Friday, January 27, 2012

Done, In The Nick of Time


Today is my grandson, Anthony's 9th Birthday :D
Where does the time go, just yesterday he was a baby? 

Now, he's big ... Anthony being his normal goffy self, hahaha

I've been working on a cuddle quilt for him and finished it this morning...well just about finished I need to hand sew the opening closed then it's done.

It looks a bit wavey and wonky hanging up, but the 'ocean' fabric gives the appearance of wrinkles, and there are none honestly!!!   All-in-all grandma's happy with it !!!

Love you Anthony
Grandma & Grandpa

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Fabric Organization - DONE!

I finished organizing the fabrics by Color...phew that was a bigger job than I initially thought it would be.  Where'd all that fabric come from????  HaHaHaHaHa

The odd thing is I'm not really a "blue" person, yet it seems I've amased a mass of 'blues' so much so there are two bins overflowing, and honestly I need to put the overflow into a third bin...gads!!  Turbo, my fabric inspector, was even intrigued by the 'blue stack'...and it kept growing, LoL

 Mom, that's a lot of blue fabric ..

IT'S ALIVE ...  

Reds, Blacks, and Brights,  just beginning :D
Pinks in the chair, purples on ironing board, and whites which I thought I had more of...alas!!


           Pretty Yellows! 
Evidently need more ?? YES!!

~ Here are the cabinets ~ 


Notice the BLUES on the 3rd shelf, overflowing!  

 Here are the antique quilts and my grandmother's button box, a film reel button box and an old purple/gold tin button box.


Monday, January 9, 2012

New Year Arranging

Since it is the new year and I've not arranged my fabrics since I moved into my quilting studio last summer, guess it's time to "just do it"!!

Here are my cabinets closed and open.  See all those bins? They are loaded with fabrics admixed and must be separated by color.  After that I should (notice the key word 'should') measure and catalog all the material; however, I believe it would be easier to sort it by color first and then measure at leisure HAHAHA

So without further ado here are the fabrics....LOL

I have one more cabinet full, just can't get a pic right now...
A girl can never have too much fabric ... LOL


Pink-All-Around Progress

I said this wouldn't get the best of me and it didn't!!!  I had enough left-over (haha) binding and was able to fix my 'miscut' and carry on, yea!!!  

All I have left is sewing the binding to the back, by hand, and it's done.

I finished the back with fast corner triangles ~ they are wonderful and so easy to make!!!  The triangles are used to place a dowel to hang the quilt and putting another dowel at the bottom makes the quilt lay flat.  This particular quilt can be used as either a wall hanging or a table topper.

Instructions for fast corner triangles can be found at the Alzheimers Quilt Initiative web page: 

My 1st UFO for 2012 ... I'm not telling how many more I have to do though :)


Friday, January 6, 2012

Pink-All-Around The Disaster

I have been working on my PP Pink-All-Around that I started in 2007! How do I know that?  The instructions were in the container with the fabrics.  I put all my material, thread, embellishments and patterns or instructions for each 'project' (started or not) in Sterilite containers...I'm a bit OCD or CDO (because the letters are in order!).

Well anyway, it went from bad to worse ...
1.  I miscut a piece so it wasn't large enough to cover the paper.  Easy enough I matched up the polka-dots (what very little I had, it was excess on another piece) and sewed that together, looks pretty good and one can hardly see it (you can see it on left side of block edge).

2.  While trimming up the blocks I (again) miscut (the same block mind you!) and made it too short!  Okay, so I added a piece of the sashing to give it the proper length, about 1/8" was added and when I added the rest of the properly cut sashing it showed a bit more than I wanted, but 'oh-well'.

3.  Finally, I pieced together the four PP twist blocks...yea progress!!

4.  I cut the binding and guess what ... I should have made the binding 2" and not 1-3/8" as the instructions stated .... grrrrrrrrrr  So they are tight but doable :D  

5.  Onward and upward ... this quilt top or wall hanging isn't going to get the best of me, not yet!!!!!!

6.  I sewed the binding on and whilst "trimming" back for my mitered corners ... you guessed it - I miscut and cut one corner off !!!!!!!!!!!! 

 Guess who is going 'frogging' today and making more binding ???  

When this is finished, I'm going to change the name to
"Pink Humble Pie"