Thursday, February 17, 2011

Just waiting for spring

This has been such a long winter, I'm trying to 'spring' up the house a little. Also doing some much needed clearing out, taking things to Goodwill. I've been going to garage sales and collecting things for so many years, and my folks gave a lot of things when they moved to Florida, and this house is just filled up. I used to sell things on eBay from time to time, I need to start that again, and I'd like to try selling some things on etsy. That would help me use up a lot of these craft supplies and bring in some cash to help pay for the bills we're getting for my husband's recent knee replacement surgery.

I finished up this bag yesterday, it's going to be a gift for a friend. The pattern was in the new issue of Quilts and More (Spring 2011 issue). It's a really simple design, no pockets or anything, but a great basic bag, and it's reversible. I made up the small bag with the button, I like to have something like that for my phone so it's easy to get to, or it could also be used for an iPod, keys, or whatever. The fabric is Robert Kaufman Fushions, I absolutely love it. It was tough cutting into that fabric, but I need to use up more of these fabrics and not just having them piling up in my sewing room.

Here's what the magazine looks like. I also want to make that clutch in the upper right hand corner, very cute.

I got caught up on my Civil War blocks that Barbara Brackman is offering here. I'm having fun playing with the reproduction fabrics & figuring out what combinations to use. Not always so thrilled with the result, like on the Kansas Troubles block, and that was my second try! But I really like the star block, and I think when the quilt comes together it will look really good.

I'm waiting for the backing to arrive in the mail for the batik quilt I'm working on. Maybe I'll get outside today to try to get a picture of the full quilt. Things have warmed up a bit and the snow is melting, but there's a lot of mushy mud out there now. The joys of country living!
Hope you're all having a great day~

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy birthday to Elaine!

Elaine is having a giveaway for her birthday, so hop on over to her Artful-Spirit blog and see if you can win it before I do! (there's no pic yet, but check out her other stuff, it's great!)

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Just ignore it.

The new snow that's falling outside, that is. This is a photo looking out onto our deck about a week ago. I'm really all snowed out, at this point just dreaming of some warm sunshine, hope the groundhog was right about an early spring!

Being stuck at home actually has helped me get a lot of sewing done lately. I've almost completed this king sized quilt top, all it needs is the outer border, which I need to go shopping for. I'll get a better picture of the full quilt top when we get some sunshine and when I'm in the mood to slog out through the knee deep snow to find a place to hang it up. I'm really loving this quilt, but hope it isn't too wild for the lady it's intended for.

I got three more blocks of Barbara Brackman's Civil War quilt completed. I"m only showing two here because I'm not happy with the Kansas Troubles block. I hate to do it over as it took me quite a while to get done, but I probably will anyway. The background fabric that I used is too light colored, and just doesn't look right with the rest of the blocks.
I bought this book by Salley Mavor recently, supposedly for my granddaughter, but in reality it was more for me. Delightful is the best word I can think of to describe her work. You should definitely check out her blog to see more pictures of her art.