Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Abstract Mini

This mini came about over the weekend from some interesting scraps on the cutting table, which looked like they wanted to be together in an abstract kind of way.

Nick seemed to like it when I gave it to him yesterday.  He had requested something to eat lunch on at his desk.  

I didn't think the gold embellished fabrics would be out of place at a bank, but if he gets tired of that side, he can flip it over.  I discovered yesterday that he's the "plaid guy" at work, so I now have a better idea for version 2.0.

It is quilted in geometric shapes which sort of remind me of retro pendant lamps.  I used a variegated Sulky thread on top and white Aurifil in the bobbin.

While shopping at Wally-World the other day, I noticed a sale bin in the aisle by the fabric department with bolts at two dollars a yard.  I haven't bought much fabric from there in the past couple years, but two bucks a yard?  I couldn't resist poking around.  Wouldn't you know, I found a few fun prints to come home with me.  Doesn't a snakeskin print binding sound fun?

The woman cutting my fabric was a quilter and gave me the name of a man nearby who does long-arm quilting since he retired as an engineer.  She sends all her quilts to him and said he does beautiful work.  Good to know!

A priority this week is to finish quilting the H2H donation quilt and get it sent off.  I'm about two-thirds of the way done, and then it needs binding and a label.

Yesterday was the annual Memorial Day/Dad's Birthday Party cookout.  It was overcast and cool (we could see our breath!), but we stayed cozy between the fire pit and the garage.  Russ and Darrell entertained with a few tunes.  I even learned a couple chords on Russ's mandolin.  Always a good time!


Allison said...

that is a great quilting pattern that you used! do you mind if I shamelessly copy your brilliance? :)
It was so cold here on Memorial Day, I could see my breath in the house when I got up in the morning! {I refuse to turn on the heat} The kids were undeterred and we went to the town beach anyway, where they did swim. We were the only {cold} people there :)

Kevin the Quilter said...

You whipped that up quickly, and it is really cool! The Wal-Marts in my neck of the woods has stopped selling fabric. But, those look cool!

Elizabeth said...

Love the mini! Nick will have the best dressed lunch spot in the office!

I always love to see photos of your family get-togethers. I mean how cool is it that you sit around a play music together? Completely awesome.

Love the fabrics you got at the Wal-Mart. I buy stuff there once in a while and have been pretty happy with what I've gotten.

xo -E

Vicki @ DottyJane said...

Nice finds at Wally World! Great mini for Nick, too.

I loved your stars from the last post, but forgot to mention it:)

Shay said...

Lovely mug rug and I'm sure Nick was duly appreciative.

2 bucks a yard? I would have been on that like a seagull on a chip!

Sarah Craig said...

Love that mug rug! Very mid-century modern.

It was almost 90 here on Memorial Day - a nice change from the awful weekend weather we had been having in weeks prior!!

MomWaldsPlace said...

You are so right, the quilting is reminiscent of those vintage hanging lamps. Hubby is such a lucky guy!

Michelle said...

Love the colors in the mini, and the geometric quilting is perfect for it!

Walmart fabrics - yeah I am particularly liking the blue snakeskin. :)

Glad you had a good Memorial / birthday celebration. Saw your breath? It's been hot and humid here.