Sunday, May 17, 2015

Slow Stitching Sunday - Following My Muse

Sunday, my day to relax and stitch.  At least that is usually the plan.  Today I plan on working on this mini quilt that I made yesterday, in between doing other things around the house.... like gardening, cooking, etc. 
If  you read Julie's blog, Pink Doxies, you may have seen her post earlier this week about "She Loves You' blocks from the book Quilt Lovely by Jen Kingwell.  The block was so sweet, I knew I just had to lock to door so the Quilt Police wouldn't find me.. and make one of these blocks...or two. :-)
This was actually the second block I made.... of course when following your muse you always have to make more than just one. :-)
First attempt was good... but I didn't like the way the top of the heart looked.  Fabric selections needed to be better thought out.  You can see I am thinking of a light purple border... but not decided yet.
Third block was also good.. but my favorite is still the second one.  Which do you think works best?

Take a trip over to Pink Doxies to check out Julie's various versions of this block and what her final choice was.  I just love her fabric choices.  Thanks for the inspiration, Julie!!  These were a lot of fun and one will be a perfect gift for a girlfriend that will be moving south in the near future. 

I am linking up this Sunday at Kathy's Quilts Slow Stitching Sunday.  Stop over to see what other slow stitching is going on today.

Happy Stitching,

Deb

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Stars in a Time Warp Update - Weeks 14 - 18

My, how time has flown (no pun intended).  I truly feel like I have been living in a time warp the past month.  I have, a least, been keeping up with my stars for Stars in a Time Warp quilt along, and now it's time to bring you up to date!
My collection of blocks from weeks # 14 - 18.  I love pairing these Stars in a Time Warp blocks with our antique clocks.  You can click on the title of each week to link back to Civil War Quilts to learn more.
Week 14 was Rainbow or Ombre Prints. You can see the shaded stripes in both of these blocks. 
Week 15 was woven plaids.  While I am sure there are some great wovens out there, they have not made it into my stash.  I decided to skip this week.  I  knew I would make up for is somewhere along the way!
Week 16 was Paisleys.  Paisley adds a nice texture to quilts.  I had quite a variety to chose from as you can see in these two blocks.
Week 17 was Conversation Prints.  Oh boy!  Love these little prints in quilts.  You can see I made 5 blocks using various 'conversationals".  They are described as "prints featuring figures of recognizable objects other than florals and abstract geometrics."  Let's take a closer look at these!
Anchors.
  Both of these fabrics are from Minick and Simpson, from several years ago.
Engraving of a cat drinking out of a tea cup.  LOVE this and have used it in several quilts.
So cute.
Wonderful image of sledding.. or is that a toboggan??
Another unique engraving.  This looks like someone being pushed on a barrel.  
This may be considered a sporting print, a subcategory of conversationals.
The last one is bows and pins.  This is a current fabric from Laundry Basket Quilts.
This week, Week 18 of the quilt along, is California Gold (1850 - 1890's).  Described as an intense gold. 

What an education and I am having so much fun at the same time!

Happy Stitching!

Deb



Saturday, May 9, 2015

RSC for May - Green - It's a Good Thing!

Green!  Fresh, renewal, growth, new life..... these are the things I think of when I think of green.  And that is how I am feeling!  I can't believe it's been 2 weeks since I have had a chance to even look at a blog, never mind write one.  Work has been super busy, but now that I feel like a huge weight has been lifted from me (the project I have been working on is over)  and I can get back to my stitching and my blog friends. As Martha would say, "It's a Good Thing".
So, as I said, I have not had  a lot of time lately to do any stitching.  But on a recent trip to Philadelphia (I was not driving- LOL) I was able to get my green hexies made. 
They now join the other hexies already done for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2015.  I am loving  how this table runner is coming along.  It's not all pieced yet.. but some of it is!
In other hexie news...... I have also been working on some larger hexagon paper piecing.  
I am using primarily Kaffe Fassett fabrics.  They work beautifully with the large hexagons. 
These hexies are 3" on each side.  Which means they are 6 inches at their widest point. I am making them with precut paper pieces for English paper piecing by Paper Pieces.  Lots of fun and very portable. 
As I said, earlier this week I was in Philadelphia on a business trip.  Looks like Gracie wanted to come along.  She was a perfect fit in my suitcase! LOL
Even Lucy decided it was a good place to be once I was packed!

You don't have to pack your bags to head over to So Scrappy to check out all the other green creativity going on there!  Just sit back and enjoy the RSC 2015.

Happy Stitching!

Deb

Saturday, April 25, 2015

RSC for April - Purple - Where Did the Month Go??

I have had these done for awhile.. but life gets in the way.. and so you know how it goes.....
The color for the month of April.. in case you haven't heard.. is Purple.  LOVE PURPLE!!!  So you would think I would have more to show.. alas.. no.  
It has been a really busy couple of weeks.. and it will continue a few more, so I don't really have a lot to show. 
But here are my purple hexies.....
But since we are talking about purple.. here are some of the fabrics I bought at Pennington Quilt Works when I went there for my birthday.  Did I mention they have a great sale room too?
Now.. what is this for??
They went into the washer (with a couple color catchers) ... which I never do.. unless....

I am making a baby quilt..

No, not for me silly..LOL...  but stay tuned.

Linking up at the Rainbow Scrap Challenge (RSC) at so So Scrappy.  Check out all the amazing purple projects this month!

Happy Stitching,

Deb

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