Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Fall Quilt (maybe)

Started a Fall quilt on Monday.  Not sure if I really like it.


I had picked up a jelly roll of fall-colored solids at Quilt Trends (Columbus, Ohio) when we went down to pick up my HQ-16 from her “spa treatment”.  I had the jelly roll for a few weeks – trying to decide exactly what I wanted to do with it.  Came up with this little pattern while watching some of the Missouri Star Quilt Co. YouTube videos.  BTW, If you are stuck for an idea – and have some jelly rolls, layer cakes or charm packs in your quilt room just waiting to be turned into something fabulous – then watch some of the videos and you’ll come away inspired to start SOMETHING!

Not sure whether to keep working on this one or not.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Dear Sandy Brought Us Snow!

How fantastic – what a great Halloween present from Hurricane Sandy – some early snow!






Sunday, October 28, 2012

Poinsettia Hexie Table Topper–update

Here’s an update on how my Poinsettia Hexie Table Topper is progressing.


Saturday, October 27, 2012

Grandmother’s Choice BOW – Week 9

Got this week’s block done – it’s the Brick Pavement block.  Did a lot of fussy cutting on this one, and I’m not at all sure that I like it.  I might end up re-doing it.  I’ll wait a couple days and see if it grows on me.


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Harvest Rows – Day 3 and Origami Bow Tie Table Runner - Day 3

Worked on the Harvest Rows quilt kit most of Monday afternoon.  This was another great kit from Good Wives Co. (Marion, Ohio).


Late last night I wanted to do some more work in the quilt room but I didn’t feel like fighting with a bunch of fabric to get the backing ready for the Harvest Rows quilt.  So I pulled out the bow tie blocks that have been waiting to be finished.  It was another great kit from Good Wives Co. (Marion, Ohio).


It’s made up of creamy muslin squares and an assortment of dark red bow tie blocks.  You can see the bow ties a little better in this photo.


Sunday, October 21, 2012

Poinsettia Hexie Table Topper

I’ve been working on the hexies for this project off and on all week.  Started putting them all together a couple of days ago.  Here’s how things are going …


Saturday, October 20, 2012

Grandmother’s Choice BOW – Week 8

Got this week’s block done early!  Lots of fussy cutting for this one.


Stopped at Jo-Ann Fabrics as part of my Friday shopping yesterday.  (I was all over the place)  I had a 40% coupon from the paper, a 50% coupon from a mailed flyer, a 60% coupon from the Jo-Ann app, and ANOTHER 60% coupon from Facebook!  So I got four items … Another desktop needle threader (this one to put in my hexie case), some star templates, a strawberry pin cushion (also to put in my hexie case) and another package of Wonder Tape.  The total should have been about $41 … I wrote the check for $18.38.  Woo Hoo!!!!

I also stopped at Catherine’s to take advantage of a sale they were having, and I had some Catherine’s Cash to use (like $200 worth).  I got TONS of things … a new winter coat, 5 pairs of socks, some hosiery, three casual cotton tops, two sweaters, a dressy blouse to wear for my next speech, a pair of jeans, a jacket, and two pull-over tops.  Oh … and two more pairs of pajamas.  Lots of fun stuff!!

After that I stopped at CVS real quick – only needed a couple of items this week so my total was less than $8.  Then it was on to Meijer.  Unfortunately the total was higher than I wanted it to be – but we needed all of the items.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Wednesday Update

I’ve got a lot of different projects going on right now – and quite frankly, it’s EXCELLENT!  I love having lots of projects.  So here’s an update on a few of the things I’m working on …

Here’s a picture of both table toppers together.  I finished the first one (left) on Monday night, and the other on Tuesday night. 


On Sunday I found out about a Maple Leaf Block Swap that’s happening on the Small Quilt Talk mailing list on Yahoo!  … so I signed up to do two sets.  (each set is made up of 8 blocks)  Here are my two blocks … each of them are 4½” finished blocks.  I had hoped that hubby could take them to the post office yesterday – but he ran out of time.  Maybe they’ll go out today.  I’ve got ‘til 11/5, so there’s still plenty of time.  The blocks are supposed to have dark backgrounds and bright, fall-colored leaves.


