Monday, July 21, 2008

Finally Some Quilting Content

This past Saturday Mavie and Darlene came down for our bi-monthly sewing day. Here's Darlene working with her 30s blocks. The legs on the floor belong to her DD, Lydia.
Mavie worked on Claudia's BOM.
After lunch we went to my LQS to look at the awesome scraps they sell and the special sale they were having on yardage. For every one yard of fabric you bought, you could get the second yard for 99 cents. According to my records I haven't bought any "fun" fabric since the beginning of May. "Fun" fabric is fabric I buy just because I like it. I did have to buy fabric in the beginning of June for a siggie swap I'm doing, but that doesn't count as "fun" fabric. This is the "fun" fabric I found. The galoshes are adorable! I already have the fabric cut into 3.5 inch strips for making 9-patches and 5 inch strips for a nickel quilt design.My LQS has great packaged scraps. The packages can be anything from a single remnant to six or seven coordinating pieces. For $3,50 I found a package of mini checked fabrics I thought would be adorable for a mini postage stamp quilt. The shop also a bin of scraps you can dig through and fill a small lunch bag for $3.50. The bin is a huge favorite of Mavie and Darlene's. We dumped the bin on the floor, sat on the floor and dug through the scraps. I found strips of white muslin leftover from the owner's long arm lessons that would work with the checked fabrics. I also found 1.5 inch strips of a blue fabric with small colorful swirls on it. There was one piece that would be long enough for a binding strip.

Here's the fabric cut into 1.5 inch squares. You can tell how tiny the checks are. I got enough squares cut out of the checked fabric to make 126 4-patches. I also thought it would be cool to sprinkle in a few 4-patches made with the blue fabric. I have no idea how I will design the quilt once the 4-patches are done or how big it will be. All I know is I will have fun making the quilt. I will hand-piece the quilt as I can't imagine sewing all those tine seams on my machine. After all, isn't 1.5 inches just a couple needlefuls of fabric? I didn't make a big dent in the blue and white fabric, so for less than $7.00 I'll be able to make a mini quilt! I'm so excited!
Here's my project box for the quilt. Now I just need to get started.
And last, but not least, what's a hot Saturday afternoon with friends without some yummy banana splits? These were so good! I'm glad Mavie left some of the fixin's with me. DH and I can have banana splits tonight after dinner!
Bye for now! My quilting mojo is back and I'm so happy!
Sweet P

11 comments:

Rhondee said...

Double yummy on the fabrics and the banana splits....have a great week.

Kathy Wagner said...

Glad to hear your quilting mojo is back! Nothing like a get together with fellow quilters to get you back on track!

GRACE said...

so paula, have you given up work for good? i noticed you haven't said anything about going back...just wondering; and the banana splits look awesome! I think I asked before, but what is your LQS and where?

Lyn said...

Hi Paula, looove banana splits.From the photo's looks like the girlies were having a good day.I wish we had a store (LQS) like that here in Oz. Warmest Regards Lyn

Brenda said...

Spectacular deals, Have fun with the quilt. Love Bsplits they look as good as the taste!

Teresa said...

Fun day with quilting buddies - can't ask for more than that - and top it off with a banana split and woohooo...life is good.

Kare said...

What a healthy treat, fruit, dairy + protein (I think I saw some nuts). Wish I was there!

Candace said...

How nice that you have friends to quilt with. I'm hoping eventually, I will be able to do that, too.

Colleen formerly of South Africa said...

How fun to have a girls sewing day. Looks like you were having lots of fun.

Paula said...

Cute rubber boot fabric! Glad you're mojo's back, and banana splits to boot!!

DebMc said...

You sound like you are having too much fun. How great to gather friends for quilting and ice cream. Glad your mojo is back...you know it was there all the time. Just buried under the mountains of worries, responsibilities, and other assorted junk we carry around. Nice that you could dig it out again.