Charity Sewing and Quilting

With the Safelight Project underway (click on that link to see how you can help and prizes you might win), I wanted to make a few case sets from some pretty fabric. This is such a quick project, and uses up leftover fabrics as well as batting bits. I guess I am still in a blue and yellow mode, LOL! This blue print is lovely and paired nicely with a tone on tone yellow for accent. I did the two tissue covers in a jiffy, then started on the cases.

It was easy to do the cosmetic case and sunglasses case at the same time, doing the sewing of both at once. Then I turned both at the same time, and added the velcro on both. Just remember for the cosmetic case, the velcro goes on both insides. The sunglasses case folds over, so hook tape goes on the outside and the loop on the lining side.

A short time later I had a full set done. Blue on the outside, yellow on the inside.

This is an ideal project to make Frankenbatting to use up small bits of batting. Use your edge joining foot with the widest zigzag stitch your machine has for invisible seams.

In just a bit over an hour one morning, I had two sets completely done, from fabric selection and cutting to completion.

Earlier in the week, a call went out to our guild asking for fabric for the Project Linus group. I emailed the leader and asked if they wanted yardage or scraps, and she said anything and everything. So, what an opportunity!! I used that as a great way to clean out leftovers of this and that, bins of scraps I was tired of looking at, plus some long narrow batting pieces perfect to stitch together for child size quilts. I pulled fabrics other people gave me, things I got for $1 a yard at yard sales and quilter home clean-outs, and heaven only knows where else. When all was done, I had four bags of fabric and one of batting. I dropped it off last week, and I hope they can use it. My shelves look a lot more organized!

Earlier, I packed up this quilt for the Hands2Help campaign and put it in the mail on the way to the fabric drop off.

It is on its way to Little Lambs.

I finished up the quilting this week on the upcoming Fat Quarter Shop‘s Starry Charms quilt. I am working on the binding handwork this week, and will then need to photograph it for their pattern reveal. I’m doing mine in Christmas fabrics, and put my Deck the Halls pantograph on it. This will become a charity auction item for our Christmas auction for Appalachian Mountain MINIs.

While I was removing it from the longarm, I put the pin tray on the quilt’s back side. Oh, no, it had some kind of oil on the underside and made a big stain on the back of the quilt!! The only thing it could be is longarm machine oil and I do remember the bottle being on its side at some point last week. This oil is supposed to be clear and non-staining, but it was still there several hours later. It wasn’t evaporating or drying like it should have. So, I went to the kitchen for cornstarch. I was so focused on getting the stain out, I forgot to show you what it looked like before, but it was about a five-inch disc shape, the same as the underside of my magnetic pin tray. I poured a generous amount of cornstarch on the stain and rubbed it in with my fingers.

I gave it about 15 minutes to soak up the oil, then began vacuuming the cornstarch off. I didn’t use any attachments on the vacuum cleaner. The fabric would get pulled up a bit from the suction, and I hoped that would pull the cornstarch out of the fabric along with the oil.

Oh, success!! It is gone where I’ve vacuumed. The next day, a faint spot had reappeared, so I repeated this treatment. The stain is completely gone now. Whew, saved!

I had so many nine patches from the To The Nines blue and yellow quilt, that I’m making another one for a table topper. I’ll share this new blue and yellow delight soon.

If you are in the mood to do a blue and yellow, Fat Quarter Shop has two new blue and yellow lines that are just yummy! Just Lemons by Jane Shasky is fresh squeezed fun. Summer Breeze for Moda is on pre-order with yardage, Layer Cakes, Fat Quarter Bundles, Jelly Rolls, charm packs and Half Yard Bundles. Today is your last chance to get Fat Quarter Shop’s April specials! 20% Off Laundry Basket solids the Basic of the Month, plus 30% Off Mettler Threads the Notion of the Month, 30% Off the Book of the Month “Charm School” and Precuts of the Week.  The Daily Flash Sale has something new at clearance pricing every day.

My article on MadamSew on my Embroidered Wall Hanging published this week. Click on that link to see the tutorial, and check out their sale offerings while you are there.

What are you sewing this week?

13 thoughts on “Charity Sewing and Quilting

  1. Brenda @ Songbird Designs

    Great projects this week. Thanks for the tip about the cornstarch. I would never have thought of using that! The blue and yellow projects look so sunny and cheerful. I know they will be well received. I really love blue and yellow color combinations!

    1. Julie

      At the risk of repeating Brenda @ Songbird, I also love blue & yellow together & the cornstarch tip. Not having pets who need bedding at present, I made two floor/couch pillows, stuffed full of scraps too small to use & covered with quilted orphan blocks. I have enough bits & bobs to stuff 6 more. When I run out of orphan blocks I’ll put together some crumb blocks. I’m in a “clear out the scraps before starting a new project” mood. Patiently (sort of) waiting for next Friday’s Pachanga clue.

  2. I have heard about using cornstarch before, but have never tried it. Thanks for sharing and inspiring. I also love the bag sets you made for the charity project. I’m sure the recipients will love them too!

  3. So glad you got that oil stain out! I love blue and yellow together – they are a great combo for your Safelight set. And the Just Lemons fabric line is really fun!

  4. How wonderful to do charity quilting. I’m sure your pieces sell for a good deal to support the organizations — and look at the lovely things they have to take home. That blue and yellow makes my heart beat a bit fast and the pink one reminds me of a quilt I have from long ago. Good news on the stain — that’s a heart stopping moment!

    Have a lovely weekend, Carole!

  5. Nancy Bekedam

    I’ve had to do the cornstarch trick occasionally, too! I’m glad it worked for you. It usually takes 2 applications for me, too. Cute sets you whipped up for SLP!

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