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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Thrift store find and 1 towel finished

I found this fabric last week at the thrift store.  I thought it was really cool.  I'm not sure exactly what I'll do with it, but it would make something cute for the kitchen.  It's kind of a border print - I can't say as though I've ever seen any fabric quite like this - half of it is the yellow print, and the other is the cream print.

 And here's the original price tag - 4 yards for $1.00.  That was what they were charging at the thrift store as well.  :) 
 I followed the tutorial found here for the towel.  I like her fabric much better than mine!  I was in a hurry to get one done, so I did not embellish this one.  I will be appliquing trees on some of mine, and might go for some with yo-yo's as well.  I had a hard time finding charm packs of Christmas fabric in my local quilt shops.  I bought some fat quarters and half yard cuts, and combined them with some Christmas (and non-Christmas) fabric from my stash.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

T shirt quilt and pillows

I got the t shirt quilt back from the quilters earlier this week, and got the binding sewn on.  I was planning to bind it in purple, but I didn't have enough.  I had a different orange that I hadn't used in the quilt, so I used that for binding.

Here's the back.  The colors are off a little, but you get the idea.

I had one extra t shirt, and a few sleeves that I hadn't used.  I decided to make 2 pillows to go with the quilt.  The pillow are 16 inches square.  Here's the front of them...

and here's the backs. 

The quilt and pillows are for my daughter-in-law's sister.  I hope she's happy with the way they turned out! 

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Yellow and Black Pinwheels

Back in July, I blogged about these blocks.  If I knew how to put a link here to take you back to that post, I would!  It was a really hot and humid day, and the camera lens got fogged over - I called them my hazy pinwheel blocks.  Anyhow, these blocks have just been sitting on my sewing table.  I trimmed them down so they are all the same size (9 1/2 inches square) and sewed them together.  I decided I wanted the quilt to be a little larger, so I added the black & white polka dot border. 

I had started sewing inch and a half strips together after I had pieced those blocks.  It was sort of an experiment that really didn't work out, as it was really wonky.  I cut that down for my outer border.  It still needs pressing, and also needs to be sewn onto the quilt, but I think I'll go for it. 

Sunday, November 13, 2011

2 Quilt tops

Pink and purple log cabins by hammskaren
Pink and purple log cabins, a photo by hammskaren on Flickr.

I finished piecing the tops for the pink and purple log cabin baby quilts. I think this is the first time I did a log cabin block, and I am really happy with the way they turned out.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Pink & Purple Blocks

I finished the pink and purple log cabin blocks today.  I made 32 of them - the plan was to lay them out 5 x 6, with a couple of extras, just in case.  I never did the math to figure out how big they would be.  It turns out they are approximately 9 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches square.  Laying them out 5x6 will be kind of large for a baby quilt.  Maybe I need to make 8 more, and have enough for 2 baby quilts?? I wasn't planning to add a border, but if that's the case, I might want to.  What do you think??  Maybe a  skinny orange border, and then a wider border of either pink or purple?

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Small Blocks

Here's one of the lovely plants I got from my co-workers following my surgery last week. 

And here's what I've been working on - pink and purple log cabin blocks.  They still need a few rows added.