Sunday, May 24, 2015

I Copied A Quilt

I was reading my favorite blogs recently and ran across Jo's Country Junction - http://www.joscountryjunction.com/ .  Jo and her daughter Kelli have recently printed their first quilt book.  They have quilts in magazines regularly and everything they do looks great!  The new book - Country Girl Modern - includes a quilt called Rainbow Connection.  I knew I could do this one without a pattern so I got right to it.  Above is a picture of my quilt top.  I am going to buy the book when I see it, but I just couldn't wait for the book to make this quilt.  I made it totally out of my small scraps.  I have been cutting my small scraps into 2 1/2" strips, 2" strips, and 2 1/2" squares.  It was easy to pull the colors I needed for the quilt and concentrate on cutting the squares and sewing that part right then.  I didn't intend to finish it so quickly but I couldn't seem to stop!  Anyway, kudos to Jo and Kelli for a wonderful quilt design.  I wish I had thought of it! 

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Flea Market Visit

Richard and I went to the Milton Flea Market today.  We weren't looking for anything in particular, we just like to go look around.  We seldom buy anything, but Richard bought a fried pie from an Amish vendor (he hated it!) and I bought a gauze dress to wear in the hot summer.  It is tie-dyed in many colors.  It is a simple design that really just hangs from the shoulders.  I can easily take a pattern from it and make many more.  I have already gone thru my fabric stash (mentally) and picked out a couple of yardages to copy the dress.

I also saw these three sewing machines.  I don't have space to collect any more machines but if I run across a Singer Featherweight I will buy it in a minute!  My friend Debbie wants one too.  None of these machines were locked up but the throatplace was missing on the back Singer.  I prefer my computerized machines.

I didn't bother checking the prices on the two treadle machines but the Kenmore was $150 and included the sewing table and chair.  I would never have paid that.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Scrappy Blocks

I was gifted a bunch of 2 1/2" squares by a friend and I wanted to use them.  I also cut up a lot of my scraps to make even more.  Now I am putting these squares together six across by six down - 36 Patches - to make 12" blocks.  I have now made 37 of these.  My idea is to use solid strips of fabric as sashing and more 2 1/2" squares at the corners for cornerstones.  I have laid out a few squares like that on my bed and took this picture.
 
haven't decided yet whether to leave them straight-set like the picture or put them on point, in which case I would have to worry about what to do for the setting triangles.  Maybe solids for that too.  I really like the idea of using the different color solids as sashings.  This has the potential to become a large quilt because I have lots and lots of scraps.  I keep cutting more 2 1/2" squares and my box is full of them so I have to make some more blocks.  When I was at Viking last week Pam gave me two grocery bags full of scraps from cutting out pillowcase kits and other people give me scraps also.  I have a large garbage bag full of scraps that I am trying to cut down into 2 1/2" strips, 2 1/2" squares and 2" strips.  Any strips smaller than 2" go in the strings bag.  I make blocks with those strings.  Some people make things out of the crumbs, which are the smallest of scraps.  I don't bother with those.  I don't have enough time to do the other things so I am not going to work with tiny little pieces.  Anyway, this is what I am working on right now.  I'll do a blog post when I get this quilt further along.  It's going to be very colorful!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Embroidered Shirt

This is a shirt I embroidered for my son, Adam.  It is a skull with a cowl over it and the whole thing is made of words.  It is a larger design than my embroidery machine can do so I asked Pam if I could come down to Viking and use one of the larger machines.  She said OK so I went right down there.  I don't embroider very often, in fact, I forget between times how to hoop my fabric and everything.  I really need to embroider more often.  

Sunday, April 26, 2015

My Blue Heaven Finished To Flimsy

This is the quilt I have worked on most of the winter.  It is called My Blue Heaven and it is a free pattern from Bonnie K. Hunter's Quiltville.com.  It is now a flimsy, that is, a quilt top that has not been sandwiched with batting and backing and quilted.  I am piecing the backing from 10 1/2" squares of blue fabric from my stash.  This entire quilt is from my stash.  I will have to buy the batting and pay for the quilting but other than that it hasn't cost me anything.  During the winter it was so cold out in my sewing room that I sat up a table in the living room in front of the picture window with my Opal sewing machine on it.  I did most all of the sewing of the blocks right there in front of that window, watching the snow come down.  I thought making this quilt would use a lot of my blue fabric stash but I really don't miss much at all.  I have three bins of blues just like I did when I started.  As soon as I get the backing pieced I will give the whole thing to Vonda Cochran, my favorite long arm quilter.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Finally - Another Finish!

This is my Grand Illusion Quilt.  It is from a design by Bonnie K. Hunter, who does a mystery quilt every fall.  This one was begun the day after Thanksgiving last year, and I worked on it thru the end of January.  It took me a while to choose the backing fabric and get it quilted.  The backing is a hot pink fabric with tiny white dots.  This fabric is in the front of the quilt.  I used the same yellow as the inner border for the binding.  By the way, it was quilted by Vonda Cochran of Liberty, WV.  She did a beautiful all-over design.  There are so many small pieces that the quilting is nearly invisible.  I did my quilt in the colors that Bonnie Hunter chose.  She picked colors from the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island where she spent some time teaching classes.
I have finished several things but not quilts lately.  I have made myself five pairs of shorts to wear this spring, and a camp shirt for my husband featuring cars from the 50's.  He chose the fabric at Mary Jo's Cloth Shop in Gastonia, NC on the way home from our cruise vacation in November.  I also put the binding on two quilts for my friend Debbie.  I am going to teach her how to bind her quilts as soon as we get a chance.
 
I quit my job at the Viking Sewing Gallery in Dunbar, WV last month.  I have been spending more time sewing, riding around in my new car, and just hanging out with my husband.  I have great plans for spring-cleaning my house (if I get around to it!) and making some new purses and probably some more clothing.  I have three more pieces of fabric Richard picked out for camp shirts so I had better get busy!   


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

I Got a New Car!

My poor Mazda 626 is now fifteen years old.  She only has 78,000 miles on her.  I decided it was time to get a new car for myself.  About three years ago I was looking at cars and noticed the Kia Soul, which seemed like a nice small car that would be fuel-efficient and still fun to drive around town.  I didn't buy one then but I still thought about it.  When I followed a new Soul down the road here recently I was reminded of how much I liked it.  The 2015 version is even sweeter.  So without any more delay - here is my new car!


I bought it yesterday from Dutch Miller Kia in South Charleston.  I highly recommend my salesman, Mitch Stannard.  He worked hard to help me find the perfect car for me.