Sunday, May 9, 2010

Tiny New York Beauties!

This is the project I worked on for a bit yesterday. In my little friendship group, we are each making our own little shnibbles quilt. It starts with the 4- 8.5" Churndash blocks you see here and then that's where the creativity begins! Since I chose a red, white and blue theme, I wasn't sure where to go with my setting blocks. Some options were embroidery or applique, but nothing came to mind for me. NYB blocks have been a real attraction for me lately, so I'm trying my hand at them. This was a free pattern I found online that was about 3 times the size, so I just shrunk it down and this is where it's going. I'm not at all sure at this point that it's going to work, but I sure hope it does since it has involved at least a couple of hours of work play.

Lot's to do in the sewing room today....!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Road Trip

Okay, well not exactly. I shunned church today in favor of meeting with a nutritionist in Santa Barbara at noon. I was shocked when she offered a Sunday appointment, but it allowed me to meet with her without missing more work. Lord knows, I've missed plenty of that! So, I took the pleasant and scenic 1.75 hour trip down the beautiful central California coast at 8:00 am this morning. I met my sister, Priscilla, at Stearn's Wharf and we had a lovely Sunday breakfast at Moby Dick. We had a nice table at the back of the restaurant which was closest to the end of the wharf and so we were farther out in the ocean. Got to see some porpoise, sail boats, birds and saw lots of people out rowing in boats (the competition kind). It was nice. Then we eventually headed over to the nutritionist who enlightened me about a few things and has put me on a program. It's a very interesting one. Leave it to say that veggies and I are going to be getting to know one another much better!

So all that and no sewing today! That's okay. I hope to do more in the next few weeks. Here is a photo of the place mats I've been working on making with the French Provincial prints. Just a little something for you to look at...

As I'm sure you can tell, you take a large rectangle and cut it up and put 1" strips in between them. I got the idea from Quilter's World magazine. It's the second place mat idea I've used from that magazine. Why is it that I never just sit down and work on one project? If I did, these might be done by now. As it is, they still need batting, backing and a quick quilt! Soon I hope!

Hope you have a blessed week!

Saturday, May 1, 2010


I finally just got all my scraps sorted by color! I was surprised at just how long this took. And how many threads you begin to carry around on your clothes in the process! Now I need to decide on just what color to make my first string quilt! My little friendship group is going to get together a week from Monday to work on string quilts. I think it will be the first for many of us. The green pile is easily the largest. I'm contemplating either green/yellow or red/blue. What do you think??