Saturday, December 11, 2010

Not a bad thing

Things have been a tad hectic. That probably has a lot to do with the change of seasons. It involves switching gears emotionally as well as physically.

The holiday season is very low key here so shopping only involved 2 toys for the grand kiddies but a lot of supplies for the various winter projects (and the sketchbook challenge) so I can stay home and do them. Now a first doll requires a first little pink quiltlet but then I learned that the grandson has actually been playing with Bob the Builder so that means another quiltlet, but it'll be green. I got the idea from Terri. The TOM at 3CS has us using scraps and I am trying that. Only the triangles were scraps but it is a start. I used flannelette as a backing and minimal quilting to keep it drapeable (sp???) for the dolls

The Altered Book 101 needs a chunk of time to make a niche and I need to find that chunk. Laundry had to be done so that compromised my basement work area. I'm good to go again and have made a few changes to lessen downtime. It is cold down there so drying time and comfortable work conditions have made adding a better heater necessary. Course all the snow we've been getting adds insulating drifts to the foundation but buries the walk which means I'm shovelling instead of sorting laundry!

Back to my scraps. I picked the black and white box and combined the page sized challenge. Monograms. ??? The E became and 8 and I shouldn't have made the 8 part so dark. I used a freezer paper shape and black free motion stitching on the white fabric with the batting underneath.

I was going to do an inner border and then the checkerboard for the outer but I liked the graphic look of the strips. Now I was going to add those borders in a quilt as you go way so I need to rethink how to do this. So I kinda appliqued as you go! lol. The checkerboard was relegated to the back with another piece to 'make do. I did the quick turn finish so I can keep moving along.

So here it is. Think: 2, 4, 6, 8. Who do we appreciate? E LOL I used to be a cheerleader and I was desperate to explain the whole 8 thing.

I am learning to let less than stellar go as I move along the creative path. Improvements will come.

I have 2 small lap quilts and 2 baby quilts in the starting line up. One is already in rows. Two have their pieces cut and one will be out of the scrap box.

I am sew delighted to be making happy noises as the snow sifts down and covers the darn walk AGAIN!


Vicki W said...

Two great projects!

Terri Stegmiller said...

Love your little quiltlets!!