Monday, January 12, 2015

Three Projects

Well, I've worked a bit on the background of the bee skep hooked rug that I shared in a previous post. But I'm not loving it, so I think I will be pulling it all out and trying something different - just not enough oomph .


Last week I found a pile of hourglass blocks on my cutting table that were leftover from a previous project and decided I might try stitching up a quick little quilt. I decided to make it red, white & blue.

So I pulled out my strips of red & cream fabric - - -

and made up a bunch of scrappy 9-patches - - -

Then auditioned different settings that combined the two blocks - - -


Decided on this one then tried out some fabrics for the borders and binding - - -

Got it all sewn together, quilted (not very well), and washed, so now it's all done. Finished size is about 16"x20". Funny thing is that I made WAY more 9-patches than I needed, so now I have lots of THOSE leftover to make another project with - sheesh!

I've also been making some hexies and sewing them together like Kristie at Quilting Cowgirl - it's such a great project to work on in the evenings while I'm vegging in front of the TV - thanks for the inspiration Kristie!

Now I need to get myself in gear and make a twin-sized quilt for my grandson's 8th birthday on Feb 14th. He chose the colors and a design that he liked. Then I 'had' to go shopping for the fabrics since these colors aren't in my stash (poor me)...


and I have a start on it.


Oh, and just as a side note, I tallied up my book list from 2014 and discovered that I read (or listened to) 59 books last year - yay me!






19 comments:

Kristie said...

I love your little quilt, so tiny I don't know how you work on them. :) Love your hexies! I still need to make a few hundred more sets. What would you call this shape that we are putting them in? I don't really know but I still need a bunch more of them. I have been sewing what I have of them into sets of 2 but I need more. :) What size hexies are you using?
Kristie

Kyle said...

Hope pulling out that background won't be a pain. But nows the time to fix it. The R,W, B quilt is great. I love how a few left over pieces propels your creativity off to something else.

Julia said...

Your little quilts are pretty amazing.
JB

Kim said...

I'm amazed at how you take those little bits of fabric and create something so beautiful. And you make it seem effortless

Rugs and Pugs said...

LOVE that little red, white and blue quilt.
Hugs :)
Lauren

Jennie in GA said...

I adore your little red, white and blue quilt!

Janet O. said...

Wow--that's a lot of books. Wish I could focus on audio books. My mind wanders and when I come back to it I realize I have no idea what is going on.
Sweet little quilt. When I saw the first layout I was thinking you should have made that one, but I really, really like your finish! Okay, I love it!! : )

Yvonne said...

The beehive rug is going to be so cute! Love your little quilts and I am sure the new one for your grandson is going to look amazing as well! I don't know how you do it though making a quilt in just a month!

Lesley said...

Love your little 9-patch quilt!

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

Oh my, those little nine patches are adorable! What size are those little blocks? I love the border fabric you chose. That's a fabulous little quilt!

Cathy Buel said...

A beautiful little quilt made from leftovers. Sometimes they are my favorite quilts. Hugs

Lori said...

Funny how one little quilt can turn into two? Love it and the fun striped border.
How exciting to make a quilt for your grandson. :)

Doniene said...

Gayle, absolutely wonderful projects!!! Love the little rw&b quilt!!! I seem to have the same problem with left over blocks!! I guess that is just how it goes!!!

Blessings and hugs!

Me and My Stitches said...

Your little 9 patch turned out perfect! Love the setting you ended up with and for me, the stripe makes it just perfect! Also love your rug - will be interesting to see what you decide on it too. Good luck on that new quilt - you will have it done in no time!

Karen in Breezy Point said...

Your little "leftovers" quilt is adorable--love it! I really slacked off on reading last year--hope to do a lot better in 2015!

Karen said...

Some little left over blocks turned into something very nice. I love red, white, and blue quilts.

audrey said...

Your hexies are just scrumptious.:)

Sue SA said...

Love your new mini, you might need to start using the left over blocks on the backs! Then again you could always use them as a give away! Your grandsons quilt colours are lovely, nice to try something in a different palette for someone you love.

Three Sheep Studio said...

I am always so intriqued by those hexis. They are so beautiful.
Maybe in another lifetime I will delve into them !! Your work is just gorgeous. ;)
Rose