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Sunday, January 23, 2011

I Have Had a Very Productive 2011

at least so far!

Look at all the blocks I have completed!


These are the ones I like.

I also completed a few duds:


I had high expectations for these tea cup blocks.  I thought they would be great in turquoise and black....such an "in" color combo....................unfortunately I did not like them at all.

I ended up turning the first tea cup  into a pot holder/trivet. 
That's what I do with all the dud blocks I make.
So far I have not done anything with the second tea cup.  Eventually it, too, will be a hot pad.

What do you do with your duds?

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Valentine Table Runner is Finished

Don't you hate when this happens?

Arrrrgggg...I did not realize I had the center heart upside down until it was finished.

This was my 8th heart block this week and I was getting bored with them, so I decided to leave it as is. I don't sweat the small stuff...depending on which side of the table runner you are sitting at, the heart would look upside down anyway.

This morning I began designing a runner. I just sewed the hearts in two rows of 4 each. I considered leaving it at that, but it looked pretty dull and I just can't force myself to leave a runner with a square end.  So I made a triangle for each end.  I liked that better.  I traced around a set of  heart cookie cutters to quilt the center white spaces.  I did it by machine.  I have gotten to the point where I can use my machine for simple quilting on small items.  

Then as I was rummaging through my pre-made binding drawer, I came across a small piece of pink edging that just happened to be the perfect size to put on each end of this runner.
 Now I love it! It's so bright and cherry.  My sweet husband just happened to bring me some mini carnations today and I made this little centerpiece which worked great with my  new runner.
I still finish the back side of the binding by hand if I am making anything but a pot holder. That still needs to be done on this one. I will finish it while watching TV this weekend.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Valentine Hearts

I felt like working with pink and red today. I find it such a cheery color combo.

I decided to search the net for a simple crazy patchwork heart foundation that was free for personal use.  There are a lot of them, but I chose this one because I like the size of the patches as well as the completed block size.


Both blocks are 6 x 6-inches. If you want them just go here and  here. They are both by Carol Doak and easy peasy to complete -- less than 15 minutes each.

I don't know yet what I will be doing with them.  Right now just the looking at the colors make me feel happy.  They may become a Valentine's Day table runner...we shall see.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Nutcracker Paper Pieced block is finished

I made a little slide show so you could see how this block progressed.




I love this guy! He was a lot easier to make than Mr. Snowman. The only pieces that were just a tad difficult were the three with the facial features. 


Who would guess that this little triangle would be the mouth, teeth, lips and nose!

Here is the right side of the same triangle:
Still does not look much like facial features, does it?

Here it is in the completed block--much more identifiable.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

My First Section of a New Project

I am tired of sewing snowmen so this afternoon I started a new project--the Christmas nutcracker. This is the last section of the new project (I felt like doing an easy piece so I pulled out this section with big pieces):

I think he is going to be much easier than the snowman block.  He has just 13 sections and a number of those are easy like this one.  I have only 12 sections to go, so I hope to show you the completed project by Sunday.  My big dilemma now is should I dress him in a more traditional red/gold striped pants or a fun red/green polka dots? 

I completed four of the five-hour-each snowman blocks.  Each one is different, which made it more interesting for me to sew them.

I will be looking forward to next December so I can use all of my new creations!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

2010 Projects-- Handbags, Trivets, Flower Pins, Banners and even a Quit or Two!

For me 2010 was the year of the handbag!

My favorite one is the blue jean/leather one in the middle. I actually have used them all as they were all made to match certain outfits. 

In 2010, I think I made only one table runner and it is only pieced, not completed:


In 2010, I made very few quilts. In fact, I did not finish a single quilt, but I did piece these two:



I also had fun making these flower pins, which I wore in my hair or on jackets:

I also made some hot pads/trivets, which I gave as hostess gifts when I was invited to dinner at someone's home:

I made a few banners which were really fun to decorate with. This is the Thanksgiving banner:

But my favorite project of 2010 is the snowman paper-pieced blocks that I just made last week.  I have completed 3 so far:
All in all it was not my most productive  year, but it was my most FUN year, as I made small items that I could really  use.

What about you? Was 2010 a productive year?

Monday, January 3, 2011

Valentine's Day Sewing

This small letter flowerette is the only thing I sewed all weekend---and the only sewing on it is some hand ruffling with embroidery thread for strength.  It took more time to make the letter on my computer than to sew it.


I had a vision of a Valentine centerpiece and I wanted to get it started before the vision dissipated.  I will keep you posted should the entire centerpiece ever come to fruition.
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