Wednesday, March 07, 2007

WIP Wednesday and projects to be...

I was looking through the photos section on one of my Yahoo Groups quilt groups I belong to and I came across a quilt that I MUST MAKE!!!! It looks very complicated to me, but the talented woman who made it said it was actually pretty easy. It's called 3rd Weekend in October.

OMG, I absolutely love this quilt! Since fall colors are my favorites anyway, I think this is the perfect quilt for me--plus the fact that I've always wanted to make a leaf quilt. The design is from Innovations and the designer is Ruth Powers and she has quite a few patterns I would like to make---given the time and the money, I'd have them all done by the end of the year, LOL! Her website is called: INNOVATIONS Quilting patterns designed by Ruth Powers
Ms Powers is a very talented designer and I look forward to bulking up my stash to make some of her quilts!!!

I'm still working on the baby quilt, I'm wishing I had machine quilted it instead, I just don't seem motivated to hand quilt it, with all that is going on in the home with my son and all the other kids, it's been hard mustering up some energy to work on this quilt. As I've always said, I'm more of a piecer than a quilter.

I was searching all over for flannel plaids for the snowman quilt I wanted to make from Fon's and Porter's Love of Quilting magazine. Their website did not have a kit, even though it was advertised to have one in the magazine---which I didn't mind so much as I'd rather pick my own fabrics, but when I spent 3 days online looking for plaid flannels and coming up empty, I was getting very discouraged and I had wished I could have gotten a kit. My local quilt shop had nothing, lots of kiddie flannels and floral flannels, no plaids. I went to Jo-Anns and they had a few flannels, nothing to write home about, though. I picked up the few I found there and I figured that it's just gonna take a couple of years to gather enough flannel plaids to make this darn quilt, since no one seemed to be making them this year. Then, I went to Wal-Mart. Now, I've been pretty much boycotting Wal-Mart---partly due to the layaway fiasco, and then I hear they are getting rid of the fabric/craft section and so I decided that I am no longer going to shop there. Part of their reasoning to getting rid of the fabric department is, according to a Wal-Mart higher up, Wal-Mart is trying to appeal to an upper class of people and rich people don't sew. WHAT?????? But, I digress.....

Anyway, I had to go to Wal-Mart for canning supplies, since no one else around sells them and I stopped in the fabric section and what did I find???? FQ bundles of plaid flannels and tons more flannels on the rack!!! They were all quilt shop quality fabrics, too!!! You wanna see my flannels? LOL!

Geesh, don't ya just love fabric????!!!!

Homespuns have always been my favorite fabrics but I think plaid flannels are now joining them in the favorites list!!!

Now, here is the time for a shameless plug/request. Do you have too many scraps laying around and not enough room for them? Would you like to clear some room for some new yardages or FQ's? Do you have lots of scraps and just no ideas of what you may ever want to do with them? Let me take them off your hands and help you clear up some more storage space! I am looking to make a scrappy string quilt in the near future but my scrap stash is very, very small. Over the years, stuff has gotten thrown out during moves and spring cleanings and I have been left with very little quilting fabrics scraps (yet I have tons of scraps from my costuming fabrics, none of them got thrown out :-(!! ) So, if you would like me to help you and therefore help me, just write to me at marsaili at cox dot net and I would be glad to help clear some space for you!!!!

Ok, shameless plug/request over!

Another project I am looking to make soon, which should be fast and easy, is to make a few denim rag quilts. The nice thing is that I don't have to quilt it if I don't want to and I can probably make 3 or 4 of them in a week. I've been saving all of the kids outgrown jeans--and with 2 pre-teens and 3 teens, they grow out of their jeans FAST!!! Even the baby's outgrown jeans can help towards his rag quilt. What I will do is get backing fabrics that go with each kid---Hello Kitty for my 19 year old daughter, something rock and roll for my 17 year old son, Pokemon or Sonic the Hedgehog for the two youngsters and something Garfield for the 15 year old. I love the look of the frayed blocks and it goes with the homey look I'm trying for in the house. Plus, I think the kids would all like one, as well! The quilt in the picture is from

Ok, that's it for me this week! Hopefully I'll have my current WIP done by next week---but that is a tall order, we'll see!