Thursday, November 25, 2010


More blocks added and the pastel ones are set aside as I comb through my stash looking for fabric small pieces.  It's been an enjoyable process.  No timetable--no rush, just looking, cutting a few pieces and then sewing them together.  I think I'll make it into blocks 6 x 8 and add a border from that.  For now, I'll just look through and see what I can use.

I kept looking at this quilt and admiring it and than thinking I didn't really want to make 7 inch blocks.  But, the draw of the picture kept bringing me in and I decided if I did one block a day in 28 days I'd have the blocks done.  I found a box of some scraps I'd purchased sight unseen and found that I could use some of those.  Don't know if I can do the block a day thing as I comb through my stash I don't want to cut it unless it is a smaller piece.  But, I've got three done already and I'm getting to where the block is easier.  The block is made from 2" squares and 2.5 inch squares cut into HST's.

Each block looks unique and different from the rest, just by the choice of colors.  This is getting to be really fun.  ...and I even fixed the one backwards block in the lower right hand corner...isn't photography wonderful?  One can see a mistake so much easier!!!

A block I made for Block Lotto:

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Off on Another Tangent!

Sunday, I started playing around with some HST's that were in a drawer and I thought to make them into blocks to send to Sunshine Yahoo Group in December.  I still may use those three blue/yellow blocks for that, but then I found some other HST's left from another project and I started playing and making more blocks.  The lighter blue/yellow could be used in a quilt top, but then they could be too different from the other colors I'm finding.  I'll need to make some more 2.5 inch blocks and it seems like I'm finding darker colors.  We'll see how it turns out--maybe another quilt top and maybe just some blocks for Sunshine Lotto.  I have a month to play and no particular timeline or need to finish--just play!!!  Playing indoors is great when a blizzard is forecast for today and tomorrow in my corner of the world.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Ready for Santa!

Remember those blocks my granddaughter put together???
Well, they are now a quilt ready to give to Sub for Santa!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

I'm Lovin' This Block!!!

Got up this morning and made a few blocks for the Sunshine Yahoo Group Lotto.  The blocks contributed go half into making quilts for Wrap a Smile and other blocks go to the lotto participants. (I'll do four for Sunshine and two for the lotto winner.) These blocks are "sew" easy and they have used up some of my fall stash which was the choice this month.  Hopefully today I'll get the quilt finished for granddaughter that she designed Sunday.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Guess Who Found Some Scraps?!

While making these fleece jammy bottoms for Christmas...

Granddaughter found some nine patches in my scrap drawer...I threw in some 3.5 inch brights I'd been saving and then cut some white 3.5 inch patches and DGD started making blocks--so my cutting table for more jammies was taken and my energy ran out--but here are some we finished:

Right now the house is real quiet and DGD is asleep and I am going to make a cup of coffee and relax a bit before sewing up the blocks she has lined up for me--and yes I need more white squares--and four more pair of jammies--but we have the prototype on that, so if we don't get it done today--it'll wait believe me!

20 blocks done and ready to sew together--Grammy's job!  With a border and quilting it'll become a quilt for sub for Santa.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Christmas Quilt-a-long in November!

It's been a month since the last quilt-a-long and I had some churn dash blocks I wanted to make into a table topper.  Long story short--just didn't get to it last month--due to the recent knee replacement!  refreshing your memory

I had purchased some yellow, red, green and black and was thinking of doing a curling ribbon border or an entwined border from see here

I was recently leafing through this new magazine

and found this idea

problem was my blocks were 12.5 inches, so that would require some adjustment of the pattern.  I fiddled around and did some rough math and adjusted my churn dash blocks into this:


So now it is officially a flimsie and I've been up in the middle of the night, and need to get some sleep, so that when I go get Dear Granddaughter we can make some sleep pants for her friends!   However, I've already had two cups of coffee and maybe I'll sleep and maybe not--but I'm so excited to have my teacup fabric used up--I have two blocks left and will make them into a couple of placemats.  For me this is using up the fabric that I purchased on a girl-quilting buying tour about 5 years ago!!!  Now for the quilting, but for me, the really hard part is DONE!!  There's one block that could use rotation--but in real life it doesn't look too bad--maybe I will and maybe I won't.  LOL

Friday, November 12, 2010

Saturday's Quilt Along

I've made arrangements for Dear Granddaughter to come spend Saturday's Quilt Along with me.  She has some gifts for some friends we (me) will make!  LOL!!!

So, hop on over toChristmas Quilt-a-Long and sign in for a prize!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Bricks in Brights!

