Wednesday, January 30, 2013


Here's the Violet scrap bin.  From the bits in this bin...
I've sewn pieces together into pairs, and then joined those together until...
 I have a piece big enough to sew to one side of the white fabric.

And I keep adding pieces

 Until I get something the right size.
Then I trim it down to about 16" square

This is another block from the "Missing U" quilt from Sunday Morning Quilts.

I am looking forward to making more of these "Missing U" blocks. My little scrap bins are ready and waiting.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Oh Oh Orange!

This is another "missing U" block from Sunday Morning Quilts.  In the last block, I built around the white piece. When I made this one, I just pulled pieces out of my little orange scrap bin.

See? I wasn't kidding. Little orange scrap bin.

I pulled scraps out of the bin and sewed pieces together. Essentially I was making "made" fabric. Then I sewed them around the white block.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

A Little Break

I've been working on my wordy project intensely since October 21, and while I haven't avoided the sewing studio completely, I was getting itchy to do a bit of sewing, so I gave in and sewed up a block of light blue fabrics. I've always liked the "Missing U" quilt in Sunday Morning Quilts. Since I want to make a quilt for a little fairy nephew of mine, I thought making a block was a nice way to satisfy my sewing urge.

I'll make a block now and then, and we'll see what happens. The Christmas Random Plank quilt has been on my design wall for a while, and the more I looked at it the more I knew it was going to get cut up somehow. Oddly enough it fell off the design wall on its own this morning!

 I don't know if Millie had something to do with it, but if she did, then she knows what she's doing. That little cat has changed my life in so many ways.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Ideas & Inspiration

I spent some time at The Currier Museum of Art yesterday. It's free on Saturday mornings. I strongly urge you to take advantage of your local art museum as often as you can. I didn't go for anything in particular, but I did see this, (sorry it is out of focus), an inlay in a wooden desk. It's less than 2" wide in real life, so these light and dark areas are tiny.
I thought it would make an outstanding border on a quilt.

Speaking of quilts, look at this,
It is a part of one "block" of a metal "quilt" made by a local artist, Anne Marie Kenny. I love the inconguous use of materials - the needles, the metal screen and the computer circuit boards.

It's so important to get out and look around. It keeps your brain from getting musty and stale.

Saturday, January 5, 2013


These tulips are from the quilt I made for Violette several years ago. I thought I'd lost this series of photos and am very happy to have found them again.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

After Holiday Presents

I got home late New Year's Eve to find a package from Kathy on my doorstep. She and I became blog pals and she visited me last August.

Inside the package was a note,
and a package wrapped in fabric!
Inside were two charming pot holders / hot pads.
I love them!  Who can every have too many pot holders? I may have a hard time actually USING these, however.

Thanks Kathy!