Tuesday, January 31, 2012

So long, January!

Saturday, Connie and I attended a small quilt show up north that is held in a former church. Here are a few of my favorites. The first is a Quilt of Valor with an embroidered pillowcase.

Monday was Bee day at Jane's house. We enjoyed pineapple upside down cake as our treat. My finishes were smaller this month, but still finishes. Connie gave me these little waste triangle units years ago and I always wanted to make something from it. Finally, they became a little zipper pouch.

Everyone is making the lacy scarves around here. This is my first one and I don't even knit. Connie showed me how to do it with Red Heart Sashey Yarn and a pair of size 9 knitting needles. One skein makes a scarf.

And, I made one little house!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Pink Lemonade

Lori from Humble Quilts just finished another cute quilt-along. Today I sewed my blocks together. As I was auditioning different yellows, none of them seemed right. Finally, chose one and am happy with it. The color is a tad washed out in the photo. Thank you, Lori, for a fun project!

ADDED: Lori has links now to over 40 Lemonade quilts HERE.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Love A Retreat!

We had a week-end quilting retreat up north at The Springs sponsored by The Quilted Cottage. Just the best way to spend a week-end with friends and fabric.

This is the 12 Days of Christmas quilt that Temecula Quilt Co. posted during December. The number of pieces in each block increases as the days go by. Isn't that a clever idea? I did add an inner border before the final border and used the same fabric for all four sides instead of two different fabrics.

This snowman was made by Judy. He's been on my 'to do' list for awhile so it was fun to watch her finish this. He still needs his embellishments.

Helen brought a stack of blocks as one of her projects and left with a beautiful top!

Connie has a start on the little houses that are sweeping the blogs. Notice Santa in the window? These blocks had everyone oohing and aahing over their cuteness.

Linda brought a stack of Grinch fabrics and made two wonderful Christmas tops with them.

This pile shows 20 big Mickey Mouse nine patches that will be cut into four pieces and become a Disappearing Nine Patch.

Both Jo and Judy made the January quilt from Kim Schaefer's Calendar Quilts patterns.

A dozen more little cheddar bow ties that will be added to the tin that is currently missing somewhere in my sewing room. Don't you hate when that happens.

Here is my ear buds pouch made from the tutorial at Dog Under My Desk. It was fun and easy to make.

Connie showed me how to make the lacy scarf from the Red Heart Sashey yarn. More about that and Pinterest in my next post.

Monday, January 9, 2012

More Progress

I was excited to see that Lori had posted the second step in the Pink Lemonade quilt-along. My fabrics were still piled on the cutting board from last week so I got right to it.

Month 3 blocks for the Cotton Club BOTM are now done. These blocks finish at five inches and are fun to make.

Next is the latest quilt for The Prairie Woman's Sewing Circle. The instructions were to cut squares instead of strip piecing the nine patches. There's a whole lot of room for screw-up and I managed my share. I think this would make a cute table topper.

The last photo is a bonus project. There are several gals at The Quilted Cottage who share their scraps (rather than throw them away) with Connie and me. Last week I received a bag with these HSTs and had to stitch them into a doll quilt.

Bonnie Hunter is linking up photos of cheddar bow ties. If you haven't done so, hop on over and check it out.

Friday, January 6, 2012

New Starts

No, I obviously don't have enough UFOs waiting to be finished as I felt compelled to start a few new projects. First is the Just Take 2 from Brenda Papadakis and Gay Bomers. I've purchased background fabric, but will use the reds in my stash. On the 1st of each month, Gay will post patterns at Sentimental Stitches and on the 15th, Brenda will post patterns on the Dear Jane website. You might want to check it out.

Lori at Humble Quilts is doing another quilt-along. This time I'm not waiting to join in. Finished my six little (4.5") blocks this morning. The pink is not as bright as the photo shows. I couldn't get the camera to cooperate.

I also printed out several pages of the paper pieced little houses from Jeanneke and hope to make a few of those, too.

A couple of other things have been downloaded, but that's as far as I got. Maybe I should be locked up...in a room with my machine and internet and stash!