Tuesday, November 24, 2015

I do love me some basics!

See this lovely stack of fabric?

I won that fat quarter bundle of "Folio Basics" in the recent Martingale giveaway!  Love those luscious colors (here is a link if you want to drool over the whole line)!  I also received a copy of the book "A Flair for Fabric" by the Henry Glass designers, and I'm going to tell you about that next time.

I'm thinking it's time for me to finally make that triple Irish chain quilt that I've planned for so long.

This bundle has a nice balance of lights and darks, and I think it would work well. Right now it is sitting on Nora, waiting for me to finish those foxes and hedgehogs!

What do you think? An Irish chain, or some other pattern?

We'll talk again soon!


Monday, November 16, 2015

A hedgehog . . . as promised!

Remember when the foxes took over the blog last week, and you met all of them? They're pretty handsome fellows.

They were concerned about the hedgehogs they had heard about.

All those prickles, you know.

They had nothing to worry about. (Grin)

Meet the hedgehogs:

Again, giving credit where credit is due, these are the darling creations of Elizabeth Hartman, of Oh Fransson, and we of the quilting community say, "Bravo!"

Aren't they cute?

The pattern actually made a larger critter, but I wanted to make a block that was closer in size to the foxes.

I worked with the sizes and came up with a block that finishes at approximately 6.5 x 8.5. So they are very close in size to the fancy foxes!

Now to put these animals together into pillow covers!

More to come later . . . (Hey, hedgehogs, move over a little . . . the foxes say those prickles are uncomfortable . . . ) 


Monday, November 9, 2015

Calling Smitty, and Gracie, and Wilson, and Austin, and . . .

 . . . and all of you four-legged friends of the quilty bloggers out there!

Clemson here, a Fancy Fox, of "Oh Fransson" fame. (Many thanks and kudos to Elizabeth Hartman for her great patterns - this would not be possible without her skills and gracious sharing.)

Ahem. As I said, my name is Clemson, obviously because Snoodles cheers for them and my coloring reminded her of their team. I'm calling on all you furry peeps out there to warn you -- your human may be next!

Snoodles has pretty much fallen off the lilypad here, making me and my relatives. First she put together my country cousin, Blue.

He is a laid back, low-volume kind of guy; loves his chicken fried in an iron skillet. I'd swear he has a still somewhere back of his den -- some nights when I pass by I will hear him plunking on his banjo, and I just know that I've caught a whiff of moonshine on the breeze.

Then she made our second cousin from over the mountain, Olaf.

He's a lumberjack, and I think he has a Swedish accent. It could be that, or when I get full of his wife's flapjacks, I can't hear good. Either way, her flapjacks are great, and he's a nice guy.

Hipster is a younger guy -- looks like the small checks are popular with the ones out looking for a vixen. He's partial to hard cider, fast streams, and the ladies. The ones in visual range.

Then there is Basie.

He's a true Renaissance man: loves Vivaldi operas, and hasn't settled down with a vixen yet, though some of them "wander" past his den to see his latest paintings. Some evenings when he is in a good mood you will hear his sax wailing, or he'll be scatting to a jazz recording of Dave Brubeck. 

Snoodles says she is going to put "Oh Fransson" glasses on one of us -- she hasn't decided which one of us looks best in them, yet.

And get this -- she's going to put a hedgehog in the mix! You heard me! A HEDGEHOG!! What will this world come to . . .

Be careful, all of you furry peeps; this may be contagious. It might show up in your human's sewing area next!



for Snoodles

PS  All of these are being made in preparation for making pillows. I may not make the pillow that Elizabeth shows on her site, cos that size of pillow forms is hard for me to get....miles and miles from an Ikea! I'm experimenting with arranging these guys in groups of two, three, and four, and see if I can use a different form. (Grin)

Friday, November 6, 2015

It's been quiet around here . . .

I know, right?

Things haven't been hopping like they usually are around the Lilypad.

Here is why:

And another peek:

I've been spending my evenings hand-quilting on the StarCakes quilt. (Days are spent earning a living, but that's another story.)

For me, it's not about putting ten stitches in an inch, but doing "big stitch" quilting in the ditch around many of the pieced blocks, and some decorative motifs in the blank spaces.

Pass the NSAIDs, won't you? Maybe my hands will last long enough to get this done . . .  (grin)

See you soon,

Friday, October 23, 2015

Put a border on it!

Remember this?

I just felt like something was missing . . . couldn't quite put my finger on it.

Played with fabric, doodled on my sketch pad, and then decided the simple things are often the best!

Just a simple whack-some-layer-cake-squares-in-half border!

Whatcha think?


Here are some closeups so you can see the pretty Hoffman batiks:

Love these Sparrow colorway fabrics!

Anyway, I'm pretty happy with it. It's sandwiched and basted and I'm hand-quilting like mad, trying to get it ready for Christmas!

Wish me luck! (Grin)