Sunday, July 18, 2010

Sew What's New . . . .

For Mother's Day my dear sweet dil sent me a pattern she found while shopping in a quilt shop in Lake Havasu City, AZ.
Jae's Attic
She saw this and thought it something I'd like to try.
Here is 'Crazy Eight Strip Teaser - a Table Topper' on the design wall.

Ron and I have giving it a test run on our breakfast table for the past week or so.
I chose the eight colors with the help of daughter Debbie after a Thimbleberries Club meeting.

Here's a bird's-eye-view.
The edges are triple-stitched then trimmed with the pinking blade in my rotary cutter.
Once it is laundered - no doubt tomorrow, just before Son #2 and his dear, sweet wife arrive for a visit -
the edges will fluff the cotton batting and give it a little more character.

Last month at quilt guild we were given the challenge to make something from the home dec samples that one of our members were able to grab before they were discarded at the end of the season.
The only thing asked was that some of the items we make will be donated to the guild for either door prizes for our monthly meetings or for our next quilt show's mercantile boothe.

While constructing a new bag using a StudioKat Design pattern I visited their website and found a pattern that I thought would work for the home dec samples.
I'm using roly-nesters pattern from
StudioKat Designs

This design is described as a storage units for purse, bookbag, travel, etc.
We quilters, crocheters and knitters know that these will hold all kinds of neat tools and gadgets we seem to accumulate.

The interior lined and neatly finished.
Once I followed the directions - yep, I read - well, then I had to rip a couple stitches - and then I re-read the directions - the second one was a breeze.

I love working with these sample pieces.  These are upholstery weight and don't require any of the fusible fleece that is recommended in the pattern.

These are a few of the finished projects that I been working on intermittently over the past month or so.
Now it's your turn to tell what you been working on this summer? 

The wild wind and thunder and lightening AND RAIN we had this morning got every one up early 
and it's watered our lawns and flower beds once again. 
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  1. My latest project was a hand pieced tumbling block little quilt. I finished the top last week but the hand quilting will have to wait until later, probably even until winter.

    Did you make the flower wallhanging? Very striking!

  2. Love the placemat. You did a great job on the little purse. What's next ? ? ?

  3. Love your wallhanging, and great job on the table topper, lots of pieces!!!! Interesting little bags too, glad you're sewing away, hadn't read anythimg from you for a long time, was wondering what you were up to.

  4. OMGosh, Gerry, that table topper is fantastic! I love the shape and the fabrics you used! What a stunning punch of color for your kitchen table! And I really like those little bags...I have that pattern but haven't ever made any of them. Guess one of these days I'll give it a go.

    I finished up that Sleepover Bag and have been working on two special order bags for the same woman. Gotta get them finished up in the next few days and get them to her...I have about 6 more waiting in the wings!



  5. Hi Gerry.....been missing you. Love the table topper. How cheery to bounce into the kitchen each morning and see.

    What have I been doing? Oh, this and that!

  6. Where have you been - I missed you terribly - checked on you every day and was so glad to see you back this morning.

    I love the wall hanging - did you do this and is it a pattern or just a "Gerry-made it".

    Wecome back - hugs - Marie

  7. I like the new look of your blog. Easier to read now. I love that table topper. What a challenge. Good job on the little carry-all bag. You've been busy!!!

  8. Oh my gosh, I love that table topper, I am sitting here trying to figure out how it was constructed......just lovely.

  9. Love the table topper!!
    I downloaded the bag pattern last week - definitely will have to give it a try - yours look beautiful!

  10. Gerry so happy I stopped by here on my way to bed. Your table topper is like nothing I have ever seen before and it is fascinating the way it is put together. Wow
    You are just so gifted. Love the bags too.
    thank you for coming by and leaving me encouraging words. I honestly can not begin to tell you how much they mean to me.
    One of these days you should do a Blogazine story about your site.
    I am posting Dulcy's tomorrow at 8 she does rug hooking

  11. You have a stunning table topper! I also like the little bags you made. Most of all, the red flower wall hanging is my favorite!
    Gerry, it is so very good to see a post from you. I missed you!

  12. Nice table topper. How did Lynn like it? Did not want to say anything to her last night since I did not know if you had given it to her yet. Seem as though she enjoyed herself at the guild meeting.

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