Welcome to the final day (and my day) of the Quilt Qwazy Queens (QQQ) Blog Hop. A huge thank you to Joan of Moosestash Quilting for hosting this very fun blog hop! If you haven’t checked out her blog, please do so. She is very talented and has a great sense of humor, which is most definitely needed in today’s world! She is also doing posts about making small items celebrating Silly Holidays of the year, as well! And, if you missed the first few days of the blog hop, you can find the schedule there so you can visit those you’ve missed.
Speaking of our crazy world, we are in our second week of self quarantine here in Alabama. This is also spring break for many of our students – and our beaches are closed!! My daughter is an SLP with our city school system which is a good thing that she is out when the kiddos are. My SIL is in tech support with our county government, and they usually go to the beach during spring break – or somewhere – but everything is closed, so that’s not working out for them. The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 rises each time our Department of Public Health does an update. As of this writing we are at 196, and our first case was just diagnosed just 10 days ago. It’s scary times, so all of you stay safe. At least we can sew and quilt and craft, right?!! I guess I’ll be working on their taxes next week, in addition to playing in my stash!! My DH is a DBA (data base analyst) and we are so blessed that he can work from home. Now, lets get our giggle on!!
We had one directive for this blog hop – create something to make us laugh, and though the sign ups happened before COVID-19, the hop timing couldn’t have been better! I have been eye-balling a pattern for some time, and I thought this would be the perfect time to make it! My pattern is by Emily of Aunt Em’s Patterns! I LOVE everything about this pattern, but needed to make a few changes to make it work for me!! While I love the pieced letters, I’m lazy…and I have an embroidery machine! LOL By the way, Emily also has some awesome handmade soaps on her Etsy shop, Aunt Em’s Place, as well.
After purchasing it, I emailed Emily to be sure the changes I wanted to make to it would be acceptable to her. Upon receiving her OK, I proceeded to make the following adjustments: I downsized everything and instead of piecing the letters, I machine embroidered them and rearranged the sheep and words a little. I wanted a smaller quilt so that I can hang it in my studio!! Instead of piecing everything about the sheep, I made their tails and heads applique and added fun, googly eyes to them!! I LOVE batiks, so instead of taking the time to tie-dye some PFD fabric, I decided to use batiks in “my colors!!” So here is my finished project!!
Size: @24-1/2 x 28-1/2 inches
Fabrics: Background: Raise the Volume – Capsules White Noise White; “Tie-dyed” Sheep and Borders: Artisan Batiks – Inspired by Nature Sunflowers Nature, face fabric is Lilac & Sage Toile Lavender Copper Pearl Metallic; Black Sheep are from my scrap bag, face fabric is Interlude – Texture Light Gray (these fabrics from Missouri Star Quilt Co.
Thread: Piecing: 50 wt Cotton Mako Dove Gray from Aurifil (my favorite for piecing!); Quilting: Superior Thread Rainbows #40 Wt #801 Jester and Superior Magnifico #2001 (white).
Quilting: Two layers of Quilter’s Dream 80/20 batting, free motion, ruler work, and Pro-Stitcher half feathers.
Black Sheep blocks are 4×4 inches and tie-dyed sheep is 8×8 inches.
So what are you all doing to stay sane in our crazy world? This week I’ll be linking up with Home Sewn By Us’s To-Do List Tuesday linky as I work on the following:
1. Begin cutting out a quilt for our guild challenge (yeah – pattern and panels came last week!)
2. Pull jelly rolls for youth fundraiser quilt and begin sewing strips together.
3. Either bravely venture out (EEK!) to purchase some fabric to complete the above said quilts OR order
online, though I prefer to support my LQSs if they are open.
I hope my little quilt gave you a giggle – or at least a smile! This was SEW much fun to make – and really is me!!! I’m definitely the Tie-Dyed (Batik!) One! And now I invite you to hop on over to my fellow bloggers and check out what they created to make us laugh. Here is today’s schedule:
“What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
I think this quote says it all. Now, let those creative juices inside of you find fabric and needle, brush and paint, or your preferred medium, and create something beautiful!!
Until next time, stay safe and healthy, and…
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