Monday, December 31, 2012

Hexagon Quilt

The Hexagon Quilt got a home.  My friend took my dog for over 3 weeks while I was recuperating from hip replacement  and this is a thank you gift at her home.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

I Spy Swap

I am participating in my first online fabric swap.  I am excited!!! I am participating in Polly's I Spy Fabric Swap  and I am really excited!  Thanks Polly for hosting it!

Here are my 4 inch squares for the exchange!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Scrappy Quilt for Donation

I am still on the get rid of scraps kick and so far doing well.  Of course, I have a quilt to quilt and another one to finish but instead I am procrastinating and working on my mission of scraps.  Wilkes County Quilt Guild donates quilts to many different places.  One is the children's home where foster child go when necessary.  The guild gives every child a quilt to have with them for life.  There is a specific pattern for this quilt.  On Friday's I go to Breakfast with the Biddies ( with an older member of the guild and a few other people not guild related).  My favorite biddie suggested that in order to get my scraps used up to make a quilt for the children's home.  This is what I came up with:

It's a bit orange but not finished or near finished.  What amazes me is this is just from fabric that I had in my stash!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Scraps scraps and more scraps

I have been trying to do something with my scraps of fabric for about two years.  I tried sewing them all together, cutting them into squares and making a quilt.  I had gotten it mostly together, let is sit for a few months and then recently took it apart into all those 8 in squares.  And there they now sit.

We had Bonnie Hunter as our guest speaker for our last Quilt Guild meeting and since then I have been ironing, cutting and sewing scraps, scraps and more scraps.  I think I like the monotony of it all right now as I am still recuperating and energizing so I can be back to more normal soon.  (I go back to work in two weeks and I still tire easily)

Here are a few pictures of what my scrap collection was and then became.  Don't get me wrong!  I still have lots and lots and lots of scraps in my sewing room.  But I do feel like I made a dent in them!

Orange Half Square Triangles

Green Half Square Triangles

Scrap pile on the ironing board

Second Scrap pile

More two inch squares

What am I going to do with all this?  I haven't quite decided but I must say I am excited and going to continue to make more and more and more.....then I'll get back to you!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Hearts from Guild

Our Quilt Guild gives out heart blocks for anyone who is under the weather.  While I was in rehab, the guild had sent me the heart squares.  I was under the impression that I would get one square but instead I got 12 squares.  I knew right away that I wasn't going to keep them and one of my guild friends told me every time she gets some, she returns them (so they can give them to someone else).  I decided to make a baby quilt for one of my two donation quilts.  Here is what I came up with so far.
Tell me how you like it and what else I can do with it!

Birds vs. Squirrels

Ever since I moved to this house (6 years ago) , I have had a struggle with the squirrels vs feeding the birds.   I would find the squirrels eating from the bird feeders all the time.  I would open the door and throw stuff at them to get them to move.  I would sick Chuck my vicious Chocolate Lab to chase them away.  A year and a half ago my son was visiting and he bought me two squirt guns so then I would just have to open the back door and shoot!!!


Today, I caught them on film!  Damn you squirrels!!!  Damn you squirrels!!!


Secret Santa 2012

I participated in the Secret Santa that Colorado Lady hosted.  I find these swaps to be exciting and fun.  This year I was down for the count for part of it, so I sure hope my gift was creative enough for my Secret Santa from Texas!

Yesterday, I had our Quilt Guild Christmas party where we did an exchange of gifts and then when I got home I noticed a package at my back door.  I was excited when I realized that it was from my Secret Santa who is also from Texas!  This is not who I sent my package to!!!

Opening my package was so much fun:  first thing I noticed was everything was purple (my favorite color!!!)  Thank you Secret Santa, that was exciting.  I want to thank you Secret Santa from Texas for all my gifts.  I will use all of them with the excitement of this exchange.  Wishing you and your family a happy, healthy and safe Holiday Season!!!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Thank you Bonnie Hunter for my new addiction!!!

Our guild meeting had a guest last month, Bonnie Hunter from Quiltville and I now have a new addiction.  I looked at her Easy Street but because I recently had hip surgery and my attention span is still that of a flea, I decided to start easier then her Easy Street and just cut 2" squares and make 4 patches from them.  This was fun and easy and I saw how she said whenever you sew, always add a few 2" square sewing in to the beginning and end of whatever you sew.  She also said when you cut fabric for a quilt or project to finish cutting the piece.  I have done that and cut everything I can into 2" squares.

I have thoroughly enjoyed doing this and find it very relaxing....but now I have a bazillion 4 patches and I am not sure what I am going to do with them but I must say, that I love them and I love them together.

Here is an example of some that I just had to throw up on my design wall.


Sunday, December 2, 2012

Donation Quilt

At our guild September meeting, we did a strip swap where all of us had to buy a yard of fabric and cut it into 2 1/2 in strips for an exchange.  Most of the guild members will do nothing with it but I figure since we need to make donation quilts that I would put together a baby quilt from those strips.  Here it is:

Add a 3 in border and I'm done!