Sunday, January 15, 2012

Sunday Sundry 1-15-12

I took time to play in the sewing room yesterday.  First, I sorted some scraps and strings into piles by color, so that when I'm ready to make my next scrappy string ring, I won't have to go digging.  

I heard an organizational expert say that there are two kinds of people, pilers and filers.  I think there may actually be a third category, a hybrid—pilers who wanna be filers, or pilers-until-it-reaches-critical-mass-then-filers.  At any rate, the pile system, albeit a very loose method of organization, works for me, for the moment.

While I was sorting through scraps, I found a couple strips of fabric I had trimmed off when I was cutting prints for the Veggie Market Quilt that Mom Wald was putting together.  I had just enough to make a double hourglass block from each of the four prints, plus a length of scrappy binding.
I used Cluck Cluck Sew's tutorial, using 2-1/4" strips (mostly because that's all the wider my scraps were).  Instead of using her cardstock triangle template idea, though, I used a Companion Angle ruler that I had on hand, matching the center strip seam at the 3 (2") mark and the lower edge at the 7 (4") mark.  It worked perfectly, with only a bit to shave off the edges when trimming.  The final blocks were 7-1/2" trimmed, 7" finished.
I used a bit of a bright lime green print for a border and quilted it with a loopy meander.  Another little scrappy finish for the week!  

(For vintage pottery fans, that fruit plate up top is a Hull caladium leaf plate/bowl that I found at a rummage sale down the block a few years ago, probably from the 1950s or 1960s, I'm guessing.  It was love at first sight!)

Next up:  Making some scrappy courthouse steps blocks in conjunction with the Sew Scraps Along.  But first, I have to practice some FMQ Challenge leaves!

Speaking of the Veggie Market Quilt by Mom Wald and helpers, the auction for the finished quilt is going live today on Ebay, with the proceeds going to Japan Quake Relief.  

You can check out all the details and find the auction link, when it gets posted, over at Mom Wald's Place (Edited to add:  You can find the auction HERE).  I hope you do check it out, and if you are inclined to bid on this happy, one-of-a-kind quilt, please do so!

I changed the vignette on my hallway telephone table to something funky and retro-ish.  

It needed a little height for balance, so I added the lava lamp.  It makes me smile every time I walk past it.

There was some thrifting earlier in the week.  A stop at Goodwill yielded two identical Pyrex bowls in a favorite color.  

I already had one like it at home, but at $1.99, I couldn't say no.  Who says three's a crowd?

Have you seen the week of terrific giveaways Elizabeth at Such a Sew and Sew is having?  Head over to Such a Sew and Sew to check them out!  You have until January 19 to enter any or all five giveaways.  While you're there, be sure to leave some birthday and blog anniversary love.  She is a most generous and kindhearted soul, and her many projects always inspire!

I'll bop on out of here to Jack Johnson, who kept me dancing around the sewing room to this one yesterday.  Hope you've had a great weekend!


Elizabeth said...

So much goodness going on. Where to start? Love your double hourglass blocks. Those are awesome. And the loops in the quilting are amazing. I'm going to do a loopy meander on my next quilting project and I hope they come out half as pretty as yours.

Also, love that cute little chicken mini along with your new vignette, the pretty leaf dish and those blue pyrex dishes. They look to be in very good condition.

Also, thanks for the shout-out!

xo -E

MomWaldsPlace said...

You are so smart to be able to remember that particular pattern would work with the amount of strips that you had. It looks great!

Aaaand, we are LIVE!

Sarah Craig said...

Love your vignette, the hourglass quiltie is adorable, and such pretty pottery! A very nice and sundry Sunday!!

Vicki @ DottyJane said...

I'm also a piler in the style of Higher and Deeper. :)

Love the mini and the vignette! The lava lamp puts it over the top!

Those bowls would have come home with me, too.

ThreeOldKeys said...

Pile with Style !!!

Pile the Pyrex, too.

I love your posts.

Michelle said...

What a cute little table topper. It's so cheerful! I love the scrappy binding against the lime border.

The lava lamp makes me smile too.

And this Jack Johnson ~ funky, man. I love it!

Suzanne said...

As always, your music choices are so great. Makes me look forward to each of your new blogs.

Love the hour glass table topper with the scrappy binding.

Seeing your thrifting bargain makes me think that maybe its time for a little trip myself.

Diane said...

My goodness! I never find wonders like those bowls thrifting! those are lovely. Your double hour glass project looks fantastic!

Bente-I like to QuiltBlog said...

Hi P.
thanks to you for visiting my blog and for the nice comment ☺
I love colors, and your little hourglass quilt is gorgeus and your quilting is very beautiful.
I´ll sure visit you again!
Liebe Grüße
Bente - Germany

Richard Healey said...

Great Finish.


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