Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Another little quilt

This is another finish thanks to the hand quilting service from Bellwether. This quilt is one from the mini of the month program (2010) at Temecula Quilt Company. It is a Lori Smith (From My Heart to Your Hands) design. I made a little change to the kit because I ran out of the colored fabrics used in the little churn dash blocks (I think they are 3"). I am a pre-washer and the pieces frayed and shrunk. Anyway, I was quite happy with the way the brown Jo Morton fabric worked as the corner blocks. I think I like it better than if the corners had each been a different color. I should have used it for the binding, too, but I had already cut the blue that came with the kit and didn't feel like digging through the stash for more of the brown.

The striped fabric in the borders really "makes" this quilt. Aside from the brown I added from my stash, I think the fabrics are all from a Bonnie Blue (Marcus) line. Dick Fries had the quilter follow the zig-zag line in the border and it turned out really cute. You can see it better on the back.

I also like the way the quilter solved the problem of the thick bumps where the points are in the churn dash pattern. She just skipped them. I think that worked just fine, don't you?

Monday, May 23, 2011

A little finish and a new camera

I just finished binding the little quilt I blogged about previously (but darn if I can find when it was otherwise I'd link to it). It's another I had quilted by Bellwether. I hope you aren't getting tired of hearing me say that. I am on hiatus from antique quilt shopping (still antique quilt admiring, though) because the prices have crept up and the deals are harder to come by. Besides, I am finding it so much more fun to send my completed tops off for hand quilting and these little quilts don't have the storage problems of the big ones.

This is a busy quilt so it is hard to appreciate the hand quilting when looking at the front. I enjoy admiring the work from the back. Yes, I see those threads I still need to trim off.

Don't you just love the close cross-hatching?

I lost my camera when we were at the graduation in Florida. I thought I would be stylish and ditch the tote bag I usually lug around for a cute little purse. The family didn't get the memo and still dumped everything they were carrying onto me. My purse runneth over, as they say, and the camera escaped. It wasn't anything fancy but was blissfully simple to use. I am going to a quilty event this Wednesday and needed a replacement - fast. Wish me luck as I try to learn the new one I just bought.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

That's three!!

My DD (my baby, even though she's grown) graduated from the University of Miami last weekend and I could not have been more proud. She is the bravest of all of us as she is the only one to venture so far away for college. Her adventurous spirit has taken her all over the U.S. and even to Africa. The next stop is New York City. I am looking forward to being a frequent visitor. And...no more college tuition! Perfect timing, too, because I just saw the new Jo Morton fabrics.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Would you like cheese on that?

Of course! Everything looks better with cheddar. I've been saving 1-1/4" squares whenever I cut for a repro project and keep them in a little plastic box. When it starts to burst, I put together a little quilt. Many of my recent scrappy projects have been turning out a little too...well...scrappy. So, I tapped into the cheddar fabric hoard. The one I used is by Bonnie Blue (Marcus Fabrics) and it is a real favorite. Since most of the fabrics are from Judie Rothermel's lines I am calling this one, "Say Cheese Judie." Cheesey, I know.

This is my little storage box. Don't you just love cute little boxes? When I am cutting my stars (at the top of the photo) I cut a couple of extra 1-1/4" squares and stash them away for a quick fix project later.

Update: the fabric is already spoken for - Congratulations Teresa!

Finally, I've been culling through my fabric collection lately and have a stack of fabrics I am willing to send to someone who can appreciate them more than me. All of the fabrics in the photo above fit into a medium USPS box and I will send them to the first person who says she (or he, but I don't think I have a lot of male readers) wants it. Not a giveaway contest; you claim it first and it is yours. Sorry, I can only ship this one to continental U.S.

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