Saturday, September 13, 2014

Delicious ORANGES!!!

I'm playing in my ORANGES this weekend!


Okay, so maybe I'm not working on my regularly-scheduled Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks, but I have to make a cover for my new Kindle PRONTO!!!  Don't want it to meet the same sad fate as my last one, right?  The newest member of our electronic family arrived this week ....



It looks exactly like its dearly-departed predecessor, except without the frozen screen LOL!!!



One of the first things I picked up at the AQS event in Chattanooga Thursday was this pattern for a quilted case to help protect the new Kindle a little better than the last one.  I'm really excited to be making something I'll use every day out of these beautiful ORANGE fabrics!!!


So excited, in fact, that I've already finished up the case!!!  


I'm absolutely IN LOVE with this new Case!!!!

I did some simple crosshatch quilting on the main floral print.
I love how that touch of black print makes the deep oranges/pinks sparkle!

Honey fits down inside perfectly!!!

Front of the Case
I added the small flange between the top flap and body using the lining fabric.

Back - with a really nice zippered pocket included!!!
Again I used the lining fabric for the zipper binding.

Yes, indeed, these ORANGES are delicious!  
And they will be very, very good for the continued well-being of the new Kindle too :*)

I'm linking up with other ORANGE-minded sewists

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I had a wonderful time and was quite a good girl at the Quilt Show outing!  Yes, it rather surprised me too :)  I gathered with a crowd of my Music City Guild friends at Oh-God-Its-Early o'clock in the morning to be picked up by this colorful RED bus, which then whisked us away to the Show like modern-day Cinderellas!



This is the perfect way to travel to a show in my opinion.  No driving and the distraction of chatting & laughing - or getting lost! - on the way there or back.... no spending $$$ on hotel rooms or meals except lunch that day .... no spending $$$ because you are there more than one day, and you just have to go back to pick up that one thing you saw the day before and now can't live without.....  you know what I mean, don't you?  Yep, I know you do!!!!  Many, many THANKS to the ladies who put this trip together for us - it was a blast!!!

The very first thing I bought when I walked into the Show was this PURPLE t-shirt from AQS with a lovely FMQ design - and of course you all know that I Quilt with PASSION!!!


This design reminds me of the gorgeous FMQ work done by Patsy Thompson.
I am SO in AWE of her talent!!!!

So what do I mean when I say I was a good girl at the Show?  I didn't buy any fabric!!!!  Nope, not nary a half yard :*)  The closest I came to fabric purchases was this tiny mug-rug kit - it's already cut and fused & ready to sew up - isn't it adorable????  And totally irresistible :*)


And I also bought this kit to make a microwavable bowl-holder.....



I can't tell you how many times I have held my breath as I try to take a hot bowl out of the microwave with potholders and praying one doesn't slip!  No more, my friends!!!  I mainly bought the kit because I had to in order to get the pattern.  I think I will be making a few more of these :*)

Otherwise, I only bought tools and gadgets to make my quilting life easier...

A fancy-schmancy needle threader (approved by Bonnie Hunter) and other notions for POTC

Numbered pins at a great Show price - and no shipping!!!!
I'd been eyeing these but the price was too high online, especially considering shipping costs.
The back holds more pins, #11's to #20's.  And all of them are blank on the back of the
pin so you can mark what you want there ..... maybe A, B, C..... etc.

Okay, I admit it - I went a little wild at this booth!!!
I could have bought a dozen of these!!!
They are iron-on transfers with rhinestones & metal brads in cute, cute designs =^..^=

Close up so you can see the shine & fun colors of the metal pieces

Here's how they looked on some of the garments displayed at the booth....



Aren't they too cute????
I can't wait to find some t-shirts to put them on.  Since it feels like November outside today, I'm thinking I need to get long-sleeved t-shirts LOL!!!  I also thought these would be adorable on a bag!!!

I came VERY CLOSE to putting down a deposit on one of these....


I know!!!  Talk blowing a budget!!!  But they had a great Show sale price on it, and it came with all the accessories - including that wonderful real-wood Koala table!

Just LOOK at all that open quilting space!!!!

