Monday, August 30, 2010

Design Wall - Moda Leftovers

Only thing left, the borders. Of the 50 pinwheels, 42 came from the left-overs of a project using a Moda Layer Cake (42 - 10" x 10" swatches), "Awesome", by Sandy Gervais. The left-overs were combined with fabric in my stash from the "Fall Back in Time" by Sandy. The two projects are very different, but will blend very well.

If you are wondering where the other project is -- stayed tuned -- the quilt and the pattern will be featured on the Moda Bake Shop in September. My First!!! Excitement is not even the right word. I am going to try very hard to have the "left-over" project done around the same time.

For more design walls, visit our host Judy's Patchwork Times. As always, I can't wait to come home tonight to visit all those who have linked up.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Stash Report - August 29, 2010

No purchases this week, and nothing finished this week. I played around with pieces on the design wall and still quilting tops....above is my sister Phyllis' quilt she made from the Kwik Krazy Quilt Pattern by Two Kwik Quilters. Yesterday, I showed off the "Hot and Spicy Snowball Quilt", but it was finished last week.

My stats are the same:
Finished (Used): 315.80
Purchased: 253.25
Net Busted (62.55)

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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Hot and Spicy Snowball, Finish #24

I don't know what else to call it -- it is a snowball pattern, and the colors are hot and spicy. It all started with a growing stack of 6 1/2" squares left over from other projects. I threw in a few extra to make it larger. Went through my 2 1/2" strips and squares for black & white and brights.....and it grew on the design wall.

Finished block, 6" square, Finished quilt, 62" x 74". For other Finished Sew and Tell's, visit AmyLouWho and be ready to be amazed.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Work in Progress - Fall Leftovers

Every so often, I take a break from quilting tops and add a few more pieces, then rearrange, then take off, then rearrange, then add, then ....... whew, I need more coffee.

Have a Happy Wednesday

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

2009 Christmas Lights Mystery

Last year, in the Quiltmaker Magazine, Bonnie Hunter introduced a Mystery Quilt series called Christmas Lights. I finished the quilt just in time for my SIL Tina's birthday last December. While using Tina's yard as a backdrop for my Fall quilt (pattern coming soon), I took a picture of her and her quilt.

Oh how I wish for cooler Fall weather!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Monday Design Wall - Playing with leftovers

Lots of leftovers from my "Awesome" Layercake quilt. I am also using fabrics in my stash from Sandy Gervais' "Fall Back in Time" (by Moda) which coordinate perfectly. Not much time to play on the design wall, I am still quilting tops.

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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Stash Report & Another Layer Cake

Finished quilting the "Spicy Snowball" above, but will hold off showing until the binding is on. Yep, I BOUGHT ANOTHER LAYER CAKE!! This time, Origins by Basic Grey.

This is a "peek" at the back side of a quilt using Awesome, by Moda. About 3 years ago, I won yardage from Sandy Gervais' "Fall Back in Time", which I cut up in 10" squares for the back. I can't wait to share the pattern -- Soon!

Stash Report for the Week --
Used (Finished), (9.80)
Year to date finished, (315.8)
Purchased this week, +2.90
Purchased year to date, +253.25
Net Busted, (62.55)

For more stash reports, Judy over at Patchwork Times has a growing list of participants.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Monday Design Wall, August 16th

Not much on the design wall today...I am STILL quilting tops. SIX! throw size Short Stacks were donated by the Folklife Museum Bee for the Haitian Community, so I am trying to quilt at least one a week.

These are left overs from the quilt I made with the Awesome Layer Cake by Moda and scraps of "Fall Back in Time" by Moda -- which coordinated perfectly. Both fabric lines were designed by Sandy Gervais. I have no idea what size this will be or the final design. I may even throw in some applique, which is not my favorite.

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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Stash Report & Sneak Peak

The ShopHop is over, and I did only a little damage. One reason, I had to work, so no traveling for me this year. But as planned, I snatched up the Fandango Layer Cake at the Quilting Niche'. This is now my 3rd Layer Cake and I just love waiting until I start cutting to see the fabric. That's right, I keep it sealed until the big day. I also picked up 1/2 yard of 4 Kaffee Fassett fabrics to add to my collection and a cool ruler.

Speaking of Layer Cakes, below is a sneak peak at the quilt finished using Awesome by Sandy Gervais for Moda. Even the back was pieced together using yardage from Sandy's Fall Back in Time, which I won a couple of years ago at a ShopHop. I will share the pattern later on.

