Friday, December 31, 2010

Modern Siggy Block quilt

Last night, I finished binding my Modern Siggy Block quilt.

I was aiming for that "gradually changing color" effect.

There were 97 of us who participated. I chose an 8 x 12 layout. I put my own block on the back as a label.

Anna Maria Horner afficionados will recognize the border and backing as Garden Party fabrics.

Like this guy, I JUST made it!

I wanted to be able to put 2010 on the label; I did.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Gift wrap

What does a quilter use for wrapping gifts?

Why, fabric, of course! And the zanier, the better!

I particularly like the flamingo fabric, and the easter egg fabric!

All of the fabric being used as gift wrap can simply be folded and put back in the stash. If I keep the purple fabric (we don't celebrate Kwanzaa; it was a fabric donation), I'll use it as "muslin" for foundation piecing.

These homemade cinnamon rolls made by the girls (via The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl) are to. die. for. They are worth a mention here.

Merry Christmas to you and yours this holiday season.

Friday, December 24, 2010

What was I thinking?!!

'Twas the night before Christmas, and...

I'm finishing up a quilt top that I started this week? I had a TON of stuff to do; how'd I crank this out?!!

It's a little windy, as you can see...

Our charity sewing circle had been gifted a lot of fabric recently, as I've mentioned before. Part of the stash included some great ethnic prints. I had an idea in my head, kind of Beyond the Block style.

UPDATE: I'd gotten some questions about the book that inspired this, so I wanted to give you a picture of it. This really is the best price I've seen for this book:

There are elements of this that I really like. There are also elements that I will definitely do differently next time. Because there WILL be a next time. In fact, I'm thinking of creating a series, and naming it "Origins." This may become a "potato-chip quilt" kind of style for me (you know, once you do one, you can't stop). I'm thinking very seriously of donating this one, or keeping this on hand as a last-minute gift or donation. I've always wanted a reserve of quilts to use like that...

In this photo, it's been rotated 180 degrees. Hmm...

I'll keep trying... :)

Monday, December 13, 2010

Three more

I was able to finish three more charity blankets in the past week.

They'll be mentioned over here:

I have more of these I'll be sewing this week (as well as crib sheets), but at least 3 are done for today. :)

Saturday, December 11, 2010

FNSI December 10, 2010

So, I sewed.

But first, I washed several yards (maybe two or three dozen?) of cottons and cotton blends that our charity sewing circle had been given as a donation. This was in order to sew crib sheets for portable playpens for a local women's shelter. DD#2 helped with ironing. I cut out 14, and sewed 4 last night. Also, we are giving the same shelter warm, heavy blankets, most of which are made of wool. I made three of those. The fabric for these also came from the same donation.

Some of you knew about the sheets and blankets; I have mentioned them recently. But what I haven't mentioned yet is the source of the donated fabric. The donation was from a retired home ec teacher, who could no longer sew. We estimate that we received over 50 large trash bags of fabric from her! (Question: What does YOUR stash look like?)

You probably want to see pictures. Um...maybe tomorrow. Or the next day. Or on the off chance that I can get pictures taken tonight, I'll post them soon.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Look what I won!

This just arrived in the mail; look at what I won!

I won four cuts of fabric from Tula Pink's Neptune line by Moda!

And I also won three cuts of fabric from Sanae's Arcadia line, also by Moda!

I actually had a honey bun and a piece of yardage from this line from about a year ago, when I participated in the Friendship Bag Swap (I blogged about it here and here). This is what remains:

So, along with the new acquisition, I think I have enough for at least a small quilt!

Now, where will I find the time?!!

Thanks again, AllieKatMom, for such a lovely gift. :)

Monday, December 6, 2010

Slacking off

Sigh; I'm such a slacker.

I only finished two blankets for this week. :)

In my own defense, last week was incredibly busy. Also, the women's shelter for which we are sewing these is in need of crib sheets more desperately than these blankets. So, we've trying to get those cut and sewn. I've sewn two of those. I hope to have more sheets and blankets sewn for next week's Monday report.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Sewing for the World Surgical Foundation

Even during those times when I am not actively blogging or even quilting per se, I am still sewing...

Here is a picture that is very dear to me. My charity sewing group, since May 2006, has sewn over 18,000 items! I still can't believe it. In the picture above, you can see an example of the sheets that we sewed for the World Surgical Foundation. Pop over to our charity sewing group's blog to read more about it.
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