Friday, October 24, 2014

Flashback Friday

Flashback to mom and I on the 4th of July, 2000.
I made this quilt wall hanging for my folks and had maybe made two quilts before this one. Difficulty wise, this was the most difficult pattern I had attempted. I remember that I wanted the star blocks to look like they had a round border around them. The pattern didn't have that option, I think I just made it up by sewing triangles to rectangles and then trimming them down to fit. 
Look at how none of my seams match :( 

Looking at this picture makes me want a redo! I still like it though, even with all the mistakes. I think about how back then, I would just go for something and try it. 
Which brings me to this basket...

This is the basket full of blocks that I've tried.
It could be the basket where quilt blocks go to die.
These are my maple leaf blocks that need to be sewn together into a quilt top. They've been in the basket for probably a year and are the newest blocks because they were on the top of the pile.
Look what else I found!

I counted 30 different blocks/projects!
Some of these blocks are singles that I wanted to try and some are leftovers from other projects. I need to figure out what to do with them. Maybe I could make something like this quilt that my friend Kristie made!
So guess what was at the bottom of the basket? 
My purple and white scraps. 
I've been wondering where those went!

Do you have an orphan block basket? 
Let me know if you have any suggestions for what I can do with all these blocks. 
Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Supernova Friendship Block Swap: Blocks 5 & 6

We made it to the last blocks for the Friendship Block Swap! This has been so much fun and I'm so glad Kristie asked me to do this with her!

Kristie and I decided to go ahead and make an extra block each so that our quilt top will have twelve blocks on the front instead of nine. I wanted to use all of our blocks on the front, not just nine with an "extra" on the back. I mean, I love them all, there was no way I could decide which block to put on the back!
Kristie's blocks are the purple/blue and peachy blocks on the top row and mine are the yellow and purple/red blocks on the bottom row.

Getting to know Kristie and making these blocks together has been so much fun. I think we have probably had more fun than most since we live in the same town and have been able to meet up several times. I can't wait to put all the blocks together and finish this quilt. I know it is going to be my favorite! 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


 Just some photos from our adventures lately.
 Fall is beginning to show it's yellow glow. The house plants have been brought inside. I picked the last of my pretty flowers. Yes. It's time to start coming in. 
All I want to do is make soup for supper and sit on the couch and knit. I've done both, knitting and soup making. We tried a new recipe which is here. It's pretty tasty! 

Today is my last day of fall break, so I'm trying to decide what to do next. I have a clothes closet that needs to be organized but then what about my sewing projects? And oh, the sun is actually shining today! I should go outside, too. 
I think I'll have one more cup of coffee and then decide.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

WIP Wednesday

Do you like thrift shopping? Every once in awhile, Gary and I will stop by the Salvation Army store or Goodwill to see if we can find any good bargains. One of my favorite things about the thrift store is how the clothing racks are organized by color. Those colorful rows  just draw me in for a closer look! 

Anyway! A couple weekends ago, I picked up these old sheets thinking I could make them into quilts. I'm still inspired by Luke Haynes' quilts and I thought maybe I would give the repurposing idea a try!

Here's what I've sewn so far. Kinda weird, huh? Did you ever have those striped sheets? We had them when I was a kid, so I felt all nostalgic for them which made me buy the sheet even though the middle is pretty worn out. The edges were still good so I got a decent amount of strips out of it.

Now I'm trying to decide if I should add a purple border on the right side and bottom or if I should just leave it as is. Any thoughts? 

I still have lots of fabric left, so I may add a yellow border and I will definitely use one of the sheets for the back. 
I'm enjoying making this just for fun! I was thinking I should have done quilt as you go though, because now I have to figure out how to quilt it!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

What's Blooming In the Yard

Where did September go? My garden is looking rough, probably from neglect and the change in season. Some things I planted from seed are just now blooming but in a desperate, reaching for more sun kind of way. I'm going to have to stop planting sun loving plants in my shady yard. 
The morning glory vine grew huge and toppled over the trellis but it still has not bloomed. 
The best bloomers have been the nasturtiums. Their happy orange flowers are so bright and fun. I will plant them again next spring.
Speaking of spring, I should really plant some tulips and daffodils! They make me so happy after a long winter.
 The leaf harvest is about to begin. I'm not excited for all the work but I can't wait for the pretty trees.
Happy Autumn!