Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Challenge #8...having our way with log cabin blocks!

September Mini Mania Challenge....sixteen log cabin blocks using one or one and a half inch strips going three or four rounds around center.  Easy Peasy.
Picking a design...not so easy!
Log cabin blocks are as versatile as half square triangles...just a little more involved to piece.  Therein lies the really need to think of your design before stitching all those strips together!
 Using leftovers from the Grandmother's Flower Garden WIP and some neutrals from my scrap bin, flowers grew in a lovely log cabin lawn. Used a little Chenille-It for fuzzy stems. 
Yes, it's a 16" mini...
 ...and a 16" pillow!
 Love to make pillows out of minis so they serve double duty.
 A little applique, some buttons and perle cotton stitching brightened it up!
Now it is tucked away waiting for the quilt to be finished. Some day!!
 At the shop we are getting ready for Houston, cutting, cutting, cutting.  
Made new fabric logo labels....
 ...for our new fushia aprons!! 
 If you visit I don't think you will miss us! 


Friday, September 18, 2015

Mom....they're a little too short!

She really loves these dresses.
Nice heavy well draping knits....but a little too short.

Scoured the inter-world for wide black lace. Scored on Etsy!

Then stewed on it for a couple months...too afraid to...
 ...make the first cut!  Figured it this way...she wasn't going to wear them any more because of shortness so don't worry about it!
 Sliced and marked with a little thread to make sure pieces were put back in the same place.
Doubled up on the lace to make it wider.
Done and Done. Phew...marking that off my Finish Along list!!
Now for a little nostalgia.
 The boy's beloved Dino.
 The girl's fav wee family...Dad is 4" tall!
And Caveman...a rummage sale find in a bag of plastic dinosaurs.
Loved by both of them!:)


Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Granny is finally Squared...or umm...quilted!:)

About three and a half years ago (hanging my head in shame) Round 14 at the Old Red Barn Co. Quilt Along was a Granny Square quilt.  
 We were supposed to use 2.5" squares but you know me...I gotta go against the grain and....
 ...I had a stack of 4.5" Hoffman 1985 batik squares already for piecing.  Why not?
 So Mega Granny was born. I didn't have enough to make two more squares so  improvised with scraps in the center. I like it!
  Chunky quilting is my fav and this was easy.
Especially when you don't have to mark the quilting lines!
Yeah for the seventh finish!

At the shop we have a new service project...
It's all about making quilts to hang in dialysis centers to bring a little smile to the faces of patients while they wait.
Don't you think Batman can help with his awesome strength?:)
Some Batman strength is needed to finish this puppy. It will be following me to the last quarter of this year's Finish Along!
Protein helps too!

Oh...forgot to point out the button up there....I'm going to have a quilt at the
My Wind Cave landscape will be in the National Parks Special Exhibit AND I will be at the show working the Webfabrics booth!!  
Our shipping manager/pal Kerry has TWO quilts in the same exhibit!
Come say Hi...hugs gladly accepted too!:)


Monday, August 31, 2015

August #7 Mini Mania Challenge

Ah about did me in with this challenge!
Of course I had to do something different. After the frustration paper piecing the sewing machine I didn't have the heart to piece the draping fabric.... I used some draping fabric!;)
 Used some clear vinyl to make the jar with off centered lid and stuffed it with tiny buttons.  There is yarn on the wonky spool and for some reason a huge indentation on the sewing machine body...I must have had some of Lynda's wine!:)
There was all this empty space under the fabric so.....
 ...I appliqued a little surprise!
Still trying to perfect my needle turned skills....don't know if the kitty has a funny tooth or he is licking his chops in anticipation!;) Thank you Charise for letting us use your design!
This was a fun challenge true to the word.  Next month it's my out gang!;)

Participated in this month's Mini QT Swap....Circles and Curves.
Used the tracing wheel...this is the Dritz product we can get in the US. 
I do like the wooden handled one better.  
The photo was my inspiration.
 The mini on the right went to Nan, my swap partner.  The mini on the left is hanging in the shop.  I used Nan's product Chenille-It for the grass. That stuff is so much fun!
Lastly Halloween bunting flags for a side swap at Mini QT.   Little sparkling net pockets.  
Serious skulls on one side....
....a little wacky on the other side!
One stayed home and the others are on their way around the world.
Fly little skull!


Monday, August 24, 2015

Wood and Flowers

Sixth finish of the 3rd quarter is a small runner/wallhanging that came from a previous finish.
 The runner here was going to be too long if using all the parts so I saved out a bit. Hand quilted it trying to make a wood grain since the inspiration for this pattern was a set of stairs. Would have worked better if done on the sewing machine but still pretty cool. My bro-in-law liked it!:)
 Finally finished all the flowers but when putting them on the floor I didn't like how they looked AND it would barely be a lapsized quilt! Want it to be bigger. Not making more of those puppies so...
 ...fifty-four 10" squares were cut out of the leftover prints and Grunge solids. This will be so much easier than sewing all the flowers together...and versatile.  Fifty-two more to go!!
Fall is definitely in the air.  Blackberries are done. Tomato and pepper plants are waning.  
Time to clean out and plant Fall greens!

How is your garden doing?

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Different way to least for me!

My boss went to Amsterdam meeting up with one of our loyal online customers.  This lady does amazing hand fact she will have a quilt in Quilt Mania soon and I don't think it's the first time!  She showed Carly how she prepares her bits for hand stitching....a tracing wheel and a piece of leather! 
 (I used a piece of pleather...worked fine.)
Carly knows I love to do handwork and not only showed me this new way but bought me a lovely wooden handled tracing wheel. All you do is trace your pattern piece on the wrong side of the fabric and the edges curl up....turning under so easily!
 Makes appliqueing a few leaves for a baby quilt a snap!:) 
 Used some of the Chenille-It to add the wee ones initials and embroidered the year to the left.
 Now our girl needs to send it to her friends in Canada!:)
Set the last quilt top hanging in the closet it is basted awaiting hand quilting.  
It's just too hot right now!
But the temperature is perfect for peppers!


5th finish of the 3rd quarter.  The List.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Using a border print

 Love border prints. Usually the first thing that comes to mind is *make the girl a skirt*~that's my mind never shuts up!
(Little square of fabric on the left is the center cut off from the middle of the border print)
When I first saw this border print I thought of my mom-in-law cause these are her colors!
Wanting to keep this finish simple just one other fabric was added.
Flying geese away!
 A little machine quilting....a little hand quilting inside the geese...
 ...a 57th wedding anniversary runner is done!  
Happy Anniversary to the best in-laws around!! xoxo
Cute octuplet of pots....guess I could have rinsed off the red pots!!