Saturday, August 31, 2013

Working on flismies

Here is another border for several scrappy quilts.  This is a neutral fabric I like using. 

So do you give neutral quilts as gifts, or do you like give bold, brighter quilts as gifts?

Friday, August 30, 2013

Small finishes - baby present

I have been making more crocheted gifts then sewing lately.  hmmmm.  Handmade washrags are the big, new gift.  So I use 100 percent cotton, try to find thread made in American.  Yes, I do still think that is important.  I got this in a big cone at Wal Mart.  Love the shading.

The little sack actually has a bar of baby soap in it.  You wash up, rinse the bag, then hang to dry.  I wasn't sure that was a good ideal, but supriseling, it dries fine, and always looks clean.  My girls love using them.  I need to whip some up for Christmas gifts.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Working on finishes

I love working with scraps.  It is always so fun to pick borders for these scrappy quilts.  But borders is where my project usually stops, and then the expense starts.  So I have a new plan.  When I buy a border, I now buy enough for several quilts.  This will cut down on the time it takes me to find a border, and it will also save money, because I won't just be putting the leftovers in with my scraps.  It will go to finish at least 3 quilts.  I am kinda doubting my color now.  I usually use a brown or green for borders so that it is fairly neutral quilt.  I do this as most quilts are given to people I really don't know.  Red is a little bold.  It went with the quilt I am working on, and I didn't think of it at the time that it is not a neutral color to put in the quilt. 

So would you give a quilt to someone that is really bold, or would you make it neutral to fit in with there home colors?

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Another Scrappy FLimsy

Here's another all scrap quilt.  The blue is from a quilt I made for a wedding present.  The nine patch is 2 1/2 inch squares.  A lot of the scraps are from friends who don't work with small pieces. 

I love this type of mindless sewing.  This makes nine flimsies on a hanger to iron and sandwhich.  This is a small quilt for a newborn.  I always make large baby quilts, but my daughter mentioned when the baby was newborn, she would have used a smaller quilt more oftern.  So I am making a few smaller ones.  I love making them, as they are a lot faster.

These nine patches are from when I was doing a block a day,  I do love whipping out a tip with all the pieces sitting in a box.

This quilt is already sandwhiched.  I will try to quilt it tomorrow on my day off.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Scrappy Baby Boy quilt

I am trying to finish several baby quilts to have on hand when there is a cute baby to give one to.  Before I went back to work I always had 5 or 6 baby quilts ready at all times.  I would like to build up another stash.  For this one, I did something I always wanted to, I used pieces to make a a main block.  This one is really a free quilt.  All the blocks are leftover from other quilts.

These nine patches were made when I was doing one block a day.  I need to get back to sewing at least one block a day, I really want to spend more time sewing.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Duck tape

It's actually duct tape, the brand is Duck Tape.  I thought that was cute.  My hubby broke the corner off his lunch box.  He was quiet disappointed, because it is his favorite one.  My daughter found this bacon tape for me.  Isn't it funny.  So now its not waterproof, and but the little containers that fit in there will keep the food from touching the tape.  I have been wanting to try the cute tapes, so was quite excited that it worked well.

Well off to find binding for a quilt that I need to finish soon for a present.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Cutting, organizing

I am still trying to get organized.  I went through my scraps from recent trimming of blocks and quilts, and cut them all down in my system. 

I am doing 1 1/2 for Lego quilts, the rest was cut into center blocks for a baby quilt and strips for the baby quilt.  I am working on a crayon quilt using the  Bonnie Hunter pattern.  Love that one to use  up scraps.

I now have 8 flimsies ready for ironing and sandwhiching.  I no longer iron before I have up, because I always fell I should reiron the whole top.