Friday, August 19, 2011

Halloween cats, spiders, candy corn & bats!

I just had to use this fun fabric with the cats in costumes but really didn’t want to cut it up too much.  So I used an oldie but goodie pattern from Thimbleberries.  Originally it was used with a fabric line that had an all over tree print…thus the name of the pattern “Tree Farm Throw”.  We’ve used this pattern with all sorts of prints ever since (thanks Cheryl)…so I knew it would be perfect for the cats!

halloween cats

Now I think I’ll take it to the shop with me today and if I’m lucky I just might get it quilted!  So drop in and visit if you like and see my fur friends up close!

Friday, August 12, 2011

It’s still Friday…right?

Well I was really torn today because there were two things I really wanted to finish.  So which would I do first…the one I should do or the one I wanted to do.  Now don’t get me wrong the “should do” I really wanted to finish, but the “want to” kept creeping in and pushing the “should do” aside.  So I did a bit of both and finished the “should do” before I let myself settle in and finish the “want to”.  Have I got you completely confused yet?
Let me start by saying my favorite season is Autumn and my favorite colors are…you guessed it autumn colors…reds, oranges, greens, golds and browns.  So when all these fabrics start arriving at the shop I’m like a kid hyped up on too much candy.  What will I do?  Which fabrics to choose first?  Will I do a project from a book or a pattern?  A new pattern or an old favorite pattern?  I think you get the picture.  Now last weeks project was the quilt-as-you-go placemats (in fall fabrics) from the book Fast & Furious Holiday.  They were so much fun to do I had to do another one from the same book…take a look.
It’s a table runner with pumpkins…it was also a learning experience.  Best to READ the instructions and not simply LOOK at the pictures and think you know what to do.  I LOOKED at the first picture and I SAW the four background squares on the pumpkin rectangles and thought “Oh yeah, sew corner to corner on the square, trim and flip it out.”  WRONG!!!  This will not give you the nice rounded edges for the pumpkins…good thing I have plenty or fabric!!  Everything goes together much easier once you read all the instructions before taking your rotary cutter in hand…I’m just saying.
So that was my “should do” (that I really did want to do).  So what was my “want to” that kept getting in the way??

I love mysteries but they have to grab my attention right away…this one did…good book!  So now I must get the next one in this series and I think my next project will have this fabric as the main print…

Hoffman halloween
Cute Halloween print....any ideas what I have in mind?!

Friday, August 5, 2011


Last week, if you recall, I was getting ready to try a new charm pack but had to substitute a few charms with fabric from my stash…and got somewhat side tracked!  After my mess reorganization was finally finished and everything put in its proper place (please don’t open THAT closet!) I could start in on my project.  This was so much fun and fast and easy and as of 14 minutes ago…done!  If you’re like me and really need instant gratification try out one of Gudrun Erla’s quilt as you go projects.  As you’re piecing the top you’re quilting it as well…so when you’re done all you need is a binding.

Set the Mood, placemats

The placemats came from the book fast & furious Holiday and I’ve already decided to do the pumpkin runner next.  From her first fast & furious book there is a baby quilt on the back that’s calling to me…I’m all about fast…easy…done!

Now I’m off to make some headway on my churn dash blocks…or should I start that pumpkin runner…hmmmm!?!

So what did you finish this week?