Sunday, November 30, 2008

4 Days Off

With 4 days off of work you would think I could have accomplished more but I kept getting side tracked. My husband and I actually went to Toys r Us on Friday morning (I know, I know that's just plain nuts) but my granddaughter wants a Gameboy DS in Blue for Christmas. This is a hot item this year so we thought it best not to wait. The store wasn't as bad as we feared and we only had to wait on line for about 15 minutes and got a limited edition DS in ice blue (I want to keep it for myself).
My grand children decided they wanted to help put up our Christmas tree. This is a very big ordeal which we hadn't planned on doing so early. Because my house is so small, we store our 8 foot tree and all our decorations in a warehouse. The children may be small but they really were a big help. They did almost the whole tree and grandma got to sit and watch.

But I did manage to get 9 pillowcases done for the Pillowcase Party over at the Heartstrings site. I'll bet some of you will recognize that eye chart fabric.



I made two blocks which will be going into a quilt for a seriously ill friend. I also completed a few blocks for the about.com block lotto. I'll post a picture when I get all of them done.

On a final note, something outside my comfort zone. I have always wanted to make greeting cards. To force myself to stop talking and start doing, I joined a handmade Christmas card swap. I am not even sure how I ended up at the site as it has nothing to do with quilts. I believe the gals I am swapping with are far more experienced than I so I hope my beginner cards will be met with approval. You would not believe how many attempts there were at getting that bow to stay put. There is now glue everywhere, but it was a hot glue gun that did the trick.




Saturday, November 29, 2008

Zizzy-Dot Swap - November edition

Dotti and I both got a bit silly this month. Dotti says this is the Nevada turkey..............




Mine, on the other hand is just plain goofy.................


Sunday, November 23, 2008

Patchwork Postcards

I have been working on several projects and not many are at a stage I can show you. But I can show you some of my Patchwork Postcards.

Some are in Amish (sort of) colors.



Some are in bright colors (check out that thread color)


And I made a bunch in 30's prints (I like these the best)



Friday, November 14, 2008

Thrifted Shirts

I'm sure we've all seen the wonderful quilts that Bonnie Hunter makes from thrifted shirts. I just had to try my hand at this. Last weekend I went to Joanns to get some black fabric for the Amish House Block Lotto. It was not too far from a Goodwill Store so I went there too. There were 10 long, neat racks of men's shirts. I went straight for the XXL and immediately spotted some gorgeous plaid shirts. There were so many to choose from I didn't know which to grab first, until I spotted the sign that said $5 each. If I wanted a shirt to wear these would have been a really good deal, but they are a bit too expensive to be cutting them up. I asked the lady at the cash register if they sold by the pound and she gave me the address of the only place in town that sells by the pound. It just happens to be a few blocks from where I work.

On my lunch break one day, I went to the Goodwill warehouse and what a difference from the first store. There were rows of table with piles of crap on them. The lighting was dim and the floor was in desperate need of a sweeping. There were several ladies (none who spoke any English) combing through the piles. I spotted a great looking screaming orange (I love screaming orange) plaid shirt in a bin that was separate from the rest. One of the ladies grabbed it out of my hand and spoke harshly to me in Creole. It was a crazy scene and it was hard to figure out just what was going on. But I went back to the crap tables and managed to find 9 all cotton shirts, in stripes and plaids. They cost me $7.


I took them home and washed them all in hot water. Here they are. I spent Wednesday night cutting off the buttons.



The buttons are a bit of a bonus. I spent Thursday and Friday nights cutting up the shirts into usable pieces. Here they are piled up next to my sewing machine.


I'm thinking I might add some of my own plaid homespuns and make a very masculine looking log cabin. It will have to wait though as I have started some other projects that I would like to finish first. That was fun and I will have to do it again.



Block Lotto

November's block lotto block at about.com is called Amish Houses. You can make as many as 8 but I only made six. They are a very easy paper pieced block. Many years ago, my friend Glenda and I dyed a bunch of fabric. Three of these blocks have some of that fabric but I'm not telling which ones.





Sunday, November 9, 2008

A good week

I haven't done much in the way of sewing lately. I did go to Joann's to get some black fabric for the about.com block lotto. I also spent 3 days sorting and pressing my scraps. Stings go here, small scraps go there and 2 1/2" squares go in another place. I managed to get rid of one box and three bags full just by flattening them out.

I do have a big smile on my face having received these great tie dyed shirts from Vicki. Aren't they spectacular?



She included some handmade soap. I really have been wanting some of that. And if all that wasn't enough, she even made the wrappers. What a talented lady.




To complete the week I found out that I had won a blog giveaway. Do you have any idea how many of those I have entered in the past year? The blog is Piece O Cake Designs, I know you've seen their adorable patterns. Scroll down a bit and you can see the beautiful appliqued block that's coming my way.


Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Nicky's Quilt

When my grandson Nicky was very little, we bought him some Guy Harvey tee shirts so he would look like his daddy and grandpa. He out grew the shirts quickly. When he was about 3 or 4 his mom wanted to give the shirts away. He would not let her. In an effort to make room in his shirt drawer she talked him into giving the shirts to grandma so she can make him a fishy tee shirt quilt like she did for grandpa.

As soon as I got those shirts I cut them up and backed them with fusible tricot, along with 3 of grandpa's shirts, and that's as far as I got. They have been sitting there on the "design bed" ever since. Nicky has picked out some fishy fabric he wanted included. He has nagged me several times when I'm ever going to work on his quilt?

As previously reported, I have been making blocks for the Princess Jellybean quilt. I am afraid if Nicky sees Alli's quilt being worked on and not his, well, he will not be too happy. So, I have finally started putting something together. This is only a start. It needs to be squared up a bit. I intend to put a border on it (with all those fishy fabrics) and I am going to applique fish in the open blue areas. Then I will have to find a longarmer to quilt it. There are so many wonderful quilters out there, I don't know who to choose. But I think it will be awhile before I have to make that decision.




Monday, November 3, 2008

Zizzy-Dot Swap - October

I had a vision of what I wanted to make, something to do with Oktoberfest, But I can never quite get what is going around in my head down on paper or fabric. The new ink in my very old printer just doesn't want to give me any colors that remotely resemble what I see on the screen. Would you believe these are green beer bottle with red labels? Well at least the leaf part came out good.




Dotti's card is gorgeous as usual. The letters are some sort of metal, copper I think. The colors are wonderful and her workmanship is great also.



I could probably make better post cards (and greeting cards) if I would just break down and buy some stuff. You know what I mean, stamps, inks, papers, do-dads and what-nots. Good grief, there is only so much one can cram into a 10x10 room.


Sunday, November 2, 2008

Pins



These are what's left of my favorite pins. They have glass heads (in case you iron over them). The best part is that they are super fine. But that's also the worst part. So fine, they bend easily. There aren't many straight pins left. I really should break down and get some new ones. What do your pins look like?