Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Another Random Post, I'm Afraid

First I want to say "Thank You" to everyone who left me birthday wishes!  I had a great day and it turned into a great week!  Lots of phone conversations with family and friends, and a few birthday lunches as well. I had loads of fun!

I've been busy with all kinds of things lately, including getting some sewing done.

Today I finished two new place mats.  I still have two more that I need to sew the binding down on.  I went to my LQS for the Tuesday Sew-in and got to visit with other quilters while I worked, which made it lots more fun.  This was a free pattern for Amy Ellis' Graphic Patchwork Table runner that I got from Quilting Daily here.  I got started on it and then thought "But I don't have a table that long!".  So I made the runner into the place mats, which I needed.  I like them!  The tan fabrics in there show up a lot more in the photo than they do in Real Life.

Last Friday my quilt guild had a workshop and Donna taught us how to do Seminole Piecing.  It's been many years since I did that technique!  She gave us directions for making the strata ahead of time, and no idea of how we would use them.  I would have made some different color choices had I known.  Oh well, it's all good.

my first three pieces, in order from the top

my next two pieces, with my color inspiration fabric at the top

All of the pieces with the fabric.

Now that they are done (I still have one more to finish), I don't like them with the fabric I used to decide colors.  The Seminole Piecing colors are so bright and strong that they overwhelm the fabric.  So, now I need Plan B!  It was fun to re-discover Seminole Piecing.  Back when I first did it, I did it all with scissors - no rotary cutters then!  This is muuuch easier.

Went to Hobby Lobby a few weeks ago and did a little damage.  But only a little!  I got 6 yards of fabric for only $30!  Everything I got was on sale for $5 a yard.  Whoo hoo!  No plans for this, except the two pieces on the left will become a pillowcase for me.

Recently, I went to see P., the lady that is the keeper of the fabric for my guild's charity quilts.  She was going to get rid of a lot of fabric that she didn't like for one reason or another.  I opened my big mouth and ended up with a pretty good haul.  Above are two pieces of older tropical prints.  The red one is an Alexander Henry print.

And here are 3 pieces of vintage fabrics.  I don't know yet what I will do with these, but I couldn't pass them up.  The bottom piece is feedsack.

I said to her "Oooo, you have pindots!", so now I have pindots!  Those orange-y ones at the bottom of the stack are really true red.  The camera just insisted on seeing them as orange.

And here is a big pile of men's shirt-type fabrics.  P. didn't want them, and I have a quilt on my Wish List to do that uses that kind of fabric.  You can see it on my Pinterest page here.  I'll bet I have enough here to do almost that whole quilt!

Lastly, here is a String X quilt that I got put together lately.  I was tired of working on these string blocks, and tired of the fabrics I was using.  I've used them quite a bit in other string blocks the last few years.  And I figured out that I had enough blocks to make a charity quilt the size that my guild uses.  Well, it needs a little more to be the exactly the right size, and to me it seems to need a border.  But everything I tried with it didn't really work.  There are so many colors in the blocks that no one color is the right one.  And, hard to tell from the photo, but most of the fabrics are bright.  It's hard to get a good photo when it's dark and gloomy here.  Now I'm considering a pieced border, as I have more squares of the blue print background fabric.  But I'm not sure.  I'm open to suggestions!

Have a quilty week!


  1. Your string quilt has lots of potential! Love the scrappiness factor! Great seminole piecing work. I need to remember that for when I need a graphic lap quilt in a hurry!

  2. Nothing random about this post….it's FULL of luscious fabrics….ha, can you see the drool on the keyboard. I love looking at others fabric hauls, especially since I'm coming up on 3 yrs. with no
    purchases of my own.
    I want to know why your Hobby Lobby still carries fabric!! No fair! Ours stopped selling fabric years ago and so I don't go in there anymore.
    Your string quilt is going to be a winner….hang in there with it…you will love it!
    I'm sorry I missed your birthday. My invitation must have gotten lost in the mail. We can still be friends though! ha! Happy late Birthday!!!

  3. Lot of lovelies on your post. The place mats look great. Thanks for sharing your Pinterest page. The Seminole piecing reflects the denim quilt. I could see a thin lime green or red border on the String X quilt followed by a scrappy piano key border. What a great haul, you are going to be "sew" busy. Looking forward to seeing the plaid quilt.

  4. Nice newsy post! Love your haul..and the tropical print..just saw something like that new on Fabric.com..so it is coming back. I used to work on an Indian reservation in Miami. Did the Seminole piecing the old way too.

  5. I'd love to learn Seminole piecing! Your samples look fabulous! You've bought lots of great fabrics to boost your stash!! I love your piles of shirt fabric. Whenever I have to iron shirts I just want to cut them up and make quilts!


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