Thursday, August 29, 2013

A Mug Rug

I had designed a mug rug for the shop a while back and they had all sold out.  So I had to put the thinking cap back on and come up with a new pattern and design.   Here is my little pile of fabric.
Got to have some English Paper Piecing in the design.
A Rosette would be just fine.
Quilt sandwich ready for some quilting.
And voila! A brand new sample for a kit is done.  I love the fabric with the little birds.  Fall-ish colors too, don't you think.  Perfect for a cup of tea!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Twisted Jack!

I am completely snowed under with shop samples at the moment.  I am currently working on a Twister Jack sample.  He is just the cutest pumpkin you ever did see.  He does take quite a while to construct as he gets to be stitched twice.
 Firstly you have to choose yummy fall colors!
 Then you piece them together.
And piece and piece etc.  Then you lay him out and scramble up the stairs to get a shot of this handsome fellow.  Next to run back downstairs and start cutting him up for the second round of stitching.  I will post soon what he ends up looking like.  Thanks for stopping by.  I'm so glad you did.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Progress on Hexagon Rosettes!

I have been stitching up a storm during some TV watching time.  Making progress with only two Rosettes left to make.
18 Rosettes 
Somebody is enjoying a lazy Sunday afternoon, napping and looking out the window at birds!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Fall Tablerunner!

I cut kits for this cute tablerunner at work on Monday.  Of course a sample had to be made so I rushed home with fabrics and made a start.
 Four pumpkins completed and waiting to be stitched together.
I quilted it yesterday and put the binding on last night.  
 Turned out well I think.  Quiet cheerful looking.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Hexa go-go Progress!

I have stitched together three Rosettes and am well underway on the fourth rosette.  I also purchased my white fabric and the black to make the border between the strings and the rosette blocks.  Fun stuff! I am so excited to start string piecing  the blocks together.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Hexa go-go

My friend and I make many of the same patterns and work on our own versions of a quilt at the same time.  It is so much fun to do it that way.  We had both bought Hexa Go-Go when it came out.  We have both had our eye on the Cat Tails pattern and she is making the quilt for her college bound daughter.
Not to be outdone, I jumped onto the band wagon too.  You see, this pattern has two of my favorite things in the quilting world - Hexagons and string piecing!
 I sat down and traced out all 138 papers for the rosettes and then started building the rosette stacks.  I peg each flower together with a wooden peg.  Keeps things organized and for some reason I just like pegs (clothes pins)
Here are two of them done already.  I need to buy some yardage for the white and black bits and then I will start string piecing.  Heaven knows I have so many strings.  I will keep you posted as to the progress.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Up to no Good - Part 2!

In my previous post I showed you the start of the first of two quilts which I began this weekend.  Here is the second quilt.
I have always loved spiderweb quilts and have wanted to make one for quiet a while now.  I ordered some papers and a kite template from the Missouri Star Quilt Company!  The package arrived on Saturday morning.  Of course I was just dying to try out the goodies.  Well I am string piecing away like nobody's business.  Working through the stash of scraps albeit rather slowly.  How is it that a pile can built up really quickly and then it takes forever to use it up?
Here are the first batch of triangles pieced!
One block pieced together!  The bottom photo is of two blocks completed.  I have the pieces ready to construct three more blocks.  The block requires four triangles made up of a kite piece and string piecing down the two sides.  I love the mint color of the kites.  It is going to be a cheerful quilt.
Thanks for stopping by to have a look!  I appreciate you so much!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Up to no Good!

I have had some time on my hands this weekend!  Why is that you may ask.  Well two of my three kids living at home have left for college.  I have only one child at home and only for a week.  He leaves on Friday.  Well I felt like playing with fabric.  Don't you know, I just started TWO new quilts.  I should not even have started one, never mind two!!!! So now my UFO list is not as improved as I thought it was getting to be.  I did have FUN though.  Life is just way too short not to have some fun every now and then.   Let me show you what I have done.

Firstly the new Quilt Magazine arrived this week and there are two gorgeous foundation paper piecing patterns inside.  The one is a Christmas Quilt which is so pretty and was just calling out to me to make it!  The second is also a FPP project but that one will have to wait a while.
Here is a picture from the Quilt magazine.
Isn't it absolutely lovely!  The third picture is of my first block!  Only fifteen left to go and let me tell you it was a boatload of stitching and trimming and pressing.  It was fun though.  Well, that is project number one.  I will show you project number two tomorrow when I get a bit more of it done.  Thank you for stopping by.  Have a great week.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Working on A Sample

I am busy working on a gorgeous sample at the moment for our store.  It is a sampler style quilt which teaches one different techniques.
I am loving the red, black, grey and white palate.  Really fun to work on! Next up are the Dresden Plate blocks!!!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Some English Paper Piecing!

I bought a jelly roll of Meme fabric!  The colors are so gentle and sweet.  So I decided to make an EPP project from elongated hexagons and a single color for the backing fabric.  The solid color is called tea rose and is just perfect.  The elongated hexie fits perfectly on the jelly roll strip with just enough fabric for the seam allowances.  The photo gives one an idea of what the pattern will look like.
Have a great Tuesday and thank you for stopping by.

Friday, August 2, 2013

The Classmate Bag

I have just made the most awesome bag to tote around some EPP in! It is an Atkinson Designs pattern called Classmate!  There are so many pockets!  Some with zippers, and some without.  There is place to put your pens too!
Here is a photo of the outside of the bag all opened up.  
Here it is closed and ready to tote around.  There are so many pieces to cut out and so many steps to do but it goes together really well.  I made it in a day but really my frain was bried (brain was fried) at the end of following all those instructions.  I love the bag though and it was so worth while.
Have a great weekend and thank you for stopping by.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

A Few Small Things Done!

I have been sewing up a storm trying to get projects done for the quilt shop I work for.  We have a display table with Christmas projects on it so that people can get ideas to get a jumpstart on the gift making!  These little treat bags come from one of the books we have.
I am teaching a class on this Folded Fabric Christmas Ornament.  I love making these!  They look so complicated but are really easy and fun to make.
Let me get back to the sewing machine and more sample making!
Have a great day and thank you for stopping by!