Friday, September 19, 2014

Harry Potter finish, and Reef Plus...

Two new quilts to show today.  I finished my Harry Potter piece, made for Margie's son and new daughter-in-law, as Margie (our O.T. for Mom) leaves us again today:(  I always have a heavy heart as she leaves us but know that she'll return if/when we need her again.  This time is different though, as she is moving on to a new company!!!  She purchased  some Harry Potter OOP (out of print) fabric that we found on Ebay and I designed around it.  Of course, I put the piece out of my head for a couple months because I knew it would be a challenge.  Not sure just why I always do that, I do SO enjoy the challenge once I get to it!  Here are a couple photos:

And here's the back - I used the balance of that really expensive fabric!!!
I must say I'm pretty pleased with just how it turned out.  I added a hanging sleeve to the back and a label for William and Victoria - it will be a Christmas gift from Margie and her hubby!  She's promised to let me know if they like it. 

The next finish I'm calling Reef Plus, as it is a Tonga Batik fat quarter pack called Reef plus some (7) colors from my stash.  It's going into my Etsy store.  

Here's the back - again I used up all of the scraps (although part of me wishes I hadn't!!
Margie now thinks she needs a quilt for herself so my next quilt will be a throw sized one using the Wine Tonga Treat 6-pack I have.  More on that later.

Actually, with all the fires in Weed, CA, I'm making up a few small scrap quilts to send to Jamie so she can get them to groups helping those affected by the fires.  Both the Catholic and Presbyterian  churches there have burned to the ground, but I'm sure there will be centers somewhere in town to help those affected.  I actually attended the college in Weed some almost 50 years ago.  What happy memories I have of that town.  I hope those who have lost so much will soon be on their feet again!!!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

No New Quilts?????

What, no new quilts to share?  That's right!  I've been making lots and lots of Aprons - both for Mindy & Kyle's new restaurant wearing, and some, too, for sale.  I kinda got carried away with them - fully lined and ready for work!

On my design wall to finish is a wall hanging/tablecloth/small quilt (46"x46") for Margie to give to her son and new daughter-in-law for Christmas.  Their wedding was all in Harry Potter colors and theme - so we found this fabric (really expensive as it's out of print) and I've had fun designing this:

AND I had a special order of two crocheted rugs (believe it or not!).  Don wasn't too happy with me for accepting the order but I had TWO weeks to finish them and didn't rush.  My hands did well, no pain.  And they are beautiful....I may have to do a heart one for at my kitchen sink and a large oval for in front of the stove.  BUT, I'll be sure to take it slow and easy.
NOW, I'm getting back to quilting.  Here's the latest (only two rows on my design wall in this photo but I'm adding borders to the completed top today.  
I have a thing for batiks at the moment.  I couldn't help myself from purchasing a few "6-packs" of batiks in colors called "Boysenberry", "Cabana",  "Napa",  "Harvest" , "Punch", and this one is "Reef".  I have great plans for each and I just purchased a roll of batting (on sale at 50% off minus 10% plus free shipping) so I'' have plenty for some new quilts.  

Oh how the stacks grow - I'll have to find some of these for charity quilts.  That'll be fun....