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Friday, May 31, 2024

Here A Chick


Here a chick ! There a chick! Everywhere a chick, chick! 
Happy Happy Friday y'all. It is another beautiful day and today I am working on chickens. Now tell me can one have too  many chickens?  I think not!   


I finished appliqueing my wonky hens and baskets in the Spring while I was in camping in  Mississippi and Texas. They are appliqued on a buttercream  cotton.

Lots of 2 1/2" squares are cut and ready to be pieced. 


 I will be making  6 1/2" ( unfinished) nine patches to accompany these blocks. 

Right now I have 24 hens and baskets. I am not sure where this is going - I guess you could say I am playing in the hen house right now.


My Here A Chick blocks are stored in this Dollar Tree container that I found in the kitchen  section. 
I drew out a little chicken label to remind me what is stored in the box. Perhaps the chicken on the label will be a future quilt-  maybe.

 
Oh gosh lookie there! , How did Edna get into this post? 

"Edna, this post is about chickens!" I think I heard her neigh that she would like a quilt about her- she is such a diva! "We shall see, Edna!  We shall  see." 
 Isn't she a doll?  It is hard for me to resist that face! 

Well I am off and running ! Have a sun shiny day and ... 

As Always...


Happy  Stitching and Quilting, ya'll

Melisa 

Life is better with chickens! 

Hugs and Stitches!!!!๐Ÿค—๐Ÿงต❤

Dedicated to my dear sister, Amy. I love and miss you so much.. Love you , Amo. 

 I am joining these lovely ladies' link parties. I hope you check them out; they always have so many wonderful projects going on and provide the opportunity for other needleworkers to meet. 

Nina at Creations, Quilts, Art , Whatever by Nina for Off the Wall Friday
Alycia's of Alycia's Quilts for Finished of Not Friday
Joy at Days Filled with Joy for Home Matters


 

Wednesday, May 29, 2024

It's a Very Scrappy Day

Scraps are pulled- handfuls of reds , pinks and greens.  Hmm! Now where are those pinks? ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ’—

Welcome , Sweeties ! Oh please grab a cup of tea or whatever strikes your fancy and let's head to the sewing room

Are you having a scrappy day? A scrappy day is always a very happy day for me! How about you? 

I thought today you could help me  sew up a few blocks.  It is another one of those EASY PEASY LEMON SQUEEZY BLOCKS and is loads of fun to  make.๐Ÿ‹๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ‹๐Ÿ“ You can twist and turn your fabrics to make each an every berry unique. 

 So come on ! Grab you a handful of scraps and let's get to sewing!   I need all of the help I can get! 

Please forgive me- I about forgot to show you my progress on Scrapberries. Last week  I finished the applique on Scrapberries , and it is now in the hoop . 

The quilting has commenced! I will share it as soon as a get another berry or two quilted.  

We will be making a Scrapberry block today. I revamped my berry by making it a little chunkier than my original. 

๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ“INSTRUCTIONS FOR ONE BLOCK ๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ“

FABRICS FOR ONE BLOCK

FROM WHITE FABRIC- Cut 1 10 1/2" x 10 1/2" ( unfinished square) 

VARIOUS RED, PINK SCRAPS measuring 1" to 9" long

VARIOUS GREEN SCRAPS measuring 1" to 6" long.

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DIRECTIONS ( Use a 1/4" seam allowance) 

๐Ÿงต1. I used a  8 1/2 square piece of  scrap paper to foundation piece my berries. 

๐Ÿงต2. I usually start in the middle and sew two scraps to the paper. Press. 

Lay out strips on scrap paper and sew. 

Press 

๐Ÿงต3. Continue sewing the red scraps until the paper is filled. 

๐Ÿงต 4. I repeated the same procedure as in steps 1-3  for my green fabrics. 

Scraps for Strawberry cap sewn. 

๐Ÿงต5. I then used the  strawberry applique pattern and traced the design onto my red pieced scraps. 

For needleturn, I traced the berry design onto the fabric. 

๐Ÿงต6. Since I will be using needleturn applique. I added a 1/4" turn under allowance and cut beyond my drawn line. 

The design is traced and the berry cut with a turn under allowance added. 

7. I then repeated Steps 5 & 6 for the green strawberry caps. 

8. Clip  a few snips in the fabric where the fabric curves inward on the caps for easy needleturn. 

๐Ÿงต9. I gently removed the paper foundation . 

