Friday, October 28, 2011

Second Finish of the Week

 Well, I got around to taking a photo of my second finish for this week!  It is a table centerpiece using Nancy Halvorsen's Bittersweet fabric!!!  The colors are quite sumptuous indeed.  I used the Little Twister tool to make the pinwheels.  It is a really fun tool to use and the effect is great!!!
I have a Christmas tree quilt pattern all mapped out to use the Little Twister tool again.  It comes in a variety of sizes!!  You can use a charm pack, or a layer cake and then there is a teensy one too which makes a really fun wall hanging or mug rug!!!
Thanks for stopping by!!

The Scarf is Done!!!

 I can't believe it but I have two finishes in one week!!!  That makes me feel a little better about my huge pile of UFO's!!!!  Now to keep up the trend.
Don't you just love this super cute ruffle scarf?  So easy to make - cast on 8 stitches and knit garter stitch!  The yarn does the work for you and it makes up in no time!!!
I will post my other finish when a get to taking a photo of it.  Might be later today.  I hope you are having a fabulous Friday!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

A Little Something from Nothing!!!

 I am currently working on a Road to Tennessee quilt!  The pattern can be found on Moda Bake Shop!  You need charm squares and smaller square to sew to two apposite corners of the charm square.
 Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner across the small square!
 Place them on the charm square, pin and sew following your drawn diagonal line.
 Here comes the fun part.  This blog is not about the Road to Tennessee quilt but about the leftovers.  When you trim your triangle points off, what do you do with them?  They probably get swept into the trash can!  Your scraps cost as much as your yardage!!!  So what to do with them?
 I took them over to my machine and stitched the long sides string piece fashion!
 Once done, separate them and iron the square open with the seam towards the printed fabric.  Clip the little ears off.   They will be your only scraps from this projects and since they are so small I don't mind throwing them out.
 Next, you take the little squares and stitch them together into rows.  Iron them so that when you are sewing your rows together, the seams will interlock.
 Next, pin every interlocking seam after making sure that they match up evenly and stitch your row together.
 See!! Now isn't that cute!!  When I am finished with this project, it will be a doll quilt.  I plan to put borders around it.  I feel good about not having to throw out fabric!!!
If you are interested, the fabric I am using is "It's a Hoot" for the charm squares, and a Moda Solid in a pale yellow (Butter)!!
Have a great day and thank you for stopping by!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Some Yummy Yarn and Fabric

 Hello!  I have a couple of things to share!!!  Firstly, I bought some fancy yarn to knit a scarf with.  There are signs of fall in Texas.  Our highs are dipping into the upper 70's for a change!!!  Can you believe I am thinking of scarves.  This is the knitting and crochet season for me.  So, isn't this red yarn just too yummy?  Every row is a knit row (6 stitches only) and look how sublime the scarf is.  It looks so much more complicated than it really is!!!
Secondly, I bought some fabric from work today.  Have I mentioned that I don't bring much money home!!!  This fabric is Sunrise Silhouette by Jo Moulton.  I absolutely love Roosters.  I see a table runner and some place mats and mug rugs in my future.  The colors are so rich!!!  Just beautiful.
I hope you are all well and your projects are progressing fabulously.  Thanks for stopping by!  Talk to you soon.

Friday, October 7, 2011

A Fall Finish

 Hello!  I have not blogged in so long!!!  Life has been busy.  Fall semester always seems to be a whirlwind of activities!  Work has been busy too.  I have managed to sew a few fun things though.  I really enjoy making small seasonal quilts for fall and halloween.  This little quilt really appealed to me because of the vintage postcards.  They are so charming!! It was fun to make and is really bright and cheerful!!  I just love it.

English Paper Piecing is taking the world by storm at the moment.  If you have not tried it I recommend you find out what makes it so appealing and addictive to "sew" many people.  It is portable, a good stash buster, and just plain good old fun to make.  What you will need to make this block is 1" 6-point Diamonds, 1" Half Hexagons and then 2" 6-point Diamonds for the connector pieces.  I am making this out of solids.  Different colors in different shades.  The connector pieces will be in black!!!  Stay tuned for progress with this project.
I actually completed a quilt top, pieced the back and basted the quilt this week for my son.  It has been a WIP for many months now.  I really need to complete a few things!!!  I am the queen of starting projects.
Definitely not the queen of finishing things!!
I hope you all have a great weekend and thank you for stopping by!