Monday, November 5, 2012

Design Wall Monday

This week I managed to rework a UFO, and use up some more of my old stash. I originally started this quiilt to use up the leftover red triangles from another quilt. I had started putting it together with the blocks set side by side, but it was very bulky and unappealing to me. I unpicked the sewing I had previously done, and added sashings and cornerstones(old stash). I really like it now! However, I am done with Christmas flimsies for a while. I do have a lot of Christmassy scraps from various projects left over that would look great as a pineapple quilt or a crumb quilt, but for now,
I will shove them into a dark corner and move onto something else. Visit Design Wall Monday at Judy Laquidara's to see what quilters form all over are working on!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Design Wall Monday

It took me quite a while, but I finished Judy Laquidara's Sing a Happy Song quilt. She offered this free pattern during a Quiltathon weekend in September. I got off to a great start on this flimsy, but had a slow finish.
I really love the colors Judy used in her quilt, but I am trying to use up the older pieces in my stash, and the blue piece has aged long enough. Next up I have five pair of pants for various family members that need hemming, then I am going to look through my stash for more well-aged fabric to start another project. Visit Judy at Patchwork Times to see more design wall inspiration.

Friday, October 19, 2012

A Finish!

Okay, the truth be told, I finished these awhile ago, in August actually! DD#1 is living off campus at college this year in an apartment, and in anticipation of cooking, wanted an apron. I love aprons, and love to make them, so this was just an excuse to sew another one. She picked the pattern, it is one that I have used several times, and my favorite apron to wear is made from this pattern, it is the 1940's Apron Pattern by Calico Cat. The pattern includes an adult apron and a child's apron. I bought this pattern years ago when DD#3 and I were out shopping at a quilt store. She instantly fell in love with the child's apron displayed in the store, and we left the store that day with the pattern and fabric to make her an apron. She wore that apron for quite a while, she has always been a great help in the kitchen! She has long since outgrown that apron (she just turned 16 last month!), but this pattern is a keeper. I went ahead and made two aprons this time, the one for K. is a lovely print of citrus slices, Jelly Flowers by Gail Kessler (Andover Fabrics). The Christmas one is from The Joys of Christmas by Michal Sparks (Robert Kaufman). We will be spending time at the beach with our extended family at Christmas, and I think this fabric with holiday flip-flops will be so fun to wear at that gathering! K. loves her version of this apron, and my DS makes a good model too!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Judy's Quiltathon

Judy Laquidara at Patchwork Times is having a quiltathon weekend, beginning today. She designed a pattern to share with any of us that wanted to join her, and I decided to play along. In an ongoing effort to use up the older fabrics in my stash, my color choices look nothing like Judy's, but I love how the quilt is looking so far. Here are my first six blocks, the middle blocks of the quilt. I didn't do all this today, I actually cut my fabrics on Tuesday and sewed some on this yesterday, becasue I won't be able to sew much this weekend. I have all the four patches done, so next I will be working on the outside blocks.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Design Wall Monday

I finished my annual the-kids-are-back-in-school-I-miss-them quilt over the weekend. This quilt uses some of my older fabrics, and I copied a picture from a Lady's Circle Patchwork Quilt magazine that I had saved long ago. I really enjoy having my kids at home over the summer, and miss them when they go back to school, but I have to admit, I like the more structured days of fall too! Check over at Judy L.'s for plenty of design wall inspiration.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

What lovely gifts!

I want to send a big thank you to Monica at Diary of a  Quilt Maven for having a super giveaway! I won the primitive package, including this magazine and 6 patterns. Monica also included a postcard of The Last Supper made from over 50,000 one-half inch squares of fabric. I didn't include that in the picture because I already have it on display! All my children will be back in school over the next two weeks, so I am anticipating being on more of a schedule and spending more time sewing. This is now what is on the top of the list...

Monday, May 21, 2012

Design wall Monday

I found these coordinating fabric strips in my stash, but I can't remember if someone sent them to me, or if I purchased them as part of a scrap bag.  I just added some wow and the darker green to complete this flimsy as an octagonal table topper.    Judy L. hosts design wall Monday every week, so pop over to her site to see lots of eye candy.  On the home front, DDs #1 and #2 are home from college,  DD #3 will be finished with school on this Wednesday, DS will be finished next week.  DH has vacation days on the schedule. The yard looks lovely with lilies, gardenias, and daylilies in bloom.  Let summer begin!!!

Monday, April 30, 2012

Design wall Monday

I have been sewing in small segments here and there.  Otherwise I have been traveling, doing paperwork, and other random things.  This little quilt is from the Temecula Quilt Co. blog.  I changed mine around a little because I had already made a small basket block quite a while ago that I wanted to use here.  I am liking it so far, I'm not quite sure if I will add any borders, so I am letting is simmer for a while. Go on over to Judy's and see what everyone else has on their design walls.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Festival of Scrapiness

I've been away from my sewing machine for a while, and probably will be until May, but I am living vicariously through other fabulous quilters. I hope that you can also take a few minutes to visit the Festival of Scrapiness in order to keep the quilting mojo simmering!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Design Wall Monday

I put together this little clutch to hold my coupons. I was keeping them in an envelope, but it never lasted very long banging around in the black hole known as my purse. This is working out great, I sewed selvages to stiff interfacing, lined it, and added a button and a hair band to keep it closed.

Check out what others are doing at Judy's design wall Monday.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Design Wall Monday

Monday is now a favorite day of the week because of all the inspiration that comes from design wall Monday hosted by Judy L. Quilters from across the States and around the world share what they are working on and it is always a great start to the week. I am working on a small table topper for St. Patrick's Day. It is made of 3D bow-tie blocks, using a paisley shamrock fabric and cotton shirt that came from the stash I inherited from my mom. She wore this shirt for a while, but had cut it up to use in her projects, and it is just what I wanted for this quiltlet! The top is all sewn together, and a border added, but I need to buy some green thread to finish the quilting.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Design Wall Monday

This is my version of Julie K.'s header quilt. I fell in love with hers, and decided to make my own. It has been a couple of years in the making, as I accumulated plaids, stripes, and checks. It still needs a border, but I don't want to use piano keys, I am thinking about a burgundy stripe that I have in my stash. Check out Judy's blog for more design inspiration.

DD#3 has a four day weekend, so thanks to her, I have a fresh bouquet of daffodils on my table and homemade red velvet cupcakes too!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Design Wall Monday

I had started this little table topper in early January, and hurried to finish it last week when a thoughtful friend brought over these beautiful roses. My list of projects that I would like to do this year gets longer and longer with each design wall Monday - quilters do such interesting things! But go ahead, have a look at Judy L.'s design wall and at all the great projects shown.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Friday flimsy

Hello again! I hope that you all had a very merry Christmas and are having a peaceful new year. I have been sewing some, all the mysteries that abound at this time of year have sucked me right in! Today's flimsy is a mystery from Scrapdash at I placed my blocks together a little differently from the instructions(I moved some blocks around and couldn't figure out how to put them back!) and my border is different too because I didn't have a piece that would work for the border as posted in the mystery. I am pretty happy with the way it turned out. I pieced the back out of leftover fabric, there is only a small pile of trimmings left.