Monday, October 21, 2013


...really helps motivate me!
What about you?
Lady certainly disagrees with me.  She just wants to nap on the cozy-comfy chair with a quilt and some pillows!
Speaking of Sunshine...have you seen Tanya Wheelan's line "Sunshine Roses"?
Here is a snippet that really caught my eye!
Love the vintage-ness of it all!
I was able to add another row to the Linens Quilt.
Here it is from the top of the stairs.  At night.  Not a great picture.  You know the drill.  Shorter days, autumn blahs moving in for overcast days...
It's about 3' x 5' (that's how big the rug is and how I know...LOL).  So here's where I need some help. 
Do I keep adding to it (my inclination), or do I call it a day and put on a border for a lap-ish size?
I also took this little piece and backed it with batting and quilted straight lines along the seams on either side.  I will add a back from another half-started project.  The fabrics are mostly vintage and just raw-appliqued onto the gingham.
Another pillow for the kids to rest on!  I love walking in and seeing them wallowing in a pile I've made!
Two WIP's put to good use.
And I added another row to the Scrappy Trip Quilt.  Sheesh.  It only took, like, about....months!  LOL  The three on the left side are new.  I wasn't sure about the top, left dark! but I like the balance it gives the blue.  I had been individually cutting the squares 2" x 2" and sewing them...but I might try the strip method for the next one?  Might help make things go faster, but I don't want to lose the effect I have going on.
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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Back to Work! Back to Work!

The Doodles have been busy!
Fall cleaning.
But I did get to sew some last week!
A very sweet and special lady that I absolutely loved and admired while growing up blessed me with some nostalgic pieces she had stored away.
She was our neighbor when I was little and she and my mom still visit and chat.  My mom shared my current project of the Linens Quilt with Shirley.
Miss Shirley brought my mom these hankies to give to me to use in the quilt.
They belonged to her husband's mother.
And while they are a little too delicate to use as blocks, I did have an inspired idea for how to repurpose them into the present.
Since yellow is one of my favorite colors, I chose this one to use in the prototype.
There are a lot of spots and stains, but I was able to salvage the corners.
Using Ayumi's tutorial for a fabric basket, I rummaged around in my yellow scraps and came up with this:
I cropped out the stains and used the corner pieces on the front and back of the basket.  My Janome also has a sweet little decorative stitch I used all the way around.  I probably won't do that on the next one I make.  I like it, but I think it gets lost in the scrappiness of it all.
Now that the prototype is finished and I know where the mistakes will be made (lol), I'll be making one for Shirley as a way of saying "thank you" and helping her remember her family!
Here are the centerpieces for a couple of blocks I've finished for the Linens Quilt.
Love them!
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