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When I was searching my stash for novelty fabrics last month to make grocery bags and pillowcases, I came across this happy little Heart print.  I’ve had this a while…take a peek at the date on the selvedge edge!  😉

Fabric companies don’t put dates on selvedges anymore, do they?

Anyway…I almost cut this fabric, but something made me put the rotary cutter down and set this print aside.  Perhaps it was a subconscious nudge, the faint and flickering memory of these little Heart blocks, which were packed away in a plastic storage box under the bed.  There are 128 of them, sewn into 32 four-patch blocks.

Sweet Nigel dog is helping me again.   🙂

For some reason, I have never thought about pairing these blocks with this fabric.   Probably because they were stored in separate boxes in different rooms.  If there is anything I really need to do in 2010, it’s to get my fabric stash in a centralised location so I can see everything at once!

To see what others have on their Design Walls today, please visit Judy’s blog.

Happy Quilting!

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I am now officially moved back into my sewing room after not having the use of it for a while this year.  My design wall has a new home, too, and it has grown to fit the new larger space.  It’s now half of a folded tablecloth, instead of a quarter!  😉

Sewing room1

This used to be our garage, and my husband had it converted for me a few years ago.   The room itself is 9 x 12 ft, and there is a 9 x 5 ft box room at one end.  No windows in there, so that is where my fabric stash lives, safely away from sunshine and dust.

At the front of the main room is a lovely large window, and there stands my Lillian.  She is a Singer VS2 (vibrating shuttle) treadle sewing machine, manufactured in 1888, and she sews a beautiful stitch.  I use her sometimes to piece blocks and make small projects like pillowcases.

Sewing room2

I found lots more UFOs when I was re-organising.

Sewing room UFO1

I’m glad I had the presence of mind to label these pieces.  Otherwise I might never have figured out where they are supposed to go now!

Sewing room UFO4

I found these colourful blocks and thought they would look cheerful and nice on display.  It’s great having a permanent design wall now — it’s very inspirational to see the blocks from a new perspective and also fun to use them for decorating!  😉

Sewing room UFO2

Here’s a larger group:

Sewing room UFO3

The fabric scraps from this project were used to make a very special quilt…

2Quilt for Nigel

for my little dog, Nigel.  🙂

To see what other quilters have on their Design Walls today, please visit Judy Laquidara’s blog, Patchwork Times.

Happy Quilting!

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I had a little bath mat that was looking kind of sad and threadbare.   I could have thrown it out or given it to the dogs, but I’m on this recycling kick lately, so I decided to make something with it.   It is now a “New and Improved” Bath Mat!

Here’s the mat in its original state, with assorted fabric strips from my scrap bin.

Mat1

Using the bath mat as a foundation, I started piecing the strips from the centre of the mat and worked out toward the edges, using the “flip and sew” method.

Mat-first strips

And I just kept going, adding more strips…..

Mat-more strips

…until the mat was totally covered.

Mat-strips sewn down

I was sewing through a very thick, looped cotton bath mat, so I used my strongest, most powerful sewing machine, my Janome 6500P.   This is the machine I use for quilting, and I could never say enough good things about it.  It’s a wonderful machine.  🙂

Mat-machine

Then I trimmed around the shape of the bath mat…

Mat-trimming around

…and it looked like this.  Nigel the dog was helping me again.  😉

Mat after trimming

I bound the edges with bias tape, and then it was done!  🙂

Mat-finished

This project used approximately 1/2 yard of fabric, so my Stash Report for Week 43 is:

  • Bought this week:  0
  • Used this week:  0.5 yard
  • Bought Year-to-Date:  24.875
  • Used Year-to-Date:  85.375
  • Net Used:  60.5 yards

Please visit Judy’s blog, Patchwork Times, to see how others are doing with stashbusting this week.

Happy Sewing!

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I haven’t bought any new fabric this week, but I am making progress on using up some of my stash by continuing with my Roman Stripes UFO.   Now completed:  16 blocks.

Roman Stripes16I decided to use the setting Mary Johnson chose for her design.  It looks so clean and crisp and modern.  My sister-in-law will like this!

Here is Nigel, also known as Bitey Boy.  😉   He’s a good dog, really.  Even if he does like to come and sit on the blocks and disarrange them.

Nigel Stripes

Happy Sewing!

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What a week! A little bit of sewing, a little bit of baking, and a whole lot of snow.

My sewing things are still unorganised from last week’s room shifting, so this week I sewed on projects that I could find easily and didn’t have lots of small pieces that had to be laid out.  I found a quilt top that was nearly finished and just needed another border.  This will be a donation quilt for QOV-UK.   I hope it doesn’t look too ’70s with that Harvest Gold and Avocado!  I didn’t notice that until I saw the photograph.  I’ve always called this quilt “Harvest Festival,” and  I was really thinking of golden Amber grain and cornfields when I chose the fabrics.

harvest-qov

I also put the binding on a purple wall hanging that I started several years ago with the scraps from a quilt that I made for my niece.  I couldn’t find any more of the background fabric to make the binding, so I used a coordinating purple from my stash.  I just need to make the hanging tabs and hand-sew the binding down, and it will be finished.  This is one of the UFOs for my Stashbuster UFO Challenge.

purple-wallhanging

We had so much snow this week that we couldn’t get the cars out, and school was even cancelled one day.  My husband and little girl had a great time sledging in the snow.

sledge1

Here’s my little Nigel dog in the back garden.

nigel

I stayed inside where it was warm and did baking.  I made three loaves of white bread, two loaves of wholemeal seedy bread, two pans of yeast rolls, and a batch of Snicker Doodle cookies.

baked-goods

The other days when school was open again, we just put on our boots and walked.  It’s only about a mile.  It sure is different from walking to school in the old days in Southeast Texas!  😉

I also had plenty of time to do Web Surfing.  Here are two sites I found that are new to me and have lots of lovely quilt patterns with clear instructions:

San Fernando Valley Quilting Association

Andover Fabrics Quilt Designs

Here are my totals for Stash Report Week 6:

  • Bought    0
  • Used        1/2 yd for binding and hanging tabs
  • YTD Bought    6 yds
  • YTD Used         29 yds

Happy Sewing!

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First Snow

We had the first significant snowfall of the year during the night and throughout the day today.

snow-garden

My dog Nigel loves to play in the snow.  His sister Vida (the blur racing past him) couldn’t wait to get back in the house.  She’s a tropical soul, like me.  😉

snow-nigel

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