Tuesday, February 23, 2010

What's On Your Design Wall - 2-22-2010

I was unable to post as my computer suffered a fatal error (blue screen of death) and it took me to last night to get it back up and running.  Good thing it's under warranty and I have unlimited long-distance...LoL   Good news - it's working ...yipee!!

While I was working on the computer I decided I wanted something sweet so I made a batch of Cinnamon-Raisin Bread Pudding - I love the smell of fresh baked food filling the house....Yummmy.

Anyway, I did get a little accomplished - no sewing while I was visiting my grandson last weekend...nope never even opened the case; although he did want to see what I was making and he liked it :D

I have the corner triangles on, as well as the binding.  Just need to sew the binding down and it's done ...another Yipee!  That's a good thing because my sister isn't doing well and I really want to give this to her ASAP.  I have to take  her to the doctor's tomorrow and then Thursday I have another class at a LQS.  So much to do and so little time!

    Fast Corner Triangles stop short of edge for mitered corner.

   Binding Ready to Sew

To see what other quilters have on their Design Walls, please visit Judy Laquidara’s blog, Patchwork Times.

Hope you all have a wonderful week!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Heart Wallhanging

I set out today to sandwich and put the border on the Heart wallhanging and I accomplished that goal...yipee!!

I have never made the corner triangles for hanging so will seek adventure with that tomorrow.  Since the wallhanging is not large (apprx 16" x 17" - don't ask) I am going to make four corner triangles one dowel at top and bottom so it will hang straight(er).

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Design Wall Idea

I have been wanting to put up my Block Butler but can't quite figure out which wall I want to put it on.  If you read my previous post, my room is an odd size at 16' X 9' so I'm limited.

I was thinking about how some hang quilts on a curtain rod attaching the quilt itself to curtain clips, which gave me an idea.  The closet is 6'6" high and 4' wide with no obstructions other than the bifold doors (lol) ....can you envision what I'm thinking?

If I get a nice fairly heavy curtain rod, even 5' wide, I too could use curtain clips to hang up the large piece of white flannel I have in my stash (108" wide) I think there's enough left.  If not, a flannel-backed tablecloth would work too.  With the clips I could pull it to one side using a holdback (depending on size) and/or sew ties at the top and bottom so when it's not in use I could roll it up - viola!

Think I'll give it a try when I get home.

PS:  I'm not home yet but as soon I get there I'll post pictures.

Monday, February 15, 2010

What's on Your Design Wall - 2-15-10

Although there is something on my design wall ... I'm not at home to post the pictures.

I traveled to Tempe to visit my DD and GS last Thursday and I'm still here, my poor SIL....LOL

In the meantime, please check out what others have on their design walls visit Patchwork Times


PS: Here's the top.  

I am going to sandwich and put on binding today.  I've opted to go with a solid back and save that extra heart.  I'm not sure what I'll use it for but ... in with the other orphans.

Monday, February 8, 2010

What's on Your Design Wall - 2-8-10

I made these 3 hearts blocks last week initially a for Valentine giveaway, but decided I liked them and the thought crossed my mind to make wall hanging.  Only three blocks so away to my stash.  The hearts were made of scraps so I thought about making two more hearts with similar fabrics.  However, the red/brown in the "swirly" fabric is enough off it was hard to find something coordinating (so to speak).

Onward... I remembered purchasing some "Sister Sayings" (don't ask me when I bought them, I just remembered I had them :D) so I sought them out...now where would I put 'sayings' ...in with muslin of course ??? 

I looked through all my heart fabrics ~ I have far, far, far too many but that's what I collect "heart fabrics" ~ and found the one with the little blue hearts.  It's folksy and my sister likes folk-art.

Then what about sashing and border - off to the stash room again...:D :D :D ...like that's punishment ??? LOL 

I actually "auditioned" 8 fabrics and none struck my fancy.  I finally settled on the sashing/border fabric you see.  It was in my Valentine Swap exchange from an on-line group and I just got it the other day!  Strange thing was it was sitting right in front of me the whole time I was auditioning the other fabrics, and all of a sudden I looked over & said well howdy!  The darker red sashing/border tones down the red swirly's darker streaks; the red swirly fabric is a bit brighter than the lighter little scrolly (that is a word I'm sure!) material. 

