Sunday, October 25, 2009

Strip Scrap Christmas Wreath

Are you bored yet? I hope not! This is a little wreath made from strips of Merry and Bright from last Christmas. I love this fabric!

I used a 10-inch foam wreath from the dollar store and wrapped it in sections with different colors. Then I stitched together three strips, leaving raw edges exposed and gathered them with a running stitch. A little twist, a little stitching and, I have to admit, a little glue and voila!, a flower. A contrasting button finishes them off perfectly.
Stitching two strips together in the same manner, I made leaves that were then tucked here and there into my rag flower bouquet.

Here they are close up. It's bright, cheery and a sweet little adornment for your wall, door or your friend's house!
Really, these strips are just too much fun. :)

Friday, October 23, 2009


How to cover up ugly echo quilting.

Not really. I needed to quilt so that I had a solid surface to attach the strips.
I'm just glad I planned on covering it all up. That's all I'm sayin'.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Scrap the Universe

Ah, yes, another basket of strippy scraps that the girls at the shop saved for me. I love these little strips and the challenge that they pose. Every time I pull some from the basket, I wonder what they will become.

This time, the strips were sewn together, raw edges exposed, into a lovely rainbow fabric.
Mmm, yummy.

After the fabric was made, I went to my kitchen shelves and pulled bowls of various sizes. tracing the bowls, I made a tidy stack of circles. I laid out the circles onto a base fabric and, when I achieved a pleasing arrangement, I appliqued them down using a blanket stitch on my sewing machine.

A little echo quilting (not my string suit) and then the fun begins.

I can't show you the finished project just yet as it has a looong way to go. But when it's done, you will the first to see it. Promise.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

One Happy MIL

My mother-in-law's birthday is today. She had mentioned a while ago that she wanted
something to cover the top of a very worn table to in her living room. I took that as a hint.
I sketched a pattern that would be simple yet elegant and then off to AST I went and chose three fabrics from the luscious Gypsy Princess line by Hoffman Fabrics, sewed like crazy, and voila, here is my mother-in-law's new table topper!

I gave it to her on Sunday because, well, I could not wait for her to see it!

This was my first attempt at applique. I chose to do circles, why?
Actually, they are yoyos and I don't think they were very easy.
Some of them are a bit wonky, but that's alright- she loved it anyway.

See? One happy MIL with her new table quilt.

I love making people happy.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Scarlet Stripper Saturday

While only two of the strippers finished their Southern Comfort quilt tops, that did not deter the others from sharing some of their handiwork. Yep, it was another Saturday full of inspiration and beauty.

Here is what the girls shared:

This Christmas tree skirt was made using a ten degree ruler. How cool is that? L. O. V. E. it.

Sandy shared her ghosts of projects past with us. The pink and black is a Mystery Quilt top.

Two by Two.

Ack! I can't remember the name of this one. But, it's still cute. And finished.

Shirley's twisted bargello beauty.

Showing off the husband's handiwork- a nifty thread tower!

This lovely grandma is expecting twin grandchildren!
They are going to love the bright colors in their quilts.

Is there anything sweeter than red cardinals in the snow?

Cilla stayed up until 1:30 in the morning finishing her quilt.
I didn't. ;)

I don't know if you can tell but this is a beautiful blue Holly Hobbie quilt.

How fab is this version of Cactus wreath done with a batik border?

And this soft version of Southern Comfort. I adore that seafoam green border. ]
Please do not adjust your computer screen! This is our next strip club quilt- Myopia!!

Oh, my goodness! Look at this yumminess.

Wendy made hers using bright pink as the accent color and Minky for the backing.
Have you felt Minky? It's soft, cozy and comfy.

Sheri made her version in classic Georgia (and A Scarlet Thread) colors!
Go Dawgs!!

I wish you could have been at the shop when the girls were choosing their colors. It was madness, I tell you. Madness! Tune in next month to see the results.