Spoolin' Around

Spoolin' Around

Monday, June 24, 2013

another WIP and Maggie Rabbits

Here is another WIP that started out as a single block for a Sew We Quilt blog hop.  I thought to make a pillow with it, but then decided to make more Dresdens and make a quilt.

 The green one was the first for the hop. They are all made from Ombre Dots fabric.  This is the layout, and all the area in between them will be Kona white, same as the backing for the Dresdens.
 I have made three of these Maggie Rabbits so far and am working on a fourth one which will be a boy bunny for V.
 I love these sweet little bunnies so much.  You can purchase the pattern and buy your own supplies to make one (or more) or you can order a kit with everything in it except the stuffing.
 They  are designed by Alicia Paulson of Posie Gets Cozy.  She has a great little shop, Rosie Little Things. It is full of wonderful items.
 In fact, I love the things in there so much, I have decided that when I get to my 200th post, that will be my giveaway.
 I am working to set up the logistics with Alicia.  I am very excited about this.  I love to share when I have something I truly love to make.
So stay tuned here...only 1 more post and then...200!
See you soon.

Friday, June 21, 2013

My Friday Finish...Happy Summer

I am really trying to finish some quilts that have been languishing in my sewing room. Sew far, sew good.  here we go:

 This is my Spools Quilt, a pattern by Camille Roskelly.  I am in love with it all over again. I started this well over a year ago, I think.  Quilt top done!
 This is my Sunday Morning Quilts Bee, round two, quilt top. I chose the Gumdrops quilt and changed the colorway to aqua with pops of orange.
 And third, I am practicing my curved piecing with these. I will hopefully reveal the whole top soon. I don't want to give it away until it's done, so you get the full effect.
And I am saving these babies for a fun project that is still percolating in my head at this time.  Can't waste them! Happy first day of summer. By the way, this is post 197...ever closer to my 200th and a special giveaway...Linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Back from Vacation

I just returned from a visit with my sisters and brother and sister-in-law in San Diego.  We had a blast, but it went by too quickly.  I wanted to check in here and say hello and post a few shots.



 My sister grows some very pretty roses, so a few shots of them.
 The beach...
 Some para sailing, and no, not me. I am afraid of heights.
A great cache of seashells...
And one of the best things...an antique quilt my sister owns.  This came from our great Aunt's house in Iowa many years ago. We don't know who made it or how old it is, but isn't it beautiful?



 I particularly love the way the edges were done. I don't know if I have seen this style of edge on a double wedding ring before, but I am going to try it, I think.

 You can see here, how worn out some of the fabrics on this quilt are.
Hope you are having a great summer so far. Back to work for me...talk to you soon.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

My Ragged Squares Quilt

Ever since I saw the ragged squares quilt on Crazy Mom Quilts, I wanted to make one.  I saved the link and looked at it occasionally, waiting for the day when I would be inspired by the right fabric to make one.  When I made Noodlehead's divided basket last fall, I had some little 3 inch squares of Laurie Wisbrun's Perfectly Perched left over.  Not throwing these away, I thought. I kept looking at them and then it hit me...the ragged squares quilt!

And finally, here it is all done. I used the Perfectly Perched for the center and dug through my stash for the rest.  I think I bought one or two additional fabrics to finish it up.  And then it hung on a hanger in my sewing room for a few months.  My summer goal to finish some of the things that are languishing in there made me buy batting when I bought the batting for Baby B's birthday quilt.


 I love the colors in this quilt. It is so bright and cheerful. Kinda girly, but I'm okay with that.
 You can see how after even one trip through the wash, The edges are getting ragged and soft.

 For the back I found 2 yards of the most beautiful pale yellow with pale green and raspberry stripe running through it to make a sort of plaid pattern.  I bought that fabric at least 10 years ago, waiting for the perfect use for it. It is from Maywood studios.
 You can see the color a bit better here.  The stripe for the binding was a quarter yard I got in one of the traveling stash boxes.  I think it's perfect.  For the quilting, I stitched in the ditch horizontally and vertically on the largest squares, and to further anchor things and add some interest, I stitched a flower  in each of the small squares. The hidden bonus is how cute it looks on the back of the quilt.
 I took one selvedge and stuck it into a seam just for kicks.  The P raveled off in the wash.  Ooops.

Pretty pleased with Perfectly Perched Ragged Squares.  Oh, and this is my 195th post.  I'm going do a giveaway when I hit 200 posts. I want to think of something really great to give away though.  Keep watching.  Have a great week.

Monday, June 3, 2013

June...Birthdays and Blueberries

There are two grandchildren with birthdays this month. First up is baby B.  He is 1 year old today! Happy birthday sweet boy. I wanted to make him a quilt for his birthday. No surprise there.

 I got this great Zoofari fabric at half off from Fat Quarter Shop on a Friday sale.  Loved the monkeys.  I haven't made pinwheels in years, so I of course jumped right in to HST making.
 My hubby helped me figure out the best arrangement for the blocks once they were made.  I quilted it in a swirl pattern in each block to give it some motion.
 I made a bias binding so I could make rounded corners. This is only the second quilt I have ever made with rounded corners. After I washed and dried it, I noticed the binding had not covered the back of the quilt edges well enough in a few spots and it raveled.  So I patched it up with those little strips you see here.
 I used an extra block and all the rest of the yardage to piece the back.  I love the look.

 And I fancied up my little label with a scrap of the striped material. 

 One more shot of the rounded corners.  Oh, and the blueberries in the post title?  Bought 2 cases at an amazing sale and we had blueberries in B's yellow birthday cake and now this little rustic tart.
More blueberry baking to come.  Mmmmmmmmmm.
Have a great week.