Saturday, September 17, 2016

video recommendation...

yesterday morning getting ready to sew, popped in this video i found on the bookmobile...only an hour long but it was jam-packed with inspiration, ideas and enjoyment.  can heartily recommend it to see...five minutes in and my fingers were itching, my brain was whirring and the old viking and i were in sync...


reminded me of that oldie but goodie "quilts in womens' lives", another video well worth watching.  i  was block sewing of course, but the video gave me a sense of freedom and serendipity that took my "in the box" blocks to a new level.   first up was the next christmas block. this high contrast block was exactly what was needed.  have decided to replace the 2 blocks to the left....the polka dots are nice but too distracting from the focus fabric.  the lime with red/white print is a washout....the fabrics are nice but it takes more than good fabric to make a quilt work.   magazines show us quilts all the time that are ho-hum just to feature a fabric line, which defeats the purpose.   the 2 duds will go in the orphan block pile...anxious now to see the changes and a project with a bit more va-voom, if you know what i mean....


at day's end, my creative muse had been satisfied and 5 more blocks for 365 got finished as well....today's agenda includes some farmer's wife blocks along with 365....or maybe a quilt to be tied?   now into the shower to get this day started!

Friday, September 16, 2016

show and share...

today linking up with cynthia's orphan adoption day....two littles looking for a new home....first is a small set of churn dash blocks made with jo morton's red variety line...i've made a couple of wallhangings with these fabrics that i love and maybe you will too.    next is another small project, some precut plaid hearts gifted to me.   again, made 2 wallhangings with these and hate to see them relegated to the back burner.  these are FREE to a good home only, and will even pay first class postage to your US destination.   but they MUST be loved and FINISHED; would love to see a photo from you when they are....any takers?



now hop on over to see what else is available to adopt!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

eleventh hour post....

had a busy day and after arriving home, had a teensy weensy nap and then a bit of caffeine, so got a second wind.....wanted to show my latest blocks.   now into september with these; skipped over the sept 1st 12" corner block as another will be posted in a couple of weeks, so will do them both at once.


figured would continue with these since the pile of dark fabrics are at hand and no room for a different pile on the table.   ***  at the senior center today, our little group spent time going thru fabrics on hand and lots of donations that had accumulated over the years.  some had to be eliminated as not appropriate for quilts or other projects, but it was heart wrenching to see.  mostly others did the weeding out and i tried not to look....my frugal dna was in overdrive, even though i knew they were doing the right thing.  my sufficient stash at home helped keep the fabric rescuer in me at bay.  ***  an empty schedule tomorrow means a full day of sewing....aaahhhhh!

Monday, September 12, 2016

scraps dwindling???

on my ironing station is a pile of dark scraps i've been using for my 365 blocks....and what the hey?? they are actually disappearing....albeit slowly, but disappearing nonetheless.   will have to go shopping in the stash and pull a few more as there are more tiny dark blocks in my future.   here is today's batch.   one more little block and i'll be in september.   the september 1st block is the first large corner block (12") of the final border, so the end is in sight.  


one little block a day didn't sound like much in january, but mostly doing them in batches and--no surprise--it has been more time consuming than it sounded.  ***  as for farmer's wife, i'm 22 blocks from being done and not sure the sew-along will be done by then, but hoping i can wrap mine up by the end of the year.  before september ends, have another donation quilt to tie and bind, and before october ends, another donation quilt has to be completed.  ***  and don't forget, UFO adoption starts friday over here !  might have a few small projects than need new homes.....