, adding four inches for turn under, and marking where the armrest and seat back bars were located. Then, I added a wide binding/casing for a drawstring.

I slipped a drawstring through the new casing, looping under the arm and back seat bars and pulled tight. I had enough left over to sew up a back rest pillow.

The drawstring makes the cover quite snug. Now what to do with the rest of this “unusable” quilt? πŸ˜‰

Have a good week! — Joanne

Scrap Happy: Portable Ironing Board

Minor annoyance here: the ironing board is permanently fixed to the hallway wall and I’m ‘le tired‘ of having to walk back and forth between the hallway and the sewing or cutting table. So, I decided to make a small portable ironing board. I’ve seen many tutorials on constructing one and materials have included using a TV tray table, old towels or Insul-Bright insulated batting for padding, foil to increase heat (is this even safe?), and so on…

I had scrap plywood from an earlier school green room project and left over batting and fabric scraps. Scrap Happy Heaven, twofold! πŸ˜€ The tutorial I liked the best (and had the supplies for) is posted by Sarah Lipoff for Popsugar. Materials called for:

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