Wednesday, August 24, 2011

I Was Gonna Sunday

Have you ever had one of those days where you say, "I was gonna do..."?  That was my Sunday.  I cleaned all day on Sat then on Sunday I took DH to the airport and he was gone until last night.  So I had Sunday all to myself.  I LOVE having a day all to myself!  My day went seriously arwy though.  I didn't do a darned thing I thought I wanted to do instead the day kind of dictated what I *had* to do.  I was talking to Liz and her mom has been up north all summer at the lake and that lady has made over 20 quilt tops!!  She is in serious need of some new fabrics to work with.  Periodically I cull some of my stash and send it her way to make quilts for charity.  So down the basement I went.  I made a small dent in the stash (not much) and got her 2 pretty good sized bags of fabric.  I know you are wondering why I am going off on a tangent, LOL.

In the process of going through a bag I found the left overs from a quilt I made several years ago.  Do you remember when aqua and red were not popular?  Well that's how long ago it was.  These scraps were just at the beginning of that time when those colors were becoming popular.  My friend, Ellen had given the fabric to me for my birthday along with a pattern to make a quilt.  Said quilt is finished and on DD1's bed.  My dad spilled red candle wax on the top = (  I got the wax out but the red stained the quilt.  I was always sad about that b/c I really like the quilt.  When I found the left overs from the quilt I thought I would cut them into strips for my strip bins but realized I could probably get some 5" squares out of them and maybe later make something with left over charms.  So I started cutting...and cutting.  Man there were a LOT of charms!  Long story short, I added a couple of solids and now I have enough for a nice little charm quilt!
Left overs
Once that was finished I had to decide what to work on. So many choices and so little time! My BFF Holly has a mom that is a fan of my quilts. She had transferred some photos to fabric and asked me to make a quilt for her. I've never done that but I am trying really hard to get the "have to" quilts done so I can not feel guilty about working on my own stuff so I pulled them out. Now what to make with them? I finally settled on simply framing each print with a color that complimented the photo. It took me some time to determine the layout and the fabrics. In fact I actually sewed one and *hated* the way it looked with the fabric I chose, so I ripped it out and re-did it.
Phyllis's quilt the beginning 1Phyllis's quilt the beginning 2
That light pink just screamed at me so it had to go! Next was to decide what background to put it all on. I tried several and settled on a dark green with leaves. I stopped at this point as I was tired and didn't feel like doing all the math to make it all fit together so that will have to wait for this weekend.

A little while ago I won a gift certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop. I have been hoarding saving it to use on something I really wanted, although at the time I had no idea what that might be! Then along came Far Far Away III and I knew that's what I wanted to use it for. I supplemented it with a purchase at another shop that had 25% off and this is what I bought.
There are still a few prints I would like to have in this line so if you hear of a sale be sure and let me know!

Wow, I'm almost caught up to my escapades on Monday. More about that tomorrow. Have a wonderful Wednesday and thanks for stopping in! ~XOP~


Impera Magna said...

I'm still seeing red and aqua quilts and thought the colors were still "in"... *lol*

Sara said...

Funny thing-whenever someone commissions a quilter to do a quilt it seems to be a quilt that hasn't been tried by that particular quilter!! At least that is what I have been seeing.

oohs and ahhhs coming your way on your purchase of the Far,Far Away III collection!

Brenda said...

I have a ton to work on also. I did get the quilt back from the quilter that I dropped off this past spring. Have the binding sewn on the front, now I just have to sit a few evenings to hand sew it to the back. 100X100 it will take me a bit. Going to a friends cabin with my girlfriends this weekend. So ready. I won some fun fabric this past week and put pictures on a post. It is more modern than I would ever buy so I will have to find some uses for it.

Pat / Silver Thimble Quilt Co. said...

Nice fabric girl! Tons of work all the time keeps us on our toes right. Will I see you at market?

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

You did a great job shopping Pam - you can never go wrong with HR!

Crispy said...

You are so sweet to keep Liz's mom in fabric and for a good cause too :0) The picture quilt will look really great too, love the idea of framing them in complimentary colors. Lovely fabrics, they are soooo your :o)


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