Thursday, October 28, 2010

October is Almost Gone!

I did manage to finish the "Broken Crayons" and submitted it in the Project Modern – Challenge 1.

The Spider Web is under the machine - a lot of quilting so need lots of breaks.  I have 3 machines, so still have my faithfuls to piece on.  The 2nd Brown Bag Quilt has been finished front and back - the back ended up almost like making a 2nd quilt as I wanted to use as much of the fabric as possible.  That I will take to my LQS and rent the quilter for a more professional look.

But still busy as my Guild needed Comfort Dolls for charity gift boxes.  I hit the scrap bins and made up a dozen - here are a few.  And I fabric framed some finished cross stitch fall pieces - love this one.

I am loving the scrap a-long and all those wonderful scrap give aways - like I need more scraps.  But someone elses are so tempting - --

Until next month,
Sewingly Yours,

Monday, October 25, 2010

Still Scrappin'

I have three scrap quilts ready for machine quilting.  I quilt on my domestic machine - a long arm is in the future.

One is my second Brown Bag Quilt - I must admit this is the first quilt I've made using 30's repros, but paired up with Kona Snow and it sewed like butter (photo of one block).

The string quilt is my "Broken Crayons" and I am showing the back of the quilt.  Do you take care in pressing?  I promise you will see the entire front when finished.  Proper pressing really aids in getting nice, evenly blocked squares and aid in the quilting process. 

And the Spider Web block quilt I thought would helped to "beat" down that scrap bin, but I probably could get four more out of it.  Yes I love the look of a scrappy border.

I have pledged to not start anything else until I get these finished.  That will be hard for me - I LOVE having several projects going at the same time. 

Sewingly Yours,

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Finishes, Starts, and Contests

I finished the first Brown Bag Quilt using the lovely children's fabrics for whirly-gig flowers and added some stash to make streched 9-patch blocks.  I fussy cut the Halloween fabric - yo-yo flower centers are the haunted houses, ravens are the cornerstones, eyeballs on sticks are the fence and spacers for the back.  I pieced an outer border and the back as we had to use 90% of fabrics - the little baggy pinned to the back are what is left).
I used everything from my stash, batting was pieced , backing left over backing from another project, and binding was left from another project.

I started some strip blocks for the Sew Scraps A-Long and have them completed into a flimsy -hope to have that finished this weekend.

And I have a paperpieced wallhanging in the weekly theme over at Quilt Gallery

I have a few block of the months to catch up on and then I am ready for a new project.


Monday, October 18, 2010

Brown Bag Swap

I wanted to share my "Ugly" fabrics

The first set of lovely American Jane fabrics is set with some of my Kona solids and 30's charms. They are from Donna Lynes of Ontario.  I have a pattern drawn up but yet to start.

The second is from Astrid Stenerud Prayag of Mauritius (island in the Indian Ocean).  Delightful children's prints and then a zinger - Halloween. I didn't photo the fabrics from my stash, but the pattern evolved, I sewed like mad, quilted it up, and I am currently hand sewing the binding down.


Saturday, October 16, 2010


This is my first posting and bear with me as I sort thru how to work all this - I am computer illiterate.  I have enjoyed so many bloggers and learned so much from cyber-quilters who are so willing to share.  I am mainly interested in maintaining a blog to help in documenting (and keeping me on track) my quilting journey.

My first attempt will be sharing my experience with the BROWN BAG QUILT  that I discovered over at Stash Manicure.  I zealously signed up for 2 swaps and actually have the first one just about done.

Sewingly Yours,