Showing posts with label sewing with fleece. Show all posts
Showing posts with label sewing with fleece. Show all posts

Thursday, September 01, 2016

My Puppy Blessings Quilt and Blankets

Every new baby needs a quilt whether than baby is of the human or the fur and feathers one! I've made quilts and fleece blankets for my dogs, cats and grandcats!

 And I've made quilts for my chickens..oh, yes, I have!

And if you saw this precious little pup, and then heard that little beloved fellow not even 10 weeks old had a serious accident with a can lid from a tipped over recycling bin and almost cut off his tongue and required not one but two surgeries to reconnect it..well, you'd want to do more for him than I did!

But yes, I had to make him a puppy blessings quilt to welcome him into our family..just as I do my grandbabies! And I had to make fleece blankets for cuddling up with and laying on and just playing enjoying the way puppies do!

So, the fabrics were collected, floors filled up with projects and sewing machines and thread tying needles were busy for a simple but soft little quilt of squares of absolutely perfect fabric, I had saved for 'some unknown reason' for 10 years or more!

And I used my fleece scraps from other projects to make small fleece blankets..sewn around the edges two inches in and then just cut fringed all around..for cuddling blankies.

A nice little stack of new gifts for the wee fellow, and a huge pile of old hand me down blankets and even an old quilt for soft flooring for the fellow and well, you know..just in cases ;-) 
(Not showing those old ratty things but boy, did they come in handy and were so appreciated last month when he first arrived!)

Ocho..see the figure 8 on his precious little face, a Miniature Australian Shepherd..and my fabric I'd saved for so long without even knowing hardly anything about this breed, or anyone who even had here, I'd saved....Mini Aussies fat quarters in three colors..the red, light blue and warm golden beige. Mixed in with some lasso fabric to match the lassos on the Aussie fabric and some cowboy hats and boots....leftover from bigger quilts given away years ago...perfect fabulous fun for a little pup quilt!

Surprise, sweet little one..this is for you with lots of love from Grandma Michele!

And yes!!!! As hot as summer is in my sewing loft and little sewing nook, I still made some quilts for donation to my favorite quilt and blanket charitable causes!

I haven't completely gone to the dogs ;-)And the chickens, and the cats...and the grandbabies...oh, wait! Just maybe I have !!

Michele Bilyeu Creates With Heart and Hands as she shares her imaginative, magical, and healing journey from Alaska to Oregon. Creating, designing, sewing, quilting, and wildcrafting... from my heart and with my hands.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Always Sewing and Quilting

Always! Every day. Rain or Shine.
Sleep or not. Busy or busier!
I just love it all!!

So, yes, I've been having fun! And when I'm not outside doing tons of yard work..all of the autumnal pruning has begun, all of the weeding, all of the watering during our exceptionally unusual Oregon drought...I'm inside and sewing in the morning while it's still cool and the windows are all open.

It gets so hot in the sewing nook and my design floor loft that I really can't do much unless it's a rush project like hemming a 95% rayon and 5% spandex long and very lovely dress for a daughter who is off to a wedding and needed it 6" shorter soon as possible. It's a beautiful dress and deserved the best job that I could possibly do.....I wanted to serge the hem with an overcast stitch and then hem it up just a bit after that.

Serger went belly up first thing. Bought a new upper cutting blade...still did not cut and store was not helpful. Husband worked and worked on it..still working on it.

So borrowed a serger from a lovely blessing of a neighbor... and got it done. No photo, after all dressing up for special occasions has to wait for the event photos and the dress is not mine to show. Just mine to sew!

But...pillows, lots of those, plus two fabulous these and hated giving them away ;-) pillowcases (complete with the inside wonderful pillows themselves)  an entire set of three curtain panels that made a wonderful curtain with lovely Lotta Jansdotter fabric, a quilt finished in jewel toned flannels..begun a very long time ago... and another one's medallion fabric blocks laid out for sewing a bit of quilting this month!. Added into the mix, more baby diapers from scratch with the cute little inner flannel blankets for ..well, you know, and finally, a fleece blanket fall and winter are on their way..drought or not drought!

