Sunday, September 27, 2015

"Grandmothers House Dresses"

I remember when I was a little girl, we would go to visit my Grandmother and she always had on either print "housecoats", dresses or aprons  made from these prints.  While these reproductions of 30's, 40's or 50's prints are not always my favorites (I am not a pastel sort of girl), they bring back fond memories.  My friend Diane LOVES these prints and always shares her scraps with me.  There are some that I do like, especially if they are bright saturated colors.  I am on a mission to use as many of my scraps as possible.  I also included the few black and brown prints I had, to add a little interest or "pop".

I have an extensive collection of GO! dies and decided to use my Tumbler die to cut larger scrap pieces and put them into a "cuddle" quilt.  Cuddle because it is not really large enough to go on a bed, but will be perfect to wrap up in while watching television, or if I wake in the night and need an extra quilt.  I tried really hard to make sure no two prints were together, but failed.  There are two tumblers of the same fabric that are together, but I decided to leave them "as is".  I like the "imperfection" of quilting.  I quilted it with the traditional Baptist Fan and decided to bind the edges with the scallop on the sides.  I started to do it by hand, but "cooler heads" prevailed and I machine bound it so it is FINISHED!!!!  Click on the picture to enlarge it and you can see the quilting.  I rather like it!!!  The backing is a purple flannel and the binding is from a small piece of 30's yardage that I had!  A true stash quilt!!!

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Saturday, September 5, 2015

I'm Back Yet Again!!!

I don't know what happens to stop me from posting????  I come to the blog everyday to read other's posting, but there doesn't seem to be anything going on that is interesting enough to write about.  So I procrastinate, and before you know it, an entire month has pasted.

So what have I been up to?  Actually a lot has been going on at work---too boring to write about, and lots on the quilting front as well.

I am still plugging along on the quilt I am donating to the school fundraiser.  It looks like the last picture I posted but actually, I have added those rows and these are new rows.  The one with only one block is the last row left and then I will be finished with the top.  I will only need to quilt it and with about three weeks left I should be done.  Not sure why it is taking me so long other than the fact that I "have" to finish.

During a lull in my quilting time, I was surfing DWR quilts and came upon these dies.  I have two die cutters and so these are for the Sizzix cutter.  I ordered the main DWR and then two other die's that are compatible the concave center and make two different quilts.

The majority of quilts that I make are scrappy.  I rarely make a "coordinated" quilt.  As I was looking through my dies, I saw I had the "Robbing Peter to Pay Paul" die and so I cut out and started a quilt (instead of finishing what I have).  This now makes three new quilts I have cut out and "began".  I think I may have "Quiltitis"--the inability to only work on one project at one time.  I don't really feel bad in a way, since this seems to be a condition that many quilters have.  At any rate, I am only using fabric that I have, and I will "try" to finish all these UFO's or at least two, before I start anything else.

Well, just wanted to stop by and let you know I am still here!  Have a great holiday week-end!