Wednesday, March 31, 2010
I'm afraid to count them. My sewing room has a large closet and I have some of my WIP's hanging in there. Skirt hangers with the little clips are just perfect to hold sets of blocks together. But among 8 partial sets of blocks was this little quilt top, draped over a hanger and waiting patiently for batting, a back, and some quilting.
This top is the Buggy Barn "Hearts & Stars" pattern. It's one of my favorite pattern. Six blocks like this one can be done using 6 fat quarters plus whatever you need for sashing or borders. This quilt is lap sized.
Right now I have 3 finished tops, plus backing, and binding - all stacked up and ready to quilt. Make that 4 once I decide on a back for this one. I need a couple of days off to get some of these UFO's changed into finished projects!
Leave a comment and tell me how many UFO's that you have lurking around?
Sunday, March 28, 2010
It has been a pretty good week, with my birthday on Wednesday and our anniversary on Thursday. The downside was that I spent neither with my husband as we were both out of town for work. Oh well . . .
I had to work on Saturday, but when I got home after a long 10 hour day - there was something really fun in my mailbox. It was this beautiful fabric postcard from Anya, thanking me for picking her name in my Loralie fabric giveaway awhile ago. I love this postcard. I'm glad I picked Anya's name too.
I did the handstitching on the binding for a table runner while sitting in my hotel room this week. What a nice relaxing way to spend the evening when you have to be away from home for work. This one is handquilted.
This table runner was a bonus project made with leftover cuts from my Day and Night quilt. When you cut the pieces for the original quilt out of the strip sets, you are left with sections that end up forming 2 different block patterns. I bought a little extra fabric and added the setting triangles to make this different than the book showed.
This was my first bonus project. I hope to finish the other one later in the week. Or - since I'm a little tired of sewing on yellow and red, I might have to start a new project.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
When we finished work today, we stopped in a couple of local Valentine shops. I bought myself a birthday present - a skirt and sleeveless top that may be a possible wedding outfit. Sylvia mentioned my birthday and the shop owner brought out a couple of pieces of homemade banana cake she had in the back. Yum!!
Then we out to eat. These small town local restaurants often have the BEST food. We ate in a local bar, complete with big screen TV's on every wall and full of people relaxing, but not rowdy. I had the best walleye and 2 glasses of wine!! I love walleye. Whoohooo!!
I have been finishing the binding on a small project while staying here. It's nice to have some handwork to bring along on a road trip. Picture will be posted when I get home again.
It was a pretty good birthday. Both of my girls called, and so did my husband. Voicemail is better than no call at all, right? And I got the prettiest fabric as a gift from Sylvia (also a quilter - http://happierdocsly.blogspot.com/ ) so I'll have a new project to start soon. Happy birthday to me!
Sunday, March 21, 2010
In this part of the country it is much too early to assume that winter is gone for good. But it was spring today, with mild temps in the mid 50's and some sunshine.
Yesterday was cold, but sunny and I was inspired to bring out my Easter and spring decor. The darling little green bordered quilt was the swap quilt I received in last spring's mini quilt swap. And the concrete block with silk tulips, greenery and butterflies looks good sitting next to it. My cat spent at least a half hour sitting next to it, tasting each of the silk elements to see if anything was good enough to eat.
Friday, March 19, 2010
I finally put together my blocks from the 2009 Saturday Sampler. The title of the series was "My Favorite Things", but I will admit this wasn't my favorite Saturday Sampler.
Every block was done with 2 1/2 inch strips, and I chose the "dippin dots" colorway. The blocks are kind of whimsical, so I decided it would make a good kids' quilt.
The sashing is dots too. Then I found a remnant of a large dot fabric. There was only 1 yard, which was not quite enough. So I used the extra pieces that I cut for the sashing and pieced the back.
I think it was be pretty cute once it's quilted. I hope to find a weekend when I can get over to Sylvia's to use her Q Bot to quilt a couple of tops I've finished lately. Probably won't happen until after the April wedding, but that's OK too.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
The PRIZE is a complete panel of the Loralie Quilting Treasures. There are 18 individual blocks featuring quilters shopping and sewing, created by Loralie Harris.
To enter my drawing and possibly win this fabric, leave a comment and tell me about your most recent finished project.
I will draw the winner on Sunday, March 14.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
My mailbox had a surprise in it today. Isn't this cute? Denise from Madison Wisconsin was my partner in the Quilting Gallery's winter mini quilt swap.
I absolutely love bright colors and I love applique, so Denise really hit the jackpot with this mini quilt. The applique is so neatly done with almost invisible tiny stitches.
Thank you, Denise! This is going to be enjoyed every winter!!!
On another note . . . watch my blog tomorrow because I plan to post my Blog-iversary GIVEAWAY.
Saturday, March 6, 2010
I think the quilting needs to be done in yellow thread. And that will have to wait until I finish a couple of other projects that I've neglected lately.