Just Plain Nice

People who quilt are the nicest folks, aren’t they?  Take my retreat traveling companion, Judy.  She is quilting & binding flimsies which she is donating to Tennessee flood victims.  She’s pretty smart too, because if you ask a quilter, chances are they have a few flimsies around and will want to help out.   She’s gotten quite a few tops, around 15-20 if my memory is working, and has already sent most of them.  Not only that, but look at this:

Judy was using a purse like this and was shopping for fabric to match some she had for 2 more purses.  My enthusiasm for her purse must have overwhelmed her because she not only offered to make me a purse, but made it as soon as we came back from shopping in Shipshewana!!  All I need to do is get a black button for the loop to close the purse.  Isn’t it terrific?   Judy, thank you, again!!

I have a bit of my own sewing to show……the 4th step of the SAHR.  It’s just a plain strip but we are encouraged to leave some places for embellishments 🙂

I’ve made a few more Scrap Vomit (Katy of Ginger Monkey says there will be a new name 😉 )  “A” blocks.  In fact, I’m a third of the way done 🙂  Using the 4-patch blocks I made via leader/enders sure helps these go quickly.

Design Wall

I’m back from the quilt retreat in Shipshewana, IN and it was wonderful.  The accommodations were terrific, I met some fun & fabulous quilters, ruined my stash report shopped at some nice fabric shops, ate some delicious meals and had the opportunity to get to know my traveling companions, Karen & Judy, a lot better.  Couldn’t have asked for better fellow travelers!!  Alas, I was having such a good time, my camera never saw the light of day so no pictures 🙁

I’m layering on my design wall again so you can see a bit of the Crumb quilt peaking out…..but on top is the Topsy Turvy Nine Patch I finished putting together at the retreat.   I just have to say, I really DON’T like paper piecing and only the half rectangle units were paper pieced!!

This is a Judy Laquidara pattern that I started at a workshop with her last Oct!  I have the pieces cut and the strips sewn for the borders so it won’t take me long to finally finish this one.  You can check out the pattern and projects other quilters are working on at Judy’s Design Wall Monday post here.

I’ve joined Ginger Monkey’s scrap quilt-a-long and I’ve got three A blocks done so far……only 15 more to go!  I have quite a few block A parts sewn up and haven’t run out of 2 1/2″ squares yet but I’ll need more for the B blocks I’m sure!

Friday Night Sew-In Pictures

Here are my results from my Friday night sewing.  I finished the little pinwheels for the Pinwheel Party blue & orange quilts and started sewing the sashings on the blue one.

While sewing these, I made these cute 1  1/4″ half square triangles leader/ender style along with adding a couple of more strips to my crumb house block and this purple piece (leftovers from trimming down a couple of pinwheel blocks).  Fun times!

Zipper Purse from Portugal

I bought two items from the Craft Hope for Haiti Etsy store.  Below is the second item….a terrific zipper purse made by Margarida from Portugal.  It’s it amazing that Craft Hope allowed people from all over the world help?  Margarida has a blog (http://www.margaridagodinho.blogspot.com/) and an Etsy shop (http://www.etsy.com/shop/margaridagodinho).  I love her tags….see it on the right?

I’ve been busy sewing away on things this weekend and am amazed at how many of these leader/enders blocks I’ve gotten made!

Here’s my updated stash report…..more bad news, but it isn’t my fault, really, it isn’t.  I was given a gift certificate to The Quilted Fox and I had to use it 🙂

Added:  12     Cumulative Added:  39.5 yds

Used: 0         Cumulative Used:  0 yds

Net Out/(In):   (39.5 yds)  Something is still wrong here.  I had better finish something soon!!!!