Friday, July 20, 2018

LAS VEGAS FABRIC SHOPPING

There are lots of things to do in Las Vegas, but fabric shopping is one of my favorite things to do.
This shop has every thing you want and more.
I finally decided to buy cork.  I plan to try it on some zippy bags and who knows what other projects I can dream up.
My son-in-law saw this pattern and really admired it.  I am thinking it might be my next project.
French General, it is always so pretty.  This was on the sale racks.  Under $7.00 a yard.  I think I really got a bargain.
I bought this also on sale for a basic.  The print is a pale green.
And a stripe, I always try to buy a stripe when I see one I like.
And also a little site seeing for the guys.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

BIRDS, BIRDS, AND MORE BIRDS

I have had to take a bit of time this past week to make some of the side pieces to my bird blocks.  It had been some time since I had made this type of block.  It took a bit of figuring out at first.  I think the fun part is picking out so many different fabrics to go into it. 

Now this guy is so much easier and is done and ready to sew on to one of my finished bird blocks.  I got lazy on the blue fabric and used all the same print.

Now able to begin another bird.  This one is going to be really easy.

At least until I got to all those leaves.  But there is no hand appliqué of vines on this one.  So it will finish up pretty fast with my machine blanket stitch.  

Friday, July 13, 2018

LAZY LEAVES

On Wednesday I took a Lazy Leaves workshop making a pattern taught by Joy-Lily.  Such a fun day and I learned lots.
We started out cutting strips from 1 inch up to 2.25 inches.  I was surprised at the other students and the many different fabrics they brought and how they all worked in this project.  
With my fabric choices I made a strip set that was 9 inches by 18 inches.  I then cut my strip into two 9 by 9 inch squares.  I took the two squares and laid them front sides together and cut them diagonally.  I ended up with four triangles and when you put them together you get two of these, which will become two leaves.
Here is my first leaf done.  The leaves were curved sewn into the background and each side attached with the stem down the middle. The size of the larger ones ends up being 12.5 inches square.
Once I got home I decided to try the smaller pattern that ends up being 6.5 inches.  I plan to finish off four smaller ones and the two larger ones and put them together into a table runner.  Perfect for a fall decorating scheme. 
And only one more large leaf to go to finish the top of my runner.  


Tuesday, July 10, 2018

MORE BIRD CONSTRUCTION

Setting aside a project for a bit of time really helps to get one back into the groove of making some positive progress.  
This block number 7 went really fast.  However, my pattern setting is some what different.  I just was not able to get all the leaves and vines set down, as the pattern showed in the book.  I finally decided to just use my own creative license on it.  It was very perplexing as this usually doesn't happen to me.  
A side piece to block 7 was a curved strip.  I decided to try using freezer paper to cut out my pieces.  This worked so well.
The first two blocks of the eight pieces went together perfectly.  
And it finished off easily as well.  I thought it sort of an odd pattern, but decided not to question the book.  
Now it is on to block 8 cutting leaves, leaves, and more leaves.  I am using a very light fusible, and I cut out, donut, the centers so the pieces are soft.
So it is on to laying out this block along with bias stems.  
And here is block 8 all ready to begin the process of blanket stitching down the leaves, birds, and nest.  Evenings spent hand appliqué on the stems.  I guess it is on to setting up blocks number 9.

Friday, July 6, 2018

DRESDEN PROGRESS PROBLEMS

This plan was started with an idea in mind.  But some how best made plans don't seem to always work out.
I even finished this one Dresden.  Here it is all sewn down and ready to start on a new one.  But, for some reason it just did not make me feel like it was working with what I had in mind.
It measures 16.5 inches so I think will will just end up making a pillow out of it.  
So it was time to see if I could make a better start.
This was more like what I had in mind.  So I tried another one.
Yes, this is more like it!  This one  is even better.  
Now I was getting somewhere.  And I continued on.  
I have four done, just have to appliqué the blades and centers down.  A couple new backs are cut for some additional ones with the blades all cut and ready to put together.  I have tons of fabrics, but have had to order two more lines to go with them.  The particular idea I have in mind seems to require a lot of fabric choices.  I have several more fabrics selected to put together, but I need 20 blocks so I am going to have to add more fabric choices to the mix.        



Wednesday, July 4, 2018

TEA TIME PLACEMATS

I managed to finish up my granddaughters Tea Time Placemats.  I think they are so cute.   
I just did some easy serpentine quilting on them.  Fast and quick.
This back ended up being the perfect fabric choice.  Don't you just love it when you save just one last small left over piece of fabric that you have used over and over from prior projects, but just can't bare to get rid of it?  Then all of a sudden it is perfect for a small project like this one.  
I have yards and yards of this binding fabric.  I use it often and for these placemats once again it was such a great choice.  
Now I can just tuck these away until next month for her birthday.  For once I am not burning the mid-night oil trying to finish off a gift.