Friday, November 11, 2011

11-11-11 National Corduroy Day has arrived!

Back in late August at a Rebels meeting, Nifty of Nifty Quilts gave us some very interesting vintage corduroy and set us the challenge of making something for National Corduroy Day.  This is what I got,

I remember when I was a kid and loved wide waled corduroy pants in the winter.  This fabric, however, was pronounced by one Rebel as possibly the all time winner of the ugliest fabric award.  We all accepted the challenge anyway.

I auditioned several fabrics from my stash, including teal, but ended up hitting garage sales for corduroy pants in blue and a grey/green.  I also found a heavy work shirt in red.  I found a wonderful purple corduroy shirt at the thrift store, but I liked it so much I wear it all the time.  The rest, I decided, would become one with the "ugly" fabric and make a pillow top and back.  I also added some gold batik from my stash.


It was interesting working with the corduroy.  It likes to be sewn together.  I think there might be a corduroy quilt in my future, but it will have some purple.  I do love purple corduroy.
For 30+ more wonderful corduroy projects, head on over to Nifty Quilts for links.
Enjoy the day.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Starting the Christmas presents

I had quite a few things I had to do today that did not involve quilting.  I finally made some time this afternoon to start on the Christmas list.  These little 1" x 2" flying geese will go into mug rugs for a couple of men on my list.  I know Tom loves his, so I decided other men might like them too.
I will be with Bella the next three days, so I will be back on Friday.  Hopefully, I will have more time to create quilts.  Until then, joyful quilting, everyone.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Finished JL blocks

The last group of blocks.

The design wall with all 42 blocks.  There are 21 different florals in this project.  Here are some closeups of a few of them.
Now, all I have to do is sew all the blocks together and quilt it.

I also made a change on the warm and cool wall hanging from yesterday.  Have you ever decided not to finish something right away, but you didn't know why?  I knew I liked the wall hanging, but there was something keeping me from finishing it.  Then, I got an email from Margaret.  She pinned it right on the nose.  The block with the cross, while I loved it, was too big and detracted from the overall look of the piece.  Can you see how I fixed it?
The last thing I did was to play with making fabric from velvet.  I am thinking of using it in a project I am going to start in the next few days.  This may be the last look you get at it until after Thanksgiving.
I have one more day in the studio until my Bella week starts.  There are so many things I want to do.  Maybe I will actually get some Christmas presents made. 
Until tomorrow, joyful quilting, everyone.