Wednesday, April 27, 2011

WIP Wednesday

Wow, spring is a busy time for outdoor work, so my quilting and sewing have really suffered lately! I haven't worked on any of my quilts for about 3 weeks. But, now that the initial work has been done outside, I will increase my quilting and sewing time.

Here are a couple of projects that I have sneaked in during rain showers:

This mug rug set is for my friend/coworker's daughter. She has some health problems and her middle name just happens to be "HOPE". So this will be perfect. I hope her favorite color is green too.:o)

Here is a tiny quilt top which I hope will become a mug rug tonight. I'm all out of the pink "Joy" mugs, since all of the ones in the store seem faded to me. I guess they have some kind of defect. Never fear, there are more Dollar General stores to be browsed in my area.

This post is linked to Fresly Pieced's Work In Progrress Wednesday.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Friday Night Sew In - April Pillow Case

I'm pretty proud of myself for getting this project done, despite the fact that I REALLY DID NOT HAVE TIME TO DO SO! But I made up my mind that I would make a Christmas gift every month during Friday Night Sewin and I stuck to it.

But, with all that being said, Its not my favorite. The blue fabric doesn't show up in the pictures as its true color. The close up in the next picture may give you a better idea. There are little swirls and a tiny yellow dot in the fabric.

So far all 4 months I have made pillowcases for the guys. Next month, maybe I'll tackle a more feminine one!

Boy its a stormy Saturday! Stay safe!

Debbie J.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

WIP Wednesday -

Its WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced. Here are the current projects I am working on.

I have four coworkers for whom I have been working on mug rug sets. Each one was made using their favorite colors or incorporated their favorite flower, etc.

This is the fourth one made for our newest employee. She has only been working with me for a week and a half. When I asked her what her favorite color is, she said yellow, but did not have a favorite flower. I used the yellow scraps I had on hand and thought a red cup would be nice with it. I used some of the decorative stitches on my machine to quilt it. I especially like the little leaf design. These stitches work great on a small project like the mug rugs. I plan to make some burp cloths using a decorative stitch.

I started a Spiderman fabric basket for my grandson and this is how far I got. It will have a short handle on each side. I think it will be good to use for a gift basket and then afterwards, it can be used in his room to store small toys, etc.

I pieced some quilt batting together for the fabric basket with a zig zag stitch.

Projects on hold until I can get some gardening chores done and finish taxes:

1. Bluberri Breezes: The top is done, but I need to make the backing and then machine quilt it.

2. The Grandma Quilt: Its still in the hand quilting frame and I have figured out where I can put the frame so that I can work on it while watching tv with hubby, but it won't be in the way too much.

3. The red and white double nine patch Irish Chain quilt: Still working on piecing the blocks using leaders and enders.

4. I have a couple of baby quilts to make, but don't know the babies' genders yet. I really hope there will be at least one boy, so that I can try out the Stacked Coins quilt in blues! The last 4 I have made are all pink and white.

Happy Wednesday!

Debbie J.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

April's Christmas Gift

Handmade by Heidi

Its time for Friday Night Sew In this Friday night, so you know what that means. I decided to make at least one Christmas gift each month during Friday Night Sew In and so I will be making pillow case Number 4!

Here are Numbers 1, 2 and 3 that I made during the previous three Friday Night Sew Ins this year.




April's pillow case will be made with this fabric.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

WIP Wednesday

Its Wip Wednesday over at Freshly Pieced.

I am still on a break from making bed size quilts, but I will be back to my regularly scheduled work in progress soon. There's something about Spring that does not encourage me to work on quilts. You know what I mean? In the Fall and Winter its natural to work on a quilt, but in the Spring and Summer the yard and garden are calling me. I am blessed to have so many things that I love to do! I have been working on more mug rugs to go with the mugs I bought and showed in last week's WIP Wednesday.

Here are some of the mug rugs lined up beside Big Brother ready to be quilted. Some sunflower mug rugs in progress. They need the binding.

Here are some completed sets.