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Sunday, August 28, 2011


I've been working on my basket quilt today and have made some progress. :) All of the baskets were already put together into strips with black setting triangles, and today I cut what felt like miles of an off-white fabric with black pin dots; these strips will be the first and third borders. I'm going to put a narrow black border between the two lighter borders, but I haven't yet cut that one. What I have so far is just about the limit of what will fit on my design wall, so future photos will be a challenge. ;)

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Visitors in our garden

We had guests this morning — completely unexpected ones. Actually, they visited our next-door neighbors first, but then they decided to head our way. Can you see them?

It's a family of quail, complete with a baby or two. There were several more that disappeared before I could grab my camera, but I loved seeing their little topknots parading across our garden wall. :)

Sunday, August 21, 2011

New blocks

Last spring I posted a little tutorial on how to make some signature blocks. Our quilt circle had its exchange, and I tucked my share of those signed blocks away for a time. Fast forward to last week, when our circle had another exchange, this time of half-square triangle blocks. Coincidentally, the signature blocks were 4" (finished), and the HSTs were 2" (finished), which means they could be so easy to use together! I've spent the past couple of days sewing them together into basket blocks with results like these:

I'm going to set them on point, probably with black setting triangles, though I'm still considering color choices. I'm pretty pleased with how they look so far. :)

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Latest project

I've been AWOL for a time, but I have a good excuse. ;) My twin sister and her husband were visiting us from France! We've had such a good time, but of course blogging went by the wayside. They've left now, though, and it just so happens that my local quilt group had its monthly meeting today. We made what I think will be a very handy little project. Can you see it here?

So, what's so handy about a flat piece of fabric with handles? Can you guess by seeing it all folded up in this photo? It looks like a little purse, doesn't it? But it's not!

Half-open and half-closed, you can see that it's lined with that silver heat-resistant fabric that's used on ironing boards. So this is a caddy for a travel iron, and it just barely fits my little Rowenta travel iron! I think it will be really nice when I need to take an iron to a class or meeting!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Camera case

Have I mentioned lately that I really like Annie Unrein's patterns? ;) I've shown you her MiPad Case and her Name Tag Bag, and now I've made her camera case. It's a bit fiddly to do, since the curves are small (what camera case isn't?), but it came out pretty well, IMHO. The bag has a wrist strap, as well as an adjustable shoulder strap.

The front has a velcro closure on the outer pocket (large enough for a cell phone), and there are several open pockets inside. The back of the case has a see-through pocket that's useful for any sort of ID. The only real problem I have with the bag is that I picked out the wrong zipper, but that's my fault, rather than the fault of the pattern; I should have ordered one of Annie's, but I didn't want to wait. :S

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Do you remember ...

... this post from just over a month ago? I said then that I was hoping to find buttons to decorate my gingerbread house tea cozy, and I did! I went to the Long Beach Festival last week, and there they were! Yay! So I've spent part of today putting them onto my tea cozy, and I think it now looks more like a gingerbread house should. ;)

I'll enjoy using this with my tea!