Sunday, January 18, 2015

PINK string quilt for Sharon and a pillow

How fun!  Here's another one of those string quilts - this one pink.  Sharon is a Mary Kay lady and has been a friend for many years.  She gifted me bags of fabric, books, etc., when she decided she wasn't going to quilt anymore.  She knows I love to gift my work to lots of different causes. 

She's an organizing, clean person.  (Someone has to be, right?)  Me, I hang on to EVERYTHING for EVER...actually, I've been planning to get rid of "things" someday soon, but we'll have to wait to see if that ever happens.

I listened to a time management speaker years ago who said the way to clean off your desk was to simply swipe EVERYTHING into the garbage!  IF there were possibly any papers you actually needed or a bill that needed to be paid, etc., someone would let you know.  I laughed at the time but now I find that probably makes a lot of sense.  I'll let you know.

I'm trying to get to boxes of scraps I have accumulated to strip them to useable size and get back to making some real scrappy quilts.  They may have to wait just a little longer as I want to try an ORANGE centered strip quilt.  If I can get it finished soon, I'll have  quilt surprises for Carin and Cathy for their birthday - my VALENTINE's girls. We'll see!!!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Grand Illusion and string quilt

I've been busy with Nan the last few days as Stefani has been off.  We now, I think, have a helper for when Stefani is gone.  Her name is Brenda and she worked with Stefani today.  We'll see.  Mom normally likes people but once in awhile...  Anyway, it was nice having Stefani back to free up some sewing time.  The last few days, sewing time has been stolen away in little spurts!

Grand Illusion is not a finished top.  I think it's rather busy and I'm glad I didn't make it scrappy ....instead choosing to use one fabric of each color.  I'll be putting the backing fabric together soon and then on to the quilting!!

As you can see by these photos, Beau LOVES to "rest" himself right in the middle of my quilts.  I need to make him a scrappy quilt, too.  He seems to love color almost as much as I do...I wonder if dogs aren't supposed to be color blind??

Yesterday's sewing time was really productive!  I took left over pieces of batting, sorted them by kinda size, and then sewed them all together into larger pieces.  Hopefully, I'll be able to use these "new" large pieces when I'm quilting the 7 tops I have to do!!!  A new goal for before I begin new projects.  Of course, that won't happen as you see here:

This is the newest string quilt, done with those black/white fabrics with turquoise as the accent centers.  I love it!  I'm not sure just who will get this one, we'll see.  I may put it in my Etsy store first for awhile.  I wish these photos showed the contrast better - the centers are stunning, using a variety of white on whites, the more the merrier.

I started another of these today, with pink in the center.  It'll be going to my friend Sharon.  She gifted most of the black and white fabrics plus some additional ones to me when she decided she wasn't going to quilt anymore.  I think it only fitting she receives one of the string quilts too..????  She's a Mary Kay lady so her centers are going to be PINK!!

Back to work now, I need to give Nan a feed and hopefully get her up from her afternoon nap.