Sunday, July 19, 2015

Another Surprise!

I'm still on my mission to slowly get my space ALL put together.
I happened to look in a small bin and I found something I wasn't expecting - a box of 2-1/2" squares!
They are all scraps cut a very long time ago and I don't have a clue what was ever intended from them. So when I need some mindless sewing I am going to start putting a light and dark together! I am not going to put any thought into it - it will just be random.
I will see where that takes me...but I suspect it will make an 'ugly' quilt that someone will love!
And that someone might very well be me!
Happy Stitching!

Thursday, July 16, 2015


Moving into a new space really brings out the UFO's!
The cowboy boot quilt is going to be a Christmas gift for one of my stepsons. The boots were all in pieces so I got them put together. It's a fun quilt and a great way to use up those 'western' look scraps! It is from an old Fons and Porter 'Love of Quilting' magazine.  
This is a fast, easy quilt made from10 fat quarters. It's a pattern from The Quilt Patch - 'Take Ten'
It will go into my 'to be quilted pile' for a quick wedding, shower, birthday or just because gift.
Then I found a UFO from probably 4 or more years ago. These were made from a Honey Bun.
My pieces came with one little diagram I had scribbled so I am not sure what my original  intent was... I think it got put away because I need one more dark star to make any of my preferred layouts work and there are not enough strips to get one more star..
I do have some yardage as well that goes with it -one light piece and one dark piece.
Here are a couple of possibilities.
I will layout a few more possibilities but I think this is going back into the UFO box again- for now at least. It did inspire me though! Maybe a better planned one is in my future.
Happy Stitching!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

The Big Move!

A year after getting married and moving in I am finally moving into my sewing room!
I will never, ever take for granted again such a wonderful privilege!
So during the moving into my room process I thought I should clean up all those things that need cleaning. First thing I picked up was my ruler holder. The dust was thick in the slots. All of a sudden I had a that I couldn't believe I had never thought of before- compressed air!
Works like a charm! My ruler holder is happy and dust free!
The rest of the room is slowly getting more organized but the walls are bare. I had a couple of small UFO's that  I have not been sure how to finish so I decided to frame them and hang them on my walls. After a quick trip to Michaels to buy some square frames, I managed to get these two sashiko panels done.
In the process of getting this little UFO framed, I had to wash out some markings and discovered the black fabric RAN! Ouch! The whole beige border had black dye 'smudges'!
This was not made from my own fabric so I didn't realize it was not prewashed!
Synthrapol to the rescue. A quick wash in the sink with hot water and the black is gone!
It worked like a charm!
Not a perfect framing job but it will do. I'll call it "rustic"!
I am going to enjoy decorating my sewing space!
My next project will be a design wall!
Happy Stitching!