Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Reflections

As I look back on 2014, I see I had accomplished a lot. Well it was a lot for me. I had a whale of a time with health issues. At the beginning of the year, I was recovering from neck surgery. In March, my mother had a major surgery. She is still recovering, but improving. After my mom surgery, I was down for 3 months with lower back and foot pain and severe asthma attacks. In October, I had right foot surgery. I am recovering now. But through it all, I was able to tweet my blog, make new online friends, complete two large quilts, and various small gift projects just to name a few. And of course, take Craftsy classes online (at least see them while recovering). It's hard to sew when your driving foot is down..........LOL.

So, hand work it was. I reverted back to crocheting and knitting. I crocheted a baby afghan and knitted several scarves for donation. I know they will come in handy right now. Southern California had one of its coldest nights. We had SNOW! Yes, sunny So. Cali do get snow when a cold front hits. It will only last a few days or less. We are due for 70 degrees or higher weather later this week.

All in all, despite all my health issues, 2014 was a blessed year. Now I'm trusting in God, that He has heard my prayers. I'm asking Him for good health in 2015.

Was this a blessed year for you? And did you finish everything on your 2014 project list?

Tea
Sew to make someone happy!

Friday, December 26, 2014

2+6 = Baby Quilt Along

I have finally finished piecing my 2+6 baby quilt. This is the first quilt along and second row by row quilt for me.

Teddy's March Along




All the fabrics in this quilt was from my stash. It was pieces from other quilts I made. I guess you can call this a free quilt, maybe???

Also, it was good to see that I can use my stash without having to shop for fabric. And yes, I'm still a fabricaholic. I am just trying to reduce my stash a little. I have fabric that dates back to my fashion design days. I am going to see about making a crazy quilt one day to use up those other fiber type fabrics.

Now that I'm done piecing, I am thinking allover baptist fan design. What do you think?

Tea
Sew to make someone happy!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas









To: You and your family

 Have a Very Merry Christmas!





Tea
 Sew to make someone happy!
 





  

Saturday, December 13, 2014

2 + 6 = Baby Quilt Along

Week 1 -Chevron Blocks
I have been trying to make up for lost time. Is that possible? Can I use my daylight saving time NOW? Anyway, I commented myself to joining a quilt along. Thinking 'baby quilt'. How hard can that be. I had my 6 fabrics pick out after Kari Schell of On Point Quilter, announced her quilt along. Well, it's hard when you fall behind. And trying to sew with a foot recovering from surgery is harder. So, one week went by. I told myself, "I can get this done in no time. I have my fabrics picked out", which is always hard for me. Then week 2 past and week 3. I got to get a grip on this. 
Last night, I completed cutting out my fabrics for week 1 & 2. I was determined to finish my half squared triangle for my Chevron Blocks before going to bed. Mission accomplished! Yay! This afternoon, I was able to complete the two Chevron rolls (above) and the Square in a Square roll (below).

Week 2 - Square in a Square Blocks
Tomorrow I will try to cut out and complete week 3 & 4. Whew! that's a lot of sewing. I will have to pace myself. I sometimes forget I'm still recovering from surgery.

Now let's go sew to make someone HAPPY!

Tea

Two Handed Potholder

 I made my first sewing project since surgery. I needed a quick hostess gift for Thanksgiving. My niece recently moved back home and was hosting her 1st Thanksgiving Dinner with the family. She recently told me, she had left her potholders doing last minute baking before taking the road back home. I thought this would be an ideal hostess gift for her.  When she open the gift bag, she had a big smile on her face. She told me, she felt I would be making her potholders. I glad I didn't disappoint her. I can sleep with comfort knowing her hands with be protected.

Also, I am trying out a new approach of making my labels. I used bias tape, backed with stabilizer. I sewn my name (saved in memory for later usage) using the font feature on my sewing machine. I like this way for small projects. You will be seeing this type of label in the future. But, I will always use the old method for my quilt labels. The old method has much more information documenting my quilts.

