Thursday, July 28, 2011

This little piggy went to Florida, now the quilt is going too!



This little pig was sent to Florida with my sister back in June to give to my great-niece, Bella. FYI, this little pig had been living in my fabric closet for a few years and when I reorganized, I found her buried in a bag of leftover batting.  Now you know that my stash closet was a true pig sty. LOL!
The quilt top was made over a year ago earmarked for Bella's 2nd birthday. Well, she just turned 3!!! 
Olivia's dress(that's the piggy's name) was made from the scraps of the quilt top as a peace offering until this quilt which I promised her in her 3rd birthday card was delivered!
I put the top on my frame just after my sister's visit and it has been waiting patiently,(and doubling as a kitty hammock) for a couple of weeks. Well, I finally set aside an afternoon and got 'er done. 
 I did a quick meander over the center and inspired by Debra did squiggly lines down the borders.
Don't know why I waited soo long.  


I had hoped to put another quilt on the frame to be done before my vacation but that didn't happen. So, this is my quilty contribution to my blog til I get back from California. We are going to visit Alex and Yosemite National Park as well as see a SF Giants baseball game. We figure since the BoSox are #1 in the East, we should check out the #1 competition in the West.



I'll be back soon with vacation pics. Til then, Quilt til you Wilt!!!




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Friday, July 08, 2011

Bag Lady

Since last I blogged, I spent a great weekend with my sis who was visiting from Florida at the Vermont Quilt Show. It was 4.5 hours to get there from Connecticut so it was a first and last time visit for me! The show was celebrating its 30 anniversary. This year I have been to about 5 different shows and this one was quite traditional but great fun.  I also spent some time with my other sibs celebrating my mom's 75th birthday.

Here are the five of us with our dear mom!  The skinny one on the end is my sis from Florida. We all hate her for her damn skinniness!!

While at the Vermont show, I fell victim to another bag pattern.  I say, ANOTHER, as I'm known as somewhat of a bag lady in my group of acquaintances. Not that I have lots of bags but that I have lots of bag PATTERNS!  I have thought of just sewing the patterns together and making a bag cause I have sooo many of them.  But this time, I actually made the bag!!  I wanted to make a beach bag for my NJ friend, Susie, to give to her when we visited over the 4th of July weekend.  I had the fabric set aside for some time just for her bag.  This pattern is called the Chubby Charmer bag.  It uses 48 charm squares. I substituted the striped fabric for a couple of the charm rows.  It is a HUGE bag with pockets inside and it went together pretty quickly. We all know that some pattern designers are not blessed with great instruction writing skills but this one was really well written and I had no problems at all.  I followed the instructions precisely but next time round would make a couple of changes. I would add a loop and button to close it and I would add a couple of skinny pockets inside for sunglasses and sunscreen.

Here is a pic of the bag which sadly is now living in NJ. ( I almost didnt' give it to her cause I loved it sooo much!!)
  And here is a  pic of the bag and the other sad bag patterns that are waiting anxiously to be made.