I accidently drank the kool-aid

January 3, 2013 § 22 Comments

~ Ok, I caved.
~ Tutorial can be found here.
~ It’s mostly scraps from the scrap bins that I had started sorting before Christmas.
~ Except for the purple, which is from the stash.
~ I’m not a purple person, but I’ve been wanting to make a quilt for a friend whose favorite color is purple.
~ This doesn’t count towards my UFO problem because it’s mostly from the scrap bins, right?
~ And it doubly doesn’t count because it’s going to be a gift.
~ I didn’t really like it at first until there were at least 8 or 9 blocks on the wall.
~ But now it’s growing on me.
~ Does it need more purple?
~ What it really needs, I think, are a couple of acid yellows & oranges to make it start speaking to me.
~ Now there are 15 blocks.
~ I think I’m going to make at least 36 blocks.
~ What did you do today?

Half-square Christmas trees

December 18, 2012 § 11 Comments

While I was digging through my scrap bins I found quite a few green half-square triangles.  These Christmas cards seemed like a good way to use them up.  And now I don’t feel like such a scrooge with our house all torn up over the holidays.


half-square triangles cut down to 2″
zig-zag stitched to white card stock (approx. 3 3/4″ x 5″)
gold star confetti glued to the top
whole thing glued to a half sheet of red card stock folded in half

The value of scraps

July 8, 2012 § 19 Comments

I finished quilting the scrappy Garden Tiles quilt. (I am lame and don’t know what else to call it.)  It is obvious to me that I need to get back into quilting on my home machine instead of renting the mid-arm. I am rusty!  After washing… and the farther I get away from seeing it up close & under my machine, it really doesn’t look all that bad. It will be a good car quilt. Or picnic quilt. Or hammock quilt. I had to give it a test run in the evening last night.

It’s not very big. Approximately 57″ x 57″.  The original plan was to possibly have a class that focused on using scraps and a little lesson on value.  But it didn’t pan out. Maybe in the fall? I hate to say that I need to become more vigilant in making quilts from scraps. This one did not even make a dent. Well, maybe a small dent in the sense that whatever is used as backing does leave a small hole in my stash. And that is a good thing. Even if the scrap buckets aren’t shrinking.

The scrap bucket runneth over

July 2, 2012 § 4 Comments

Over the weekend I had the urge to dig around in my scrap buckets to make a couple of kitty beds.  The cats each have a felted kitty bed. But they are a PAIN to de-hair and wash.  So I bought these thermal cat beds on Amazon. I’m hoping that the self-warming material in the middle will entice them to sleep there more often than elsewhere on the furniture. The only drawback is that they are hideously ugly.  Plus they would be equally nasty to keep clean.  But… I could make them their own quilted duvet cover of sorts. Hence the digging through the scraps.

Then, a little later… look what I find.  Who needs a stinkin’ cat bed anyway when there is a mountain of scraps to nap in???

Today, I lost my ambition to dig through more scraps and returned to do a little more quilting on the Scrappy Tiles quilt.  It’s not one of my better jobs. But it will do. It can be a car/picnic quilt.  I’m hoping that once it is washed it won’t be that noticeable.  I’m just not up to ripping out more quilting after the last one.  I’m about half done. It shouldn’t take long to do the other half if I just set my mind to it.

What are you doing for the 4th of July holiday?  We are hoping to do some biking!

Pillow Talk

June 27, 2012 § 7 Comments

I finally finished my pillow for the Pillow Talk Swap on Flickr.  I hope my swap partner likes it!  I joined the swap in hopes that it would motivate me to make a few more pillows for our poor sofa. But I’m afraid this is all I’ve been able to accomplish so far. I’m still hoping that I will make a couple more before the summer is over. Not that we’ve really had any summer weather yet*.

I cut 2 3/4″ diamonds like we did for the Carpenter’s Wheel quilt in blues & greens… and a yellow thrown in for good measure.  Then just sewed them together in strips instead of a star shape.

I added a covered zipper in the back for easy washing.

And I love this binding fabric!  We only got it in fat quarters at the shop where I work and I bought one. Then, during shop hop last week I helped a customer choose some fabric for her project and she bought the rest of them! I really wanted to talk her out of buying the last one because I wanted it.  But I didn’t. I’ll have to see if any of the other local shops have some left.

*And… I see by the weather report that while nearly the rest of the country is suffering from a heat wave, (my heart goes out to everyone in Colorado and the forest fires!) we are still enjoying spring-like temperatures. It was 48 degrees F. (8 C) this morning.  But I hear that it is supposed to be a sunny & balmy 70 (21 C) this afternoon.  I’m not complaining, too much. It’s perfect biking weather!  Y’all can come visit and cool off for a bit and go riding with me.

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