Monday, March 11, 2013

Cutting, seam ripping, playing with fabric

Before the sewing machine stopped working, I finished the latest doll quilt from Lori's blog.  It's named Abundance (Humble Quilts Abundance link up )  Lori's blog is one of my favorites, and she has great instructions for doll quilts for all of us to make.

Here's my finished version of Abundance.  It's 12 inches square, and is tea-dyed to make it look older.

Sophia Grace and Rosie like it very much!

Since my sewing machine was not working last week, I made use of my time cutting and kitting up fabric and seam ripping.  Here are two other things I worked on:  (1) A kit I bought had 1.5 inch strips of fabric, and I sorted fabrics and cut the length of each piece needed for this pineapple quilt. It's 30 squares, and each square is 13 inches finished size, with rounds of lots of 1 inch finished pieces.  Now I'm eager to start sewing on it.  It's from Moda, Collections for a Cause - Legacy.

(2) A great friend, Sharyn, gifted me with a partially completed applique block of the month from Blackbird Designs.  It's called Birds of a Feather, and I have enjoyed looking online at different versions of this quilt.  I am having fun with it, and when completed, it will be a great reminder of my good friend, and I will think of her every time I snuggle under it.  Sharyn had completed several of the blocks, and I decided to make a big change - by changing out the background fabric.  I know, lots of seam ripper work, but it actually went very fast, and I'm auditioning background fabrics right now.  The dark green background is being replaced with light cream color.  I love the teal fabrics she used for birds and flowers.  Here's the leading contender for a background, a fabric named "freckles", and a picture of a piece of the previous background.
Check out Patchwork Times to see what everyone else has on their design wall this Monday.

The Janome sewing machine is now fixed (new fuse) and is humming peacefully again.  The repairman's advice:  Don't plug in the iron and radio and sewing machine in the same socket - even with a surge protector - because that was probably what caused the fuse to blow.  So now that I know better, I'll do better. 


Janet O. said...

Abundance looks so sweet covering the dollies.
Oh, that pineapple quilt looks amazing! I've always wanted to make one, but it probably won't be that one! The pattern I have saved has a bit wider strips. : )
I was surprised when I learned what an energy hog an iron in and that in designing sewing rooms they should have their own circuit, if possible. Who knew?

Anonymous said...

I love your version of the Abundance quilt! Such a fun little project :).

Kindred Quilts said...

The Abundance quilt looks so precious in the cradle with Sophia Grace and Rosie... such lucky little dolls! Your pineapple quilt looks ambitious... wow! Glad to hear the Janome is humming once again!

Lori said...

Happy to hear you have your machine back!! And you know what NOT to do to cause the fuse the blow.
What fun projects! Your Abundance looks so much like the original. It looks vintage!! I've always loved the pineapple pattern and that birds of a feather quilt! You've got some terrific quilts going!

Jeanne said...

Your Abundance quilt is wonderful! The girls looks so comfy in the bed with it. Have fun with the pineapple quilt!

Anonymous said...

Judy, i love your sweet Abundance quilt what a fun QAL!! Your dollies look so snug with their quilt in their adorable little cot :))) cheers...Marian

Sharyn Mallow Woerz said...

I didn't get far enough to give it a name, but Strange Fruit ran through my mind a couple of times...