Sunday, August 25, 2013

My mystery quilt!

I still have not figured out what my plan had been for these fabrics but so far I am liking what I have!
Here is the pile all mixed up!
I took a bit of time and sorted them into colors.
I didn't have many reds so I got those sorted into blocks right away.
Here they are all sewn together (along with one green block)!
Now I have to sort the pinks, greens and blues into blocks before I can get back to sewing.
I can't wait to see this coming together.
In the meantime, I did finish a pair of socks this week!
I have made these before. They are an easy knit so they are good to knit while watching TV. It doesn't take long to memorize the pattern.
Happy Stitching!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Inspired by Ricky Tims!

I just got back from Calgary where I spent a day enjoying Ricky Tims!
I feel completely inspired. We got to touch, look, take pictures and of course learn. He is such an inspiring speaker and teacher. Yes I had my camera, but I was so enjoying the seminar, I didn't even think to take it out of the bag until I was coming home.
And what would a such a day be without picking up a few hand dyes?
They are WAY more beautiful than this picture shows. The two top fabrics are very "Ricky-like" fabrics...full of color variation and the two at the bottom read mostly solid.
And what might I use them for? Not a clue...yet but I think a little hand applique might be in their future!
And of course I picked up his machine quilting DVD.
And here is a look in the goodie bag!
Now I want to stay home and QUILT!!!!
Actually, I have always wanted to make a Rhapsody quilt and I am even more inspired to do so now. In fact, the book just landed at the top of my book pile.
So the theme for the day was "inspired"!
Happy Stitching!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

In my queue!

It is wonderful to have my sewing room back!
 I already have lots on the go...all UFO's!
I started sewing my 1/2 square triangle blocks.
These were I started so long ago that I had forgotten what they were for.
I have about half of them left to sew.
I played a bit with them on the small design board behind my sewing machine and eventually decided on this layout. I'm matching the dark halves with another dark in the same color.
 So far I am liking it a lot!
And I have begun the next phase of mastering needle turn applique. I am trying it the Piece o' Cake way now! I am using 9 of the blocks from the Fresh Picked Posies pattern. I have all my pieces cut out and ready for sticking to laminate sheets. I was reading that they had also used clear contact paper so I may get that instead. I can't wait to get started!
I also have started pressing my scraps. I have 4 bins full plus a bag or two. I decided to cut them into 2-1/2" strips (if they are wide enough) and then with anything under 2-1/2" I am cutting into 1-1/2" strips.
The 1-1/2"strips will be a scrappy log cabin. I am undecided about what to do with the 2-1/2" strips. 
This is one of those moments I wish I had a BIG design wall to show off a quilt! I finished hand quilting the center medallion of this beautiful quilt for a friend. She had it machine quilted except for the center Dresden plate block. She did a wonderful job and it was a pleasure to quilt! For any local people, it will be hanging in the Lafleche Library. 
And I am getting excited....I am heading to Calgary, AB on Saturday so I can go to a Ricky Tim's seminar!!!!!! I can't wait...I have been a fan for a long time!
Whew! That was lots!
Happy Stitching!