Cinderella Castle – Back Finished

I finished the back (front?) with borders this afternoon, but not in time to get pictures without shadows. Ah well. You’ll have to wait until it’s done for quality photos.

I decided to use the purple in the archway, even though it meant about twenty seams. There’s a Cinderella in my scraps that might work, but it’s already in the front (back?) so I’m not sure I want to repeat it.
The front (back?) needs borders…and, um, that last block. It was an embroidered glass slipper on the white from the back (front?) border, but it looked very not-purple. So I’m redoing it.
Brought both inside and dumped on the table for a minute. Ten seconds later…

Design Wall Monday – Week 1

The design wall is overflowing.
 Towers #1-4 and #7-9 are finished. I just have to figure out what’s going in the archway. I ran out of the purple batik – actually, I ran out of that in the towers. I’m hoping the “almost close enough” new purple fades a bit in the wash. (I pre-washed the first purple, but not the second.)
So… Yet another purple batik? Something totally different? Searching through my Cinderella scraps for some scenery? Appliqueing Cindy herself?
Check out more design walls at Judy’s Patchwork Times!

Sunday Stash Report – Week 1

I’m starting the year off right. And/or boring.
Nothing in, nothing out.
My LQS had a sale yesterday, but I couldn’t muster the energy. Even with a gift card!
In less than two weeks, it’ll be the OKC quilt show, so I’m sure I’ll make up for it there.
I did some organizing – sorted an entire box of scraps – and cutting, but no sewing until the Dude and the husband go back to school/work.
Used this Week: 0
Used year to Date: 0
Added this Week: 0
Added Year to Date: 0
Net Used for 2011: 0 yards
And because no one wants a post without pics…
 
My still-slightly-disorganized precious-planned-project stash. The ordinary stash is in the cabinet below.

Don’t forget to check Judy at Patchwork Times to see other reports!

Goals for 2011

Goals… Reasonable Goals… Achievable Goals…
That’s the plan, at least.
One for each month to get rid of the UFOs/stash.
1. My new nephew’s sailboat quilt.  Vaguely based on the lighthouse one on the cover.

2. My older nephew’s I Spy quilt. I have a huge pile of novelty scraps. I don’t think I’m even going to snowball it. Maybe I’ll sash it on point.

 
3. Two t-shirt quilts. The first for my Alpha Omega neighbor. The second, my own Pi Beta Phi shirts, to be donated to the house at my tenth reunion in October.

4. Finish the Cinderella quilt.

5. Finish the Charm Pack Quilt Along.

6. Continue the Layer Cake Quilt Along.
7. Find something to do with my new pretties. Or just stare at them for a year. And buy the other set.
8. Tennessee Waltz quilt for my mother
9. Dutch Pinwheels quilt for my mother

10. Frolic Shoofly – I might change the big block in the middle. Or I might not. Or I might make two, since I have two panels, so I don’t have to decide.

11. Rudolph quilt for the Dude (I’m ignoring the pile of Cars fabric. Maybe that’s a bad thing.)

12. Stash quilts – specifically a purple one after Cinderella is done, and a flannel one. My flannel box is overflowing.

and in the non-fabric part of the world…
1. Learn how to take better pictures. I’m friends with Lori Barbely Photography and Click It Up A Notch. How is it that my photos suck so bad?
2. Learn how to use Flikr.
3. Participate in more blog network things, like Stash Report Sunday, Design Wall Monday, and Stash Manicure. Mostly to motivate me to move some projects through and possibly buy less fabric. (Ha.)
4. Open an Etsy shop. Have enough stuff to sell in an Etsy shop.
5. Take a journey. 😉

Christmas Pajamas 2010

This year, for some reason, I thought it would be cool to make six pairs of Christmas pajamas. I thought I was paring it down by only making bottoms, not tops.
I was still sewing Christmas morning.
And none of them are hemmed, even now.

