Tuesday, April 27, 2010
It's a table runner.
I lost interest in making more borders to turn this block into a bigger quilt. It's been a week since I worked on it. Tonight I decided just to finish it off as a runner.
I like it.
I have no new projects planned. I think I will be busy working in the flower gardens this weekend.
I do have two runners now that need to be sandwiched and quilted. That should keep me busy for a little while.
Monday, April 19, 2010
Here it is next to the big star:
Sunday, April 18, 2010
In the meantime, I am going to bind and quilt this table runner, which I made from ten more orphan blocks.
I've had a fairly productive quilting weekend.
Friday, April 16, 2010
On the other hand, I think that anything I come up with that makes these blocks usable is better than leaving them sitting in a box in the basement as they have been for the past few years.
So this is what I came up with:
I am still not sure if this is the end, or if I will add on to it and make a bed-size quilt. Right now it's about 44 x 44 inches.
Here's the house:
Here's part of the star:
I still need to make four more star points and somehow tie the colors in with the log cabin quilt border. I have none of the original fabric left (I made those blocks a few years ago).
I am not sure these colors are going to work. It all depends on the last four blocks. I will make them after work tonight.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
and pulled some fabric.
Then began sewing. Here is one quarter of the block.
And here is the finished 15-inch block.
I like it, but have no idea what I will end up making from this.
I put it aside, went down to the basement and pulled out a box of extra log cabin blocks to see if I would be inspired to make something to use them up.
I found twelve that I could use as a frame around something.
Now I just need to come up with something to put in the center. I am thinking that a big old rusty-colored barn would be nice. I need something large - 22 inches square, I think. I will spend a few days trying to come up with something before I put all the blocks back in the box and haul them back downstairs.
Here is the quilt that some of these blocks were leftover from.
I had it outside airing out before putting it away for the summer.
Sunday, April 11, 2010
After I got home, I discovered my very old grommet attacher did not work. I had already cut the hole and everything, so I decided to go back and buy a new one yesterday. Wow! Those things are pretty expensive ($22.99) and I spent another $10 or so in grommets.
Everything was 1/2 off at Joanne's, but still I figure this one grommet cost me about $17! I tried three times to get it attached - had to throw away the first two grommet sections. I don't really think that tool works all that well...maybe I just need more practice.
Now I will be looking for more grommet projects!
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
I have been going through some of my inspiration files and came across this quilted upholstered furniture that just takes my breath away.
Is this not the most gorgeous sun room furniture?
If I remember correctly this is sold in a boutique someplace in Michigan.
Friday, April 2, 2010
How old do you think this little packet of pearls is?
Hmmmm....at least the 1970's is my guess.
I was thrilled to be able to use these in my latest craze---hair ornaments.
You can see the denim flower petals I cut out. I used fray check on the edges, so there was no machine sewing involved in this project.
I did hand sew the pearls to the light denim.
I attached some pronged ruby jewels to the dark denim. .. no sewing--the prongs just bend over the jewel.
A flower hair accessory was finished.
I am planning to wear it in my hair when I wear an updo.
Last week I made a couple other hair ornaments. I posted these in one of my other blogs, but I will repost here for those who don't read my other blogs.
They were so easy to make! I just cut out a flower shape in different sizes from a few different fabrics--two denim and one felt and layered them on top of each other. The only sewing was a few hand stitches to hold all the layers together and to sew the fabric-covered button on. In less than 30 minutes, I had this done:
It was so much fun, I made another in black vinyl and red. It goes with the red/black handbag.
Either of these can be used in the hair or as a lapel pin like I am showing you tonight. My hair is not in an updo, so I can't try them out in the hair.
Here's the green/denim as a lapel pin on a denim jacket atop a green shirt.
I should probably make a matching bag for this little ensemble.
These hair flowers were all inspired by this one that I purchased a few weeks ago:
I looked it over and said, "I can do that!" These sell for $19.99. Can you believe it? I can make them for almost nothing!