Monday, April 27, 2009
Yes, I finished it, and the binding is ready to go as well (although I wish I'd cut the binding on the bias--that would have given an extra fun look to the finished quilt)! Heather's Double Takes 3 made this quilt a snap. I've figured out that one layer cake will make three baby quilts using this pattern. I'm going to calculate the yardage for setting triangles, the outer border, and binding and be ready the next time I see a cute layer cake for kids!
Another project I tackled this weekend was a bag for younger daughter. I used the Amy Butler Swing Bag pattern but made it patchwork (and left off the bow---younger daughter doesn't like big bows)! (Sidenote: younger daughter just read this and says her dislike of bows stems from the fact that I always made her wear huge hairbows in elementary school). She loves purple but has been loving aqua lately as well. I wasn't sure if she really liked it or not...but she took it to school today, so it must be okay!
Sunday, April 26, 2009
And finally, I won a giveaway...Belinda of Brown Dirt Cottage had the best idea...for her hundredth post giveaway she randomly chose three readers from previous posts to send packages to!
Thursday, April 23, 2009
The center hexagons don't show up well with the background I've set these on, but these are gorgeous blocks. Now these...I have no idea what I'm going to do with them...but I love making them! And luckily for me, even thought the Great Hexagon Quilt-Along blog was full...they've opened a sister blog which I was able to join; the hexagon inspiration on these blogs is wonderful!
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
I intended on joining in on all the fun of the Blogger's Quilt Festival hosted by Amy at Park City Girl...but I just couldn't decide on a quilt!!! Finally I decided on this one...and it does have a little story!
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Nedra had a wonderful lunch ready for us when we arrived; she served salad, fresh salsa with chips, and a delightful southwestern chicken dish. For dessert we had a chocolate pudding cake with ice-cream. After eating, we were anxious to talk quilts. Nedra has beautiful, breath-taking quilts in every room, and has a wonderful pincushion collection that I really enjoyed seeing; she also is an accomplished needleworker and has created many beautiful samplers.
Just a couple of Nedra's striking quilts...I should have taken more pictures...but I was truly enjoying looking at everything.
Of course we had to take a group picture; Nedra's son was our cameraman! Pictured from left to right: Nanette, Dawn, me, and Nedra.
We spent some time in Nedra's wonderful sewing room...(again, I should have taken some pictures)...and then we browsed Nanette's Japanese books and magazines for quilt inspiration. (Nedra took some great pictures that are posted here).
Friday, April 17, 2009
I've been making some of these little bags with my Wonderland scraps...and I've been reading this issue of Australian Homespun...I think I'm hooked on this magazine...does anyone know the cheapest way to get a subscription here in the U.S.?
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Above are some photos of the fabrics along with a photo of how cute everything looked all packaged in the box. Below are some pictures of the necklace Karen made for me. On one side is a great pocket that I can use to store the hexagons and/or papers; on the other side are two compartments: one for a thimble and one for small scissors. Isn't this the greatest invention? I'm planning on working on my hexagons tonight...and I can't wait to use the necklace!
Another thought on inspiration...a few months ago, shortly after I started blogging, I started an inspiration journal where I sort of "scrapbook" ideas I get from magazines. I cut out pictures of quilts, fabrics and linens, buttons, quotes and anything else I find inspiring or that might give me an idea for a future project. It's been a lot of fun and helps me remember ideas that I otherwise might have forgotten. Here's a sample of one of my (not completed) pages--I still have some empty spaces on this page to add more ideas.
Monday, April 13, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
So, on to the giveaway. My "theme" for the giveaway is "a few of my favorite things." The first giveaway prize is definitely one of my favorite things...Nanette's Mixed Bag to Quilt. I've made this one in Flights of Fancy by Paula Prass for Michael Miller Fabrics. This is such a wonderful bag...I don't carry anything else anymore (I've now made three for myself and this one for the giveaway)!
Here are the front and back views:
Another one of my favorite things is Patisserie by Joanna of Fig Tree Quilts. So, I've made a small bag with some of my honey bun strips and inside of it will be a cute little Moda Bake Shop Box roll of Patisserie (there are 10 honey bun strips in this roll).
Thursday, April 9, 2009
This week I finally finished my "Golden Memories" sampler quilt (over a year in the making)...there are 32 pieced blocks and 31 log cabin filler blocks which all finish at 7 1/2" by 7 1/2". There is also an outer border that finishes off the log cabin borders around each block. This quilt is designed by Lori Smith; I've done a few of her designs and have loved each one--her patterns are well-written. I need to buy my outer border and binding fabric...I can't believe I didn't get it when I got the other fabrics! Since I used mostly Civil War reproduction fabrics I should be able to find coordinating fabrics rather easily.
Oh, and I'm busy trying to finish up the giveaway gifts...yes gifts...I can't just have one prize. One of the prizes might just be made out of these fabrics...
Eileen and Nanette had the wonderful idea to share Easter pictures from our younger days. I don't remember exactly how old I was in this picture...but I know it was before 3rd grade (we'd moved from this neighborhood by then). And this is actually a picture of the picture which is a Polaroid glued into a scrapbook. But yes, I had my Easter bonnet and gloves, and I know I had white shoes and socks. The dress was a lovely lavender Dotted Swiss; I remember my Mom making it for me, and me thinking it was the most beautiful dress in the world. I'm even wearing my Easter Bunny pin...it was a favorite, but I'm not sure what ever happened to it.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
I got to spend quite a bit of time this weekend working on my Grandmother's Flower Garden blocks...I have four now...and I love working on them. I especially love working with the soft colors of Aviary...there is something very soothing about this fabric.
Those stars and flying geese I showed the other day are coming together. This is one of those projects that was never on my "to do" list...and yet I couldn't stop working on it! I only started making the flying geese to test out the tape (from this post) that I'd put on the back of my flying geese ruler. I remembered that the pattern "Opening Day" by Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie's Quilt Company had a lot of flying geese in it...so I started working on this adaptation shown on the back cover.
Have you seen Moda's Wonderland by Momo? I just got this charm pack today, and I love this fabric...there's just something about it! It's kind of retro, yet it's modern; it just says "fun!" Pictures don't convey the "personality punch" this fabric delivers...and I can't wait to make some things out of this line! Stephanie made a really cute bag using a Wonderland charm pack that I love...I have a few ideas of projects for this line...it's just so hard to decide!
I've also just finished putting the pieced borders on a quilt I've been working on since February of 2008; it has thousands of pieces, and it feels great to be nearly done...I'll share some pictures soon. Today I get to judge quilts for our county fair...that should be fun! I'm also trying to finish the grand prize for my 100th post giveaway...two posts to go! Have a great day!