Thursday, March 15, 2012

Lots of stuff to update!

Life gets so busy and complicated, doesn't it?  I always say I LOVE 'boring' days, weeks and months, since that means nothing bad is happening.  LOL!  Our lives are rarely 'boring', but we go forward, day-by-day trusting that God has a bigger plan than we can imagine or visualize.  And knowing that it will all work together for our good, as God has promised, is such a comfort!

I really don't understand how so many bloggers out there create quilt after quilt in a couple of month's time.  I am thrilled if I get two hours a day to work on my projects.  How do they do this??  And do they realize how lucky they are? :)

Anyhow, I wanted to share what I've been up to in my "spare" time  and I finally have a couple of minutes to do just that!

Last Christmas, I made lots of gifts.  I decided to make POTHOLDERS for everyone using orphan blocks I had and I had dozens of those from past exchanges.  I cannot seem to locate any pictures of those!  Some were birdhouse blocks, some cat blocks, etc, etc.  They turned out pretty good and were appreciated by the recipients!  You can never have too many potholders!  

I came across some darling pre-cut squares of Care Bear fabric at Tuesday Morning. I think they were only $3.99 for a super huge stack!  So I just had to make something with them!  I decided to make a scrappy quilt for granddaughter, Grace, for her Christmas present.

I decided to make big 4 patches......
and then set them on point.....
I think it turned out pretty good.  It made a HUGE quilt, much larger than I was figuring.  I guess I really did not figure anything out.  I just started sewing and when all the squares were used, I stopped!  LOL!  The quilting took quite a bit longer than I had anticipated, since I don't know how to 'free-motion' quilt but wanted to quilt in on my new Juki.  I liked the end result.    Most importantly, Grace loved it. 

I made a matching pillow with two fat quarters and scraps I had, too.  

Did you know that the Carebear stuffed animals are no longer made and available?  I had no idea until I went to buy one to put with the quilt.  I had to buy a 'vintage' one on Ebay!  
It all worked out, although I cannot believe they stopped making them!

I also worked on several baby toys for new grandbaby Luke.  And can you believe it?  I did not take pictures of those!  Doh!

My current projects?
Currently I am working on hand-quilting the quilt shown here:

and still working on appliqueing the hundreds of circles needed for my version of this "Yoyoville" quilt pattern. 

The pattern can be purchased here

I am making a queen sized version, so I guess I am either a glutton for punishment or love to applique!  I takes almost 300 circles just for the center design!  And then I will start on the appliqued houses on the borders

I also have begun sewing and selling extra large baby changing pads.  They are 20"x24", backed with heavy, padded vinyl, padded with batting.  I will post pictures later and will put some up for sale on ETSY.  They have been selling well by word of mouth and becoming a little part-time business which I have wanted to do for a long time.

Thanks for letting me share my sewing projects!  
Happy Quilting~


Kelli said...

What a find at Tuesday Morning, that quilt is adorable! She looks so happy with her presents! I have found fat quarters before at Tuesday Morning. Gorgeous Yo-Yoville pattern, can't wait to see yours, sounds like you're keeping busy.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Cute quilt, and even cuter Grace! Not all of us get lots done. Some of us are really slow on finishes, we just look like we're getting lots done because we only show 'parts' of each project.

Martha said...

Thank you for becoming a follower at Bits and Pieces...I'm Martha the one who keeps the blog up and I am so excited by all our new followers. I have become a follower of your blog and I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed my visit. Your work is beautiful.

Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks said...

Once the wedding is over and all of Christopher's stuff is cleared out of his room, I will finally have space to do some small quilting projects (I don't have the patience for huge projects, anymore.)

I thought I'd have room before the wedding but it is becoming full of supplies for the reception.

Your quilts are lovely!