Monday, April 26, 2010

Happines Is...

Finding just enough pieces of fabric in my scrap bin to make the binding for my Saratoga Lights.

Monday, April 05, 2010

Coping


I am leaning toward a coping strip aka innner border.























Sunday, April 04, 2010

Strip Stacks


Remember that bag of something I showed? That was a pieced backing that was made for a love quilt that the LAer rejected because it wasn't flat. She donated another and gave that one back to me. I have had it for at least 2 years now. In that time my scrap stash has grown and I have accumulated FQs with no real purpose in mind and no idea how I plan to use them.


I found this pattern at the Dallas show a few weeks ago and thought it would be perfect to use up scraps and FQs. I stripped down that backing and threw in some 30's FQs for additional variety and present to you a finished top. It finishes rather small at 31 x48. I will be adding borders to make it bigger. So far I have enough for 3 quilts of this size and there is enough for the borders as well. I consider my journey a sucess!



The Good, the Bad and the Ugly...not necessarily in that order

The bad. My friend noticed a turned block....then I noticed a second.....third...and fourth......


























The ugly. Ripped those blocks out of the top....






















The good. The top is done...again.....well just needs a bit of pressing.




















Saturday, April 03, 2010

Transformation

How do you think we are coming along?













Friday, April 02, 2010

Saratoga Lights is Topped

I finished the top. Thanks for another great pattern Judy Laquidara! I tried and tried to take a picture outside but the wind was not cooperating. That seems to happen a lot when I want to take pictures of my quilts.
























Here is a close up. Everyone seems to think I used solids. This will be DS' birthday present this year.




















Special Project

Do you remember us?? She added friends!

























Thursday, April 01, 2010

Quilters ADD and Stash Possibilities

Last weekend I was preparing to embark upon my venture into using my scraps and other cast offs to make a quilt. I readily go to the yardage in my stash to make something, usually resorting to a trip to the LQS because I don’t have that perfect match. I want to learn to make it work.

I went to my cutting board and cleared off a spot. I realized I needed to press the fabric and went to clear off the ironing board. In the process of doing that I spotted a pile of FQs and remembered that I had bought a box to put those in. I went and fetched that box and started loading the FQs into it. I decided to go through the stash cabinets to get more FQs.

While I was digging through there I found a piece of fabric I had been looking for. This also reminded me that there were two other pieces of fabric that I had been missing for close to 1.5 years. Back into the stash cabinets pulling FQs, finding asian prints that I wanted to put with the rest of my asian prints. I found one of the missing pieces of fabric. This spurred me to lift each pile on each shelf and go through it because I knew the other piece HAD to be in there somewhere even though I had been through this exercise before. I found it! I am so happy.

I look around and see that I have all these little stacks of things that I want to use soonish or pieces that I want to group with other pieces and so on and so forth. Because I have touched almost all my fabric again I remember what is in there and remember intended projects or remember a special piece of fabric I wanted to use one day once I found the perfect pattern. Now they are all fresh in my mind. My urge to go fabric shopping is suppressed because I have fresh projects at least in my mind. I have lots of STASH possibilities.

You can probably guess that I did not cut scraps nor cast offs. So this weekend I am preparing to embark upon my venture into using my scraps and other cast offs to make a quilt………