Saturday, July 19, 2014

Tomato Tornado and the Carrot Cluster

Here are the latest tomatoes laid out on the ironing board. No Squeezing!
 (I got 3 pair done this week and the business end of 6 carrots, too)

Here's all the maters together on the portable design wall. (Big foam core board.)

Here's the Carrot Cluster - nest week its tops and sides.
I'm using the tomatoes as Red blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge
It's a fun challenge, and just interesting to see all the different blocks in red this month.
So have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

In Carrot Mode

This is what Carrot Mode looks like...
Orange fabrics everywhere.

 What's on your sewing machine today?

I did say everywhere.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Guess what came in the mail!

Just now we got our mail... I got this...

 Two, count them, two full BIG bags of strips from my Buddy Terri Bohling (who blogs over at Quilting Nonnie - Nonnie means Grandma, but you knew that.)   I sent her some I Spy snippets and now she has upped the ante. There must be hundreds of 2 inch X WoF strips!!! Wow! I gotta say it again... WOW!
Now some close-up shots of about 1/4 of one of the bags...
and again another 1/4 of one of the bags. (You know, I don't see any repeats!!!!!)
How generous, Terri. You did it now. I'll have to get you back somehow. (Heart) I'm going to watch TV tonight and fondle these. I've got a big night ahead.
Thank you soooooo much. You made my week, maybe month even! I've gotta figure out something special to make out of  these.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

It's not very pretty...

Here's my vessel for the Piggy Bank Challenge at Val's Quilting Studio.

Some of my favorite orange fabrics surrounding a nut tin Costco size. (Being I am trying to sell my house, and all my prettier things are packed since last October, I'm lucky to find anything for this challenge. I felt it would be goofy to buy some bank to do the job, when we're trying to save money. So this is it.


I cut a large sized hole so I can fit bills - although I hope not to use them. I will have to hide or take the bank with me when our house is being shown. In this area visitors like to take things - even little things as souvenirs. I've hidden my little owl that usually sits on my sewing machine. Wouldn't want to lose him.
Even though right now it isn't Wednesday I want to wish you all a Happy Hump Day, especially if you have to work tomorrow.
Happy Birthday to my Rachael. Love you, Honey!

Monday, July 14, 2014

More 'Matoes

Strictly speaking it's not a design wall, more of a cork bulletin board...

I made more tomatoes....

Did I show you the best summer purse of all time? Love this one. It goes with anything.

Felt like a little retail therapy today. Here's what I bought - 1/2 yard pieces for my stash. (Stash eats well.)
So go and sew, and have a wonderful week.

Friday, July 11, 2014

A butterfly quilted - just one!

 Can you see it? It's one wing is that light blue square....  (It was just too much work to make very many.)

 Before and after of it I've planned some zigzag in odd shapes like the flight pattern....

Other quilting done. Slow, but progress.

Since it's Friday I want to wish you all a Wonderful Weekend! Thanks for stopping here.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

I started (again for the third time)!

I chickened out! I was going to free motion quilt on this one, but I just couldn't do it. I tried then I ripped out. I even used the darning foot! Still it looked icky, so I ripped again.

Then I got out the old reliable straight stitching walking foot. (My crutch!) I just needed my walker. We "done" good together before.  I made a few paper patterns to follow so the sequencing between motifs would be similar, and the job would look more professional...
Here's the ZigZag in place. I quilted next to the paper, so I can use the pattern over and over. It worked out great! (If you do this bury the end of the pins... you'll save yourself lots of wounds.)

Sorry this is so blurry. Just showing the end of one pattern piece and having to add the next. (Later I added it as a strip and saved the stop while quilting.)

A superfluous  picture.

Lined up and ready to quilt.
(Sheila from Sew Cook and Travel might recognize these fabrics. They aren't the ones you gave me. I cherish the one you sent me strips to make. These are purchased afterwards and with added stash pieces I made this because I love your color sense and wanted joyful colors for this quilt. )

Zig Zag done (and I actually liked the results - success!) and now a scallop - I would like each line of this (almost) Jelly Roll Quilt to be quilted in different patterns, but I haven't counted the lines yet, and I really haven't a large repertoire of designs. Any suggestions?  I do have a book of designs for anything, but you know that thing is packed since last October, so it's anybody's guess  where it is. (I hate living with all my things in the wrong places.)

Anywho, I'm at the quilting now - soon as I finish this post.