Wednesday, June 29, 2011


Yes, I've been Missing In Action this month.  I've had such a busy month! 

My quilt studio looks like a disaster happened in there.  There's stacks of fabrics everywhere, and there's stacks of plastic bins (with more fabric in them) stacked in the way too.  My design wall fell down.  I had a piece of flannel pinned to the wall over the closet and when I was looking for a book, I pulled the pins out.  Rats.  The problem was that, when I moved in 4 years ago, I just unpacked the books and shoved them on the shelves in the closet with no organization.  I was going to get back to it one of these days and never did.  So I took the opportunity and organized my large quilt book collection. Much better!  Now the design wall is hanging from a curtain rod and can be pulled back out of the way to get into the closet.  However, I just need to find a stronger curtain rod, because this one is cheap and is bowing badly. 

But in spite of the fact that I've accomplished very little this month, I do have a few finishes and other things to show you.

Back in September, I started playing around with a Halloween version of the Scrappy Trip pattern by Quiltville.  I cut my strips at 3 inches, instead of 2.5 inches, just to show off the fabrics better and have the quilt go faster.  So these blocks will finish at 15 inches. 

I was making myself a kit of something to sew for after I have surgery on my former broken arm, but that surgery hasn't happened yet.  I wanted needed something to sew one day, and finally hauled this out.  So far I have 5 blocks made (I did one after I took this picture).  It's taken me 3 weeks to get this far, as I've had so little time in the quilt studio.  I have to make 20 blocks total, so I don't know if it will be done for this year!

I finished my applique from the class with Gwen.  But then I wondered: does this need some leaves on it?  What do you think?

I finished my wool basket project.  Now I just need to decide what I'm going to do with it.  Initially I was going to frame it, but I can't find a needlework frame of the right size.  So, the way I see it, I have 2 options.  1. wrap it around a stretched canvas and staple
2. make this the center of a wallhanging.
I can't decide what I want to do right now, so this will be percolating for a bit.

I finished the June Block Lotto blocks and posted them just barely in time!  Wow, the whole month has just flown by.  I'm not quite sure where it went.  But I almost missed this!  I'm hoping to do better for July.  I love the way these blocks turned out.  I love the colors, and the block is easy, fun and has some interesting possiblities for setting. 

Here are some of the potholders that I've made for my guild's quilt show this fall.  The red one in the back is my first attempt at chenille.  I think it came out pretty good.  The black and white was a practice Disappearing 4-Patch and the cow fabric is on the back of those.  And then 2 selvage potholders, with some selvages that my friend K in Calif sent me.  I think they're so cute! 

I have 2 more potholder in process, and will probably be making some more too.  The ladies in the guild had never heard of using selvages before, and I think they thought I was a little nuts.  Now they're giving me selvages!  Yay!

Last September, I started this Disappearing 9-Patch I Spy project.  It was supposed to be for a guild challenge, but I didn't get it finished in time.  Now, I've finally got all my 9-patch blocks for my GD's quilt made and sliced up.  They're ready to be trimmed to the same size and put up on the newly-functional design wall.

I'm still stalling on my guild's "Element of Nature" challenge and it's due mid-July.  I know I'm not the only one that hasn't started yet.  But I mostly know what I'm doing and am all ready to start.  I just need a few days with no other commitments.  I've had jury duty this week, so that has pretty much kept me either busy or too distracted to do anything.  I'm hopeful for next week!

This is a Tiger Swallowtail butterfly that DH found in the front yard on the rhododenron.  At least I think that's what it is, based on what I saw on Google images.  If you know better, please let me know.  Isn't it beautiful? 


  1. You have been busy. I feel the same way, where did June go?
    I really like your applique and those potholders are so cute.

  2. I like what's going on in your studio! Much more getting done in yours than in mine. I thought things were supposed to slow down in the summer. Never seems to happen. I love your applique block as it is, but I guess you could audition some leaves. Leaves may take away from the gracefulness of your stems.

  3. Good to hear from you, Sharon! I had been wondering about you recently. Glad you've been busy sewing this and that. Seriously...June just flew by.

  4. There is never ever enough hours in the day to do what you want to do. I sometimes wish I could go through 24 hours non-stop to catch up. As I'm not sleeping well at the moment, I probably could.

    I think you should leave the appliqué as it is.

    Re your design wall. Do you have to pin your blocks to the flannel, or do they stick?

  5. love the Halloween blocks. hmm, interesting way to do a design wall - I'll have to keep that one in mind. I vote for leaves.

  6. You HAVE been busy - your projects look wonderful! I do think those flowers could use some leaves....have a play with it and see, it's certainly very graceful the way it is now, the flowers look like they're swaying.

    Try a shower curtain rod for your design wall - if it'll be long enough - they are really sturdy and I just love them. My closet is smaller, so they work great.

  7. Hey there you!! I have been MIA off and on since the late fall, but still getting some things done!
    I vote for a few leaves too and you might think about some cheap PVC pipe for your rod on the design curtain, it comes in pretty small dimensions and is sturdy!!
    Love your pot pads...cute!! I love making potholders from my scraps too!!

  8. Oh my! Love the photos. I think the embroidery adds a lot of interest to the basket.

  9. I feel the same way about June. I've been going 90 mph since early june and this long weekend was the first real down time I've taken. I love your Gwen project and I vote for a few leaves, maybe 3? I'd make the basket the center of something, but keep it simple, scrappy hourglass in purples and creams? I have a challenge piece I haven't got to yet, I understand that one!

  10. Somehow I missed this post... I love the idea of a disappearing 9 patch I Spy quilt! Hadn't heard of such a thing until now; I may have to do one of those soon.


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