Now for the damage report:

Finished (used) this week, (13) yards
Finished (used) year to date, (250.35)
Purchased this week 5 yards
Purchased year to date, 250.35
Net Busted, (55.65)

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Saturday, August 14, 2010

Christmas Quilt

I love watching a top being quilted. It is so relaxing. Maura, at the Quilting Niche', used a Christmas Poinsettia pattern with gold thread.

The owner of the Quilting Niche', Debbie Frank designed the quilt and is offering fabric kits, with her pattern. If you are interested, her email is: quiltingnichellc at Her pattern line, Fancy Girl Designs has been such a big hit with her walk-in customers, I sure hope she will someday go global.

I love the quilt so much, I will have to make another one just for me. OR....I could just go visit her at the shop as much as possible.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Shop Hop 2010, Quilting Niche'

L - Debbie, the Quilting Niche' owner is standing next to her 2010 Shop Hop Quilt
R - Debbie browsing her patterns to print for the Goodie Bags.

L-Patrick busy repairing machines in between customers.
C - Patsy ready to check out the next customer.
R - Sitting: Nell, Sidney and standing: Maura (long arm quilter) selling the ShopHop passports and giving away those cool Goodie Bags. If you look way in the back, you will see the long arm frame with the Christmas Quilt -- will post the finished quilt tomorrow.
AND -- miles and miles of beautiful fabric.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Leftovers --- ummmmm!

All the leftovers from the Moda "Awesome" Layer Cake are sewn, ready for trimming. For the last few days, I have been quilting, quilting, and quilting....AND oh yea, finished another top.....and with it, another pattern. This time, I will save the whole process for the pattern.

It is raining outside, and will be all day. Perfect sewing weather....but I have to go in to work. Of course, the Quilting Niche' is really close to my office, so I may be "Hopping" over there for my lunch break! I need to remember to take a picture of the Christmas Quilt Top I made for the Shop Hop.

That's right....Today, starts the big South Louisiana Shop Hop! Locations are listed in the header. I already have my eye on another Layer Cake, "Fandango". Being a "Scrappy" girl, I love the variety of fabrics offered in the precuts, and the challenge of thinking up patterns to use everyone of those 10x10 pretties. I may also need more Bella Solids for backgrounds.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Stash Report, Sewing Emergency

Future Surgeon, Quilter, or BOTH! My sister Phyllis sent this picture over this morning. Her granddaughter, 4-year old Alexis is perfoming surgery on her baby's butt after being attacked by the family dog. I stopped by and sure enough -- the baby is recoupering just fine -- the surgeon did a great job.

My Stash Report:

Same as last week -- nothing purchased, nothing finished. I did pick up Christmas Fabric this week, but the completed top is going back to the Quilting Niche' tomorrow for quilting and becomes their shop quilt.

Finished to date, (293.0)

Purchased to date, 245.35

Net busted, (47.65)
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Friday, August 6, 2010

ShopHop and Christmas Goodies

It is over 100 degrees outside, but I am in the mood for Christmas. The Big ShopHop is just six days away and I just had to pop in at the local Quilting Niche' for a preview. AND THERE IT WAS>>>these 9-Fat Quarter packages of the Robert Kaufman, "Holiday Flourish III". Using one of Debbie Frank's Fancy Girl Design patterns ("Baby, It's You!"), which requires 9 FQ's, we pulled 1 1/2 yards for background, 3/4 yard for small border and 2 1/4 yards for large border.

WELL, needless to say, my goal to quilt three tops before starting another one has been broken. Out came the ruler, the rotary cutter, a cup of coffee and USA TV! It's PIECING time in my house again.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Antique Quilts

While I am quilting tops, thought I would share a couple of antique quilt tops made by my Greatgrandmother, Mary. She was a midwife/nurse in a little town west of Houston, Texas. When she died in 1968, Granny left behind over 200 quilt tops in various stages of completion. Her tops were made from old clothes and feedsacks donated by many of her friends and family. Even the thread was carefully removed from the feedsacks and used to piece the blocks. My Grandmother, Lydia (the oldest of 5 children), completed several of the tops for family over the years and still did not put a dent in the stash. Our grandmother died four years ago, leaving my sister and I the task of finishing the quilts.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Design Wall -- Using Leftovers

Using the leftovers from the Batik, "Kristy's Dream" --- cut from the pinwheel flowers --- I made 1/2 square triangles and trimmed them to 2 1/2". They are combined with 4 1/2" blocks from my batik scrap stash. This may not be the final layout, as it will depend on how big I want it. If I add sashing, it will use up more scraps and make it larger. Or... it may end up as a small wall hanging.

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