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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Wine Bottle Gift Bag

Just a quick post here.....  we are catering a wedding today - I don't know if I've ever mentioned that my dh and I do some catering... Julie will be helping us today as well.  Anyhow, I decided that a little wedding gift was in order.
I found the tutorial here.  Since I was just using cotton quilting fabric, I added interfacing and a lining to make the bag a little sturdier.  This bag will include a bottle of wine from an Iowa winery, and not the half bottle that's currently in the bag for the photo..... :)

Friday, October 26, 2012

Fall wall hanging

Last night, I finished the wall hanging I've been working on... 
I was shopping at Hobby Lobby with my sister-in-law last month, and she spied the center panel amongst the fall/Thanksgiving decor there.  I'm not sure what whe was using hers for, but I was pretty sure I needed to have one, too, and the price was right....40% off of $2.99.....whatever that is!  :)  I think it was marked as a "seasonal bandana..."  Hmmm..... not sure what it was intended for, but it felt like 100% cotton to me.
 I had a Moda scrap bag which had  a lot of fallish-looking fabric, and I added a few others from my stash.  I hand-quilted this, and it took a lot longer than I expected.  Oh well, some things can't be rushed!
I did what I would call a "self binding".  The backing fabric was large enough - I trimmed it down to inch larger than the quilt on each side and folded it over to the front for the binding.  I hand sewed this down as well. 
Here it is was hard to get a good picture of it.  I probably should have taken it outside tomorrow.  Oh well...the finished size is 24" wide by 25" long.
I'm linking this up to Crazy Mom Quilt's "Finish it Up Friday"..... just because I can! 

Friday, October 19, 2012

Saturday bake sale

Trying to blog from my phone again.  We will see if this works.  I was busy this evening making stuff for a bake sale...

Friday, October 12, 2012

Quilts for twin baby boys

Earlier this week, I finished up 2 baby boy quilts.

They are for twin boys.  The boys were born back in April - and had to stay in the hospital until late August because they were born so early.  I realized on Monday that I had to get these quilts finished this week, so I could send them along with my son and daughter-in-law this weekend.  It made for one evening of frantic quilting and binding, but I am happy with the way they turned out. 
The fabric is Moda's Max and Whiskers, by Basic Grey.  The red grunge fabric used on the quilt on the left (Arkansas Crossroads pattern found here) is the only fabric I used that is not in the Max and Whiskers line.  I know it's still a Basic Grey fabric - I think in the most recent Christmas line.  (if you wanted to know!) 
I made the zig zag quilt with the tutorial found here.  I made it a little smaller than Nettie's directions, because I didn't want it to be larger than the the Arkansas Crossroads.

and here's the back.....
Quilts should be on their way up north as I'm typing this.... :)
I am linking this finished project up to Crazy Mom Quilt's Finish it up Friday
Also, Iam hoping to have a productive weekend ahead!  :)

Friday, October 5, 2012

Quilt Show

Tomorrow, I will be attending AQS Quilt Show in Des Moines.  You can read about it here.  I can hardly wait....... I'm just hoping we don't wake up to

It will be cold enough tonight, so it is a possibility..... More on the quilt show later!

Monday, October 1, 2012

New Curtain

Yesterday I made a new curtain for my bathroom window.  The old curtain was so faded and really gross - so bad that I could not bring myself to take a picture of it and post it here.  It went right into the trash can. 

The new curtain is made from a thrifted cotton shower curtain.  A while back, I was on a hunt for vintage sheets.  I do have a bunch saved up, although nothing really neat.  This was something I discovered at a thrift store, among all the sheets. 

I went shopping after I made the curtain - I bought some towels in aqua and also ina that pinky red color.  I also got a new bathmat.  Now I need to get some new things to hang on the wall. 

It's funny how one new thing in a room can make me want to give the entire room a good cleaning!

This bathroom adjoins our bedroom.  I did buy a couple of things for the bedroom, too.  New pillows..... I'll show you those tomorrow.  Seeing the new pillows really makes me want to make a quilt to go with them.....
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