Friday, July 23, 2010

I Need An Opinion

I got an email the other day from my cousin that lives in North Carolina. The theme of the message was not to save your good china or a pretty silk scarf or any other "thing" for a special day. Every day that you are alive should be a special occasion. Many years ago I pulled out my best dishes and beautiful etched glassware and started using them. Yes, the china is getting chipped, and some of the glasses have broken. I have a teapot that belonged to my Mom that plays Tea for Two as you lift it. I began using it last winter, too. But, then as I looked through my fabric stash, I noticed that I have pieces of fabric that I love and they just sit on my shelf. And, I wondered why I'm saving them. So, I pulled a piece of beautiful fall fabric from my shelf, walked to the cutting table, picked up my rotary cutter and took a deep breath. I cut into the fabric that I'd been saving on the shelf for who knows how long, and I made these table runners:
I love the fall fabric, and even though I've made these two table runners I still have enough to back both runners, bind them, and have some left over. So my question is: Which background do you like best?
The brown.....
Or the black.... I plan to baste one of them this weekend and do a bit of machine quilting on it and get the binding sewn on. The pattern is from the book Let's Do Lunch by Atkinson Designs.
Do you have a favorite fabric that you've had for years and never cut? I'd love to see your favorite fabric or see what you made from it. I'd also like to hear your opinion on my table runner backgrounds. Hope you are finding some time in this hot weather to stitch.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Another UFO

This is another small quilt top that I found. It is called Peppermint Twist from the Jo Morton book Remembrances. I love a medallion quilt, and this one is wall hanging size - another one that wouldn't take too long to finish. I am not sure how to quilt this one. Any ideas? I have quite a collection of pink and brown fabrics, and I think this would look nice as a wall hanging in a guest room with a pink and brown quilt on the bed.
The weather is extremely hot - a heat warning for this afternoon - so it will be a good day to grab a glass of iced tea and sit down to do some sewing. Hope you are finding some time to do some stitching today, too.

Thursday, July 8, 2010


I have a stack - really a clothes basket full - of finished quilt tops. Some I really like but just never did bother to quilt them. Others will probably be donated to our quilt guild to be finished and given to a charity.

Here is a small top that I found tucked neatly in between two larger tops along with the backing and a piece of batting. All I have to do is press it and do a bit of basting. Then I think I'll hand quilt it. This was made using a charm pack and some backgrounds from my stash.

There are more where this one came from. Stay tuned........

Monday, July 5, 2010


We've enjoyed barbecues, playing cards, visiting, and watching fireworks with family and friends for Independence Day. This is the progress that I've made on the crocheted bag that I started earlier.

You can find this pattern on Attic 24's blog. The bag is done in double crochet and works up pretty quickly. I've just learned to knit in the last 15 years or so, but I've crocheted since I was very young. Lately I've mostly been knitting, but once in awhile I get the urge to crochet, and this bag has been fun to do. There may be more crochet in my future. And, there will always be quilting. Hope you are having a good July 4th holiday and finding some time to stitch.

Sunday, July 4, 2010


Hope you are having a fun holiday weekend with family and friends. And, hope you find just a bit of time to do some stitching. Happy 4th everyone!!!

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