And each evening I’ve been making paper pieced hexies for another Good Wives Co. (Marion, Ohio) project.  This is my project box with my finished hexies, my notions, my fabrics, etc.  The project is a table topper with poinsettia flowers on it, done in reproduction fabrics.  


I’m going to start entering links for this hexie project at a blog site called Sarah Did It!  She’s a self-proclaimed hexie-aholic!

I bought a very Halloween/Fall quilt kit the other day when I was at Good Wives Co. (Marion, Ohio), and I really should get started on that one this afternoon.  It will take a few days to get the top done!  Wait ‘til you see it!

Fall Geese in the Cabin 10/16/2012

Got another small table topper done this evening while watching the baseball game.  This is a sister piece to the one I finished last night.  Of course this kit also came from Good Wives Co. (Marion, Ohio).  It’s also quilted with a light orange #100 silk.


Monday, October 15, 2012

Fall Steps Table Topper 10/15/12

Made up a quick fall table topper this afternoon.  I got the kit last week at Good Wives Co. (Marion, Ohio).  It’s got my favorite color – cheddar!  I quilted it in a light orange #100 silk.


Grandmother’s Choice BOW – Week 7

Didn’t like the way Saturday’s block looked when I posted it.  So here it is again.


BTW … the name of this block is Alice’s Flag.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Grandmother’s Choice BOW – Week 7

Finished this week’s block early.   Yes, the block was meant to be off center.


I also have all of my stuff ready to start working on a English Paper Piecing project – a kit that I got a Good Wives Co. (Marion, OH).  Nice that I had this box setting around just waiting to be used for a fun project!


And then this afternoon I also started a trial block for the Maple Leaf Block Swap in the Small Quilt Talk list (a Yahoo! Group)  Here’s my trial block.


And this morning I also got up and got the ingredients for sloppy joes put in the crock pot for dinner this evening.    Wow, those vitamins must be kicking in!!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Redbird In The Bowers – Days 1 & 2

Started a new faux applique panel on Tuesday, but didn’t get a chance to post pictures.  Here’s the panel that has been sandwiched with wool batting and backing fabric.  The individual panes have been stitched with black #100 silk along the lines.   In the past I have used cotton batting, but on a recommendation I’m using wool batting for this one.


Here’s a closer look at one of the panes with the background stippling done.  I will go back and outline the round gold parts of the flowers.

And here’s another pane with the background stippling done.  I will go back and highlight parts of the pineapple.


If you’re wondering, I do use the magnifying glass attachments for my Bernina to do this work.


Monday, October 8, 2012

Game Day Table Topper 10/8/2012

Worked on a quick little “game day” table topper today.  Decided not to do a binding on this one – just did a pillowcase finish or pillowcase turn on this one with some black fabric on the back.  It’s quilted in a dark red (scarlet) #100 silk.


Sunday, October 7, 2012

Grandmother’s Choice BOW – Block 5

Finished last week’s block, block #5, this morning.  The name of this block was New Jersey.  (and has waaaay too many parts)


Saturday, October 6, 2012

Grandmother’s Choice BOW – Week 6

I’m two weeks behind … so I did the week 6 block before I did the week 5 block.

This is Aunt Eliza’s Star.


I’ve got the week 5 block cut out – and partially pieced …


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Brown & Pink Hourglass Swap Quilt

The quilting on this quilt was a headache.  I am so glad to have it off of the frame, ready to bind, and ready to put it in the finished pile!  I used a Baptist Fan pattern for the quilting.


and the back …


Will be working on the binding tonight while watching t.v.

Clambake – Day 3

Haven’t checked in with any pictures of the Clambake quilt in a couple of days.  Here’s how things are progressing.