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Now I Just Need Somewhere to Go

July 14, 2014

Lots of fun making this bag over the last few days.  My lovely girlfriend Pam and I did it together via Skype sewing play-dates.  We’ve done this for all kinds of activities since we love to be creative together.   So fun!  Pattern by Studio Cherie.

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House Block ‘Fail’

July 7, 2014

housesThe other morning I got it in my head to make some little houses.  I messed around in EQ7 designing some that fit what I had in mind and printed out the block.  Then I went to my stash and miraculously found the identical colors of fabric that I wanted.  This was meant to be! -or not… I made a couple of blocks and felt pretty good about them, but then I decided to FMQ (this is shorthand for free motion quilt) them and… I don’t know… I don’t think I did that great  a job, and suddenly they didn’t look a bit like what I had in mind originally.  And then, my muse flew away!  So, I guess I have a couple of mug rugs?  Eh it was fun for a bit.  I love just exercising my creating bursts and whether they turn into ‘winners’ or not, well, the joy of making was still there!house1

May your spool be endless,

-Letty

 

 

 

Summer – Ready, Set, Sew!

June 27, 2014

Well I may have spoken a bit too soon about getting my mojo back. But it’s hard to say since I was working away at my, very distracting real job. But now I’m on summer break, and I’m already living in my sewing room!Post Card QAL Top

Yesterday I put together a top for the Post Card Quilt Along being hosted by Debbie at A Quilter’s Table. This is a blog I’ve loved forever. It was such fun to pull fabrics and just play crazy artiste’. I have learned that for me, it is the color and value that mean everything with fabrics, rarely the print itself is more important.

I also managed to finish the quilting and bind the little mystery quilt that my local guild was doing. We’ll be showing them off next week and I can’t wait to see what others did. My inspiration for the straight line quilting (not that I haven’t used it before) came from a fun Craftsy class that I bought. I think she does a great job of teaching it – but I sew on a Bernina, and if I didn’t, I might not be quite as happy with her technique since it relies a lot on the Bernina style of walking foot.Mystery Star Bound Mystery Star Bound_1

I’ve got a pile of UFOs that I’m determined to diminish this summer – but I won’t cheat myself of the joy of a new project here and there.  What are you planning for your summer sewing?

May your spool be endless,

-Letty

Mojo Meter Rising

April 29, 2014

My quilting mojo has been at a low. Now I’m not saying this is all bad. I’ve been knitting, learning lots of new software stuff, and generally being creative, but I have barely taken a stitch until this week. Finally, I got my momentum up by participating a tiny bit in the Patch Pack Mini QAL that is being hosted by Quarter Inch Mark. Mini QAL First Four PPThese tiny blocks are so quick to make that they are really, really fun, and I highly recommend them for anyone who is having a lull like mine.   My good friend Mimi’sdarlins invited me – I adore her projects. Just check out how her Vintage QAL quilt is coming along!

Of course last you heard from me before this stitching malaise, I was having a bit of a battle… the angel won I think because although I started a new project (the Triangle QAL – just could not resist!), I did use my stash. Here is a progress pic.Triangle QAL

Finally, I’ve actually completed a little project. My local guild is finishing a four-part mystery quilt. Here is my finished version.STQG Mystery 2014_0003 STQG Mystery 2014_0007 It looks huge in some pics, but don’t let that fool you. Here is my hubby helping out, and you can see how small it is, around 40 inches square.

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How is your sewing mojo meter reading? If low, seriously make a couple of the little Patch Pack Mini’s!

I nearly forgot to say that I’ve won a giveaway this week!!! Hee hee – The wonderful Connecting Threads folks drew my name to win a fabric bundle and a book!  More details to come.

May your spool be endless!

-Letty

 

UF–nO

March 30, 2014

UFO
U F–oh
UF–nO
UF–oh well

Pilllows and Swoon
Just sitting on my sofa (these are my colors, gold, red, black), and the dialog begins…

Angel: Letty’ you’ve got such beautiful projects in your sewing room that are nearly done. Quite a few completed tops that only need basting and quilting… wouldn’t you feel great about finishing some of those up? After all, finishing things seems to be the zeitgeist of this year’s quilt blogosphere.

Devil: Forget that, did you see the new fabric lines in the Hancock’s of Paducah catalog? How about you go pick some fabrics out – you deserve it!

Angel: You know, you’ve got so much stash fabric, let’s go on in there and pull a gorgeous color way for the Triangle QAL that The Sassy Quilter is hosting. That would be fun right?

Devil: You’re supposed to have 1/3 yard cuts for that. You don’t have any of those – oh sure you have 6000 fat quarters that you could get the triangles out if, but what fun is that?

Angel: hmmm… right, there are no 1/3 yard cuts, that’s true…
Letty: Okay Angel, I’m going to go take a look at the ‘ol stash and see what speaks to me…

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Hmmm… stay tuned for UF-No part two to see if my stash actually does speak to me.  The pics above are only my small pieces, fat quarters, etc.  I have a whole closet full of larger yardage just in case anyone thinks this is all I have to choose from. :)

May your spool be endless.
-Letty

 

 

Sending All My Love

February 8, 2014

Vday pillow2 Vday pillow3 Vday pillow4 Vday pillow5 Vday pillow6This paper-pieced envelope pattern comes from Ayumi Takahashi’s Patchwork Please.  It’s such a fun book, with many, many projects I’d like to create.  Her You’ve Got Mail wall hanging is on my to-do list, but I wanted to send off a Valentine to one of my daughters, and I had to get it together!

So Today I made this linen and cotton pillow.  The envelope section is a pocket, so she and her husband could use it to tuck love-notes to each other.  I put in an always loved Starbucks card.

I might hate paper-piecing a tiny bit less…

May your spools be endless!

-Letty

Don’t You Have Enough Quilts Already?

January 20, 2014
First finish of 2014

As a fairly prolific quilter, I’m asked regularly “Don’t you have enough quilts already!?”.  The answer is “yes”, but what has that got to do with it?  Quilting is my art.  No one would ever ask a painter if they had didn’t already have enough paintings, or a potter if they hadn’t already created enough pots, or a sculptor if they hadn’t already created quite a few pieces.  There is something about quilting and the product of the art form, (and I think it is because they’re so very practical unlike most art) that evokes this question from people.

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Well folks, this is my art, and probably while I’m alive – God willing – I’ll be creating quilts, quilts, and more quilts!  Thankfully my sweet husband is hugely supportive.  He suggested years ago that I buy a Bernina since I needed good equipment, and last night, as I was putting the last few stitches on the binding of this quilt, he wanted to know what my next quilt project would be.

I’ve said it before, but quilting is the one craft that I’ve found where I love every aspect along the way (okay, perhaps not the pin basting), and then love love love the product that I get at the end.

I’ve got a lot more quilts in me, can’t wait to get started on the next one!

May your spool be endless,

-Letty

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