Thursday, February 16, 2012

Valentine's Day Quilt!

This is late on sooo many levels!  Oh well!
First, I participated in the Accessory Bag Swap with Nicole from BC Canada, who has a blog, but I was unable to find out what it is.
These are the lovely gifts she sent me!  I love them!  In my perfect favourite blue colours, there were 2 bags!  Perfectly crafted!  And, they were stuffed full!  I'm going to use them for my applique stuff when we travel!
pretty red headed pins, tiny red valentine buttons, a very sweet Fat 8 bundle, I couldn't wait to open!  It kept calling me, for real!  Even more than the wonderful Lindst chocolate hearts!
That cute little bundle had 8 different fabrics, and with my cutting for the HSTs, I cut too many, so I made 2 of these, you have seen them previously.  Then I got a brain wave to make a complicated (at 9 pm, I thought it was going to be easy!) border which ended up using ALOT of the fabric I had left.  I was able to piece enough together to make these cute borders.  The dark red inner border was fabric I had to add.
There are yoyo flowers with cute little white buttons (sorry Nicole, if I used the buttons you gifted me, they wouldn't show!) and green ric rac for the flower stems.
This is going to our youngest son and his NEW FIANCEE!  and Miss Ivy! Lots of love in their house and we are soooo happy!  But I don't have an updated picture of them!
I wish I could send you all over to Nicole's blog, but I have no info.
This is what I sent her!  She left colour and fabric preferences to me....
Then one bright sunny Saturday morning, there were a group of fabrics on my cutting table.  The Light Bulb went on!  I just went with the flow and what the fabric invited me to do!  So I made my own fabric with narrow strips.
I had enough to make this cute (I think) petite walking bag and 2 little zippy bags.  The little one I am hoping is like a HumBug bag, and the other is like a pencil case, but I thought would be perfect for holding a rotary cutter to workshops!  I added some chocolate too and 2 pretty little flower pots of lip balm!  I thought they would make some really cute magnets for the fridge or a message board later on!
I wanted to share the shoulder strap for the hand bag.  I had a plain twill tape when I bought some Christmas fabric from Moda.  Plain kahki colour.  But I wanted something to match, but no more fabric to make a strap... I had a brain wave to find an embroidery stitch on my machine and then embroidered the strap!  Looks like I paid to get that doesn't it?
Gotta get to work!
Take care, Leslie

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Oh My Stars! start

It took me a few weeks, but I jumped on the Oh My Stars Bandwagon with thought and found blog!

I had 18 bright fat quarters I thought would be great for the 15 different stars in the project!
I have 3 sets of stars done so far!  There is a 12.5 inch star, 2 x 8.5 inch stars and 5 x 4.5 inch stars!
What do you think?

This is the 1st set of stars.  I had to change my brain around as she uses some different techniques to cut, sew and teach!  It took me 5 tries to figure out how the cutting instructions worked into the finished star, but once you get it, it goes very quickly!

These are the 2nd set, these are Pinwheel Stars!  It took me a bit of unsewing to get the flying geese points to line up, but I think they are cut, you can see the colours better if you click on the picture.
These are 9 patch stars (I think that is their name).  The 9 patches took me a while, especially the little stars.

It is also the start of a new month, February!  So far, I've used 6 fat quarters and 1 yard of fabric for these stars from my stash!  I thought I had more of the background in my stash, but didn't.  I had to my 3 metres, but got them on sale!  thats ok, right!
mellissa from Happy Quilting is having a Blog Hop for Valentine's Day gift items to sew!  Her link is in my Blog List on the left side, today she asked what is your favorite love song in your comment to win some great prizes!
Mine is Time in a Bottle by Jim Croce, yes from 1975ish.  Here is a LINK to the You tube video.
We wanted to have this song at our wedding, but my MIL thought it had to do with liquor, so she wouldn't let us.  Have a listen, it'll make your day!
Enjoy your day!
Take care, Leslie