May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14 NIV

Thursday, August 23, 2012

I'm Thinking......

..........of doing this with my flying geese.  I just love that this entire quilt top is made with scraps.  I love looking at the little squares and remembering what I used  the fabric for.  I think this is another quilt that I won't want to give away. 
And while I'm in a sewing mood, I finished the last three of the mug rugs for friends.  I've made 15 of them.  I actually have another 5 partially together.  Who knows when I'll get around to finishing them. 

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Flying and a Finish

I've been scrapping around with some flying geese lately.  I love the fast flying geese method.  I could get seriously into making lots of flying geese. You can make a lot of geese in no time at all. 

The plan is to use these in a border around a scrappy four-patch.  I'm not quite sure if I'm going to do all flying geese or just a partial of flying geese on each side.  These are decisions to still be determined. 
Basically I'm just having fun and working on this project as I feel like it.  I seem to start everything as a community quilt and then I want to keep it.  Like this quilt below: 
The colors of this were totally out of my box but now that it is finished, I'm kind of liking it.  So do I keep it (to probably give away as a gift eventually) or do I give it to community quilts as it was originally intended.  TBA.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Stars For Friends

What a project this turned out to be.  I begin with the simple idea of making mug rugs for a group of friends.  It seemed that a Friendship Star block was the one to use.  But I forgot I was making a mug rug which would finish at about 7" X 11".  That meant the block was going to be small with lots of small parts. I began. 
Lots and lots of half-square triangles.  Thank goodness for Thangles. 
I had a great goal of making the 20 Friendship Star blocks while at my guild quilt retreat in June.  That did not happen.  Fortunately, I didn't allow myself to put things away.  Instead, I kept the project out and worked on it little by little. 
before borders

after borders
They weren't mug rugs yet.  They need an additional section and some trim and binding. 
chain sewing helped keep me going

Ahhhhh.........a mug rug
And to add the final touch of friendliness, I pinned on a tag, and added a tea bag and biscotti.  I hope everyone will like them. 
12 mug rugs ready to hand out.  Another 8 await finishing.

My friend Sue makes the best orange chocolate chip biscotti
It was a pretty big project.  I think I've made whole quilts in less time.  This just had a lot of detail work like sewing down binding.  Thankfully, the summer Olympics were on so I could get in lots of hand-sewing. 

And I leave you with this.......

Friends leave footprints in your heart forever.