Friday, January 30, 2015

Quiet Time - The Flimsy

Quiet Time has turned into a flimsy!

(flimsy = quilt top)

Once all the strips were sewn together,
I was surprised at how quickly the top went together!

Created using the Sunday Morning pattern
by Cheryl Arkison in Sunday Morning Quilts,
my version measures 50" wide x 70" long.

What a fabulous way to use a LOT of scrappy neutral strings!

I hope you'll double click the photos
to see more of the amazing mix of fabrics . . . 
this one is SO pretty in person!

Happy sigh . . . 


Thursday, January 29, 2015

My Ironing Table

I've had several emails asking about the fabric
that covers the top of my ironing table.

I recovered it last June -
you can read that post HERE.

(if the iron is on, so is the lamp)

The fabric is from the Draw Near line
by J. Wecker Frisch for Quilted Treasures.

The artist's blog is HERE.

Her Handmaids Facebook page is HERE.

The fabric is still for sale HERE and HERE


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

One Thing Led to Another

Last year, I pulled a stack of pale batiks
to use in a project that never happened.

* * *

Earlier this year,
I shifted several of those batiks
to the project box for the backgrounds
of my RSC stroop quilt words.

Then that plan changed.

* * *

And then it hit me . . .

The mixture of batiks would make a
wonderfully scrappy log cabin quilt!

It won't be a light-on-one-side
dark-on-the-other kind of log cabin ~
but I'm hopeful it will be wonderful.

Time will tell!


Monday, January 26, 2015

Celebrations IV - an update

I used almost all of the small scraps 
to piece more segments.

But even with all that piecing, I was still a few rectangles short.
(Bonnie's Bricks and Stepping Stones pattern calls for 112)

Thankfully I had saved the larger bits 
as I pressed and trimmed the stack of segments
into 3.5" x 6.5" rectangles.

There were just enough trimmed away bits
to create a few more scrappy rectangles . . .

In the end, 
I was able to create 47 scrappy rectangles,
giving me a total count of 117!

* * *


I need to do some serious power stitching
to generate A LOT of four patches . . .


Saturday, January 24, 2015

Scrappy Saturday - No Ugly Flowers Part 1

Once the worst of the oral surgery hangover wore off,
I used the Peppermint Pinwheel design in
Sujata Shah's new book Cultural Fusion Quilts
to create this large block . . .

I plan to use the newsprint background plus the RSC monthly color
to create a new "not ugly" flower each month.

I've pinned that folded bit in place for now ~

I think I know what I want to do with the centers,
but I plan to wait a bit before committing to the plan.

Next month, I want to play around with the curved cuts a bit more
and avoid having the two center cuts so close together at the base.

Lots and lots of possibilities with this one!

In other news, when I arrived home late Wednesday
I found a 21-pound box from my sister in Michigan.

This fabulous cart was inside!
(with diagrams and simple assembly instructions)

(I had jokingly mentioned to her a long time ago
 that I thought the only-at-Ikea cart was awesome)

Her son and DIL picked it up when they made a run to
the Ikea store just over an hour from their town.

(Ikea is going to open a store here, but not until late 2016.)

I love it!

* * *

More blues to stitch this coming week!

Linking up with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.

CLICK HERE to see what the others have been up to this week!


Friday, January 23, 2015

Quiet Time - An Update

Remember this post ?

Since then, that tangle of strings has been sorted.

I ended up using over half of the jumble
to cut enough pieces for my smaller version
of a Sunday Morning Quilt.

These pieced pairs will be used for upright segments.

(I'll position the rosy batik consistently to the left.)

Next steps will be to trim these pairs to a consistent 3" width
and start stitching the scrappy neutrals into pairs . . .

(I found the paint sample card
 in a stack of things waiting to be put away.

Looking at the photos, I remember why I brought it home!)