Tuesday, January 18, 2011

January 11 work in progress

Roll Roll Cotton Bowl
Midnight Stars

 
Star and Sprigs Border


These are my "work in progress" (or not). First is the Roll Roll Cotton Bowl from Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt. If you want the directions, she will keep it on her site for 1 year. Just click http://quiltville.blogspot.com/2010/10/roll-roll-cotton-boll-yardage.html
My fabrics are 1930's reproductions and not what she has planned on her directions. I also used a "cheater cloth" for the light color blocks. I did not piece each strip. The fabric came printed in stripes and I just cut it in triangles. The blocks are not sewn yet and the sample on the left is the future border.

The next photo is a quilt in progress from the http://humblequilts.blogspot.com/ It is a doll quilt! My very first one. The blocks will be 5 inches square and these are steps 1 to 3. There will be 20 blocks(OOPS, there are 9 blocks). Half red and half cheddar. Lori is giving us a few easy steps at a time. Good for a stress relief time.

The last photo is a completed half of my Star and Sprigs border. The first one of 4 borders. I am enjoying every one of those leaves and buds.
I also included my tools. They are: Crayola washable markers of many colors. They have thin tips and wash off by leaving the fabric in cold water for about half an hour. I also use chalk pencils for the dark colors. My needles are size 10 and 11 straw needles. Small appliqué pins (about 1/2'' long). My trusty thumb thimble (hot pink blurb). Where I keep several needles threaded with threads of various colors plus the pins. Not shown is a washable glue that I used on those vines. The egg cartoons are organizing the various sizes of leaves and buds. I am all for recycling. The threads are size 50 100% cotton from Gutermann, Aurifil, and some silk threads. I am mostly using what I have on the color I need. I am left handed and good quality thread is a must. Oh! I also sometimes use "Thread heaven" which is a thread protectant and conditioner.
I have a quilt on the frame to hand quilt; but since I have not worked on it for a few months, it is not really a work in progress. Is it?

Friday, January 7, 2011

31 years together

Today is our 31 first anniversary. These are the flowers that were delivered this morning. With it, came a gift card for a favorite spa. (I am already relaxing). Unfortunately, DH is in Santiago, Chile; and I am at home in the US. I can't believe that he planned all this before he left. You are the best DH in the world and I love you forever. PS. You can leave the closet door open for 1 month :-)

16 Patch Star

This block was made using all the fabrics available for a challenge. It is 12.5 inches unfinished. The small squares are cut at 2 inches ...