Friday, November 20, 2009

The tango continues....

Not as much sewing going on here as I would like. Treasure is out of town on business, and I have been holding down the fort alone. Lots of work for me. But I did manage to finish another 48 of these early in the week. So, of course I got 48 more!!!LOL!!!

I have finished them too!

Plus, I used up some of my favorite civil war reproduction fabric. Some of these I kept for my own project, as well as the purple that The Quilt Shoppe owner cut for my own special Tango roll. (Thanks Dawn!!!) To make up for my selfishness, I shared some of my favorites with my Tango partners. So far my running total is 216 2-inch half square triangles!!! Wow, I didn't know that I had it in me!!

Since this hasn't been a visually interesting finish, I thought to share this quilt. Treasure got it for me at an antique mall as a token of thanks for my redecorating our bedroom. (I keep telling you he is a smart man!) Lots of that green!!!!

Here she is stretched out on our bed in all her glory!

Beautiful !

The entire back is that green, just like this quilt that I received after my grandparents passed.
There is no fading, and she is in perfect condition! Tiny, tiny hand stitches cover her. She has no batting, like the other quilt. Her binding is that green, like the other quilt.

I fancy that a miracle has taken place. The stitch length both in the quilting and in the binding is so very similar. Could the same woman have made them?? We will never know. Neither quilt has a label. :-(
Label your quilts ladies, or you maybe responsible for driving some sweet woman in the future stark raving bonkers!;-)
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Friday, November 13, 2009

Sew and Tell "Summer Breeze"

Summer Breeze is finished and loved daily by all. It is a great cuddle blanket and makes me smile whenever I walk by it (even more so when I am under it!) It feels like sunshine to me!

The back is wonderful too!

For binding I used the same white background with blue butterflies fabric that is in the block pictured. I like it! It adds a subtle little something, without too much distraction. BLAH, BLAH, BLAH, BLAH...

With Summer Breeze finished by Tuesday, I managed to knock off the first project on my list (see yesterday's post).

I have had this pattern for a while now. It is Simplicity 4282, view C. It went together easily and quickly, though I did make a few changes. The most significant being, French seams. I hate few things in this life, but raw edges are on that short list!!!!

The main fabric is Robert Kaufman "Confections". On the pockets I used a touch of Christmas with Alexander Henry's "angel cakes". The ties and binding are from Moda Quilt pink. Here was another change. The original pattern called for using the main fabric in a single layer for the ties, and binding them too. I though that might give me too much green. I used two layers of the pink and turned and top stitched. I think that it gives more to tie.

You can also tell from the lower left hand corner of the above picture that I am a real person, one with laundry, LOL!!!!!!

This is the back. I am not one for bows on my butt!!!!! I lived through the eighties, and I ain't going back!!!LOL!!!!!
Be sure to head on over to amylouwho (you can use the Sew & Tell Friday button on the side)
to see all the wonderfully creative projects others have finished this week!!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Loose Threads

I have ended the indecision! I am joining Jacquie in the New Year Challenge. In an effort to be totally honest with you, most of these are just projects that need done. I am not ready to admit how many true UFO's I have! Maybe she will host another one of these in the Spring!!!
Sew, here is my list:

1. Christmas Apron

2. Christmas gifts. (No picture, because Dee is a follower!!)

3. Christmas table quilt #1.

4. Christmas table quilt #2.

5. Napkins, to use up every last bit of this wonderful Sheri Berry Holiday fabric!!!
6. Mini quilt.

7. This quilt, because it shoulda been done long ago!!!

8. This Monkey Wrench is supposed to be for the wall in my dining room. I started it years ago.

I need to finish the hand quilting!!

On a final note, I need one more for pay it forward. You can read about the rules here . Just leave me a comment saying "Yes! Give me something please, and I will in turn bless three others!". I really can't wait to hear from you!



Summer Breeze is finished, but I am not revealing until Friday!!!

