A Facelift

Thursday, October 16, 2014

I'm the kind of person that likes a little change. A little neatness, a little tidying, and a little inspiration. I can get bored with the same thing day in and day out! Sooo, I decided to change the look of my blog a bit! Some flags were added to the right-hand side in the hopes of making my blog more visually appealing and in the hopes of making it easier for you to find the quilting designs I have to offer. I hope you like the change!!

Happy quilting everyone!

October ...

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

There's something about October that I love. It might be that cooler weather is finally here and the promise of winter is around the corner. It's an added bonus that I love fall colors!!
Last week, my daughter invited me to the pumpkin patch with my little grandson. My little guy is sporting three stitches in his chin from a fall the night before, but he still had a good time picking his little and big pumpkins! He's amazed at his choice. He's pretty goofy and silly!

My choice was a Cinderella Pumpkin. The hot glue gun gave me a fantastic bubbly burn on two of my fingers when I was decorating the pumpkin. (Me and heat sources have never been friends.) The color of the pumpkin matches part of the slate in my backsplash -- totally unintentional but it makes me like it all the more.
I haven't been sharing many quilting pictures lately, mostly because I forget to take them. But here's a picture of the start of a little wall hanging I had the opportunity to quilt last week. The owner will be adding some embellishments to the centers. That will be a pretty addition!!
Gosh, October has been BUSY! When I wasn't looking, my other little grandson turned one. Time flies when you're a granny!! Here he is at his birthday party, cruising in his Little Coupe Fire Truck that grandma and grandpa gave him. Isn't he cute? I couldn't get my camera to engage in time for his beautiful smile with dimples. This boy has some dimples, you'll just have to believe me about that!
We are hoping to take the grandkids to the Chaffee Zoo, Boo Zoo event next week and I can't wait! We missed out last year because my knee was killing me. So far so good right now and I have my regular camera's batteries charged. I'm ready! :)
I hope you are enjoying your October with your family. Happy quilting!

Metro Rings or Double Wedding Ring Quilt

Thursday, October 2, 2014

I finally got around to putting together a Metro Rings/Double Wedding Ring Quilt. I've been wanting to make a double wedding ring quilt for so long now and none of the traditional patterns I've started have ever gone together easily and I've given up. The frustration of the traditional double wedding ring quilt reminded me of trying to sew clothes from patterns, which is something I hate to do. But this pattern called "Metro Rings" by Sew Kind of Wonderful goes together so easily and was fun to piece. It does require her special Quick Curve Ruler.
My apologies for the color quality in these two pictures. My backyard seems very dark this morning. It must be the fall weather!! But I am NOT complaining in the slightest bit. I love, love the fall. It's my favorite time of the year!!
These are all scraps I had left over from another quilt I recently pieced. I had a bunch of 5 inch strips and a bit of yardage left of a lot of Kate Spain prints. They've been sitting in a box near my ironing station for a month or so now and I challenged myself to use them up. My original plan was to use a jelly roll of some 1930s prints for this pattern and I'm glad I tried something a little more bright and modern. All the 5 inch strips I had left are in this quilt and I have maybe five or six pieces of yardage left. My friends came together with me on Facebook and helped in the decision of the fabric choice for triangles. Most votes were for all orange or all purple, but my husband's cousin suggested this setting and I went with it.

And the binding.
The two pictures above are the truest in color. The quilt is close to 86 x 67 inches and I completed the cutting and sewing in about three days. It hasn't been pressed yet -- I'm in no hurry for that task! I'm enjoying piecing right now and trying to clear some fabric out of the over-stuffed closet.
If you are interested in this pattern, hop on over to Sew Kind of Wonderful and get yourself a Quick Curve Ruler and her pattern, "Metro Rings."

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