Saturday, April 27, 2013

Seeing Green!

The last weekend for updating my collection of GREEN blocks for the 2013 Rainbow Scrap Challenge 

Above Block:  16" Jacob's Ladder.

 When I added the other blocks -- I felt like playing....

.... and playing....

.....and playing....

Then, I added to my classic Rainbow Log Cabin -- and played some more.

Although this is the last GREEN weekend, we have a few more days in the month of April, so back to the machine!

Friday, April 26, 2013

Quilt Finishes

Purple 16-patches
Finished Size:  48" square

Finished Size:  84" Square

With these two finishes, I am motivated to keep going.  My quilting machine is just-a-buzzing and with several in line for loading, I am a happy camper.  

It is Sarah's Whoop-Whoop Friday ........ since I have two finishes, I am linking up!  See ya there.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Green Wall

All of the blocks are done -- this one is a little different from the purple top I finished last week. I used a variety of backgrounds from off white to beige, which gave it a totally different look.  I also extended the X-Block into the border.

For more Design Walls -- visit Judy at Patchwork Times.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Green and My Favorite Sewing Essentials!

As promised yesterday, I have put up my 16-patches on the wall with two X-blocks, which is my GREEN for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  I had hoped to have more done, however it was time to do my taxes!  Have I mentioned that I am an accountant -- sssshhhh, don't tell anyone that I waited until the last minute to get a REFUND!

 And since I am using some of my favorite sewing accessories, I thought it was a good time to share.  I cannot do without paper towels and zip bags.  I have laid out and stacked all of my 16-patch blocks, separating each with a paper towel.  They don't move around and I can easily store the stacks when I am working on something else.  I have used and re-used those paper towels for a few years -- when they look a little ragged, I send them to the kitchen for a quick clean-up.

The Zip Bags are the perfect thing to keep the various size strips and squares -- the bag is marked and thrown in a box with other scraps.  When I am looking for something, I am a messy digger -- the bags keep the fabric from tangling.

The 2-gallon bags are perfect for storing quilt kits.  The big bag above is holding a Short Stacks Quilt, with paper towels separating the blocks needing to be sewn together.

Above are the little jewel tone oval and round bowls I picked up from the dollar store.  I can store those little things (like the items above).  They don't take up much room, because I am able to stack them up.

Do you see the clear glass vase?  It is so perfect for throwing those little scraps that I am not ready to throw in the garbage -- even though they are VERY TINY!  This gives me one more chance to dig through them before tossing.  The colorful display is also decorative.

And last, the little square and rectangle  trays -- they hold little projects I am working on that I don't want to lose in all of the chaos.

Friday, April 12, 2013

A Purple Wall

I have found a use for the purple 16-patches made in February for Angela's So Scrappy Rainbow Challenge.  This simple little 48' x 48' quilt will be finished by the end of the weekend -- I hope.  I like it so much, I will make a similar quilt using this month's green 16-patches.  I am about half-way there and will slap them on the wall sometime tomorrow.

Heading over to Sarah's for a look-see at the "Whoop-Whoop" links.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

A Green Kind of a Day!

First thing I did was pull out my favorite box and remove all of the greens.  A couple of years ago, we swapped gifts at our annual Guild Christmas Party.  Martha fixed up this wonderful box of 2 1/2" goodies.  This gift continues to be one of my favorite things.  The box never runs low.  I am always adding a few and taking a few.  I am now ready for the month of April.

The first set of green blocks to finish up -- the green stars.  I am more in love with this pattern since adding the pinks from the first month and the bright greens.  The background is a light Kona gray.

Designer:  Elizabeth Hartman
Pattern Name:  Sparkle Punch
Published by:  Fons and Porter
When:  July/August 2012

For more GREEN ENVY, visit our host Angela at So Scrappy for the weekly rainbow challenge.

Friday, April 5, 2013

A Tiger by the Tail

 Jolie had a hard time sitting still.  She wanted to play with the quilt.  She must have been attracted to the bright purples.  On Tuesday, I took a day of vacation to babysit Jolie and we had a great day.  She is such a happy baby.  I am not a napper -- in fact I don't sleep that much, only about 5 - 6 hours a night.  But, on this day, we laid down together and slept from 2 to 4!  This girl wore me out (but in a good way).

Jolie was walking all over the quilt and just as I took the picture, she plopped down!  Again, she would not look at the camera, she wanted to look at the quilt.

Designer:  Susan Guzman
Pattern Name:  Baubles and Beads
Published by:  McCalls Quilting

Finally with a finish .... I am linking up with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.