Monday, February 8, 2010

Snow days = Sew days


Thanks to Mother Nature I've enjoyed three days (and counting) of quality time with my quilting. I finally finished "Leftovers," a Jo Morton design. This is made from, what else, the leftovers of the "Somerset" pattern that was a Jo's Little Women club project a few cycles ago. I made the big top (see picture back in a May 2009 post) just to have the little pieces to do this small (11"x13") quilt. Yes, it's an obsession. What is exciting to me is I finally tried single fold binding and it works great on the small quilts. I found a great tutorial at The Little Red Hen blog. I am an old dog so it's nice to learn a new trick.

I also finished this little quilt. As I mentioned back in December, I signed up for the mini quilt of the month program at Temecula Quilt Company. I finished the first kit and decided to make a Christmas version so I'll have some fun minis to decorate with next December. This one is machine quilted the same way as the version from the kit. It lays nice and flat so I haven't washed it to crinkle it up yet.

I can't resist including a few photos of the weather that has provided me the time to stop and sew. This is DS#2 who graciously went out in the blizzard to start breaking a path out of the house.
And this is a photo that shows how futile his efforts were. Beneath the white stuff are bushes, a grill and a car. It stopped snowing late Saturday afternoon and our road STILL hasn't been plowed.


This is mini of the month number 2--top done. The patterns all come from "Fat Quarter Quilting: Reproduction Fabrics Two" by Lori Smith. I am a little stymied on how I should quilt this one. It will definitely be by machine because I left a lot of seams under those wrench blocks. I was supposed to use the wrench fabrics as the cornerstones in the sashing but the kit for this one fell a little short. I substituted the brown and actually like it much better than using the colors. I like the fussy cut stripe for the borders, but it also fell short (I pre-wash and the kit was cut to the EXACT measurements) and is kind of wonky. I hope it quilts out. I have the Christmas version of this one planned in my head but I think I'll leave it there for awhile.

This little one is my new favorite for the weekend. It is called "9-Patch Fun" from the pattern "Fit to Frame: Set Eleven" which is another Lori Smith pattern. I also have another color combo for this one in my head and if I'm stuck here tomorrow I am making it.

Let me close by urging all quilters to never, ever, lament the size of our stashes. All my projects this l-o-n-g weekend have come out of my stash. It was fun to have an idea and head to the stash, root around, and come out with fabrics that worked and pleased me. When you're in the quilt shops, buy what you love, what you like and some of what makes you say, "ehhh." When the 'snowpocalypse' hits, you'll be glad you did.

16 comments:

  1. I like them all but I really LOVE the last one. The colors are so rich.

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  2. I love your little quilts. I have seen a lot around lately and I think I am going to have to try making one. Thanks for the inspiration. ♥

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  3. Hi Taryn
    Just so love your Lefovers quilt :-)
    Have you found this blog yet
    http://gallopingpony.wordpress.com/2010/02/
    It adds a totally new layer to leftovers :-)
    I do so love going and buying a piece of fabric just cause I love it.
    Cheers
    Lynne

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  4. I love mini's and yours are just gorgeous!! They are just so much fun to make and the outcome is just as wonderful as a bed quilt!!
    your pictures are beautiful too..sure wish I could have that much snow...really..hot chocolate looks like the right remedy right now

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  5. Love them all, Would happily have anyone of them. Wow never seen snow that bad except on the slopes.Be careful being snowed in for too long brings on cabin fever.

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  6. Love them all, especially colours in the last one. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  7. Oh I just love them all...stashes are wonderful!

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  8. OMG! I love every one of them!!! Little quilts are so sweet!!
    Glad you decided to use singlefold binding. It's not you'll be tugging and pulling these over your toes!!
    I wish we had some snow....

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  9. Taryn, what lovely little quilts. Thanks for sharing. It's such fun to see them.

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  10. You have certainly made a lot of little quilts. Love those browns!

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  11. I am loving all these small quilts. I need to look for Jo Morton and Lori Smith in the quilt shop. Thanks for all the great photos.

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  12. OMG..these are so me! Seriously they fit into my home perfectly! I just love our style!!

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  13. What a showing!!! I love all these little quilts- especially the Christmas version- just beautiful! I hope you are dug out now and getting a bit of a break from the snow. This has is turning into quite the winter! ~Christine

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  14. The little quilts are darling! I have been doing some of the same with making the Cheddar Cheese & Crackers quilt - digging around in my stash. Repros are my favorites also and I have quite a few of those. I want to have more little quilts also!

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  15. These are all wonderful! I wish the snow had stranded me at home, but we plowed through and went to work. Boo! Meanwhile, my kids haven't had school in two weeks - I'm so jealous!

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  16. Your little quilts are beautiful. I especially love the last one. How do your cars survive being buried in all that snow!

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