These came out okay, but because of the way I folded the fabric*, half the pants have snowmen going the wrong way on the front and back.
*The “fabric” was king-size flannel sheets from Target. Hey, where else can you get that much flannel for $20? But, um, pay attention to the way you fold the flat sheet if you want the pattern to match.
For mine and my sister’s, I used Simplicity 2414. And I hate the waist. What’s the deal with the extra fabric above and below the casing? It bunched up weird. I’m thinking of adding elastic or something to make it more waist-like. 
My original plan for my husband and father’s was to just add a couple inches all around. Except when my husband tried mine on (to see where I needed to add), I discovered…boys need more room in the crotch.
I ran to the thrift store and grabbed a PJ pattern for 64-cents (love you, thrift store!) Yeah, there’s a big difference in the crotch. Slightly more than adding an inch or two here or there.
So the other three pairs ended up coming from Simplicity 5994.
And can I take a moment to give some love to my table? An entire pant leg pattern fits on there! (When it’s clean.) IKEA, I love you.

Christmas Sewing – Burp Rags & Ribbon Blankie

I got all my Christmas sewing done on time, believe it or not! Well, unless you count the unmade Rudolph quilt for my son. There’s always next year.
 My older sister went to UVa. Her husband went to William & Mary. She thinks these are too nice to allow my nephew to spit up on. He thinks my nephew should puke on them.
Two have the strips of fabric running down the middle, one has the fabric across the bottom.
My nephew also got a UVa ribbon blankie, with blue flannel on the back. I’m not usually a pre-washer, but I think the flannel should have been.

Layer Cake Quilt Along – Block Three

I didn’t follow the instructions very well on the third block of the Layer Cake Quilt Along. I didn’t like the thought of using three layers when two plus scraps worked just fine, and I preferred the background on the top corners of the handle.
Of course, immediately after finishing, I browsed the Flikr group and discovered that I really liked the way the block looked when using the same accent fabric on the top of the handle. And I have exactly the right amount left. So…
I’m still trying to decide.

Quick Christmas Wreath

I got this idea from a Christmas quilt book, but of course I can’t remember the name! The pattern is by Doreen Burbank, though.
I also didn’t have the templates from the book, so I made a couple test cuts before I realized this could be done with the Alabama Spinner block deconstructed.
Instead of putting them together to make a block, I used the various pieces to surround an 8.5″ solid block.
The pattern called for snowballing the middle block, which I didn’t do (lazy) but admit it would really look better. 
I love the bow – it’s just stitched into the seams.
The pattern called for a skinny cream border, then a red border with another ribbon bow, but I ran out of time.
 Mine measured 16.5×16.5″.
Made from Christmas fat quarters my mother gave me, which means they were probably bought ten years ago at the Rag Shop in NJ.
I quilted in the ditch, outlining the wreath.
And off it went to the squadron spouses’ White Elephant gift exchange!

100 Quilts for Christmas

1. Make a blanket
2. Take a picture
3. Donate the blanket to someone or an organization of your choice
4. Post a picture of the quilt on any of three link-up days, and of course there will be prizes!
Pretty easy, huh? 
Except today is the last link-up day, and despite knowing about this for a month, I’m behind on everything.
Nevertheless…

Quilt top has been done for ages, and this link-up inspired me to get it out and get it done.
It’s made of Michael Miller Lil’ Plain Jane Daisies, Michael Miller dots and stripes, pink something-or-other from Hobby Lobby, and dotted flannel of some sort.
Fleece as the backing/batting.
Measures 40×44″.
Will be on its way to OKC’s Project Linus by Wednesday.
In honor of Lori Barbely Photography, who donated the Michael Miller fabrics.

Piping Hot Binding

I took a class on Piping Hot Binding last week – almost every quilt at my LQS is bound this way and I will do anything to get out of hand-sewing the binding. I like it…mostly.
It looks (almost) professional on my first try, adds dimension to the table runner, and is generally very easy. It usually takes me forever to hand-sew, and I had the table runner completely bound, including making the piping, in four hours. Plus, the technique can be used to add almost anything to the binding – ric-rack, pre-made ruffles or trim, etc.
What I didn’t like was the amount of fabric leftover from making the piping. The instructions call for 1.25″ strips for the piping, which my teacher said was difficult to work with on the first try (and I believe her!) My 2.25″ strips after trimming the piping were 0.75″ – and I typically don’t save pieces less than 1″. So I don’t know if I want to attempt the 1.25″ strips, or go bigger so I have at least an inch leftover.