Labor of Love



As I mention in my last post, I have been reducing my yarn stash during my recovery period. I taught myself how to knit about 10 yrs ago. And this craft too when by the waste side as my quilting knowledge began to grow.  Away, I took out my knitting needles and began to knit. I didn’t have a lot of any one color yarn. So multicolor scarves it was. I donated these scarves to a local church. It will come in handy to someone since we are actually having a winter this year (You know sunny California, where rain is rare).




I hope these scarves will keep someone warm during our chilly nights. I am working on another scarf. I think I might make this one a selfie.


Sew to make someone HAPPY!  Or shall, I say knit to make someone HAPPY!

Tea

Afghan for Kylii

I am recovering from foot surgery and needed some busy work. Since my last quilt, I was busy with running other errands that time didn't permit me to prepare any applique work. So, I decided, 'Why not reduce my yarn stash.' Here is one of my crochet project.
    
Kylii Afghan
This baby afghan is for Kylii, my great niece. She was born Sunday after 'Black Friday'. So I finished it just in time. 

I learned how to crochet from my mom when I was 10 yrs old. A few years later, I had to take a home economics class (to sew, cook and etiquette). I wonder do grade schools offer such a course now. It's a real lost if they don't. Anyway, I fell in love with sewing (and cooking too!) and stored away my crocheting needles. But thanks to mom, I can still make someone happy, though it's not a quilt.

P.S. I know Kylii loves it. It is sooo soft and snugly.

Until next time......Sew to make someone HAPPY!

Tea

Saturday, August 30, 2014

President Barack Obama Quilt


President  Barack Obama Quilt




This week I finally completed my President Barack Obama Quilt. A few months ago, I showed sneak previews of my blocks used to design the back of this quilt. Through surgeries (my mother's and mines) and my 2 1/2 months of illness, I'm happy to say "It is FINISHED".

 The inspiration behind making this quilt was “Kanga Cloth” from Kenya (center panel). My sister gave me this Kanga Cloth to make her a quilt. Last year on our way home from our family camping trip, we stopped off at A Different Touch quilt shop in Chesapeake, VA. My sister found Clothworks “Choo Choo You” train fabric for backing. This was her settle hint for me to start her quilt, I guess. As I set off to design the quilt, I remembered I had VIP Cranston “Obama Patriotic Pillow Panel” in my stash. Now my challenge became greater. Why??? I needed to combine two totally difference color pallets. Lucky, both fabric panels were somewhat complementary on the color wheel.
 
President Obama Quilt Back






I like doing back art for my quilts. This way the recipient has two quilts in one. 











My Quilt Label Close-up




I started this quilt in February 2014. Having recovered from neck surgery, my mom’s surgery and my other health issues, I can finally breathe. My sister will be in town next month. She will be totally SURPRISED!


Terry
Now let's go SEWING!







PS…All photos and information are the property of Terry F.B. Roberson @ Tea's Quilts and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to re-blog and Pin with attribution to Tea's Quilts.  For all other uses, please contact me at quiltbible@att.net

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Gingermelon Dolls: Free Doll Pattern for you to Download!

Gingermelon Dolls: Free Doll Pattern for you to Download!: Hello there!  I have a little present to share with you!  It's a doll pattern that you can download and best of all, they're easy an...t

they are so adorable. Thanks for the pattern

Friday, April 18, 2014

President Obama Quilt

This week I have been working on the backing for my President Obama quilt. This quilt started out being simple. But I thought it needed a little something more. Here are the blocks I have sewing this week for the backing.
Tea Quilt



As you can see, I love stars. I have two more stars to complete before putting it all together. I think I might embroider the  single "Evening Star". With the large white space, it seems to scream..."Embroider me!" (LOL)  How about
Barack Obama
44th USA
President
 hum... has an nice ring to it.

 I'm excited about how it will turn out. I haven't yet figure out how I'm going to quilt it. But I have ideas dancing in my head.

Terry
Sew to make someone happy!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Dish Towel Hannah

This is the year of completing some of my UFOs. Here is one of my completed UFO. It comes with a cute story.

