Thursday, June 18, 2009

The Almost Cat Quilt!

Good morning everyone,

Could it be? Could we have a day without a storm? It seems like a daily event anymore. I am beginning to think we are living in the northwest. LOL If it ever quits raining for more than a day, we have so much to do outside, it kind of overwhelms me. So I hide in my sewing area and try to forget about it. LOL I have tried to do a post 2 days in a row, but both times, I started to hear rumbles of thunder. Since it takes me so long to do a post, I knew better than to start one. I always unplug electronic things when lightning is in the area. Lightning and electronics just don't mix!

My hubby has discovered steel cut oats. LOL I have been telling him how good they are, but he was thinking of oatmeal and always said no thanks. Finally, yesterday he tried them and liked them. LOL So I am fixing more today. If he would have just tried them, he could have been eating them for a couple of years. (grin)

I decided to take the leftover strips cut off the ends of the wild quilt strips and make a little quilt for Callie. She loves my quilts. (grin) So I trimmed all the strips down to 4 inches wide. (That was the narrowest of the strips.) Then I found some old, old fabric in my stash. Carolyn, remember this dotted fabric? I think you used some of it when you were still home. I still have a little bit of it left. Then I found some 2 1/2 inch plaid strips I had cut from leftovers from a jumper I had made for myself several years ago. I started putting all of this together and liked the results.
Hmm, I had 14 strips, so I fixed another set to have 15. Sorry Callie, you will have to wait for another quilt. I am turning this into a baby quilt. She doesn't look too happy, does she? Then I needed to decide on a border. I thought about this planet fabric, but it wasn't quite right. Besides, I have several yards of it, so I would like to save it for a bigger quilt. (sigh) I am frugal like that! (My kids would probably say cheap, but I prefer frugal! LOL)
Then I thought about this fabric with the parasols in my stash. I had bought a yard of it a while back when it was on clearance. I think it worked pretty good. What do you think? Here is a closeup of one of the corners. I really like this little top. So now I will have to come up with something else for Callie. LOL I may use this pattern again. For scraps it turned out very nice. I sewed the binding on a little table runner yesterday. Oh goodness, did I ever have trouble with that! I had to completely take it off and sew it on again. Even then, it didn't turn out great, but it is on and staying on. LOL I was sewing on this during a storm yesterday. Sewing on black when you are nervous might not be the thing to do. LOL Here is a closeup of the center block. I took a Thimbleberries cherry pattern and appliqued them on the center block. Now don't look at that point that I cut off the center block. No way I was redoing that binding again. LOL That is it for today. I think I will take advantage of a day without storms and use my sewing machine for a while today. LOL I have a few redwork pieces to show you next time. I have found that I am better with the back stitch than the stem/outline stitch. Maybe I just need more practice? I am doing that, so I hope to improve. Everyone have a good day, and thanks for visiting.

8 comments:

Karen said...

I like the cherry block in the center of your table runner!

Pat said...

I love that runner and the quilt is very nice, too. Callie does look a bit perturbed!

Laurie said...

Oh I can't wait to see the redwork!!!

Laurie

Crispy said...

I agree, the umbrella fabric was much better than the planet fabric. Your table runner is great!!

Crispy

Catherine said...

Callie does seem a little perplexed that that quilt wasn't made just for her!
I look forward to seeing the redwork too!

Farm Chick Paula said...

My goodness, Winona- you do such beautiful work! I LOVE the table runner... the colors are gorgeous. The quilt is wonderful... it looks so cozy!

heather said...

Great table runner. I love braids.

Myra said...

Yup! Like the umbrella fabric! Your table topper is wonderful! 8-)

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