In the end, I decided to do some more research on all the different brands and take my time deciding on what would work best for me.  If any of you have a sit-down longarm, I'd love to hear about yours and what you love or hate about it.  I know of a few of you who do (yes Janet O. I'm looking at you!!!) and produce the most marvelous quilting with it!  But before I go in hock buying one, I want to be sure I've got all the information I need to make the best choice for me and my budget =^..^=

I didn't take pictures of the quilts.  By the time I got there my camera was low on batteries, so I just gazed at them in wonder and enjoyed the beauty of such amazing craftsmanship!!!

I hope you have found ways to have fun this week!
I'm going to a new-to-me knit shop - the Haus of Yarn - this afternoon and I'm excited!!!!
(My bank account however is shaking in its boots!!!)

Hugs & Blessings!
Teresa
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Monday, September 8, 2014

Design Wall Monday - 9-8-14

Not only did I start the Patchwork of the Crosses project this week (see those beautiful blocks HERE), I also took a class on Friday so I could play with these luscious fabrics.....


Eventually, these will become a beautiful new Ruler/Mat Tote!  Here is the designer's picture of hers from the cover page of my pattern....


Isn't this just an AMAZING design?  

A very talented local quilter/designer, Janet Gagneur, designed it, incorporating a dramatic block design from one of Kaffe Fassett's books.  I was a goner as soon as I saw it!  It has pockets on the inside for the most popular sizes of rulers, as well as your favorite tools.  And her quilting is impeccable - truly the icing on the cake!





You'd probably never believe that I already own TWO ruler totes, would you?  Of course not!  Not me!!!!

But, alas, I do
*hanging head in shame*


This one I made to cover my portable June Tailor ironing pad which was looking pretty pitiful.  I was ashamed for anyone to see it anymore!  I made a pocket to fit over it, using one of my fun kitty fabrics for the ironing side ....


.....  and batting for the other so I could use it as an impromptu block design wall at retreats.


Then I used another kitty fabric to cover the batting when it is not in use.  The plus is that I can carry a multitude of rulers and mats in the pocket as well as the ironing pad!  How much is in a multitude, you ask?  LOTS!!!!


The second ruler/mat tote is one I made during a class at our guild retreat maybe 4 or 5 years ago.  It will hold an 18x24 mat and lots of rulers as well.  Lots of fun scrappy fabrics on the front, with a funky rainbow dots stripe binding it.... Oh Yeah!!!!  And pockets on the front for more stuff!



The back is heat resistant ironing board fabric - perfect for retreats & sit-n-sews!


I really love it and use it often.... and I really don't NEED another one ..... but, I mean, who could reasonably expect me to pass up the opportunity to play with those glorious striped shot cottons and batiks?  Really?  No, I didn't think so :*)

So this is what my Design Wall looks like right now....The striped blocks are sewn but not assembled together yet.  And one lone POTC block shines down on the rest of the room like a magnificent star!


Two new projects already this month!!!  I'm already ahead of the game with the NewFO Challenge for September - woohoo!!!!

I won't get a lot of stitching done this week though.  I'm going on a one-day Bus Trip to the AQS in Chattanooga with the Music City Guild this coming Thursday and really looking forward to that, although my pocket book is already screaming in protest!  I'll take my knitting to work on during the ride - the Diagonal Cowl is a simple enough design that I can knit and talk at the same time without worrying about mistakes :)  I'm also very busy making sure I have all my ducks in a row for the class I'll be teaching at Runaway Retreat in two weeks....

elegant
Ducks in a row LOL!!!

Another thing I won't be doing a lot of this week is reading .......


Yep, I dropped my Kindle Paperwhite the other night and the screen apparently shattered underneath the surface!  The screen saver is now frozen in that upper left corner and the horizontal gray line is always there now too.  BUMMER!!!!   Not to fret though, My Guy very sweetly consented to replace it when he saw how devastated I was - however, he made sure to buy the Accidental Coverage warranty this time :*D  I have always said he is one of the smartest people I know!!!

Do you have a Design Wall to share with us?  Or just want to see some amazing works in progress?  Come check out the Linky Party HERE at Judy's Patchwork Times today!  

Wishing you all a lovely week!!!

Hugs & Blessings!
Teresa
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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Patchwork of the Crosses - Let's Roll!!!

