Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Marrakech Modern

Marrakech Modern: Exotic Moroccan design gets a modern makeover this season, offsetting lavis...


So last night I was finishing up some binding on a tote bag that I started this weekend. I'm really into sewing bags lately and hubby is complaining because they hang on every doorknob in the house. I need to start selling something. At any rate, my creative mind was musing again and I remembered a UFO I had started with charm packs last year. I started thinking about how I could "fix" it. Above is an example of how I inserted a 1" strip into a charm by assembly line sewing. I saw the pattern in LOVE OF QUILTING by Fons and Porter but the designer had you cutting the 1" by 5" strips, and sewing each one individually to half of a charm square. Fooey on that. At any rate, I have this bag of about 30 charms already with the 1" insert plus fabric to go with. So I was thinking last night of sewing strips around each charm to create a log cabin like square and then sewing them together somehow. I will have to think on it but I don't want to sew it like it was orginally designed. Boring doesn't cut it with me anymore. I am a natural rule breaker. When presented with a challenge, I am always trying to reinvent the wheel and do it a different, better way. Doesnt always turn out better but you know the drift! Later.

Monday, June 18, 2012


I'm waffling back and forth with projects and not sure where to go. This weekend I didn't accomplish much in the way of quilting. At least I don't think I did. I worked on a quilt top that I had basically created with no pattern. It's kind of a project for a quilt for my granddaughter, maybe, if she'll like it, and I got to a point where I'm not sure what to do next? Why don't I just follow a pattern? I'm just one of those people who like to try new things and break the rules. Then I worked on a purse yesterday, Sunday. I got so far with it and then I'm not sure that the little bit of orange that I added to it is going to help. So I may take it apart and not add the orange. I sewed all weekend with nothing completed. That is so not like me. I've got some quilt tops that I made this past year and not sure if I will bat and quilt them. So I've decided that maybe I ought to cut them up and make totes out of them. Waffling about that too. Today I've got to devote some time to actually working at my job. Maybe I'll get off the waffle iron and accomplish something. Later.

Friday, June 15, 2012


FABRIC ALERT, REPOSTED! Friday, June 15, 2012 I'm reposting the following from QuiltingB52's blog this morning as I wanted to share with all my quilting friends. This is serious as the disease is spreading! "Fabric Alert Warning.... Friday, June 15, 2012 Chemical Warning: A recent study indicated that fabric gives off certain Pheromones that actually hypnotize women and cause them to purchase unreasonable amounts. When stored in large quantities in enclosed spaces, the Pheromones (in the fabric) causes memory loss and induces the nesting syndrome (similar to the one squirrels have before the onset of winter i.e. storing food). Therefore perpetuating their species and not having a population loss due to their kind being cut into pieces and mixed with others. Sound tests have also revealed that these fabrics emit a very high pitched sound, heard only by a select few, a breed of women know as “quilters”. When played backwards on an LP, the sounds are heard as chants, “buy me, cut me and sew me”. In order to overcome the so called “feeding frenzy effect” that these fabrics cause, one must wear a face mask when entering a storage facility and use ear plugs to avoid being pulled into their grip. One must laugh, however, at the sight of customers in a quilt fabric store, with WWII army gas masks and headphones! Studies have also indicated that aliens have inhabited the earth, helping to spread the effects that these fabrics have on the human population. They are called QUILT FABRIC STORE CLERKS. It’s also been experienced that these same Pheromones cause a pathological need to hide these fabric purchases when taken home (or at least blend them into the existing stash), and when asked by significant other if the fabric is new, the reply is “I’ve had it for awhile.” " ~ Author unknown I have this disease but I am here to say that I actually walked into 2 fabric stores this week and left with nothing, not even a pack of needles! I don't know what came over me. I sniffed and smelled and took in the aroma but wasn't inspired to whip out my credit card! I'm seriously thinking about making a doctor's appointment! I did have a wakeup call when I got my latest credit card bill that I have devoted to quilting purchases. I figured I needed to pare that down a bit and maybe knocked some sense into me. This week I attacked a UFO of a BOM that I'm enrolled in. (ONlY YOU QUILTERS WILL UNDERSTAND WHAT I JUST SAID) I've been sewing bags like I didn't have any so I"m glad to go back to something that I needed to do. I must be crazy to have signed up for Ripples and Reflections BOM. It is another thousand tiny triangles quilt! What was I thinking? I just finished Patriots in Petticoats which was triangle city! I'm behind on my blocks so I want to catch up this weekend. R and R isn't that much fun because I am making 4 of the same block, all those triangles! And all the same! It is quick assembly line sewing though once I get into it. So tomorrow is Saturday! Yea! Another day to sew and catch up! Later.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Tote Bags are Heaven!

Lately, I've been quilting and sewing everyday. I like sewing Tote bags because I can have a finished project at the end of the day. Trouble is, I have many completed tote bags around the house and no where to put them. So I need to offer them up for sale. I'm challenged when it comes to photography and posting pics. I will work on that. Later. Carol

Crafty Sewing & Quilting: Are you a NEW Quilt Blogger?

Crafty Sewing & Quilting: Are you a NEW Quilt Blogger?