Saturday, July 12, 2008

Busy week

It certainly has been a fun but busy week around here. I had plans with my quilting friend, Bev, to go hit one of my favorite quilt shops. I say hit because we always seem to walk away with armloads of new stuff. I bought more of that cute Benartex Happy Trails (cowboy) material that you saw in bud's new pillowcase. I am going to make buddy a new quilt. It is going to be sooooo cute, just like him. I also bought quite a few nice fabrics/finds off the half off rack. That always brings a smile to my face. Bev bought this cute fabric that looks like a little town. Have you seen that yet? Very cute. I cannot wait to see what she does with it. Then we went out to eat. Good times, I say.

The director and I made plans to go visit some friends at their cabin. I have had some material that I had been itching to make into something and then the vision hit. So, I whipped up this cute little table runner for my gal pal and also a new towel for her.

Someone recently left a post wondering how my stippling lesson went. . .I thought it went well, and you can see that I put my new knowledge to the test here. I thought I did pretty decently on the stippling of this tablerunner, but I still need to work on keeping my stitching even.

We had a lot of fun at the cabin (so did the mosquitos, but we'll survive).

On the way home, we even got a bit off the beaten path to go to a quilt store I went to once on a quilt hop. It had a nice selection of quilting materials in a nursery and craft store setting. I went hoping to find a stock pile of my vintage materials and, boy oh boy, did I. I ended up buying enough Fig Tree and Quilts fabrics for my cottage quilt that I want to work on. That was exactly what I wanted. I was pleased some of the fabrics were from several past collections and so the price range went down a bit. They all flow nicely into each other though and I am very excited to get started sometime in the near future, I hope.

I've been a bit charm pack crazy this week too. I finally got busy and put these pinwheels together.

They are going to be part of a lap quilt. I also finished off this table quilt for myself this week.

I can't wait for fall to arrive so I can get using it. I stitched in the ditch on this one. I am still marveling at the difference my new machine does on almost every task compared to my old machine. This is yet another example of where I believe my investment paid off big time. This is a bit bright for me, but I just loved the pumpkins in the the charm pack.

I hope you all have been having as much fun sewing and hanging with family as I have. I am going to run for now and hope to catch up with ya'll in a bit!


ExpandForFree said...
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Wow what a really cute table runner and quilt,love the colors. For the baby quilt I am thinking about yellow ducks appliqued on solid background, I found a pattern but thought I could maybe sketch one by hand, thanks for your kind comments, Hugs, Mary
P.S. Your "little one" is adorable!!

Thimbleanna said...

Wow! You've been a quilting fiend this week. I LOVE that table runner. And look at that little Buddy -- what a cutie!

Dana said...

Oh my!! I love that table quilt!! said...

I do love Jodi Picoult Books, but have lately been soooo involved reading books by Mauve Binchy..."Circle of Friends" and the "Quentins" were really, really good. Also I found a pattern from Briarwood Cottage, in their "Making Memories" book, called "Just Ducky", OH it is sooo cute!! Now I have to get the colors they are using for the baby's room, they know it is a boy, so ofcourse, blue, but need to know what other colors, they are choosing! Oh, I better get a move on with this little quilt, also am having such a fun time with my Missouri Daisy's!
Love your table tops, you are a very talented quilter,

StitchinByTheLake said...

You've really been busy this week. :) I love table runners and that one's going to be perfect - you're very sweet to take such nice gifts to your friend. Wish I could have been to the quilt shop with you - sounds like fun. Blessings, marlene

Dana said...

Thanks for the tips on the pie pan situation. I'll have to search for one of those. :)

Dana said...

Thanks for the pie link!!!!!!

Tine said...

I love the purple pinwheels and the tablequilt!

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Lovely table quilt! Great ideas for using up charm packs. The stippling on your table runner looks great. i am teaching myself how to do this at the moment. Did you mark on your stippling design or just do it as you went?