Archive for December, 2010

Dec 15

Small Project Inspiration

Thanks everyone for your kind words about the month I have been having. I am plugging along getting things done, preparing for the holiday (less than 2 weeks till Christmas!!), and trying to fit in some family time.

Today I have a blog post over at Stash Manicure. You may have noticed that occasionally here I like to share what I call ‘Quilty Inspiration’. These are quilt ideas that I have collected over the years from other great blogs. I collect all kinds of ideas, from all different genres, using a website called vi.sualize.us. This website allows you to collect pictures from all over the web and link to the site where the picture came from. I prefer this way of bookmarking, as I find so much more inspiration flicking through the pictures than I do from the bookmark list that is built into my browser. To get an idea of how this works, you can see my category for quilt tops here.

A few days ago, I was working on a scarf project (which I post about very soon), and it made me think of all the quick, non-quilt related project ideas I have stored. With the holiday season around us, these projects are wonderful for using up our stash and perhaps crossing a few names off our present list. I love to give my stash a quick manicure with smaller, one-day projects.

Here are a few great projects with links directly to the website/blog they originated from.

Bird Mobile from Spool Sewing
I have made these little birdies myself. They are quick and easy and look really cute around the house. I never actually put mine on a mobile. I just tucked a few in my collection of old cameras.

Burp Cloths from A New Chelsea Morning
I have not made these yet myself, but my sister is due to have a baby anytime, looks like I should get to sewing!

Singlet Style Shopping Bag from QueenofDIY, a member at Craftster.org

I made one of these and I love it. It has the same shape as a plastic grocery bag from the stores, which makes it easy to fold up and take with you.

Chalkboard Placemat from Little Birdie Secrets
This is another one I have not made yet, but I think it is such a fun idea! It would give my son something to do while waiting for dinner to make it to the table at least.

Rag Quilt Letters from Happy Together
These look like so much fun! I would have loved to have thought of making something like this when my son was young.

Buttercup Purse from Made by Rae

I have made two of these little purses. They were super quick to make, using just 2 fat quarters. I actually added a magnetic snap to mine. I keep one in my large purse and when I just need to run somewhere real quick, I grab it and just put my wallet in there.

These projects are just a few of the ones I have saved. If you have never seen vi.sualize.us before, be sure to check it out, it is a great way to keep track of all those projects you come across on the web.

Happy quilting!
Rachel

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Dec 09

Busy/Sad Month

You may notice that my blog is going to be a little quiet for a bit. This has been a rough month so far. On November 30th I had one Grandmother pass away. We held her funeral on Saturday, December 4th. Then sadly on Sunday, December 5th, we found out that my other grandmother passed. I attended her funeral today. Needless to say, these past 2 weeks have been wrought with sadness.

The sadness of my grandmothers’ passing came as a great surprise to me and came right in the middle of a large project I am working on. I don’t want to reveal too much yet, but I have some exciting things going on relating to the quilting world. These exciting things are occupying a large portion of my time right now, so I have not been able to sew as much as I would like.

I will keep you updated as things progress, but for now I hope you can understand my quietness and I hope you will be here to share in my exciting news when I return.

Happy Quilting!
Rachel

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Dec 01

My Mother’s Quilt

My grandmother started my mother’s quilt in the early 90′s I believe. She hand pieced the entire thing. Here is a shot of the hand piecing from the back of the quilt.

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The whole quilt is made up of individual diamonds, which end up looking like stars because of the color arrangement.

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The whole quilt is not very big, I wish I could make it bigger, but I don’t think I have enough fabric left over. It will have to be more like a twin size quilt, though a queen would fit my mom’s bed better.

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The fabrics in this quilt are obviously quite old, but there is one in particular that makes me smile. The yellow check below is the same fabric my grandma used in my baby blanket. I dragged my quilt around with me until it literally fell to pieces, so it makes me smile that a piece of it lives on in this quilt.

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One of the issues I am going to have in finishing this quilt will be the edges. I am not sure I can leave them as is, as putting a binding on that will be very hard for me, but I would also hate to cut the quilt to make the edges straight. I may end up appliqueing the edges onto a straight binding. We shall see.

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I will machine quilt this for my mom once I am better at using my machine. That means I probably won’t finish it for at least a year! I want it to be finished perfectly for my mom.

Happy Quilting!
Rachel

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