Gently remove paper

๐Ÿงต10. Now it is time to applique your berry onto your white 10 1/2" square fabric. 

 Center and pin the berry in place and applique using matching thread to the berry .

Center pieces and pin. 

๐Ÿงต11. Pin the berry cap in place and applique it.  Press. 

Jan Patek has a wonderful selection of videos on applique. Just click the colored text and you can visit her on Youtube for tips and tricks. Plus she is a delight. 

๐Ÿงต12.  Woo Hoo Your Berry is complete! Do the happy dance! 


Now time for the pattern! If you would like a skinnier berry just draw your favorite strawberry. 

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If you are interested in stitching this piece,  just grab , the images. For printing tips, refer to the post Tips for Printing which has loads of tips from my sweet friends. 

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Scrapberries measures 70" x 82". It has 30 blocks and is sashed with  2"x 10" finished strips ( 2 1/2" x 10 1/2" unfinished) 

Each block has a 2"finished ( 2 1/2" unfinished) green corner block.

 The red left/right outer borders measure 4" x 74" finished ( 4 1/2" x 74 1/2" unfinished) . 

The red upper and lower borders measure 4"x 62"finished ( 4 1/2" x 62 1/2" unfinished). 

 The  dark green cornerstone blocks measure 4" square (  4 1/2" unfinished).  

I hope these measurements are a help to anyone that wants to make a large quilt of their own. If you have any questions , just let me know. 

Have I told you how berry special you are? You are !  I can not thank you enough for taking such precious time out of your day to spend it with me. I am very humbled and truly grateful! I wish you the most lovely day and may it be filled with berry sweetness! 

I apologize for being behind on my response these last couple of days. The grandchildren and nephews are here and are keeping me on my toes. I hope to catch up soon. 

As Always...


Happy  Stitching and Quilting, y'all

Melisa 

In a world of apples be a strawberry. 

Hugs and Stitches!!!!๐Ÿค—๐Ÿงต❤

Dedicated to my dear sister, Amy. I love and miss you so much.. Love you , Amo. 


A berry for Amy

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๐ŸŒžBuzzin Bee Parade 2023-  An early 2023 bee freebie parade. 

๐ŸŒžMessin and Gommin in the Kitchen -  2022 post on how I tea/ Coffee Dye my fabric. 

 I am joining these lovely ladies' link parties. I hope you check them out; they always have so many wonderful projects going on and provide the opportunity for other needleworkers to meet. 

Susan at Quilt Fabrication for  Midweek Makers Wednesday

Jennifer at Inquiring Quilter for Wednesday  Wait Loss- Wednesday

Denise at For the Love of Geese for Put Your Foot Down- Thursday

Kelly at My Quilt Infatuation for Needle and Thread Thursday- Thursday

Nina at Creations, Quilts, Art , Whatever by Nina for Off the Wall Friday
Alycia's of Alycia's Quilts for Finished of Not Friday

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

A Berry Nice Parade- A Parade of Past Strawberry Freebies

Come on! Come on! It's Berry Pickin' Time! Grab your basket filled with needle, floss, threads and fabric. I am sure we will find something berry nice in this patch of strawberry goodness!   

Good morning , Sweetness and a very lovely day to you. As many of you know, I have been knee deep in berry stitching and quilting lately. So I thought why not share my 1st ever Strawberry Parade . It is just a berry special parade of berry freebies that I have shared in the past. I would be quite honored if you joined me as I march down into the berry patch! Let's go! 

 Mary's Basket  Strawberry Pinkeep

Sweet Berry Pickers Quilt

Miss Flopsy

Miss Flopsy and Bunny Jar 



Berry Season Doodles ( Photo coming soon; these are in the works of being completed)


















That was not a long parade was it? Oh, well that is ok that gives me more excuses to work on berry stitches. And speaking of berries, I can not leave out my 2 blueberry stitches. They are as cute as a button too. 

Blueberry Basket

Aunt Betty's  at Blueberry Buckle Lane


Alrighty Sweeties , I am off to see what I can get into. Enjoy your day!!

As Always...


Happy  Stitching and Quilting, y'all

Melisa 

"Kind hearts are in the gardens. Kind thoughts are in the roots.  Kind words are the blossoms;  Kind deeds are the fruits. - 19th century nursery rhyme

Dedicated to the sweetest strawberry picker ever- my dear sis, Amy! I love and miss you, Amo ๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ“

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