Monday, September 17, 2012

Birthday gift

I made another Quilt As You Go tote bag for my oldest sister.  She asked for a tote bag after she saw the one I made for my other sister.  I used scraps from Anna Maria Horner's home dec line, Drawing Room.
Inside I used my new favorite, Michael Miller, Mirror Balls.  You can see it peaking out on the top picture.

So happy to have this one completed before my sister's birthday!

I'm loving my new hand quilting project...I'll post pictures next time...1 block completed, 3 in progress.

Monday, September 10, 2012

trying something new

Now that we are easing into our school routine I thought I would add a little something 'new' to the mix.  Like many of you, I spend time waiting in school pick-up lines, at ballet practice, sitting at the park while the kids play, dentist/doctors appointments....the list is endless I think...SO, I decided to do some hand piecing.  I was inspired by Alison and the pattern called Jazz Hands or Erica's Honesty found in Material Obsession 2.
My plan is to cut into my scraps.  I hope to really push the limits of color combinations.  This block shown below is not entirely put together...I need another row of kite shaped pieces to border this...but I'm at a loss as to whether I want to follow the pattern in the book or to do something on my own.

Once I get a few more blocks done, I'll check back in for your advise! 

The other new adventure in quilting this weekend was a curves class.  How to do curves and still have your project lay flat!  It was a good class and I'm happy to have learned the technique.  Now I need to keep pushing myself to finish the project instead of adding to my pile of WIPs!