The story of Hannah ....

 Hannah has always popped up when I go looking for a new project to start. But I would continue to ignore her. Once again Hannah was sadden. A new project was started and she stayed as an UFO. But this year, she was determine. Hannah really wanted to be completed. I kept bumping into her. So I put her on my work table to be completed.  And yes, she was ignored again. But only for a short while. As I was cleaning my studio, Hannah looked like she just wanted to be completed. So, today I worked on Hannah and finally completed .

 

After 18 years, of Hannah wanting to be completed, the wait is over. She can now be displayed instead of being ignore and lonely. She can now smile. I am glad I completed Hannah. I love her and  will find her a good home. 

 I hope you enjoy my little story. 

Sew to make someone Happy,

Terry

Child Poodle Skirt

Well, I been a little busy. I recently finished a poodle skirt for my niece. I think she will love it. The skirt pattern was downloaded from Craftsy. I downloaded a free  poodle clipart to use as my applique. And made bias tape using the bias tape maker by Clover.

Emory Poodle Skirt
The poodle was fused on with fusible web. I used Elmer glue ( couldn't find my Roxane glue) to keep the bias tape in place until it was sewn on (small dots only). This skirt is so versatile your can let you imagination go wild. I think a cotton skirt with ruffles would look nice.......mmm. Maybe another skirt in the future.

Terry
Sew to make someone happy.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Jean Shopping Tote Bag


After not being able to sew for 6 months due to neck surgery, I have been given the okay to sewing again. I never thought I would miss sewing this much. What a JOY! I didn't want to just dive right in with a big project. So I choose to do a small project I found on Craftsy. It was a free pattern called "Shopping Tote".


I made some modifications to make it my own. I used recycled jean fabric for the main part and handles. I used faux suede (I had in my stash) for my trim. I used my decorative stitches to stitch the front. This was fun. I always wanted to do something like this, but never took the time. I'm really glad I did this. Now I will use my decorative stitches more often.





I incorporated the seam from a jean leg for the back. This gives the tote bag a unique look.


The sides bottom inset piece was cut to incorporate the back pocket. I make sure I had enough fabric cut above the pocket to allow for the hem.


I  embroidered on the side to show my love for quilting.
 I really had fun making this recycled jean tote bag. Now when I go shopping (whether it a quilt shop, grocery store, or the mall) I am expressing my love for quilting. I am sure you will be able to find lots of ways to use this recycled jean tote bag.

Now lets go quilting. I know I definitely am!

PS…All photos and information are the property of Terry F.B. Roberson @ Tea's Quilts & Etc. and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to re-blog and Pin with attribution to Tea's Quilts & Etc.  For all other uses, please contact me at quiltbible@yahoo.com

Terry

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Quilting Notebook

Today I will start my "Quilting Notebook". The purpose of the Quilt Notebook is to hold all the ideas, sizes, calculations,  materials, and reference information for each project (whether UFO's or not) from start to finish. Notebook will provide a history of my quilting project and my progress as a quilter.It may contain some quilt ideas I hope to make but not enough time to do so. This is different from a journal (in which I need to start too). This will eliminate some of my paper clutter (a quilt journal is needed for my doodling) and provide me with an organized studio.

Of course I didn't come up with this idea myself. While I have been recovery from neck surgery, I stumble upon Lori Kennedy's blog, The In Box Jaunt". You can check her blog here. I have been following her since October 2013. This year, she is encouraging quilters to keep a notebook. This way a quilter will have one place to look for all their quilt information. I usually, have a list on my billboard of all my project with start and finish dates. This is not as thorought as a quilting notebook would be.

I purchased, July 2013, a software program called Quilt Album.  It allows me to store a picture and complete details of each quilt. I can print it out two different sizes (lg or sm) to have as a hard copy for binding. The program also, creates greeting cards. This is very handy when giving my quilts as gifts. But I can image you can use this program to document all you projects.

Now I must go and document my 20 UFO's in my new quilting notebook.

Happy Sewing!
Tea