Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Spiders, Sweaters and Blessings

I know, spider season is over and it's time for turkeys and giving thanks. In fact giving thanks is just what I'm doing. For the past couple of years, our church has had a yard sale swap. Everyone takes all of their unwanted items and donates them the night or morning before the swap. Then on the day of the swap you go in and on your honor take about as much as you donated.
That's where I picked up this little guy. When I got him, he didn't have a head. Just legs and hind quarters - I should have taken a before picture. I made a yarn fuzz ball and added a couple of googlie eyes that we had laying around. Isn't he cute? I just couldn't tuck him away with the Halloween decorations without snapping a few pictures first.
It really is a great event that I look forward too. I never get around to having my own yard sale, and what's better than a free one? Especially people with little kids, they come and swap out outgrown clothes for clothes that fit. One person's trash truly is another person's treasure.

We actually got there the morning after the swap. Last year it had been on Saturday morning and this year they moved it to Friday night and I didn't realize it. I do things like that, a lot actually. At least we weren't alone, there was another lady who had done the same thing. So we had the place to ourselves. It is so amazing to see how generous people are - giving so much and taking just what they need. It is a shame that it only comes once a year. All of the left over items were given to a local thrift store.

Other than a couple of books, here is the rest of my loot. "Ugly" sweaters destined to be re-purposed into some fun Christmas decorations/gifts. Since we were late comers, and these were the picked over sweaters, I don't feel bad about cutting into any of them.
I am so grateful for this event. It is awesome to see a community come together and support each other.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with family and friends (and maybe a little sewing) :)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Block #2

After block #1 I've been really looking forward to the second block of the Layer Cake Quilt Along over at Moose on The Porch Quilts - the link in over on the sidebar on the right. There is something about the 12 inch blogs that makes you feel really accomplished.
This block took a little more thought when it came to fabric placement. Since my fabrics are all bright, I have to go for more of a contrast rather than a light and a dark fabric.

In the end I love the way it turned out and can't wait to see how it looks on the quilt with the other blocks. Thanks Vicki for a great design.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Block #1

Yeah, my computer is back and I was able to upload some pictures. So this is the Layer Cake that I'm going to be using. It's rolled up rather than being a flat layer cake - not sure why- but it is still 40 pieces of yummy 10" blocks. The brown fabric is the accent fabric that I'm thinking of using. I'm not positive yet, but I'll know better once the blocks start coming together. It's also just a cheapie Joann's fabric so I'm a little worried about the quality of it mixed with the other moda prints. We'll see...

And drum roll please....
The first block! Isn't beautiful? I think I can say that since all I did was help the beautiful fabric join together in Gene's crisp design. He did have the option to add an appliqu├ęd circle to the center block, but since I wanted to feature the large print, I opted to leave it off. Now to wait for the next pattern to be posted...

This really is my first experience with a layer cake and I have to say that I'm really enjoying it. The $30 or so price tag has always put me off. It's really easy to spend $5 four different times on fabric, but $30 all at once for a 10x10 stack of fabric an inch high has always seemed a little steep. Now I'm really enjoying the 40 different yet coordinating fabrics. There also seems to be less waste. While I enjoy scraps, I would rather have more coordinates. You know?

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Layer Cake Quilt Along

My good friend Konda from Moose on the Porch Quilts is having another quilt along. This time it is going to be made from a Layer Cake. I've recently been gifted a Moda Hoopla Layer Cake, which I wasn't too wild about at first. After making the first block in the quilt along, I'm hooked. The fabric is so happy and crisp looking.

All that being said - I don't have any pictures to share. My computer is in the shop and I'm using a loaner from my son's room. So while I wait to upload my block, you can see the blocks that other's have made here, and you can find the pattern here.

Come on and join the fun!