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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Beautiful day

It's a beautiful, sunny day here in northern Iowa!  Temps are in the 30's, and there is very little wind.  Very nice weather for January!  I have been sewing in the evenings... some nights I have to drag myself away from the couch...  Seems like I would rather lie around and watch TV.... Oh well......  I did manage to finish this quilt top:
It's a tutorial I found online, the quilt is called "Growing Up Odd".  Cute name.  I kind of did grow up odd.  :)  Anyhow, you can find the tutorial here.  I used 1.5 inch strips, and made less blocks.  I think mine measures about 44"x55". 
I also got the "Film at Five Quilt" back from the quilter.  It too is from "Wedding Dress Blue" blog, and the link to this tutorial is here.  I know I've said this before, but she has lots of great tutorials for using up scraps. 
Mine should really be called "Film at Four", since I made it 4 blocks x 4 blocks, rather than 5 x 5.  I used navy and white gingham checks for the binding.  Something I've had in my stash for probably 20 years....... :)  I could tell it was 100% cotton though.... not like most gingham out there.  Why is it that most gingham is a cotton/poly blend?
Lots of bright sunlight and shadows today..........not the best for pictures, but better than taking them indoors! 
Linking up to Finish It Up Friday....... on Saturday!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Lots of pink

I think the winter blah's have set in.  In order to keep them at bay, I worked on this over the weekend......
Yes, that is my foot... :)
This will be a baby version of "Growing Up Odd" a free tutorial found over at Wedding Dress Blue.  She has great tutorials for using up scraps. 
I used my Accuquilt cutter and the 1.5" strip die that DH got me for Christmas.  It made the project go much quicker, but it still takes a lot of time!  One more row of blocks, and then it will be time for sashing!
Happy Monday everyone, it's going to be a cold one!

Friday, January 9, 2015

It's been awhile....

And I have been keeping busy.  Just nothing here to show for it.  I worked on Bonnie Hunter's Grand Illusion Mystery Quilt.  I made mine smaller - I made half the units, thinking I'd make 2 baby quilts.  When I was putting it together, I decided to make one quilt, but only use 9 of the blocks, not all 12 that I had made.  Here is what I came up with...
It is really a busy quilt - it requires you to step back a little in order to see the pattern. 
I made a few bags for Christmas and Birthday gifts back in December....
These were for my Dachshund-loving sister.
I also made some pillows from fabric placemats - these were for my son and daughter-in-law.  The placemats were from Target.  Lots of easy tutorials out there on how to make them.  Basically, you pick open a seam (about 3 inches), stuff them, and sew the seam back together.  About a 30 minute project.
I got some exciting Christmas mail, all the way from England!  My friend Jen, over at Glinda Quilts, sent me a Christmas gift. 
Quilty gifts from a quilty friend.  Thanks, Jen!
I guess that's all I have for now.  I am keeping busy......I just don't have much to show for it!  I just got a quilt back from the long armer......After it's bound and finished, I will show it.  Trying to stay warm here in Iowa........ blizzard yesterday...... gosh, I hate winter.......