Sunday, July 17, 2011

Have you seen my Daisy Circles?

Many, many years ago I bought some Vogart pre-stamped quilt blocks to be embroidered.They are called Daisy Circles.  I only bought 3 packages of 14" blocks. Each package has 12 blocks.  I have embroidered one strip (equals 2 blocks). Occasionally I look for more on eBay, but haven't found any. If you see any, PLEASE let me know.
This is the package. I did not get the Vogart name in the photo.
Two block strip-embroidered.

Close-up of one embroidered block.


Thursday, July 14, 2011

This Week's Lesson

I really like to learn something new everyday. But, this week I have learned a BIG lesson. Always have a project with me" just in case". I came down to Memphis to visit my Mom and my sister on Monday and take care of some business re: Mom's care. Since I only planned to stay overnight, I didn't bring a project or my Kindle with me.  Mom was unexpectedly admitted to the hospital on Tuesday. I have been at the hospital day and night ever since. Now, it's Thursday and I'm still here. I keep thinking of all the projects I have back home that I could have been working on. I have quilt projects, embroidery projects, cross stitch projects, etc. But did I bring any with me? Why, NO!!! I don't think I will ever leave the house again without my Kindle or a project. I may even kit up a few new ones. Haven't really wanted to read much. I do have my laptop with me. But, all I can think about is those sewing projects I could have made progress on.  Lesson learned!

Thank goodness, Mom is doing much better now.

OK, so back to my new addiction...playing Angry Birds on my smartphone. LOL




Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy Fourth of July!!!

Hope everyone has been enjoying their Indepedence Day week-end. We in America have so much to celebrate. We really do live in the land of the free and the home of the brave. And, speaking of the brave, I have begun to make the pillowcases for the wound soldiers. I am on the sewing team of Soldier's Angels.  I had already ordered some fabric from Fabric.com. Then, on Friday I went to Joann's and bought loads of patriotic fabric at 50% off. I also bought spools of thread for 50% off. I admit I got a little carried away. LOL

I have seen many tutorials for making a pillowcase. They were very confusing and difficult to understand. I thought,"Gee whiz, why are they making this so difficult?" But, then, I saw a tutorial on MaryQuilts.com. Finally, something clicked and this turned out to be so easy. Wow! Once I made the first one, the next one was easy-peasy. Here are two of the pillowcases.

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I really love the blue cuff. This photo is a little dark, but you can see what it says. Isn't it great?
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Here is the second one. I need to make at least 5 to send to the troops. Should only a take a couple hours to finish up.


BTW, I have "adopted" two soldiers now. Guess I better get to packing those care packages.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Disappearing Act

No, I haven't abandoned my blog already! LOL I have been wanting to try making a Disappearing Nine Patch quilt for a while now. So, in my usual fashion, I researched the quilt online. I made notes along the way. I can not find the blog that was most helpful. Sorry. But, the quilt was a black and white print with a bright colored accent. That accent color is what got my attention. She used the accent color as the center block. I think it was red. After the 9 patch was cut, the accent color made a distinct patten to an otherwise random design.

When I first began to buy layer cake fabric collections, it seems they all had browns, tans, and blues. So, I figured I'd just put them all together in one quilt. The 3 layer cakes I had were Moda "Alliance" , Moda "A Morris Tapestry", and Moda Sweetwater "Pure". I pulled the layer cake fabrics with these 3 colors and cut them into fourths. I left some fabrics out because they had red or a design that would not work well. I then had a stack of 5" squares. Next I cut some dark brown fabic from my stash into 5" squares. This is my accent fabric. Here is the way I made my 9 patch squares look.

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I thought I took a photo of this square before I cut it, but now I can't find it. But, imagine for a moment that the block has not yet been cut. For each one, the center square is of the chocolate brown. Then, I cut the block through the center in both directions as pictured above. I turned the top left block and the bottom right block so that the brown square is on the outside corners.. I left the other 2 blocks in place.
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Can you see how the little brown squares form a design? Plus, I realized that if you want an even more random design you could mix up all the resulting smaller squares. But, mostly I just stuck with the one set. Tip: Once the squares are cut, I place the first 2 squares together and put a single pin on the side I am going to stitch. Then the same for the other pair of squares. Makes things quicker when I get to the machine.

I haven't squared the blocks up yet, but laid a few out to see how it was going to look. I believe that lots of contrasting fabrics and an accent center square make for a beautiful result.
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