Thursday, February 9, 2012

Last night the hubs' flannel rag quilt came off the snipping station. While it still needs to be washed to fray it (which is a trip to a commercial laundromat), I let him use it last night. Oh, and it also needs a label (as do about a half dozen recent quilts I've done).

This is the back. Good intentions were to not have any of the same blocks touch, but it didn't work out that way, and once I realized I had a couple that did, it wasn't possible to rearrange the front rows to correct that. (Breathe Susan....repeat after me....'finished is way better than perfect....finished is way better than perfect...')

I don't recall exactly what I was looking for on eBay the other day, but I accidentally stumbled on these vintage Sewing Susan needle kits. Of course I had to buy them. I think there's at least one more version....they apparently updated the ladies' hair and clothing to fit the time period. My plan is to frame them as studio wall art. And clearly I'm going to need a larger studio as I'm running out of wall space.

The fabric seminar I went to Saturday morning was very informative. First they gave us all a fat quarter, and when the talk turned to the traditional Stonehenge line we were all handed a fat quarter of that. And at the end of the presentation they drew for about a dozen door prizes, and I won a 5-fat quarter bundle. Yippee!

After a delicious (and healthy) lunch, I went downstairs and promptly bought a pattern and fabric to make this Magnolia Art Glass wall hanging, which happened to be one of the pieces in the trunk show. This was so popular that they ran out of patterns and some of the fabric, as it seems that just about everyone in the seminar wanted to make this. Fortunately, I hightailed it down to the shop early and was able to walk out with everything I needed. Piecing, paper piecing and a little applique. Can't wait to start on it, but I've got a few things to finish before I can start something new. (ha ha ha)

On Sunday, as I'm leaving my class with Mimi, I hear the 'last call for the fat quarter madness' announcement. Now, silly me had not read my email from this quilt shop last week, so I had no clue what this meant. Not wanting to miss out on something I asked the shop owner.  Turns out that all fat quarters were 99 cents, and they'd been 99 cents for the past 3 days.  You snooze, you lose. Not wanting to be the biggest loser, I was able to snag 18. The golf balls and softballs I'll use for something for the hubs, a couple of randoms to fill in current collections, and a bunch of Michael Miller stripes to mix with either my polka dots or solids in a quilt. Stripes and dots are my new fat quarters to collect.

And now that the flannel quilt is off the design wall, the Baltimore album blocks are up. You probably can't see but those 5 blank blocks have patterns pencilled on them. And, since it's been on the wall, I've already decided to scrap two of the designs. This is why it's on the wall now, design scrutiny and fabric selection. I need to 'kit' another couple blocks so I've got stitching ready to grab and go. Hopefully I'll have a few of these block designs nailed down and kitted for the weekend.

And the winner of the pin cushion and the scissor bling was Janet, who I believe is from somewhere in snowy Canada. I sent her an email and I'll be posting her prize as soon as I hear back. Sorry if you didn't win, but we'll have another giveaway soon, so stay tuned.

I've got two immediate projects to turn my attention to now....the Twisted Drunkard's Path needs to be quilted for my upcoming Guild show, and I've got a challenge piece to work on.  Time's a wastin'.  Hope you aren't as rushed as I feel and can enjoy some leisurely sewing time this week. Enjoy the upcoming can't get her soon enough!

1 comment:

  1. Wow you have been very busy! Very pretty and productive. Good job snagging those fat quarters.


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