We took a little vacation to see the Minnesota State Fair
We walked and walked.... bought shirts and (below) we visited with butterflies!
(Yes, those are small blades of a double wedding ring I attached to this shirt to represent my Grandkids.) The butterflies stayed to rest there because of the warmth and quietness of this old lady, and because my hubby kept catching them and depositing them there.
The next day we went to the Mall of America and walked too much there, too. So we decided to go for a ride to our old haunts in Minnetonka. (We lived there for a couple of years in the 90s) Here on Minnetonka Lake we enjoyed the lovely 70 degree weather and he fed donut to the edge dwelling fish and ducks. They put on a great show for us with all the boats going out and coming in. Really was the best part of our trip... and nearly free.
On the way to all that we stopped at a quilt store in Rush City and I bought some fabric....Surprise!
These are the Dolly Quilts I've been making. Found a bunch of little blocks and sewed them together. I've got a lot of blocks laying around.... you know, UFO, WIP, whatever you want to call them.
So we are back now, he's mowing the lawn and I'm doing the laundry... samo samo.
I tried to take a picture of the whole thing, but I can't do it by myself... It's only 54 X 90 but it's on 2 foam core panels and they are hard to move. Anyway I'm thinking it's an odd size so I'm going to cut it in half and border each for 2 - H2H quilts. Here are some of the specialty pieces I found in my scrap bags and included. (BTW my scrap bags are just as full as before - how does that happen?)
On the far right is a piece I love... don't know how I got it.
Some leftover snowballs from grandkid birthday quilts made years ago. Green with light green is probably from Christopher's quilt, and the red with light purple (below) is probably from Rachael's.
Above is the paper pieced bunny I made, and below a butterfly also paper pieced.
Above is a potted plant (paper pieced from Quilt Maker Magazine, I think). Love the little piece of love bird fabric. Below is a star from a wall hanging I started for my daughter.
Above: The little tree (next to the balloon fabric) is also from the wall hanging. She decided she was hating pink at that time, so I set that project aside. Below is a piece of Drunkard's Path.... There were so many old pieces in the 4 paper grocery bags.
See the bugs on the mid left? I started a quilt for Project Linus years ago, and it just wasn't turning out right... lots of bulging in the center medallion. These pieces went into the scrap bag. I swear I could make 50 of these quilts. I made no lessening to the scrap bags at all, but I do have a flimsy done.... maybe 2. Really enjoyed making this.
Got a question about ripping out stitches. What is your preferred method? I know we all hate it. I use several methods. Writing a blog about it ....
Guess what I found under a bunch of scraps.... New fabrics I bought at Creative Quilter in West Duluth Minnesota. She was getting ready for a shop hop, and there wasn't much of either of these on the bolts, so I got mine quick. I intended to come back and do the shop hop, and I would have in the olden days when we made money. Now we live on a fixed income, so ....No Shop Hops.
The fabric on the left is variegated! A whole yard of different colors in that feather print.
Here's the Hexie Tip I came up with last night. I was having so much trouble holding the fabric, plastic template and the needle all at once while folding down the ends.... how did I ever do that before? Then I thought of my clips! Just right to hold it all folded while I tack the little bugger. Works for me. (I don't know what I'm making with them. I just needed a project while watching TV... otherwise I eat. On the Slimfast diet... I've lost a few pounds, but I'm so hungry....
I've been making a mess...
As I sewed I also ironed and trimmed. (See said trimmings below.) I could probably make a dozen of these quilts out of snippets and still have all that stash.
So here are the blocks so far. One block is leftover from a quilt I was making for my oldest son and his wife, but they didn't like it, so I donated it to my favorite quilt charity. There is a snowball block from my grandson Christopher's quilt, and two paper pieced items (the star, and a lime green tree with a pink background) from a wall hanging I abandoned.
The blocks are all different shapes and sizes. I really didn't think ahead to how they should go into a quilt. I've just been enjoying the process.
Hope you all are praying for out friend, Debby at Stitchin Therapy. She's been in the hospital, and as I understand, they just figured out what has her hands and feet numb... lack of Vitamin B12. Who would figure that out? Sounds like it is a slow recovery.
Anyway, have a lovely "Hump" day, and enjoy your sewing with Debby in mind.
I did do a little work this week on the Free Form Scrap Quilt. (Tonight I'm going to sit and glean through all my scrap bags and see what else there is. I've gotten into the one with the most orange, I guess. There are other colors. Honest.)
Next week I'll show you my cramped sewing room. It's workable.