Thursday, July 28, 2011

Oh look - it's a card post!

It feels like a long time since I posted a card... actually, it's only been 33 days. So, I took some pics of cards I've recently made, and I'll share one of them here - I'm saving the other 2 for another time. It just seems like forever since I actually MADE a card.
There's a lady that used to go to my church; she always had a smile on her face, and was so welcoming of anyone and everyone. Now, she and her family attend a small church nearer their home - they feel needed there, and feel God calling them to be a part of that congregation.
It was her birthday earlier this week, so I made and sent her this card:
I used some Cosmo Cricket DP that I've had for a few years, and the birthday sentiment is from CTMH. I can't remember what set the motif is from, and I'm too hot and tired to run upstairs to check it out, so you'll have to be as puzzled as I am, OR you could check out the SU online site (that will only work if it's in the current catty though). A few brads and some bits of C/S that I found in my scraps box, and voila! a card! That actually wasn't too hard - I may try it again sometime soon!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Another Friday Night Sew-In

Well, I just might survive this week - lots of family stuff going on, and the weather! it's almost unbearable....
But, good things have happened this week too, so I'm truly thankful for that. Celebrating with the latest FNSI has helped too!
I had such grand plans for this month's sew-in, but they say that "the best laid plans of mice and men something-something" - I forget the rest, but you know what it means - everything went out the window! I did well to find an hour or two last night to work on a quilting project.
I am a member of an online quilting group; one of the members posted a comment the other day about a 4-patch posey project - that got me wondering what a 4-patch posey was, so I googled it, and found that it's similar to a "stack and whack" - any non-quilters reading this will have to look it up. I had an odd piece of fabric that I'd inherited at our quilt guild's last yard sale. I had no idea what to do with it, so I tucked it away. Well, I came across it Thursday, and thought I'd give the 4-patch posey a try.... and I think it came out fairly well! I've included a pic of the fabric so you can see what I started with. Basically, you cut 4 identical patches of fabric, cut them into 4, then take all the bottom left corner blocks, put them together; do the same with the other 3 block sets. Then you take one pile, and give each block a twist. Make sure that each section twists the same way. Sew them together, and voila! a 4-patch posey block!
Some of the blocks worked out better that others, but I've chosen a few to show you here. Just don't ask me what I'm going to do with the "new" blocks - I have NO idea! I might make a warm wishes quilt with them, but that's the only thing I've come up with so far. I might just leave it for the August FNSI!

Monday, July 4, 2011

I've got to stop doing this!

I currently have at least 4 or 5 quilt projects on the go (and I know that you're waiting for the pics of the completed eyelet quilt), but I couldn't help myself.... DD#1 has very good friends that are expecting their first baby. Obviously, every first-born baby needs a quilt...and, seeing as DD#1 doesn't quilt (she doesn't even have time to sew on buttons most days), the project was mine.
The nursery is going to be done in greens, browns and oranges, which is PERFECT, because I had just the right quilt pattern and fabric. So, I ordered the fabric, and Canada Post ended up in a labour dispute - soooo, no fabric arriving....
BUT, the post office employees are back at work, my jelly roll showed up, and I had a holiday weekend in which to assemble a baby quilt.
I love the Split Decision quilt pattern - it goes together quickly, and looks great!
I hope you agree! It's ready to layer, quilt and bind, so you know what I'll be doing for the next few days.
As well, I've got my eyelet quilt sashed, and I'm ready to put on the border. I'm not sure how to go about quilting it yet - it's really bulky where the pinwheel points come together. I'm thinking, I'm thinking....