Saturday, October 15, 2011

More Star Blocks Needed

A few weeks ago, I posted about John'aLee from The Scrappy Appleyard, and her need for Star Blocks for the grieving family of a soldier.  She'd like to make quilts for the family members, and for her own daughter, who was engaged to Chris, the fallen soldier.

Initially the deadline for receipt of the blocks was end of October, and the blocks have been pouring in.

Visit her BLOG to see all of the beauty and variety of star blocks. 

I have made a few and was planning to ship them tomorrow, but tonight I noticed that John'aLee has extended the deadline to the end of November.  She has blocks for 2 quilts, and needs enough for 3 more quilts. 

I'm an amateur piecer, and if you sew at all, you can do this!

Tomorrow will be a short road trip for me, to have some fun with my glassy peeps.  By Sunday, there will be time to cut pieces for a few more blocks.  I plan to send them all at once to

The Scrappy Appleyard
3218 Knobview Drive
Nashville, TN 37214

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Design Board

I stole this joke from a FB friend; it's somewhat related to sewing (and a whole lot related to me):

The fattest knight at King Arthur's round table was
Sir Cumference.  
He acquired his size from too much pi.

ROFL!  Now Pick yourself up and check out my new addition to the sewing/guest room!  It took a little extra  time, but worth the wait.  Because Mr. T is a full time student, it was on hold a few days until projects and tests were completed.
The screw holes still need spackling, but I'll get to it later.

The pink blocks are for the Jacob's Ladder quilt of course.  On the left, I arranged the 5 inch squares (from the new stash!) for a baby quilt, hoping completion of a smaller project would spur me on to 'loftier' quilts (heh).

The design board was made with some felt yardage on sale, (it is recycled something...water bottles?) and we covered a 4ft x 8 ft sheet of 1/2 inch polystyrene sheathing (used for insulating homes...less than $10).
My handy hubby routed some wood to form a cleat, which holds the board in place on top and down one side.  On the left side, he used a washer and screw for support.
Below was my first design "wall", an improv using a black felt scrap I had from something I made for my son a few years ago.

Note the gap on bottom left...
I used a glue stick on the door to complete the blocks :-)

Friday, October 7, 2011

Taking Over

When one of our sons moved out, we had a guest bedroom for the first time.  I quickly painted it (lavender, of course) and my husband refinished a lovely desk which was his aunt's, and added it to the room.

 I moved tables in and voila!
An assembling room for my glass beads.

A few months later, our other son moved out, so now we had a place for guests!  I painted this room sea mist.  My sweet daddy made the adorable headboard long ago. 
My old school chum, Lisa, came for a visit this summer and found it comfortable enough...but now

~ enter in ~
my crazy idea to become a quilter!  

Both of my grandmothers quilted.  Check out some of Betsy's handiwork!
 (You can view more HERE )

Ok, I had said that when I'm old, I will quilt.  Hmm, didn't think I was there...I don't have grands yet.  Doesn't matter ~ I've been stung by the quilting bee and have laid claim to the guest bedroom!  (But the bed will stay)
The machine sits on an old sewing table of my husband's aunt.  There's a place to put the Vogue Stitch machine down inside, but until this old girl behaves better, topside! (She's actually at the machine doctor right now)

I took a cue from my quilting friend and mentor, Freda, placing my (mini) ironing board next to me.  Ingenious!  Press seams, sew, press seams, sew.  Seams ImPRESSive!

I borrowed the comfy office chair from my assembling room.

I purchased a "Stack o Stuff" from Sandi on Etsy, VERY reasonable!

Just look at all that fun in there!

Oh well, another delay on a project for my sewing room...
so come back Saturday for the reveal!
Hopefully my laptop will cooperate.