Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Blogger's Quilt Festival!

Every time it rolls around, I think I will plan ahead, be ready, and finish a brand new quilt for Blogger's Quilt Festival.  Well, here we are again, and no new quilt is finished.  So you get to see this one again.  It is made from Elizabeth's Hedgerow Quilt pattern.

I have a friend who is hard to buy for, because she can just get what she wants/needs when she wants it.  She, however, LOVES Raggedy Ann and Andy.  I happened to find a FQ pack with them on it, so I just added to it to make the hedgerow blocks.  This is my lovely back, which I almost like more than the front.  I may have gone slightly overboard on making the blocks.  :)

I do like red/white/blue quilts a lot, but I feel like this one was too much the same and didn't have enough contrast w/in the blues and reds.  I learned (again) about how I am not as fond of super matchy-matchy quilts.  It's better when the colors are a little off from each other -- more visual interest.

I made the quilt 5 blocks x 6 blocks.  I had originally planned to make it 6x6, but I decided that was too big.  That's how the other 6 blocks ended up on the back.  I always go too big.  I seem to think bigger is better.  Finished quilt is 72 x 86.

Now go check out all the other great quilts in the festival!  I love this time of year!

Amy's Creative Side

(Sorry!  I couldn't get the link to work just on the button!  I swear I used to know how to do that!  :P)

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Small Projects Sew-Along

I'm not going to lie.  New Blogger is freaking me out.  This is my first time using it, and I'm not sure how it'll turn out.  Amanda Jean is having a small projects sew-along for the month of May.  The button should be on my sidebar (if I can figure out how to get it there).  We're supposed to make a list and then post pics of what we have done in her flickr group.  So here's my list -- some photographed, some not.  And, in no particular order (except the Prom dress is of paramount importance).

1.  Prom Dress -- the silver one, but with sleeves added.  Somehow.

2.  Little Miss Shabby's embroidery squares from last year.  (Just the embroidery, not the whole quilt).
3.  Pajama pants for boy 2 (times two).
4.  Corduroy bag.
5.  Going Coastal bag.
6.  Throw pillows for my bed.
7.  Throw pillows for my mama's bed.

Now, I could probably go on and on, but I don't want to overwhelm myself.  (Yes, look at the sidebar -- that ship has sailed.  I know.  I meant in the small-projects department.)  And, besides, I have to keep my list shorter than Amanda Jean's.  For once.  So, in the last-but-not-least category, I give you: 

8.  My first pair of knitted socks.  Pink and green camo-ish.  One down, one to go.  Then maybe, just maybe I can get to the other ones.  (I'm only showing two extra sock balls, but I really have 4.)
If I start the socks now, maybe they'll be done in time for NEXT winter.  Connecticut is so much colder than Texas.  Shocker, right?  :)  I hope you join in and finish up some of your smaller projects hanging around.