I'm going to use the blue heart fabric, same as I used around the sayings, for the binding think it ties it all together :D

Decided to make the back scrappy with the pieces I have left from making the blocks for the front...those extra half-square triangles from the hearts will go to use on the back.  I may have to add to it but it's all scrappy and all from stash!!!

So, it's on my Design Wall and I'm happy thus far and it's been there overnight...LoL!

Did you all watch Super Bowl?  I only watched half-time and then returned to sewing!

To see what other quilters have on their Design Walls today, please visit Judy Laquidara’s blog, Patchwork Times.

Hope you all have a wonderful week!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

NEW DIY Dish Web Show !!

Have you checked out the newest web show on the internet?  It's Kim & Chris, who by themselves are a couple of funny ladies, at DIYDish.com.  Videos will cover quilting, sewing, machine embroidery, hand embroidery, crafts for kids...etc, etc.

Making it a little more exciting is the FREE GIVEAWAY of not one, but two (yes, TWO) Janome machines and there are multiple ways to win...check out the website!
"To celebrate the launch of this new show, our friends at Janome are letting us give away TWO (yes, TWO!!) dream machines! Someone is going to win the Janome 350e EMBROIDERY machine and a second person is going to win the Janome DC4030 SEWING machine! Now how cool is that?!"
Be sure to go to the bottom of this blog page to view their video.  They are going to cover all aspects of quilting, sewing, machine embroidery, hand embroidery, crafts for kids...etc, etc. 

It's too much to miss out on, so be sure to check out the website and remember to sign up for the Free Drawing for a Janome Embroidery Machine and/or Janome Sewing Machine both donated by Janome.  Click on the DIY DISH button below to go directly to their site....Please come back and visit me again.

Monday, February 1, 2010

What's on your Design Wall - 2-1-10


Yea....I found my design wall, it was behind all that stuff I had pinned on it like the large black widow I use for Halloween and pictures, old blocks I've made to try new ideas - Yes, it's still there but now I've got a corner cleaned off...LoL

My January UFO "Pink-All-Around" is not finished (sniff, sniff) .  I fell behind because of my "fabric dilemma".  I did order some material that I thought would be (another) a better replacement but...when the fabric arrived earlier this week, the polka dots (PDs) were twice the size of the PDs in the original fabric...they sure didn't look that big in the picture! 

I'm going to pull out the 'first replacement' material and even though we are supposed to be working on UFO #7, I'd like to finish "Pink-All-Around" first.

UFO #7 is the quilt I cut out 4 years ago for my hubby.  He calls it his "shroud" and just the other day made the comment "maybe you shouldn't put that one together, afraid when you do I'll die.  After all, I've been calling it my 'shroud'.  Actually, I started doing "Girls Night Out" at the LQS meeting the last Friday of each month and the "shroud" is my project for that.  I'm going to note UFO "shroud" to is being worked on elsewhere and pick the next one.

As you can tell, by the picture, I did make up a few little hearts for a wall hanging, and decided to gift it to my sister, for Valentines.  I've got some "sister sayings" and pulled one of those out to go with.  I'm going to use my Bonnie-style 'bonus blocks' (in pic) in some fashion around the saying.  I also need to fuse a piece of muslin to the back as the fabric is fairly thin.  I've got backing ready too :D

I'd like to finish "Pink-All-Around" and the "Valentine Hearts" before starting on another UFO.  These are small projects and hopefully I'll be able to finish them quickly.

With that said...this week is going to be catch-as-catch can, a very busy week! I'll only be home three days this week, going to visit my GS in Tempe and celebrate (albeit late) his 7th birthday! I do plan on taking my Featherweight with me hoping to sneak in a few minutes of sewing here and there .

I also (cringe) took a class this past Saturday (1-30) Crazy Hearts by Buggy Barn.

The blocks are cute as can be - wish I'd pulled more heart fabs. The instructor wrote black, white and red and I stayed "in the box" ... why'd I do that, LoL?  Normally, I'm the one who is 'out of the box'. They go together pretty easily even though each block has 15 pieces. I posted a short note on An Appointed Time For Quilting with a few more pics ;) 

To see what other quilters have on their Design Walls today, please visit Judy Laquidara’s blog, Patchwork Times.

Hope you all have a wonderful week!