Monday, April 28, 2008

Monday, monday

Happy Monday everyone! Ok so I realize its back to the grind today for many of you, but no reason it can't be a happy day anyway, right? :cD I had quite the fun weekend. First off the fabric that I won from amandajean came on Saturday. I just love seeing something in my mailbox other than bills and junk!!

Oh so pretty. I love blues and greens! Thank you so much amanadajean!! She is starting another quilt-a-long on her blog today. Its stars with alternate setting blocks, and I know just what fabrics I'm gonna use ;cD I am really looking forward to starting something new and different, and besides, star quilts are my favorites!

Next, I want to thank all of you that commented on my label making tutorial, and let you know the winner of my itty-bitty drawing is niki! If you could please send me your info I will get your set of quilt labels in the mail for you. I also went ahead and entered the tutorial contest at sew mama sew. I'm so excited that they decided to post my tutorial, especially considering it was my first try at one. So I want to say a warm welcome to anyone who is visiting my blog via theirs :cD

Now for some quilty stuff. I actually sat down and got a little sewing done. I have been working on a string quilt for a while. No rush to get it done really. Its going to be for my bed, and I already have one. I just want to make one with more of an overhang, then the one that is there now will go to one of the mouselings. Well, as I was sewing along trying to add strips to my 6.5 inch foundation squares I realized I have been acquiring more and more pieces of fabric at are just not big enough. So I started thinking, I can't bear to just throw fabric away. I just can't. So what do you do? Here's what I did...

I call them crazy cabin blocks. I'm sure its not a new idea, but I just took any old fabric scrap and built around it log cabin style. Once they were big enough, I squared them up to 5.5 inches. The only "rule" was to have good contrast between light and dark. I think they will make a fun scrap quilt, and I've used even more of the 'unusable' fabric. Gotta love that!!

Final picture to share is what I've been playing around with as far as my other hobby is concerned. I haven't been playing with my beading and jewelry making much lately, but I got stuff out to play around and made a couple fun cell phone dangles. Just some fun small projects :cD

Well, the weather here in Ohio has taken a dramatic turn. After several days of sunshine and 70+ degree weather, we are sitting here with seriously dreary skies and temps in the 40s! What a change!! I am still going to go out and run, but the rest of the day will be devoted to the sewing I haven't been accomplishing lately, and making some homemade chicken pot pie, mmmmm...... Hope you all are having a wonderful day, and get time to do the things you love with the ones you love. Warm country wishes all!!


amandajean said...

I'm glad to see that you received your fabric! and glad to hear that you are joining in on the quilt along.

btw, the weather turned crappy here, too. it's so sad.

QuiltedSimple said...

I like your new blocks - bright and cheerful - the perfect contrast for this perfectly dreary day we are having!!

Mary said...

Aren't these log cabin blocks fun? I recently used my leftover bits for one. If I can just find time to quilt it now!
(my blocks were larger so I used my little bits and larger strips and strings as I worked my way out)

Barb said...

Lucky you and lucky Nici for being winners :>), I love hearing about and seeing the prize!

I can't bear to part with any scrap that could be used, so sometimes I join them together in a long strip and they become usable 'crumbs', just cut at a random point of sewing, does this make sense?

HAPPY DAY, and I am one that had to report to an office for my day job today, but it is still a GREAT DAY (it is about attitude)! Our weather is cold and damp, 'crappy' as Amandajean said :o(!

Needled Mom said...

Beautiful fabrics. I can't wait to see what you do with it.

Glad that you came up with something clever for the scraps. It's a great idea.

julieQ said...

What pretty fabric, it will be wonderful made up! I like your beading on your cell phone. Cool idea!

BusybeeDebQuilts said...

Thanks for visiting my site! I'll give Jolene the message ... :-)

I love your scrappy log cabin blocks. I keep think I want to do something similar ... gotta make the time!

I also relate to the quilter's "down period" ... going thru one myself at the moment. Lots of fun things to do, but a lack of motivation ... I'm willing to attribute it to Spring Fever too ... :-D