Monday, January 17, 2011

Scrappy Dappy

I finished the top of my Diamond Scone Bliss quilt last week while I was avoiding the icy mess outside. I did brave it a bit to take this photo, then I hurried back inside, asap. Every wintry day needs to be accompanied by a springy quilt. I'm just sayin'.

 Because of the way the blocks were made, I ended up with a lot of these little triangular pieces left over. Some had little colored triangles attached and some had little white triangles.

 So, I lined them up in the corner of the bias cutting lines on my mat and cut them all to match. They measure 3 inches from the top of the point to the bottom of the triangle.

 After I cut all of the triangles, I stitched them together- one colored triangle piece to one white triangle piece and trimmed them to a 3 1/2 inch square.

Then I played with them until they made me happy. It did not take long.

So, not only do I have a chase-away-the-winter-blahs quilt, I also have a sweet coordinating table topper. 
I love using my scraps to create something different and useful.
 Now, where am I going to put it?

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Hourglass Envy

One thing I really like about being stuck at home is that I get to surf the web reading quilting/sewing blogs. I could sit at my computer for hours looking at what these creative women (and men!) have been making. 
One of my favorite places to go is to Monica's Happy Zombie blog. She is an hilariously funny, super creative sprite with just a little bit of a sharp edge to her that makes you want to go back day after day to see what mischief she's been up to.
I happened to catch this post this morning and I immediately had to wipe sweat beads from my forehead. Do you see this cuteness?!  Coordinating pots and pans with a sweet hourglass potholder. Ahhhhhhhhhhh!
 It's awesome.

photo by monica solario-snow, the happy zombie.
  Not only did she share photos of this sweet red, white and aqua potholder, she also shared a tutorial. A brilliant tutorial. One that made me think that I might be able to make this block. I left a comment gushing about how cute and easy she made these blocks and then I got this reply from Happy Zombie herself and it was done: "Do it, do it, Karin!  It's so fun - especially making them into the second option." I have to make them.
So, off to my pathetic little stash to find a solid white (Yay! I had some!) and  a quick evaluation of my charm squares (Sandy Klop's Punctuation) and I am set to make my own hourglass blocks using Monica's tutorial.

I'll keep you posted on my progress but, until then, hop on over to the Happy Zombie and prepare to be smitten with what you see. I bet you make an hourglass quilt!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Breakfast Club

In my last post, I mentioned Breakfast Club. It's a lot of fun. I thought you might like to see what we are making this month. Well, maybe this month. Since we are iced in here in Atlanta, our class, that should have been held tomorrow, has been postponed. But, anyway, that doesn't mean you can't see the quilts!
This pattern is called Dutch Breakfast. The original pattern called for a scrappier look but I wanted to make mine in only two colors- black and a sort of pale putty color. I love how it turned out! I used black thread for the quilting which makes for a nice contrast. Don't look too closely though. I am still a novice when it comes to machine quilting.

 Since I was home with nothing to do (HA!) the past two days, I decided to get a jump on next month's quilt: Diamond Scones. I had my doubts about this pattern but now that it's coming together, I love it! Plus, I made it out of Bliss which makes my heart go pitter-pat. Love.

The thing I like about these patterns is that, once you make all of your cuts, they go together pretty quickly. So that means that you can easily put together a few blocks during the class time and work out any kinks before you get home. You have to love that!
I hope that you will come join Sherrie and me for breakfast! We'll save you a plate.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Oh, So Neglected.

Good night above! It's been forever since you've had a post from us! Christmas is long gone, the New Year is here and we've already had our first Strip Club of 2011!

 First up is a first time stripper, who brought in her Dream Catcher quilt done with everything but the binding! It is beautiful! First quilt, first strip club- I think we've got another quilting sister!

Next we have Jennifer, who is showing off her Eggs Benedict Breakfast Club quilt. Have you been to Breakfast Club? We have a great time! Plus, we actually eat breakfast! Quilting and food? You can't beat that!

This is her December Silver Thimble Club quilt made with my favorite Oz line. Yum.

 And her amazing Dream Catcher quilt. I  love the gold. It's like sunshine.

 I don't think Lynne slept during the month of December. She was too busy making quilts, like this little nature-inspired deer quilt and...

 a Dr. Seuss quilt for her grandson. It's adorable! Who doesn't love Dr. Seuss?

 Plus, her version of Eggs Benedict from Breakfast Club!

 And, as if that were not enough, Petal Pop! Phew! I'm tired just thinking of all the work that went into making these quilts. I need to find out what Lynne and Jennifer eat.

 Sandy shared an adorable baby quilt made from Zoology by Michael Miller. She used All Washed Up's Just Can't Cut It pattern which allows for seeing lots of those adorable animals. :)

 Linda brought in her oh-so-purple Take 5 quilt made from one of our clearance kits. This one is for her granddaughter, who had the best time picking things out for Grandma to make.

 This peace sign is the center of yet another quilt. Linda said it took a long time to make, and I can see why!

 And, last but not least,. Miss Barbara shows off her Dream Catcher from December. Lovely work, Barbara!
Have you ever tried to photograph a hurricane? No? Me either. That was until Saturday, when I tried to snap  a shot of Pat Wys, who was at AST for Silver Thimble Club. Trying to get her to stop for even a second was impossible. The woman has more energy than the Energizer Bunny!

But I did get lucky with one photo of this quilter's tote that she designed. The pattern comes with instructions on how to make the bag, a sewing clutch and a journal cover. They are all adorable.  Pat is an amazing pattern designer. Plus, she's a great teacher, giving you the benefit of her extensive knowledge of quilting, including every woman's built-in "quilt rack." Yes, it is what you think it is. Oy!

 Of course, Strip Club would not be complete without the reveal of the next month's quilt! What are we making for February? Picture Frames in fabulous 30's reproductions. Mmmmm. Lovely.

Come back next month to see how each of us interpreted this quilt! I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.