Friday, October 31, 2014

A Finish and Fun Finds

First off Happy Halloween.  Hope you have a safe, spooky celebration.  
Last weekend while the power was out I finished the binding on my Blue Bird of Happiness quilt.  I love how the red binding looks on it.  I didn't quite have enough of the plaid I was using so I added a little couple of strips of a cute red floral.  I wish I had offset them a little more but other than that I just love this quilt.  I'm linking up with Sarah to celebrate.
 DD and I have recently discovered Flea Market Flip.  This has inspired us to hit the local thrift stores.  This last weekend we found these treasures.  A wonderful painting.  I just love all the color.
 And this bamboo bowl and teal pot that I put a plant a friend had given me.  The plant get tiny orange flowers on it.  You can see a few in the lower left hand corner.  I think the orange blooms with the teal will be fabulous.
Can't wait to see what we find this weekend.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Bag of Treats

I've been doing a little more crayon painting.  I was asked to demo it at an area quilt guild and needed some samples.  So I made this fun little trick or treat bag.  I need to finish one more so I have one for both of my nieces.  Better get busy with that.
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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

WAGI Dream Quilt Create

On Sunday there was a sweet little baby happily cooing and babbling as he played with his toy.  His happy sounds made me smile.  I must confess I was paying a little more attention to him than the lesson.  It was just so sweet.  
I know of a few new and expectant moms who's new additions might really like this What a Great Idea from Cynthia at Dream, Quilt, Create.   
This sweet little wonder makes noise, is colorful and is full of precious faces all a big hit with the baby crowd. It's also easy to make which makes busy moms, and adoring aunts, grandmas.and close friends happy.    You can find the easy to follow instructions here.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Blogger's Quilt Festival~Scrappy

If you are here from Amy's Creative Side, welcome.  I hope you have a look around and enjoy your stay.  I have entered the Blogger's Quilt Festival under scrappy quilts, they are my favorite kind after all.  My favorite scrappy quilt at the moment is my Mary's Garden.  
Making all the made fabric for the tulips was a walk down memory lane.  Remembering where each scrap came from and knowing it has found a home makes me smile.  Though sometimes it is bittersweet to use up the last of a favorite fabric.  The daisies were from my orphan bin.  I didn't quite have enough

 so while traveling with my youngest son, Neil I made the rest.  I made scrappy setting triangles
that I quilted feathers in.
 I also quilted around the daisies
 and tulips with lots of random squiggles and bond it all with a lovely green.
My friend Suzy thinks I should save it for a wedding quilt for Neil.  That's a nice idea but for now it resides at the foot of my bed and I must say I love it there.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Value Matters

I know value is very important in quilting.  Especially in a scrap quilt.  Somehow I lost sight of that in this last project for Quiltmaker Scrap Squad.
I was thrilled with my blocks at this point.
 I thought the black with the bits of white would be fun.
 but when I put them together they all kind of moshed together.  I would have ripped them out, but time was an issue.
So I added solid black strips which I think helped.
I added a scrappy border, which I love!  
So although it is not my favorite quilt it has some redeeming qualities.  And will work as a teaching tool on the importance of value. 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

WAGI The Crafty Frugaler

The temperatures are dropping and before we know it the snow will fly.  I love winter.  I'd so much rather be cold and put a sweater on than be hot and only be able to take so much off.  DD put on her flannel sheets this weekend wanting a warmer snuggly bed.  With cold nights approaching DD and I like to heat a rice pack and put it between the covers while we get ready for bed.  This makes for a toasty comfy bed.  I usually hide my rice pack during the day but no more.  

This cute owl heating pad from the Crafty Frugaler will look cute resting on my bed with the rest of my throw pillows.   It would also make a nice gift.  After all who doesn't love owls?  Easy to make cute or masculine. 
So whether you are treating yourself or a friend make sure you check out this cute and easy tutorial.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Time Flies

After finishing up my Blue Bird of Happiness Quilt I need another improvisation project.  My orphan block bin was overflowing so I started playing with them.  Pulling and placing on the design wall.  Before I knew it I had enough for a quilt.
 I stared putting things together filling in the holes with scraps from my scrap bins.  Before I knew it my hubby was home.  I was shocked.  Where did the time go?
Lucky for me and the rest of my family I had put dinner in the crock pot that morning.  I was only missing the corn bread I had planned on.  But fortunately crackers work well with ham and bean soup too.  I had those in the cupboard.  So dinner was saved in spite of my losing track of time while playing.