Saturday, December 13, 2014

Holiday Table Runners

Last year I made a whole bunch of aprons as holiday gifts and the year before the gift 'de jeur' was potholders so I thought I'd try something new.  But it could not be tooooo complicated 'cause I have a lot to make.  So I settled on quick turned ( no binding needed, Yeah!) table runners.   Here are my first two efforts.
I had some 5" patches left over from a charm packet which went together real quick
Correction:  These charm squares were from a packet by Moda but not a Riley Blake line.  
Sometimes all it takes is a really cute print like this one from Kauffman fabrics.  This side is Chanukkah themed, but the other side could be used for any Jewish Holiday! 
I use that same idea when making charitable quilts like this one.  I'm always on the look out for printed panels that can be used for kid's quilts to donate like this one.  Really cute but not to time consuming to make. 
And I whipped up this blankey for my Grand daughter who turned 1 year old on the 9th! The cute snowman patches were contributed by my friend Randy
If you are interested in my quick turn methods check out this post.
Happy Holiday sewing!
Cheers, CW

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A repectable number of finishes!

Well, the year’s end is near and I thought I’d better take a little inventory of where I’ve been and where I need to go…I went through my photo files and counted up 17 completely finished projects so far in 2014!  A respectable number of finishes!  Some big and complicated and some small and simple, but still not bad for 10 months of work!

Of course when I looked at my stack of tops waiting to be quilted and my baskets of  “in progress”….it kinda wiped the smile off my face!   But I think if I concentrate on getting a bunch of those tops quilted I might be able to redeem myself (somewhat) before the end of the year. lol

In the mean time I have up-dated my quilt gallery and Charitable quilts pages to include my 2014 finishes.  I hope you’ll take a minute to check them out!  I'm linking up with Slow Bloggers Catherine's button is on the right.
 I think my favorites were these two:
This one for it's colorful simplicity...
And this one cause it was a real exercise in perseverance.  It took me a couple of years to make all the 6" blocks, several more months to put the top together and add the borders and it was a real marathon on to quilt.  104" x 104"
What are your favorite finishes of 2014?!  Send me links!
Happy Finishes!
cheers, CW

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

More Blue Work

I've had a few car trips lately, that means progress on my blue work.
The one on the right is suppose to be Fushias (?!) and the one on the left features the year 1954 which is my bith year.  I  thought I'd barrow an idea from my friend Lori D.  of making a quilt to celebrate my birthday.  (Lori's was her 50th) I turned 60 in March, I'm a decade behind but that's OK!  Anyway I decided since I have been laboring so long on this blue work thing I would make it My commemorative quilt to honor my 60th year!  I hope to have enough blocks by the end of the year to finish the quilt!  Here's my layout so far  (minus the two above).
I'm not sure I will use this layout but it's one idea...Blue work is the perfect travel project for me.  It's compact and does not require super concentration and fun!
Happy Mid-week!
cheers, CW