Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Very productive retreat

My friend Catherine organized a sewing retreat to celebrate a big birthday, by renting a cottage in beautiful Pacific Grove for a week. Unfortunately I can't stay the whole week but I've had a great 5 days! I brought a couple of "kits" and my stack of Tula Pink blocks and here's the result:

Sunday, September 20, 2015

It's Tops!

Periodically I get annoyed/distracted/obsessed with the mounds of scraps I've accumulated and feel compelled to DO SOMETHING.

(I sort of loosely follow a mashup of Bonnie Hunter's and Joan Ford's scrap management programs, so I've ended up with shoeboxes of 2", 2.5", 3", 3.5", 4" and 5" squares, as well as 2" and 2.5" strips.)

So I rummage around in books, magazines, and websites, and make myself a bunch of "kits".  Sometimes it takes a year or more to actually assemble them, but that's okay, right?

Recently, I've been on a roll, though, and here are three quilt tops I've finished up. (disclaimer -- I prefer to do a good pressing just before a quilt them, so I don't knock myself out pressing them if I'm pretty sure they'll sit in the closet for a while...)

First up is "Picnic" from one of Kim Brackett's books -- this one is all dots:
Next is a Scrappy Bargello, one of Bonnie Hunter's classics -- I've made 3 so far -- an excellent use of 2.5" strips:
And this is one I found somewhere... I'm embarrassed that I didn't make a note of it, but it was a fun use of 5" squares:

I've made 0 progress with my "Inked" fabrics, but I do have ideas!  Just trying to get a few more things done before cutting into them.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Quilty Orphan Adoption Event!

Quilting is more fun than Housework

I'm joining in with the Orphan Adoption event on Quilting is More Fun Than Housework  -- here's what I'm giving away:

Several (many) years ago I was in an online birthday swap, and my request was for fabulous house blocks. I did receive fabulous house blocks but I've never been able to get excited about doing something with them...

So, I am giving them away to someone who will create a lovely finished project for a charitable purpose.
There are 9 - 12" blocks and 3 - 9" blocks and the fabrics are all batiks. A couple of the blocks have some beads or other bling as embellishment.

The event ends on September 20 at 9 p.m. PDT and I'll use the random number generator if I get more than one request. This is a give-away -- no charge to you -- but I would like to limit my postage expenses to the U.S. only.

Check out the event website for more orphan opportunities!