Monday, January 31, 2011

Henrietta Whiskers

Block #1 - check
I'm trying to use up scraps from my stash for this quilt. The squares along the left hand side are Arnold's Attic by Moda - scraps from another quilt that is cut and waiting to be pieced together. The plaids are home spuns that I picked up at a local quilt shop - at 6 scraps for a dollar, they fit into the quilt budget. Henrietta herself is made from corduroy, again from my stash. I do believe 2011 is going to be the year of scrap quilt around these parts. It's a fun way to purge and it's easy on the pocketbook.

There is still time to join in on the fun in this quilt along. The link is over on the side bar. I really loved the block and think it would make a great block even without Henrietta. A novelty print in that large square would be great.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Feeling Scrappy

That pretty much sums up how I've felt for the past week.
Squashed like a bug. Those winter colds can really get you down. Ugh!

There is an up side to being sick and sitting on the couch all week. Like catching up on some movies that you never got around to seeing - Cloudy with a Side of Meatballs, The Princess and the Frog and a few I don't remember. Making resolutions to clean out and organize the basement this summer - have you seen Hoarders, now that is some motivation. Or even catching up on a little hand embroidery.
This is my first block for the Birdie Stitches Block of the Month quilt along. Embroidery and quilting, what could be better?

Yes, that is the fourth BOM project I'm working on, why do you ask? I think four is a nice even number, and I don't think I'm getting in over my head. Getting over my head would be joining a fifth BOM quilt along like the one over at Quilt Dad's Blog. Just because I've moved his website into my BOM folder under favorites doesn't mean I'm joining. Now if I could just find the right stash buster project for that laundry basket full of flannel scraps...

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Needle Punch - a new addiction

Have you discovered Needle Punching? Patterns have been hanging around quilt shops for some time, and I have always admired them. With a 50% off coupon and some encouragement from a friend I bought a needle and pulled out a Nancy Halvorsen book and some DMC floss from my stash.

A less detailed pattern seemed like a good place to start - and it was. It is so addicting and it goes really fast. Just sitting there mindlessly punching the needle up and down, listening and talking to the kids...then bragging to everyone in the room. ;)
Once it was done, it needed a frame. I had the perfect frame that was big and chunky (and was only 50 cents at the thrift store). The final touch was some vinyl lettering from Danette over at Simply Saying It. She is super sweet and has some really cute stuff in her shop. After telling her the dimensions and what I wanted it to say, she made up a custom order for me for a great price.
Another needle punch project may already be on the hoop and I may have picked up some extra vinyl lettering for this year's gift giving - just sayin'

Monday, January 10, 2011

Catching up

Over the weekend I worked on and finished up Block #4
and Block #5
Both seemed a little on the pink side, but when you mix in the other blocks, the blues, reds and greens all tie together. Just in time for Block #6 which should be up tomorrow, I think...

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Holiday Sewing

Now that the holidays have come and all of the gifts have been opened, it's time for a little show and tell. This was the block of the month that we were working on at church. The actual block of the month was a nativity scene on the center block and blue and gold star blocks. I made that one for myself, it's not quite done yet, and at the same time I made this variation for my mom.

I snapped a quick picture before I shipped it off, and wish I would have taken a few more detailed shots. The white fabrics were various white prints that show up as solid whites in the picture, but you get the idea. The center block was hand embroidered using a pattern borrowed from a friend. I'm really loving the block of the month thing - a good sized project one piece at a time. You just have to be careful not to get involved in too many BOM projects :)
The other project for the holidays were sweater stockings. Remember that pile that I picked up at the swap and share? They turned into these stockings. There were two more that shipped out before I took pictures. One of those was a felted wool sweater and turned out really cute. Note to self: take pictures before you ship out gifts next time. The inspiration came from a class that our quilt guild gave. I went for the companionship and had no intentions of making my own, but they were so cute, quick to put together and the possibilities are endless. Moose on the Porch wrote all about it here.

Another note to self: scour the thrift stores for cute sweaters during the summer while the supply is still abundant.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Painting Some Sunshine

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a great holiday season with your families. With the cold weather here, we tucked in and enjoyed family time indoors and out of the stores.

Besides all of the decorating, resting, relaxing, baking, eating, and general crafting, I found myself knee deep in house painting. During the first week of December, as the skies were starting to get more grey, I knew that I needed a change. The grey/green walls that seemed so tranquil when we first moved in and painted, were getting me down. Which is weird because the grey that I have in my bedroom and bathroom are uplifting...hmm. After much debate, long conversations and finally running across the perfect colors (thanks Kim), we made a trip to the hardware store and picked up some paint. Cheaper and healthier than antidepressants. (I took the pictures on my cell phone, so they aren't the best, but you get the idea)
The yellow or Homemade Butterscotch, in the main entry area made sense from the start - bright and happy. The burgundy or Spiced Tea, in the family room seemed a little counter productive - a dark color in a dark room. We realized that trying to brighten up that room wasn't working. We needed to go with the energy of the space and make it a warm cozy area.
It took three days to paint, one for the yellow, one day off since it was Sunday, and the burgundy on the last day. I got a little cocky and didn't bother with taping off or a drop cloth other than a towel under the paint tray. Have I told you of my love for painting? Call me, let's get together and paint :). It turned out great and we all love it. Sara even asked me why we were upgrading our house. Now that's a complement.
Now if we could just find some gently used couches for a great price...