Wednesday, September 26, 2012

WIP Wednesday

I have been very busy getting ready for another yard sale. We are doing a MAJOR down -sizing because we may have to move to a smaller place. So not too much sewing going on since my sewing area is a mess! But I have beeb working on sorting my scraps for future scrap quilts. I'm taking my scraps from this:
to this:
I'v read a lot of books on how to store your scraps so I've combined many methods. I sort by color into plastic shoes boxes or small, clear tubs. Then I ironed all the scraps from one tub. Next I laid them out and straightened up the edges. Then I try to cut the largest shape I can- sometimes it's a 5" strip or just a 5" square. I don't save smaller that a 1 1/2"  strip. I do try to cut squares or strips in sizes that are commonly used in quilting. It sounds like a big job, but I'm only doing a box a day. Once I catch up I'm going to try to keep up by cutting the scraps up after every project. I do a lot of clothing sewing so I have odd shaped scraps from that too. We'll see how I do, but I think it will really help me use my scraps up more quickly. So how do you deal with your scraps? Do you have a great method you could share?  Have a great day!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Finished Friday!

I haven't got too much work done on quilts, but I did finish 2 more tshirt dresses for my granddaughter:
She wanted me to put a zebra on the front of this one, but it was too busy.
This one has oriental bunnies on it so I fussy cut a heart for the tshirt.
This is BreeAnn's Grammy(me)  and her. So she can remember that her Grammy loves her very much.
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Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

WIP Wednesday

Here is my October calendar quilt with all the pieces fused in place:
I changed the placement of the eyes from the pattern- I like a little more whimsical look. And I didn't realize howmuch of the middle background the pumpkin covered!! I would have changed the placement of different fabrics if I'd thought of it...oh well. I still like it. Now I need to sew on all the different parts. Hopefull I have  the right color of orange for the pumpkin. I'm linking up with

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

October calendar started

I'm excited to have started on my October calendar quilt! I got the background all sewn together:
All these fabrics are from my stash. Then I traced and fused some of the pieces:
I'm not really into Hallowe'en, but I do love pumpkins in the Fall! This just a start of the fusing= there's a cute pumpkin for the middle. So I'm just working on the fusing now and then I'll need to sew it all down. I still have 21 days to finish, right?!
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Saturday, September 8, 2012

Quilt show

Here are a few of the quilts in our quilt show:
These are just a few of our featured quilter, Gayle Hunt's quilts. She does beautiful work and is the sweetest person. She calls herself the "scrap queen" and makes most of her quilts from scraps. She handed out some free packets with scraps and a pattern for a cool block to try!
Here is one of my quilts- so exciting! And I love the quilt next to it- it's called an "S" block- I think I need to try that too!
Here are some of the small quilts. They said we had over 200 quilts entered! It was definitely packed.
We also had 5 vendors- 4 from quilt shops and one is my friend Bobbie who make hand thrown clay jewelry. For the quilt show she makes some of it with quilting motifs.
The quilt show is also today, so I don't know who won any ribbons yet. There were so many beautiful quilts- lots of inspiration!
Have a great weekend!
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Friday, September 7, 2012

Finished Friday

Here is a small wall hanging I finished for my bathroom:
I need to put a hanging sleeve on it still. It is a pattern by Debbie Mumm and was a lot of fun to make! Our quilt show starts today and I'll be working there this morning. Hopefully I'll post some pictures tomorrow.
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Have a fabulous Friday!

Thursday, September 6, 2012


I love vintage pillow cases! I look for them at yard sales and thrift stores whenever I can. I love to see all the detail that others put into the embroidery and crocheted edgings- always so beautiful. I use them for as long as I can, but eventually they will rip or become discolored since they are already old and loved before I get them. But usually the edging decoration is still intact- so what to do with that?
I make aprons!
Half aprons with the vintage edging for the ruffle.
I can't imagine all the work this took to make. That's alot of love put into a pillowcase!
Isn't this beautiful? Whenever I get to use one of these pillow cases on my pillows, it makes me happy! Then when they become aprons I either sell them or give them for gifts for others to enjoy.
Have a Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

WIP Wednesday

This is my work in progress:
No actual sewing to show, but I getting my quilts ready to take to our quilt show which is this weekend. I have to drop them off today- this is the first quilt show I've ever been in!
Have a great Wednesday!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Yard sale day and link up

Today is our 2nd day of yard sale. Yesterday was really busy and we sold a lot. Here's what it looked like before anyone came:
We sold so much it began to look empty! So we went looking for more to downsize. Lots of fun!
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In August my goals were:
*finish 1930's quilt top-done!
*finish June calendar quilt-done!
*work on grandson's quilt- 0%  :(
BUT, I did get a lot of other things finished so I don't feel too bad.
For the month of September my goals are:
* finish quilting my veteran's quilt
*start October calendar quilt
* sew my gd at least 2 more school dresses
What about you? Have any new goals as we head into Fall?