Friday, June 28, 2013

Moving Right Along!

I used the 12 leftover rail fence blocks to make two placemats for my husband and I!

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I really love these fabrics!!  They do all the work in these simple blocks!

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On the table runner I quilted it in curly swirls.  But on these placemats, I quilted it in leaves… my all time favorite motif to quilt!!

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The backing was from my tiny stash here in the apartment!  A brown print with homey words on it!!

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And, the house is moving right along!!

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The siding is up!  The shutters are on!  It’s so fun to watch it progress!

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And they are painting inside and working on the kitchen.  No counters yet, though!!

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What are you doing this weekend?  We’ll be at the house getting estimates on putting in a patio after we close!

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Fenced In

I am trying to totally change our d├ęcor in the new house.  I’m going more modern and lighter.  Looking for a newer, more simple look!

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So when I saw these bright graphic fabrics a while back, I bought a half-yard of the orange, green and blue prints.

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See?  I really AM trying to like and use orange!!  LOL!!

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Then I saw this AWESOME floral print from the Field Study collection… which in my mind really looked great with the graphic prints, so I bought a yard of it for the backing!

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Soooo…  I wanted a simple design that would let the fabric do the work!  A rail fence block was perfect!!

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I aligned the three fabrics carefully on my mat and cut 2  1/2” strips  from selvage to selvage, getting seven strips from each fabric.

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I randomly sewed the strips together in sets of three, then sub-cut the strip sets into 6 1/2” blocks.  I got 6 blocks from each strip set, with a bit leftover… hmmmm…

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I laid the blocks out in 10 rows of three… using 30 of the 42 blocks for the table runner.  I will make 2 placemats from the remaining 12 blocks…and maybe some coasters from the leftovers??  I will be looking for a cool print for the placemat backs, as I used up all my Field Study for the runner backing.

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As the blocks fabrics and seams on the runner were all so straight, I quilted the runner in swirls, to soften the look and give it some texture!!

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Soooo, waddaudink? 

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Whatcha working on this week?

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Dulcinea Done!!

Loved making this month’s Schnibble - Ducinea!!

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Such a fun little quilt!

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And as always, Carrie’s instructions were clear and easy to follow!!

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I used Moda’s “Happy Go Lucky” collection!!

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I free-motion quilted large leaf shapes on each square with a wavy center vein line.

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I added little green buttons to the pinwheel centers for fun!  A little pop!!

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And Yogi gave his seal of approval when I laid it on the ottoman to take photos of it!!

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The house is coming along quite nicely!!

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When we went to look at it around 6:00pm on Monday, the sun was really backlighting it so it’s kinda hard to see it!

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But the brick is done!  YAY! 

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What are you sewing on this week??

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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Happy Father’s Day!

Or in the case of my own dear Father, it should be called Daddy’s Day!!

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Poor guy…soooo out-numbered living with 4 daughters and a wife!!

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Here he is last December, sitting with his best couch buddy, Yogi!!

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I was so blessed to have him as my Daddy!

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They just don’t come better!!

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Including the Father of my own boys!!

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Hope you are having a wonderful Father’s Day with the special men in your life!!

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Make Do!

I am working on this month’s Schnibble pattern, Dulcinea.  I don’t have all my rulers here in the apartment, so I had to run over to Joann’s, darn it, to get the one I needed to trim the blocks.

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I trimmed one block and the size and slipperiness of the little 3 1/2” square ruler, made it hard to hold the ruler still while trimming the block.

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So, I looked around here for something I could use to make the back of it less slippery.

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I found this package of seam guide strips my dear friend Linda just gave us at bee last weekend!

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So, I placed one strip on each edge of the ruler…trimming them to fit exactly.

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And it really worked perfectly- kept the ruler in place and prevented it from slipping at all!!

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Need truly is the Mother of invention!!

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So, Yogi is dying to know what you are up to this week??

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Sunday, June 9, 2013

Two Finishes for June!

I did finish the Window Screen wall quilt.

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While I do not usually back my quilts in muslin,

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I did this time as it was included in the kit!

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However using it this time made it fun to look at the quilting from the back of the quilt!!

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This kit had the instructions and makings for two small wall quilts.

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The second one utilizes the same fabrics to make this Picket Fence quilt.

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I liked making this one, too!

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Using a glue stick instead of fusible was an interesting technique.

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When the pieces are small, I’d use it again.

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But I think using fusible is better for larger pieces.

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Last weekend was our local annual quilt show.

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I went, of course, and totally forgot to take photos to post!!

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But my dear friend, Linda, was so kind to take some for me to use!!

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It was fun to wander the aisles through the vendor sections.

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I love seeing the quilters of all different ages at the show.

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Some just beginning to quilt and some who have been doing it for years… some decades!!

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What did you do over the weekend??

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