Beautiful Blue Table Runners!!

 

Blue is such a wonderfully relaxing and comforting color!  No matter where you live, it can remind you of the sky, the water, a relaxing day at a spa. Blue will work in any environment.

These pretty blue table runners are made from a wonderful soft and nubby 100% cotton fabric that is reminescent of old fashioned grainsacks. Just added to the shop, these wonderful runners are a great way to add color and warmth to your home for the spring and summer months.

If you are in the Phoenix, Arizona metro area, stop by Vintage and Vino in Queencreek May 18 & 19 and see them in person.  I’ll have some available for you there!

 

 

 

Some Progress Made..

I started this pillow awhile ago, and I have been hand quilting it, just a little here and there.  And yesterday, I finished!

Quilted Patchwork Pillow
Quilted Patchwork Pillow

I love the colors in this pillow, and I decided to quilt each square from side to side, in rows 1/2″ apart.  It really is more stitching that I had realized.

Stitching
Stitching

Here is a closer look, all those stitches, not always straight and small, but I think it looks quite quaint!  I love it!  I just put a pillow form into it for now, but I have an old down and feather pillow that I am going to remake into a smaller insert for it.

Back
Back

I used a stripe for the back, and the opening is just an overlap.  Of course, it gets dark here early now, so I get to try to take the picture without my shadow from the lighting.  Ooops!

Here is another one that I am making for the shop, only this one is going to be machine quilted, not hand.

For the shop
For the shop

I just love these blues and the brown together!  I intend to just stitch about 1/4″ inside each square, around the edges.

I also finished up 5 more blocks for my 9-patch quilt, something that I haven’t been able to work on for awhile..

More 9-Patch Blocks!
More 9-Patch Blocks!

I’m afraid that I may not get any time until after the holidays to get back to my Sylvia’s Wedding Sampler Quilt.  But that’s ok.  I’m also working on some new items for my shop, a couple of Christmas swaps, and some Christmas presents.  I’ll have some pictures of those completed soon!

What projects do you have going for Christmas?  Please share with me!

Thanks for stopping by.  Take care,

Cheryl

 

 

It Was an ‘LO’ Day…

Today I took a PTO day from work so that I could get some sewing time in.  The weekends seem to pile up with so many other things that need to be done, I decided this was well earned. Now, you may be thinking what is an ‘LO’?    Well, ‘LO’ is a term that my boss uses at work.  It means ‘Learning Opportunity’.  (And we always have those at work!) Anyhow, I had a few of those today. I really feel that we should try to learn something every day.  And if I don’t learn something new when I am sewing, I don’t feel like I am challenging myself enough. Not that I constantly need to learn things! But by doing things that I am not comfortable with and need practice doing, or learning a different way to do something can refresh my outlook as well as inspire more creativity in me.

I worked on a couple of projects that have been setting on my sewing table. One, a fabric cube from Anna Marie Horner’s book, “Seams to Me”.  I cut the cube out right after I received her book, which was as soon as it was released!

'Seams to Me' Fabric Cube
'Seams to Me' Fabric Cube

This wasn’t a hard project.  In fact, it went pretty quickly!  It just used a couple of techniques in the assembly that I hadn’t used.  So I procrastinated, looked at it, and left it.  Anyhow, I did end up changing one thing when I assembled it. I handstitched the bottom fabric on by hand to secure it, rather than depend upon the fusible interfacing that I used.

Fabric Cube storage!
Fabric Cube storage!

Now I have a place to store those felting tools that I just received, and one less project on my sewing table!

Next, remember that blue block that I assembled last week?

Blue Block
Well, it’s still handing there! I actually decided to do something else.

Courthouse Steps
Courthouse Steps

I made this wall hanging.  There are six blocks, they are smaller than the original one above (only 7″), and I arranged the strips in a way that is more of what I wanted to achieve. It measures about 28″ x 21″.

Courthouse Steps 2

I haven’t decided which way I want to hang it yet, I think the second picture where it is wider than it is long, may be it.  And it still needs to be quilted.  But I plan on doing that soon.

Courthouse Steps 3

Closeup
Closeup


This project was another learning opportunity for me.  I know that I need the practice in keeping my seams 1/4″ and  pressing the blocks without distorting them.  These are not perfect, I still need the practice.  But I’m closer than I was before! I also need to build my confidence in choosing fabrics to use together.  I rarely buy a coordinating line of fabrics.  Maybe a couple in a line, but I usually need to use additional fabrics. These are areas I am going to be working on.

What were your learning opportunities this week?

Blue, Blue, My World is Blue!

Blue is my favorite color!  I think that I love everything blue!   How can you go wrong with such a soothing color?  The color of water, the sky, flowers?  I also tend to lean toward blue fabric, and today I took some out of my stash (I’m determined to get this stash down!) and decided that I need to make something with it.  This is where I ended up….

Blue Fabric

This is a little hard to see on the blue mat, but I wanted to show you the strips and stack of fabric as well.

Blue Block

Here is a better picture.  This is a trial sewing run.  I’m not sure, or haven’t completely decided what I am going to do with this block yet.  I don’t have enough of these fabrics to do a quilt.   I am thinking a table topper/runner or wall quilt, or pillows?  So for now, I am going to leave this block hanging up here and think about it.  I know the right thing will come to mind.

Enjoy your Monday!

I Won!!

I had a wonderful time participating in the Ultimate Blog Party 2009.  I visited a lot of great blogs and websites, and  I have to say that the people that I met were absolutely wonderful!

As I mentioned when I posted about the blog party coming up, there were also giveaways!  And I won one!

Here it is…..

The package arrived.....
The package arrived.....

And what was inside???

This pretty little package!
This pretty little package!

And what is it??  Alright, alright, I’ll tell you!  This beautiful little blue feather birdnest!

Little blue bird nest!
Little blue bird nest!

This beautiful nest was created by Robin Schloemann over at Robin’s Blue Nest. And she was so wonderful to donate it as a prize for the Ultimate Blog Party 2009! Here are some more pictures of it for you to enjoy….

Blue Nest
Blue Nest
Robin's card
Robin's card
Bee closeup
Bee closeup

Isn’t this great!  I just love it!

Make sure you go over to Robin’s blog and visit.  She is very creative and does many different things, a very fun place!