Thursday, February 3, 2011

What am I up to?!

Hello, friends! I hadn't realized that it has been a whole month since I last made a post! Where did the time go!
Well, let me show you what I've been doing. I started Barbara Brackman's Civil War quilt along. She has been posting a new block once a week on Saturday's. I am only on week 3 since I did not start it right away. I have 2 more to go in order to catch up. I am hand piecing the blocks. Just like my ancestors would have done. :0)
This is a project that I have not begun yet. My youngest daughter will be going to college next year and has asked me to make her a special quilt to bring to school with her. How could I refuse! This is the pattern she chose. I now have everything I need to make it and hope to start it soon.
Here is the Fall 1 1/2 inch strip exchange quilt that I have been working on. ( The top is all together, finally, except for the border) I'm not finished yet so you only get to see a peek of the borders I have been auditioning to see what might work. I think I'm going to go with all three you see in the picture. I hope I have enough fabric to do the last border. If not I will have to devise a plan "B". Stay tuned!
:0) This is something I just whipped up from someone else's caste off! My quilt bee occasionally has a meeting where you bring what you don't want anymore. A sort of "my trash is someone else's treasure"Day. I had picked up three baggies of pre-cut rail fences. It was really easy! I just had to sew the pre-cut strips and ended up with this small lap quilt! I am thinking about adding a border and then finishing it up to give to my daughter who is now living in a college apartment. It will be a perfect throw for her sofa!!
Another baggie I picked up!! Pre cut pyramids! I have been playing around with the pieces on my design wall. This is what I have so far. There were plenty of darks in the baggie but I did have to cut more lights for the background. I'm still moving pieces around yet, so I haven't sewn it together.
Well, here's my story of the day. I have had a book shelf in my sewing room which was made of press board. The bookshelf had been mine as a child. So it was weak and wobbly but I was using it anyway. It had had enough. I have a lot of quilting books. I love my books! I often use them as references for my projects. I think I have more books then fabric.... Uh maybe not. But it sure is close! :0)
Anyway, My bookshelf Kaput! So..... I have two new shelf units that I bought from IKEA called Expedit. I love them! I only bought two to see how I liked them. I will be purchasing another one. Only this time instead of only the four cubes, I will get the bigger one with (I think) it had 12 cubes! I can't wait! My books are currently on the floor in boxes. Our nearest Ikea is about 2 hours away. So it needs to be a planned trip. Maybe I can convince my husband we should go this weekend. ;0)
And last but certainly not least! I did make the little quilt into a pillow!! I am just loving it! I took the two old pillows I had on the sofa, which were falling apart at the seams literally, and cut them open. I reused the poly fill stuffing in them to stuff this one. I love it when I can recycle stuff!!

Have a great day everyone!! :0)

11 comments:

  1. You have been so busy! Making the most beautiful quilts, I might add!! Love how the pillow turned out! Just gorgeous!!

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  2. You have certainly been up to some fun stuff....

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  3. Lovely work in recycling other's projects and in your pillows. The new shelves look great and will do nicely holding all that inspiration.

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  4. No wonder you haven't had time to blog, you sure have been a busy little sewer. Love your Civil War quilt along, great blocks and great color choices also!
    Wendy

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  5. Karen ~ I've been following the Civil War blocks on Barbara's blog and thinking about jumping in late too! You have a great start, and piecing them by hand is cool!

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  6. The other day I just about sent you an email to see where you were and got side-tracked from doing it...and ta da here you are with all kinds of show and share!

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  7. Wow! You certainly did answer my question, lol, and I am happy to see that you have been busy! Love the little quilt pillows that you made. We use ours a lot. I also like that you are hand piecing the Civil War quilt blocks. Looks like you will be busy for a while! Hope you get to IKEA for those book shelf cubes. :-D

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  8. I have seen a lot of bloggers working on the civil war blocks. I like them. Oh, that is going to be a fabulous quilt you are going to make for your daughter.
    Very nice bookshelves.

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  9. How busy you've been Karen, such wonderful eye candy. Aren't these Civil War blocks fun, I am always looking forward to the next entry.
    *hugs*
    Tazzie
    :-)

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  10. My goodness, I do not know how I missed this post! No wonder you haven't posted in a while, you've been busy! Everything looks wonderful and I do love that pillow! I just love all of Kathleen Tracy's stuff :)

    Be blessed!

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  11. I love your pillow, it turned out lovely. Your really scored on the blocks, love those pyramids. I have an IKEA wall unit and just love it, isn't IKEA great? Have a safe trip to IKEA and enjoy the shopping.

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