Monday, October 22, 2012

An unplanned finish

(Be prepared for some really random stuff.)
Random thing 1:
I made this pretty ipad cover yesterday morning.

It was not something I had planned, but my daughter was flying out of town for work and couldn't find her ipad case.  Mom to the rescue.  This took me about 35 minutes from start to finish.  I've made 100's (literally) of bags and pouches in my day and this is about as simple as it gets.

The fabric is Anthology.  If I had more time to play with this, I would have done some nice piecing on the front.

Random thing 2:
The BMQG recently held a sew-in at Gather Here.  Not only do they have some really great modern fabric, but they have beautiful yarns as well.  I picked up this really pretty yarn.
I found a pattern on Ravelry for a cowl.
This pattern is knit in the round, which I've never done before. I just purchased my first set of circular needles.  Hopefully, it won't be as big a failure as my attempt at knitting socks on double pointed needles.

Random thing 3:
My neighborhood had a very important visitor last week.  The Dalai Lama was speaking at the Tibetan Buddhist Center down the street.  He speaks a lot about inner happiness and I figured I could use some good karma, so I took the day off work.

Tickets were sold out for the event, but we got to listen to him speak outside the tent on a big screen.

I should have take pictures of all the security....lots of good looking young guys in dark suits and sunglasses:)

Hoping to finish something substantial by the weekend (and I not talking about the giant bag of Halloween candy sitting in my dining room).


Linking up to Manic Monday Linky Party.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

I actually finished what I started

I bought this Halloween fabric at a quilt show this past August. 
I usually attend these shows with two of my sisters and my daughter.  We always tease each other about what we bought and the fact the most times those items are still unused by the time we attend the next show. (We may have a slight hoarding issue.) This time we challenged each other to finish an item with at least one of the products we purchased or we would be forbidden from buying at the next show.   

My plan was to make three sets of potholders.  Believe it or not, I actually finished all three sets with time to spare.
All sets have the same two designs on the front.  I had to piece the back of one set since I didn't have enough of the cute pumpkin fabric.  I added a loop of twill tape for hanging.
I used one layer of cotton batting and one layer of insulated batting (Insul-Fleece).  I've made potholders with this product before and it works great.

I also managed to finish a mug rug with some of the leftover scraps.  This will be sitting on my desk at work.
Our challenge worked.  Both of my sisters and my daughter have completed their necessary projects.  The next quilt show is Nov. 2 in Manchester NH.  We will definitely be shopping.

Say hello to my spooky little friend...

Monday, October 1, 2012

Fresh Sewing Day

My production for September was dismal. Hopefully, October will be a banner month.  I have only one complete item.  The rest are all just blocks for some of my countless WIPs.

I finished 7 of my Great Granny blocks.  They are a simple, but rewarding block.  I look forward to completing this quilt.  I also finished 4 of my EPP blocks. I am loving my Rose Star blocks inspired by Clare at Selfsewn.  My plan is to make this quilt totally by hand.  

My only complete finish is my Faux Cathedral Window table mat, complete with red wine stains. (Note to self: stick to white wines while adding bindings.)

My first project for October is to make some absolutely adorable potholders using this cute fabric...

 Today I'm linking with  both Fresh Sewing Day and Small Blog Meet courtesy of Lily's Quilts.

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Lily's Quilts