Oh and this little easy sweetie for a little one in crisis or have to have a baby blessing wrap of some kind!

Yes, August was quite busy! You don't even want to see the yard work that I accomplished but my husband worked a lot harder than I did, trust me!

Stress relief every single one. Trust me. With people in and out of hospitals, nursing homes, and family members all busy as can be, we are a doing family in all ways! Can do and do. That's how I deal with stress. The rest of the time, yoga, meditation, and trying to stay out of the ice cream and potato chips as much as I can....

Now, to get ready for Wednesday when our Mid-Valley Quilt Guild (MVQG) presents its annual charity quilting day we call Bolt to Bed. We take fabric (off the bolt or from our scraps and the guilds scraps) we all gather together all day from early in the morning until way past dinnertime, we have tables of things to do, learn, and work on and we make as much as we possibly can for charitable donation!

Am I remembering that I volunteered to set up and work with a table for Making Fidget Quilts for Alzheimer's Patients???

Oh, yes. I did. I also made an artsy fidget quilt and have another one started as examples for the art quilters among us. And maybe, I'll get a simpler one that doesn't take extra time like mine to create for donation to local nursing homes.

I don't just think I can.
I do ;-)

Michele Bilyeu blogs With Heart and Hands as she shares her creative and healing  journey from Alaska to Oregon. Wildcrafting and the textiles arts... sewing, quilting, and creating prayer flags. Join me as I add my healing energies to changing our little project, one gift of sharing from my heart, at a time.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Blessing Quilts and Baby Blankets

Shown above:

6 completed projects for Alexia's Cozy Covers donations for foster babies and children

New site link for Cozy Covers:

4 quilts pieced and/or quilts with backings also selected and sized and ready to be finished over the summer and into the fall for either Alexia's or the Mid-Valley Quilt Guild.

Michele Bilyeu blogs With Heart and Hands as she shares a quilting journey from Alaska to Oregon with thousands of free Quilting, Sewing, and Crafting Patterns and Tutorials. Help change the world, one little quilt, art quilt, and prayer flag at a time!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

School Days

Every time the new school year rolls around, I am filled with anticipation. I love all of the back to school sales, the excited children (and their exhausted parents!) shopping for school clothes and supplies. I even love buying a little box of crayons and a few notebooks, a little white bottle of glue and whatever ...for me! I can't resist the memories or the fun!

So, with so many teachers in my own family, and so many friends who teach... I also love to give little gifts when I can! And this year I had the perfect fabric purchased from a charming littlequilt shop in Independence, Oregon.

With little stick figures of children and ABC's, pencils and such as a border logo, it was relatively easy to design and whip up a bag.

I had seen a bag that stood up on its of the new modern styles as they are known, but didn't have access to the pattern as it wasn't online and I couldn't drive many hours to where it seemed to I just made my own inventing my own theory of how one could be made.

It ended up very generous in size..the perfect catchall for a busy teacher to toss her lessons plans, notebooks, lunch bag, even a purse into as she got ready for school in the morning. A bag that might also be used at home. I made it in a day and photographed it quickly and the photos do not do it justice. But there are pockets on both sides..inside and out. The 'School Days' logo for a nod to pencil bags pocket on the front and one on the inside, and another set of pockets made with the ABC fabric.

And then, because I had a big piece of co-coordinating fleece and could, I made a great big fleece blanket to roll up inside.  The kind we all love to make in a hurry and best of all, cuddle up under..for no matter how much we love to quilt and all of our quilts, when we're sick or hurting, or cold..fleece is so nice and quite delicious to wrap up with, as well!

