Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Fabric Inspirations

Anybody else falling in love this summer? I found this fabric in an "End-of-the-bolt-get-rid-of-it" bin at Hobby Lobby. It was over four and a half yards of 54", and regularly priced at $24.97 yd. I paid $13 for the whole shot.
(pardon me while I wipe the drool off my chin) Now, the dilemma was...what could I do with this fabric? I could just throw it on the bed and roll around on it, (it has SUCH good "hand") or I could dress a couple granddaughters in it, or I could just let it stew in the sewing closet (which it has been doing for a while, now)

Oh, girls, just look at this fabric! How can you NOT do Something with it!! So, I decided to let the fabric be the boss, and just window pane it. I have some coral colored flannel for the backing, and I'm going to try my hand at hand quilting with the bigger stitches and thread just around the flowers. When I was pregnant, 34 years ago, a friend of mine made a Bambi quilt for me, and she quilted just around the animals. That quilt was a favorite in this house for a long time, and I would take a picture of it, but it is on one of the grandbabies beds at their home. But, it seems to me that the quilting brought out the animals in the print, so, whattya think? Is it hard? Do you think I can handle it? I can always try it and if it really looks crappy, I can hide it in the kid's room.
But that is going to have to wait, along with the scrappy benefit quilt, because we're going to New York for 5 (or maybe 6) days to visit family. Not the city, this time, but upper state, Watertown, where my Mr. Wonderful grew up. I am going to enjoy this trip sooooo much! I have the most wonderful SIL's and the brothers are great, too, I can't wait!! We are packing today, and I have packed some stitching, some crocheting, and I"m off to the Library. Can't go away without a few books!
Have a great weekend, ladies, and I hope all your fabrics give you some inspiration!

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Ol' Bessie is humming a happy tune!

I have struggled to get to my machine for a while, now. I spent time with the grandbabies, went on summer jaunts with Mr. Wonderful, did a lot of fartin' around in the yard, and the beach is always calling my name. So the lack of gumption in the sewing department was not bothering me too much, my African Star was whispering to me, and I found a beautiful yellow flowered fabric that has been nicely asking to be cut into, but nothing was screaming at me.

Then I heard of a friend who is planning a benefit, soooooo,,,what more motive could you ask for? I could cook,,,,naw.... I could sing,,,,,gawd no,,,, how about a good Irish jig?
Wait just a dog-gone minute.....I have TONS of leaders and enders (4-patches) to be used! Those darn ol' things have been bugging me lately. I even had them sorted (kinda sorta) in bunches... so I was half way there!!! Put them in a block,
put some blocks together,
figure out some sashing,
and in a day, you have a scrappy little flimsy. This one has 12" blocks, 2" sashing, and measures 58"x72" and I'm thinking it needs a green border, whaddya think? So far, all I've used is scraps, so if I buy a few yards of green, no big deal. And I won't have to do an Irish jig after all!!

The bonus is...Bessie is running again, and she has a smile on her face. You know how she loves a good benefit!
So, we're off to the LQS around the corner, anybody need anything while I'm there?

Hope all your Bessies are Happy Bessies!