Monday, August 31, 2009

Home Stretch

Today I'm in the "Home Stretch" of Kim's Challenge to Finish it in August. This was a very simple table runner that I did for my very own table. I used panels for the centers of the block. I wish I could say it was applique like the BOM I did from a previous post. Yes folks, I took the easy way out. I did get to practice my free motion quilting skills following the lines on the center blocks. Panels are a wonderful way to practice those skills. Then I meandered the rest of the runner with a loopy pattern.
Here is a peak of the fabric I am using to eek out the rest of the August challenge. It is August 31st, so I still have a few hours left.Is this not the cutest Christmas fabric? Check back tomorrow to see what I made!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Fall Is In The Air

It might be 90 degrees outside but inside I'm thinking of fall. I took a class for this wall hanging several years ago and never finished it. I don't even remember the name of the pattern or who designed it. So with Kim's challenge on her blog Kim's Big Quilting Adventure, I pulled this one out of the UFO pile and FINISHED IT! No it's not quilted, but the top is done...yay!
The leaf blocks are made out of prarie points with many different colors of fabric. If you have never tryed prarie points, you can see how there are done here on
There is even a prarie point border.
I cut out eight assorted leaves and appliqued them onto the cream fabric. I used the raw edge method for the applique. I thought about hand stitching the leaves on ...for about a minute! Then I came to my senses and decided to get this done in August.
I used the free motion foot on my machine and did some "drawing with thread" on the leaves and stems. I have to say this was alot of fun. What took me so long?

Monday, August 24, 2009

One more down

Yipee...Yahoo!!!! That's what I have to say. I finally finished this quilt top. It was a BOM offered by my local quilt shop a few years ago. To say I have been moving slow on this is an understatement. I can't tell you the number of times I have put this away to do something else.

It wasn't so much putting each block together but the 1 1/2" border squares and flying geese sashing that got me. I was determined to finish this top in August and I did!

Now for the quilting... any ideas?

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Getting busy

Okay, so I entered this challenge on Kim's Big Quilting Adventure Blog to "Finish it in August". Here is my latest project to check off my list.
This quilt called "Kaleidoscope" has been on my to do list for awhile. I made one for my sister a few years ago and had alot of fabric left. When I went to visit her, I got to sleep under it and decided I just had to make one for myself. It still needs to be quilted, but Yay... I got the top done! All the fabric was from my stash except the black border which I will also use for the binding.
I've been madly knitting (happily actually) a pair of slipper socks for my friend's birthday. I used a wonderful wool acrylic blend of yarn that is machine washable. I even crocheted a little picot edging to add to the girly appeal. They are done and she loves them.
Now I'm off to finish my next project...

Monday, August 10, 2009

Seeing Stars

Okay, so this is another quilt along hosted by Crazy Mom Quilts. It is the Star Quilt Along which you can find here. It started in April of 2008 and ended in July 2008. I was pretty good at keeping up with it until it came time to the quilt sandwich and quilting. It was in my WIP pile for awhile and I finished quilting it a few months ago. We will just ignore that it is August 2009.

I know, it's suprising that I used pink and green fabric...not really. I used fabrics from Moda's "Simplicity", Lake House Dry Goods "Cherry Baby", and others from my stash.

Once again I quilted in a meandering pattern so it wrinkled up nicely after washing...Love it!
One more checked off on my WIP list. . . What have you checked off your list?

Monday, August 3, 2009

My Workspace

Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts inspired this post. She asked where is our workspace and would we share it with her? Here is my little piece of the workspace. It is actually a temporary space at the moment because I am peeling wallpaper and painting my bedroom where my previous workspace was. This is my sewing and cutting table AKA dining room table. I am actually really liking this space for quilting. The light is good and my table is huge. Much more space than my cramped bedroom. The downside of course is that it is my dining room table and you can see this space from my front door. I live in a 2 bedroom condo so space is at a premium.My fabric stash resides in my clothing closet. Yes you read that right, I share precious clothing space with fabric. Wow, I must really love quilting! To heck with shoes, give me some fat quarters any day!!
The drawers are pretty organized by style of fabric, ex: 30's prints, modern, Americana etc... There are also some baskets on top of these drawers that have current projects in them.

Well, that's my world. Hop on over to Amanda Jean's blog where you can see other bloggers studio space.