Friday, November 27, 2009

A Quickie

Putting up my Christmas decor today (still not done) and decided this cake plate needed a little runner to go under it so I pulled out my scrap therapy basket and pulled out some white and red 2" squares and started sewing.  This sits at the end of my counter. 

Had a nice and quite Thanksgiving - just my husband and I but we did up the whole meal, even pumpkin pie.  Had it all again today.  YUM! 

All I have to do now is put up my Christmas tree and clean house.  However, I needed my husband here to help me set up the tree and he took off this morning so I could decorate without him getting in the way.  Nice guy, huh? 

Hope you all are having a wonderful holiday weekend.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Am I Crazy?

I felt like I had to organize before I started any more projects.  So I took this (a box for each color, a box of Christmas fabrics, a box of batiks, and a box of novelty/other fabrics)

and folded and organized and pulled out pieces that were smaller than a fat quarter, to this...

And with all the scraps....

I cut up into 5", 3 1/2" and 2" squares for Scrap Therapy and this is what I got

to add to all my other boxes of cut up scraps.

So, am I crazy?  Or just organized?  Should I be really crazy and sort by color too?  I unfortunately don't have time for that.  Oh, if you need any squares of a particular color for your scrap quilts, let me know.  I have enough scraps to make alot of scrappy quilts.

I will now start working on the guild's Opportunity Quilt.  I was asked to machine quilt this beautiful quilt - and I AM NERVOUS.  This quilt top is exquisite and it demands custom quilting...and they entrusted that to me.    I will have to take time off to get my Christmas gifts done, and some other small projects. Luckily I wasn't given much of a deadline - they want it by January. 

And just because they are so cute, here are my 3 dogs basking by the stove to keep warm.   Oh, and the Jack Russell automatically goes to the small basket.  He loves it even though he looks too big for it.  It's quite funny especially since the smallest dog goes to the biggest sleeping bag blanket. 

Happy Quilting.

Monday, November 9, 2009

I'm a lucky girl!

This is my custom built cabinet made by my husband and father-in-law.  I had a nice cutting table before but there was so much wasted space under the table, so after much research and discussions with my father-in-law, I asked if it would be possible to put kitchen cabinets back to back on a rolling base and they said sure.  One of the cabinets I wanted had all these flat drawers which I thought would be perfect for all my stamps and scrapbooking stuff - so my mother-in-law said, just get the basic cabinet and Al can custom build the drawers.  (Nice of her to offer!)  So after waiting for a sale at Home Depot for the ready-made cabinets, and the time for the men to make it--I finally have a finished cabinet.  I spent yesterday painting the trim around the edge and the flat cabinet drawers and then it was all about filling it up.  All this stuff was sitting on the floor and it started hiding my quilts on my rack and also I had about 4 or 5 of those plastic iris carts filled with scrapbook stuff.  I have made one side of the cabinet scrapping and the other quilting.  Can I just say how cool this is? 

On a quilting note, I took Barbara Dieges' Twisted Bargello class on Saturday (guild sponsored class) and I finished the inside of the top, it just needs borders and then quilting.  However, I am on a roll for organizing and I plan on going thru each of my fabric boxes (in my other cabinets you don't see and was also custom built by my father-in-law years ago) and refold and organize everything and cut up the smaller pieces into scrap therapy squares.  We'll see.  I did my yellow/browns last night and it was my smallest box and I have a huge file of fabric scraps to cut. 

But for some pretty things- here are my ATC's that I traded at the guild meeting last Thursday.  The theme was cornucopia - fruits and veggies. 

Enjoy your day.  See ya when I finish my next quilt - or maybe when I finally organize all my fabric boxes.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Another Scrap Therapy Quilt finished

This is the Lightening Strikes Twice pattern from
I wasn't sure about the pattern from the pictures on the pattern, but when the owner of the quilt shop where I take Scrap Therapy did it, I really liked it.  I love how I got rid of so many scraps for this quilt.  The only material I had to buy was the outer border fabric and the backing (which I got at $4 per yard.).  I think this is a pattern I might even do again.  Makes a good sized quilt and looks more complicated than it is.

And here is one I really can't take much credit for.  I bought the blue work pattern when I went to Massachusetts a few years ago, meaning to make something for the beach house.  However my mother-in-law did a redwork pattern, liked it and asked if I had anything for her to work on.  Plus she wanted a new table runner for the the beach house table so I showed her this and off she went.  She did everything but the quilting and binding.  That I did for her.  I love how it turned out.  Exactly how I imagined it when I bought the pattern.  (By the way, the pattern is called "Out of the Blue" Bluework Seashells by Blueberry Hill Quilt Designs.)

The wedding photographer from Kelly and Chad's wedding in the Bahamas has some of the photos on his blog.  The link is here Sylvan Gentile Photographer   He did such a beautiful job on the photos and these are just the photos on his blog.  I can't wait to see the full portfolio of the wedding.

We had one, yes ONE, trick-or-treater last night.  A cute little devil girl came to our door about 5:30.  We normally don't get any because we live on a street without any street lights, and I tease my husband each year because he buys at least 2 bags of candy.  At least this time it came in handy.  He is responsible for either hiding or getting rid of the remaining candy so I don't get any.

Until my next finished product.....