Monday, April 5, 2010

design wall monday

Wow, it has been so long since I posted.  I have been sewing, a bit, but haven't taken any pictures and, well, I don't like to read blogs that don't have pictures so............I had to charge up the battery for the camera and get a photo taken.
This is what I have been working on over the weekend.
This idea has been in the back of my mind for a year or so.  I think I saw it in a Kaffe book.
The other day I was driving by the thrift store and saw they had all clothing at $1.  I did a quick u-turn thinking I would pick up a couple red sweaters to turn in to 'ugly christmas sweaters'.
As I was looking I kept seeing blue stripe shirts and remembered this project.  15 shirts later this is what I have to show.  I still have about 4 shirts left to cut into but I am so over cutting at this point I needed to start seeing some progress.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

What to do? What to do!

The other day I was playing with some solids and ended up making some wonky log cabin 
squares.  I ended up with this wall hanging that I really like.  I think it will replace the Picasso print that has been over the fireplace forever.  I have only made one other quilt that I wanted to hang so this is new to me.

I need advice on how to quilt this .  I am leaning to doing a crosshatch over the entire piece so the quilting won't make it too busy.  But maybe I should pebble or something like that  and use black in the black, grey in the grey and white in the white, that way the thread color won't have a life of its own.

Any comments would be appreciated.  At this point I would love lots of ideas.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Design wall monday

As I was trying to clean up my sewing room from the aftermath of Christmas I found all this great holiday fabric.  I am truly trying to use up (some of) my stash so instead of putting it away I am USING it.  I think I had about 25-30 fat quarters of this fabric.  I am NOT going to put any of it back into my stash, except maybe the scrap bin.  The whole ideas of using my stash is so freeing to me.  My likes and ideas have changed so much over the years that my stash is dated.  Maybe it will go full circle and come back into style before I get it used. Hmmmm.

As I am looking at the photo now I see there is a border strip that I was auditioning for a different top that was hanging next to this.
Maybe later this week I will post a finish of one of these quilts.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

WaveRunner finished

I finally sat down and quilted the wave runner quilt from the Bumble Beans quilt along.
I had planned on hanging it over the fireplace but I am not totally thrilled with the quilting so it is going in the hallway.

I so overquilted it.   I am hoping after a good pressing it will hang better.  I named it 'pick up sticks farmfields' and thought the quilting would look like furrows in a just plowed field.  The quilting looks more like big banana leaves (except the edges of flowers).

I learned so much with this little quilt.  No rulers is great and I am going to work with that for the next couple quilts I start.  The wavy edge was a problem but I think I will try it again, this time with borders that are not pieced.  The quilting was so much fun.  I usually don't quilt so heavily because I have always thought a quilt should be used, so it needs to be soft, but I am starting to like the idea of hanging a small quilt.  Also and the best of all........small quilts finish so much faster!

Has everyone else finished their wave runner quilt?  I would love to see how you quilted yours.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Does anyone remember where..........

I know recently I viewed a tutorial on making continuous bias binding.  It looked so easy and I forgot to bookmark it.  Can someone please help!!!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Craft day

Yesterday a couple friends came over and Jan showed us how to make these fun wreaths.  I couldn't picture how we could get all the balls on the small form.  It is amazing what you can do with a hot glue gun.  These were so easy and fun to make.  I knew I had been buying bulbs at the after Christmas sales for a reason!  Now I can hardly wait for the sales this year so I can make some more of these wreaths.
I'm not sure I like the bow but if I take it off I need to figure out a way to hang the wreath.
It is good for me to broaden my horizons and get out of the sewing room for a change.

Monday, November 16, 2009

I started with....


and this

and this as my focus fabric.......

and ended up with this!

It sure isn't where I thought I was headed, but when it all had to come out of the stash it morphed.  The backing came from the stash as well, it isn't what I would have chosen but the colors are's just that plaid.
I am sure some little girl will like it.  Gotta find her now.

Off now to finish a UFO so I can start a new project that will probably start before the finish.