Monday, January 9, 2012

Back to Work Tomorrow

I kinda hate it, but I am ready to head back to work tomorrow.  It's been a great, productive 10 days.  I am so type A, I measure the success of vacation time in terms of productivity!  Well, this wasn't meant to be a sit on my butt vacation anyway.  So here, on top of all I blogged about last week, is the weekend's work.
This is the beginning of the quilt for my middle daughter.  I won a box of scraps from Moda Lissa a while back and when I saw all the strips and even 3 little beginnings of Log Cabin blocks, I knew what I wanted to do with it.  I made these 6 log cabin blocks and now I am adding strips around them.  I am letting the colors lead me and stopping to look and consider.  The outer strips are a very pale blueish green, with some grey tones.  They look grey here.
 I am making two of these, pieced and quilted, for the arms of my new couch.  I never thought I would own a white couch, and it's really off white, but the arms need a bit of protection.  Besides, there is already a quilt on the back of the couch and two pillows I made.  I will post pics soon.
 I really did have this on my list for 2012-The Swoon Quilt.  When I saw the Swoon-Along, I jumped in.  I have had the pattern since November, but the fabric was stumping me.  I didn't want to buy any, and I didn't want it to be too scrappy.  I had a fat eighth bundle of Strawberry fields, but that wasn't enough to make it work.  So I decided on the Reunion fat quarter bundle that I got just before Christmas.  More than enough fabric in that.  I am glad for the push!
 Next there is this project.  My sister's quilt.  I drew up the plans to be similar to this quilt that she liked by Amanda Murphy.  I simplified it to make the assembly a bit easier.  This quilt will be for a queen size bed so it will be big enough as it is.
 I had to start cutting, and I dreaded it.  I wasn't sure if we had enough fabric.  We bought the fabric before there was a plan for it.  I did go back on New Year's Day to the big sale a bough 3 more half yard cuts.  The little yellow post it notes are the number of pieces in each pile.  I am relieved to report I even have a few extra pieces.
Here are the scraps from the cutting.  I love looking at them!  Now, gotta get sewing on this and get the Swoon quilt pieces cut out.  With 3 big quilts going all at once, I need to find a good way to store all the pieces neatly during the piecing stage.  Anyone have any ideas that work for them?

Have a great week.  See you back here Swoon...I mean soon. :)


  1. Charlotte I love the plastic boxes with lids that I bought at Wal Mart. I put one project in each, put a label on the outside, and stack them near my machine. They stack nicely and don't take up much room but each one holds the pieces I've cut plus Ny leftover scraps. And best of all nothing gets lost. There are a variety of sizes so you can find the size you like best. Be sure to check the off brand because it's much cheaper and works fine (instead of Rubbermaid, for instance). Blessings, Marlene

  2. I agree, it's so hard to go back to work after having some time off! I guess it gives us something to look forward to though, more time off!

  3. I L-O-V-E the fabric for my quilt !! So excited to see the beginnings making the blog page :-)


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