Friday, May 30, 2008

On a roll..another Psalm block

Finished another Psalm block last night..this one is called River of Delight for Psalm 36...."you give them drink from your river of delights. For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light". I love the blue batik fabric which certainly looks like water in the river.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Finally completed another Psalms block

I finally got another Psalms block completed! I'm several blocks behind, but have two more prepped and am working away at them. This block is called "Prairie Flower" and is based on Psalm 103...."as for man, his days are like grass, he flourishes like a flower of the field..."

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Natalie's I spy quilt

Just finished Natalie's I spy quilt on the weekend and brought it over yesterday. It was fun working on a girl's I spy this time. I finally found Princess fabric! That had to go into the quilt along with Dora the Explorer, Thomas the tank engine, McDonald's fabric, etc. etc. Natalie is the sister of Micah and Joshua who also have an I spy quilt. I decided to set this one in rows up and down for variation. The borders ended up with squares in it so that I would have enough length to use the funky flowers :-).

I had a large piece of yellow flannel to use for backing. The quilt is quilted with funky flowers and little swirls in between and also swirls in the narrow yellow sashings.
Here is a bit of a closeup of the quilting from the front:

Closeup of the border quilting:

The quilt was quilted on my vintage Bernina 807 Minimatic.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Yard sale find

Check out the quilt I found at a yard sale this morning! It has the loveliest baskets on it in pastel colours...reminds me of 1930's era! This is the good side of it:

The top of the quilt has some issues....it looks like it was a well loved quilt and that a child chewed on the edges of it at some point. But, for $5.00, I couldn't leave it behind...it is very clean. I have it airing outside and will fold it with the good side out so it can be displayed!

Challenge project

At the London Friendship Quilt guild where I am a member, they issued a FQ of Laurel Burch fish fabric in December. We had to make something and bring it to our May meeting. There were 36 quilted items brought to the meeting and we voted for our favourite. There were some awesome quilts and totes and wallhangings! I put mine together on the due date (I work best under pressure LOL). I made a tote bag using more of my bright stash. I started with some curved pieced blocks, using the cut out to make a circle for the back of the bag. This is the front of the bag. I added some of the new wide, bright rick rack between the top and bottom seams:

Here you can see the whole front of the bag....prairie points using the rest of the Laurel Burch FQ, polka dotted handles and lining.

The back:

I was so ticked off to realize that after being so careful to keep the directional print right side up on the bag, when I turned it right side out after adding the lining, it was upside down!! One moment of absent mindedness makes big mistakes sometime LOL. But, DH came to the rescue by saying that if you are carrying the bag and you look down, you can read the words on it! And a friend suggested that it could symbolize my topsy turvey life at the moment...see? It's a design technique LOL. That's my story and I'm sticking to it!

Siggie blocks

On the Dear Jane list, there are 'Siggie swaps' that one can join. I didn't join the big swap this spring as I had too much going, so I am swapping individual ones with friends to start with. I had to test a sewing machine this week and decided to try a few for fun. I found the coolest treadle head stamp at a yard sale a few years ago and found a Versafine stamp pad at Michael's which is good for stamping onto fabric. They worked great! Here are four of the eight squares I made...the other four were already given away :-).