Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Feeling A Little Wonky

The Wonky Stars I made for the Bushfire Quilt Project really got me hooked. I've managed to make wonky star points for 25 additional blocks–those Friday sew nights at Honey Run really give a sense of accomplishment! I've made three complete blocks and my goal is to sew one each night right before bed. So hopefully in three weeks I'll have them all completed and ready to sew into a quilt top. This, of course, is in addition to the other three or four projects I have going (I think my hobby has a hobby).

My left sidebar has the tutorial I used to make these little twinklers. Happy sewing to you all.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Sew News and a Birthday Too!

I'm starting today with my Sunday Stash. This is my fat quarter bundle of Katie Jump Rope by Denyse Schmidt. The mail fairy brought it to me this week. Also, my latest acquisition from Amazon–Material Obsession. What a great book, the photos alone are worth the price, not to mention the projects. . .

I also finished my Coin Quilt for the 2009 Piece-A-Long. The piece off to the right will be the back and I plan to dig through my stash for a pink plaid for the binding.

I'm quite happy with the end result, pink and brown are so scrumptious together.

I've also continued auditioning options for these four wonky log cabin blocks I made some time ago. I just can't seem to find a setting I like. I am fond of the background fabric show here. I may have to make a few more blocks then try again.

On the home front, these two celebrated their 10th birthday on the 23rd. I cried a little as I frosted their cakes. There's something about double-digits that always makes me feel a little blue. I love them more than words can express. Their day to day relationship with one another never ceases to amaze me, multiples really do have a special bond.

They had a great day! The grandparents came, we enjoyed the requested spaghetti dinner with Dad's famous cheese bread, cake, ice cream, and gifts including Littlest Petshop and Legos.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Sew Many Projects

I'm one of those sewists that have 5 or 6 projects all going at once. I've been working on my coins for the Coin Quilt 2009 Piece-a-Long

I started this project from my sketchbook.  I'm hoping to finish it in time to teach it at HRQ this summer. Yes, it involves LOTS of half square triangles. You may notice the triangle paper–one of my favorite notions! I like to use it because it guarantees perfect, accurate half-square triangles. . .no wonkiness here! These will be used in zig-zags on a coordinating background of planes, trains and boats. Along the bottom, I'll paper piece sailboats against a blue cloud fabric, the perfect little boy quilt! 

Also, this week, I've been trying to tie up a lot of loose ends–get it. . . thread. . . loose ends. . . okay, okay. . .my kids didn't laugh either; however, when I began to sing "I'm Bringin' Stitchin' Back" to the music (I use that term loosely) of Justin Timberlake's I'm Bringin' Sexy Back. . . that did make them laugh, but I digress. . .

Back to sewing. I finished the quilt backs for this project as well as for this one. And made this back for a quilt I just finished. This is my first scrappy back. I like the idea of a pieced back to coordinate the top. 

Happy sewing all!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Sunday Stash–Seeing Spots

I've always had this fascination with polka dots. I love them. The rest of the world must love them, or at least like them as well. The fashion and home dec industries call a polka dot revival in their designs at least once each decade. I'm sure we can each recall something spotted from our past. From browsing through local shops and online, spots, dots and polka dots are here again! 

Here is my polka dot party–a definite must have for my stash. 

Happy Sunday all, we are enjoying fresh sunshine after several huge rain storms.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Bushfire Quilt Project

Just finished four blocks to send off to the land down under for the Bushfire Quilt Project. One very thoughtful gal along with her mom and friends are putting together quilts made from wonky star blocks made and donated from people all over the world. I'm sure her house looks like a supernova! From her blog posts, her husband has been very helpful in her endeavor! What a great guy! A big shout out to him also, for his service in the US Army. 

It's not too late to join in the fun, these blocks are super fun to make (almost addicting) and what a great opportunity to help others in need. Touch on the Bushfire Quilt Project link in my side bar to see what others are working on or have completed.  

Sunday Stash–Amy Butler Solids

Solids make such a statement in quilts and other textile projects! Using something opposite on the color wheel from your focal fabric in a solid really makes your project POP! I love Amy's solids, they have a silky feel to them. . .very soft and rich. I've used strips from these in various projects, and I'm thinking maybe an all solids quilt using a modern pattern to finish off the stash. 

What's in your solid stash? Happy Sunday!