Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Chubby Stars

These lovelies are what I have started cutting for my new project! Best part.... I had everything I needed including backing and binding in my stash! Good ... I am using it.... Bad ... my collection is getting out of hand.

They are going to grow up to be Chubby stars with an Irish chain. Have you seen this quilt along that is going on? Check it out.

And this is another shot of the star centers with the two fabrics I am debating for the star points. My first choice was the brown, but I have been leaning towards the paprika of late, and I was thinking of sneaking in the teal for a star or two. I hope I still have a couple weeks to continue that debate in my head because I keep going back and forth.

And not to be forgotten, I have been working on my Hope Valley quilt along as well.

Monday, August 23, 2010


This is what I have been working on the past week. More flags for the marching band show. These were done with a glue rather than pinning prior to sewing which at first I thought was just another step, but... wow, it made it super easy, worth the extra step.
Only two more flag designs to go! First official performance is this weekend at Half Time and the red/grey flags will be used. Looking forward to seeing them on the field.

In between flags, I have been working on other things too .... Not completing anything, just starting new things (any one else do that?)

This is a layer cake project for Halloween that I could not wait to get started on. Its Haunted Mansion by Sanae that I got from Green Fairy Quilts a couple of weeks ago. It goes great with something I have in my stash for a backing! Now that the kids have started back to school, I hope to knock out a couple completions with all these in progress items I have going on.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Fishies & a Chair!

Finally, something that is completed to share for Sew & Tell.
The fishies disappearing nine patch was stalled for awhile, but is now completed. You may recognize this fabric as the super duper buy that I got at a yard sale this spring. The top came together quickly, but then the project was stalled when my Bernina which is the only machine I have a darning foot for decided it needed a vacation at the repair shop.

Meanwhile, while stopping at a yard sale down the street I found this chair ... for $1 (about what it is worth, right).... There were two, and the guy was going to give them both to me for that price, but I only wanted one ... I know, what was I thinking. In the back of my mind was this..... the cute little chair that is in Cheryl's blog header.

I still have not done anything with the chair, but the quilt is done, and I think it matched pretty well and works as a nice staging prop to show off the completed project. Much better than the fence.

Stats for Fishies: measures 38 x46, Beach Party by Laurie Godin from Northcott fabric, misc from stash, binding is Michael Miller orange clown stripes.

My new baby!

Yes, I did it again. I visited the local thrift shop and came home with a new/old sewing machine.

And lookie! He came with a manual, all the original attachments, and a button hole kit!

All the gold leaf is in great condition, motor works, crank works, bobbin was there and it looks like it was just serviced!

It is a 201, which a little google research indicates is a jewel of a machine.
And I even love the table it came in!!! One leg is a little wobbly, but that can be fixed.

And this is what I am working on till more flags are ready to be assembled. I really need a design wall. My floor is not doing it for me for laying out and previewing :(

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Everyone loves a break!

I didn't expect this break to be quite so long ....... where has the summer gone?

The Honduras Mission trip was inspiring. This is one of the villages we went to and the water supply for the village, a hose bib like most of us have in our yard.

The team helped Honduran nationals complete one church building and got a good start on a second which was finished the next week by some who stayed and some reinforcements that came in fresh.

In addition we worked 5 medical brigades including doctor consultations, dental and optometry. This is my husband taking the pulse rate of a little guy.

The team also visited a Mayan ruin site.

We were only gone for a week, but it took several days to acclimate once we returned but we are now back in the swing and anticipating the start of school.

My oldest is in band this year as part of the color guard. This is a huge big deal around here as the high school has won the last two state championships it has competed in. I am getting on board with the activities associated like car pool to the practices (past two week 7:30-11:30, 1-5, 6:30-9 every day and evening session on Saturday night too!) and making custom flags for the group.

This is one of my first flags to assemble..I made 4.. we will be making about 250 flags (6 different designs) by the seasons end. Its made from a poly silk and to prevent fraying the pieces must be cut with a wood burning tool to fuse the edges.
I have done some quilty stuff and will share that tomorrow! Hope everyone is having a great summer.