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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

More Progress!

I know it is a terrible picture but we had to get things picked up and just took a very quick phone shot after dark.  This is all sewn together except for the long strip at the far left.  We still need to piece that in a more interesting fashion. 

This is a group quilt.  I started randomly piecing blocks and then put it away.  Spud one would get it out and ask for more progress.  Finally he got frustrated and started handing me pieces to sew together.  Then he wanted it to be queen size.  Then we didn't have enough fabric.  Then we put it away.  Then he decided it need to have the robot block.  Then we put it away.  Then he pulled it out and we had to argue over just sew it together versus make it look right.  We are somewhere in the middle on that. 

But it actually looks like it might be a quilt some day.

So... Quilt or tie? 

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Overnight Tea Party

OK.  Not really.  Just some progress shots of my quilted overnight bag and my tea party quilt. 

This is the tea party quilt.  It is 36 inches square.  Just the right size for having tea with your dolly under the weeping willow tree.  Or inside on the living room floor as the weeping willow tree has about 10 inches of snow under it today.  It is made from orphan blocks.  The green fabric is a beautiful print from the Paris Flea Market line.  The pink is from the French Mill book design for a cause line.  They look great together but not so much with the rest of the quilt they were intended to join.  (That is the one I will be working on next.)

I put this one together as a practice piece.  I wanted to practice my free motion quilting.  No.  Don't get excited.  The teapot was done using my embroidery machine and a quilting motif from Urban Threads.  My humble efforts can just be seen on the left. 

I'll post better picture once the sun comes up and I can get around better.

 Next up is a quilted overnight bag.  I put it together using 4.5 inch squares of quilting cotton.  It was assembled and quilted on muslin.  The lining was made, with pockets!  I have made bags before but never put in pockets.  


Here you can see a bit of the elastic topped pockets on the left and a hint of the traditional pocket on the right.  I am not yet happy with the strap.  The hot pink webbing is a place holder until I figure out what I really want to do. 

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Cold is as Cold Does GIVEAWAY!

Or some such thing.  So I am from 'up North' where we have 'real' winter.  I've been living 'down south'  (OK, St Louis ain't exactly South but it is more South than where I used to live.)  The winters here have been pretty mild for the past few years.  I think my blood has thinned. 

It was 7, SEVEN, degrees Fahrenheit when I took the spud to school this am.  No throwing a dress over the jammies and stepping into the flip flops today!  Fortunately, since I am from 'up North' and fortunately, since I am a pack rat, I have a stash of wool sweaters to wear.  I had to dig them out from under a pile of loosely knit cotton ones.  You know, the sort that let the breeze pass through.  Better yet, I found a thermal knit t-shirt during the hunt.  I am not toasty.  OK, I am toastier than I was.

To celebrate finding my treasure trove and to help reduce some of the clutter, I am going to give away a t-shirt scarf, similar to the one in the photo.  These are fun scarves to add some color to your outfit and can add some warmth if you choose to wrap them up a bit more. 

 Yours will be grey and yellow or red.  Just tell me which color you prefer.   Unfortunately it won't have a flower on it.  I'd take a picture of it but it is just too cold to get up and do that. All you have to do is leave me a comment below telling me which color you prefer.  I will pick a winner Sunday December 15 after 5 pm. 

Unfortunately, I can't ship this outside the US.  If you are an international reader, feel free to leave a comment anyway and if your number comes up, I will contact you about a treat I can ship overseas. 

Stay warm!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Making Progress

This quilt top was finished ages ago.  I am finally getting around to getting it quilted.  You can see a bit of the butterfly pattern if you look closely at the dark squares in the lower half.  It is pretty dull bt not quite as dull as the picture indicates.  I'll get some outside shots once the sun is shining. 

Button Button Who's got the Button?

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I think that I have managed to make a button for my etsy shop.