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Friday, July 31, 2009

How Did I Accumulate of All of These UFO's?

This morning in preparation for another rainy weekend, I was looking through a small bin of stray blocks and other experiments that didn't quite pan out. It's amazing how I forget what I have made.

I first picked up a little box to see what I stashed inside.

Ah, my cardinal stars that I so loved just last fall. Apparently I didn't love them enough to actually make anything out of them. I did applaud myself for putting the fabric I used inside the box with the two completed blocks. Usually I would have used up all the fabric on some other project.

One little bin revealed a plethora of forgotten blocks. I really loved those purple stars in the front and did make two table runners with them. I gave one to my sister and kept the second. I see a stray bird block (owl) that did not make it into the 'Birds of a Feather' quilt I pieced, but have yet to quilt. Most of the others are border wannabees that just didn't live up to my expectations.

This little bin revealed mostly completed items. Except for the four blocks in the front, the others are all pot holders or counter protectors. The three in the back make up a matching set.

They all have terry cloth backings (double layer) so they are thick enough to protect a counter or table top and if you spill something, they are pretty absorbent. I am going to make something out of something in these piles this weekend. At the moment I don't know what. Since I have to leave for work now, I will think about it later tonight. If you have any ideas, I 'd love to hear them!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Mystery Block

I am in the mood to do a mystery block. Paper Panache just put out the new one so I went right over and printed it out. I started with piece B that fit into the palm of my hand. It has 13 tiny pieces.

I had quite a time trying to find 3 "salmon" colored fabrics. I really liked the color of the darker flowers in this fabric
and cut them out to use for the darkest salmon fabric. After a trip to the basement to look for more fabric, I finally just decided to mix pink and salmon. We shall see what happens.

My initial "feeling" is that this will be a flower. There are blue fabrics (sky), green (leaves) and salmon/pink with some brown and black. A big poppy was the first thing that came to my mind.

It didn't take long for me to toss out that theory. After completing just one section, I had a good idea of what it will be. Here's a little teaser (I won't show it all until the mystery is revealed on the site).

I still have to do all of these.

I can't wait to see the whole block. These mystery blocks are so much fun. Linda at Paper Panache does a great job making them.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Aqua and Orange Runner is Quick and Easy

I worked two 20-minute sessions before leaving for work and about an hour last night and it's ready to be sandwiched.

Even though it's the same block as the one in the post below, it looks quite different using a 6-inch rather than a 3-inch. I like them both, but the 6-inch goes much more quickly!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

X Marks the Spot

I finally chose a 6-inch block to use the aqua/orange fabric in my last post.
Step #1 & 2

Step #3

The completed block. I put four of them together and this is what I ended up with:
I will make two more of these 12-inch blocks and two triangles and I will have a tablerunner. I think these salad plates will go nicely with the runner.

As I was making this block, it felt familiar, like I had already made it before. While searching for the picture of that orange plate, I realized I had and it was for a tablerunner to match the same plates! I just used a smaller (3-inch block)!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Inspiration Strikes at Random

While waiting for a web page to load, I glanced over at this shelf of fabrics.

I suddenly noticed that a recently purchased dull orange fabric was a perfect match to the orange in this aqua-blueish floral print fabric.
Now I just need to find an aqua fabric and I will have the beginnings of a new project.
I found this one, which may be a tad too bright. I will have to look around this weekend to see what I can come up with.

I will probably end up fussy cutting those flowers. At the moment I have no clue as to what will become of these fabrics. I am just jotting down my inspiration fabrics so that I don't forget about them.

Monday, July 13, 2009

7 Things I Love

Recently Sparkle Jars tagged me to list 7 things that I love that aren't obvious. I've been thinking about it for a bit and this is what I came up with:

#1. Culinary murder mystery books - these are very light reading. Since I work as the catering/sales director in a hotel, I find the catering/food references quite interesting. When they talk about Bridesilla or the the customer wanting Chateaubriand on a chuck steak budget, I can relate. :) My favorite author for these is Dianne Mott Davidson.

#2. Snow Storms on the weekend (so I don't have to drive to work). I love getting over a foot of snow with big fluffy white flakes. I especially like to be baking cookies when it falls.

#3. Stemmed glassware. It's a quirk of mine. I just don't like clunky glasses. I even drink milk in a stemmed wine glass.

#4. Thunderstorms on a hot summer evening.

#5. White Sheets with a high thread count. Over the years I have gotten rid of all my colored scratchy sheets. I adore sinking into white cool,crisp sheets topped with a handmade quilt.

#6. Setting the table. Some people think it's odd, but I love to set a dinner table. If you haven't seen my tablescaping blog, you can check it out here.

#7. Not leaving my home on Sunday--sometimes not even getting dressed all day.

I must say these memes are not as easy to do as they look! It took some time to come up with seven things. It was fun, though.

Thanks Sparkle Jars for tagging me. I am not tagging anyone, but if you want to do it, please do and leave a link in the comment so I can go and read it.

Monday, July 6, 2009

I Have Been on a Sewing Break

It's been over a week since I have sewn anything. I think this is the longest I have gone without sewing in the past year.

But just because I am not sewing, does not I am not thinking about quilts.

I have been sitting on the deck admiring my first calla bloom, which just happens to go nicely with Nanette's Rooster, the quilt that I finished last month.

I love to use my quilts on the deck and will be doing it more frequently now that the plants are getting large enough to make a statement.

Soon I will be setting up my outdoor living room with quilts, pillows, tablecloths, etc.

Do any of you use your quilts outside? I would love to see pictures if you do. Please leave a comment with a link to any pics you have to share.
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