Interior Design

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

UFO'S AND PPP's

I invented a new term, PPP, (previously purchased projects). I have plenty of those around. Last night, as we were watching the Florida State football game (yea NOLES) I brought out boxes of fabric to sort. I ended up with a bag of scraps to donate or pitch and 7 organized boxes. Why is it that quilters find it so difficult to part with little tiny pieces of scrap fabric? Do we actually think that someone else wants them? At any rate, my new stash consists of a large plastic storage bin literally full of green fabric, primarily hunter green from the 90's I would say. This stash came from another quilter who left it to our church and I wound up with it. Green must have been her favorite color. I also have another bin of reds and pinks and three smaller bins of Christmas fabrics. NOw one of my new ideas for a project will consist of making a jelly roll type of quilt using only green strips with an occasional red thrown in. That would be kind of pretty. I can visualize myself standing at my cutting counter and stripping away. OH, how fun! I was on Bee in my Bonnet this morning and she was talking about starting a new project and I thought, I have too many PPP's and UFO's already to start something completely new, like buying new fabric. I think I will see if I can go the whole month of January without buying any new fabric. We'll see. Carol

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2013

This year I am going to make a real effort to resurrect this blog and I hope to be able to share! I have a goal this year to make 12 charity quilts for our local guild, Silver Threads Quilt Guild in Fort Walton Beach, Fl. I have a good start as I am a prolific sewer and I just sit down and push that fabric through the machine. I am also very creative in mixing and matching fabrics as I have been an interior decorator for 28 1/2 years! I love fabrics and making them work. 1. My first quilt is a for a little boy and was made entirely out of scraps left over from two quilts I made for my two three year old grandsons. Its amazing how much you can make with literally a pile of scraps!
I started with the center rectangle of part of a road and just kept sewing strips around it until it was the size I wanted. It wasn't hard to find backing in my stash either, plain red! 2. The second quilt is a take on the 9 patch. I had a stack of nine patch blocks from a swap and they really weren't very attractive so I took a square of contrast fabric the same size as the block and cut strips 2 inches out from the center square. Then sewed them back for the disappearing 9 patch, added sashing and borders and voila! Totally from my stash.
3. Quilt # 3 was a fun one made for a little girl! I don't get to do much pink as I have 3 grandsons and my granddaughter isn't in to pink. The pattern was a tutorial entitled Little Kukla Quilt tutorial and was fun to make. The four large birdhouse squares were a fat quarter and the rest of the strips were entirely from my stash except the outer border which I bought on sale last week. You can find the tutorial at
I did change it up a bit by adding the brown sashing all around the center strips and only one border additional. I hope you've enjoyed seeing these as much as I enjoyed making them!