Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Playing with Scraps!

A couple of years ago, I bookmarked an adorable little quilt I saw on Jenn's blog. It was called "Lightning Zigzags" and I just loved the total wonkiness of it. A couple of weeks ago, I pulled out some fabrics and got to work. It only took a day or two, and voila! Finished!

Of course, the inevitable result of this fun was a little bag of wedge-shaped scraps. Yesterday I remembered the little bag and decided to do something with it. The pieces were really tiny! I used them to sew together some really tiny little blocks. Unfinished size: 3". And this was what was left...maybe I have enough for an itsy-bitsy border? 

Time to audition fabrics for the background...Kona Ash? Nah. Too boring. 

Kona Lime? Ooh, now that looks exciting! Of course, the photo didn't capture the real color of the fabric properly. I'll sew it together and take another pic in better light. Then you'll see how fun it is. I was a bit afraid to go with something this colorful, but it has been pretty gloomy around here of late, between terror attacks and rainy days. So I just decided to be brave and take the plunge. Sometimes I just have to get over my fear of color! 

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Pink Lemonade!

Yesterday I finished my Pink Lemonade quilt top. I don't know why I pushed off making this quilt for so long--it really wasn't hard at all. Maybe I didn't have the right yellow for setting squares, and just had to wait until I did. Lori used a red print for her corner triangles, but I used a pretty blue on mine. (double-click on the picture to get a better view) I was just in the mood for something bright. The atmosphere here has been pretty somber lately, with lots of terror attacks going on in Israel, especially here in Jerusalem. So it was nice to piece something cheerful.

The latest Monthly Mini kit from Temecula Quilt Company arrived yesterday. I think they sent the kits out a while back. (In fact, I just checked the envelope and it was mailed on September 29th.) So it takes some time for them to arrive here in Israel. But I am so, so happy when they get here! As soon as the mailman brought the envelope to my door, I ripped it open and pieced the whole little quilt. (it really is pretty tiny!) Will take a picture later on today and show you what they sent this month. They're calling it Autumn 1863. We really don't have autumn in this country, so it was nice to have a reminder of my very favorite season from when I lived in the States.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Pink Lemonade

I had such a good time making Lori's Country Roads quilt that I just had to start another one. This time I'm making her Pink Lemonade. This was a quilt along in 2012. Yes, sometimes it takes me a while to get my act together, but better late than never. Yesterday I pieced the little Shoo Fly blocks. Aren't they cute? Part 1 finished!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Granny Squares Quilt

I started working on this quilt in 2012, when the tutorial for it first appeared on the Blue Elephant Stitches blog.

Got 7 blocks made, and then it got stuffed in a basket and forgotten. When I was going through some unruly piles of scraps the other day, guess what I found? It was only a matter of minutes, and the last two blocks were finished. Added sashing and 6 inch white borders, and voila.
A special thank you goes out to Christine, without whose gifted scraps this quilt could not have happened. Mostly because I do not buy orange fabric!

I also finished my quilt top for Lori's Country Roads quilt along.

If you haven't yet visited Lori's blog at Humble Quilts, you are in for a treat! Not only will you love her quilts and her quilt alongs, but she is a beautiful person who truly does good for others.

Wishing you all a good, safe day. And I hope things here in Israel will be quiet and without incident.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Keeping busy

Here's my finished top for Lori's Country Roads quilt along. It went together so quick and easy!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Playing Catch-up!

The whole last month has been filled with Jewish holidays. Lots of cooking, eating, praying, and guests, but not much sewing. The whole time I have been watching Lori's mystery sew-along at Humble Quilts  and drooling over the adorable little quilts being made. So when the holidays ended, I charged right in to the project. Got all my fabrics cut and started sewing. Here is my first block!

Friday, September 18, 2015

A Friday Finish

Yes, I've been a bad blogger. AWOL since May! I guess sometimes Life just takes over...we had illness in the family, marriages in the family (two granddaughters), lots of travel, and some needed changes in lifestyle (exercise, diet, meditation). But all in all, things have been good!

It's been such a busy year, I've only been able to work on small projects, and I've really come to enjoy them. No room left in the house for any more bed quilts anyways. And it's so nice to actually finish things! Next time I'll post some pics of the adorable little quilts I've made.

Thanks for your patience while I've been away.

Have a restful weekend!

Friday, May 15, 2015

On my design wall

Yes, there is a new grandbaby on the way. And no, they haven't told me if it's a boy or a girl. But I had a big basket of pink scraps that volunteered to be made into a baby quilt. So that's what I was busy with this week!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Slow Stitching Sunday

Not long ago, I signed up for the Monthly Mini program at Temecula Quilt Company. The kit for my first little quilt arrived a week later, which I thought was really fast, as it had to get here by mail and then pass through the Israeli Customs inspection.  So a week was great!

The first mini is called Brown Baskets, and that's exactly what it is. I've been having a good time making these little baskets, and especially the handles.  I like sewing  the handles with needle-turn applique; it's slow and relaxing. I have just one more handle to applique, and as we need to go to a government office today (lots of sitting and waiting) I think I'll just take it along. And maybe I'll take along something else to work on as never know how long these things will take.
Have a great Sunday! Enjoy the Spring weather, if that's what's happening in your area, and sew something slow!