Monday, July 21, 2014

Sunday Quilt Inspiration: T I M E

'Waste It Wisely' Wall Art | Nordstrom - I love weekends.  That is when I am at my wisest :-)Time is a big concern for me right now.  I'm late posting this; I'm racing to workshops; I have school work screaming at me; and several quilts whispering sweet nothings.  Well, they were whispering....since I'm not home at the moment, I have no idea what they're doing. They could be crying for all I know.  

I've almost convinced myself that if I make a couple of tops, I'll be able to load one on the long-arm and get a little bit of a "stitchin' fix" in the afternoons.  

kate spade new york 'metro grand' round leather strap watch, 38mm available at #Nordstrom

replace "things" with "quilts"
Good things take time...
Whatever I'm late anyway clock by jennimo on Etsy. so fitting. could probably make this

Ornate Vintage Clock by happydayvintage on Etsy

Craft room clock

Great ideas for creative Wall clocks! This would be so sweet in a child's room with light walls and white frames! Looks pretty simple to make too!

Cute clock quilt

Just do it! We were just discussing this  subject. We are a little behind. We try to  do something different or chance our way of doing something . It has been a little harder to do since we dont have a car or money to enjoy ourselves.

Love this!  Quilted Clock for the kitchen after refresh- just need to pick colors.

quilt room clock

Quilted Clock - inspiration only, no pattern ... want to make one for my sewing room

Vintage 40's Child's Crib Applique Quilt w Mammy Doll Clock Animals | eBay

pillow quilting patterns clock

taking time to live will only inspire your work - how true, it's so important to enjoy life, and it will shine through in your work!

Storybook Lane - Cuckoo Clocks - Silver Grey fabric

It’s About Time, Kim Frisk, Green Bay, WI  This small quilt won first place in the Art Quilt division. It’s totally packed with watch parts, gears, clock faces, and phrases about time. My photos don’t do the quilt justice. It’s really amazing.

45 Incredible Quotes Designed To Stimulate Your Brain ALEX WAIN APRIL 8, 2013 1   We’ve looked high and low around the interwebs to bring you these 45 quotes, designed to light that creative spark and give that added smack of inspiration – because we all need a bit of a lift occasionally don’t we?

To add to the time crunch I feel, there are the important things: my husband, my children, the grands, friends, puppies, house, garden.  They all deserve my time and attention to varying degrees.  And like everyone else, I cannot forget myself--a nap, a movie, a good book, a trip, a quilt.  

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Krotz Springs Quilter's Challenge

Earlier in the week I wrote about the Krotz Springs Quilt Show but I didn't tell all there is to say about that event.  For example, I didn't mention the guild challenge, which has to do with Louisiana.  

Those members interested in participating had two opportunities to make quilts with a Louisiana theme.  Some made a small quilt--perhaps 16 x 16, although I'm not certain of the exact size and there was nothing that I saw to indicate the rules.

Anyone who is an LSU fan has seen this logo in the form of a poster, postcard, or flyer.  It's become a huge hit for LSU.  The maker of this quilt is likely a huge LSU fan.  Her rendering of the LSU logo is pretty cool.

This is the web announcement from the Louisiana Kitchen and Culture websiteThe Krotz Springs Quilters Guild (KSQG) is presenting the one day event with The Louisiana Quilt on display. A record breaking attendance of almost 400 people enjoyed last year's show. View a beautiful display of quilts and needlework demonstrations, shop the silent auction and boutique. Free admission, free parking, accessible, bottled water for sale and eateries available. 

The center of the quilt has a green map of the state and a picture of the Louisiana State Archives building.

Because I'm an Avoyelles girl, I snapped a pic of the Avoyelles block.  With 64 different blocks, I decided that I couldn't possibly get them all, so I chose carefully. 

Come back tomorrow for Sunday Quilt inspiration.  

Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday Finish: customer quilt

A fairly regular customer who has several nieces and nephews has been bringing quilt tops and cheater tops for me to quilt for her.  Last week she brought an already quilted project and asked me to bind the quilt and make a pillow sham with the extra fabric.  

The binding was simple enough and I finished that yesterday after I picked up a couple of yards of matching purple fabric. Thank goodness I had measured and figured the fabric I would need for the pillow sham because once I trimmed the quilt, there was very little fabric left.

Because there was so little of the original fabric, I had to think outside the box for ways that I could incorporate it into the sham. I finally decided to make the whole of the pillow case in the light purple and to use the striped fabric to border the pillow.  There wasn't enough to go completely around the pillow, so the corners are left open.  I also could not gather the border, so it's flat but I like it.

The back, of course, has an opening to insert the pillow.  So this sham is very much like most and was relatively easy to make once I figured out how to include the striped fabric to give it as much impact as possible despite that there was so little.


I understand that this set is to be a gift, so I hope that the recipients like it.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Pin It Weekly #74

Tin Cans Crafts Ideas. I believe it is on a lazy susan.I found a few new and interesting organizational ideas and thought you might enjoy them also.
Create a "Holding Frame" by layering and folding burlap to hold papers!  What a brilliant idea!

This pin is just because I love old furniture, but check out this unusual piece.  Ahh, I would be thrilled to have it in my studio.
for sewing room

Everything else is just sort of random.  I've been pinning just whatever I run across or happens to suit my fancy for the moment.  No rhyme or reason's summer and my brain is on vaca!
free patternThat's My Letter: "A" is for Aprons    I need to make me one of these for when I am working on projects.

25 Gifts to Make for Men - Crazy Little Projects

essential sewing tools. just need some pinking sheers and a rotary cutter and im in good shape.
Basic Quilting Tools and Supplies..   one day, one day!

18 Awesome Homemade Toys for Toddlers - plastic bottle bowling set. - We drink so much water that I find these stupid plastic bottles every where. Good recycling idea. @Stephanie Close Close VanGilder, could be a fun classroom project.

When I saw this idea, my mind could not stop.  I kept thinking of things to turn cardboard boxes into.  Isn't this just adorable?
Roundup: 12 Cool DIY Cardboard Playhouses and Toys for Kids » Curbly | DIY Design Community

I have a friend who, as a child, asked for an American Girls doll for Christmas but received a cardboard box instead.  Now I understand her mother's wisdom: cardboard boxes are awesome, as evidenced by this list of toys you can make from cardboard.

Hanging Toy Storage. Smart! This will fit so much better than anything else in my baby's room

And finally some gorgeous buttons because they seem to be quite popular among my dear followers.  Thanks for letting me know about your appreciation for the rare, the vintage, and the unusual.
Antique Victorian Brass Metal Pierced Openwork Button  w Cut Steels - Medium Sz

Antique Pierced Brass Button Fancy Filigree Floral Design 1 & 1/4"

Wow! Great button!  Vintage French mother-of-pearl and paste button.  ca. 1780

1860s French enamel button.

Antique floral, open pierced Champleve enamel, button - Handcrafted Art Stone Button Dove w Sprig of Flowers

French micro mosaic button.

Antique Button Emaux Peints Enamel Flowers w/Paste Border


Carved & engraved mother-of-pearl button with cut steel & glass. - Large Realistic Snake Button - Old Magnificent Medium Realistic Arita Porcelain Striped Blue Fish Button

1900s British painted under glass button.

Realistic novelty Paris clock button.

Czech Glass Button