Thursday, July 30, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
See what we got accomplished in just one hour. Yes, it's a start of the next Dresden. I'm going on the wild side here with the fabrics. Actually they were strips from a class that I had taken through my guild. I had talked Jill into taking the class with me... that was back when she was on a summer break from college. I had cut these strips for her to use and a whole other set of strips out of 1800's fabrics for me. It was a tumble block class... and you can guess why these are still just strips! I'm just not going to do it. I think they are beautiful but nope- no way.
Now that I have discovered Dresden's my mind keeps going to all the possibilities for those blocks. The best thing is that they are a great way to use up scraps and they can be "sized" to fit! So I decided to do 7 " blades. The strips had been cut from fat quarters so I could get 3 per strip. Of course I have 32 other projects going on right now but what's one more!
P.S. Mayme Charlotte was my grandmother's name.
Monday, July 27, 2009
...dress shopping! The girls from the wedding party and us moms (bride & grooms side) all joined in the fun. It was fun, and also exhausting, sweet... joyful and brought tears to my eyes (just once though)! Did I mention that it is also so much to think about!
Friday, July 24, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Beverly has been coming to my annual quilt retreat at Bass Lake. Last year we had a special evening, we called it Pincushion Diaries. Everybody brought a pincushion and told a story about how they started sewing, who influenced them etc. It was a great evening and everybody got to know each other better. There was a special voting for the best pincushion, which Beverly won. We all loved her pincushion, which was 3 green fish on a stringer. It was so cute... and now she wrote me a pattern and even sent the fabric and string so that I can make one of my own. That was so sweet of her! I can't wait to make it and show you the finished product.
I still remember how she ended her story of how she began to quilt... "and that was it, it got me- hook-line and sinker"! It was great! I can't wait to see her and her buddies again!
And speaking of pincushions... Jaybird is having a giveaway but even better than that... she just posted a tutorial on Moda Bake Shop for these pincushions she made! They are adorable and she has 2 different options on how to make them. You have to go see if you haven't already and then go to Julie's blog and enter her giveaway. Have fun!
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
Okay, I confess here... I fused this! But I'm talking instant gratification, so fusing seemed okay. For those of you who know the pattern, I know that you will see some "backward" details. I have that worked out too. I'm left handed, so my sash should tie on the other side! I still need to put in the wording (handmade) across the top. Maybe I can get to that some evening this week.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
1. My Favorite Fabric is:
2. The pattern I'm most looking forward to sewing is:
3. The food that is my weakness:
4. If I knew I couldn't fail, I'd:
5. The Best "Life" Advice I know is:
1. My favorite fabric is... Patisserie, I can't get enough of it. But I am waiting (patiently) for Rouenneries by French General to be released. It is so gorgeous!
2. The pattern I am most looking forward to sewing is... Miss Rosie's Due South. I think this one is going to turn out beautiful. It has a unique look to it.
3. The food that is my weakness: healthy: Artichokes, unhealthy: ice cream!
4. If I knew I couldn't fail, I'd: Now, I could be a dreamer and say that I would want to live on a large sailboat and sail up and down the coast (I'm to chicken to go for the "high seas" stuff). Or I could be practical and say I would love to open a fabric shop... which is a lot of hard work but I am use to hard work and would love it, the creativity and the people contact. I could do it until I died and I would be happy.
Now if you are still with me, I thought I would share one of my favorite blogs. It's called the White Bench. It's a wonderful place to stop and visit and see some great photography and read a little bit of this and that. Monica has a Golden Retriever... who is very photogenic.
I actually started this post on Wednesday and started to share a baby quilt that Jill just finished for a friend. I think it is adorable. I am only showing a bit of it because everything she makes is original... and one day... soon... might turn into a pattern.
Monday, July 13, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
and here it is. I think I like it better this way. The pockets show on the outside now and I folded down the top part. I was hoping that it would look a little less like Christmas. What do you think?
Enjoy your weekend!
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Now, for my most recent quilt (s): I was binding both of these quilts at the same time. This one below is called Baker's Sugar Squares from Fig Tree & Co.
Anyway, it resurfaced and with a little more work... here is the finished product. Unfortunately I can't put it on my list of things to finish for the Charming Girl's Quilt Club. Darn! Oh well, I think I can make a pretty long list without it.
Kelly over at Cotton Charm Quilts is hosting a club to help challenge us to finish our UFO's/WIP's. Go to her blog for details. But the idea is to post a project by the 7th of the month that needs to get finished and show a photo of the finished quilt by the end of the month.
Monday, July 6, 2009
and I worked on my Dresden's and also my Late Bloomer purse pattern designed by Pam Kitty Morning. I am excited to have a new summer bag. I have to show you the inside first... I thought it went well with the flowers:)
I added a little Moda twill tape to hold my sunglasses and also my little cherry bells that I got from PKM herself! I just love it... here is the full frontal shot:
I changed my mind on my fabric choice for this purse and went with the new fabrics I got in Lake Oswego at the Pine Needles Quilt Shop. The hand-made lace I added was something my sister brought back from Italy for me. The pattern has ruffles there but I thought it was a good opportunity to use the lace. The pattern is really easy to follow and the handles went on like magic. I'm not kidding. I love the way they went on! You can find Pam's pattern at In Between Stitches if your interested.
I also finished up another little purse, but I wasn't to thrilled with it. Just me- the pattern is good. I chose the small version and I should have picked the larger one.