Thursday, April 10, 2008

Lend a Hand

I know I haven't posted since my pictures from Puerto Rico but we still haven't replaced our cute little digital camera. I'm not crazy about our other camera, it's sort of a big ELEPHANT. But we are having guests this weekend and our friend is into cameras so he is going to go with us and help us pick out a new one. I will have pictures next week. Anyway, I do have this to show you!




I came across this gal's request on Nellie's blog. This gal is collecting fabric hands. She just wanted your hand traced on fabric and cut out, no name on it, no embellishments. But you could choose any fabric you liked. I'm not sure what she is going to do with them but I thought "what the heck". I figure it will only take me a few minutes to do this. But, OH, NO!! I wanted my hand to "reflect" who I am. Well, I knew what fabric I wanted (the shamrocks, I mean, I am McIrish Annie ) but how long do you think it took me to find this particular FQ!! LOL, 30 minutes. The actual tracing and cutting took 7 minutes! I think I need to spend some time reorganizing a portion of my stash!

Oh, and back to Nellie. If you have never visited Nellie, please do! She is so talented and I have learned so much from her about color, composition and different techniques. Even a traditional quilter will find her work very inspiring!

So, my hand is on its way to France! Au Revoir!!

I have been sewing.. I have all the blocks together for my summer quilt. I will be adding borders this weekend. As always, I am short on fabric so I need to be creative in putting the border together. I also got a bit sidetracked last weekend. I have made two pillow shams for this quilt, Crazy Diamonds, which I made a couple of years ago for a guild challenge. This quilt is on the bed in the guest room and I have wanted to make shams but you know how it goes. I kept all the extra strips etc. Well, we are having company this weekend so of course, they needed to get done. I have the fronts done and quilted and will put the actual shams together tonight. Of course, company arrives tomorrow! Flames to my fanny!!

I have also started a mystery quilt, courtesy of Kate North (she twisted my arm, I swear!!) through this gal's blog, Life is a Stitch. She is posting the steps every two weeks so it won't be too bad! I'm doing the twin size for a nephew. And speaking of Kate, I also signed up for her little quilt swap and pulled some victims along with me! Right, Dandylion!! Oh well, so much for my New Year's Resolution not to start any new challenges! Oh and I also got my block for the 2nd Round Robin I'm doing with the gals from my guild. We had soo much fun doing the first one that we started another! Oh well, so much for my New Year's Resolution not to join any new challenges! Is there a support group for Challenge Junkies??

7 comments:

Finn said...

If I hear of a group for challenge junkies, Annie, I'll send it your way.
Love your hand, by the way, very, very you! And 30 minutes? Not bad.
Glad to hear you are sewing and quilting again, miss you! Hugs, Finn

Nellie's Needles said...

Looove that hand. I hope lots of hands are received through that international request. My understanding is that all hands will go into one piece to show caring and support to the maker's friend who is very much in need.

Valerie said...

Hands....What a thought? People are so smart. I am just learing to quilt so I just love all these ideas. You have a lot going on. I can't wait to check all of your links out. I will be back to visit soon.

julieQ said...

That is a neat hand idea! I will pop over to her blog.. Thank you for sharing yours!

Screen Door said...

I've been out of town so I'm here with coffee this morning catching up.... Enjoy your company.

Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

great hand!!!
Happy camera shopping, Tracey

katelnorth said...

Now you can blame me for the mini quilt, but really, I can't take responsibility for the mystery - which reminds me, I must do the next step soon!