Barbara Brackman called this week’s block Endless Stairs, but I did a variation of that block by turning my squares different directions. I just didn’t like the Endless Stairs block done in only two colors … and since that’s the way I’m doing this whole series – I decided to alter the block.
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Sunday, May 12, 2013
We celebrated Mother’s Day last night with my sister and her two boys coming to town … we all went out to dinner and then over to Mom’s house afterward. It was a fun evening!!
Today for me started out surprisingly enough by losing part of a tooth! I’m not really in pain … but worried about whether I’ll be able to get in to see the dentist tomorrow, and what kind of $$$ we’re facing.
I bought myself a Mother’s Day present from our dogs and cat yesterday while I was out … some of the larger sized Wonder Clips and a box which will work great for my HQ-16 bobbins.
The box is an ArtBin Solutions box (3003AB) which was about $5 at JoAnn Fabrics!
I made another of the roll up tote bags for me …
I made bags for my Mom, my sister and my Grandma for Mother’s Day, and as a fun little surprise for my little 3-year-old nephew too! Hopefully I’ll have a picture of those others to share soon! Doing these projects lets me use some of those great fat quarters that I pick up when they’re on sale, or when I get a freebie FQ but can’t use them in my Civil War repro projects.
The tutorial can be found at …http://zaaberry.blogspot.com/2011/05/tote-tutorial-totorial.html. Or you can do one with ribbon ties which can be found at http://www.needleandspatula.com/2010/11/roll-up-shopping-bag-sewing-tutorial.html. I used the one with the button instructions at zaaberry’s blog. I also modified the instructions a bit so that I could use just 2 coordinating fat quarters for each bag. Check out the sites for their instructions.
And then this afternoon I did this week’s Grandmother’s Choice block from the BOW …
I’m going to grab the magazine that I bought last night … go downstairs and try to figure out what I’m going to make for dinner that I can eat with a missing tooth! Eeek! Maybe noodles??
Monday, May 6, 2013
and here’s the back …
Late Sunday evening I attached the binding to the front, so Monday I can start doing the hand finishing and it will be done!
Friday, May 3, 2013
Was not too happy today when I cut one of the pieces for this block incorrectly. Actually I was pretty mad at myself, because I only had a small piece of this fabric – and couldn’t re-cut it. So …. should I keep going, knowing that one of the spokes will look different? Or start all over again with new fabrics – and the pieces cut for the original would totally go to waste? I opted to go ahead and put the block together – even with the mistake.
It was nice to finally get into the quilt room and work on LAST WEEKEND’S block! This has been a strange week.
- Monday night I had a meeting.
- Tuesday we were gone ALL DAY babysitting for my sister’s boys out-of-town, and then celebrating her 37th. birthday.
- Wednesday was a do-nothing day.
- Thursday was an all-day quilt day with my potholder group (our first meeting of 2013 would you believe).
- And now, here it is Friday, and we’re ready to head into another weekend! Eeek! I spent the morning at the computer starting to get caught up, and the afternoon down at the longarm working on my churn dash quilt. (pictures coming soon!)
I finished this Carpenter’s Star quilt a couple of years ago … right after I got my original Pro-Stitcher. But I discovered the other night that I had never photographed this quilt when I finished it. Well, I took at least a couple of photos to send to my mother-in-law, who bought me the pattern and materials as a Christmas present. But for some reason the photos never ended up in any of my regular quilt folders or sub-folders.
The outer border fabric is very unusual – with gold metallic stamping of a fennel bulb image across the print.