"Hey, if I had somewhere to go, I certainly wouldn't be in Cleve-Land." -Howard the Duck

Sunday, February 8, 2015

A Little Too Big

Along with the 1930s fabric pieces that I ordered from MaryB'sRepros&More  I ordered some of her precut 1.5" squares in 1930s prints.  Since my partner for the February Banner Swap loves pastels & blues, I thought I'd make her a little 4"x6" patchwork quilt.  Well, the squares DO measure 1.5"x1.5" but apparently my hand sewn seams were not quite 1/4" because this little beauty measures almost 5"x7"...so it's way too big for this swap.  I'll just keep this one & I'm already well on my way to another banner for this month.
The back of this little quilt is one of the 1930s prints from my last post.  It's one I got last year from Joyofquilting1.  Then I just folded over the edges on the front & did a little self binding to finish it off.  It was lots of fun to do...and I guess if I do this again, I'll do one that is 3x5 squares then add borders to make it a good 4"x6".  I still like this little quilt...even f it is too big.
I'm linking up to Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching...be sure to visit there for lots of eye candy & inspiration.  There's always something wonderful to discover there.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Still Loving Those 1930s Fabrics

I know it's been ages since I wrote about my Grandmother's Flower Garden or Tumbler quilts.  I put them away for a bit to work on some gifts...but soon it will be time to pull them out again.  That hasn't stopped me from adding to my collection of 30s prints, however.  The ones above were bought sometime last year from Joyofquilting1 on eBay.  I now have almost all the sets she has offered...if you're in the market for 1930s reproduction fabric, you should check her out. 

I also found another resource for lovely 1930s fabric on Etsy.  The shop is MaryB'sRepros&More and that's where I found more of the duckies print that I love so much.  I'm so excited to be able to add this one into my Tumbler quilt...the flowers for my Flower Garden are pretty much done & all I have to do there is join them together to make the quilt top.  I may end up making half flowers so the quilt will have even edges, so I may need some duckies to do that.
I've also added these pretty prints on a couple visits to Mary's shop.  I just can't have enough of these 1930s prints.  Soon I'll get back to my 30s projects...I have so much planned for 2015...it's going to be a good year...or so I hope.  Now if it would only stop SNOWING & warm up!
Be safe & keep warm...and to my CA friends...you know to send those warm ocean breezes my way.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

January? Done!

You'll remember my dear friend Bev challenged me to do a Quilt Block of the Month for 2015...you can see the original post here. 

My January block is done...so now on to February...looks like an interesting block.
You can see Bev's blog here...with the quilt she will be making as the year goes on.  This will be lots of fun...and a bit of competition will keep things interesting, I'm sure.

On another note...I found one more fabric to add into the yardage to use with my Somerset Jelly Roll...this is the newest addition.
You can see how it goes with the other 2 fabrics here...I really like these together.  They're quite different for me...so this will be lots of fun & maybe I'll make the Somerset quilt first...then the Rambling Rose one...just to shake things up a bit.
Now...on to February...starting with the Super Bowl on Sunday...

Thursday, January 29, 2015

January Fabric Banner Swap

Today's mail brought my mini banner from my partner Joy, who also lives in Ohio...not far from me actually.  She knows that winter is not a favorite of mine, so she went with a lovely pink theme for my banner.  I love it!  The little crocheted doily is so cute & the lace flower is the perfect reminder that spring is getting closer to us each day.  Joy added touches of embroidery & some pretty pink beads, too...as well as some of the pink ribbon I sent to her in a swap last year. 
You can see the details here.  I love hand stitching & the bits of embroidery & embellishment here are so sweet. 
Even the back of her little banner says spring to me...I can hardly wait until we'll have flowers & greenery outside instead of the dead looking trees & snow we have now. 
I'm lucky to be able to mail to Joy for our February swap...I'm already pulling out fabric & trims to inspire me.  You can read about our swap here at A Swap for All Seasons
Thanks so much Joy...you made my day so much brighter!!!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

I can share this now...

I'm a member of a wonderful year long swap hosted by Linda at A Swap for All Seasons.  The swap is for 4" x 6" fabric banners...no glue allowed...all stitched together.  My kind of swap for sure.  Each month we will get one partner to send to & we'll receive a banner from a different partner.  For January I was lucky enough to send to Patty in Oz...she lives in Kansas & while I was tempted to do something with the Wizard of Oz...I decided that since the January banner would arrive late January or early February...I'd go with hearts & flowers. 
When I create just about anything, I pull out things from my stash that I think would work...then I have to have them laying around for awhile to see what inspires me the most.  Once I found this heart applique that's probably from the 1960s or 1970s...I knew I had found the focal point for this banner.  I hand stitched the applique to a piece of some 1970s era quilted fabric with the sweet Valentine's motif.  All the ribbon & lace & other trim I used was from my stash.  I need to confess...I have way over the legal limit of Valentine's fabric.  I didn't realize how much I had until I started pulling it out.  Oh well...fabric doesn't eat anything...so it can stick around.
I added that cute little rose applique to the heart....and sewed on some faux pearls & crystal beads for some texture & sparkle.  I love little details like that.
Of course, the back of the banner needed some love, too.  I made a little label so Patty would remember who created her banner...and you can't really see it here, but the heart charm says "Hand Made With Love".  I have enough of those to use throughout the year.
When Linda invited me to be part of this swap I knew it would be fun...and a bit of a challenge since 4" x 6" is pretty small.  So far I'm loving it...and we already have our partners for February...and I've pulled out another pile of fabric & trims for that one.  I'll post again after I receive my January banner...it won't be long now.  Be sure to visit Patty's blog to see the beautiful pix she took of her banner...I'm thrilled she liked it.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

I couldn't resist...

In addition to my love of fabric & quilting, I have a passion for rubber stamps...so when I saw this Tim Holtz fabric on sale at The Fat Quarter Shop...I had to have some.  I'm thinking it will be some pillows for our sofa as well as a journal cover. 

Here's a close up...it's too cool.
Now I'm heading in to watch the Pro Bowl & work on finishing my January challenge block.  I have to do it because I promised Bev I would...and she's getting close to having hers done, too.