Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Quilter's Block to Sewing Happy!

Well, I won't bore you with the snowy-cold news here!
It's been a blistering -13 today.

Which means shovelling out the driveway multiple times, sidewalks, trips to help others, no Ball State and no work fur the hubs or Jon!

Lost of hot chocolate being consumed here in between times outside!
This is my dream cup of hot chocolate!  Served at a sewing retreat where all my quiltey and bloggy friends are!
Last week I finished up my Winter table topper
Very happy!  Very pleased!
Inspired by this picture on Pinterest
This week while surfing, I came across this
and fell in love!  Sort of.  Kind of.  How about another spasm of inspiration?
I really like the color...but not much orange happening here.
I love the heart centered with the bow...no heart locket, tons of snow, no travelling and the prototype fabric heart I tried, well, didn't work out in the long haul I'm a-frayed.
Twiddle thumbs.  Take a drink.  Walk around.  Look out the windows.  Surf Pinterest again.  Come back to the same, original picture that caught my eye.
Into my tote of vintage linens.  Maybe something will connect with me there.
I find this basket of posies.  Very Springy, happy, colorful and smallish.  I cut it to a square 6 1/2".
The Pinterest picture has a scrappy border that makes me smile.  Now off to the scraps totes and buckets.  I decide on only one border of scraps all the way around (instead of two at the top and bottom...but maybe I'll change my mind when I go back to it later today).
And now I have this
I'm beaming!  What a bright, cheerful, pick me up on a cold winter's day!
In the original inspiration, there is quilting on the paper behind the locket.  I took out my ruler and my Pilot Frixion pen and mark quilting lines 1" apart on both diagonals.
And here is where I am starting the day off.  I'm not much of a hand quilter, so I marked 1/4" dashes and tried to sew straight.  LOL  Do you think it looks like paper toweling too?  (shaking my head...I need caffeine!)
Not sure where it will end up.  But I'm pretty happy.  It looks nothing like my inspiration piece, but that's the fun of it!  Taking something, adjusting here and there, changing this, replacing that and making it truly YOUR own!
Hope you're staying warm and safe wherever you are today!
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  1. This turned out so cute and fresh looking and it was fun to see how each step came about.

  2. oh I am in love with your table runner and your block of spring you did! that embroidery with the fabrics you chose are beautiful together! stay warm, you might not like me if I say that we have been low 70's-high 60's!

  3. That table runner is great! Such perfect colors with the couch. MMMMmmmm hot chocolate looks pretty yummy too!

  4. That is gorgeous ! And you are a genius !

    The difference in you and me is that you actually follow up on YOUR inspiration !

    Enjoy the beauty.

  5. The inspiration photo pales into insignificance compared to your beauty!! Yours is so pretty and has oodles of originality!! Enjoy those hot drinks of yours!!

  6. Love your table runner and your inspiration block is just beautiful. Thanks for sharing.....


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