Thursday, February 26, 2009

Star Quilt Top

I got nervous about the different color/style stars together in one quilt, and decided to make the setting blocks as neutral as possible.    

After seeing the top completed, I am not so sure if it was the best option.  You can't really see the nice diagonal lines the setting blocks create.     

And then I saw this today.  I am kicking myself now.  Oh, well.  

We are off to Blue and Gold.  Jerome made lemon bars.  I helped grate the lemon peel, but he did the rest.    

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Star Quilt-Along Week 7,9,11-13

I have been busy. My sewing corner is set up in the basement playroom, and I accomplish a lot when Kai has play dates.  Listening to conversations of three and four year old boys can be quite entertaining... until you have to referee their fist fights.  

With these following five blocks finished, I now have all thirteen stars for the quilt.   
week 9 (re-do)

week 11, my favorite

week 12

week 7 (re-do)

week 13

I also made the twelve setting blocks to place between the stars, and cut out all the sashing.  I am ready for assembling.   

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

What's in your WIP bin?

Today I am taking a break to look into my work-in-progress bin.  I used to have a lot, but thanks to this blog, it is down to three.

1)Star Quilt
I made the following four blocks (block 7 to 10) this week after I found the six blocks made last year.  3 more stars, 12 setting blocks, and a border will complete the top.  I am determined to finish this one before summer.       
I am not sure about the above two stars.  I feel like singing, "some of these blocks are not like the others..." every time I look at them.  I guess that is what happens when you take a break and your interest in range of colors changes.  I do like the yellow and purple ones.

2)"Natural Heart" Crib Quilt
My mom gave me this quilt kit when Asha was born.  There are four squares (left on the pic) and five hearts (right on the pic), four border pieces, and the backing fabric.  90% of the embroidery is finished.  Most of the progress was made during the last month of the last two pregnancies and recovery time from c-section.  I am counting on a road trip or two to finish this one.    
I love it that it says "Natural Heart".  I was going to change it to something that made sense, but later decided to leave it the way it is.  It is a little reminder that the kit is from Japan.  If you are in a mood for laughs of this sort, go to  My all-time favorite is a billboard for Tahitian Noni Juice that read, "Everybody, everywhore".        

3)The Christmas Quilt
I am still in love with this one.  I just haven't decided how to quilt it.  I did decide to use the red fabric shown in the middle of the picture for the border.    
So, what is in your WIP bin?

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Fabric diet, ended

This is what I come home with when my hubby rents Wii for Friday night fun with the kids, and tells me to go shopping alone.  My seven month long fabric diet came to an end, at Walmart, of all places.                 

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Simplicity 3887

If you want a quick and satisfying project, this is it!   
I made size 8, after I read a few reviews that said the pattern runs big.  I am happy I did.  The fabric is a poly blend I got a long time ago at Vogue Fabric in Evanston.             

Monday, February 9, 2009

Collage Frame

While I am in repurpose mode, I should post a project Scott just finished.  

Before: A gold frame that housed a Dutch print, left behind in the garage by former owners
After: A wall collage with all of our favorite pictures 
Silver metallic paint (left over from painting kids' play kitchen), custom matting, new glass, and Scott's creativity completed the transformation.  

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Wardrobe refashion: Houndstooth Check Skirt for Asha

Before: a nice Laura Ashley "pleated" pants I never really wore
After: an A-line skirt for Asha
Pattern: view S of Stylish Clothes for Girls

Monday, February 2, 2009

A simple skirt for Asha

A simple skirt for Asha.  I used the elastic with button holes from Asha's old adjustable pants so she can fit it to her comfort.         
I love Amy Butler's fabric.  The pattern and colors are so pretty that you don't need to do much to make something really cute.  If only I had enough fabric to make one for myself.