Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Just a Quick Post...One More Block!

Just thought I'd let you see today's progress. One more block, I was hoping for two, but ended up doing grocery shopping instead. Not my idea of fun but necessary. So without anymore words, here's the block.
 This block was put together in kind of a strange way and I actually followed the instructions. I was very relieved that it worked and glad that I stepped outside of my comfort zone.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

I'm Playing Catch Up!

And none too soon. I have not been a good member of my First Saturday of the Month Block of the Month group. I have missed quite a number of the meetings and that means I'm way behind on my blocks. I worked today on them and was able to finish two more. The first block is the one due at next month's meeting, so for once I'm actually prepared ahead of time!
This block was fun and easy to make. I used different colors than the instructions called for. I was supposed to use a really light yellow where the orange is and the orange in the rectangles surrounding the center, but I like bright colors.
The next block is one of my catch up ones.
I made it differently than the instructions also (are you detecting a trend here). I'm also very happy with this block.
Here's the others that are finished.
So now I'm up to eight and should be at eleven. However, I'm going to to use the one in the lower right corner in a center medallion, so instead of just needing three more blocks to be caught up, I need four. I'm also questioning the block in the lower left, it just doesn't seem to fit in with the others. What do you think...do I need to replace it too? I could always use it as a label. Please let me know what you think!
 

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

I've Been Busy!

Sorry it's been so long but I've been super busy. First of all I am over our guild's Block of the Month program and I decided to design all the blocks myself this year. It's been great fun, but a tremendous amount of work because I not only design the blocks I also write the patterns. The blocks are turning out great and the ladies seem to like them so there is my reward. More about this later.
I have family coming to visit tomorrow so I decided it was time to do something about the guest room. I read a book recently that said there are three stages to putting together a room. I think I have just completed stage two. The first stage I finished last year. I painted the entire room as well as the furniture. It look better, but along way from done. The last week I have been working on stage two, namely soft furnishings. I made these curtains. They were so heavy to work on but I'm loving the results. 
Yes, I love yellow and flowers! Next I made a bed skirt and shams. I purchased the coverlet (I was getting tired). 
My favorite project was the lampshades. I had these little lamps in another room and they were looking a bit tired. The lampshades were those pleated one and were soiled. I decided to take them apart and see how they were made. When I did this I found that the construction was very simple. A basic shade with everything glued on. So I sprayed adhesive on the entire outside of the shade and applied the fabric cutting it to fit as I went. I left extra fabric so I could fold under a seam in the back and to turn under on the bottom and top. I hot-glued the seam and the top and bottom. It was so fun to do a simple project and have it turn out so cute!
Now I just have to complete stage three, but that will take some time. Did you notice the bare walls. I want some quilts and other accessories for the walls. Someday it will be done!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Santa Swap and a Wonderful Win

My Santa Swap partner Sandy from Eclectic Grammie sent this lovely Santa sack and two gifts wrapped in fabric. Thank you so much Sandy! I love the bag and it's going to be hard to wait to open the gifts, but I will.
 Here is what I sent to Sandy.
I have also had another win. I won five beautiful fat quarters from Annie's Ruby Slipperz. 

Aren't they lovely? Thank you so much Annie!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Happy Independence Day!

Here's hoping that you and yours have a lovely Independence Day. We are having family over and then watching fireworks. I dug a couple of UFOs out to finish for tomorrow and the rest of the month. Both projects are designed my Debbie Mumm.  I think I pieced the first top in the mid-nineties. It has languished in a box since then. I had it pinned and ready to quilt but decided I wasn't happy with the batting so I changed that. The quilting was fast and easy. It's finished now and even hanging. 
 I pieced the second project in 2006. I made two and the time and gave one to a neighbor. I had it already to go. The top was finished. the backing ready, even the binding was made and pressed. I sandwiched and quilted it. It's hung also.
I know in the picture it doesn't look quite square, but it is. My photography skills are sometimes kind of lacking! I hope you like my small wall hangings.