Monday, August 9, 2010

Early Saturday Morning....

And I mean early!  Eight-thirty in the morning to be exact.
What would bring a group of women to AST that early? Strip club, of course.
This is Sharon's amazing Twister quilt made with a Wiscassett layer cake from Minick and Simpson.
It may look difficult, but Sharon assured us all that it is really super easy-peasy, once you get over cutting your quilt up!


This is Barbara's beautiful Sunshine quilt made with the Fruitcake line by Basic Grey for Moda.
 Ho-ho-ho, Merry Christmas!


Jennifer made her Sunshine quilt into a log twin. I can just see her kids all wrapped up in it on Christmas morning. Don't you just love Jennifer's beautiful smile?


I would like to introduce you to Lola, our newest "stripper" and her fabulous City Scapes quilt done in neutrals with a sweet pop of black. Yum. Welcome, Lola!


Lynne never fails to impress and she did not disappoint with her huge Sunshine quilt! Everyone in her family fights over the quilts she makes. No wonder! They are beautiful.


We like to refer to Sandy as our "little overachiever." Fondly, of course.
She shared these cute bags made from the leftover strips from previous projects and...


her Star Crossed quilt from June and...


her beautiful Sunshine throw and....


yet another Sunshine throw! Phew! You so rock, Sandy!


Deanna played Mary Poppins and shared a beautiful tapestry bag that she made. Made it, people! Gorgeous!


Inside was another bag plus this adorable little pouch. Sweet. Everyone is going to drool when they see this set on the plane!


Our own Miss Mary shared this A-mazing stunner done in greens, reds, yellows and oranges.
Oh, my gosh! It's fabulous!


So, what's in store for our September strip club meeting? Hopefully lots of completed Yin Yang tops made with Maywood Studios Veranda Collection.


Isn't this beautiful? I love how Sherri used a fabric with a tea-dyed feel to it for the background.
It makes this quilt look positively vintage!
Be sure to come back next month to see how the "strippers" made theirs. None of them will be the same, but they will all be spectacular!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Pinwheels in a Jiffy.

Sometime last week I saw a YouTube on how to make quick and easy pinwheel blocks. It was one of those, "Why ddn't I think of that?" moments. Do you think I can remember where I saw it? No.
I thought it was here, but I cannot find it to save my life.
Edited: Here it is! Thanks to a very diligent reader. :)
(If you know who does the YouTube, please let me know so I can give them proper credit. Thank you.)
So, instead, I will give you a photo tutorial.
Most of you probably know how to make these already, but, for those who don't, it's an easy-peasy way to make a lovely block.
So, here goes:

Cut two equal squares of two different fabrics for your pinwheels. Mine are 5 inch squares.


Lay one on top of the other, matching the sides.


Stitch with a 1/4 inch seam all the way around the sides of the squares. Yep, all the way around.


Like this.


Take the square to your cutting mat and cut in half diagonally, corner to corner.


Turn your ruler and make another cut.


Press to the darker fabric, trim off the dog ears and...


stitch together making sure that you have your pinwheels all going in the right direction. If you don't, you'll be sorry. Don't ask how I know this. Please.


Trim to size and voila! A pinwheel block in no time! I made this one in a snap, it's that easy.


Beautiful. Now, only a million more to go.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Crocheted Confetti Rug

I've been absent for a while.
I was taking care of my mother.
One of the things I did while sitting with her was to make small projects. I have a ton of hexagons made for a future quilt for my soon-to-be-here granddaughter. I also crocheted a small, circular throw rug.


I made it from the small strips of fabric that result from cutting 2 1/2" strips on the AccuCut machine. I love little strips. They have so many uses!
I should have counted how many strips it took to make this rug. I can tell you that it was about a grocery sack full, if that helps. So, you might need to save strips for a while if you decide to make one. Unless, of course, you do an inordinate amount of cutting. Then it should go zippy-quick! I used a size N, or 10 mm, crochet hook to make this rug. It's a perfect size for crocheting (approximately) 1/2" strips and does not make large holes.


This one happens to be made from strips from Mary Engelbreit's Attitude Girls line. I think it turned out rather nicely.
This rug will rest on the floor of my guest room, where it will not be stepped upon too often. It is a sweet reminder of time I spent with my mother, me crocheting and her watching my progress until, at last, it was done. She smiled and told me she loved it. But, then, she said she loved everything I made.
I miss her.