Friday, November 30, 2012

Snug as a bug in a Mug Rug

I have been busy fussing over mug rugs. I have not accomplished anything monumental! I am  ready to move on since one rug hit the waste basket and here is the rest of them.  Not one of them even close to perfect.

Is it normal for the smaller items to be more difficult to create than the large ones?  I kept changing techniques, as each one produced  unsatisfactory results.  I had planned to present these items along with a new mug and some christmas candy as hostess gifts.

Now I have so much christmas scraps strewn about. I think I'll stitch them up into log cabin blocks and do some mindless sewing. .... just have to decide on the block size.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Scarecrow Wall Hangings

I had four decorative scarecrow picks, so I had to build wallhangings around them.  I think I'll have to put away my autumn fabrics sooner than I am ready, but I do have to rush into christmas before it passes me by.

So here is my batch of scarecrow wallhangings, finally finished. You can see that they are all a bit different, because I always have to deal with the  "what if "  factor.  The fourth wallhanging is shown in an earlier post.

I wish you all a very blessed Thanksgiving Season.  We have SO MUCH  to be thankful for, may we always remember.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Scarecrow Mini

I built a pumpkin field around this cute scarecrow pick. I had some fabric with pumpkins too. I backed them with fusible and cut them out individually.  I  made a facing for the fence to give the top edge a finish, which left an opening to insert the stick.

 I bought 3 more scarecrows, so I'll need to make more mini quilts and use them as gifts, or I could put them in the craft bazaar next year.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Fall Projects Finished

I have finished another pumpkin mini that is displayed on my wire table top frame.  I made one last year. It was a mystery block at  She creates wonderful patterns for paper piecing.  Anyway,  I had my little pumpkin on display  at a craft bazaar recently , and DH sold it.  LOL  It was so special, I had to make another one.

This one has a story of its own.  It's the first time I've  unstitched a completely finished binding.  The first binding matched the golden flange separating the border from the block. I didnt give it a thought. I just made the binding in the same fabric because it was pretty and went well with the border fabric and the backing.  Well, it was so over-powering, I couldnt stand it!  So I have to say this binding now blends into oblivion, which is what I wanted.

Stay tuned for another fall project finished..................................................................

Friday, November 2, 2012

QOV TATW top finished

I have my first QOV top assembled.  It was a bit of a challenge.  Too much cutting, pressing, sewing, unstitching, re-sewing ............... . Was I supposed to spray starch the strips into cardboard-like pieces first?

The quilt itself is lovely - bright, deep reds, rich royal blues and a soft blue and white. The trip around the world layout is so nice. I have new ideas for using scraps plus a few standard color strips. I would conduct the construction differently, avoiding the unsewing, if I'm making ALOT of blocks.

So, here is my QOV top. I keep humming a certain, old song in my head   "From A Distance" by Bette Midler.  It looks beautiful   "from a distance".  Some squares are a bit wonky, some seams do not intersect to perfection.

Our soldiers are SO worthy,  so off it goes to Alycia. My contribution to the Quilts of Valor mission! I hope you will find time to contribute some blocks for this program.