Design Wall May 30, 2011

Design wall Monday…again 🙂 Be sure to click over to Judy’s DWM post here to check out other quilting things.  My wall is practically empty since I took down the civil war blocks when I was deciding if I would add a border to the Lily’s quilt and what binding to use.  As you can see, I finished Lily’s quilt without any additional borders.

This is Jamie’s pattern under the L ‘ ‘Fair quilt patterns on her blog, L ‘ Fair Quilts.  It’s a free pattern, at least right now, and she does a great job making easy to follow, clear directions.

Here’s my design wall such as it is:

When I was in Italy, my lovely daughter heard there was a fabric vendor at the Sacily market so we took a drive, strolled through the lovely town square, had a wonderful lunch break and found…….some fabric!!

Don’t you just love the salvage on this one?   The pattern on it reminds me of the Murano glass paperweights 🙂  Here are some pictures from Sacile.  The town is surrounded by the water way which was built long ago to protect it in war.

Lily & I taking a break at a cafe on the square.

It’s a lovely place and I thoroughly enjoyed our day there.

I’ve added a few more re-purposed shirts to my collection (oops, might have made another trip to the Goodwill Clearance Center).  When the cost is only $0.79 per pound, it’s hard to tell myself no 😉

You know, I might need to “share” some of my shirt fabric with friends if I keep this up OR not include them in my stash report 🙂


Stash Report:

  • Fabric in:  34 yards (24 1/2 from Goodwill gift, 7 1/2 Goodwill shirts and 2 from Italy)
  • Fabric out: 11 yards (Lily’s quilt 🙂 )
  • YTD Fabric in: 92 yards
  • YTD Fabric out: 27 yards
  • Net Fabric In/(Out): 99 yards accumulated YIKES!!!  My husband might be right, soon I won’t have any room in my sewing room to sew!!

Fabric Bonanza

Before leaving for Italy the Goodwill Clearance Center opened up.  Here’s the picture of some the shirts I scored.  The lime green is actually a piece of fabric….more than a yard!

Well the day before I left for Italy a friend and co-worker brought me an LS (Little Surprise).  She’d been back to the GW Clearance Center and snagged me 8 pounds of fabric.  Do you know how much 8 pounds of fabric is???   I didn’t until I returned from Italy and investigated my wonderful gift more closely.

Yes, all of this fabric weighs 8 pounds!  The best part is her story is she found the fabric under a huge pile of stuff and she starting pulling it out just as a woman on the other side of the bin saw what she was getting and starting digging for it too.  My friend say she was digging and pulling as fast as she could to get as much as she could.

Turns out that there is 13 yards of the striped print on the left, 3 1/2 yards of the striped print on the right and two yards of the other four prints for a total of 24.5 yards!!  AMAZING!

Happy Quilting 🙂

Back from Italy!

Aviano, Italy

Aviano grape vines

Reason for traveling to Aviano  Italy, priceless!

Absolutely beautiful!!

Lily & Grandma in Venice

And how about some quilt-y content?  Like a finished quilt?

Lily’s quilt (pattern here) (check out the blue Aviano sky!)


Design Wall Hiatus

I’m leaving for Italy tomorrow to see my new granddaughter, Liliana Sofia, so I won’t be blogging for a bit.

My design wall looks the same as last week but folks on Judy’s Design Wall Monday post have fun new stuff to see.

I’m all sewed out at the moment as I, true to form, had to hurry up and finish boppy covers and quilt binding for Lily this weekend.    Ciao!!

Flower Power

I realized I never blogged about my test flower once I had it finished.  I’m pleased with it 🙂

I’ll be making a yellow flower like it to put in the center of the background below, for the quilt show ribbon I’m making.

Here are pictures of some past quilt show ribbons made by our guild members.