Sunday, January 13, 2013


I haven't been posting a lot lately, but I have been busy. Here are some of the projects I've been working on.

I'm doing the Easy Street Mystery Quilt from Bonnie Hunter at Quiltville. I have all the sub-sections finished - - - -

- - - - and have started sewing them into blocks and setting triangles. This is going to be a BIG quilt when it's done!

I also string pieced these scrappy 9" blocks onto muslin foundations with the same brown fabric sewn on the center diagonal.

I'm working on Pam Buda's Orphans & Scraps project - fun to make these little 4" blocks that she posts each Friday. The one on the right with 4-patches set on point, was made in the most unique manner - I never would have thought of doing it this way if it weren't for her instructions! Look at it here and be amazed!

Using one of the leftover hourglass blocks from that project, I made this little pillow.  I'm not in love with it cuz the proportions are wrong - I should have either trimmed down the center block, or made the logs surrounding it a little wider and the pillow bigger - oh well.

My Dad's wife has a birthday coming up in a couple of weeks. She has a little lap dog that she loves dearly, so I used a picture of him to make a pendant and turned it into a key fob with charms that she can attach to her key chain or purse strap. I suppose she could wear it as a necklace too if she liked it that way.

Then I wrapped it in an old book page that I stamped and embellished - then stitched it closed with my sewing machine.

And I put it into this ruffled gift bag that will include a few other small items. I used Rae Missigman's tutorial  and it was so fun using newspapers and coffee filters to make something functional and beautiful and unusual. 

In closing, I got spammed like crazy a few days ago - over 60 different comments were left on some of my blog posts - thankfully none of them were terribly offensive - but that's just crazy to have to deal with that. In an effort to prevent it from happening again, I have made it so anonymous comments cannot be left anymore. If you don't have a blog and want to leave a comment, you'll have to email it to me by clicking on the postcard near the top of the page. Sorry for the inconvenience!


Sue said...

Boy, you have been busy! Your quilt projects look wonderful. I really love the string quilt a whole lot!

Have a wonderful 2013!

Three Sheep Studio said...

I just love all of the creative projects you have been busy with !
The quilt pieces are so cheerful with their vibrant colors.

Serendipity said...

Loving all your quilt projects...Wow! It looks like 2013 is off to a great start for you!

Darn/bummer about the spam issue...hoping that doesn't happen to you again.

Doniene said...

You HAVE been busy!! And all your progress is wonderful!! What a great gift and gift bag!! You are the clever one!!


annie said...

wow lots of projects!
love them all, esp the pendant!

Rugs and Pugs said...

Gayle ~
You sure have been busy! Love the pendant. Thanks for sharing.
Hugs :)

Nedra said...

I have watched a lot of people making Easy Street. What a great quilt. Sorry to hear about your Spam Attack. So understandable that you need to add on extra security.

Karen said...

I like your fabric colors you are using for the Easy Street mystery. Looks like it came out of my stash of fabrics.

Janet O. said...

Lots of familiar fabrics in your Easy Street blocks. Looking very good! Wish I was that far along. : )
Oh, those string blocks sing, Gayle!
Such cute little blocks you have made for the O&S project.
My goodness, that bag is newspapers and coffee filters? Who thinks of these things?
Great post--so much good stuff!

audrey said...

Looks like you have been busy! Love your string quilt esp.:)

Me and My Stitches said...

Wow - I'd say you've been busy! Love all of your projects (as always) - your Easy Street is going to be really nice - I like your color choices. Really unique and creative projects for the birthday girl too. Thanks for sharing!

Yvonne said... many cute projects you are working on, beautiful blocks you have made. Love the key chain and the lovely wrapping!

Laurel said...

You have been busy! Love your projects.

Lori said...

You are a sewing and crafting machine!! Love your latest projects!!

Kyle said...

It's amazing what we can get done when we don't play around on the computer! You string blocks are great especially with that one common strip in the center. Pam Buda's project looks fun too! Keep sewing.

Kindred Quilts said...

I really like your color and fabric choices in Easy Street! Same goes for Pam's blocks. Cute key pendant too! I have recently made changes to my comments section due to spam, but thankfully not as many as you got!
Loved seeing all your projects!

jennifer768 said...

Loving all the projects you are working on Gayle. I love them all but the string quilt is a favorite.Sweet gift and a neat gift bag.

Julia said...

I can see why you didn't had time to blog much lately. Boy, you've been productive. I love all your quilt squares. I wouldn't have thought of making those little squares like that either.

I had to remove the Anonymous button also for the same reason.

Lori said...

I finally got a chance to check out Pam's tutorial on the 4 patches! Amazing! I wish I had a designers mind. :)

Cheryl said...

You have been a very busy girl, and finished Lori's project too! Hope the spam issue stops. Knock on wood...hasn't happened to me YET.

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