Showing posts with label potholders. Show all posts
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Monday, November 21, 2022

Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Buy Nothing Day, Do Nothing Day!!

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As we all begin our preparations for getting together with family and friends, the more we are digitally reminded of the other sides of the Thanksgiving season.

Black Friday

Black Friday has been traced back to the 1970s. The day was originally so named because of the heavy traffic on that day, when all one could see was massive amounts of shoppers in stores, and cars on highways.

Although most contemporary uses of the term refer instead to it as the beginning of the period in which retailers are "in the black "(i.e., turning a profit) as opposed to "in the red", when they are not.

The earliest meaning of the term Black Friday was also meant to be an implicit comparison to the extremely stressful and chaotic experience of Black Tuesday, the 1929 stock-market crash, or other chaotic days. The earliest known references to Black Friday (in this sense) are from two newspaper articles from November 29, 1975, that explicitly refer to the day's hectic nature and heavy traffic.

Cyber Monday

The term Cyber Monday, is a neologism ( a term created to apply to a new concept not previously recognized by the dictionary as an actual word) invented by the National Retail Federation's division. It refers to the Monday immediately following Black Friday, which unofficially marks the beginning of the Christmas online shopping season.

In recent years, Cyber Monday has become a busy day for online retailers, with some sites offering low prices and other promotions on that day. Like Black Friday, Cyber Monday is often said to be the busiest shopping day of the year for online shoppers, although in reality several days later in the holiday shopping season are busier.

Michele Bilyeu Creates *With Heart and Hands*: Kitchen Quilts: Potholder Ideas and Tutorials

Make a Scrappy Potholder;

Buy Nothing Day

Buy Nothing Day was originally organized by Adbusters magazine, intentionally as a counter-action to Black Friday. Originally organized in September of 1992, the date was formally moved in 1997, to the Friday, following one week after Thanksgiving. 

Outside of North America, Buy Nothing Day is celebrated on the following Saturday. It is considered a day of passive, non-materialistic, non-consumerism. Occasional discussion has pointed out that, because of the anti-action of the event, it is very easy for people who are avoiding shopping on this day to "observe" the protest.

Hope I can remember "Buy Nothing Day" among all of my overwhelmingly exhausting "Do Nothing Days".

Plan for the rest of this day into tomorrow?  I'll be doing one of these!

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"Fill the Bag (for others)" Day! Yes its an old photo of old labeled products. No one gives free bags any more.

Fill a bag with canned and boxed foods and donate it to a food bank near you!

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Yes, I Still Sew and Quilt !

Today, we pick up my SIL in Beaverton and bring her with us as we visit my brother at Vibra Specialty Hospital in Portland. Now, that he is fully out of his many months long coma, and we know he has his mental least verbally... it is even more important that we visit and spend time talking and sharing memories so we can all better judge his needs during this long process of bringing him fully back to us, again.

So, we are actually planning three separate visits this week alone, and that is a lot of driving, visiting, and fitting ins to all of our schedules. But somehow we manage..... and somehow in spite of this event filled life of mine..

I still find time to sew....two sets of potholders....

for my Mid-Valley Quilt Guild ...completely made of scraps from two little quilts that I started at my last guild meeting for  the tubular pieced 'Streak of Lightning' quilts we all made during one day long 'Bolt to Bed' charity quilting day. The quilts are made in a variety of colors and fabrics..I grabbed enough fabrics for these two sets, shown below.  These little ones will go to even littler ones at the Salem Hospital NICU ward for covering preemie isolettes and then go home with the babies, when they get to go home with their parents!

The potholders get made by the thousands..literally...only just not all by me ;) and the profits go towards funding of charitable guild projects. Last year the profits went to the Copper Creek Correctional Institution for the funding of quilting supplies for the women's quilting group, there.

The two little child sized comfort quilts are now all pinned to batts and backs and at the ready to be quilted stage. They should have been finished by now...I've had two weeks since this photo... but real life does get in my way!

And because I visit my almost 97 year old MIL almost every single day, I make lots of Adult Bibs..for her, (for my mom in Alaska, too) and for the nicest 96 year old gentleman at my MIL's small adult care home who wears bibs at every meal to keep his sweater vests clean and looking sharp. He used to love to play golf so a golf themed one for him..biggie sized images of golf bags on this one, as he has limited vision.

