Monday, September 26, 2011

Another busy weekend

After making my first Jelly Roll quilt I got it into my head that one in blacks and whites would be terrific.  Great idea but couldn't find a Jelly Roll that met my requirements so I purchased 14 regular cut fat quarters and cut myself some strips.  Friday night I sat down in front of the TV to clean up some recorded shows and started to sew.  This is such an easy quilt you need something else going on such as TV, movie or book.  I meant to officially time this project but forgot.  I think it took about 4 hours excluding the ironing which you do at the very end.

It's actually about 40 by 60 inches.  I'm noticing that I didn't do such a great job and getting it all in the picture.  Maybe once it's quilted I'll do it right.

I am currently in a quilt along that is scheduled to be completed later this week.  Since I had all of my other scheduled commitments done I figured I would finish this one up so I could link it up to Make a Gift on the 25th.

It's a table runner about 35 X 15.  It's the tree from the petite forest pattern which is a wall hanging.  I love it and I know the person I made it for will love it too.

OK so that's 2 things off the list and I think I only added 1 thing to it last week so I'm ahead for a day or 2.  Time to see what mischief I can get into now.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Busy weekend

I had another very busy crafting weekend. I'm now into 4 different groups with project deadlines. By the end of this week I need to have in the mail 2 mug rugs plus goodies which I can post most of because the people  I am sending to don't know who they are getting theirs from.

This is the front and back of my very first mug rug ever.  It is the Elegant Pumpkin pattern from Shell at Raspberry Rabbits.  I just love it.

This is the front and back of the second rug and cozie.  One very traditional and one very contemporary.

Here are the pictures of 1 of the goodies. I found the tutorial for this neat little envelope at  

It was a good tutorial with a button closure.  I used velcro.  My envelopes contain a kit to make a rice bag.  The other goodie that I made can't be posted as they are personalized and that would give them away.

I also spent some time working on my applique cards.

The applique pattern is from an old Art to Heart book and the celebrate is a Stampin Up stamp.   Well I need to get going cause I need to get a small table runner finished and photographed by Friday.
Have a productive week.

Monday, September 12, 2011

applique b'day card

The first entry forthe Sew Darn Crafty submissions for this week at is for scrappy cards from 

I saw her card and knew I had to try one immediately.  I needed a b'day card for a friend for this morning. Such a great opportunity.  I used an applique pattern I had on hand and came up with this

The only problem was that I picked up and used a pen without checking if the color of the ink would match the fabric choice.
It is such an easy process.  I would recommend it to everyone.  it took longer for me to pick out the fabric scraps than it did to put it together.

Have fun.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Ghastlies - 1st post

Now that I have an idea I sit patiently waiting for my fabric to arrive by mail. Fat chance.

yesterday I had to go to my FQS to pick up some support fabric for my idea.  It was so much quicker to go there then shop in my stash. 

There are days when my tunnel vision scares me.  I know about the Ghastlies through blogs.  I ordered my fabric on line. Why it never occured to me to look for it in my quilt shop I don't know.  So when I asked if they had any I was totally shocked that they had some. More shocking ( more tunnel vision) was that it came in green background.  It was all they had in stock. It didn't matter cause I love it.

Since it doesn't work with my original idea and the new fabrics,  I had to come up with another idea.  See you at the hop.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Very productive weekend

It's Monday AM and this is my weekend so far.

My weekend started Friday when a friend wanted to know if I had made the Jelly Roll quilt where you sewed all of the strips together end to end and then side by side.  Well I hadn't done it yet but had been thinking about.  Anything J sends my way I tend to take as a challenge. So Friday night I pulled out a Jelly Roll and started.  Found out real quick that it was a small roll containing only 20 strips so I had to start cutting additional strips from the matching fat quarter bundles I had picked up at the same sale. Including making 20 additional strips from the fat quarters I was completely done the top in just under 3 hours.  The first long seam of 800 inches is a hum dinger,  I finished that and went to bed.  The next morning I got up and finished the top before breakfast.  OK so the 3 hours does not include ironing. That seemed to take forever. The top finished at something around 48 x 62. I did listen to a great book while making these long seems and ironing.  "The Brutal Telling" by Louise Penny ( a mystery takes  place in Canada)

After that, I went on to finish the tote B asked that I make for her.  I really like the way this one turned out. Maybe I need to keep it for me,  maybe not because I really am toted out for the time being. Next I decided to work on some personalized purses that I wanted to do only to find out I was out of black ink. Instead I worked a bit on some mug rugs that I need to do for a swap later this month.  I gave in and ran to Staples for ink and whipped up the 2 purses and called it a day.

It's now 9AM on a cloudy soon to be rainy Holiday Monday. I need to go find something else to accomplish.    I hope you and yours have a great Holiday.