Fabric as long as it is wide, double layered and fringe cut and knotted all around. And because I love deep fringe, cutting 4" deep all along the edges, removing that corner square at each corner and tying simple double knots with every double strand of fringe. Remember to be careful knot to pull or stretch the fringe too tightly as you tie... or you end up with a gigantic fleece bowl instead of a blankie, Ask me how I know and then remember once again ? ;-)

 If you've ever been a teacher or even just know one, they come home exhausted.....especially from the primary grades....when all the little ones are going through so many transitions of their own. So pack up the self standing but still soft bag with your things and go off to work, and then unpack it at home and cuddle up for some R and R under the extra gift of the big, ultra soft fleece napper..for some time of your own!

Hope your back to school week was a good one whether you still have little ones, or know someone who does and whether or not you had as much 'back to school fun' as I did!!

Michele Bilyeu blogs With Heart and Hands as she shares a quilting journey through her life in Salem, Oregon and Douglas, Alaska. Sewing, quilting, and wildcrafting, with small format art quilts, prayer flags, and comfort quilts for a variety of charitable programs. And best of all, sharing thousands of links to Free Quilt and Quilt Block Patterns and encouraging others to join her and make and donate quilts to charitable causes.   Help us change the world, one little quilt, art quilt, and prayer flag at a time!

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Happy 82nd Birthday, Mom!

Today is my dear Mother's 82nd Birthday. My mother is an amazing woman. Born in St. Martinville, Louisiana to French parents who had both emigrated from France into Canada and then south to be part of the large French Speaking Acadian community that came to be known as 'Acadians' or 'Cajuns.'

As one of 9 children, and the very youngest, my mother ended up being raised by my incredibly hardworking maternal Grandmother, who took in laundry to raise her children alone, in their Bayou Teche home.

My mother learned to speak English when she began school, having only spoken French until then. In her teens, she was given a choice of a penpal and selected a young man from Alaska. His cousin, my dad, became the final choice for a penpal, and the day came when they met, fell in love, married and raised 5 children of their own.

Three of us were born in Louisiana, two of us in Alaska, but we spent our lives in Alaska as part of a well-known pioneer family. My mother worked hard to raise 5 children under harsh and primitive conditions and we did well in our Alaskan home.

My mother survived having children almost die, die and be brought to life, our house burn to the ground, one of my father's brothers dying in WWII, and another dying while moose hunting up the Taku River. Every four years, our family,with five children, would climb into our station wagon and spend three weeks driving down the AlCan Highway, through the 'lower 48" to visit her family in Louisiana.

Many mishaps would occur along the way. One trip, my dad had to fix 14 flat tires, hitchhiking with semi trucks to the nearest Canadian gas station to have a tire repaired. We did this, many, many times. It was a challenging life, but a very good one and we never lacked for anything no matter how poor we might have seemed to others, our lives were rich with love and adventures.

My mother survived the over overwhelming of our mountain life, narrow roads, steep drop offs and long travel conditions on road, ferries, a road again from our landlocked life in the Juneau area. She learned to do, redo and make do and did it over and over for all five of us, children.

When she thought her life had finally gotten easier, all of us surviving broken bones, illnesses without adequate medical care, the burning down of our house...hard times were still to come. In her seventies, a dr. in Juneau discovered she had a severe case of 3B inflammatory breast cancer. Cancer only goes as high as 4 ,which is certain death, and inflammatory is the worst kind that there is. Not knowing if there was any real hope at all, they sent her south to Seattle, where living out of a hotel was not only hard but expensive and my mother is legally blind and a severe diabetic.

So, instead, she came to live with me in Oregon for 9 months, along with my father, and survived, chemo, surgery and radiation. She was amazing through all of it, when others were convinced she would not go through with it, nor survive....she did it all. Now battling, that which we will all battle some day...increasing memory loss and the onset of Alzheimer's...she is still the best story teller any of us will ever meet in this lifetime, and a dear person with a loving and generous heart.

In honor of her birthday, her victory over breast cancer and the royalty amongst all women that she is...I offer up in her honor these gifts....a Pink Ribbon Fleece blanket to wrap up in, a royal cape and crown, and a photo birthday card to remind her that she is as beautiful today, as she ever was in her youth.
Happy Birthday, Mom...I love you, dearly.

Love, Michele