Monday, June 21, 2010
Blocks 5 & 6 of this year's Saturday Sampler. Aren't they pretty? I especially love #5 at the top. These blocks will all be done in this pink and brown colorway. Halfway done/
This will probably be my last post for about a week. I'm having some surgery on Wednesday morning to finish the repair job on my perforated colon from December. I'm nervous, but will be glad to have it over with. And recuperating in July will be much more enjoyable than it was during the January blizzards.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
However, my process got a little trickier once there was 18 pounds of cat sitting on top of the pile. He wasn't happy when I tried to pull out the ones I wanted. Being well trained "cat staff", I started selecting them from the bag again so that I wouldn't disturb him.
He ended up sleeping on that piles of selvage strips for about a half hour while I sewed.
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Good guys - and sorely missed after all of these years! Happy Father's Day!
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Here are my friends showing off their blocks. Photo 1: me and Marilyn holding our blocks along with Pam's and Nancy's. Photo 2: Erin and Kelly. Photo 3: Sylvia, Linda, Brenda. Photo 4: Yvonne, Kathy, Deb. This is a great group of talented ladies!! The blocks are all beautiful and such a rich combination of colors that all blend perfectly.
Monday, June 14, 2010
This doesn't sound like much for some parts of the world, but we average only about 17 inches of rain per year normally. Needless to say there has been water standing everywhere: over Interstate 90 causing detours on Saturday, in peoples' basements, 3 inches covered the floor of the local hospital emergency room on Friday, and putting the James River back up to record flood levels. The river wasn't yet back inside its banks since our April flood after too much winter snow.
This cute little quilt is headed for Virginia this week, as an overdue baby gift for one of my cousins. I hope Levi enjoys his quilt as much as his big brother Lukas has enjoyed his.
It was our 2009 Saturday Sampler project, called Favorite Things and all done with 2.5 inch strips. We did 10 blocks, but I just used 9 of them for this project. My fabric choice was all polka dots, and I even added dotted sashing and a dotted back, which is pieced.
I had it quilted by Carli at The Pin Cushion a week ago, and finally got the binding done yesterday while watching the Minnesota Twins on TV. It should be in the mail tomorrow.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
This was my Sunday evening project. It's ready to quilt - by hand of course. This little table topper is 18 inches square, and used parts of 3 fat quarters plus some scraps of white. I believe I can get a second one out of the same fabric, if I use the second blue star fat quarter that I bought with binding in mind. However, I think I am going to use it for the second topper and put plain blue or red binding on both of them.
It is just the right size for the center of my kitchen table.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Monday, June 7, 2010
I found this at Ivy Lane Quilt Shop in Elkton, SD. This bag pattern was designed to carry your iron to quilt class. But when I saw the sample, I decided it would also make a really nice purse. I especially like the way the handles are attached by running through side casings.
Sunday, June 6, 2010
Saturday, June 5, 2010
First off - I bought some very "4th of July" fat quarters that I plan to use for a new summer table topper. I'm going to use a pattern that I've used several times before, with a large center that shows off a beautiful focus fabric.
And I bought a couple of bag patterns. This one is called Lulu's Lunch Bag and I bought it at Heirloom Creations in Sioux Falls. It is small and very cute. I did buy a couple of half yard cuts that I think will work nicely for this little bag. Now I just need to decide which version I want - the one with rick rack or the one with a little ruffle.
More to come another day!
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
We drove to Watertown, which is about 2.5 hours north and east. In Watertown we stopped at the Dakota Quilt Shop (very cute shop), had lunch, then visited the Terry Redlin Art Center. If you are ever passing through this area, the Redlin Center is well worth the time.
Then we headed back south and stopped at Ivy Lane Quilt Shop in Elkton, SD. More fun! And then we stopped in Sioux Falls at Heirloom Creations. Last, but not least we made a stop in Barnes and Noble for coffee and something chocolate - and books.
I made a couple of little purchases, which I'll try to share in the next days.
Back to work tomorrow with some very long days of workshops in the next 2 weeks! It will be a marathon of work!!!!