Sunday, March 29, 2009

Some Sewing, Cutting and Stash Report-Week 13

I am thrilled to say that today was a very productive day...it rained and rained and rained today, and I loved every minute of it...well not the minutes that we had to walk dogs, that really didn't want do what we were out there for, because they were getting wet...Zack got distracted with the rain coming down and Howie just plain didn't want to be outside...he hates water. Don't ask, Yes he's a lab and he hates water. But the rest of the day I was upstairs having some fun!

I finished the borders on my Spice Cake top...a big thank you to Nicole for her inspiration...she posted this quilt back in January and I just loved it...I ordered the pattern by Mary's Cottage Quilts but then I e-mailed Nicole and she got me started on the cutting because you I just couldn't wait until the pattern arrived...got it all cut and then it got pushed to the back of the table, there were other things that needed to be done. So late this week the "guts" as Darlene says got done and today I put the borders on. I used Hopscotch by Chloe's Closet/MODA...I didn't have a layer cake, but I had fat quarters and made my own 10" squares... and KONA Snow...it is so much fun. It will be going to my friend Mary...she's going to be a grandma for the 4th time...I made her a quilt for the first grandbaby but I think she'll be needing another. This is a big quilt, so it will be great to throw on the floor when the grandkids come.

Then I've been seeing all these Whirlygig quilts in blogland...I bought the template a while ago when I saw Stephanie over at Loft Creations do her first one. I've had the template tucked in a very safe place. Well, this was the time to cut all the white pieces out...so I have half of the quilt cut...now I just need to get the colors cut and I'll be ready to rev up that old Bernina. A tip I learned from Carrie, of Miss Rosie's Quilt Company, was to use this Nexcare Flexible tape on the back of the template to keep it from shifting...this was one of the best tips EVER! that little template didn't go anywhere...my sewing room will never be without that tape...she has a picture of it over on her blog...I found it in Target. LOVE IT!

So cutting (I didn't count this back in January when I cut it...I guess I wasn't sure it was really going to get busted) and borders and cutting some more I used some stash this week...makes me very happy.

Fabric Added this Week: 0 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date: 10.75 yards

Fabric Used this Week: 8.75 yards
Fabric Used Year to Date: 79.5 yards

Total Busted: 68.75 yards

I'm heading downstairs to watch some NCAA Basketball...love March Madness!

22 comments:

Sherri said...

I love your Spice Cake quilt in the bright colors! I have one I've been wanting to start; I was thinking of using Mary Englebreit's "Baskets of Flowers" and now I'm sure I will. Thanks also for tellin us that Target has that tape...I need to get some and was wondering where to start looking! Oh, and I wish you could send some of that rain out here!

Quilt Hollow said...

Ooooo what colors are going with Whirligig white? You have been busy. I tell ya, there is something to be said for a rainy day and quilting! You must of had alot...I see lots of sewing going on over there!

Teresa said...

Thanks for the suggestion - I'll have to try that out. Love your quilts!

Judy said...

Very nice Carol. You did one heck of a quick sewing job!

Cathy said...

March Madness is especially fun when North Carolina makes it to the Final4
I love your Spice Cake quilt....you have been finishing a lot of quilts lately!
What is going with your whirlygig white? I have one that I worked on at the beach. I didn't use a template and had to do a lot of trimming. Think that I need to get the template! Can't wait to see yours finished.
Cathy

Thimbleanna said...

Love that quilt top Carol -- just too cute!

Darlene said...

Oh, it's wonderful, Carol. Your friend, Mary is going to love it and be so surprised. Rainy days and sewing = bliss! :-)

Anne Heidi said...

Oh the quilt is lovely! A rainy day is great for quilting :-)

*karendianne. said...

I love your quilt. Oh it's too cute. And thanks for sharing the tip on the tape. That's cool, too.

Carrie P. said...

What a cute quilt. And great tip for the whilygig template. One of these days I am going to make one of them. Can't wait to see yours.

Dandelion Quilts said...

GOOD TIP! Many thanks. I made that same quilt in cowboy fabrics for bud's bed. I like your colorway though.

em's scrapbag said...

Your quilt is darling. What a good friend you are. I'm sure her grandkis will love it.
Thanks for the tip

Gretchen said...

I love the Spice Cake quilt! The colors are just yummy. I can't wait to see the whirlygig quilt.

itziarpatch said...

It´s wonderful, i love yours quilts

The Quilt Buddy said...

Hi Carol!

We left FL on Saturday and we had to drive through that terrible rainstorm! Lots of lightning and we were afraid of tornados!

Your friend is going to love the quilt that you made for her.

Good job on your fabric busting!

As always, I love hearing from you!

Nicole said...

Your Spice Cake turned out beautifully! Don't you just love that little square in the lattice? So cute, like little bits of confetti.

Kristie said...

Very beautiful quilt top! Your work is amazing!
Kristie

Laurie said...

I love the quilt and the colors! Perfect for any grandchild to roll around on!

I have to tell you how much I love your stash busting updates. Somehow I feel as if I've accomplished something too! It's so satisfying! Keep posting... Laurie

Carol E. said...

Beautiful quilt. I love the soft colors. Your rose picture a while back is so pretty! Envy....!! Today we have snow on the ground.

MARCIE said...

What a great idea with the Nexcare tape! Thanks for that tip. I hate slidey little templates! You sure have lots of good stuff going on! It is fun to peek in on you!

Nan said...

You have been sewing up a storm, haven't you? I am in love with everything you've been making! I will be on the lookout for that tape - thank you Carol and Carrie!
I have the Spice Cake recipe (pattern) and will have to make a quilt now - every one I've seen made up is gorgeous!

Carole said...

I've got to get myself one of those whirlygig pattern/template! Cute! Thanks for sharing the tip! Keep well!