Wednesday, July 14, 2021

A Bit of This and That

I am working on some smaller projects right now. I have decided that I cannot keep making big quilts. It is hard to baste them and hard to quilt them on my Bernina.

I have had this green and white print for about 5-6 years and I love it! But it is so large I couldn't ever figure out how to use it without cutting it too small. Then I saw the Checkerboard Star block by Lori Holt on the Flamingo Toes blog. To be honest, I thing I saw it on Instagram first, but chased it down on her blog. I loved it and when I went into my stash to choose fabrics, I grabbed the green and white print. I made a large border around the blog and I am so happy with this. I will quilt it and let it be either a table topper or a wall hanging. Either way, I win!
I finally finished joining these blocks together. They all came from my green and blue scrap bins. I tried three different arrangements before I landed on this one. I have pulled fabrics for the backing that I need to piece, and then it will get basted and quilted. It is a good lap size.
Then, I found this block pattern in my Quilt Block Cookbook by Amy Gibson. I was really drawn to the shape of the curves in this block. Again the water color flowers print has been waiting for inspiration to strike. I am going to make 4 of these, with two different centers and two different neutral backgrounds and put them together for a wall hanging. I will border it with the watercolor flowers fabric. No letting fabrics languish any more!
The last thing I have to show you today is this bag. It is the box tote pattern from Very Shannon. I saw this on Instagram as well. So I chased it to her blog. Free patterm.
I actually saw a version on the Cotton Cuts blog, and that's what reeled me in. I made it for my daughter, the knitter. It is a very easy make and I had everything on hand for this. So that's some of what I have been up to lately. Have a great day. Talk to you soon.

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Mid July

 Can you believe it's already the middle of July? My grand children go to year round schools and they start the new school year next week! When I was a kid, I remember that the middle of July meant that the summer was half over!

I have been keeping pretty busy here with sewing and such. I am still doing some sewing from scrap bins. They seem bottomless to me. But I also put together a quilt top from my Spring Chicken fabrics. 

I decided to make a colorful Irish Chain quilt. I wanted to use all the colors and as many fabrics as I could without it looking too scrappy.
I sketched it out on graph paper to get the color placement the way I wanted it. And then I chose the fabrics.
The chickens are obviously the stars of the show here. So I used up most of the chicken fabric to make this top. I still have some small pieces left.
But now that I have this done, I can't decide if I want to put a border on it. I am thinking grey if I do.
And, I also can't decide how I want to quilt it. So, even though I finished it a couple of weeks ago, it is resting on a hanger on the door, waiting for me to make these decisions that only I can make.

I seldom put borders on quilts any more, but this one might just need one. And should I quilt straight lines or curves? Maybe some swirls? I guess it just needs a bit more thought. But not to worry, I have other projects to work on until I decide. I cannot be idle. :)

Talk to you soon.