Monday, August 21, 2017

Cotton Robin round 3

Round 3 of the Cotton Robin bee came some time before school let out, and I had plenty of time to finish it and get it out to it's happy owner. This is how it started:

Photo credit to Cotton Robin blog
But it went through two rounds before arriving at my doorstep, so there were some pretty awesome quilters feeding ideas to me through their work. Of course, no one told me what to do in words. Let's just not open that squirmy can.

The first border is the colorful balloon one with a black background. The second border is the HSTs in yellow and white. First I tried a black binding, thinking it would frame the piece, but I didn't like the additional darkness. In the end I had to go with the yellow for an extra punch of brightness. Plus, I had a yellow that came from the same line...sort of the fabrics making the decision there. But whatever. I liked it. 

Quilting is all custom quilting: SITD around the bird with some weird feathery lines that mimic the print on the body, clouds in the blue background, bubbles in the balloon border, and curvy lines in the HSTs. 

The bird needed only one more detail: an eye. You can see in the pictures above that a little beady eye really brings it to life. Strange how a beady eye on one creature is perfect, on another not so much. Take an alligator--when the only thing sticking out of that murky water are those beady eyes, it's creepy.

So this guy got a beady eye (literally a brown bead). I took all kinds of close ups of the bird's face with that eye, but not one the whole quilt. I have no idea why but it's likely the same reason I didn't snap the back of the quilt. Yea, yea, goofy again. You're probably tired of that story, but it's the truest one and I'm sticking to it.  

That wrapped up my work on the Cotton Robin. The only thing left for me was to wait for my own quilt to arrive. It has, so there's a round 4 coming your way in a day or so. How's that for a tease? Are you curious?

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Sunday Quilt Inspiration: H U M O R

Pretend words here.

My Two Favorite Hobbies

I suffer with fabric addiction. Well...not suffer, really. Fact is, I rather enjoy it!

**change some to often
Black Threads: Mrs. Bobbins, a Quilt Cartoon, from Pickledish
Cute inspiration to get through the work day so you can go back to sewing!

Sew Can Do: Are you a fabric hoarder too?
I am a librarian and I would catalog it,
but I'm busy cutting, sewing and quilting.
Have a great weekend! I hope everyone gets to find the answer! #42quilts #quiltquotes #quilting #quiltlove #quilt

And so, the tour de force...

Campers Quilt Pattern

Cat Claw Quilt by Marion Patterson - truthfully, I have quilted like this before and I have the clawed up quilts to prove it!

All About Ewe – Quilting Books Patterns and Notions

cute chickens!


Rippity Doo Dah Quilt Kit  | Keepsake Quilting

Doctor Who quilt!!!! @Lauren Duman

You’re in luck – more quilt ecards | Quilting Sewing Creating

Just delivered this ! I made this Batman quilt for my friend's brand new tiny superhero! Love me a little batman! Oval and bat are appliqué, with his name stitched in black on the bat.
Honestly, I know it's batman but I don't get how it's funny.
 Could someone explain it to me?  
And the tour de force...

CUTE!!-this may be the next baby quilt I make just b/c it is funny and true.

Oh my, these cute chickens made me laugh out loud!  A Cuppa Tea With Me: fairy garden

Ziggy Quilt – Quilting Books Patterns and Notions

Friday, August 18, 2017

Fetch a Pail of Water ~~ finish

I've been going through blue scraps like an addict. I've used skinny strips for "AmandaJean's QAL," more skinny strips for my version of the QAL, some 2½" strips for a wonky log cabin, and even more of those 2½" strips for a normal log cabin and a rail fence quilt. That's five quilts! Five. 

Front and back. All fabrics from the stash. Guess what? There are still *&%(& some strips and scraps and skinnies. I suppose I'll  never use up all the blue fabric in my stash. I'll just call it now before I go insane from looking at the color blue. 

However, although I'm calling the loss, I should show you the last of those quilts mentioned above. This is the rail fence, an easy pattern that used a pile few 2½" strips but not enough apparently.

I liked the outcome of the quilt photography in North Dakota, so I decided to do something like it here. Adam's truck was in the middle of sitting in the yard. I took several pictures, but couldn't decide between these two, so I'm including both. You can decide which is better.

Strangely, I don't think I've mentioned anything about the quilt top before today. Odd. But there it is, so here we are. Completely finished.

A quick stipple quilting motif and a scrappy binding. No label yet because I didn't know what to name it, but now I have that, too.

          Quilt Stats

Fetch a Pail of Water

40" X 40" 

Scrap fabrics from stash


scrap fabrics 

Rail fence


Lots of Linkups!

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Pin It Weekly #211

Just a few things I've been looking at for the last few days. I think I may have a theme going, though that was not my intent. 

What a simple yet elegant way to display lovely handkerchiefs!I think that we should do this with our extra blankets after the wedding. We can roll them up too, that way they look a little nicer. --T

Embroidery hoops with doilies make up a collection to cover a wall. Various sizes scattered along the wall give it a different look that looks pretty. I love the pillows on the bench also.

Mix and match cork coasters

Vintage Pillows

Awesome use of materials, rebar railing!Plant stand - made out of a railroad tie!

railroad tie junction box on top of the tie a single set of wires More More

Cut slits, weave in a scarf, tie in a bow. The easiest t-shirt refashion ever!21 creative succulent container gardens you can buy or DIY, like this succulent wonderland framed wooden vertical garden.


Farm Animal Dish Towels, Set of fourBeautiful dinner plates.. wow... I'm in love with a dinner set..

Old Country Store Hand-Lettered Labeling

Have a great week!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Cotton Robin round 2

First the first time, I participated in the Cotton Robin hosted by Julie. See this post about round 1. What fun! I recommend that you look into it and join next year.

For round 2 I received this center block, but it didn't look like this. Oh no! It looked oh so much better. Don't get me wrong--this block is fantastic and anyone can see the potential. But some people just out do themselves!

See my problem!?!  Luckily, I was able to come up with something. Not anything great, and certainly not very competitive, but I'm not really much of a competitive girl. :) I play for fun.

I decided on a circle, although I had tried to make four hearts to go in each corner of the block. The problem became the corners of the block. Even though the circle is not perfectly round, I wanted it to appear somewhat so. My answer was HST's that didn't quite fit the width of the rest of the circle.

Luckily, the block went to Liz, who knew exactly how to quilt it. She quilted small hearts in each of the circle squares and small circles in the open white areas. 

Isn't this one precious little quilt? I love the small hearts in the inner border and the quilting is perfect!