Tuesday, June 30, 2015

BOM for July

This month was a little strange for our block of the month group...we are not meeting in July. The date happened to fall on July 4 when the store is to be closed. So, last month we got two blocks to complete and will return in August.
No problem, I say...
get them done right away, I say...
have it taken care of quickly, I say...
Nothing like the last minute project.

Being last minute, I don't feel like I was as creative as I could have been with this one.  It's pretty straight-forward. That being said, I am still really happy with how it turned out. I feel like I used the color variation well with this one. It is what I put the most thought into, so...phew.

We have had visitors in town and I have not been focused. Hopefully the August one will go more smoothly, and maybe be a little more creative. Then again, with summer in full swing, maybe not. We have things to do and people to see. I can't believe the kids are only home for a few more weeks. Nuts!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

More Items in the Shop

I have been working to get more merchandise in my Etsy Shop, specifically cochlear implant accessories, and have been successful! Look at the latest cuties I've listed:

Patriotic Red, White, and Blue Tethers:

Bold Solid Red Tethers:

Simple and Elegant White Tether:

And of course, these little beauties. Perfect for storing all your fun accessories:

Not that these little bags are only for storing and organizing CI stuff; they can be used for all sorts of things. Come on by, look around, and let me know what you think. Thanks so much for stopping by, and for all the support!

Monday, June 8, 2015

Dashing Roses Quilt

It's finally finished! I was able to get my act together and complete this beautiful number.

The fabric collection is called Dashing Roses and it was added to my stash so many years ago I can't even remember. It is not colors I would normally pick, which is fun, but the rosette pattern on a couple of the pieces called to me. In my pursuit to use the fabric collections I have and not purchase new fabric, I pulled this set out on a mission to turn it into something.

I had clipped a pattern from a magazine called Aromatherapy many years ago as well; it was like the two were destined for each other. The pattern was very simple and straight-forward. No angles, no curves, just squares and strips. Made it very easy to put together.

I actually ventured into my own imagination for the sashing and borders. I wanted to make sure I used up as much of the fabric as possible; leave no scrap behind. I did incorporate the coral pink to create a little pop and the grey corner-stones in the sashing was also a pick from the stash to break it up a little.

I already had the fabric for the backing; another purchase of the same line many years ago. I basted it together and made a quick decision to just do a meander with a variegated thread across the whole quilt.

I regret that decision, but I wasn't going to pick everything out. I don't love how the quilting turned out, but it's not really noticeable in the scheme of things and I decided I needed to keep moving forward.

I attached the binding, but didn't finish it because I needed new labels. I finally got those put together, attached a label and completed the binding. Aaannnnddd... finished! This was actually a really fun quilt to put together. The colors are calm and light except for the fun pop of coral and the deep brown lattice print that surrounds it. This would have been a nice pattern to make much bigger. I wish I could have but I ran out of fabric. Never thought I'd say that.

This is one of the quilts that needed completing from my last post. So glad to get it off the sewing table, and I got my labels done to boot. Only a few more to go. Ahhhh, back to work.