Saturday, April 3, 2010


Last weekend I went to a retreat just a couple of miles away. That makes it nice in case I forget something. Like my toothbrush, hairbrush and all other toiletries. Yes I packed in a hurry. Woke up Sat morning ate breakfast and ran home fast, if I would have been many miles away I don't know what I would have done. I think some times I think faster than I can move. Kinda like my typing. I only get every third sentence typed that I think. The retreat was great as usual. I got some sewing done. I spent alot of time just gawking at what others were working on in jealousy.  I put the borders on this Row x Row. I am not sure what I thought it was going to turn out like when I started this RR but it will be a great quilt for the one son that loves black and white. That is if I can part with it.Then I worked on this scrappy top I have been doing for years now. I call it Hidden Stars.

I don't have a pattern for this just making it up as I go along. I have decided it would have been better if... So I might go and change it but then why, it is just another quilt to use. It is not like I make show quilts, so who cares if the colors are a little confusing. So I guess I will plug along on it and if it turns out to look like something then I will look like a genius and if it doesn't then it was never suppose to.

This top is called Paisley Sherbert. I did it off some mystery. It really looks more pink than orange. I had lots of comments on this one, 'I would have never thought to put those colors together. where did you get that idea'  Red, Pink and Orange. Well the red Paisley fabric was from the 60's?. It was 36" wide and I bought it in a box of fabric at an estate auction. I fell in love with it the moment I saw it. The Paisley has pink and orange in it so I just went with it.  I even have a pillowcase to match it.  Now I just have to get them quilted. I still have 3 from the last retreat that I bordered yet to quilt.                      

This is my second Row x Row for my club. I did two robins so we could keep the groups even. I had seen this one a couple years back when I did it on a Row x Row for someone else. I knew then that I wanted to do one.I have to get this one bordered yet. Not for sure how to do it. I was thinking maybe frame it out with some dark Navy then add small white border then maybe scrappy either color blocks or piano keys?  Any suggestions?

This is one of my first selvage projects. I had to do a demo at my local club and I decided that it would be on Selvages. I made a potholder and gave it away as the door prize. I made a few flying geese to show right and wrong ways to put selvages together. (overlapping and such)  Then I made these two projects. The wallhanging will be a bed top someday. I decided since I was using a part that we have always just thrown away that I would use more fabric that most just throw away. So I dug out the poly cotton blend and used it. I have a wide variety of colors of poly cotton blend and have decided that I am going to make one of these stars out of every color I have, then join them together, to make a full size top. So yes now I have another UFO
The purse I made in one afternoon, I just wanted to show them that you could do anything. After visiting Karen's blog my small samplings seem like a drop in the bucket. But boy these gals where in awe. I told them to go to Karens and there they would see Awesome. This purse pattern is from 1946. I really don't see how anyone could sew anything back then. The pattern was horribley (I know there is no such word is there) written. Line with Cheese cloth add stiffner. What the heck is that? Well the picture looked like the boning we have now. I used batting and that was a mistake, the sides should have 3 pleats but too thick. But it does stand on its own tho. The stiffner went around the top, so the zipper would stay receded. I am guessing! But it is usable and I have had a lot of remarks on this one!

Ok this is a Row by Row off the internet group, it belongs to Nancy. This is a stunner. I sure hated to pass this one on. I am going to keep this pattern in mind for my next row x row.

1 comment:

  1. wow, a lot of great tops to look at, the fist row x row is one that a friend in kansas city sent me that she had done as a mystery, I did it with my quilt down here as a swap. it is a fast and fun block. we swapped the 16 patch centers and did 'our' own thing to the border that make the block unique. cw


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