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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Flower Pot

My quilting buddy in Phoenix ran across this pattern, and I decided it was too cute not to make one, too. It looks rather like a flower pot, which may be why that's what it's called. ;) However, it's all fabric and intended to be used as a tool caddy and thread catcher. I'm not using it for threads, since I have a bag for that on my pin cushion; but it's great for putting slightly bulkier tools inside, too. The pattern is from Aunties Two Patterns, and they certainly have some interesting patterns available!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

A special block

I subscribe to the Carol Doak Yahoo group, which has several thousand members. Carol has taught classes in all 50 states, as well as many foreign countries. To mark the occasion of having "hit" all 50 states, the members of her group are making her a quilt with star blocks (from her designs, of course) from each of the states. I live in Nevada, but someone else had already signed up for that state, so I signed up to do a block to represent Arizona, where I lived for most of my life before moving here. The basic star is from her book, Simply Sensational 9-Patch Stars, but I added a center block adapted from a portion of a block from 300 Paper-Pieced Quilt Blocks; that center is reminiscent of the Arizona state flag. I can hardly wait to see the finished quilt! :)

Sunday, August 22, 2010

New toy

I have to admit that I haven't been doing any quilting for the past few days. In case you're now wondering why, it's because I've been playing with a new "toy". ;) My birthday was last month, and my gift was placed into my hands just this past Friday. It had to wait until our current cell phone contract had expired so we could switch to AT&T and I could have an iPhone! I'm so excited, and I've been playing with it, getting all of my "stuff" switched over from my iPod Touch to the iPhone and then learning all about the features that the Touch didn't have. 

I have to say that it's really not a toy, of course. I'll be using it to stay in touch with other quilters, among other things. I just wish I knew someone else who had one of these like mine so I could try out FaceTime. But now I'm going to go work on making a couple of ringtones. ;)

Friday, August 20, 2010

Update

I showed you the backpack I made for our granddaughter, but she wasn't allowed to have it quite then (parental bribery involved here ). However, last night they came over so I could give her the backpack. She'd had no idea I'd made her a backpack, and her little face just lit up! She loved it! :D

Isn't she a little doll? :)

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Sidetracked briefly

Yes, I know I'm supposed to be working on my Winding Ways quilt, but things sometimes pop up unexpectedly. ;) In this case, I happened to see an adorable pattern online yesterday and just couldn't resist. You see, my little granddaughter is about to start preschool later this month, and every little girl needs a backpack for her papers, her quilt, and whatever else needs to travel with her to school, doesn't she? So when I saw this pattern (Kwiksew #3687), I knew I had to get busy. 

The first challenge was finding the pattern in town, but our local Hancock's had it in stock, so off I went to pick it up and find fabrics. Gabriella likes lots of colors, but one of her favorites is pink, so I decided on pink denim (blue denim just seemed so blah!) and then found a lining with little mice in tutus! This was good, since Gabriella is taking dance lessons these days. :) The lining fabric is shown in front of the backpack in the photo.

Yesterday I washed, dried and pressed the fabrics and then cut out all the pieces. This backpack went together much more quickly than I'd thought it would; I finished it just before lunchtime today! What do you think?

Monday, August 2, 2010

Sunday's progress

I worked on/played with two different things on Sunday. First, my Winding Ways quilt is coming along. I now have four rows put together! :)

Once I'd done that, though, I decided that I really really needed to make a couple of pot holders. Some of mine are in very sorry shape, and I haven't seen any in the right colors -- either blue and white or blue and yellow would be fine -- for my kitchen. Correction: I haven't seen any in the right colors and that cost less than an arm and a leg. ;) I told you in a previous post that I'd bought a cute pattern for some Pot Pinchers a few weeks ago, so I went through my stash, found some fabrics I'd had for some time and made a pair. I love the way the "pocket" parts for the thumb and fingers aren't completely flat; that makes quickly putting your hand inside very easy.