Friday, July 22, 2011

Rainbow Containers

 I had fun making these. I've had the dyed cord for about a year and decided today to do something with them. The taller one is about 5 inches tall and the wider one is 8 inches at the longest dimension.

I had a bit of an idea of what I wanted when I started. For this one I was thinking of pencils. I can't get it to have straight sides but this is pretty close.

I have a container similar to this near my sewing machine. In it I put all of my little notions that I need regularly...scissors, seam ripper, seam roller, magnifying glass, rotary cutter...well you get the idea, so I thought I'd make another one. Don't know who they're for yet, but I like them.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Stack n Whack 4-patch....done.

 I like it much better finished than I did when I first made the 4-patch blocks. Then it was a bit dull for me, but now...I like it. THe dark green finishes it off without fuss so the blocks really stand out. I have no idea how I'll quilt it...I really have to find someone who doesn't like to piece, but loves to quilt. We'd be a perfect match!

No post for more than a month, then 4 in one day, what is this world coming to?

Jeans "buckets"

I saw this idea on a blog a while ago. Use old jeans legs and make little buckets out of them. These don't have any interfacing, so they're kind of slouchy. I like that. I may try some others and use interfacing to see how they look. I'm going to donate these to the quilt guild's auction in October. Think someone will want to buy them?

Oh, and why oh why do I wait so long to replace the cutting blade on the rotary's like magic when it's new!

Another Quilt of Valor

 I just got the Cozy Modern Quilt of Valor back from the quilter. I still have to finish the label, binding and presentation case. The quilting is a meander with stars.

The quilter used polyester batting so it's a bit fluffier that I'm used to. I think it will be well appreciated once it's done. I have one more out at a quilter...can 't wait to see that one.


 Here is the main section of the top all put together. I'm going to use the sashing fabric for a narrow inner border, then I have a darker green that I think I'm going to use for the outer border. I was thinking of adding a pieced border, but I think for the blocks to be the focus, I'll just use a plain border as a frame.

Here is a shot with the fabric I'm thinking of using for the outer border. It has stars on it, but I think it will be OK. The color looks fine with the greens in the main fabric, so I'm going to just do it. I'm trying really hard not to buy more fabric (though I did break down and get two pieces a couple of days ago).

One fabric I bought is the one marked above. I've been planning to make this quilt for a while but I still need to buy a couple more darks...I have plenty of mediums and lights. It is from Judy Laquidara's blog and called Peaches and Dreams. I never use oranges, but I love this one, so I'm going to make it.

The gray fabric to the right was the other piece I bought. I decided I wanted a gray to use and first picked up a print. It is a newer fabric so cost about $11 per yard. I then looked at the batiks and saw this one. It was only $9 per yard...probably because it has been around a bit longer.

 I somehow followed an internet trail from Judy's Design Wall Monday and saw a quilt called Jack's Chain . I have never seen this pattern before, but I'm intrigued. I'm going to use the solids shown and the gray for the background. Don't know when I'm going to start, but I'm liking the idea. I don't know how I'm going to distribute the colors yet, but I'll think of something.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Design Wall Monday-July 18

 Wow, it's been almost 2 months since I last posted. Here is the current work on the design wall. This is left over fabric from a quilt I made my niece about 2 years ago. I was looking for something quick and easy to get back into the quilting groove. I've been working on the house this summer and wasn't feeling motivated.
The blocks are simple 4-patches, and I didn't worry about matching the second seam. I figured it was supposed to be be quick and easy, and who would notice from 10 feet away! I had the sashing fabric and I'm going to be sad when it's gone. It's a pink and peach batik that seams to go with the difficult fabric I'm using. 
I still have to figure out and add borders, but I think I'mm going to keep them simple. 

Check out Judy's blog for more design walls. 


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