Friday, October 30, 2009

Star of the Harvest

Cheri and I got into a little bit of trouble on our trip to Montana. We stopped at way too many shops and I bought way too much fabric. Of course, I wouldn't take anything back.

One of the thing, I bought was the pattern for Amazon Star designed by Judy Niemeyer.

I found kits online, but wanted to try to put together my own fabric selection.

I searched high and low and ended up at Eagle Creek Quilt Shop. I left my mark on the shop.

They now have my picture hanging up behind the counter to let everyone know that I'm not to be left alone with the fabric. Just kidding. Lori was very helpful. She helped me understand the pattern and pick out a beautiful selection of fabric.

The fabric is so different than those used for the quilt on the pattern cover. I love the oranges mixed with the teal. My background fabrics are golds. I can 't wait to see how they work together.

So far all I've done is tape my swatches to the pattern. Next step is to wash and press the fabrics. Then I cut strips and then use templates to cut up the strips into pieces for the pattern.

I'm thinking I need to start now if I want to be done before Jan. 2011 for the Star Quilt Show at Glad Creations Quilt Block. Hopefully I'll be making lots of progress and posting about it often.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Handbag for Peace

I'm going to start off with an apology. Nancy and Susan let me pick fabric to make a tote bag for a shop sample at Glad Creations.

I never started on it and now the pattern and the fabric I chose are in the discount section. Oops! Sorry.

To make up for my misdeeds, I volunteered to make the Claire Handbag.

I have to say that the pattern is really well written. Every step has an illustration and is easy to follow. This project took me about a day to complete.

I love the fabric that we picked for the bag. It is from the Flower Child line. It has a lot of fun bright prints. Glads has quite a few bolts from the line in different colorways.

Susan will be showing it at the second Wednesday demo, "Quick Christmas Presents" and at Scrap Tamers. If you come in and take a look at the sample and the pattern, I bet you will want to make this bag.

Saturday, October 24, 2009


I've made a some great progress on my Sylvia's Bridal Sampler blocks.

I finished session 1 blocks in July. I've been plugging away at session 2 blocks between other projects.

I've gotten together with friends for Sylvia weekends. Anything to stay motivated.

Session 2 blocks were pieced using traditional techniques, but a little more challenging than the first session. Between the two sessions, that makes 35 blocks, which is a fourth of all the blocks in the quilt.

Some of the blocks were down right hard. Keep in mind that the blocks are 6" finished. Two of the blocks had 60 pieces in them. They had 3/4" half square triangles in them. What a challenge!

In the next session I will be learning to do foundation piecing. Wish me luck!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

30's Adventure

I'm signed up for Mystery Weekend #44 at Glad Creations.

I'm so excited I wish I was headed there tomorrow. I've decided to select from my stash. I pull out 24 fat quarters of 30's reproduction fabrics to use for my dark fabrics. They are somewhat color coordinated. Red, pink, blue, green and yellow.

I ran into a little bit of a hitch. I'm supposed to also have 12 light fabrics to use as well. I looked around and couldn't find enough fabrics that paired well with the 30's fabrics.

I ended up deciding to be a guinea pig and test out how the quilt will work with only one light fabric. I'm using a white fabric with a small blue print on it. I think it looks great with the dark fabrics.

I love the little kit I put together for myself. Three weeks from today I will be finished with the weekend. The excitement is killing me.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Going Green

I know I just finished a quilt, but I'm a bit of an overachiever.

I'm loving Atkinson Designs. The patterns are really well written. My favorite book is Happy Hour.

I've now made three quilts from the book and they all have gone together really quickly.

I started cutting out this quilt yesterday morning. I started sewing on it last night and now it is done. A real quilt in a day.

I started with fabrics from the Timeless Treasures Kiwi line and added some black and white fabrics.

This pattern is called Picture This. It is the perfect pattern to show off big print fabrics.

I love this quilt.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

10 lbs of Cheesy Goodness

So what is better than lasagna? Lasagna with 4 cheeses!

Our garden is now dead, but we have eggplant and some pumpkins. What to do!?

Vegetarian Four Cheese Lasagna.

It is just delicious. Steve and I both were thinking you could really substitute any vegetables for the pumpkin and eggplant. I think spinach would be good. Really anything you have on hand.

Next time you may find Steve and I making Vegetarian Four Cheese Lasagna con carne.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Two Color Classic

All of the pictures of my quilts will most likely have a cat in it now. You pull out fabric or a quilt and they are curled up on it looking cute.

I'm training them well to love fabric.

I finished the quilt I was working on. Solid fabrics, Rich Red and Snow Kaufman Kona Cottons.

It looks like it could have been made ages ago. Come to the quilt show at Glad Creations in January to see it in person. We are all making quilts to donate.

I'm still looking for a place to donate it to. I'm thinking The Aliveness Project, if they accept quilts. Does anyone know?

Sunday, October 4, 2009

My New Bestest Friend

I've started working on a quilt made of red Ohio stars on white. It is only going to be a throw size quilt, but I need 92 quarter square triangles blocks.

I love my The Angler 2. It makes it easy to sew the diagonal seams.

You put your fabrics right sides together and line them up on your quarter inch seam allowance.

You start sewing and keep the fabric lined up with the diagonal lines and 1/4" seam line at the end of The Angler.

Sew easy! Get out there and pick yourself up one, then you too can make triangle squares with out making a single mark.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Garden Baskets

Wahoo! Time to celebrate.

I've been working none stop on my Morris Garden Baskets. It is done and looks great.

I posted a picture of the fabric. The quilt didn't turn out the way I thought it would. I thought it would be very blended and it does, but the blue fabrics provide some great sparkle.

This is my second time making the Glad Creations' Scrap Basket. My mom picked the pattern out of all the patterns on Glad's website.