And I made and registered and mailed in three more AAQI quilts..this one....from Laurel Burch bright Christmas fabrics..well gift wrapped gifts at least gift fabric!

11,819 - Bright Heart of Many Blessings

and this one......

one of my ever so love to make dragonfly art quilts....

10,680 - Ethereal

and this one....little improvisational strips and bits from Empress's Garden line of fabrics from someone or three little pearls so symbolize the pearls of wisdom that the flowers love to whisper in my ear..

11,372 - At Peace In My Garden

and this one....old shirtings fabric and some vintage mother of pearl buttons.....

11,682 - The Shirt Off Their Backs

and finally! I got the binding on this baby quilt and hung it on the fence to be kissed by the sun and  for its official blessing and by the sunflowers...and the ....

...... the chickens.......they're not real good kissers,
but they sure give sweet little peck, peck, pecks on the hand!

Meet Georgette (eating from my hand, here), Penelope, Matilda, and Gigi....(And did you ever notice? When DH made my arbor arch and I added the little prayer flags..side bar, upper right...Praying for a Miracle....Gigi and Georgette, who were BRAND new additions to the coop then, stood in respectful attention! How cute were they?

PS: Try taking a photo of your own hand as four chickens come up to eat out of it!....staccato pecking that does not hurt...but does surprise one a bit...I keep telling them "Don't bite the hand that feeds you!"

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Now, that's what I have been up home, at least..... with all my fun. I don't show the last three days of shrubbery pruning, or the huge, huge, huge mess I created while doing that. But I filled a big garden cart and three wheelbarrows to overflowing! I never did figure out how to take a photo of myself doing that, however.

And this weekend..... I am planning on going up to Portland's Quilt Expo with my lovely 'once virtual only' quilting friend, "Marathon Quilting Cher" from Portland....who became a real life friend a number of years ago, when we met up with "Quilting and Life in General, Doni from the coast" Sisters and found out we hit if off like a charm pack and howled with laughter all the way through multiple Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, over multiple summers, together.

Cher and I didn't meet up this past summer, so we are long due for a visit and a major quilt show together..and trust me..Quilt Expo is a major one. I'm greasing up my feet for some aisle tromping and applying bandages in anticipation!

Not only will we see all of the kazillion quilts there, but we get to see two of my own quilts on display in a special exhibit for the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI

My two little quilts in the are seeing the world as part of the Alzheimer's Illustrated: From Heartbreak to Hope exhibit. Traveling all over the US from 2012 through 2015, this AAQI traveling exhibit consists of fifty-four small format art quilts, none larger than 9" x 12", are hung amidst 182 "Name Quilts, " each 6 inches wide and 7 feet tall, carrying the names of more than 10,000 individuals who have/had Alzheimer's or a related dementia. The names of loved ones, written on the on the purple fabric patches by family members and friends, to honor the 5.4 million Americans in the United States living with Alzheimer's.

As my own life has been so incredibly touched and altered forever by Alzheimer's Disease and related Dementias, finally getting to see the exhibit and my own little quilts hanging among them, is sure to be a life altering experience, for me as well! I'm bringing my hankie, trust me!!

Until then.....when I will have so much to share, show and say......I thought I would share all of the other many projects I have been working on. You didn't really think that I would let even one day in the midst of absolute chaos ever go without some kind of art or quilting therapy....
......did you? ;) ?

my links:
Make a Scrappy Potholder
Making an Adult Bib
Free Babies, Childrens Quilt Patterns

Michele Bilyeu blogs With Heart and Hands as she shares a quilting journey through her life in Salem, Oregon and Douglas, Alaska and all of her AAQI Quilting. Sharing thousands of links to Free Quilt and Quilt Block Patterns and encouraging others to join in the Liberated Quilting Challenge and make or donate small art quilts to the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI) Help us change the world, one little quilt at a time!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Kitchen Quilts: Potholder Ideas and Tutorials

When I need potholders, whether they are for myself or as gifts for others, it really doesn't take very long to make one, or two, or even an entire set!

I like to use up scraps and make any and all kinds..from art potholders, mitts and other "kitchen quilts" that can be displayed as little works of art year round to practical ones ..the easier, the better!

And if you're not a quilter and binding frightens you, leave it off and just turn sections inside out and then seam right sides together like any sewing projects from pillows or pillowcases on...

