Saturday, April 26, 2014

An April finish...

... cutting it kind of close!


The fabric is pb&j by Basic Grey for Moda.   I adapted a pattern I have made before, using charm squares.  Something about magic binding and the cheerfulness of this little table topper seemed to make sense... don't you agree?  Finished size is 23" x 24".  I like how it looks outdoors with my wicker patio furniture!

For a tutorial on magic binding click here.

I'm off to attend a Minecraft themed birthday party for a very special,  (and handsome!) eight year old... my grandson!

Friday, April 25, 2014

My kind of Friday night...

... aromatic cups of coffee, and the hum of my sewing machine!  

A few months ago while browsing in a local quilt shop (itching to spend my Christmas present gift card), I was smitten by the PB&J fabric by Basic Grey for Moda.  It is SO NOT what I'm usually interested in... I'm a civil war repro girl all the way.  But there was something about the bold mix of colors, geometric designs, and "happy" look of this fabric line that said, "take me home!"  I purchased a charm pack, and a few fat quarters.  That was in January.  I started toying with patterns and decided to adapt one that I've used several times before.  In late February I did this...

Pieces cut, additional yardage for borders, backing and binding ordered on line, and then nothing... until this past Wednesday night.

I'm making a simple table topper... big surprise, I know.  Large quilts will come when I retire in 3 years and 2 months.  (But who's counting?  Me, that's who!)   For now I'll stick to small projects that I can actually see progress on.  Tonight I sandwiched the top, batting, and backing, and did some simple machine quilting.  This little cutie is screaming for magic binding... that's the plan anyway.  

A good night of peaceful sleep and I'll be ready to work the magic with the binding tomorrow.  It'll be me, several cups of aromatic coffee, and my sewing machine a hummin'... my kind of Saturday!!!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Patchwork of the Crosses blocks... s l o w progress...

On the first Saturday of each month, six of us get together to work on our Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses blocks, inspired by Linda Franz.

By far, Barbara is way ahead of the rest of us in the progress department.   And she reigns as the "fussy cutting" queen!   Her plan is to make a queen size quilt, and she's looking at a five year goal.  It won't surprise the rest of us if this over achiever reaches her goal much sooner!

Most of the girls are using 1" honeycombs, but I have a reputation of going against the flow... I'm using 3/4" honeycomb shapes.  My fabric color choices are red, brown, beige, and a bit of black.  Fussy cutting is a bit more of a challenge because of the size of the honeycomb template.  My tentative goal is 16 blocks for a table topper quilt.  With only two blocks done, I have lots of time to improve with the fussy cutting!

The block on the white background is the first block I made, and it's ready for me to stitch the honeycombs together.  (Something that I thought I had already done...).  The block on the right is the one I completed on Saturday.  The fabric it's laying on will be my "path," or background fabric.  As with most EPP projects I undertake, I'm lovin' this one, too!
Time management has been an issue for me lately.   I'm way behind on reading blogs... I did some catching up earlier this afternoon, enjoying every minute of looking and reading about what all of you have been cutting, piecing, and quilting!  I would love to leave comments on ALL of the blogs I view, but time just isn't on my side.   In return, I don't expect everyone who views my blog to leave a comment.   I'm very happy if you do, but I'm mainly happy for the opportunity to share my adventures in the world of quilting with all of you, and if you are inclined to leave a comment, I'm extremely grateful!  
Happy April, and SPRING, to all of you!


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

B I N G O prize!

Silly as it sounds, we play B I N G O at retreat.   We get just as excited for bingo as we do for completed projects!   In March, the Threads group enjoyed another spring retreat, and the B I N G O prizes were a big hit!  If you were lucky enough to win at least once, you may have gone home with machine needles, a felted coin purse, a seam ripper, a woolly scarf, funky socks, homemade hand lotion, homemade hand scrub,  crocheted coasters, amaryllis bulbs, binding clips, or this...

Sandra made a couple of these very cute and very handy rectangular pin cushions.  It nestles up to my sewing machine base... ribbon sewn on each long end wrap around to the back and tie into a snug bow.   So precious!   And who doesn't love a pinwheel block... especially in blue and white!!!

Thank you Sandra!