Saturday, March 29, 2008

Overflowing with ideas

This is how my quilting project started--well, after a few hours of cutting the strips of fabric. It'll be so much easier next time now that I have a rotary cutter! See, this is not very interesting to look at. That's why I waited on posting the pictures.
And in the middle of putting a quilt together, I decided I had to make a bag for my niece who's turning 12 next week. I did have a reason for jumping into this--the idea was to practice free-motion quilting on the bag so then I'd be such a pro at it come quilting time on the big quilt. Ha, ha. Have you ever tried free motion quilting? Maybe it's my machine, maybe it's my complete lack of skill/experience or a combination of the two, but I used yet another piece of fabric to practice before doing the bag, and well, it's a complete train wreck. I think I'll save it though. You know, for when I improve and I can look back and laugh. So for the bag, I just did a diamond design, and I love it! I want this bag!
And I love the fabric on the inside--I could buy all of this line of fabric and be very happy! It's the Chocolate Lollipop line by Anna Maria Horner.
And I just got around to finishing these--they're coffee cozies. Another idea I shamelessly borrowed from Erin. I've said it before, but I think she is awesome, and I'm always amazed at the things she creates.
So here are my quilt squares, all ready to be stay-stitched and then pieced together. It's super-girly, and I love it! It's a lap quilt, but I don't exactly see hubby cuddling up under this to watch the basketball. The idea behind making this quilt was to develop my quilt-making skills and to use up some of my stash. Well, the using of the stash has gone well, we'll have to see about the quilt-making skills part.
So that has been my week, craft-wise. Two days ago, hubby said, "let's go to Paris." Huh? What? Our tenth anniversary is this June, and we've been half-planning and then putting off any sort of trip. And then he comes out with this! So, I think today I'll be going to the post office to see about passport renewal or whatever. Wish me luck.


Mary Beth said...

Love the coffee cozies! I agree, Erin is an amazing crafter and a nice blogger! Your interpretation is so cute. Thanks for the nice comments on my blog, Meg. Glad you like the pants.

Mary Beth said...

Oh, I forgot to say, I too want to make some of those pants for my older boy (3). My husband is cool with it as long as Dieter, the 3 year old, approves.

Lucy said...

Lots of great stuff going on here!! I wish I could sew!

Thank you for joining our Springtime in Paris swap!!