My double sided, double ended quilt mitts at the end potholders, are especially popular and often requested as gifts. The double ended potholder or casserole grabber is great for hanging over the over door handle and grabbing out casserole pans, pies and cakes or anything requiring two hands and easy dexterity!

You can make them from scraps as I often do or plain without patchwork. My reverse side is always plain unless I want to make holiday ones and they can even be different holidays on each side.1

This one comes out in the fall..starting in late September through Thanksgiving! And it has lots and lots of coordinating regular potholders and table mats, table cloths for buffets and so on. Scraps multiply like bunnies, you can always find more to create more fun things!

No pattern is even needed, for any of these, but I do include photo tutes in my side bar at all times for these. Without a tutorial, just cut your batting to size, and flip and stitch random pieces of fabric ..beginning in the center and moving out from each end. This is the same technique used in String Quilting quilts! Super easy, and so relaxing and fun to make!

A double handed potholder hanging over the oven door really pushes them over the top as 'kitchen art' and gets them noticed, as most potholders are in drawers when not in use.

So, a double handed potholder is not only functional, but door art, and is a greatly appreciated gift..especially if you make new ones every year..or even better, for every holiday! Imagine these in Christmas fabrics, or Valentine's, or even cute would that be?

And for Christmas, and birthdays, because my own three grown children are all exceptionally artistic, they pretty much have to be handmade and I try a bit harder to experiment with an artistic element or two...just for my fun, as well as to learn how to do new things.

So, now if the fabric is right for being a bit more artsy...and batiks, or course, are perfect....I do something extra as I did here by rubbing on a bit of metallic shine with Shiva oil paint sticks. You simply let the stick paint dry for 24 hours after applying them, and then iron them...with a fabric sheet or a pressing cloth between it and the iron...for a few minutes to super set them. They are not only gorgeous pretty, but completely washable and no, they don't rub off after this process.

Now, my use of striking batiks and art crayons may be too over the top for you, but imagine them in folksy fabrics, country charmers, or vintage linens in a crazy quilt! Anything goes and any one of these can go from form and functional to a true art quilt for kitchen display, as well as use. Imagine a whole basket of your own little kitchen quilts on the counter for celebrations..easy to find, fun to use, and it shows off your own love of sewing and quilting to family and friends!

Yep, everyday art is a lot of creative fun. And for me it takes a lot less time, than going shopping, parking, searching, buying, and bringing home store bought gifts.

Gifts from my heart and hands to theirs...both figuratively, and literally!

1. Collect the orphan blocks, strips or strings, you wish to use. These are mine and no matter what, I knew I was going to make them...and only

2. Begin the process of laying down pieces and strips, beginning from the center (I used that one big chunk with the stripe in the middle) and adding if making a crazy quilt.

3. And because you want to be free and easy and not precise... only random...I just keep going around and around ...similar to adding logs to a log cabin block.

4. When you are happy with it, then you can add borders, if you choose, or a backing and just bind it...or not!  I added in pieces of selvage to some of mine.

Add your backing (or you can do your piecing through a backing fabric just as if it were a string pieced foundation fabric! I do that a lot!! Quilt as you go, made easy!

 5. Here the binding strips..I keep mine wide and double them up for durability with two rows of stitching..I use my pot holders a lot!

6.Stitch down the binding, thinking about a little back piece for fun and I did add in the little heart on the back by the end.

 And voila..its done!

Scraps, Scraps, Scraps...make potholders and eliminate clutter and stress ;-)  When I feel out of sorts, making potholders is my go to project

Need projects for older children who are learning to sew or need teacher gifts? How about for sewists who can make simple things but are afraid of "quilting"? How about Somerset Star layered potholders for those who have talents and want to expand them? So many terrific things to make and do! 


For other potholder tutorials...More Kitchen Quilt Magic!...check out"

 I love to also make coffee press wraps to match, as well as double handed potholders that can easily lift hot casseroles out of the oven, but hang over the handle on your oven door when you're not using them. Check out my other links below!

Michele Bilyeu blogs With Heart and Hands as she shares a quilting journey through her life in Salem, Oregon and Douglas, Alaska. Sharing thousands of links to Free Quilt and Quilt Block Patterns and encouraging others to join in the Liberated Quilting Challenge and make or donate small art quilts to the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI) Help us change the world, one little quilt at a time!