Tuesday, May 31, 2011

2 Strips Short of a Binding

I don't know about you all, but I save my leftover binding strips.  I figure that I can make a scrappy binding by sewing them together, or perhaps use them to bind another small-ish project.  Well, I was going to finish my second "leftovers" project trying to use up fabrics from previous finishes.  I had some stacked coin strips left over from the Stacked Drachmae project and enough of the Kona Sunflower to make a small table runner.  I finished the table runner top and quilted it, but when I went through my leftover binding, there's only enough of this Lila Tueller Santorini for half the table runner :(

Do any of you have a 2.5" strip of this or one of the other Santorini coordinates that you would be willing to part with?  I need a total of 60" to get around the other two sides.  I'd be happy to send you a nice fat quarter of something else in return :)

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Throw Pillow Covers

Remember last year when I made the batik strip tube quilt?  I had some leftover strips from the piano key borders, some of the marbled purple batik, and some leftover purple print batik that was used for the quilt backing.  These strips and pieces had been laying around my sewing room since last July while I decided what to do with them.  I initially thought I would make a table runner, but just wasn't inspired until I saw some pillow forms on sale at Joann's.  Since I didn't know off hand how much fabric I had at home, I bought one rectangular and one square pillow form.  Then, this happened today...

I was happily surprised that there was enough fabric to make three of them.

There is another "leftovers" project that's been hanging around for a loooong time in my sewing room that may pop up finished before the weekend is over :)

Saturday, May 21, 2011

1800's Blended Fabrics Giveaway Winner

The True Random Number Generator has been used and the winner is:

The twelfth comment was left by Eileen of Ladybug Lovelies.  Congratulations Eileen!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Who wants some free fabric?

This fabric will not be on everybody's "must have" list, but fans of Victorian/1800's will probably want to throw their names in the hat for it.  Please note that I will only ship this fabric to an address within the continental United States.  The fabrics are Antique 1800's Blends by Sharon Yenter from In the Beginning Fabrics.  There are a few fat quarters, larger pieces, and a lot of smaller pieces left over from this Antique 1800's Blended quilt that I made last year.

Here are the fabrics

Just leave a comment - I'll pick the winner next Saturday 5/21/2011.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Spring 2011 Blogger's Quilt Festival Entry

I've wrestled with picking a quilt for a few of the Blogger's Quilt Festivals in the past, but this time it was an easy decision.

This quilt, which I have named, "A Loveliness of Ladybugs," was my first ever applique project.  The pattern was purchased at Underground Quilts at Pike Place Market in Seattle while on vacation with some of my quilting buddies back in 2007 - the pattern is Ladybugs on Parade.   If you want to read about one of our madcap quilt shop adventures during the trip, click here.

I collected about fifteen different green batiks for the nine-patch background blocks and this blue fabric with ladybugs for the nine-patch centers

The ladybug bodies were pieced and then the heads were applique'd - here's a collage pictures of the blocks in progress

If you would like to read more about this quilt, related posts are linked under "Applique" on the sidebar to the right.
Once the quilt top and backing were finished, they were sent off to the awesome Angela of QuiltingIsMyTherapy.com who did an amazing job of quilting it.  See?  There are more close-up pictures of Angela's quilting on her blog - just follow the previous link.

She quilted Grammy "hearts" Emily and Emily's name into the quilt in several places (you might have to click on the picture to see it more clearly)

This quilt will be a present for my sweet granddaughter, Emily, for her fourth birthday in July.

Thank you for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your "site"seeing :)

Monday, May 9, 2011

Urban Zoo Quilt Backing

Just a quick post and pic of a finished backing for the Michael Miller Urban Zoo quilt. 

I used Kona Medium Gray for the backing and decided it was awfully blah.  It definitely needed something to add a little interest.  Two strips of Kona Zucchini and three left over squares of Urban Zoo did the trick :) 

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Has it really been that long?

I logged into Blogger to post a couple of pictures and my last post was April 17th.  I'm shocked that it's been so long.  Not much sewing has been going on, but this morning I decided to get the borders on the 2 Dr. Seuss quilt tops that have been sitting on my dining room table for a month (along with that Michael Miller Urban Zoo quilt top).

First, I got the borders on the baby quilt which will be about 46" x 56" when it is finished.  Since there were no blocks using the yellow border fabric around the edge of the quilt, it didn't need an inner border.  This is a nice size for a baby quilt - plenty big enough for tummy time without being too big to be portable.

Next, I tackled the larger quilt which will be a good size for a young child as a snuggly quilt for the couch or bed (58" x 67").  This one had blocks made up of the border fabric along the edge.  I had auditioned the colorful coordinate stripe in my earlier post, but I wasn't thrilled with it and the feedback wasn't encouraging.  Since I didn't really want to make the quilt a "boy quilt" or "girl quilt," I hesitated about the inner border.  This morning as I was plowing through my stripe stash, I found a half yard of wonky black and white stripe fabric that looks like a coordinate stripe, but since there was nothing on the selvage I'm not sure.  What I do know is that it worked nicely as a break between the blocks and the border, see?

As always, Alsley was "guarding" the quilt from his bed :)

I enjoyed a wonderful dinner with my Mom tonight (an early Mother's Day celebration).  We sat on the restaurant's covered patio and watched the boats go by on the intracoastal waterway.  Even though it was a warm day, we sat in the shade and there was a nice cool breeze coming off the water.  It was the perfect way to celebrate how blessed we are to have each other.  To all you Mom's out there - have a fabulous Mother's Day!