Monday, November 9, 2009

A Quick Note!

Just wanted to mention a great giveaway over at Hawthorne Threads. Of course if Rene' enters we may have no chance!!! LOL!! (I really am tickled that she has been so blessed lately!)

Hope you all are well and blessed!


Friday, November 6, 2009

Doing the Tango

First off, this has already been gifted to the Lovely Little. Yes, camo was very appropriate!!

Next up, a local shop is doing a Tango. I felt like joining in. I purchased these cute little rolls for $2.50 each. They contain a light strip, a dark strip, and a Thangle sheet. I know, I am a cheater-pants, but if you have never played with these, you should!! Here is how they work.

Put fabric right sides together. Yes, all you need are strips.

Forgot to take a picture of pining the Thangles sheet on top, but I have seen your quilts and know that you are a creative and imaginative bunch!!

Sew on the dotted line...

Cut on the edges...

Cut on the solid lines...

Cut on the solid lines some more!!!

Normally, you would then tear off the paper, but not when you Tango. I can buy as many of these as I feel like making and return them to the shop. They will mix them up with others from other crazy quilty types. The paper helps protect them during the Tango.

Here is a blurry little dream sequence picture of how they look!

Here are all the half squares that those two little rolls made, and virtually no brain power involved!!! Wowsers!!! I will get back as many as I take in, only they will be mixed up so that I have more colors. FUN! Then at some point farther on the horizon, there will be a reveal party so we can see what everyone else participating has made!!! WAHOOO!! (I hope there is chocolate!) The only downer so far, no purple....:( Maybe when I take these in there will be a new batch of rolls!!
Don't forget to check out more fun finishes at amlylouwho
Off to quilt on Summer Breeze!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

No Holding Back

I was informed that after asking what was a favorite, I had to produce some product! Good thing that I had lunch meat that no one wanted to eat in the fridge! Forgot to take a picture before serving when it was almost pretty. Actually, it smelled so good cooking, we hungry pigs couldn't wait. ;) I am happy because there is enough left over for a complaint free supper tonight too!!! YAY!!!

Summer breeze is finally basted and ready to quilt, YAY !!!!!

Hope you all have something to YAY about!!!


Wednesday, November 4, 2009

A Giveaway

Just wanted to let you know about a great fabric giveaway. Go on over to Sew Fantastic to find out about this 1/2 yard set of six fabrics.

Just in time for a little Christmas sewing!!! I haven't bought any fabric from the site she mentioned, yet.

On another note, still haven't found the time and free floor space to baste Summer Breeze. It is not, I repeat NOT, going to become a UFO!!

Also, I have been working on some secret-y, Christmas-y things myself. Don't tell Dee!!!!



Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Recipe Swap

I took a poll, and this is what was voted on to share! Good and terribly fattening. Oh well, hopefully we will share healthier later. This is a crowd pleaser.

Italian Layer Bake

2, 8 oz. tubes reduced fat crescent roll dough
1 lb. deli turkey
1 lb. deli ham
24 slices hard salami
16 slices provolone cheese
1, 12 oz. jar roasted red peppers (2 if no picky eaters and you want this on both sides ;))
8 large eggs, beaten.
Italian seasoning to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Unroll dough from first tube, and place in a greased 13 x 9 pan. (You can pinch all the seams to look pretty, but I am always in too big a hurry!) Layer with half of each turkey, ham, salami, and cheese. Put half of drained peppers on top of the cheese on the adult side of pan! Repeat with meats, cheese and peppers only. Top with second tube of crescent dough. Pour beaten eggs over. Cover with foil.

Bake for 20 minutes, then remove foil. Cook 20-25 minutes more. or until eggs are no longer runny.

I often use less meat, and sometimes just what isn't getting eaten for sandwiches, but salami is a must!!

Be sure to head over to Park City Girl to check out all the links to recipes that everyone has shared!!