Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Finished it!

My friend's secret scrap quilt is completed and on it's way to her...it's a surprise so don't tell.
Here is a photo of the lap quilt I made.
Very colorful for me, wouldn't you say? 
I used an assortment of Batik strips cut from my (growing) stash of Batiks.
I too was amazed at just how many different fabrics I have collected.

What I started to do was to purchase 1/3 yard of some Batiks I thought were pretty and that I liked.
The 1/3 yard cut (for me) works better than a FQ or a 1/4 yard.  I have found that with collecting certain fabric lines getting that size offers me a good amount of fabric to work with in quilts or toppers that I want to make.

This quilt was quilted using a variegated Sulky #12wt. thread.  The thread colors were a perfect compliment to the fabrics.  I simple quilted through every other strip in a straight line.  Easy as can be!
Made with 1 1/2" strips.  Finished size 41" X 50".

The other thing I did was to put a label on the back.  Yes, I know that we should always do this but I must confess that this is the first time I have done this!  Shock throughout the nation!
Usually I simple stitch my initials and the date on a corner in the back but this time I actually made and attached a simple label.
When I started to stitch down the fourth side of this label a strong feeling of pride and accomplishment came over me.  I cannot explain it and it wasn't a sappy kind of a feeling...just felt good.
This isn't a prize winning quilt or anything. It is really cute and very cheery.  The label thing was about the label.  So perhaps there is more to adding a label to a quilt than just identifying the maker and date and some other things like perhaps the recipient and the occasion for which the quilt was made.
I don't know what it was - it just felt good!
So now, I will need to label my quilts from this point on.

I think my friend will like this little quilt!

Happy Spring!  Take time to watch the flowers grow!
Take time to sit and sew!

Saturday, March 17, 2012


Yes, I am Irish...everyday!




Thursday, March 8, 2012

Uh Oh...look what I found...

So, remember the last post with the fabric that I am going to use this month (even if it kills me - which it won't).
Well, when I was 'shopping' through my stash for fabric for a project I came across another piece of the green.
Now I have two 3/4 yard pieces.  I will add this to my March obligation and see what becomes of it.  How in the world do I have two pieces of this fabric I will never know!

In between sewing some projects (no pics yet) I did a little more organizing.  My Civil War fabric shelf was in need of a clean-up since I have been using a lot of this fabric in projects lately.
Here she is...
The blue box holds all my small scraps of Civil War and the little book has a snippet of each piece I own so I can take it along on shopping trips and not duplicate.  It doesn't always work!
I keep my Civil War FQ's in a plastic box along with some CW panels and a piece I don't want to cut up because I am saving it for a backing.

Maybe if I organize and clean a little section of my sewing room every day I will reach the point of having a wonderfully user friendly sewing room!  Just maybe!  All I know is that you will not see the before pictures!  LOL

Off to work on some samples for classes!


Thursday, March 1, 2012

Finally ~ a goal for 2012...

Well, a goal that relates to sewing that is!
Last year I had planned to "mash my stash".  I did use a lot of my stash fabrics but I also realized that if I made a purchase say last week and used it this week I called it using my stash.  LOL!
All I can say is...my game ~ my rules!
Upon giving this deep some thought I decided that this year I would choose three (or so) fabrics from my stash each month, take a photo of them and try to use each of them in a project by month's end.
Again...my game ~ my rules!  

My Rules
1.  I can use some or all of the fabric
2.  They can all be used in the same project or they can be used individually
3.  I can use them in any project any way I want
4.  If I don't use them that month I will put them into a 'special box' and if they haven't been used by the end of the year I should donate or give them away (maybe ~ remember, these are my rules for me!)
5.  I will try really hard do my best to use a wide range of the fabrics in my stash; from ugly fabrics to my most coveted favorites
6.  This does not mean that I cannot buy more fabric for my stash

Now that the rules are in place (and subject to change) here is a photo of the fabrics I have picked for March.
Pink fabric = 1 yard
Green fabric = 3/4 yard
Large floral fabric = 1 yard

Stay tuned to see where any one of these may show up!

On another note, today I did a little Spring decorating.  My 'secret sister' sent me this wonderful runner and I just had to put it out with my bunnies and chicks!

And then, I organized a drawer in the office for my ribbons.
That felt good!
Tonight I have some hand sewing to do and some paperwork to finish for my husband's business...it's Tax Season madness I tell you!

Happy Sewing!