Sunday, March 30, 2008

Kaleidoscope Dreams

I have been having the best time with my kaleidoscope blocks from the class Mom and I took on Thursday. So far I have made 15 blocks. I need 3 more, but I have 6 possibilities. For those of you who haven't made a kaleidoscope quilt yet, I need to cut enough wedges for 38 blocks but only use 18 as the center stars. The rest of the wedges get used elsewhere in the quilt, and I need to decide on my favorites. Some were very similar, some were WAY too busy, and some just didn't speak to me. Now I need your help: please vote for your favorite blocks out of the six left (multiple votes allowed). At left are the finished 15 and the focus fabric to give you an idea of what I am already working with.

I'll give you the week to vote while I cut the rest of the blocks, work on my denim and flannel quilt, and maybe even start on Orange Crush.

It's one of those rainy, perfect-for-sewing days here in the 'burbs. If only the laundry would do itself! Have a wonderful week!

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Orange Crush

I've chosen my fabrics for the Orange Crush Mystery Quilt. What do you think? I wanted to do a slightly brighter version of Bonnie's colors since this quilt is screaming to be made for my DD's bed.

  1. First, she is an orange fanatic. I mean, she has orange crocs, orange clothes, orange hair clips, orange everything. She is not a prissy pink or purple girl - she is ORANGE.

  2. Second, she has inherited my love of mysteries. I am a true crime addict and mystery buff, so the idea of a mystery quilt is like my two great loves uniting. Last year my DD's whole birthday party was a Nancy Drew theme, complete with clues mailed for days ahead instead of a normal invitation.

  3. Third, hers just happens to be the only bed in the house that this quilt will fit.

I think it's a sign, don't you?

Friday, March 28, 2008

Joining the Blogging World

Okay, I admit it. I'm only doing this so I can get one of those cool links to Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt page. So I'm a total follower, a sheep if you will. Don't care.

Mom and I took our kaleidoscope quilting class yesterday at Share the Spirit Quilting and Yarn. There are not so many quilting things out there that I really feel the pull of taking a whole day class anymore - most stuff I can figure out by reading a book or looking at a website. But this is one that was worth every penny (of Mom's! It was part of my birthday present.) for someone to show us step-by-step how to do it. I will have to take pics of my stars and y'all can vote on which ones should grace the center of the quilt.

Speaking of darling DD finally got her sewing table and machine set up in her room so she can sew without all the hassle of dragging everything out. The table is an old Singer treadle base with a butcher block top. She looked at the finished scene and sighed saying, "Mommy, I love it. It looks just a little old fashioned." That's my girl! Of course, she also informed me that her sewing room would never be as messy as mine, as she lovingly tucked her 3 1/2" strips of fabric into the SteriLite drawers purchased just for her last weekend.

Out of the mouths of babes...

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