Monday, June 28, 2010

Design Wall, Two tops & Cassie's bag


Ooooo....RESISTING TEMPTATION TODAY!!!!!! I'm getting better! Judy L's Freeze Frame was reallllly enticing me this AM while out reading up on everyone's weekend. The house hadn't awakened yet, so I headed downstairs JUST to see what I had in my stash that could work out with the pattern. Hmmm......possibly! I'm not sold on the light purple as the "darker background." I have time to play with them! The LAST thing I need is to start yet another project!!!!!

Speaking of another new project....
Since my design wall had been emptied of the Paintbox blocks, I spent 15 minutes hanging my A Scrappy Picnic blocks. I have to do some moving around; and this actually isn't the dimensions of the top; it'll be more square than rectangle, but I wanted to get an idea of how the colors played together. BUT----I resisted the temptation (AGAIN) of piecing these blocks because I wanted to tackle the Paintbox.

Goal Accomplished!!! Moda Paintbox: 68" x 84" TOP DONE.

The Oh Fransson pattern didn't call for borders, but I'll admit! Even though there are times when I realllllly don't like adding borders, I'm a border gal! To me, borders just "finish" the quilt.

Yeah...and HOW long have I been sewing and quilting now? I think my brain was taking a nap when I started piecing the border. I can't believe I put the top & bottom on first!!!!! DUH! Maybe I SHOULDN'T have added borders because now my sides were too short!! At least I had some excess strips from the boo-boo'd sides. 8-)

And here's another lil' surprise :0)
For those of you following my BOM by Amy, I posted July's blocks a smidge early. All of them with a dedication to the month of July and America's Independence. I couldn't RESIST actually putting one of my designs to use from my 4:00 AM post a couple of weeks ago. Choosing 13 of the blocks that fit uniformly (mostly the 3x3 and 4x4 blocks), I pieced together my 13-block layout, with a few design changes along the way. I haven't come up with a name yet; Final dimensions ~ 58.5" x 84.5". Just to give you followers a heads-up: The remaining months will most likely be 6x6 or 8x8 layouts since most of my other blocks (not used in 13-layout) are 6x6 or 8x8; this way when I piece the 17-block layout, most of the blocks will be uniform in design. ;0)

After Cassie's appointment this AM, she was gung-ho to finish up her bag. With more assistance from me that we orginially planned, her bag is finished! I took over sewing the side seams and the lining to the outer bag.


And that lil' stinker! While I was putting her final bag together, suddenly I look over and she's cut some more squares AND pieced a front AND back for a small pillow (~10x10)!!! Shoot! I forgot to get a picture of her pillow.... Later then....we need to go shopping for some stuffing! I JUST donated all of my stuffing because I NEVER used it.

So, once I was done with the bag and she was done with the pillow-form, AND after reading Bonnie's TIMELY post today about Jen's daughter, I set Cassie off on making up some R/W/B string blocks. She plugged away for about 15 minutes and then left me :0( LOL....guess she had her bag and wanted to just admire it for the time being.

Boy, the day went by fast! 4:15 already. I have softball tonight, but it's too early to completely close up shop downstairs. Off to putz....

Hmmm...TWO tops finished today....would it REALLLLLY be that bad for me to cut into that fabric for Freeze Frame????

**(({{wink}}))**

9 comments:

Andee said...

BOM looks good...mine isn't likely to be that fancy when I get it together, but hopefully some soldier will love it anyway! Love teh smile on Cassi's face with her bag! I am sure she liked the string blocks too..what fun...I have never tried that, but like the way they turn out...

Barb in Mi said...

Moda Paint Box looks beautiful and so does the BOM. 2nd generation in training - great job! Now as for the Freeze Frame.... are you still 'resisting'? If you are, PLEASE tell me your secret!

Patchwork Penguin said...

Is the paintbox pattern on the bakeshop blog? Yours is great!

Also, where is the Scrappy Picnic available from?

You wear me out!

jillquilts said...

I say GO FOR IT on the freeze frame! You got two tops done!! You totally rock! ;)

Quilter Kathy said...

The Paintbox top is fabulous! Love it!
Of course you should cut into freeze frame...you're on a roll and you have already resisted so much temptation! (PS - I am a BAD influence!!)

Miss 376 said...

Looks like Cassie is going to take after her mum, look at her go!

Infinity Quilter/Knitter said...

Great job Cassie! What's one more started project?!?! Just do it.

Linda said...

Wow, the quilts look great. I went over to the Moda Bakeshop blog and I'm tempted to do this one but I decided I was going to finish 3 tops first...I'll put that one on my soon to do list.

I saw your blog about the layouts earlier but the actual thing looks alot better. This will be a great QOV quilt. I'm holding off on my layouts right now to see what other little things you have in store for us...

Cassie did a great job on the bag. She's doing so good and a little help doesn't hurt either. I think it's great that you are teaching her to sew. I always wanted my Mom to teach me but she never had the time or patience. I can't wait to see her little pillow. Isn't it always the case of you just giving something away and then you need it yourself? Don't forget to show us a picture of the pillow when it's done...hugs, Linda

Tracy said...

I love the look on her face! I agree with Linda, that you're teaching her to sew is awesome. I believe she is hooked now!