Happy to be Scrappy

Happy to be Scrappy

Monday, September 30, 2013

On The Wall Today

It's been quite some time since I made an entry specifically to link up with Patchwork Times design wall.  But I have been doing some sewing recently so I decided to share.

These are the six blocks I have completed so far on my "Virginia Bound" quilt top.  This is a Bonnie Hunter pattern from her Book "Scraps and Shirttails".  I have another six sections almost complete.  So at least I've been making a little progress on this.  A section is one star point. It takes four to make one block and the pattern calls for eighty points to make the twenty (15") required blocks. Bonnie's quilt only measures 77 x 91 so I don't know if that's going to work for me or not.  I might have to make mine square. 

I have also completed another 20 QOV blocks to send in to Alycia at Alycia Quilts.  You can read about her block drive by following the link to her blog.

The first twenty I sent in had yellow centers.  After making these it is very apparent I am going to have to add some more yellows to my stash.  And a few more blues wouldn't hurt either.  I'm not sure I could get another twenty blocks out of the yellows I have left.  These blocks have been fun and super simple to make.  They also make me want to sew a log cabin quilt.  Maybe I'll just add one to my list.

Happy Monday and Happy Sewing,


Friday, September 13, 2013

I have one more seam.  No not a row.  A seam.  That is all that is left to be done to finish the r/w/b star quilt top.  That is the only seam that has been needed for almost two weeks.  Ridiculous, I know.  Anyway, one cannot have too many things going at once.  Therefore, I've started yet another quilt.  Because piecing is what I do best and like the most.

This is a Bonnie Hunter pattern. I'm pretty sure it's from her book "Scraps and Shirttails".  I don't have the book with me that's why I don't know for certain.  Anyway, I LOVE how this is looking.

I put a couple of blocks together already. I wanted to make certain that my points were going to come together without a separation between them.  Been there, done that already.

As I keep working on these I'm seeing that I like the less busy neutrals a little more than the darker busier ones.  So I think I'll try to work more of those in.  But not too many.  I don't want it to come across as too plain.

I can already tell that I do not have enough orange fabrics to suit me.  So I'll have to try to find a few more fat quarters to work into this.  This one is fun.  I love the look of string piecing.  And there is no doubt that's what this is.

But this was the highlight of last Friday.

I was invited to share breakfast at school with my granddaughter Grace.  They had a special kindergarten with grandparents day at school.  I just love her freckles.  And if you know me you know exactly where they came from.

I couldn't be more proud of Grace.  She is a sweet and thoughtful little girl with a huge heart.

Happy sewing,

Grandma Julie

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Oooo Pretty

I delivered a bid to the state for a contractor/member that I have never met.  Their company is in Hays and we are in Topeka.  Just about as far across Kansas as you can get.  Anyway, to show their appreciation they sent flowers.  And don't those flowers look lovely on my table topper.

Guess now I'll move them out to the front office so everyone can enjoy them.

Happy sewing,


Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Churn Dash Table Topper

Here is the Churn Dash table topper I started a week or so ago.  Each block measures 3".  The sashing is 1/2" wide.  The total measurements are 17 1/2" x 17 1/2".

Churn Dash

This cabinet sits in the corner of my office.  Unfortunately it's placement in my office is not optional or it would have been gone months ago.  Therefore, I thought it needed a touch of color on it.

The purple vase and the blue bowl are glass pieces that dd Jennifer made and gave to me.  The purple vase has too narrow of a base to sit securely on that little quilt so it had to be moved to the corner of my desk.

So this is the way the cabinet looks now.  Much better than just that old brown top with gold painted around the edge.  Hmm - paint.  That's an idea.

Happy sewing,


Monday, September 2, 2013

Practicing posting pictures from my phone. Which is actually using picassa. So feel free to either enjoy or ignore this post. Jesse chose the pictures and actually posted them so it's yet to be seen if I learned anything from that.