Once I got a good whiff of how much beauty could be had playing with Lucy Boston's Patchwork of the Crosses blocks, I was hot on the scent and straining at the leash!!!


Ta-Da!!!
POTC #1 is finished!

I fussy cut from a Paula Nadelstern fabric to get that lovely star pattern radiating out of the center.


I decided to do these using the English Paper Piecing (EPP) method rather than hand piecing because it is less stressful for me.


Remember my bent needle from trying so hard at the hand piecing HERE?  I know it would be faster to hand piece - many of my sewing buddies tell me that frequently LOL!!! - but as most of you know by now, "faster" is not my goal.  Color and design and blocks that give me that sudden little thrill trump "faster" in my book every time!  I love the precision of EPP and it seems to work for me.

I really want this to be a portable project so I can just pick it up and go whenever I find myself just sitting and waiting with time on my hands, so I put together everything I needed in this cute little sewing box I got at Joann's in the clearance section for $15 several months ago.


Isn't this just the cutest little sewing box? 


I knew it would come in handy someday!!!

I also got a start on my next block - here are the fabrics laid out....



Last night I got started basting the center pieces to the templates, and even got a few stitched together .....


As with most hand projects, being ready for the next block when I finish one will be my challenge.  If I can have fabrics pulled for the next block as I finish one, I'll keep on a good roll.  I have to admit that these blocks took up most of my normal knitting time this week, but knowing how much I love to knit, that won't be the norm once I get past the fever of the first few POTC blocks :)

I'm sharing with other slow stitchers at Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching!
Hope you are finding ways to enjoy your Sunday too !!!


I'm also joining the Hexie Party over at
Angie's Quilting Reader's Garden!

Hugs & Blessings!
Teresa
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Saturday, August 30, 2014

So Long Scrappy Greens - Hello ORANGE!!!


Today is a Sit-back-and-relax Day!


After all the scrambling I've been having to do lately to get all my commitments done on time, it feels wonderful to have a morning to just sit back and relax with my blog buddies!!!  You all really do make me happy :*)  The iPad is one of today's electronic conveniences that I really enjoy too - I couldn't have been outside working on a blog post this easily several years ago!  Even a laptop was big and heavy and clunky back then.

So, let's see..... what can I get into that doesn't require a lot of effort or demands?  Today is Saturday, and for me that usually means I get to think SCRAPPY and play with lots of colorful scraps!  This month the Rainbow Scrap Challenge over at  SoScrappy has been featuring LIGHT GREEN scrappy projects, and of course I have none to share because I didn't do any :(  Both of my 2014 Rainbow Scrap Challenge projects already have GREEN blocks, so I took the month off and concentrated on those other demanding projects that really needed my attention.  Just in case you've forgotten, here are my 2014 GREEN blocks...

Soul Searching.....




And, Hootie!



Oh, I DO love this GREEN Hootie!!!!

Angela has already announced that September's color will be ORANGE!  I'm sew excited, because that is the last color I need to complete both of these quilts!  And I have lots of fun ORANGE fabrics - I just love the bright pop it gives to quilts.... and also because I'm using it for my Happy Dance blocks :*)  Which also means that they are already WASHED - WOOHOO!!!!


As you may notice, however, these are NOT scraps! I haven't really been digging into the scraps for my RSC projects this year because I wanted to use some of my prettiest fabrics in them.  But for the rest of the year, I will finish washing up the rest of my stash and begin playing with making some more simple, basic blocks with my scraps, maybe some more HST's to add to the ones I made last year?


I also need to reduce these crumbs that are overflowing from my jars, wouldn't you say?  I've been wanting to play with these crumbs all year and haven't touched them yet.  Here's crossing my fingers that I get to do that soon :)

One of the blog events that has me really excited lately is the upcoming Sew Kind of Wonderful Curve It Up Challenge QAL!

Jenny has been putting on a lovely Blog Hop this past week and getting everyone excited about the QAL.  Go HERE to find out how you can play along.  It starts September 1, and I know from experience that it will be fun - here are the blocks I made from her first Curve It Up QAL a few years ago ....



Come join in the fun - you'll love the blocks you can make with this wonderful ruler!!!

So, now I'm going to go find a chocolate chip cookie & a fresh cup of tea ....
Anyone want to join me?

Hugs & Blessings,
Teresa
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