Wednesday, November 23, 2011

W.I.P. Wednesday

I briefly mentioned these two table toppers in my last post, but I thought I'd show pictures today.  I needed a pattern that would require only about 1 charm pack because that's basically what I had left of the Recipe for Friendship fabric.  So I searched the Internet and found this really easy and cute pattern and tutorial on Sherri's blog - A Quilting Life.

I was able to piece both tops on Sunday and now I only have to put the ric-rac decoration and borders on.  I should be able to get that done this weekend, after doing some major Black Friday shopping!

I'm linking up to Freshly Pieced for W.I.P. Wednesday.  Don't forget to go check out what everyone else has going on this week.

That's it for now.  Talk to you all later.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Weekend Finishes

I had a very productive weekend at the sewing machine this week.  First, I finished my Ducky mini-quilt.  He will be on his way to Boston later on this week.

Second, I quilted and put the binding on X-Rated.  This is a Schnibbles I completed last month.  I used a scrappy binding for this one and I'm very pleased with the results. 

The picture really isn't great - it was way too cloudy and windy to go outside so had to settle for an indoors picture.  I'm not quite sure X-Rated will stay on the coffee table at the cottage.  I'm thinking it may find its way under the Christmas Tree (I'm way behind in the gift-making department!).

I also pieced 2 more small tops and started cutting charm squares for a new quilt top using the last 4 Hometown charm packs I had left over after completing Lincoln.

That's it for now.  Talk to you all later!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

TNT Thurday - I'm all ducky!

During my bloggy travels last Thursday, during TNT Thursday, I read on someone else's blog that they were trying paper piecing for the first time and really liked how easy it was.  When I got to the cottage on Friday night, I decided I was going to spend at least a little bit of time trying to paper piece something simple.  I remembered seeing a pattern in a past issue of Quilt Magazine that looked really cute so I went searching for it.

And here are the results of my first attempt at paper piecing:

I l.o.v.e. it!!!  And it really was easy!  I decided not to put a binding on this mini quilt so instead I stitched the front and back right sides together with a piece of batting at the back (leaving a small opening) and then turned the whole thing through the opening. The pattern said to use embroidery for the eye, but I decided to use a small black button instead.

In this picture, I hadn't pressed it yet or closed the opening, but I'll do that this weekend.  I'm also going to do some echo quilting around the ducky and something else on the duck itself... not quite sure yet.  Any suggestions?

And what did you try this week?  I'm linking up at Melissa's for TNT Thursday.  Be sure to check out what else everyone is up to this week.

That's it for now.  Talk to you all later.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

W.I.P. Wednesday

I made really good progress last weekend on the new quilt for my bed at the cottage.  This is the one where I decided to let my 7 year-old choose the fabric so I'm thinking of calling it "Dylan's Choice".  I used a pattern called the Big EZ from the book Bloom Creek Quilts.

Dylan's Choice

This quilt top came together really fast and easy... gotta love those big blocks!  The finished top actually wasn't big enough for my bed so I added the border.  I really like how this one turned out...  I may have to let Dylan choose the fabrics more often!

I've also been working on my Granny Squares and Crochet School over at Craftyminx's blog went over seaming this week so I started joining my squares.  I really love how this is coming together.  This is going to make a really cute and soft baby blanket.

My Granny Squares
I'm hoping to quilt X-Rated and Spin City this weekend, but I also want to get started on a quilt I have planned for the lovely fabric I won from the Fat Quarter Shop.

I'm linking up at Lee's from Freshly Pieced!  Be sure to check out what else is happening in blogland!

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Monday, November 14, 2011

My prize finally came!

Canada Post came by the house late last week to deliver the fat quarter bundle I won from the Fat Quarter Shop. 

This is a designer bundle from Bonnie & Camille and it's got 15 fat quarters (3 are solids).  I love it!  I think I've already decided which pattern I'm going to use these for...  more to come!

That's it for now.  Talk to you all later.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

T.N.T. Thursday

I'm linking up to Happy Quilting today for Try New Things (TNT) Thursday. 

What have I tried this week?  Well...  I've wanted to make a new quilt for my bed at the cottage for a while now so I finally decided to get started.  I found an easy and fast pattern in one of my quilting magazines (I can't remember what it is right now, but I'll post the information when the top is finished), but I couldn't, for the life of me, decide on which fabrics to use. 

So - I asked my 7 year-old to choose.  I told him the number of different fabrics I needed, told him they needed to have purple in them and I let him go!

This is what he chose:

I'm not entirely sure what this is going to turn out to look like, but I love that he felt involved in the decision-making process!  :-)

Check out what everyone else is trying out this week at Happy Quilting.

That's it for now.  Talk to you all later.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Lincoln Top Finished!

I have to say... I love working on Schnibbles and other small quilts.  I was able to complete the Lincoln top this weekend in less than a day.  I'm in love with the Hometown fabric collection.  The reds, greys and soft blues are beautiful and the different fabrics just come together so nicely.  Very soothing for the eye.

The pattern by Carrie Nelson called for beige background fabric for the star blocks, but I decided to use some of the lighter 5" squares instead for a scrappier look.

I was going to give this to someone for Christmas, but I think I'm going to have a really hard time parting with it!  :-)

That's it for now.  Talk to you later!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Try New Things (T.N.T.) Thursday

I decided to link up to T.N.T. Thursdays at Happy Quilting today to show off what I've tried this week:  Crochet!

I discovered Craftyminx a few weeks ago.  She is an amazingly talented blogger and I signed up for her Crochet School, but then procrastinated getting started on something.  That's until I got to Lesson 17 and the Granny Square.  I fell in love!  :-)

So here is my very first Granny Square. 

It is not perfect, I made one or two mistakes, but these squares are soooo easy to do and so much fun!  I think I found something to do during the week to satisfy my need to be "crafty"!

So be sure to visit the Craftyminx for some crochet lessons and pay a visit to the Happy Quilting blog and all other bloggers trying something new today.

That's it for now.  Talk to you all later.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

W.I.P. Wednesday - Lincoln in Hometown

So I finally cut into those beautiful 5' Hometown charm squares this weekend.  All of these little pieces will come together shortly to form "Lincoln".

Lincoln is a Schnibbles from the book Another Bite of Schnibbles by Carrie Nelson.

I cannot wait to start piecing next weekend!

Thanks for coming and don't forget to visit everyone participating in W.I.P. Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.

I won something!

I still cannot believe it, but I won some gorgeous fabric yesterday! Go see this post on the Jolly Jabber to have a look at what I won!