Sunday, May 31, 2009

Stripped And Ready to Sew

Candy Kisses

by Sandy Gervais

for Moda

is the fabric line that I have chosen to use for my mystery quilt that Dana is hosting over at

See the button on my side bar just to the right...

I jumped on the band wagon a little late, but I'm caught up and can't wait to get going. Since it's a mystery...I hope that these fabrics will be a good choice. I love the line and because it's not one of Moda's 'new' lines, I'm just keeping my fingers crossed that I don't run out before my quilt is finished.

I've been working on a lot of projects over the past few weeks and that along with working a whole lot of hours has kept me very busy.....

So without further adieu, let me show you what I've been up to...

As you can see...some granny squares...46 of them to be exact. My two youngest girls are expecting babies a month apart, one in November and one in December. We will find out in June and then July what they are having and so I thought I would get a jump start on making a blanket for each of them. This pic is a little off, but the color looks just like Kraft Mac and Cheese;p

When we find out what they are having I will then choose a color to go with these and then start on more granny squares.

The older of my two youngest daughters has developed anti-bodies in her blood as the result of a blood transfusion she had to have after the birth of her first child. She also has gestational diabetes and with each pregnancy, it rears it's ugly head earlier in the pregnancy. All of this has made her 'high risk' and so the doctors are keeping a very close eye on her.

Here are a couple of (side ways) dresses that I have made for a couple of my grand daughters

Sorry about them being sideways (thought I'd fixed that).
I have 3 more dresses that I have made like these, but no pics of them. Guess I'll have to do something about that...

This is a cute little picture frame that I helped one of my granddaughters make for her kindergarten teacher. I found a tutorial for it. It's the Fabric Picture Frame Tutorial by Rachel Very gooooooey and very funnnnn;)

This picture doesn't do it justice but we sure had fun making it. We wrapped it up in some pink tissue paper and tied it with a strip of pink fabric with cherries on it. Needless to say, the teacher was thrilled with it;)

The fabric that we used in the picture frame project is the fabric that I am using for my 9 patch project that CMQ inspired me to do. Since my sewing time varies as to the number of hours and the days that I can devote to my projects I just have to do what I can when I can. AJ invited all to join her in in making just one 9 patch block a day...and to make as many, or as few as desired. This was my first block...

...No contrast, you say? Well you would be right;) But I LOVE these colors, so this block and the other two that I have that are like it will be "re-purposed". my 9-patch is blues and yellows, as you can see from the frame. I have always wanted a blue and yellow quilt, and so I will have one, just as soon as I get this one finished. Right now I have two rows sewn together with white sashing. I was trying to get pictures of my layout, but I was working on it out on the front lawn and Mr. Wind thought he'd pay me a visit and well... I'm sure you can imagine just what happened. I will take pictures of my progress later this week and get them posted so you can see just how this LIW (Lady In Waiting) is coming along;)

So that, and more, is what I've been doing with my spare time...what have you been doing with yours?

Just a couple of more things before I go...please drop by and say HI to Leslie. She's getting into sewing/quilting and discovering just what a blast and creative outlet it is. Her giraffe quilt is


as are her other projects, but the giraffe quilt was her first and her own design!!! A very talented young lady (and yes, she is one of mine).

And just a couple of the pics I took this morning on the way home from work


I hope that you all have a terrific week with lot of time to do the things you want to do;)


Anonymous said...

Love those fabric strips and the grannies too. I love the colors. The photos are still great even if sideways. :D

Anonymous said...

Love the fabric you are using for the quilt along.

Jackie said...

I love the rick rack on your granddaughters dresses. It's a really nice touch.

And the picture of the stacked up cut fabric? Gorgeous!

rachel griffith said...

oh you are doing old red barn co. quilt along too.
how fun.

your frame is SUPER cute.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Wow there is a lot of meat on this post. The fabric is lovely. The granny squares such a great color and the dresses very sweet. Good job on all. I approve!