Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Back in the swing of things/aka WIP Wednesday

Wow! Who knew I'd take a week and a half off from sewing! Certainly wasn't something I planned. It was a busy time, but we had fun too. Nothing super special, we didn't go anywhere, but we did get to spend time together as a family.

The kids had friends over all week, some spent the night, some just came for dinner and some just for dessert! I got to spend time with my new niece. And this past weekend, Dear Older Son came into town to spend Easter with us. We planned the day so that just the six of us (Dear Hubby, me and the four children) would have dinner together. It's the first time we've done that in a very long time! It was loads of fun. I found out that all of us put together is not necessarily a good idea. We feed off each other's goofiness and some pretty crazy things happened! My kids are fun people to be around. There are constant jokes, movie quotes, funny stories and good natured kidding around. Have I said lately that I like my kids????

Here are pics of what I'm currently working on. I got the Spring Swap Quilt Top done. The blocks are 3 inches finished. I really like the way it's turned out. Right now, I'm auditioning fabrics for the borders. I am going to several quilt shops this weekend, and will take this project along with me. I am really wanting to find just the "right" fabrics for this quilt. I only need four fat quarters to finish this little project! If I add a 1/2 inch border and a 1.5 inch border, the quilt will finish at 16 x 19 inches, just under the guidelines for the swap!

Here are the fabrics that a fellow blogger sent me in exchange for me picking up some fabrics for her. Wasn't that sweet? I can't decide which one I like best!

And, lastly, I picked these up online at Connecting Threads. I ordered the Cosmos in Bloom fabrics. I've been wondering about the quality of their new fabrics. They are $5.96 a yard, but these I got on sale. Of course, after I purchased them, they marked them down again.

I order fabric every month for the ladies in our Bee. We call it a Fat Quarter Club, although sometimes, I order something a bit different. This time around, I ordered this set. And I ordered myself a yard of the dark green plaid, just for me! I really do like the quality of the fabric, it seems to compare to the other manufacturers. I think that the reason I don't absolutely LOVE these fabrics is because I ordered something I thought looked a bit springy. And, springy fabrics are not my favorite! I'm trying to get out of the box though, and try new things! Being in the Spring Quilt Swap helped too! Definitely not my favorite colors, but I love the way it looks. I need to find a pattern and make something from this Cosmos in Bloom collection. Any ideas???

I'm going to heat up the iron and turn on my machine and make a few more Off Centered Log Cabin Blocks today. I made a few more yesterday, and I've really enjoyed being at the machine again!

Happy Quilting!


DiddleDaddleDesigns said...

Wow, I love your current WIP. The colors are amazing. So sweet and candy like. Thanks for visiting my blog too. Yes, it is a comforting thought to know He is in charge.


Marilyn R said...

Your swap quilt is looking wonderful! It says Spring to me! I recently tried Connecting Threads fabrics too and was pleased with the quality. I would buy their fabric again.

Valerie said...

I love your work. It is beautiful. I am just learning to quilt but I am enjoying it.

Alice Grace said...

I am so impressed! Beautiful work! I am trying to learn and am amazed at all the talented people such as you who share their knowledge and talent!

Julia said...

I am so glad that you liked the fabric I sent you. I really appreciate you picking up those purple repos for me.
Do you foundation piece your log cabin blocks? Do you sew and then cut the strips or cut the strips to length first and then sew then on?

Anonymous said...

I love the log cabin quilt. It is really beautiful.

Karen Dianne Lee said...

You know, you do the most incredible work. I love what you have going on here.

You inspire me!

Have a grand day. *karendianne.

Darlene said...

Love your Spring log cabin quilt - it's sweet!

Rose said...

Love the way it is is really pretty. Also like those last blocks you showed.

As the the fabric from Connecting threads, so far all I have heard is good reports. It will be intersting to see what you do with the jelly roll.