I had some bricks left from an earlier quilt Apples--HEREand I saw a quilt done one Sunshine Yahoo Group by Linda that I thought I could "copy" and use up my 3.5 x 6.5 inch blocks that I had left--so I added some other colors and the 2 inch strips along the 6.5 inch side and then put 4 together making a 12.5 inch block.  I still have some ready for another quilt, but I just love the looks of the black and the bright colors.  I put a backing on of a bright blue with puppy paws scattered around.  When I had put the blocks together another quilter, Mary, came up with some written instructions See Mary's Instructions HERE   Finished size 40 x 54".

I also added a border to some blocks I'd sewn together from some strings.
This isn't a really big kids quilt, but it'll go to Family Connections Center and I'm sure they can find a use for it--maybe towards Sub For Santa.  Who knows!

I'm totally disgusted with myself--yesterday after finishing the quilts I read the first of a series of books, this one called "Hunger Games" and while reading, I moved to the small loveseat in the office and adjusted the blinds for a really sunny read and when I got up, I realized I'd hyperextended my "good" leg!  So now, I'm back on crutches while this heals.  Dang!!!   Double Dang!!!  Going to Physical Therapy later today--I'm sure they'll be IMPRESSED--NOT!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

From Scrap to This in Two Days!

It just kept getting more fun to make the scraps into this quilt.  I found some batiks that I loved, but hadn't used in anything yet and just add them to the quilt.
I practiced my feathers--still a long way from where I'd like them to be, but they are getting more free in the loops, from my first try a few months ago.
 The backing was from a 4 yard piece that had been in my stash awhile too.  Used Signature "Autumn" for topquilting and Bottom Line for the backing.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

What You Didn't Know About the War

I just watched a sobering video, I must according to my conscience post.  It isn't about quilting, but about something we all must come to value if we can save humanity and that is human life.

What You Didn't Know About the War

Look What I Found in my Scrap Drawer!

Usually, I put only smaller strips and pieces into a scrap drawer for crumb blocks, but I found these leftover African animal pieces.  I paired them up with crumbs and a bit of batik and at the far right lower corner is another batik that I think I'll border this piece and make it into a small quilt for Family Connections Center.
I dropped these quilts off the other day to the Family Connections Center and they are getting ready for a really big need for Sub for Santa.  Last year they serviced 1500 children and are expecting double that amount this year because of the economy.  I'm wondering how I can now turn my crumbs and other spare blocks into some quick children's quilts, but yesterday I just plain "stalled out".  I was sick of crumbs even though I made quite a stack and I was just a little loopy from lack of sleep from the night before, so I just simply quit sewing.  Today's another day and all I have planned is phyical therapy for about 1 1/2 hours so with a new day and a full night's sleep behind me, I just may make it to the sewing room to complete that top and sandwich it into a quilt.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Wow! You Can See the Floor!

Functional it is!  I haven't spent lots of time decorating or repainting this room since we moved here.  It's a bedroom by all standards, but it is where I spend most of my time.  This weekend I finished up a few projects, such as the strips I'd cut for grandson's quilt
I now have eight 14.5 inch blocks made from the strips I'd cut--they'd been sitting on the floor on a large cookie sheet and I really didn't want to sew them, but they'd waited long enough.  I also have nine 8.5 inch blocks and enough green fabric to make them into 12.5 inc blocks when I find some off white fabric that will work for that--by that I mean non of the floral stuff I have will do.  So they are neatly put away in a drawer.

I have some fabric left from this project--the border fabric and I have the squares cut and put into a baggie to make a quilt similar to this when I'm ready:

That Sunnie Poppies Quilt is just the thing to use up most of the yard I had left from that small Sunnie Quilt above.

There's a drawer of scraps that I've started making crumb blocks from and have quite a stack already and this small drawer will yield lots of crumbs.  I worked until bored yesterday, I haven't made much of a dent, and I've not checked, but they could already have multiplied by now.

I even got a couple of blocks made for Block Lotto--see the link on the right hand side of my blog:

I had two pair of pants that were $10.80 that are now hemmed and a top that needed some repair is now in my closet.  For now, I feel very clean and orderly.  A box is ready to be mailed to Wrap A Smile and I have a few quilts to take to Family Connections and I've saved a few for whatever might be coming along.  I worked on a quilt top from 2.5 inch squares and have that almost ready to quilt and I have squares cut for the 30 black and gold 3.5 inch squares that will be made into a quilt also.  There is a gal at the salon where I go that would like a quilt, so I'll finish these two and see if she might like either of them--then--I have a commissioned quilt I'll be starting up a new "quiliting mess" for --but not this week.  I'm going to enjoy the clean for awhile!