Just back from a very late Mexican dinner with my dear man. A small scale out on the town for New Year's Eve. Now, safely back at home, I am posting the last post of the year. Looking at yesterday's work, you can see the 12 orphan blocks...so lonely and misshapen. Today they grace the new top. But a mess I have made. When will I ever learn that there is no such thing as using up scraps. Believe me, there are more scraps now than there were before I even started with this little fabric challenge!!
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Last year I made at least 12 cuddle quilts, one per month for our guild. I am pledging the same for 2011. Tonight I found some scraps from the bin, blocks left over from other quilts. So, I am putting a few of them up on the design wall cause guess what? 2011 is in 24 and a half hours!!!!
I am so used to thread catchers by now, that I hate to be without them. This large one is always on my cutting board. I have filled them with sand from Walmart's craft department and added a bit of batting on top.
Because the table of my Janome 6600 is so slim, I made this one from the fabric Ruth brought back for me from Japan. I made it to fit onto the table. I took two kinds of Velcro. I sewed the top "sewing kind" onto the pincushion. Then I stuck the "sticking kind" to the table. Now it is both removable and secure.
Now I have purchased the awesome Sew Ezi table for my Bernina 1230 for quilting trips. That table also has a very slim edge, so again I made a small thread catcher for that.
I am not showing a tutorial because there are many out there. For example: http://sewmamasew.com/blog2/?p=765 or http://www.merrimentdesign.com/pincushion-thread-catcher.php or http://www.kquilts-studio.com/Kquilts_Studio/Pincushion_Threadcatcher.html
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Since my sewing room is clean...cleanish...I decided to have some fun with my kaleidoscope ruler..a 45 degree wedge. I found some teal fabric from 25 years ago which had fade marks in the folds. First I cut all the brown faded fabric away.
Monday, December 27, 2010
A little more of the IKEA fabric,
And some snow...brrr! Ok, I am now going to do three pieces of paperwork before cleaning some of my quilting room. Penance...
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Well, so I made for Christmas, Divinity fudge, Panuche fudge and Chocolate fudge. Then I made the sugar cookies and a caramel cookie....Tonight all is calm...hmmm some are left...hmmm. Fine. I decided to sew instead. This evening I made this bag. IKEA fabric and some handles I found in a drawer from long ago, a little iron on interfacing and an unusual bit of will power..Bingo!!
The two sides of the bag and a close up of the handles attached to the bag with black elastic. I just happened to have the right size in a basket.
Saturday, December 25, 2010
I have been loving the disappearing nine patch for quite awhile now..as you can see here: http://oquilts.blogspot.com/2010/07/camilles-quilt.html
Thanks to Jo at..http://www.joscountryjunction.com/?p=1732 this pattern can be used to make a very easy one patch with a one patch lattice. Soooo much fun. Well, since I really enjoyed making the one above for Camille, I thought I would do a Christmas quilt in the same pattern. I did the stash busting thing and bought absolutely nothing for this quilt..Had such a great time...so much so that I did this lap quilt and with the extra blocks did the baby quilt below and with the last block made a trivet!! I think I will do a Halloween one next...Oh, dear...out of season, but what the heck:) Once again, Merry Christmas!! It is snowing on Christmas for the first time since 1947...the year I was born. I have not even snipped the threads yet because I wanted to post these for Christmas.
I see that Amy here, has made a similar quilt: http://www.diaryofaquilter.com/2010/12/retro-christmas-winner.html
The more quilts the merrier, all bringing Christmas joy!
Friday, December 24, 2010
A Special Christmas fabric painting by my sister, Charmaine..the family!!
The Santa collection..
Grandma left me with a legacy of Christmas love. She taught me how to make Swedish sugar cookies. Since they had lighted candles on their trees when she grew up in Sweden, she put the candles on the cookie trees as well. These became our traditional Christmas cookies. Grandma is long gone, but she lives on in many ways.
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Evan came to visit today. With his five year old best artistry, he drew this Santa for a potholder for his mommy for a Christmas surprise. He then chose the border and backing fabric. While he played Legos with Granddaddy, I made it into a potholder. Then, Evan instructed me where to put the hanger and he and Granddaddy snipped the threads. I think that it is Christmas love.
We used Marvvy fabric markers...I think that I got them from Hobby Lobby.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Just a little potluck bowl cover for Sandy, our wonderful instructor of water aerobics. See tut here:
Some Wonderunder and a bit of freemotion quilting made her the card below. One present made and delivered! Merry Christmas, Sandy!
Monday, December 6, 2010
The cat in this drawing on the potholder is walking a mouse..with a sign that says...I love mice...My girl has always been creative!!
Thanksgiving did me in....but I am now myself again...thus my newest post. I know that you all have family members with personality??? Maybe eccentric?? Highly intelligent?? A bit obsessive?? Anyway, I have just finished below, the Christmas present for my 58 year old brother and his wife. They have lived in a no-pet apartment for seven years.....with 18 undetected cats...Oh...I can hardly print it....and, the worst thing/ or best thing???-----Is that they just rescued a pregnant mother and now have 4 more...total 22, and I am not good in math!!!...So do I condone it?? Did they ask me?? I have decided that, since it is all out of my control, I will just try to make them happy. One year I made 18 small stockings for all their cats with the names on them. They just loved that present..and really, if truth be known, it took nothing out of me...So now, I have just made the four newest arrivals their stockings...Sigh. Now, really, I wonder who is going to comment that they come from a normal family...come on,....let me hear it! Merry Christmas to my dear brother and his dear wife!!! xxoo I love you just the way you are:)
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Thank you 2 little hooligans...looks good...
Thank you 2 little hooligans...looks good...
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
I was wrong..This is not the ugly quilt I thought it was. The backing and the wonderful quilting by Terri has made this quilt a lovely donation to Quilts of Valor http://www.qovf.org/
Although I hate to be wrong, it is nice to be so in a good way. This quilt is now all finished and ready to give to the Guild for donation. The batik backing is perfect!
Monday, November 8, 2010
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Still up late, a bit..tiny bit, wired still from the steroids..I decided to make this little bag. I was cleaning up after our Sit and Sew today, when I saw this empty onion bag and started wondering what I could do with it. I took some of the "made" fabric and sewed up this funky bag. It was so much fun to make!