Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Beginnings of a Patchwork Quilt

I'm working on a quilt for the first time in ...oh... maybe 10 - 15 years! I kept changing my mind on the design, but always wanted it to be a scrappy quilt so imperfections weren't that obvious (unless you are a perfectionist and can spot mistakes a mile away).

That's my little Pfaff Hobby 750 in the background above. It's simple, but it gets the job done! I certainly wouldn't mind a newer one with an IDT (Integrated Dual Feed) along with a Sew Steady extension table... hint, hint! ;)

For this quilt, I chose blacks, browns, and grays, and finally decided on a "Nine Patch Rearranged" design. Basically you cut strips, sew them together in 3 sets of 3s, then cut those into strips and sew into a 9 patch square.

But you don't stop there. You cut the 9 patch in half horizontally and then vertically, turn the 4 smaller squares around until you get the variation you want, and sew those back together!

And then, if you were off a bit like me, you go back later and square up all the squares.

I have 10 large squares made... only 40 something to go!

I ordered some quilting supplies using an Amazon gift card I got for my birthday. Among the items was a new cutting mat because my old one has glue, paint, and marker on it!

I also purchased Aurifil thread for the first time (since so many quilting bloggers raved about it) and I love it! For this quilt, I'm using 50wt 2605 Grey. It blends so well with these colors.

Check back in a few days to see more progress on this quilt!


Sunday, March 8, 2015

Saving Scraps of Scraps

Years ago I found a few 1930s quilts at an estate sale. I loved those quilts... and so did the kids... we practically wore them out. They were utilitarian, not fancy, made of feed sacks and sweet cotton prints. So we used them, and used them well. We wore holes in them... and probably holes in the holes!

Time after time I put them in the discard pile, and time after time I took them out. They were nothing but scraps by then, but I still couldn't get rid of them.

And so I began salvaging the scrappy parts of the scraps. I made pincushions and scissor pockets and strawberry emeries... and little doll quilts...

sweet, wonky, little doll quilts... quilts for dollies to snuggle under...

quilts for protecting your farmhouse table from the vase of fresh cut flowers... quilts to hang on a miniature quilt rack... quilts to tack on the wall for a bit of quaint cottage charm.

Making these recent little prim quilts has let me practice my quilt binding technique. Not that I have a technique, I just read the directions in the book and take off, but I must say... I love making and sewing on the binding!

I need this skill because I'm getting ready to make a king-size scrappy quilt! I'll keep you posted on that one! :)


P.S. If you want to see more of the little quilts, just click this link.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Spring Cleaning / Junk Sale

Hi there!

I just couldn't take it any longer... I had to start sorting through things in my workroom... again. I have listed the first few items in my (early) spring cleaning / junk sale. I've also included some of my art and matted photographs that were never listed in my Etsy shops.

The next set of items will most likely be listed mid March. In the second round, I plan on listing most of my antique photographs... so be ready! :)

You can see the first round of Junk Sale goods here.

As for new handmade items, they will come a little later, hopefully by Spring. :)

I do still have plenty of inventory in my Etsy shops. Just click the links to the right if you'd like to browse original art, needlework, and paper whimsies.

Take care & God bless,

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Waiting on Spring

Spring... It's gotta be out there somewhere...

In the midst of a week of snow, another week of ice, downed trees, and power outages...

our family was sick with bronchitis, colds, fevers, coughing...

and most recently bacterial pneumonia,
it's been tiring and depressing...

But even all the ice has its moments of beauty...

and spring is on the way,
sooner or later. :)

Stay warm and safe, wherever you are!


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

It's a Birthday Sale!!!

So... on the 18th I turn 48 and what better way to celebrate with you than to have a sale!!!

Get 48% off all items in any of my Etsy shops. Just visit the shop, add the items to your cart, then apply coupon code 48YEARS. The discount will be applied and you may check out as usual.

The sale ends at midnight on the 18th so don't wait too long!

Here are the links to my shops:
Lana Manis Designs
Honeysuckle Lane
Simple Joys Paperie