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Saturday, March 28, 2009

Quilts on Eggs

Today I brought up my Easter decorations. A number of years ago I made a lot of decoupaged eggs (real eggs). Many of them were made with pictures I cut out of quilting magazines.

I like the sawtooth edge on this red one.

A lot of them are star blocks.

I have quite a few of these eggs, though all are not quilt designs. They are fun to get out each year. I will do a small egg tree and use some to decorate my Easter table.

I was so excited when I found these bunnies in the egg bin.

Their bodies are filled with beans so they sit nicely on shelves. Here's a close up of one I made from old blue jeans.

Look at her cute puff-ball cheeks.

I had forgotten all about these. I don't think I used them last year. I don't know yet what I will do with all of these. After I got everything out, I didn't feel like doing anything with them. It will wait until tomorrow morning when I hope to be more inspired.

Right now I only have the energy to read. I just started a novel yesterday and I will probably have it finished by tomorrow. I love when I really get into a book like that.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Paper-Pieced Star Table Runners

I recently pulled out a couple of table runners I finished last fall to use for a tablescape on one of my other blogs.

I have such fun combining my quilting hobby with my love of setting tables.

It's such fun to be able to make smaller useful projects like table runners. These two are made from 3-inch paper-pieced blocks from Carol Doak's book, Simply Sensational Nine-Patch Stars.
With the seemingly unlimited possibilities of mixing and matching, this is the most useful quilting book I have ever bought.

I am finding that I like the runners without any quilt batting in the middle. They stay nice and flat on the table if I use a heavier backing fabric and nothing in the center. If the backing fabric is not heavy, I do use a very thin bat.

This is the backing fabric on these runners.

Quite subtle compared to the other side, don't you think?

If you want to see the table after it's all set, you can by clicking here.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Mystery Block

Last weekend I finally got around to making the mystery block from Paper Panache. I only needed small scraps of fabric.

I selected them according to the chart provided. Keen readers will see that I actually changed the fabric from this photo.
It helps to put your fabric right next to the chart so you know at a glance which to use. Believe me, it is easy to mix them up. Just by looking at the colors, I knew what the block would be, but those angular hot pink pieces were a puzzle at first. Can you guess what it is by looking at these completed sections? If you are making it and don't want to know, DON'T read any further.
WOW! It's even better than I thought it would be. I was pretty sure it was a flower, but the heart around the rose was a complete surprise.
This is not a beginner's block. You have to figure out how to put it all together and let me tell you that section of leaves was pretty tricky.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Working on Nanette's Rooster Quilt

This morning I went in search of some fabric from my stash to begin working on Nanette's Rooster quilt.

I found a number of fabrics that would work.

In my last post I showed you the inspiration quilt for this block.

I have since decided that I do not want to make a bed-sized quilt from this block. Who wants a rooster on their bedspread?

I decided that one border of squares would be enough. At the moment, I am thinking I will use this as a table topper.

After a fairly short time, I have the 16 blocks done that I need for the border. I set them out around the 18-inch rooster block. I am thinking they look a bit too big, but at this point they are what they are. I am not about to start over!

I decide that I need to make a thin border of navy to tie in the navy triangles. On the third border, something happened to my sewing machine and look what I found when I turned it over!

I wasn't sure what happened, but I took the bobbin out, removed all the lint, rethreaded the machine and tested the stitch.

Same thing! ARRRRGGGG. I remember that when I took my machine in a few months ago for something similar, it was only that it was incorrectly threaded. On my machine you can't see the thread. It's hidden inside the machine. I rethreaded it again. Still not working.

Finally I turned off the machine and then turned it back on. Presto! The stitch is back to normal! Who knows how these computerized machines work these days (I have a Husqvarna Viking Saphirre) I am just happy it is working again.

Soon after that I hit a pin and broke the needle. ARRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGG!

Finally I get to the last border. The bright yellow-orange striped fabric reminds me of the sun, so I decide to use that as the final border.

Somewhere along the way, the whole day has evaporated. So much for my plan to do some heavy-duty cleaning today.

I am fairly happy with this. I could leave it as is for a table topper, or I could add more borders for a snugly TV-watching quilt. I am not yet sure what I will do. All I know is that I am finished for today because I must get dinner started.

Isn't it amazing how the whole day can disappear when we get involved in quilting?

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Another one for the Pot Holder Pile

I spent a little time after work making this flower block just to see how difficult it was. I make quite a few practice blocks to see if the pattern is something I want to make in multiple.
I made a few errors in the stem. It is so difficult to determine what the color should be when the pattern does not indicate such!

Although this one is not something I want to pursue, it won't go to waste. I added borders to make it nice and large so I can toss it on the counter to set down a hot cookie sheet, etc. I hate when I have a big sheet pan and a dinky pot holder to set it on. This will work great.

I used a double layer of terry cloth on the back side so it's nice and thick and will also wash up nicely.

I have quite a collection of these one block wonders.

I store them in the drawer under the stove
where they are handy to grab, and I really do use them all the time.

I Think I Have Found the Setting for My Rooster Block

While reading my emails this morning, I came across The Quilt Show Newsletter. Their picture of the quilt for their block of the month caught my eye.

I have been trying to decide what to do with a large rooster block I paper-pieced last winter. I think it would look great as the center medallion of the quilt they are making.

The rooster star in the center is my block.

Here is a close up of the colorful bird.

I admired him on another blogger's site. When I asked her where she found the pattern, she graciously offered to send it to me. Her name is Nannette, so I call this block, "Nanette's Rooster".

What do you think? Does this setting do justice for Nanette's Rooster?
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