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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

I Decided on a Finish for the Red/Black Star

Surprise, surprise!



It's a table runner.

I lost interest in making more borders to turn this block into a bigger quilt. It's been a week since I worked on it. Tonight I decided just to finish it off as a runner.

I like it.

I have no new projects planned. I think I will be busy working in the flower gardens this weekend.

I do have two runners now that need to be sandwiched and quilted. That should keep me busy for a little while.

Monday, April 19, 2010

I've Decided on the Next Border

After much consideration, I decided on this variation of a square-within-a-square block for my next border on the big red star.

This block is 3.75 inches.

Here it is next to the big star:

I will need 20 blocks to go all the way around. So far I have made four and I do think I will like it. Here are all four to give you a better idea of what it will look like.

I may turn every other block like this:


I am done sewing for tonight. As much as I 'd like to continue, I have other work to get done. I will keep you posted as I finish more of this one.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

I Found a Use for 10 More Orphan Log Cabin Blocks

I got all the house-in-the-middle-of-the-star log cabin blocks sewn together. I set it aside until I determine if I want to make it larger or bind and quilt it at 41 inches square. Thanks for your comments on that post. If I decide to make it larger, I will most likely take Heather & Sparkle Jars comment to introduce more yellow (gold) to heart.

In the meantime, I am going to bind and quilt this table runner, which I made from ten more orphan blocks.

It, too, is sewn together and ready for sandwiching and quilting.

I've had a fairly productive quilting weekend.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Does This Work?

It's been a bit tough to come up with a center for these orphan blocks since I have little of the original fabric left.

On the other hand, I think that anything I come up with that makes these blocks usable is better than leaving them sitting in a box in the basement as they have been for the past few years.

So this is what I came up with:



I did find a hunk of one fabric that I used in the original blocks and I put it in the four corners.

What do you think?

I am still not sure if this is the end, or if I will add on to it and make a bed-size quilt. Right now it's about 44 x 44 inches.


Star with House in the Middle Block

I could not find a barn pattern big enough for the center of my log cabin border. After a day of thinking, I finally decided to put a house in the center of a big star.
Here's the house:

Here's part of the star:


I still need to make four more star points and somehow tie the colors in with the log cabin quilt border. I have none of the original fabric left (I made those blocks a few years ago).

I am not sure these colors are going to work. It all depends on the last four blocks. I will make them after work tonight.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

I'm in the Mood to Sew Again

So I printed out a foundation (4 of them),


and pulled some fabric.


Then began sewing. Here is one quarter of the block.


And here is the finished 15-inch block.

I like it, but have no idea what I will end up making from this.

I put it aside, went down to the basement and pulled out a box of extra log cabin blocks to see if I would be inspired to make something to use them up.
I found twelve that I could use as a frame around something.
I will remove those two light greenish blue strips and put in a darker strip.
Now I just need to come up with something to put in the center. I am thinking that a big old rusty-colored barn would be nice. I need something large - 22 inches square, I think. I will spend a few days trying to come up with something before I put all the blocks back in the box and haul them back downstairs.

Here is the quilt that some of these blocks were leftover from.

I had it outside airing out before putting it away for the summer.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

20 yds of Fabric and an Expensive Grommet

I made a pretty good haul on my Sunday shopping trip.

See those grommets way in the back? I've been wanting to try grommets in pot holders.

After I got home, I discovered my very old grommet attacher did not work. I had already cut the hole and everything, so I decided to go back and buy a new one yesterday. Wow! Those things are pretty expensive ($22.99) and I spent another $10 or so in grommets.
Everything was 1/2 off at Joanne's, but still I figure this one grommet cost me about $17! I tried three times to get it attached - had to throw away the first two grommet sections. I don't really think that tool works all that well...maybe I just need more practice.
Now I will be looking for more grommet projects!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Eye Candy from My Inspiration Files

I have not been doing any projects this week.

I have been going through some of my inspiration files and came across this quilted upholstered furniture that just takes my breath away.



Is this not the most gorgeous sun room furniture?

If I remember correctly this is sold in a boutique someplace in Michigan.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Rubies, Denim and Pearls---Oh My!


How old do you think this little packet of pearls is?



Hmmmm....at least the 1970's is my guess.

I was thrilled to be able to use these in my latest craze---hair ornaments.



You can see the denim flower petals I cut out. I used fray check on the edges, so there was no machine sewing involved in this project.



I did hand sew the pearls to the light denim.


I attached some pronged ruby jewels to the dark denim. .. no sewing--the prongs just bend over the jewel.


Then I put gold-glittered purple flower petals behind all of the denim and added a purple cloth covered button.........and....................


Voila!



A flower hair accessory was finished.

I did it in colors to coordinate with this multi-colored jacket.
I am planning to wear it in my hair when I wear an updo.

Last week I made a couple other hair ornaments. I posted these in one of my other blogs, but I will repost here for those who don't read my other blogs.



They were so easy to make! I just cut out a flower shape in different sizes from a few different fabrics--two denim and one felt and layered them on top of each other. The only sewing was a few hand stitches to hold all the layers together and to sew the fabric-covered button on. In less than 30 minutes, I had this done:
It was so much fun, I made another in black vinyl and red. It goes with the red/black handbag.
Either of these can be used in the hair or as a lapel pin like I am showing you tonight. My hair is not in an updo, so I can't try them out in the hair.

Here's the green/denim as a lapel pin on a denim jacket atop a green shirt.
I should probably make a matching bag for this little ensemble.

These hair flowers were all inspired by this one that I purchased a few weeks ago:

I looked it over and said, "I can do that!" These sell for $19.99. Can you believe it? I can make them for almost nothing!
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